Peru Volcano Prompts Evacuations

A volcano in southwestern Peru called Ubinas began ejecting pyroclastic material into the sky in 2006, after over four decades of lying dormant. Recent volcanic activity has prompted officials to evacuate 60 residents of Querapi, a village near its base.…

Tunnels Under Rome Being Mapped to Prevent Further Damage to City

An extensive series of ancient tunnels and quarries under Rome are threatening parts of the city that has been built atop them. Many years ago, Rome’s earliest architects discovered that tuff, or rock made of consolidated volcanic ash, was a…

Mount Etna Erupts, Peppers Towns with Ash

Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, erupted Saturday, showering pyroclastic detritus on towns around the mountain’s slopes and the nearby comune of Taormina. The eruption didn’t call for any evacuations, though an area highway was shut down for 30 minutes,…

Earthquake In Greece, Magnitude Over 6

Crete, in the southern part of Greece, was the recent site of an earthquake that measured a magnitude of greater than six on the Richter scale, which uses seismic energy to determine the actual amplitude or motion of the ground.…

Water Found on Moon’s Surface, More Could be Below

Researchers from the Indian Space Research Organization this week have announced that the Chandrayaan-1 probe has founde evidence for water on the surface of the Earth’s moon. The water, referred to as “magmatic,” is locked in mineral grains and could…

Charles Darwin Wrong About Coral Atolls, Shows Study

Though Charles Darwin is known as the father of modern biology, evolutionary biologists are well aware that he got many aspects of evolution wrong. In particular, with no knowledge of genetics Darwin was left to speculate heavily on the mechanisms…

Earth Permanently Deformed After Earthquakes in Chile, Shows Study

A new study by geologists at Cornell University has shown that earthquakes can leave the Earth deformed. Cornell geologist Richard Allmendinger told LiveScience that strong earthquakes in Chile have left permanent cracks in the surface of the Earth. The findings…

Earthquakes Turn Water to Gold, Shows New Study

One of the major goals of alchemy was to create gold from other, less expensive materials. Now it appears that if alchemists of old could have harnessed the power of the Earth, they might have been successful. A new study…

Oahu Dissolving Into the Pacific, Shows Study

Oahu, the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the home of Honolulu, is dissolving from the inside, shows a new study. Geologists state that the island’s Koolau and Waianae mountains will gradually be reduced to nothing, leaving Oahu a…

Mars Once Had Warm Water, Study Reveals

New research on Martian meteorites shows evidence that water sufficiently warm enough to support life once existed on Mars. The study, published this week in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, determined that water temperatures on Mars ranged from…