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Galactic cosmic rays have just hit a Space Age high, new data from a NASA spacecraft indicates.
"In 2009, cosmic ray intensities have increased 19 percent beyond anything we've seen in the past 50 years," said Richard Mewaldt of Caltech. "The increase is significant, and it could mean we need to re-think how much radiation shielding astronauts take with them on deep-space missions."
The surge, which poses no threat to Earth, was detected by NASA's ACE (Advanced Composition Explorer) spacecraft.
Originally posted by TriggerFish
reply to post by jdub297
Vanuatu Island itself is an active volcano, been erupting for years.
Earthquakes in this region would be expected from time to time.