Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.
California Tornado: An EF-0 tornado touched down in Maxwell, Calif., yesterday, the second tornado to hit the state in four days. California averages about 5 tornadoes each year. [Related: Rare Waterspout Seen Near San Francisco .]
Malibu Quake: A magnitude 3.3 earthquake shook Malibu, Calif., yesterday. No damage or injuries were reported.
Carbon Mission Scrapped: Japan's huge earthquake damaged an important research vessel, forcing scientists to call off a mission to a deep-sea coral bed.
Antarctica in Color: On his expedition to Antarctica in 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton brought an Australian photographer named Frank Hurley. See some of Hurley's color photos of the ill-fated mission. [Related: Race to the South Pole in Images ]
Previously on Our Daily Planet: Knut the Polar Bear Dies and an Earthquake in Afghanistan