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Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption

Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruptionBy Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU (Reuters) – Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters. Inland, where molten rock is burning through jungle, methane explosions are hurling boulders while toxic gas is reaching some of the highest levels seen in recent times. Lava edged towards a geothermal power plant on Tuesday after destroying an old warehouse near the facility, County of Hawaii Civil Defense said.



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Lava From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Has Reached the Pacific Ocean and It's Creating a New Danger

Lava From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Has Reached the Pacific Ocean and It's Creating a New DangerThe mix of lava and seawater has created steam laced with hydrochloric acid and fine glass particles that can cause breathing problems



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Dangerous 'laze' forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches ocean

Dangerous 'laze' forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches oceanAuthorities in Hawaii have warned of dangerous “laze” fumes as molten lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano reached the Pacific Ocean. Two lava flows “reached the ocean along the southeast Puna coast overnight,” on Hawaii’s Big Island, the US Geological Survey, which monitors volcanoes and earthquakes worldwide, said in a statement Sunday. A crack however opened in the ground under one of the lava channels, “diverting the lava… into underground voids,” the statement said.



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Even The Bottom Of The World's Deepest Ocean Trench Is Not Safe From Plastic Bags

Even The Bottom Of The World's Deepest Ocean Trench Is Not Safe From Plastic BagsAlmost 36,000 feet underwater, near the very bottom of the world's deepest



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SpaceX boat tries to catch pricey rocket nosecone in the Pacific Ocean, but misses

SpaceX boat tries to catch pricey rocket nosecone in the Pacific Ocean, but missesAfter SpaceX successfully blasted three satellites into space early Thursday morning, the company tried to catch the Falcon 9 rocket's expensive nosecone, also known as a fairing, on a ship in the Pacific Ocean. The vessel, named "Mr. Steven," was outfitted with a giant net. According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the boat missed catching the fairing by "a few hundred meters," but he thinks there's a simple fix: Bigger parachutes to better control the parachuting fairing. Missed by a few hundred meters, but fairing landed intact in water. Should be able catch it with slightly bigger chutes to slow down descent. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2018 The fairing, which sheltered and released the payload during the rocket launch, parachuted down to the Pacific Ocean. A GPS guidance system helped guide the parachute close to the long, outstretched metallic arms of the awaiting ship. Assuming the nosecone is in good shape, SpaceX may still try and retrieve it from the water.  Falcon fairing half as seen from our catcher’s mitt in boat form, Mr. Steven. No apparent damage from reentry and splashdown. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 22, 2018 at 7:36am PST Recovery of the rocket fairing is aimed at bringing down the cost of access to space, since this particular part of the rocket costs between $ 5 and $ 6 million dollars.  SpaceX famously lands its rocket boosters back on Earth and reuses them in subsequent launches, but it never before attempted to catch a rocket's fairing. SpaceX plans to outcompete its rocket rivals by reusing most of its rockets, as opposing to building new components for each launch.  SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's 'Starman' Tesla Roadster isn't your typical piece of space junk This launch, for example, featured a Falcon 9 rocket booster that had previously been to space in August 2017. SpaceX decided not to recover the rocket for a potential third launch, however.   Going to try to catch the giant fairing (nosecone) of Falcon 9 as it falls back from space at about eight times the speed of sound. It has onboard thrusters and a guidance system to bring it through the atmosphere intact, then releases a parafoil and our ship, named Mr. Steven, with basically a giant catcher’s mitt welded on, tries to catch it. A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 22, 2018 at 6:07am PST Instead, the rocket fell back to Earth and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. According to SpaceX firmware engineer Tom Praderio, "SpaceX is making room for its next iteration of Falcon 9 rockets," so it had no reason to land and reuse the rocket for a third launch.  A screenshot of the Falcon 9 rocket second stage heading towards low-Earth orbit. The curvature of the Earth can be seen in the background.Image: spacexThe Falcon 9 rockets have proven to be quite reliable, as SpaceX launched them into space 18 times last year, with no failures. The company plans to surpass these launch numbers this year.  Besides the primary payload — a Spanish satellite that can capture extremely high-resolution images of Earth — SpaceX launched two of its own microsatellites. These satellites are a test, but likely the first of thousands of internet-beaming satellites called Starlink, which is intended to provide high-speed internet access to the web-deprived corners of the world, sometime in the early to mid 2020s. Today’s Falcon launch carries 2 SpaceX test satellites for global broadband. If successful, Starlink constellation will serve least served. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 21, 2018 The Federal Communications Commission has yet to approve the SpaceX Starlink constellation, but last week FCC chairmen Ajit Pai urged commissioners to approve the bold space internet project.  The PAZ satellite successfully separating from the Falcon 9 rocket.Image: spacex WATCH: Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains what 'shoot for the moon' actually means



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7 rescued from life raft in Pacific Ocean after ferry sank

7 rescued from life raft in Pacific Ocean after ferry sankWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Six adults and an unconscious baby were rescued Sunday from a life raft in the Pacific Ocean after drifting for four days in the blazing sun without water. The survivors had scrambled onto the small wooden dinghy after the ferry they were aboard sank, according to authorities.



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Why North Korea Might Do the Unthinkable: Test a Nuclear Weapon in the Pacific Ocean

Why North Korea Might Do the Unthinkable: Test a Nuclear Weapon in the Pacific OceanThe Trump Administration may inadvertently be provoking North Korea into conducting a live-fire test of a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile. While it is clear that North Korea has both ballistic missile technology and a working hydrogen bomb, the U.S. State Department recently suggested in a tweet that Pyongyang does not have such capabilities. While many prominent international relations experts and former U.S. government officials immediately derided the State Department’s tweet, similar statements in previous decades prompted China to conduct a risky live-five nuclear missile test on October 27, 1966.



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Passengers describe seeing fireball as engine on Air France flight disintegrates over Atlantic Ocean

Passengers describe seeing fireball as engine on Air France flight disintegrates over Atlantic OceanAn Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Canada on Saturday after an engine apparently disintegrated over the Atlantic. Passengers said they heard a thud and vibrations rattled through the cabin as the A380 plane lost altitude. "We heard a big popping sound and the airplane basically dropped and it was trembling. You could definitely tell something was different and it wasn't just turbulence," Sarah Eamigh told the New York Daily News, adding that the plane shook for 20 minutes before stabilising. Inflight pictures. Loud thud and a lot of vibration. pic.twitter.com/s9GFIyssrh— Rick Engebretsen (@RickEngebretsen) September 30, 2017 Passengers posted photographs to social media showing the damage. One said: “I think the engine has seen better days.” The images appeared to show that the inlet, or front part, of the engine had torn off, but the main part of the engine remained intact. The airline said flight AF 066 from Paris landed safely at Goose Bay Airport in Labrador. An Air France Airbus A380 is seen during an emergency landing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Credit: Reuters I talked to the passenger by the window and He said the entire engine exploded into giant fireball.— Daniel McNeely (@DanMcneely) September 30, 2017 "The aircraft landed safely at 15:42 (GMT), and the regularly trained pilots and cabin crew handled this serious incident perfectly," the airline said in a statement. "Air France is working to re-route the passengers to Los Angeles via one of its connecting platforms in North America." The aircraft is one of 10 A380s in the Air France fleet and was carrying 496 passengers and 24 crew.  The forced landing in Canada’s easternmost province is reminiscent of an incident seven years ago in which one of the Rolls Royce engines on a Qantas A380 suffered mid-engine damage after taking off in Singapore. The November 2010 incident prompted the grounding of the entire Qantas A380 fleet — six A380s at the time — for over three weeks.  



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Hurricane Irma Sucked The Ocean Away From Beaches In The Bahamas

Hurricane Irma Sucked The Ocean Away From Beaches In The BahamasHurricane Irma is so powerful, it sucked the ocean away from beaches in the Bahamas on Friday.



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U.S. warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean

U.S. warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean(Reuters) – Researchers have found the wreckage of the U.S. warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday. The cruiser was returning from its mission to deliver components for the atomic bomb that would soon be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima when it was fired upon in the North Pacific Ocean by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945. After a Navy historian unearthed new information in 2016 about the warship’s last movements that pointed to a new search area, a team of civilian researchers led by Paul Allen, a Microsoft Corp co-founder, spent months searching in a 600-square-mile (1,500-square-kilometer) patch of ocean.



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