News Hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, which is centered over the supervolcano

Scientists have analysed the molten rock within the dormant supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park and found that eruption is possible without any external trigger

New Zealand volcano erupts

A New Zealand volcano erupted with a brief blast of dark ash today, forcing the cancellation of flights but causing no significant damage. Schoolchildren and dozens of other hikers who were walking on trails along the mountain's base were safe.

Soil on Mars 'is like Hawaii'

Scientists say the Martian soil at NASA's Curiosity Rover's landing site contains minerals similar to that found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano.

London listing for Russian seismic data analyst

IG Seismic Services is set to become the latest Russian company to float in London after the geophysical data analyst, chaired by a former first deputy governor of the resource-rich Komi Republic, announced a $200m (£124m) listing.

'Crime' of failing to predict an earthquake that sets a dangerous precedent for science

A very sad business; a dangerous precedent; a sad end to a tragic series of events. These are just some of the comments today from experienced seismologists in Britain about the verdict in an Italian courtroom that has found six scientists and a former government official guilty of multiple manslaughter for the "crime" of failing to predict the notoriously unpredictable.

Rescuers in the village of Onna, near the Abruzzo capital L'Aquila, in April 2009. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake killed 309 people

Italian scientists jailed for six years after failing to issue warnings ahead of deadly L’Aquila earthquake

Leading geophysicists say trial over deadly L’Aquila quake should never have been held

Why did the BBC use real footage of disabled people being tortured in a trailer?

The original Panorama investigation was brave, honest, and crucial. How disappointing then to see such serious material replayed in a cheap advert

An Iranian resident from the village of Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan, stands on top of the rubble of his destroyed home

Iran appeals for foreign aid after earthquake

Iran has appealed for foreign help to deal with the aftermath of the deadly twin earthquakes that hit it last weekend after initially claiming it was not needed.

Iran earthquake death toll rises to 306

Iran has raised the death toll from Saturday's twin earthquakes to 306, a day after rescuers called off the search for survivors.

Reactor No 4 at the Fukushima plant after the 2011 tsunami

Japan is warned it could still face a new Fukushima

The final government report into the Fukushima nuclear meltdown has called for a "drastic" shift in the way similar disasters are managed in the future to avoid a repeat at one of Japan's 50 other nuclear reactors.

Earthquake hits market town of Ludlow

An earthquake hit the market town of Ludlow today, the British Geological Survey said.

Fifteen dead in Italy's latest earthquake

At least 15 people are reported dead in a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck the same area of northern Italy stricken by another fatal tremor on 20 May.

Greece's private investors have hours to decide whether to accept a massive writedown of the country's debts

Matthew Norman: Beware of Greeks voting in extremists

This will come as small consolation to the Greeks, but when it comes to democracy, they can now empathise with how the English feel about football. Being the inventors of a game is no protection against incompetence at playing it, nor any defence against the cosmic law which dictates that, after all the huffing and puffing, the Germans will own you in the end.

Matthew Norman: Blame the Greeks. They invented democracy

Levels of poverty and unemployment unseen since the 1930s pose a mortal threat to our political system

Scientists continue to investigate dolphin deaths off Peru

Scientists and Peruvian officials are investigating a mass die-off of hundreds of dolphins along the South American country's coast.

Central Chile rattled by strong earthquake

A strong magnitude-6.7 earthquake shook central Chile, prompting authorities to order a preventative evacuation of a stretch of coastline and causing hundreds of people in the capital to flee buildings in panic.

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