Earth is currently under the influence of S1 (minor) solar radiation storm created as a result of yesterday’s M7.3 solar flare. Our planet is showered with highly energetic solar particles (primarily protons) released from the flare site. Extended warning is now valid until 01:00 UTC on April 20, 2014. Duration of event will influence severity of effects.Solar radiation storms (also known as Space Radiation Storms, Solar Proton Events or SPE) occur when explosions on the Sun accelerate solar protons toward Earth at very high speeds. When these protons arrive at Earth and enter the atmosphere over the polar regions, much enhanced ionization is produced at altitudes below 100 km. Ionization at these low altitudes is particularly effective … Read more »

A massive earthquake measuring M7.5 was recorded off the coast of Bougainville Island, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, on April 19, 2014 at 13:27 UTC. USGS said this event is the latest in an ongoing sequence of seismicity in the same region over the past week, which began with M 7.1 and 6.5 earthquakes on April 11, respectively just to the northeast and southeast of today’s earthquake. Over the intervening eight days, 45 earthquakes of M 4.5 or greater have occurred nearby. See the complete list below.They reported depth of 30.9 km (19.2 miles) and issued Green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses - there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage. EMSC is also reporting M7.5 at the same depth.GDACS estimated there are 89 479 people living wit… Read more »

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that Russia will not import any more GMO food products or seeds.The Russian government has taken a bold stand against genetically altered food ingredients, believing there is no need for them in their country. Medvedev also declared that Russia has “enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,” and they will no longer be encouraging the production of GMOs.He commented, “If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that.”Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fydorov agrees, saying that Russia should remain free of genetically modified products to prevent its citizens from being poisoned.The importation ban, issued with the consent of the Russian p… Read more »

Massive earthquake measuring M7.5 on the Richter scale struck Guerrero, Mexico on April 18, 2014 at 14:27 UTC. USGS reported depth of 48.6 km (30.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at depth of 10 km. This powerful earthquake lasted about 30 seconds.Epicenter was located 37 km (23 miles) N of Tecpan de Galeana and 53 km (33 miles) NW of Atoyac de Alvarez and 265 km (165 miles) SW of capital Mexico City, Mexico.GDACS estimated there are 686 557 people living within 100 km radius.USGS issued yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. Some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response.Overall, the population in t… Read more »