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Today, the sun crosses the celestial equator heading south. The moment of crossing or "solstice" occurs at 7:09 pm EDT and marks the beginning of northern summer. This is the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Meanwhile In the Southern Hemisphere, winter begins. Happy solstice!
**A moving body whose motion was not retarded
by any resisting force
would continue to move to all eternity.**
Hermann von Helmholtz
LARGEST QUAKES -
Live Seismograms - Worldwide (update every 30 minutes)
This morning -
5.6 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
5.5 NEAR N COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.0 KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
5.6 NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
6.0 NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
5.1 GUJARAT, INDIA
5.0 SOUTHWEST INDIAN RIDGE
5.2 OFF COAST OF OREGON
5.2 NEAR S.E. COAST OF AUSTRALIA
5.1 FIJI REGION
5.1 HALMAHERA, INDONESIA
5.3 MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
5.0 AZORES ISLANDS REGION
Long-grumbling Alaska volcano has explosive ash burst - Cleveland Volcano eruption sent ash up to 35000 feet. The remote Aleutian volcano that has been restless for the past year rumbled to life on Tuesday. The alert level for the volcano has been raised. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said other eruptions are possible.
TROPICAL STORMS -
In the Atlantic -
Tropical storm Chris was located about 600 mi [970 km] S of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Chris is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone on Thursday.
In the Pacific -
Tropical storm 06w (Talim) was located approximately 85 nm west-southwest of Taipei, Taiwan.
Thousands evacuated as storm hits Taiwan - Officials evacuate thousands, cancel hundreds of flights and close schools today as tropical storm Talim pounded Taiwan.
EXTREME HEAT & DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE -
Penguin popluations plummet, climate change blamed - Some penguin populations are feeling the heat from global warming, with one species culled by more than a third. Thirty-six percent of chinstrap penguins - named after the black strip of feathers that runs across their white chins - have been wiped out.