An Incredibly Powerful 7.1M Earthquake Just Struck Mexico City

By: Robin Andrews/IFLScience  An incredibly powerful earthquake, registering as a 7.1M, has rocked Mexico City, a densely-packed metropolis containing nearly 20 million people, and its many suburbs and nearby towns. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), it was a deep-seated earthquake (51 kilometers/32 miles depth) that struck at 1:14 pm local time. The epicenter was 122 kilometers…

Thanks To Lobbying, It’s Illegal To Power Your Home With Solar Panels In Florida

By: Robin Andrews/IFL Science  It may have ravaged much of the Caribbean, but Hurricane Irma weakened mercifully quickly as it passed over Florida. That’s not to say that it didn’t cause significant infrastructural damage, of course, and soon after the storm had passed, 40 percent of Florida lacked electricity, something that ended up killing several people who relied on it….

Sign Language Interpreter Decides To Warn People Against Something Quite Different During Hurricane Irma

By: Robin Andrews/IFL Science  Some things are too important not to double check. If you’re leaving on vacation, you check you’ve got your passport. If you’re about to perform a triple-bypass surgery, you confirm that you’ve got all the right equipment and expertise to hand. If ladies and gentlemen, you’re warning people to get out…

Animal Sanctuary Flooded By Hurricane Rushes To Save Everyone

By: Sarah V Schweig/The Dodo  “When you’re faced with circumstances like that you’re stronger than you think.” Renee King-Sonnen is the kind of person who has made a habit of overcoming the impossible. She married a cattle rancher — and now the ranch is a sanctuary. All the cows that were being raised for slaughter were saved, transformed…

The Northern Lights Will Be Amazing In The Next Few Days

By: Alfredo Carpineti/IFLScience  Grab a warm coat and get ready to travel away from artificial lights. Thanks to the biggest solar flare we have observed in a decade, people at the northernmost and southernmost latitudes might experience an extraordinary spectacle. According to NOAA’s aurora forecast service, the Northern Lights might be visible to more southern latitudes than they usually are,…

Rising Sea Levels Have Caused Eight Islands In The Pacific To Completely Disappear

By: James Felton/IFL Science  Last year it became apparent that five islands had disappeared into the Pacific ocean. Part of the Soloman Islands, the low-lying reef islands were completely submerged by rising sea levels, all since the mid-20th century. The islands weren’t inhabited, but other nearby ones were. On six of these, large areas of land were completely…

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