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Khalilov: there remain three more cycles of high seismic activity this year

Exclusive interview of AZE.az with Professor Elchin Khalilov – the Chairman of International Committee for Global Changes of Geological Environment GEOCHANGE (Germany), President of Global Network for the Forecasting of Earthquakes (England).

-Mr. Khalilov, about 3 months have been passed since catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan of 11 March 2011. In spite of the fact that this earthquake, according to experts’ opinion, threw back the development of Japan for tens of years, the people in other countries are gradually recovering from shock, made by monstrous scales of natural catastrophe and concentrate their attention on other vital problems. Has the nature really “let off steam” and calmed down for a long time?

 
Having a Solar Blast

The Sun unleashed an M-2 (medium-sized) solar flare, an S1-class (minor) radiation storm and a spectacular coronal mass ejection (CME) on June 7, 2011 from sunspot complex 1226-1227. The large cloud of particles mushroomed up and fell back down looking as if it covered an area of almost half the solar surface.

 
Satellites See Eruption of Chile's Puyehue-Cordón Volcano from Space
NASA's Terra Satellite, the GOES-13 and GOES-11 satellites all captured images of the ash plume from southern Chile's Puyehue-Cordón Volcano this week. The volcano is located in Puyehue National Park in the Andes of Ranco Province of Chile.
 
Bleach in the Icelandic Volcanic Cloud
One year after the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland brought European air traffic to a standstill its ash plume revealed a surprising scientific finding: Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz found that the ash plume contained not only the common volcanic gas sulfur dioxide, but also free chlorine radicals. Chlorine radicals are extremely reactive and even small amounts can have a profound impact on local atmospheric chemistry. The findings, which will be published in "Geophysical Research Letters" give solid evidence of volcanic plume chlorine radical chemistry and allowed calculations of chlorine radical concentrations.
 
Geologists warn of major earthquake
The president of the Colegio Oficial de Geólogos (ICOG), Luis Suárez, has warned that Spain may be due a major earthquake soon, if statistics of history and monitoring are anything to go by.
 
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