| Hurricane Irma cut power to nearly two-thirds of Florida's electricity customers|
NGDIR News Section-- Hurricane Irma struck Florida on September 10, 2017, and knocked out power to 6.7 million electricity customers- 64% of all customer accounts in the state- according to reports compiled by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. About 100,000 customers (1% of the state total) remained without power as of September 19.
The count of customers reflects the number of billed accounts or individual meters. The number of people affected by power outages is larger than the .....[More
| Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 140, topples buildings|
NGDIR News Section-- Rescuers searched for survivors through the night after Tuesday's powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and surrounding states, killing scores and leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings.
At least 149 people died in Mexico City --- the country's capital -- and in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos, officials said.
The epicenter of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake was 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 34.1 miles (55 km) south-sout.....[More
| Puerto Rico governor: Still time to get to shelters before Hurricane Maria|
NGDIR News Section-- There is still time for Puerto Ricans to get to a government-run shelter before powerful Hurricane Maria clobbers the island, Gov. Ricardo Rossello told CNN late Tuesday.
But the window of opportunity is closing.
"There's still time ... but people need to move fast," Ricardo Rossello told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," calling the storm the "worst hurricane in modern history in Puerto Rico."
US President Trump tweeted his thoughts to those on the island, a US territor.....[More
| Puzzling pockets of rock deep in Earth's mantle explained|
NGDIR News Section-- A team led by geoscientists from Arizona State University and Michigan State University has used computer modeling to explain how pockets of mushy rock accumulate at the boundary between Earth's core and mantle.
These pockets, lying roughly 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) below the surface, have been known for many years, but previously lacked an explanation of how they formed.
The relatively small rock bodies are termed "ultra-low velocity zones" because seismic waves .....[More
| High tsunami danger in Alaska, perhaps elsewhere|
NGDIR News Section-- Scientists probing under the seafloor off Alaska have mapped a geologic structure that they say signals potential for a major tsunami in an area that normally would be considered benign. They say the feature closely resembles one that produced the 2011 Tohoku tsunami off Japan, killing some 20,000 people and melting down three nuclear reactors. Such structures may lurk unrecognized in other areas of the world, say the scientists. The findings appear in the print edition of t.....[More
| Challenging prevailing theory about how deep-sea vents are colonized|
NGDIR News Section-- Despite being relatively close together, two recently discovered hydrothermal vent fields in the Gulf of California host very different animal communities. This finding contradicts a common scientific assumption that neighboring vents will share similar animal communities, and suggests that local geology and vent-fluid chemistry are important factors affecting vent communities.
An article just published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B describes two remarkably di.....[More
| Hurricane Irma Winds Down, Leaving a Trail of Destruction and Broken Records|
NGDIR News Section-- Irma finally weakened to just a big storm Monday night, 10 days after it became a hurricane and started on a destructive and powerful path that killed 40 people in the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States.
By 6 a.m. ET Tuesday, Irma was about 65 miles southwest of Atlanta. Its top winds were down to 25 mph, and it was charging across the Southeast toward Tennessee and the Ohio Valley as a nasty thunderstorm system. The National Hurricane Center reclassified it as .....[More
| Big data points humanity to new minerals, new deposits|
NGDIR News Section-- Understanding how and where minerals hook up helps predict discovery.
Researchers have found a way to predict minerals missing from those known to science, where to find them, and where to look for new deposits of valuable minerals such as gold and copper.
Applying big data analysis to mineralogy offers a way to predict minerals missing from those known to science, where to find them, and where to find new deposits of valuable minerals such as gold and copper, accordin.....[More
| Irma slowly turns to Florida; Key West feels hurricane-force winds|
NGDIR News Section-- Time is running out to evacuate and prepare for Hurricane Irma, officials warned Saturday night as violent winds and rains from the Category 3 storm began pounding the southern tip of Florida.
Irma's powerful winds and outer rain bands lashed the Florida Keys on Saturday as the massive storm slowly began turning from Cuba's northern coast up into the Florida Strait, the National Hurricane Center said.
Winds of 74 mph -- hurricane force -- reached Key West late Saturday.....[More
| Dangerous Hurricane Irma forecast cone now includes Orlando, Central Florida|
NGDIR News Section-- Hurricane Irma, a dangerous Category 5 storm, now has parts of Orlando and Central Florida in its forecast cone.
In its 11 p.m. advisory Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center has southern Orange County and other metro Orlando areas in the five-day forecast for the storm, which has maximum sustained winds at 185 mph with gusts up to 225 mph. Irma was moving west-northwest at 15 mph and was located about 50 miles east-southeast of Barbuda, the Hurricane Center said.