oroville dam
Good Luck Repairing the Badly Damaged Oroville Dam

For three weeks in February, torrents of water rushed down the emergency spillway at Oroville dam, prompting fears that the entire structure would collapse. New images show what’s left of the 3,000-foot long concrete spillway — and the tremendous challenge that now confronts repair crews. Read More >>

environment
NASA’s Rocket Facility in New Orleans Ravaged By Tornadoes

Earlier today, a series of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms bulldozed through southern Louisiana, leaving devastation in their wake. East New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago, experienced major damage as a result, including NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. Early reports from NASA indicate 10 people have sustained minor injuries. Read More >>

energy
Radiation Levels Are Soaring Inside the Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high, and are the worst since the plant suffered a triple meltdown nearly six years ago. The latest readings now pose a serious challenge as officials prepare to dismantle the stricken facility. Read More >>

disasters
Three Puppies Rescued After Deadly Italian Avalanche 

Last week, an avalanche engulfed a hotel nestled in the steps of Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain. The avalanche, which struck in the early hours of morning, caused extensive damage to the hotel and claimed at least 7 lives. At least 22 others are still missing. Read More >>

disasters
Ten Survivors Pulled From Italian Hotel Following Devastating Avalanche

Rescuers in Italy’s San Grasso mountain region have pulled ten survivors from the snow and rubble following a horrific avalanche that ploughed through a four-star hotel earlier this week, Telegraph reports. Read More >>

disasters
Dozens Missing After Horrific Avalanche Engulfs Italian Hotel

As many as 30 guests are missing following an overnight avalanche at a hotel in Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain area. Poor weather conditions and the remote location of the hotel are making rescue efforts difficult. Read More >>

space
Here’s What Would Happen If a Giant Asteroid Struck the Ocean

Seventy per cent of Earth’s surface is covered by water, meaning if we were unfortunate enough to be struck by an enormous asteroid, it’d probably make a big splash. A team of data scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently decided to model what would happen if an asteroid struck the sea. Despite the apocalyptic subject matter, the results are quite beautiful. Read More >>

earthquakes
Huge Earthquake in the Pacific Sparks Tsunami Fears

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake has rocked the Solomon Islands about 42 miles off the coast of Kirakira. A subsequent Tsunami watch was issued for Hawaii, but was canceled. Areas close to the quake are also on tsunami alerts. Read More >>

china
Construction Finally Begins on Chinese Titanic Replica That Simulates the Disaster

A few years ago, plans were announced for a life-size replica of the Titanic, the luxury ship whose sinking inspired a very expensive movie and some great blogs. On Wednesday, construction of the large fake boat finally began. Read More >>

environment
Earthquake Faults Around San Francisco Are Dangerously Interconnected

Geologists have discovered that two deadly faults beneath San Francisco—the Hayward and Rodgers Creek faults—may be linked. Should one slip, it could trigger the other fault to collapse as well, causing an earthquake even larger than the one that struck back in 1989. Read More >>

science
Satellite Images Show Haiti Stripped Bare By Hurricane Matthew

It’s been almost two weeks since Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti, killing hundreds and setting the stage for disease and starvation. New photos taken from space reveal the extent of the damage and the disturbing amount of vegetation lost in the storm. Read More >>

history
3D Modelling Reveals the Beauty of Pompeii Before Its Destruction

By combining archaeology with 3D computer modelling, European researchers have digitally reconstructed a house in Pompeii, showing how lavish and colourful these structures truly were before they were destroyed by a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Read More >>

locations
These Oil Wells in Iraq Have Been Burning For Months

A camera aboard the Landsat 8 satellite has been tracking the progress of oil fires in Iraq that have been burning since June. The dark plumes of smoke, which are wreaking havoc onto local communities, are a stark reminder of the ongoing war in the region. Read More >>

disasters
Italians Urged to Remove Wi-Fi Passwords to Help Earthquake Victims

The Italian Red Cross is urging residents of Croce Rossa to unlock their wifi to aid recovery efforts, following the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy yesterday. Read More >>

transport
New Simulation Extends Possible Crash Site of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370

Italian researchers have used the location of confirmed debris from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared two years ago, to estimate where the missing airliner might have crashed, and where further debris may be found onshore. Their simulations show that the wreckage may lie upwards of 310 miles further north than current estimates. Read More >>