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Camp Fire Death Toll Rises to 63

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Investigators in California revealed Thursday night that another seven sets of human remains have been found in the northern part of the state’s Camp Fire, bringing the total number of people killed to 63.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said that of those found dead, 53 have been positively identified. Three of the bodies were found in Paradise — a town of 27,000 that has been destroyed by the inferno. Another three were found in Magalia and one was discovered in Concow.

The number of people who remain unaccounted for in the Northern California area increased to 631, by more than 500 people, officials said. Some 52,000 people have been displaced. 

The wildfire — which started on Nov. 8 — remains the deadliest in California state history, leaving more than 8,500 structures destroyed and 140,000 acres of land scorched. It was 40 percent contained as of Thursday night. President Trump is scheduled to travel to the Golden State on Saturday to visit vict…


One of the world’s most dangerous supervolcanoes appears to be accumulating magma as it transitions to a pre-eruption state, a study has found. Scientists do not say that a large eruption is imminent—but they do suggest that current conditions at Campi Flegrei indicate one could happen at "some undetermined point in the future." Campi Flegrei is one of the few active supervolcanoes in the world. It is located in southern Italy, about nine miles to the west of Naples, which is home to around 1.5 million people. The last time it erupted was in 1538—a fairly small event known as the Monte Nuovo eruption. However, 40,000 years ago, it produced a "super-colossal" eruption, which is just one down from the “mega-colossal” eruptions recorded at Yellowstone. Over the last 60 years, the volcanic region—which is made up of 24 craters and edifices—has shown signs of unrest, and scientists have been studying it and monitoring it closely to better understand the changes taking …

Super-Earth discovered orbiting red dwarf known as Barnard's Star

A team of astrophysicists believes they have discovered a huge, icy, dimly-lit "super-Earth" -- 3.2 times the size of our planet -- and it's just six light-years away, according to a new report published this week in the journal Nature. Barnard's Star is a so-called red dwarf star, one of the nearest stars to our solar system's sun. “After a very careful analysis, we are 99% confident that the planet is there,” team leader Ignasi Ribas of Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia and the Institute of Space Sciences, CSIC in Spain, said in a statement. “However, we’ll continue to observe this fast-moving star to exclude possible, but improbable, natural variations of the stellar brightness which could masquerade as a planet.” M. Kornmesser/ESO, Illustration An illustration shows the frozen surface of a newly discovered exoplanet at least 3.2 times as large as the Earth rotating Barnard's Star, the closest single star to the Sun.more + The super-Earth, which orbits…

Earth smacked by an asteroid 19-miles-wide thousands of years ago: 'It rocked the Northern Hemisphere'

An enormous crater, measuring 19 miles in diameter, has been found in Greenland, hidden under the ice. The crater was likely caused by an asteroid that hit the Earth "less than 3 million years ago," and is said by experts to have "rocked the Northern Hemisphere." The crater was found in July 2015 but was only recently verified in a study published in Scientific Advances. According to NASA, the massive hole is "one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth, measuring roughly 1,000 feet deep and more than 19 miles in diameter, an area slightly larger than that inside Washington’s Capital Beltway." It is the first crater of any size found under Greenland's ice sheet and researchers are astounded by its preservation. "The crater is exceptionally well-preserved and that is surprising because glacier ice is an incredibly efficient erosive agent that would have quickly removed traces of the impact," said Kurt Kjær, a professor at the Center for Ge…

Extreme rainfall events wreak havoc across the Middle East

The Middle East has been hit by several waves of severe storms over the past 30+ days and registered anomalously high amounts of rain in very short periods. For some of the regions, the storms were the worst in decades. More than 50 people were killed. A severe storm brought very heavy rain and strong winds to the United Arab Emirates on November 11, 2018, causing traffic chaos and power outages.  In just one hour, weather station located between Abu Dhabi and Dubai recorded 49.4 mm (1.94 inches) of rain. According to local forecasters, this is what the region usually receives in 8 months. Extreme weather caused traffic chaos, caused power cuts and let to a high-profile concert being called off, The National reports. Strong winds broke tree branches, peeled roofs off garages, and blew sand and debris from construction sites into the streets. An emergency alert was sent out to mobile phones, warning residents to stay indoors for their safety. The same storm that hit UAE over the weeken…

Tropical Cyclone "Gaja" about to make landfall over southeastern India

Tropical Cyclone "Gaja," the 6th named storm of the 2018 North Indian Ocean cyclone season, continues tracking toward a landfall in southeastern India. RSMC New Delhi expects Gaja to intensify further into a Severe Cyclonic Storm and weaken back to Cyclonic Storm before it makes landfall sometime after 12:00 UTC, November 15 between Chennai and northern tip of Sri Lanka with wind speeds up to 90 km/h (56 mph) and gusts to 100 km/h (62 mph). Gaja formed November 10 in the Bay of Bengal and continued strengthening. On November 14, the system appeared more organized than the previous day as powerful thunderstorms circled the center. A thick band of thunderstorms wrapping into the low-level center from the eastern quadrant. At 09:00 UTC, the center of Gaja was located about 1 153 km (715 miles) SSW of Calcutta, India and was moving WSW with maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h (52 mph). The Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for Tropical Cyclones over the Northern Indian O…

Early-season winter storm, snow and freezing rain to impact East, Ohio and Mississippi Valleys

An early-season winter storm is expected to bring freezing rain and snow from Lower/Middle Mississippi Valley eastward to the Southern Appalachians and northward to the Northeast. The Weather Channel named this storm Avery; it is the first named storm of the 2018/19 season. Meanwhile, elevated to critical fire weather threats persist for southern California through Thursday, before hopefully subsiding on Friday.  A complex early winter storm is expected to produce heavy snow from the Mid Mississippi Valley to western Ohio Valley and Interior Northeast over the next couple of days. Potentially significant icing possible in the south-central Appalachians and heavy rain from the Southeast to Mid-Atlantic coast. As this deep upper-level low moves northeastward, a surface low is expected to develop in the Tennessee Valley, with another surface low-pressure system strengthening and moving along the Eastern Seaboard. Wintry precipitation will begin on Wednesday, November 14 across parts of t…

China has built an artificial sun and it's INCREDIBLY Hot

China is all about the artificial celestial bodies at the moment. Just weeks after we learned the country was making a fake moon we're learning that its earth-based sun simulator is producing temperatures of 100 million degrees Celsius. The core of the actual Sun reaches around 15 million degrees Celsius so this artificial sun is considerably hotter. But scientists believe that this is around the minimum temperature needed to create conditions suitable for nuclear fusion. At 100 million degrees Celsius it's possible to force charged deuterium and tritium particles together to get them to fuse. Usually, these particles repel each other, making fusion impossible without massive internal temperatures. Deuterium and tritium are isotopes of hydrogen and there's a plentiful supply available to use. One company Tokamak Energy claims that it's possible to create fusion reactors for power generation by 2030. The goal of the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) …

Mysterious 'creature' spotted in Jupiter's clouds stuns NASA

Space enthusiasts have spotted what they claim is a mythical "creature" hidden in the swirls of Jupiter's cloud system. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently revealed a new, stunning image from its Juno spacecraft, which is currently circling the giant planet. The photo was snapped around 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 29 as the spacecraft made its 16th close flyby around Jupiter, according to a recent news release. At that time, Juno was just 4,400 miles from the floating clouds. "A Dragon’s Eye? What do you see within the swirling clouds of Jupiter?" the NASA lab asked on Twitter. IMAGES OF JUPITER BY NASA'S JUNO SPACECRAFT The question prompted a flurry of responses — with many allowing their imaginations to wander. "I see a Squid," one Twitter user replied.