Latest Geophysics News

Correction: Moving Magnetic Pole story

Feb. 5, 2019 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Feb. 4 about the magnetic north pole, The Associated Press erroneously described the pole's change in speed. Its speed jumped from about 9 miles per year (about 15 kilometers per year), not per hour. And it went to 34 miles per year (55 kilometers per year), not per hour. A...

Meteorite strikes in town in western Cuba

Feb. 1, 2019 9:46 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Residents and tourists in a town in western Cuba saw a flare pass through the sky and heard an explosion Friday in what officials said was a meteorite strike. Witnesses reported seeing a ball of fire and a smoke trail in a clear midday sky, and a rain of black stones fell on the tourist town...

Maine scientist finds tiny plants thrive under Greenland ice

Jan. 10, 2019 12:15 AM EST

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A study authored by a scientist with a Maine lab says microscopic plants are able to thrive beneath the ice that covers the Greenland Sea. Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay says the study will help researchers better understand the importance of the plants, called...

Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami

Dec. 26, 2018 10:39 AM EST

CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. The big waves that followed an eruption on a...

Indonesia tsunami survivors remain jittery as deaths hit 429

Dec. 25, 2018 1:01 PM EST

SUMUR, Indonesia (AP) — Panicked residents, police and soldiers in this remote fishing village clobbered by a devastating weekend tsunami ran to higher ground Tuesday, shouting "Water is coming! Water is coming!" and reciting verses from the Quran as emergency messages were broadcast over mosque speakers....

Sicilian airport reopens amid Mount Etna's latest eruption

Dec. 25, 2018 12:28 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's Catania airport resumed full operations a day after an ash cloud from Mount Etna's latest eruption forced it to shut down, while fiery red lava could be seen shooting from the volcano in eastern Sicily on Tuesday. Ashes coated streets and sidewalks in the mountain towns of Zafferana...

Death toll climbs past 370 in Indonesian tsunami disaster

Dec. 24, 2018 2:12 PM EST

TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Body bags were laid out along the shattered coastline as Indonesian authorities stepped up efforts to collect the dead and save the injured Monday in the aftermath of a tsunami that was apparently triggered by a volcanic eruption. The death toll climbed to 373 and was...