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  • Western News: Expert insight: Pacific volcanoes and how they can affect the west coast

    On Jan. 15, a tsunami warning went out to residents of British Columbia and the west coast of the United States. The warning was issued after the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano in Tonga in the Southwest Pacific. Tsunami literally means “harbour wave” in Japanese — a tsunami comprises a series of waves separated by 10 to 60 minutes. While wind waves reach a maximum height and later crash, a tsunami wave is a massive water mass moving with great height and speed, bringing debris and boulders from the bottom of the ocean with it. The force of this water wall can have enough force to knock down an adult, move cars and destroy buildings that aren’t tsunami-proof.

  • CBC: Webb telescope arrives safely. Now, Canadian astronomers are ready to unravel the mysteries of the universe

    There's been a lot of breath-holding since the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launched on Dec. 25, but now astronomers can exhale: The $10-billion US telescope safely reached its destination Monday afternoon. Although Webb has arrived safely at the Lagrange Point 2, the telescope will still undergo several months of testing to ensure everything is functioning properly. After that, the science begins.

  • NPR: Nuclear-test monitor calls Tonga volcano blast "biggest thing that we've ever seen"

    The explosive volcanic eruption in Tonga on Saturday appears to dwarf the largest nuclear detonations ever conducted, according to a global group that monitors for atomic testing. The shockwave from the blast was so powerful that it was detected as far away as Antarctica, says Ronan Le Bras, a geophysicist with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, Austria, which oversees an international network of remote monitoring stations.

  • LFP: Why this London researcher wants to take the air out of balloon releases

    If a Western University doctoral student has his way, intentional balloon releases — a staple of birthday parties, weddings and other celebrations — would be a thing of the past. “Every balloon that is released into the environment ends up as litter,” said Brendon Samuels, a PhD candidate in biology.