It may not be the coughing, sneezing passenger next to you on your next flight who is spreading disease, it could be the airport you just took off from.
Already packing 110 mph winds, a hurricane churning in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico is forecast to get even stronger -- though, as of now, it poses no direct threat to those onshore.
A day of kayaking and backpacking on Hawaii's Big Island changed in an instant as the might of the Pacific Ocean swept six teenagers into the surf.
A defunct satellite has entered the atmosphere, the German Aerospace Center reported Sunday morning. "There is currently no confirmation if pieces of debris have reached Earth's surface," it said.
In the early morning hours Saturday, surviving remnants of a NASA satellite re-entered Earth's atmosphere over a remote stretch of the southern Pacific Ocean, the U.S. space agency said Tuesday.
The government has revised its rules on sea turtles to try to decrease the number killed every year and reduce the threats they face.
A gray whale that spent nearly seven weeks in a northern California river died Tuesday, a sad ending to attempts to get her back to sea.
Fifteen castaways marooned on an uninhabited island that's but a small dot in the Pacific Ocean are believed to be safe and in good health, a U.S. Coast Guard official said Saturday.
Hurricane Dora weakened to Category 1 strength as it continued to churn in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest coast of Mexico on Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.
Hurricane Dora was nearing Category 5 strength Thursday in the Pacific Ocean, but remained far enough off the Mexican coast that it didn't pose a threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said.
An Indonesian volcano erupted twice Monday, spewing thick ash clouds a day after the number of evacuees rose to 5,200.
Japan began dumping thousands of tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean on Monday, an emergency move officials said was needed to curtail a worse leak from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The battle continued Monday to plug a crack at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility that's been a conduit for highly radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean, utility company officials said.
Highly radioactive water from Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from a cracked concrete sump near the No. 2 reactor, an official with the plant's owner said Saturday.
The Japanese company trying to contain the release of radiation from its Fukushima nuclear plant must pour enough water to cool its damaged reactors without creating an overflow of contaminated water from the plant, a government official said Tuesday.
If you have Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" on your computer, you should play it while you read this. If you have it on vinyl, even better.
A magnitude 7.4 earthquake off the coast of Japan early Wednesday triggered a tsunami warning for a group of remote islands and an advisory for the southern region of the country, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.
Call it one small step for a cheese, one giant leap fromage-kind.
The first commercial spacecraft to return from a low-Earth orbit landed in the Pacific Ocean Wednesday about 500 miles off the coast of southern California.
The actors who play detectives on NBC's "Law and Order: Los Angeles" watched real cops do their jobs during a location shoot for the show Wednesday, a series spokeswoman said.
As Hurricane Frank gained strength far from land over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday morning, southern Mexico dealt with the aftermath of the system's assault on the mainland earlier in the week.
Four people died and at least 30,000 residents in southern Mexico were affected by heavy rain and winds from the former Tropical Storm Frank, which intensified into a hurricane Wednesday morning as it moved out into the Pacific Ocean, the government-run Notimex news agency said.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has struck south of the Mariana Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
I met David de Rothschild at the Google Zeitgeist conference in 2007 where we both spoke during the session about Green Technology. He explained his idea of the Plastiki Expedition and I was immediately captivated. It had exactly the right combination of elements to appeal to my interests: eccentricity, high idealism and a clear determination to bring about positive change.
The man behind plastic bottle-boat Plastiki tells how past adventures prepared him for sailing a recycled vessel.
Back in the mid-zeroes, I remember reading a lot of stories about a buildup of trash in the Pacific Ocean so massive that it had formed a floating island of waste the size of Texas. Its colorful nickname was the Great Eastern Garbage Patch, and what was even more mind-boggling than the purported scale was that pretty much the only places you could dig up any substantial info about it were in minor oceanographic and environmental publications. You also couldn't find a photo of it to save your life. It was like Garbage Brigadoon.
VBS travels to a spot in the Pacific where trash buildup has formed a massive floating island. For more, go to VBS.TV.
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands Tuesday night, one day after a string of earthquakes rattled the same area and another quake hit the Philippines, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Fountains of red-hot lava shot up from the intensifying Mayon volcano as the Philippines awaited an imminent eruption, the country's national news agency reported Tuesday.
Authorities have raised the alert level for the Mayon volcano in central Philippines. ABS-CBN's Jenny Reyes reports
Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes as scientists warn the towering Mayon volcano is about to explode in the Philippines, the country's national news agency reported Monday.
Philippine authorities on Sunday raised the alert status of the country's most active volcano to level 4 and established an extended danger zone around it, saying an eruption is imminent.
Scientists witnessed the eruption of the deepest underwater volcano and caught the entire event on film for the first time -- complete with molten lava and sulfur smoke clouds.
Scientists witnessed the eruption of the deepest underwater volcano and caught the event on film.
From catamarans made out of plastic bottles hoping to cross the Pacific Ocean to the recession-busting extravagance of billion-dollar superyachts, 2009 has been the year of crazy boats.
CNN's Asieh Namdar talks to Doug Woodring of Project Kaisei about the floating garbage dump in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Adventurer David de Rothschild will sail across the Pacific Ocean on Plastiki, is boat made out of plastic bottles.
Here's a snapshot of Panama's defining experiences: a modern capital on the canal, near-deserted islands, and trails for spotting wildlife and waterfalls. Get a sense of which ones fit your travel style and your budget.
There are many reasons why Roz Savage is an extraordinary woman -- she has rowed single-handed across the Atlantic and is now tackling the Pacific, after all.
It is a problem of massive plastic proportions -- a giant floating debris field, composed mostly of bits and pieces of plastic, in the northwest Pacific Ocean, about a thousand miles off the coast of California.
One Mexican tourist died and another was missing Tuesday after a wave dragged them out into the Pacific Ocean, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.
The United States successfully tested a sea-based component of its missile defense shield Thursday evening, intercepting a ballistic missile with a dummy warhead over the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said.
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck just east of the Kuril Islands in the Pacific Ocean early Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
By all accounts, North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday, ignoring international warnings against doing so. The question is: Where's the payload?
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout talks with David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector about North Korea's nuclear program.
Fate, police say, saved baby Grace from being tossed out with the trash.
The Mexican navy confiscated 7 tons of cocaine being transported on a fishing vessel in international waters in the Pacific Ocean, the navy secretary said.
Rough seas forced Marc Thiercelin and Kito de Pavant to abandon the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world yacht race on the third day after both French skippers lost their masts.
A NASA spacecraft circled the Earth on Monday at the start of a project to study the edges of the solar system.
Hurricane Norbert strengthened Wednesday to a Category 3 storm in the Pacific Ocean and was forecast to hit Mexico's Baja California peninsula by the weekend
My first year out of college, I took a job with the Los Angeles Times and was given my first real beat: college baseball. I had no idea at the time, but Southern California is mecca for college baseball fans. UCLA, USC, Cal-State Fullerton and Long Beach State are powerhouse programs, regular producers of major-league talent and each has a gem of a stadium. As I visited those schools to cover games, I fell for each of their stadiums. I particularly liked Jackie Robinson Stadium, which is crowded by towering trees, and Blair Field, with its bright blue overhangs. But then I drove north on Highway 1 to watch USC play at Pepperdine and discovered what is widely believed to be the best college baseball stadium in America.
One sailor was treated for first-degree burns and 23 others for heat stress after a fire on a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier burned for hours, the Navy said Friday.
Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpback whales have made a dramatic comeback in the North Pacific Ocean over the past four decades, a new study says
A missile launched last week successfully destroyed the fuel tank of an inoperable spy satellite, U.S. military officials said Monday.
The U.S. Navy succeeded in its effort to shoot down an inoperable spy satellite before it could crash to Earth and potentially release a cloud of toxic gas, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.
A U.S. spy satellite is expected to crash back to Earth as early as next month. Another thing to worry about? Not quite
A second earthquake in Southeast Asia damages houses and sends residents fleeing by foot, motorcycle and truck.
Richard Branson was born in 1950 and educated at Stowe School. It was here that he began to set up Student Magazine when he was just 16. By 17 he'd also set up Student Advisory Centre, which was a charity to help young people.
Government forecasters minimally reduced their prediction for the Atlantic hurricane season Thursday, saying up to nine hurricanes and up to 16 tropical storms are expected to form
I'm standing on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The surf is tremendous. In a field to my right, horses are grazing, munching on grass they pull up a clump at a time. A pleasant, ripping sound of roots being torn from the turf is audible under the crash of the waves as they leap up in curls of spume from the black rocks of the beach.
Use this explainer to help your students understand hurricanes, a topic relevant to current news.
On a Saturday morning, if the sun was out, I'd take a newspaper and a book down to Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach -- read and then do a few lazy laps while the Pacific Ocean churned just outside the lap lane sometimes delivering a walloping wave that would send swimmers sailing into lane ropes.
The tortoise famously beat the hare, but now conservationists are turning to racing turtles in a bid to raise awareness and learn more about the plight of one of the planet's oldest species.
The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency shot down a dummy target missile over the southern Pacific Ocean during a test of the U.S. missile defense shield early Saturday, according to an agency spokeswoman.
A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed Friday near San Clemente Island in the Pacific Ocean, killing at least one of the four people aboard, a Navy spokesman told CNN.
Los Angeles International airport is becoming ever more important as the new gateway into the United States for travelers from Asia. But even frequent flyers who cross the Pacific Ocean often have to ask themselves, "what day is it?" as passing over the international dateline adds to the confusion felt by jet-lagged travelers.
Tsunami alerts issued for the Pacific Basin due to a massive underwater earthquake were lifted hours later Saturday when only minor surges resulted.
Although tsunami warnings and watches for parts of Japan and the Pacific Basin were lifted Wednesday, hours after an 8.3-magnitude underwater earthquake struck the region, large waves were reported in Hawaii and on the western coast of the United States.
More than 20,000 people will need to be evacuated to crowded shelters, one filled to three times its capacity, as experts predicted a massive eruption from one of Indonesia's most dangerous volcanoes.
(CNN) -- Scientists say they have discovered the intact fossilized skull of a marine crocodile with a dinosaur-like head and a fish-like tail that likely terrorized the Pacific Ocean 135 million years ago.
Since the 19th century, damage surveys have included reports of tornadoes moving entire houses while keeping them intact, driving pieces of straw into tree trunks in high-speed winds, and tearing asphalt pavement away from the road like an orange peel. The following facts can help distinguish between myth and reality concerning tornadoes.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has honored five British rescuers who saved the crew of a Russian mini submarine trapped on the Pacific Ocean floor.
Firefighters in Simi Valley made slow headway Friday as they began to gain control of a raging wildfire northwest of Los Angeles that has scorched nearly 24,000 acres. By late Friday, the blaze was 40 percent contained.
A Russian submarine that had been trapped nearly 190 meters (625 feet) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean was raised Sunday, and all seven crew members are alive, a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet has confirmed.
Flashing red lights often mean danger. And that seems to be true whether it's on a highway or a mile below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
As seen from the windows of Room 501 at the Hotel Elliott, the historic district of Astoria, Oregon, appears downright self-effacing. The low, flat buildings modestly duck into the hillside so as not to obscure the panorama of the Columbia River and the distant Pacific Ocean.
On 17 March 2005, 81 days after a massive tsunami swept away a great swathe of humanity in nations bordering the Indian Ocean, scientists from Ireland's University of Ulster predicted a quake would soon rattle fault lines near Indonesia.
Russia's Photon M-2 laboratory has safely returned to Earth with its crew of lizards, scorpions, snails and other animals.
The tsunamis that struck after an earthquake under the Indian Ocean took the world by surprise, but the killer waves could have been tracked almost from their birth if warning systems were in place, according to scientists.
A piece of science fiction became fact this week as Japanese researchers launched not one, but two large solar sails, successfully deploying the gossamer-thin sheets in space during a brief rocket flight.
Fifty-seven years after combat pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, NASA will make a second attempt Saturday at flying an aircraft at 5,000 mph -- about seven times Mach 1, the speed of sound.
A moderate earthquake near a coastal resort on the Pacific Ocean jolted the region Thursday and could be felt nearly 200 miles away in Mexico City.
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