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THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — An earthquake beneath the sea shook northern Greece and western Turkey Saturday, with more than two dozen injuries reported on a Turkish island.

In Istanbul and in other parts of Turkey residents fled homes in panic after the quake struck at midday.



An earthquake measuring M6.6 on the Richter scale hit Nicaragua on April 11, 2014 affecting a total of 2 403 homes of which 178 collapsed, were totally destroyed or rendered uninhabitable. The remaining 2 225 homes suffered partial damage. 

A series of volcanic ash plumes originating from Indonesian Batu Tara volcano are being detected on satellite imagery. It seems that the volcano has entered a stronger phase of eruptions during the past few days. 

Geologists say they've discovered rocks long thought vanished, the youngest remains of the oldest and biggest impact crater on Earth. In the abraded heart of South Africa's Vredefort impact craterlurk striking green-black rocks, some of the only remnants of a magma sea that once filled the gaping crater, according to a study to be published this May in the journal Geology. Until now, geologists thought nearly all of these "impact melt" rocks were lost to time. Some 6 miles (10 kilometers) of Vredefort crater has worn away since it was whacked open 2.02 billion years ago. "It's like discovering a new rock type in the Grand Canyon," said study co-author Desmond Moser, a geochronologist at Western University in Ontario, Canada.

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known -- a dim, star-like body that surprisingly is as frosty as Earth's North Pole.

International “Ark” Project aimed at reducing casualties from expected natural disasters launched


The active preparation phase of the International "Ark" Project started in January 2010, almost simultaneously with the beginning of the campaign to join scientists from around the world to the communiqué on global changes of the geological environment prepared by the International Committee GEOCHANGE on global geological and environmental change. Within this Project, a new, very unusual social network has been created to prepare the world's population for self-rescue and survival under the increasing scale of natural disasters. is not a classic social network as it is usually understood - it is a special international multilingual community of those who realize that something wrong is happening on our planet and want to know more about it by getting objective

information first-hand, directly from scientists. However, it is clear to everyone that getting reliable information on occurring events is not enough; you need to know exactly what to do to prepare yourself and your family and friends to save themselves and survive during a disaster. is a social network created by professionals for common people; throughout its activity, well-known scientists and experts will be coordinating its operation and actively communicating with its members.

One of the most important sections of is a training block which provides people with guidelines on how to act in any emergency during various natural disasters: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.

The knowledge people will acquire from these instructions can be compared with a lifebuoy needed when in danger. Many people during natural disasters feel lost, start panicking and fall into despair since they do not know what to do in this situation. Unfortunately, far from always in a critical situation there may be some rescuers around. In that case, one has to act independently. The information available in this section significantly increases chances for salvation in times of natural disasters.

The Charter of the international community says:

We have teamed up as an international community in order to:

-Be informed of all natural disasters occurring in the world;
-Have access to professional information on natural disasters occurring in the world at any time and to expert disaster forecasts;
-Support each other in difficult times;
-Be prepared for any natural disaster;
-Know how to act when in danger;
-Be able to contact each other and send urgent information to international and national rescue services using a means of emergency communication;
-Share our experience of survival and rescue with each other;
-Receive information directly from disaster areas;
-Receive unbiased commentaries on occurring natural events from independent professional experts. members can quickly and easily create their own personal pages - blogs in any language, using the simple and intuitive "blog constructor" and insert into them their photos, videos, articles and other information. community takes a special pride in the "Services" section which includes three subsections: Maps; ArkVideo; Education.

The "Maps" subsection also consists of two parts:  Events and Forecasts. In the Events section, members can get information about weather, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and forest fires on interactive maps as well as scientists' comments and detailed information on the most important events at the time of viewing.

In the Forecasts section, members can get forecasts for earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and magnetic storms on interactive maps as well as scientists' comments and detailed information on the most important events.

For the first time in the world, members of the community will enjoy a direct access to professional earthquake forecasts provided by the Global Network for the Forecasting of Earthquakes (GNFE).  On the earthquake forecast map, forecasts are given for the regions where strong earthquakes are expected, showing the coordinates of the central point and radius of the seismic zone, time, intensity and number of expected earthquakes. To predict earthquakes, the ATROPATENA earthquake forecasting stations located in different countries are used ( Earthquake forecasts are issued by the International Scientific Research Institute for Prognosis and Study of Earthquakes which is part of GNFE.

"Disasters Encyclopedia" contains important information about any natural disaster of interest. In the "Library" books, brochures, papers dedicated to natural disasters and other aspects of natural science can be found and downloaded.

One of the most extensive and fascinating sections of the network - ArkVideo


In the "ArkVideo" section, members select a video according to their topic of interest. Here, the most interesting and unique video recordings of various natural disasters represented, sorted as follows: Earth, atmosphere, water medium, sun, space, interview and comments, films, etc.

Projects of on the stage of implementation in the near future: "I see online"

This block of the "SERVICES" section, which is currently under construction and development is a unique project launched by the social network. This block consists of two major subsections: "We are watching the sky" and "Video from a disaster area". The technical preparation of both sections has been successfully tested and the first section has already started to operate.

"We are watching the sky" Project

Recently, people in a number of countries situated in all continents of our planet began to hear strange sounds coming from the sky. On the other hand, unusually powerful solar flares cause glow in the sky in locations where no northern lights have been observed. According to scientists, these phenomena are the result of growing solar activity which increases rapidly with the peak expected in 2013-2014. Many experts are concerned about serious negative consequences of huge solar flares affecting the technical infrastructure of modern civilization. Powerful solar flares can destroy space satellites, communications and satellite navigation systems, damage electronic control units at industrial facilities and vehicles, put out of action electrical substations and transformers.

How can the average person learn about the large-scale danger coming from the Sun? The point is that powerful solar flares will cause atmospheric glow and low-frequency sounds across vast areas of our planet. The synchronization of these processes over large areas will be indicative of a serious Sun-generated risk to humans. video cameras are currently being installed within the "We are watching the sky" project in various countries and average people who have heard unusual noises or seen glow in the sky will be able to independently carry out monitoring of the light effects and sounds coming from the sky in different countries at any given moment of time. Besides, on hearing unusual sounds from the sky and lighting effects in the atmosphere, they will be able to compare them with the videos available in the ArkVideo "Noises" section. members can participate in this international project and connect their web cameras to the online video system.

"Video from a disaster area" Project

This project's realization will allow any member of the social network witnessing a disaster to transfer online video footage of the events from their mobile phone or web camera. The project is currently under development. Shortly, members will be first to follow online the events taking place in natural disaster areas.





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