Floods affect 16 million, kill 500 in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

19 августа 2017 No comments

More than 16 million people in Nepal, India and Bangladesh are affected by monsoon floods in one of the most serious crises the region has seen in many years, IFRC reports. So far, floods in those three countries are thought to have killed about 500 people.... Read more...

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Sierra Leone landslide - 450 bodies found, 810 still missing

19 августа 2017 No comments

Five days after the fatal floods and landslides in Sierra Leone's Freetown area, rainfall continues and the threat of further landslides remains. As of August 19, up to 450 bodies have been removed from the rubble in 13 communities in and around Freetown. 300 of... Read more...

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Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Fiji

19 августа 2017 No comments

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Fiji A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Fiji at 02:00 UTC on August 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 538.6 km (334 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 527 km (327 miles). The epicenter was located 194.4 km (120.8 miles) E... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 9 - 15, 2017

18 августа 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between August 9 and 15, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 21 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kerinci, Indonesia | Pacaya, Guatemala | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island (France) |... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake north of Ascension Island

18 августа 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake north of Ascension Island A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit north of Ascension Island, North Atlantic Ocean at 02:59 UTC on August 18, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 762.4 km (473.7 miles) N of Georgetown... Read more...

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Ash emission from San Cristobal volcano affects 50 000 people, Nicaragua

18 августа 2017 No comments

Nicaraguan authorities reported a new ash emission started at San Cristobal volcano early Friday morning, August 18, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano took place on April 22, 2016. The volcano began degassing Friday morning, followed by an expulsion of ash... Read more...

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Kanlaon volcano alert status raised, Philippines

18 августа 2017 No comments

The Philippine Insitute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert status of Kanlaon volcano, the most active of the central Philippines, from Alert Level 0 (normal) to Alert Level 1 (abnormal) on August 18, 2017. The local government units and the... Read more...

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Landslide hits a village in Congo, killing at least 40 people

17 августа 2017 No comments

A large landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of Lake Albert, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, killing at least 40 people. There are reports mentioning 60 casualties, but they are yet to be confirmed. The slide hit... Read more...

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Scientists uncover largest volcanic region on Earth under West Antarctica

14 августа 2017 No comments

Scientists uncover largest volcanic region on Earth under West Antarctica A remote survey suggested by third-year university student discovered 91 volcanoes in a massive region known as the West Antarctic Rift System. The volcanoes range in height from 100 m to 3 850 m (328 to 12 631 feet). A study conceived by a third-year student at the... Read more...

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More than 300 killed as landslides and flash flooding hit Freetown, Sierra Leone

14 августа 2017 No comments

More than 300 people have been killed in and around Sierra Leone's capital Freetown after heavy overnight rain caused landslides and flash flooding early Monday, August 14, 2017. The hardest hit appears to be the mountainous town of Regent, on the outskirts of... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake near the coast of southern Sumatra

13 августа 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake near the coast of southern Sumatra A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.4 hit near the coast of southern Sumatra at 03:08 UTC (10:08 WIB) on August 13, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 58 km (36 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 35.9 km (36 miles). According... Read more...

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Massive landslide sweeps away two buses, up to 50 feared dead, India

13 августа 2017 No comments

A massive landslide caused by heavy rain swept away two buses and several vehicles in Kotrupi on the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway near Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh, India around 01:30 IST Sunday, August 13, 2017 (20:00 UTC, August 12). There were up to 60... Read more...

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Critical flood situation in Assam, 2.3 million affected, death toll mounts to 104

13 августа 2017 No comments

Critical flood situation in Assam, 2.3 million affected, death toll mounts to 104 The flood situation in India's state of Assam drastically worsened on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13, 2017, after heavy monsoon rains engulfed the region on Friday. At least 5 people died on Saturday and another 15 on Sunday, bringing the death toll in... Read more...

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Deadly M5.6 earthquake hits the coast of southern Peru

12 августа 2017 No comments

Deadly M5.6 earthquake hits the coast of southern Peru A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.6 hit the coast of southern Peru at 21:45 UTC (16:45 local time) on Friday, August 11, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 49.7 km (30.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.6 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). At least... Read more...

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M6.3 earthquake hits Luzon, Philippines at intermediate depth

11 августа 2017 No comments

M6.3 earthquake hits Luzon, Philippines at intermediate depth A strong earthquake registered by the PHIVOLCS as M6.3 hit Luzon, Philippines at 05:28 UTC (01:28 local time) on August 11, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 177 km (110 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 168.2 km (104.5 miles). According to the... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 2 - 8, 2017

10 августа 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between August 2 and 8, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island (France) | Sangay, Ecuador | Sangeang Api, Indonesia |... Read more...

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Earthquake swarm near Rijeka, Croatia

9 августа 2017 No comments

Earthquake swarm near Rijeka, Croatia An unusual earthquake swarm is in progress near Rijeka, Croatia since 09:35 UTC on August 8, 2017. EMSC is reporting 7 earthquakes within 39 hours, but residents say they already felt dozens. This region sits directly on top of Adriatic plate's NW border. As of... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits China - Kazakhstan border

9 августа 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits China — Kazakhstan border A strong and shallow earthquake registered by CENC as M6.6 hit China — Kazakhstan border region at 23:27 UTC on August 8, 2017 (07:27 local time, August 9). The agency is reporting a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 25.9 km (16 km).... Read more...

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Powerful eruption at Sheveluch volcano, ash to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l.

9 августа 2017 No comments

A powerful eruption took place at Russia's Sheveluch volcano at 16:31 UTC on August 8, 2017. Ash cloud drifted SSE of the volcano. According to the Tokyo VAAC, ash cloud reached an altitude of 12.2 km (40 000 feet) above sea level. At 21:20 UTC, the front of the... Read more...

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Very strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits China's Sichuan

8 августа 2017 No comments

Very strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits China's Sichuan A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS and China«s CENC as M6.5 hit border region between China»s Sichuan and Gansu provinces at 13:19 UTC (21:19 local time) on August 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC... Read more...

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Unusual wildfire burning in western Greenland

8 августа 2017 No comments

Unusual wildfire burning in western Greenland Satellites have detected a sizable wildfire burning in western Greenland, about 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Sismut, the second largest town in Greenland (population 5 500). Satellites first detected evidence of the fire on July 31, 2017 and kept collecting the... Read more...

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Widespread flash flooding hits parts of Houston, Texas

8 августа 2017 No comments

Due to torrential rainfall overnight, parts of Houston, Texas, particularly its west side, are affected by widespread flash flooding. There are multiple flood warnings and watches in effect for some creeks and bayous in the city which will remain in effect through... Read more...

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Landslide destroys 71 houses, kills at least 24 in China's Sichuan

8 августа 2017 No comments

Landslide destroys 71 houses, kills at least 24 in China's Sichuan A massive landslide triggered by heavy rain hit Gengdi Village in Qiaowo Town of Puge County, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan province around 06:00 local time Tuesday morning, August 8, 2017, killing 24 people and leaving at least... Read more...

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Massive sinkhole in Florida keeps growing, 7 homes affected

7 августа 2017 No comments

A sinkhole that opened up July 14, 2017 in the Pasco County«s Land O» Lakes community near Tampa, western Florida continues to grow, authorities said Sunday, August 6. Pasco County authorities said over the weekend that 4 additional homes were being... Read more...

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Significant explosive eruption at Bogoslof, Aviation Color Code Red

7 августа 2017 No comments

Significant explosive eruption at Bogoslof, Aviation Color Code Red A significant explosive eruption began at Bogoslof volcano at about 18:00 UTC (10:00 AKDT) on August 7, 2017 and is continuing. A pilot report at 18:45 UTC indicates that the ash cloud had reached 9.7 km (32 000 feet) above sea level. Thus, AVO is raising the... Read more...

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Typhoon "Noru" strengthening south of Kyushu, landfall expected August 6

4 августа 2017 No comments

Typhoon «Noru» strengthening south of Kyushu, landfall expected August 6 Noru, once a super typhoon, the first of the year, is slowly moving closer to the Japanese mainland and is expected to hit the southwestern coast Kyushu around 15:00 UTC on August 6, 2017. Noru is forecast to intensify to 167 km/h (103 mph) over the next 36 hours... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: July 26 - August 1, 2017

3 августа 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between July 26 and August 1, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Katla, Iceland | Moyorodake [Medvezhia], Iturup (Etorofu) Island (Japan/Russia) | Piton... Read more...

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Strong eruption at Mount Sinabung, large pyroclastic flow generated

2 августа 2017 No comments

Indonesia«s Sinabung volcano erupted at 01:10 UTC (08:10 local time) on August 2, 2017, ejecting a plume of ash and smoke up to 5.4 km (18 000 feet) above sea level. It was one of Sinabung»s biggest eruptions in the past several months. By 05:10 UTC, there... Read more...

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Yellowstone volcano earthquake activity remains elevated

2 августа 2017 No comments

Yellowstone earthquake activity is currently at elevated levels compared with typical background activity, the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory reports in its monthly update for July 2017. During July 2017, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, responsible for... Read more...

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Severe floods in Gujarat claim 213 lives, death toll expected to rise

1 августа 2017 No comments

At least 213 people have been killed since July 21, 2017 in India's state of Gujarat after extremely heavy monsoon rains hit the state causing severe flooding. Hundreds of cities and villages were devastated and more than 130 000 people evacuated. Gujarat... Read more...

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Katla volcano alert raised, glacial outburst flood ongoing in Múlakvísl river

29 июля 2017 No comments

Katla volcano alert raised, glacial outburst flood ongoing in Múlakvísl river A glacial outburst flood started in Iceland's Múlakvísl river around midnight UTC on July 29, 2017. Electrical conductivity is now measured around 580µS/cm and has increased rapidly the last hour, Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported 10:14 UTC... Read more...

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Typhoon "Nesat" slams into Taiwan, Haitang approaching from the south

29 июля 2017 No comments

Typhoon «Nesat» slams into Taiwan, Haitang approaching from the south Typhoon «Nesat» made landfall at Su'ao in the northeastern county of Yilan, Taiwan at 11:10 UTC (19:10 local time) on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The typhoon is being followed by Tropical Storm «Haitang,» which formed earlier today and is now on... Read more...

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Violent hail storm bombards Istanbul, leaves at least 10 injured

28 июля 2017 No comments

A severe storm hit Istanbul, Turkey's most populated city, on Thursday, July 27, 2017, with heavy rain, strong winds and hail stones up to 9 cm (3.5 inches) wide. The storm caused widespread damage and injured at least 10 people. The city was hit by a similar... Read more...

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Indian monsoons have strengthened over past 15 years

28 июля 2017 No comments

A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come. An MIT study published today in Nature Climate Change finds that the Indian summer monsoons, which bring rainfall to the country each year between June and September, have strengthened in the last 15 years... Read more...

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Small tsunami hits Caribbean Colombia, underwater landslide likely cause

27 июля 2017 No comments

Small tsunami hits Caribbean Colombia, underwater landslide likely cause Colombian General Maritime Directorate (Dimar) reports an unusual rise in sea level (50 cm / 1.6 feet) took place around 13:20 UTC (08:20 local time) on July 19, 2017, causing flooding in different parts of the coast near Santa Marta on the country's Caribbean... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: July 19 - 25, 2017

27 июля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between July 19 and 25, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island (France) | Planchon-Peteroa, Central Chile-Argentina... Read more...

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New wildfire forces 10 000 people to evacuate, southern France

26 июля 2017 No comments

A new wildfire broke out in southern France overnight Wednesday, July 26, 2017, forcing at least 10 000 people to evacuate. The latest fire comes a day after France asked for help from the rest of Europe to tackle the flames already raging in the tinder-dry south,... Read more...

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Widespread flash floods hit Las Vegas Valley, Nevada

26 июля 2017 No comments

Severe thunderstorms produced heavy rain over portions of the Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, causing widespread flash floods. There are reports of as much as 60 cm (2 feet) of water in the Elk Ridge and cars were not able to enter or exit that... Read more...

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Unprecedented rainfall: Desert state of Rajasthan records 1466 mm (57.7 inches) in 48 hours

26 июля 2017 No comments

Unprecedented rainfall: Desert state of Rajasthan records 1466 mm (57.7 inches) in 48 hours Mount Abu weather station in Sirohi district of India's desert state of Rajasthan received an unprecedented amount of rain on July 25 and 26 with a staggering cumulative of 1 466 mm (57.7 inches) on top of 700 mm (25.5 inches) received on July 23 and 24. While... Read more...

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More than 115 000 displaced after widespread flooding hits Myanmar

25 июля 2017 No comments

More than 115 000 displaced after widespread flooding hits Myanmar Widespread flooding across Myanmar has left more than 115 000 people displaced and caused at least two deaths, officials said Monday, July 24, 2017. Water levels have risen steadily since unrelenting monsoon rains started affecting the country in early July.... Read more...

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Winter storm delivers wettest day on record, New Zealand

25 июля 2017 No comments

Winter storm delivers wettest day on record, New Zealand The latest atmospheric river over New Zealand delivered one town’s wettest day on record, and broke several other long-held rainfall statistics, according to NIWA data. Lower pressure than normal has fuelled several high impact weather events during July.... Read more...

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Powerful eruption at Sheveluch volcano, ash up to 12.2 km (40 000 feet)

24 июля 2017 No comments

Powerful eruption at Sheveluch volcano, ash up to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) A powerful explosive eruption took place at Russia's Sheveluch volcano at 17:40 UTC on Sunday, July 23, 2017, producing strong pyroclastic flows. The explosions sent ash up to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. The Aviation Color... Read more...

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Fourth '100-year flood' hits Pearl City in 14 years, Illinois

24 июля 2017 No comments

A small Illinois town of Pearl City was hit by heavy rain on July 22, 2017, forcing many houses to evacuate. Their fire chief is describing it as a 100-year flood, the fourth in about 14 years. Houses, businesses and cars were severely damaged. Pearl City Fire Chief... Read more...

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Extreme rain: 108 mm (4.27 inches) within 1 hour floods Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

24 июля 2017 No comments

Weather station located at Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, Pennsylvania recorded a staggering 108 mm (4.27 inches) of rain within just one hour on Sunday, July 23, 2017. NWS reported visibility dropped to 800 m (0.5 miles) during the storm.... Read more...

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Evacuation orders and advisories to 120 000 after record-breaking rain hits Akita, Japan

23 июля 2017 No comments

Evacuation orders and advisories to 120 000 after record-breaking rain hits Akita, Japan Some 120 000 people were ordered or advised to evacuate on Sunday, July 23, 2017 after record-breaking rain hit Japan's Akita Prefecture, causing floods and landslides. According to The Japan Times, there have been no injuries reported so far, but JMA warned of... Read more...

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Red alert as Shanghai records highest temperature ever

22 июля 2017 No comments

Shanghai, China's biggest city and global financial hub, registered a new record high temperature on Friday, July 21, 2017, forcing the Shanghai Central Meteorological Observatory to issue a red alert for high temperatures. A total of 13 high-temperature red... Read more...

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Fierce storm hits New Zealand, causing widespread flooding

22 июля 2017 No comments

A powerful storm system dumped very heavy rain on New Zealand's South Island on Friday, July 21, 2017 into July 22, causing widespread flooding. By 08:00 UTC today, 4 areas declared states of emergency — Christchurch, Dunedin, Timaru and Otago. Weather stations... Read more...

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Deadly M6.7 earthquake hits Greece - Turkey border region, triggers a tsunami

21 июля 2017 No comments

Deadly M6.7 earthquake hits Greece — Turkey border region, triggers a tsunami A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Dodecanese Islands, Greece — western Turkey border region at 22:31 UTC on July 20, 2017 (01:31 local time, July 21), triggering a small tsunami. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).... Read more...

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Over 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced and most of it thrown away

20 июля 2017 No comments

More than 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been manufactured since the material was initially mass-produced in the 1950s, according to «the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics,» which reports the majority has ended up in landfills or... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: July 12 - 18, 2017

20 июля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between July 12 and 18, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Fuego, Guatemala | Sangeang Api, Indonesia. Ongoing activity:... Read more...

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Severe drought devastating southern European crops

20 июля 2017 No comments

One of the worst droughts in recent decades is devastating southern European crops. Just this year, the damage is estimated to more than 1 billion euros. In Italy, around 30% less rain has fallen this year, compared with last year. Grains have been particularly... Read more...

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16 dead after severe floods hit Afghanistan, 51 in Pakistan

20 июля 2017 No comments

Heavy rain has been affecting Afghanistan's eastern province of Badakhshan over the past couple of days, causing floods that killed at least 16 people. In neighboring Pakistan, heavy rains since June 27 caused floods and landslides that claimed lives of at least... Read more...

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Heavy rains, floods and landslides claim 13 lives in Jammu and Kashmir

20 июля 2017 No comments

Heavy rains, floods and landslides claim 13 lives in Jammu and Kashmir At least 13 people have been killed and 11 injured after heavy rains caused flash floods and landslides in Doda, Kishtwar and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, July 20, 2017. According to Zee News, six people were killed and 11 injured after flash... Read more...

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Video shows violent landslide burying cars in south China's Guangxi Zhuang

20 июля 2017 No comments

Dashcam footage captured the moment a violent landslide suddenly struck a busy road in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The slide left eight vehicles buried in the mud and three injured. In total, sixteen drivers and... Read more...

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Detwiler Fire explodes in size, 29 structures destroyed, 1 500 threatened

20 июля 2017 No comments

A massive, fast-burning wildfire is raging west of Yosemite National Park in California, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The fire exploded in size on Wednesday, July 19 to 19 424 hectares (48 000 acres). It has so far scorched 19 424 hectares... Read more...

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300 000 hectares ablaze, more than 45 000 people evacuated, British Columbia

19 июля 2017 No comments

Massive wildfires burning in Canada's British Columbia have so far scorched 300 000 hectares (741 316 acres) of land and forced more than 45 000 people to evacuate, close to a record set in 2003 when 50 000 people were forced to evacuate. The state of emergency... Read more...

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Extreme flash flooding hits Istanbul after heaviest rain since 1985, Turkey

18 июля 2017 No comments

Extreme flash flooding hits Istanbul after heaviest rain since 1985, Turkey Turkey's most populated city, Istanbul suffered extreme flash flooding on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, after rainstorm dumped 4 months worth of rain in just 12 hours. It was the most severe rainfall the city has seen in the past 32 years, but only the first of... Read more...

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Major M7.7 earthquake hits Aleutian Trench, tsunami advisories issued

18 июля 2017 No comments

A major earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.4 hit ner Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia at 23:34 UTC on July 17, 2017. The agency is reporting a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles.) This is the 4th earthquake in this area since M6.2 at 11:05 UTC today. It was... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near the coast of Peru

18 июля 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near the coast of Peru A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near the coast of Arequipa, Peru at 02:05 UTC on July 18, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 44.1 km (27.4 miles). The epicenter was located 21.4 km (13.3 miles) south of Atico (population 0),... Read more...

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Record-breaking rains hit China's Jilin, leave 8 dead and 1 missing

17 июля 2017 No comments

Severe weather affecting China's Jilin Province on July 13 and 14, 2017, left at least 8 people dead and 1 missing, authorities reported. Strong thunderstorms brought record-breaking rain, powerful winds and hail. Yongji County was worst hit, with 250 — 296 mm... Read more...

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Russian capital Moscow flooded yet again

17 июля 2017 No comments

Heavy rainfall flooded Russian capital after the city received some 19 mm (0.7 inches) of rain within just 40 minutes on Friday, July 14, 2017. Moscow's authorities said that the amount of rain the city received within just 40 minutes on Friday is 20% of the... Read more...

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Nine people killed, one missing after major flash flood hits Arizona

17 июля 2017 No comments

Nine people killed, one missing after major flash flood hits Arizona At least nine people have been killed and one is still missing after a wall of water swept away family and friends at the popular Cold Springs Swimming Hole near Payson in central Arizona on Saturday, July 15, 2017. The flash flood was caused by a severe monsoon... Read more...

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Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia

17 июля 2017 No comments

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia at 11:05 UTC on July 17, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 7.9 km (4.9 miles). GFZ Potsdam registered it as M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), followed by... Read more...

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Eruption continues at Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion

17 июля 2017 No comments

A new eruption that started at Reunion's Piton de la Fournaise volcano on July 14, 2017 continues for the third day in a row. By 15:00 UTC on July 15, the tremor has decreased by a factor of 7 compared to the beginning of the eruption and has remained constant... Read more...

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Flooding affects more than 1 million people in Bangladesh

15 июля 2017 No comments

Continued rainfall and swelling rivers such as the Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Padma have further worsened the flood situation in northern districts of Bangladesh, ECHO reports. According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, the 12 major rivers were flowing over... Read more...

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Significant flooding in the US Midwest

15 июля 2017 No comments

Significant flooding in the US Midwest Heavy rain resulted in significant flooding in the U.S. Midwest over the week of July 7 to 14, 2017. Using satellite data, NASA estimated the amount of rain that fell over those areas and used satellite data to create 3-D imagery of severe storms. NASA's... Read more...

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Growing sinkhole swallows 2 homes near Tampa, Florida

14 июля 2017 No comments

A sinkhole that opened up Friday morning, July 14, 2017, in the Pasco County's Land O’ Lakes community near Tampa, western Florida continues to grow and has so far consumed a boat, 2 homes, and a pool. The event forced authorities to evacuate numerous... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near the coast of New Ireland, P.N.G.

13 июля 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near the coast of New Ireland, P.N.G. A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea at 03:36 UTC on July 13, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 47 km (29.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles).... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: July 5 - 11, 2017

13 июля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between July 5 and 11, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Fuego, Guatemala | Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica | Sheveluch,... Read more...

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Large landslide hits Arunachal Pradesh, leaving 16 dead and 6 missing

12 июля 2017 No comments

A large landslide triggered by four days of heavy rainfall hit Laptap village in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday afternoon, July 11, 2017, burying several homes and leaving at least 16 people dead and 6 missing. Authorities are urging residents to... Read more...

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Residents fear a new volcano is forming under Pueblo Viejo, Mexico

12 июля 2017 No comments

An eruption of gas and smoke emerged from a football field near the Mexican town of Pueblo Viejo in the state of Michoacan, sparking fears that a new volcano is forming under the town. A number of animals have reportedly been burned by the hot steam escaping from... Read more...

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Mount Vesuvius on fire, tourists and residents evacuated, Italy

12 июля 2017 No comments

Mount Vesuvius on fire, tourists and residents evacuated, Italy Hundreds of tourists and residents living near Italy's Mount Vesuvius have been evacuated for the second time in a week as firefighters battle numerous separate blazes on the slopes of the volcano. The fires are believed to have been started by arsonists and are... Read more...

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Huge Antarctic iceberg finally breaks free

12 июля 2017 No comments

After months of ‘hanging by a thread’, a vast iceberg the size of Norfolk has finally broken off Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf. Around 30 m (98 feet) of this 190 m (623 feet) thick block of ice sits above the sea surface. Scientists now have... Read more...

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Pennsylvania watershed contaminated with radioactive material and endocrine-disrupting chemicals

12 июля 2017 No comments

Hydraulic fracturing has enabled a domestic oil and gas boom in the U.S., but its rapid growth has raised questions about what to do with the billions of gallons of wastewater that result. Researchers now report that treating the wastewater and releasing it into... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near Auckland Islands, New Zealand

11 июля 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near Auckland Islands, New Zealand A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the New Zealand's GeoNet hit near the Auckland Islands, New Zealand at 07:00 UTC (19:00 NZST) on July 11, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 34 km (21 miles). USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2... Read more...

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Massive floods leave at least 20 dead in capital Lagos, Nigeria

11 июля 2017 No comments

At least 20 people have been killed after intense storms hit Nigeria's capital Lagos over the weekend, causing massive floods. While city officials blame the incident partly on indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainage channels, the Environmental Rights... Read more...

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Heavy rains, floods and landslides leave seven dead in northern Vietnam

10 июля 2017 No comments

Heavy rains, floods and landslides leave seven dead in northern Vietnam Heavy rains that started falling over Vietnam«s northern, mountainous regions on July 7, 2017 caused severe flooding that caused deaths of at least 7 persons and left 1 missing, according to the latest report from the country»s Office of the Central... Read more...

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Paris hit by heaviest July deluge since 1880, France

10 июля 2017 No comments

A storm that hit French capital Paris on Sunday night, July 9, 2017 dumped 49.2 mm (1.9 inches) of rain within 60 minutes, flooding streets, homes and metro stations within minutes. It was the city's heaviest July rainfall since records began in 1880. According... Read more...

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Unprecedented wildfires force evacuation of over 10 000 people in B.C., Canada

10 июля 2017 No comments

A province-wide state of emergency is in place in Canada«s British Columbia since Friday, July 7, 2017, as widespread wildfires continue burning out of control across the province»s southern and central parts. Officials are describing the situation as... Read more...

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Los Angeles breaks 131-year-old daily record high temperature

9 июля 2017 No comments

Los Angeles breaks 131-year-old daily record high temperature Weather stations located in downtown Los Angeles measured a record-breaking daily high temperature of 36.6 °C (98 °F) on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The previous record for the day was 35 °C (95 °F) set in 1886. The record comes amid relentless heatwave... Read more...

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South Korea enters summer rainy season, up to 180 mm (7 inches) per hour

8 июля 2017 No comments

South Korea enters summer rainy season, up to 180 mm (7 inches) per hour After record-breaking rains that hit Japan this week, heavy rains are now spreading through the neighboring South Korea. The country was drenched with heavy rain today, with generally up to 50 — 60 mm (1.96 to 2.36 inches) of rain per hour and, in places, as much as... Read more...

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At least 11 dead, 14 missing after unprecedented rains hit Japan

7 июля 2017 No comments

At least 11 dead, 14 missing after unprecedented rains hit Japan At least 11 people have been killed and 14 are still missing as of late Friday, July 7, 2017, after three days of extremely heavy rainfall caused massive floods and landslides in parts of southwest Japan. The rain is still falling throughout the region and many... Read more...

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Small eruption at Maly Semyachik volcano, the first since 1952, Russia

7 июля 2017 No comments

According to data provided by the Tokyo VAAC, a small eruption took place at Russia's Maly Semychik volcano at 06:40 UTC on July 7, 2017. The last known eruption of this volcano took place in 1952, 65 years ago. The Aviation Color Code remains Green. The... Read more...

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Extremely dangerous M6.5 earthquake hits the Philippines

6 июля 2017 No comments

Extremely dangerous M6.5 earthquake hits the Philippines A strong and very shallow earthquake registered by the PHIVOLCS as M6.5 hit Leyte, Philippines at 08:03 UTC (04:03 local time) on July 6, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 6.5 km (4 miles). The agency... Read more...

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400 000 affected by widespread flooding in India's state of Assam

6 июля 2017 No comments

Heavy monsoon rains and widespread flooding they caused have already affected approximately 400 000 people in the state of Assam and authorities warn it will only get worse. The worst affected district is Karimganj with 180 000 people affected and 200 submerged... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M5.8 earthquake shakes Montana, US

6 июля 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M5.8 earthquake shakes Montana, US A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.8 hit NW Montana at 06:30 UTC (00:30 MDT) on July 6, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 4.3 km (2.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles). Montana is one of the most... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: June 28 - July 4, 2017

6 июля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between June 28 and July 4, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Dieng Volcanic Complex, Central Java (Indonesia) | Karymsky,... Read more...

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Extremely heavy rainfall hits Japan, 398 mm (15.6 inches) within 4 hours

5 июля 2017 No comments

Some 100 000 people have been ordered or advised to evacuate on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 after extreme amounts of rain hit western Japan, causing major floods and landslides. As of late afternoon (local time), at least one person has been killed and 6 are still... Read more...

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Intense earthquake swarm near Ohrid, Macedonia

3 июля 2017 No comments

Intense earthquake swarm near Ohrid, Macedonia An intense earthquake swarm is in progress near the city of Ohrid, Macedonia since June 18, 2017. Major earthquakes occurred in this region during historical times and the seismic hazard is among the highest of the Balkan Peninsula. The last prominent earthquake in... Read more...

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Rescue helicopter crashes after eruption at Mount Dieng, Indonesia

3 июля 2017 No comments

Rescue helicopter crashes after eruption at Mount Dieng, Indonesia A rescue helicopter sent to assist evacuation of residents after a sudden phreatic eruption at Dieng Volcanic Complex, Central Java, Indonesia crashed three minutes before arriving at the scene on Sunday, July 2, 2017. All eight people onboard were killed. Sileri... Read more...

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Eruptions continue at Bogoslof volcano, Aviation Color Code remains Red

3 июля 2017 No comments

Eruptions continue at Bogoslof volcano, Aviation Color Code remains Red Another powerful eruption occurred at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska at 20:48 UTC on July 2, 2017. The latest eruption lasted 16 minutes and sent a cloud of ash up to 11 km (36 000 feet) that was carried easterly over northern Unalaska. Observers in Dutch Harbor report... Read more...

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New giant craters explode on Yamal Peninsula, Russia

3 июля 2017 No comments

At least two new giant craters formed on Russia's Yamal Peninsula this year, with the latest one observed exploding on June 28, 2017, north of the Yamal region, above the Arctic Circle. The eruption was reportedly picked up by new seismic sensors specifically... Read more...

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33 dead, 15 missing as massive floods hit China, 9.5 million affected

3 июля 2017 No comments

33 dead, 15 missing as massive floods hit China, 9.5 million affected At least 33 people have been killed and 15 are still missing since June 22, 2017 in at least 8 central and southern provinces of China, including Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Sichuan, and Guizhou, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said today. Water levels in more than... Read more...

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Eruptions at Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano cover nearby towns in ash

3 июля 2017 No comments

Monitoring systems at Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano registered three explosions and 136 low-intensity exhalations of steam, volcanic gases and light amount of ash on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, 2017. Three explosions were registered with a moderate... Read more...

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Sudden eruption at Dieng Volcanic Complex injures 10 tourists, Indonesia

2 июля 2017 No comments

A sudden phreatic eruption took place at the Sileri crater of Dieng Volcanic Complex in Central Java province, western Indonesia at about 05:00 UTC (12:00 local time) on Sunday, July 2, 2017. There were 17 people near the crater when the eruption took place. 10 of... Read more...

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Yellowstone volcano: Elevated earthquake activity during June 2017

2 июля 2017 No comments

Yellowstone volcano: Elevated earthquake activity during June 2017 Yellowstone earthquake activity is currently at elevated levels compared with typical background activity. This is largely due to an energetic earthquake swarm about 10 km (6 miles) north of West Yellowstone, Montana that started on June 12. Monitored locations... Read more...

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Extremely intense hailstorm hits Girona, Spain

1 июля 2017 No comments

Heavy rain accompanied by huge amounts of hail hit the city of Girona, Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia, late Friday, June 30, 2017. There were no injuries but the event produced significant damage. Authorities said it was a very complicated situation,... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits coastal Ecuador

30 июня 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits coastal Ecuador A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the IGEPN as M6.3 hit very near the coast Ecuador at 22:29 UTC (17:29 local time) on June 30, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 9 km (5.6 miles). USGS registered it as M6.0 at a depth of 7.4 km (4.5 miles). The... Read more...

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Extreme flash flooding in northern Illinois after 152 mm (6 inches) of rain in 4 hours

30 июня 2017 No comments

Extreme flash flooding in northern Illinois after 152 mm (6 inches) of rain in 4 hours Severe storms that hit parts of northern Illinois on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, dumped more than 152 mm (6 inches) of rain in less than 4 hours, NWS said. The rains caused extreme flash flooding in many areas, including Rockford area which became impassable. Some of... Read more...

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Steep drop in natural and human-caused fires worldwide

30 июня 2017 No comments

Steep drop in natural and human-caused fires worldwide Researchers using NASA satellites to detect fires and burn scars from space have found that an ongoing transition from nomadic cultures to settled lifestyles and intensifying agriculture has led to a steep drop in the use of fire for land clearing and an overall... Read more...

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Heavy monsoon rains cause massive floods, leave 25 dead in Pakistan

30 июня 2017 No comments

Heavy monsoon rains cause massive floods, leave 25 dead in Pakistan Heavy monsoon rains started affecting Pakistan this week, causing massive floods and leaving widespread power outages. As of June 30, 2017, at least 25 people have lost their lives and dozens were injured within 48 hours, officials said. Capital Karachi, Sindh... Read more...

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Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand

29 июня 2017 No comments

Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 07:03 UTC on June 29, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 392.3 km (244 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M5.8 (preliminary) at a depth of 448 km... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: June 21 - 27, 2017

29 июня 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes between June 21 and 27, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Pavlof, United States |... Read more...

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Increased seismic activity at underwater Lō‘ihi volcano, Hawaii

28 июня 2017 No comments

Increased seismic activity at underwater Lō‘ihi volcano, Hawaii Since the end of February 2017, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) seismic analysts have noted a slight uptick in the number of earthquakes near underwater Lō‘ihi volcano. The quakes appear to be clustered roughly 10 to 12 km (6 — 7 miles) below sea level... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

28 июня 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M6.4 hit Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 18:20 UTC on June 28, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 8 km (5 miles). USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 10 km (8 miles). According to the... Read more...

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Sinkhole opens at Wickiup Reservoir, ground 'highly unstable'

28 июня 2017 No comments

Sinkhole opens at Wickiup Reservoir, ground «highly unstable» A relatively large sinkhole has opened up on the edge of Wickiup Reservoir, Oregon's second-largest reservoir, and is slowly draining the water in. The area has been roped off and officials are warning visitors to keep away as the ground is unstable and... Read more...

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Earthquake swarm near Reno, Nevada - California border region

28 июня 2017 No comments

Earthquake swarm near Reno, Nevada — California border region An earthquake swarm is in progress north of Lake Tahoe, California, just west of Reno, Nevada. The sequence started with a shallow M3.7 at 09:02 UTC (02:02 PDT) on June 27, 2017. By 07:21 UTC on June 28, the Nevada Seismological Lab and USGS registered 40... Read more...

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Sheveluch erupts ash to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

27 июня 2017 No comments

Russia's Sheveluch volcano erupted at 01:12 UTC on June 27, 2017, sending a plume of ash up to 12.2 km (40 000 feet), according to the Tokyo VAAC. In their Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation issued 01:23 UTC, KVERT said that video data show an ash explosion... Read more...

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Significant explosive eruption at Bogoslof, ash to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l.

27 июня 2017 No comments

A significant explosive eruption began at Bogoslof volcano at 11:17 UTC on June 27, 2017 and lasted roughly 14 minutes. The eruption prompted the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red. The eruption produced a volcanic cloud that... Read more...

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Deadly floods and landslides hit southern China, 7.44 million affected

27 июня 2017 No comments

Deadly floods and landslides hit southern China, 7.44 million affected Floods, landslides and other disasters caused by severe weather across southern China affected more than 7.4 million people in 9 provinces since June 22, 2017, officials said today. As of early June 27, the death toll stands at 32 while 8 people are still missing.... Read more...

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High level of activity at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

26 июня 2017 No comments

High level of activity at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan Japan«s famous Nishinoshima volcano, which gave birth to a new island at the end of 2013, is erupting again and officials say it is comparable to powerful eruptive episode observed in 2014 and 2015 when the island»s surface area expanded at a remarkable... Read more...

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Massive wildfire raging in Utah, 1 500 people evacuated

26 июня 2017 No comments

Massive wildfire raging in Utah, 1 500 people evacuated A massive wildfire is raging in southern Utah, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for at least 1 500 people. Since it started on June 17, the fire has rapidly spread to more than 17 000 hectares (42 000 acres), destroying on its way more than a dozen... Read more...

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Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Tonga region

25 июня 2017 No comments

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Tonga region A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Tonga region at 17:42 UTC on June 25, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 38.3 km (23.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was... Read more...

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Massive landslide hits China, over 120 people buried under huge rocks

24 июня 2017 No comments

The Sichuan provincial government said huge rocks which came from a mountain engulfed 62 homes and a hotel during the early morning hours of Saturday, June 24, 2017. Late afternoon, officials confirmed 15 deaths and said more than 120 are still believed to be buried... Read more...

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Multiple eruptions at Bogoslof, volcanic cloud up to 11 km (36 000 feet) a.s.l.

24 июня 2017 No comments

Multiple eruptive bursts were registered at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska starting at 00:49 UTC on June 24, 2017. The first eruptive burst lasted roughly 10 minutes and was accompanied by strong seismicity, lightning, and infrasound. Thus, the Alaska Volcano Observatory... Read more...

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Increased earthquake activity under Katla volcano, Iceland

23 июня 2017 No comments

A series of earthquakes were registered under Iceland's Katla volcano over the past couple of days. Judging by the depth of some of the earthquakes, fresh magma is making its way upward. There were more than 10 earthquakes in total, including M3.6 at 18:36 UTC... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: June 13 - 20, 2017

23 июня 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between June 14 and 20, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Pavlof, United States |... Read more...

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Powerful M6.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Guatemala

22 июня 2017 No comments

Powerful M6.8 earthquake hits near the coast of Guatemala A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit near the coast of Guatemala at 12:31 UTC (06:31 local time) on June 22, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 60 km (37 miles). USGS issued... Read more...

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Details emerge about Greenland tsunami, and a new video

21 июня 2017 No comments

Details emerge about Greenland tsunami, and a new video New details have emerged about the Greenland landslide that occurred in Karrat Fjord and the deadly tsunami it produced late Saturday (local time), June 17, 2017. The tsunami hit the village of Nuugaatsiaq just after 23:00 local time on June 17 (01:00 UTC on June... Read more...

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Large landslide kills at least 11 people in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

20 июня 2017 No comments

A large landslide caused by heavy rains hit Guatemala's municipality of San Pedro Soloma, department of Huehuetenango, at 05:30 (local time) on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, killing at least 11 people. According to CONRED, a part of a hillside collapsed, spilled onto... Read more...

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Powerful multi-vortex tornado destroys a village in Kurgan, Russia

20 июня 2017 No comments

A powerful multi-vortex tornado hit the small Russian village of Pesyanoye, just south of the city of Kurgan in the Mokrousovsky District of Kurgan Oblast, on June 18, 2017. The event was accompanied by heavy rain, strong winds and large hail. According to available... Read more...

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Yellowstone earthquake swarm continues, causing panic

20 июня 2017 No comments

Yellowstone earthquake swarm continues, causing panic An energetic earthquake swarm that started on June 12, 2017 on the western edge of Yellowstone National Park continues, leading many people into panic mode. However, there is no indication that this supervolcano will experience a catastrophic eruption in the... Read more...

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43 000 homes without power as Bay Area sets record highs, California

19 июня 2017 No comments

43 000 homes without power as Bay Area sets record highs, California According to data provided by the National Weather Service, nine cities in San Francisco Bay Area have set daily high temperature records on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Although temperatures remained high through Monday and meteorologists said more records might be... Read more...

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Intense rains and snowstorms hit central and southern Chile

19 июня 2017 No comments

Intense rains and snowstorms affecting central and southern Chile since June 15, 2017 have left at least 4 people dead, 3 000 homeless, more than 45 000 customers without power and nearly 10 000 without drinking water. Most of those displaced live in the southern... Read more...

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Deadly floods hit Niger as rainy season begins

19 июня 2017 No comments

At least 14 people have died after heavy rains on June 13 and 14, 2017 caused severe damage and flooding in several parts of West African country of Niger. The country's rainy season lasts from June to September and peaks in July and August. Heavy rains that... Read more...

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Tropical Storm "Bret" forms, threatens Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Windward Islands

19 июня 2017 No comments

Tropical Storm «Bret» forms, threatens Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Windward Islands An unusually early tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic Ocean near Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago at 21:00 UTC on June 19, 2017 and was named Bret. This is the earliest Atlantic MDR (Main Development Region) named storm since records began in 1851. The prior... Read more...

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Deep M6.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji

18 июня 2017 No comments

Deep M6.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit south of Fiji at 22:26 UTC on June 17, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 518.2 km (322 miles). The epicenter was located 626.2 km (389.1 miles) WSW of Haveluloto (population 3 417), 627.9 km... Read more...

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Portugal wildfire kills more than 62, most of them in cars

18 июня 2017 No comments

A catastrophic wildfire believed to be caused by a dry thunderstorm has killed more than 62 people near Pedrógão Grande, central Portugal early Sunday, June 18, 2017. Most of them died in cars while trying to escape, officials said. Local media said... Read more...

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Tsunami hits western Greenland, leaving 4 people dead, 9 injured

18 июня 2017 No comments

Tsunami hits western Greenland, leaving 4 people dead, 9 injured A shallow earthquake registered by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) as M4.0 hit 28 km (17.4 miles) north of the village of Nuugaatsiaq, western coast of Greenland at 01:00 UTC on June 18, 2017 (23:00 local time on June 17). The quake is believed... Read more...

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Energetic sequence of earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park

16 июня 2017 No comments

An energetic sequence of earthquakes is taking place in the Yellowstone National Park, about 13 km (8 miles) north-northeast of the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, The University of Utah Seismograph Stations, a Yellowstone Volcano Observatory member, reports. The... Read more...

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Major explosive eruption of Bezymianny volcano, ash to 12.2 km (40 000 ft) a.s.l.

16 июня 2017 No comments

A major explosive eruption took place at Russia's Bezymianny volcano at 04:53 UTC on Friday, June 16, 2017. By 05:10 UTC, ash plume from the eruption reached an altitude of 12.2 km (40 000 feet) above sea level and a distance of 40 km (25 miles) NE of the... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: June 7 - 13, 2017

16 июня 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between June 7 and 13, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes New activity/unrest: Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Pavlof, United States |... Read more...

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Death toll from Bangladesh landslides rises to over 150

15 июня 2017 No comments

Numerous landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains have buried thousands of homes and claimed lives of at least 152 people in Bangladesh since Monday, June 12, 2017. Police say many of the dead are from poor tribal communities living in traditional homes in the... Read more...

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Powerful eruption of Sheveluch volcano sends ash to 12 km (39 360 feet) a.s.l.

15 июня 2017 No comments

Powerful eruption of Sheveluch volcano sends ash to 12 km (39 360 feet) a.s.l. A major eruption started at Russia's Sheveluch volcano at 16:20 UTC on June 14, 2017. KVERT reports a plume of ash reached a height of 12 km (39 360 feet) above sea level and warned explosions up to 15 km (49 200 feet) could occur at any time. The Aviation Color... Read more...

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Powerful M6.9 earthquake hits Guatemala - Mexico border region

14 июня 2017 No comments

Powerful M6.9 earthquake hits Guatemala — Mexico border region A powerful earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit Guatemala — Mexico border region at 07:29 UTC (01:29 local time) on June 14, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 111.5 km (69.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 105 km (65 miles). According to... Read more...

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Intense thunderstorm floods central France, 1 missing

14 июня 2017 No comments

A powerful thunderstorm dumped very heavy rain over parts of central France Tuesday afternoon, June 13, 2017, causing severe flash floods. At least one person is missing, presumed dead. Houses were submerged, vehicles swept away, and roads blocked by fallen trees... Read more...

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Winter-like storm sets new records across Nevada

14 июня 2017 No comments

An unusually strong and cold low pressure system caused several daily low temperatures and precipitation records to be set on Monday, June 12, 2017 across central and northern Nevada. On the same day, state's mountainous regions received an estimated 6 — 12... Read more...

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Heavy monsoon rains wash away over 350 houses, kill at least 10 people in Mizoram

13 июня 2017 No comments

Heavy monsoon rains wash away over 350 houses, kill at least 10 people in Mizoram Heavy monsoon rains are affecting the Indian state of Mizoram since Monday, June 12, 2017, causing landslides and severe flash floods that washed away more than 350 houses and claimed lives of at least 10 people by Tuesday afternoon, June 13. Authorities say the... Read more...

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Record snowmelt, raging rivers across America's West claim 21 lives

13 июня 2017 No comments

Raging rivers caused by record snowmelt claimed lives of at least 21 people across the America's West so far this season, forcing officials to close sections of rivers popular with swimmers, rafters and fishing enthusiasts. In Utah and Wyoming, some rivers... Read more...

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Large sinkhole opens in China's Jiangsu, swallows a van and a tree

13 июня 2017 No comments

A large sinkhole opened up on a busy road of Nantong city, east China's Jiangsu province on Saturday, June 10, 2017, after heavy rains hit the region. The hole immediately swallowed a minivan and continued to expand, engulfing parts of pavement and a nearby... Read more...

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Sinkhole swallows a car in Florida's Ocala, ruptures gas line

13 июня 2017 No comments

A large sinkhole opened up at the Gateway Plaza in Ocala, Florida late June 10, 2017, after heavy rains hit the region. The hole swallowed pavement and a car whose occupants managed to escape without injuries. The sinkhole opened near the intersection of Southwest... Read more...

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At least 68 killed in Bangladesh landslides, death toll expected to rise

13 июня 2017 No comments

At least 68 killed in Bangladesh landslides, death toll expected to rise Heavy monsoon rains caused deadly floods and landslides, killing at least 68 people throughout southeast Bangladesh on June 13, 2017. Most of the deaths were caused by landslides. Officials fear the death toll will rise as rescue workers reach remote areas.... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Turkey - Greece border region

12 июня 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Turkey — Greece border region A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC hit near the coast of western Turkey (Turkey — Greece border region) at 12:28 UTC on June 12, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 5.7 km (3.5 miles).... Read more...

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Powerful explosive eruption at Bogoslof, ash to 10.4 km (34 000 feet)

12 июня 2017 No comments

A powerful explosive eruption took place at Bogoslof volcano on June 10, 2017, forcing officials to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red and Volcano Alert Level to Warning. It seems the eruption may have destroyed the lava dome emplaced last week. The eruption... Read more...

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California ski season to last entire summer, mountains still packed with loads of snow

9 июня 2017 No comments

California ski season to last entire summer, mountains still packed with loads of snow What is becoming one the West's wettest years on record has stretched winter season for most California and Nevada ski resorts well into spring and, with 2.4 m (8 feet) of snow still on most of the mountains, some resorts now say they will stay open during the... Read more...

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Massive earth crack forms in Manipur, destroying villages

9 июня 2017 No comments

Massive earth crack forms in Manipur, destroying villages A massive earth crack that developed Sunday morning, June 4, 2017 in the Indian state of Manipur is widening with every passing hour, threatening several villages in the Kangpokpi district to be completely destroyed. More than 250 people have been evacuated to a... Read more...

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7 days of rain pull Florida out of extreme drought

9 июня 2017 No comments

7 days of rain pull Florida out of extreme drought In an interesting turn of events, just 7 days of heavy rainfall, in places record-breaking, pulled the entire state of Florida out of extreme drought conditions. The state is still not completely out of drought, as 23% of it still remains in severe condition, but... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 31 - June 6, 2017

8 июня 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between May 31 and June 6, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 19 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Karymsky, Eastern... Read more...

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'Mother of all storms' fuels Western Cape's largest and most destructive fire in recent memory

8 июня 2017 No comments

«Mother of all storms» fuels Western Cape's largest and most destructive fire in recent memory The worst winter storm to hit South Africa's drought-stricken province of Western Cape fueled a massive wildfire near the city of Knysna (population 77 000). The fire has so far destroyed at least 150 structures, caused deaths of 3 people and forced 10 000... Read more...

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Extreme rainfall over South Florida leaves widespread flooding

8 июня 2017 No comments

Extreme rainfall over South Florida leaves widespread flooding Most of South Florida is in a severe drought condition, but just several days of heavy rain turned out to be sufficient for widespread flooding. The rain is coming in waves and it seems the region will not be out of it at least until Saturday, June 10, 2017. What... Read more...

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Sheveluch ejects ash up to 10 km (33 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

7 июня 2017 No comments

Sheveluch ejects ash up to 10 km (33 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia Russia's Sheveluch volcano erupted at 01:50 UTC on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, ejecting a plume of ash up to 10 km (33 000 feet) above sea level. The plume is extending to the southwest. At 02:30 UTC, KVERT reported ash plume/cloud reached a distance of 23 km (14... Read more...

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Worst winter storm in 30 years hits Cape Town, causing at least 8 deaths

7 июня 2017 No comments

Worst winter storm in 30 years hits Cape Town, causing at least 8 deaths A major winter storm hit South Africa's province of Western Cape and the Cape Town metropolitan area around 23:00 SAST (21:00 UTC) on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, and intensified on Wednesday morning. It brought powerful winds, huge waves and coastal flooding,... Read more...

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Major eruption of Mount Sakurajima, Japan

6 июня 2017 No comments

A major eruption occurred at Mount Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan at 22:56 UTC on June 5, 2017 (07:56 JST on June 6). This is the second significant eruption at the volcano in recent weeks. The eruption occured at Showa crater,... Read more...

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Small phreatic eruption at Bulusan volcano, Philippines

6 июня 2017 No comments

A minor phreatic eruption took place at Bulusan volcano, Luzon, Philippines at 14:29 UTC (22:29 local time) on June 5, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano, also phreatic, took place on March 2, 2017. Based on the seismic record, the eruption lasted approximately... Read more...

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Intense heat wave engulfs Pakistan, relief expected this week

5 июня 2017 No comments

Although much of Pakistan was already under severe heat wave conditions during the month of May, the temperatures further intensified over the weekend. However, national meteorologists say a new weather system will set in this week, bringing relief to the entire... Read more...

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Eruption of Mount Marapi places four regions in West Sumatra on alert

5 июня 2017 No comments

Sumatra's Mount Marapi volcano erupted 4 times on Sunday, June 4, 2017, forcing authorities to place four surrounding regions on alert. The first eruption occurred at 15:01 UTC (22:01 WIB), producing a thick column of ash up to 300 m (984 feet) above the crater.... Read more...

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Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Near Islands, tsunami not expected

2 июня 2017 No comments

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits Near Islands, tsunami not expected A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit off Near Islands, Alaska at 22:24 UTC (14:24 AKDT) on June 2, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 4.3 km (2.7 miles). GFZ Potsdam is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).... Read more...

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Massive sandstorm sweeps through Khartoum, Sudan

2 июня 2017 No comments

A massive sandstorm swept through the Sudanese capital Khartoum on June 1, 2017, turning day into night and burying several homes. The storm has brought vast amounts of sand and dust into the city, burying several homes and severely limiting visibility, CGTN... Read more...

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Deadly 600 mm (23.6 in) of rain within 11 hours floods Taiwan, shuts down nuclear plant

2 июня 2017 No comments

Deadly 600 mm (23.6 in) of rain within 11 hours floods Taiwan, shuts down nuclear plant Brutal amounts of rainfall hit northern Taiwan today, June 2, 2017, killing at least 1 person, leaving 2 missing and injuring more than 20. Heavy rain toppled electricity pylon near New Taipei's Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the automatic shutdown of... Read more...

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Tropical Storm "Beatriz" inundates Mexico, leaving 2 dead and 2 missing

2 июня 2017 No comments

Tropical Storm «Beatriz» inundates Mexico, leaving 2 dead and 2 missing Tropical Depression 02E strengthened into Tropical Storm «Beatriz» before striking Mexico near Puerto Angel, Oaxaca late Thursday afternoon, June 1, 2017. As of Friday afternoon, the storm claimed lives of at least 2 people and left 2 people missing.... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 24 - 30, 2017

1 июня 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between May 24 and 30, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Poas, Costa Rica | Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica | Sheveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia).... Read more...

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Severe water crisis in Cape Town caused by worst drought in over a century

1 июня 2017 No comments

Cape Town, South Africa's seat of Parliament and the legislative capital, is enduring its worst drought in over a century and severe water crisis. This forced officials to impose strict Level 4 water restrictions, effective as of Thursday, June 1, 2017. While... Read more...

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Severe flash floods hit Turkey's Izmir, turning streets into raging rivers

31 мая 2017 No comments

Heavy rainfall caused severe flash floods in western Turkey on May 29, 2017, especially in the city of Izmir in Izmir Province whose streets quickly turned into raging rivers. Floodwaters flooded numerous houses, destroyed city's infrastructure and swept away a... Read more...

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202 killed, 94 still missing after worst monsoon rains since 2003 hit Sri Lanka

31 мая 2017 No comments

Sri Lanka«s Disaster Management Center (DMC) said early Wednesday, May 31, 2017, that the death toll from last week»s devastating floods and landslides reached 202, with 96 people still missing. The worst monsoon rains since 2003 and strong winds which... Read more...

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Unprecedented thunderstorm hits Moscow, killing 16 and injuring 168

30 мая 2017 No comments

A violent thunderstorm swept through Russian capital Moscow on Monday, May 29, 2017, claiming lives of at least 16 people and injuring at least 168. It was the deadliest thunderstorm to hit Moscow since records began more than 100 years ago. The Russian... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia

29 мая 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit Sulawesi, Indonesia at 14:35 UTC (21:35 local time) on May 29, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 9.6 km (5.9 miles). Indonesia's BMKG is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to... Read more...

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Bogoslof erupts ash possibly as high as 13.7 km (45 000 feet), Alaska

29 мая 2017 No comments

Bogoslof erupts ash possibly as high as 13.7 km (45 000 feet), Alaska A powerful eruption took place at Alaska's Bogoslof volcano on May 28, 2017. It was the second powerful eruption after more than months of relative calm. Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reported a powerful explosive... Read more...

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8 dead, more than 30 000 evacuated as severe floods and landslides hit Brazil

29 мая 2017 No comments

8 dead, more than 30 000 evacuated as severe floods and landslides hit Brazil Extreme rainfall has caused severe flooding and deadly landslides in the northeastern and southern Brazil over the weekend, claiming the lives of at least 8 people and forcing more than 30 000 to evacuate. Authorities said that swollen rivers, mudslides, and falling... Read more...

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200 people dead or missing after extreme rainfall hits Sri Lanka

27 мая 2017 No comments

200 people dead or missing after extreme rainfall hits Sri Lanka Nearly 200 people are dead or missing after very heavy monsoon rains caused severe floods and mudslides in several southern and western areas of drought-stricken Sri Lanka. Some areas reportedly received 12 months worth of rain within just 24 hours on Thursday, May... Read more...

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Massive California Highway 1 landslide seen from space

26 мая 2017 No comments

Massive California Highway 1 landslide seen from space On the night of May 20, 2017, more than a million tons of rocks and dirt spilled over California's iconic Highway 1. The slide was so large it can be seen from space. The slide covered roughly 530 m (0.3 miles) of the scenic route in 10 to 12 m (35 to 40 feet)... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 17 - 23, 2017

25 мая 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between May 17 and 23, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Manam, Papua New Guinea | Nishinoshima, Japan | Poas, Costa Rica | Sheveluch, Central Kamchatka... Read more...

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Strong late-spring snowstorm hits the Rockies

19 мая 2017 No comments

An unusually strong late-spring snowstorm, named Valerie by The Weather Channel, dumped heavy snow on the Rockies, closing roads, damaging trees and causing power outages on Wednesday and Thursday, May 18, 2017. Valerie dumped more than 3 feet (91.4 cm) of snow and... Read more...

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Massive flooding hits Russia's Tyumen region

18 мая 2017 No comments

A massive flooding is affecting Russia's Tyumen region in Siberia since May 11, 2017, after a large discharge of water from the reservoir in Kazakhstan. Tyumen governor said the actual release was much higher than Kazakstan officials claim. A state of emergency... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 10 - 16, 2017

18 мая 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between May 10 and 16, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Fuego, Guatemala | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Masaya, Nicaragua | Poas,... Read more...

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Floods, landslides leave 7 people dead in Indonesia

18 мая 2017 No comments

At least 7 people have died and tens of thousands were affected after heavy rain fell on Indonesia's Sulawesi, Borneo and Sumatra late last week. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) spokesman, said... Read more...

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Short-lived eruption at Cleveland volcano, Alaska

18 мая 2017 No comments

A short-lived explosion was detected in seismic and infrasound data at Cleveland volcano at 03:38 UTC on May 17, 2017. The increase in seismicity lasted about 10 minutes. The ash cloud was observed in satellite data drifting to the southwest for approximately 5... Read more...

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Powerful eruption at Bogoslof: ash to 10.4 km (34 000 ft), Aviation Color Code Red

17 мая 2017 No comments

Powerful eruption at Bogoslof: ash to 10.4 km (34 000 ft), Aviation Color Code Red A powerful explosive eruption started at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska at 06:32 UTC on May 17, 2017, and lasted approximately 73 minutes. The Aviation Color Code was raised from Orange to Red. This is the first major eruption at Bogoslof volcano since March 8, 2017. A... Read more...

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Massive landslide in Osh region, Kyrgyzstan

17 мая 2017 No comments

A massive landslide with the volume of 2.8 million m3 (98.8 million ft3) hit the Kurbu-Tash village on April 24, 2017, damaging 84.8 hectares (209 acres) of agricultural land. As of May 13, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations said, there are 56... Read more...

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Extreme rainfall hits Jamaica, major flooding and landslides

17 мая 2017 No comments

Extreme rainfall hits Jamaica, major flooding and landslides A trough across the central Caribbean is dumping extremely heavy rain on parts of Jamaica since Saturday evening, May 13, 2017, causing major flooding and landslides. Flooding affected 10 of country's 14 parishes, with Clarendon the worst hit. The Health... Read more...

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Thousands rescued as severe floods hit southeast China

16 мая 2017 No comments

At least 4 people have been killed and thousands evacuated after heavy rain caused severe floods in southeast China over the past couple of days. Last week, record-breaking rain caused major flooding in parts of Guangdong Province, affecting nearly 9 000 people.... Read more...

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Sheveluch erupts ash up to 10 km (33 000 feet), Aviation Color Code Red

16 мая 2017 No comments

Yet another powerful eruption occurred at Russia's Sheveluch volcano at 07:05 UTC on May 16, 2017. The eruption sent ash up to 10 km (33 000) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. KVERT reported the eruption was accompanied by pyroclastic flows,... Read more...

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A giant lava lamp inside the Earth might be flipping the planet’s magnetic field

16 мая 2017 No comments

A giant lava lamp inside the Earth might be flipping the planet’s magnetic field If you could travel back in time 41 000 years to the last ice age, your compass would point south instead of north. That’s because for a period of a few hundred years, the Earth’s magnetic field was reversed. Magnetic reversals have happened repeatedly... Read more...

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Deadly floods hit Atacama and Coquimbo, Chile

15 мая 2017 No comments

Heavy rains affecting Atacama and Coquimbo regions of Chile since May 12, 2017, have caused widespread floods, left at least 2 people dead and forced 3 000 people to evacuate. Both Coquimbo and Atacama are on Red Alert. La Serena, the capital of Coquimbo region... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

15 мая 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea at 13:22 UTC on May 15, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 40.2 km (25.0 miles) ENE of Rabaul... Read more...

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Eruption of Campi Flegrei possibly closer than thought, Italy

15 мая 2017 No comments

According to new research by UCL and the Vesuvius Observatory in Naples, the Campi Flegrei volcano in southern Italy may be closer to an eruption than previously thought. An eruption today would affect the 360 000 people living across the caldera and Naples'... Read more...

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1.3 million people affected in flood-ravaged Peru, dengue cases growing

15 мая 2017 No comments

1.3 million people affected in flood-ravaged Peru, dengue cases growing Nearly 1.3 million people in Peru remain severely affected or affected throughout the country as a result of the extreme rainfall and country's most devastating floods in decades. Of these, more than 400 000 are children and adolescents. At the same time, total... Read more...

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Intensifying cosmic rays, grand solar minimum and Earth's climate

13 мая 2017 No comments

Intensifying cosmic rays, grand solar minimum and Earth's climate Data provided by the students of Earth to Sky Calculus and Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather.com show cosmic ray levels are intensifying, as the Solar Minimum approaches, with an approximately 13% increase since March 2015. This article provides a brief overview of... Read more...

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Yellow alert issued after shallow M5.8 earthquake hits Iran

13 мая 2017 No comments

Yellow alert issued after shallow M5.8 earthquake hits Iran A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.8 hit Turkmenistan-Iran border region at 18:01 UTC on May 13, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 12.4 km (7.7 miles). A yellow alert was issued for shaking-related fatalities. Casualties are... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits off the coast of El Salvador

12 мая 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits off the coast of El Salvador A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit off the coast of El Salvador at 10:41 UTC on May 12, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). 10 minutes later, the same area was hit by a M5.4 at the same depth. The epicenter was... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 3 - 9, 2017

11 мая 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between May 3 and 9, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Fuego, Guatemala | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Poas, Costa Rica. Ongoing... Read more...

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Shallow M6.5 earthquake hits off South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

11 мая 2017 No comments

Shallow M6.5 earthquake hits off South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit off South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands at 23:23 UTC on May 10, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 2373.3 km (1474.7 miles) SSW of Edinburgh of the... Read more...

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At least 8 killed, 20 injured after M5.5 earthquake hits Xinjiang, China

11 мая 2017 No comments

At least 8 killed, 20 injured after M5.5 earthquake hits Xinjiang, China At least 8 people have been killed and dozens injured after a shallow earthquake registered by CENC as M5.5 hit Taxkorgan County of Kashi Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 21:58 UTC on May 10, 2017 (05:58 local time on May 11).... Read more...

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West Mims Fire in Georgia continues to grow, only 12% contained

10 мая 2017 No comments

West Mims Fire in Georgia continues to grow, only 12% contained A lightning-caused West Mims Fire is still burning, more than a month after it started on April 6, 2017, approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. As of May 10, the fire has consumed 140... Read more...

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Severe floods hit coastal Kenya, at least 9 casualties

10 мая 2017 No comments

Severe floods hit coastal Kenya, at least 9 casualties Deadly flooding and landslides in southern and eastern parts of Kenya claimed lives of at least 9 people since the rains started on Friday, May 5, 2017. More than 5000 people in Taveta Taita Taveta County near the Kenya coast have been displaced by flooding on May... Read more...

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Very strong M6.8 earthquake hits Vanuatu at intermediate depth

9 мая 2017 No comments

Very strong M6.8 earthquake hits Vanuatu at intermediate depth A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit Vanuatu at 13:52 UTC on May 9, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 179 km (111 miles). After M6.4 in Japan's Ryukyu Islands, this is the second M6+ earthquake today. According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Ryukyu Islands, Japan

9 мая 2017 No comments

Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Ryukyu Islands, Japan A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency as M6.4 hit Ryukyu Islands at 01:54 UTC on May 9, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS registered it as M6.0 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the... Read more...

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Washed away Irish beach reappears after 33 years, again

9 мая 2017 No comments

A beach in the village of Dooagh on Achill Island, northwestern Ireland that vanished during a violent spring storm in 1984 has reappeared during a freak tide in April 2017 after hundreds of thousands of tons of sand were deposited on the shore, re-creating once... Read more...

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Donna becomes strongest May cyclone ever to hit southern hemisphere

8 мая 2017 No comments

Donna becomes strongest May cyclone ever to hit southern hemisphere During the afternoon UTC hours of May 7, 2017, Tropical Cyclone «Donna» became the strongest May cyclone ever to hit the southern hemisphere. Donna peaked at 118.7 knots (220 km/h / 136 mph) at 19:32 UTC on May 7, before it started weakening. Vanuatu... Read more...

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Historic flooding hits Montreal, state of emergency declared

8 мая 2017 No comments

The Canadian city of Montreal, Quebec declared a state of emergency after extreme weather event caused historic flooding across country's east. The measure, declared Sunday afternoon, May 7, 2017, will remain in place for at least 48 hours. Parts of the region... Read more...

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Heavy rain, snowmelt cause floods and mudslides in British Columbia

8 мая 2017 No comments

Heavy rain, snowmelt cause floods and mudslides in British Columbia Heavy rain combined with warm temperatures caused severe flooding and mudslides throughout British Columbia's Interior over the weekend. Two people are missing and more than 300 have been evacuated. Environment Canada posted severe thunderstorm watches for huge... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hit near Tanaga volcano, Alaska

8 мая 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hit near Tanaga volcano, Alaska A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near Tanaga volcano, Alaska at 17:00 UTC on May 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This is the 4th and strongest earthquake to hit within 48 km (30 miles) from the Tanaga... Read more...

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Extreme rainfall event affecting eastern Canada

6 мая 2017 No comments

A slow-moving weather system moving up from the southern United States is dumping heavy rain on parts of eastern Canada, especially Ontario where month«s worth of rain in just 48 hours caused severe flooding problems in nation»s capital region. Quebec was... Read more...

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Ocean oxygen levels declining since 1980s

6 мая 2017 No comments

Ocean oxygen levels declining since 1980s A new analysis of decades of data on oceans across the globe has revealed that the amount of dissolved oxygen contained in the water — an important measure of ocean health — has been declining for more than 20 years. Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology... Read more...

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Strongest eruption since 2012 at Fuego, alert raised, pyroclastic flows, ashfall reported

5 мая 2017 No comments

Strongest eruption since 2012 at Fuego, alert raised, pyroclastic flows, ashfall reported Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted at 13:15 UTC on May 5, 2017, producing pyroclastic flows and ejecting thick volcanic ash cloud to an estimated altitude of 5 km (16 405 feet) above sea level. INSIVUMEH is describing it as one of the strongest eruptions in... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: April 26 - May 2, 2017

4 мая 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between April 26 and May 2, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 20 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Kambalny, Southern Kamchatka (Russia)... Read more...

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Sheveluch erupts ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet), Russia

3 мая 2017 No comments

A powerful eruption of Russia's Sheveluch volcano took place at 23:30 UTC on May 2, 2017. The Aviation Color Code remains Orange. According to the Tokyo VAAC, the volcanic ash was reaching 9.1 km (30 000 feet) above sea level at 03:40 UTC. At 03:20 UTC, it was... Read more...

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Historic flooding hits Missouri and Arkansas, more heavy rain on the way

3 мая 2017 No comments

Historic flooding hits Missouri and Arkansas, more heavy rain on the way Parts of Missouri and Arkansas are experiencing historic flooding after a powerful storm produced deadly tornadoes, strong winds and heavy rain, leaving at least 20 people dead and dozens injured. Although flooding in some areas already reached historic levels, this... Read more...

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Kick 'em Jenny volcano alert level remains Yellow

3 мая 2017 No comments

Kick 'em Jenny volcano alert level remains Yellow Increased activity of undersea volcano Kick 'em Jenny continues since April 29, 2017, when the UWI SRC recorded a high amplitude signal, lasting about 25 seconds. The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) continues to collaborate with the Seismic Research... Read more...

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Increased activity at Kick 'em Jenny volcano, exclusion zone established

2 мая 2017 No comments

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) reports an increased activity at Kick 'em Jenny undersea volcano, between Grenada and the Grenadine island of Carriacou. The Alert Level was raised to Yellow (2 of 5). SRC has recorded a high... Read more...

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Sakurajima rains ash on Kagoshima city, Japan

2 мая 2017 No comments

Another powerful eruption took place at Japan's Mount Sakurajima at 18:20 UTC on May 1, 2017 (03:20 JST, May 2). The eruption ejected ash up to 4.9 km (16 000 feet) above sea level toward Kagoshima city where it caused significant ash fall. Sakurajima blew its... Read more...

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Extreme weather: Major flooding and tornadoes claim at least 16 lives, USA

2 мая 2017 No comments

Extreme weather: Major flooding and tornadoes claim at least 16 lives, USA ​At least 16 people have died and three are still missing as severe weather hit the US Midwest and South over the weekend. Flooding rain, strong winds and tornadoes were reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas, Missouri,... Read more...

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Two M6+ earthquakes, dozens of aftershocks hit Alaska - BC border region

1 мая 2017 No comments

Two M6+ earthquakes, dozens of aftershocks hit Alaska — BC border region A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit sparsely populated Alaska — British Columbia border region at 12:31 UTC on May 1, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 2.2 km (1.3 miles). The quake was followed by numerous aftershocks over the... Read more...

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Landslide buries 24 in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, warnings ignored

29 апреля 2017 No comments

Landslide buries 24 in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, warnings ignored 24 people were killed after a landslide tore through a part of a village in southwestern Kyrgyzstan early Saturday, April 29, 2017. According to local authorities, residents ignored official warnings. The slide hit the village of Ayu in the Uzgen District of Osh... Read more...

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Massive wildfire engulfs Bubnovka, Siberia declares state of emergency

29 апреля 2017 No comments

At least 59 houses burned to the ground as massive fire engulfed Bubnovka village in Russia's Irkutsk Region on April 28, 2017. Although the settlement is located on an island, rescuers managed to save all residents before it burned to the ground. Hundreds of... Read more...

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At least 2 new craters formed during new Nishinoshima eruption

28 апреля 2017 No comments

After one and a half year of quiescence, Japan's Nishinoshima volcano entered a new eruptive phase on April 20, 2017, and aerial imagery now shows there are at least two new craters spewing large amounts of lava. The latest eruptions at the volcano are... Read more...

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Strong eruption at Sakurajima volcano, ash to 4.3 km (14 000 feet) a.s.l.

28 апреля 2017 No comments

Strong eruption at Sakurajima volcano, ash to 4.3 km (14 000 feet) a.s.l. A powerful explosive eruption occurred at the Showa crater of Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan at 02:01 UTC on April 28, 2017 (11:01 JST). Several smaller eruptions followed. The Japan Meteorological Agency said it is the first such... Read more...

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Very strong M6.8 earthquake hits Philippines, tsunami possible

28 апреля 2017 No comments

Very strong M6.8 earthquake hits Philippines, tsunami possible A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 (downgraded from M7.2) hit near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 20:23 UTC on April 28, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 40 km... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: April 19 - 25, 2017

27 апреля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between April 19 and 25, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Kambalny, Southern Kamchatka (Russia) | Langila, New Britain... Read more...

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More than 1.3 million affected by flooding and landslides in South America

27 апреля 2017 No comments

Heavy rainfall unleashed by sea temperature changes has caused heavy rainfall throughout Peru, Colombia and Ecuador in the first quarter of 2016, affecting more than 1.3 million people. Although rainfall persists in some areas, it has begun to let up in other, OCHA... Read more...

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Extreme amounts of rain hit Dominican Republic

27 апреля 2017 No comments

Extreme amounts of rain hit Dominican Republic More than 17 000 people were forced to evacuate after dangerous weather system dumped extreme amounts of rain on the Dominican Republic over the past couple of days. Within 24 hours, some regions saw up to 400 mm (15.7 inches) of rain, causing rivers to overflow.... Read more...

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Sawmill Fire in Arizona only 7% contained, started by target shooter

26 апреля 2017 No comments

Sawmill Fire in Arizona only 7% contained, started by target shooter A massive wildfire is burning south of Tucson, Arizona, producing a ton of heat and its own weather. Named Sawmill Fire, it is one of Southern Arizona's largest wildfires in recent memory. The Sawmill Fire is burning on lands under the jurisdiction of the... Read more...

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Nuclear town Zheleznogorsk on fire, Russia

25 апреля 2017 No comments

Nuclear town Zheleznogorsk on fire, Russia Massive wildfires are raging close to Zheleznogorsk, a closed town in Russia's Krasnoyarsk Krai with facilities for producing weapons-grade plutonium. The town, also known as Atom town and Iron city, is located 62 km (38 miles) northeast of regional capital... Read more...

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Major flooding after slow-moving storm hits North Carolina

25 апреля 2017 No comments

Major flooding after slow-moving storm hits North Carolina After causing major flooding in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, a slow-moving storm caused widespread flash flooding in the Raleigh, North Carolina, metro area early Tuesday, April 25, 2017. On Monday, the rains already flooded numerous roads, caused dozens of... Read more...

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Manam volcano eruption alert level raised to three, Papua New Guinea

25 апреля 2017 No comments

Manam volcano eruption alert level raised to three, Papua New Guinea The Rabaul Volcanic Observatory has raised the volcanic eruption alert level for Manam volcano to three, informing Disaster Office officials ni Madang to immediately evacuate the population of the island. The volcano began belching smoke and flames around 09:00 UTC... Read more...

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Storm leaves severe damage across Matthew-stricken Haiti and Jamaica

24 апреля 2017 No comments

Storm leaves severe damage across Matthew-stricken Haiti and Jamaica Heavy rains in the South Department of Haiti, heavily affected by Hurricane «Matthew» last year, caused severe damage between April 20 and 23, 2017. At least six people have lost lives, several houses were completely destroyed and at least 5 000 damaged.... Read more...

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Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits off Chile's Valparaiso, preventive evacuation

24 апреля 2017 No comments

Powerful M7.1 earthquake hits off Chile's Valparaiso, preventive evacuation Following a series of moderate to strong earthquakes on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, 2017, a powerful M7.1 earthquake hit the region at 21:38 UTC on April 24. USGS is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). CSN Chile is reporting a preliminary magnitude of... Read more...

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Significant earthquake swarm near the coast of Valparaiso, Chile

23 апреля 2017 No comments

Significant earthquake swarm near the coast of Valparaiso, Chile A series of moderate to strong earthquakes were registered near the coast of Valparaiso, Chile on April 22 and 23, 2017. EMSC is reporting at least 25 earthquakes since 22:46 UTC on Saturday, April 22, 2017, with the strongest registered as M6.0 at a depth 20 km... Read more...

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Rare, pre-season Tropical Storm "Arlene" forms in central Atlantic

21 апреля 2017 No comments

Rare, pre-season Tropical Storm «Arlene» forms in central Atlantic Tropical Storm «Arlene» formed on Thursday, April 20, 2017, as the first tropical storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Arlene comes a month and a half before the official start of the season and follows a recently noticed trend in early starts to... Read more...

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From drought to deluge, preparing for weeks of Katrina-style flooding

21 апреля 2017 No comments

From drought to deluge, preparing for weeks of Katrina-style flooding California has spectacularly emerged from one of its driest periods on record and ended its five-year drought by enduring one of its wettest periods on record. Its reservoirs, lakes, and mountainsides are now brimming with water and snow, though scientists caution... Read more...

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Winter returns to Europe, severe blizzards, widespread frost damage

21 апреля 2017 No comments

As expected, winter has returned to Europe in the middle of spring, bringing huge amounts of snow, blizzard conditions and devastating widespread frost. While this first cold wave will be over soon, another one is already on its way toward central Europe and Balkan... Read more...

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Increased activity at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

21 апреля 2017 No comments

Guatemalan Fuego volcano is exhibiting increased activity today, prompting authorities to restrict access to the volcano. In a special bulletin released April 21, 2017, INSIVUMEH reported an average of 5 to 7 weak to moderate explosions per hour which generate a... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: April 12 - 18, 2017

20 апреля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between April 12 and 18, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Kambalny, Southern Kamchatka (Russia) |... Read more...

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New eruption at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

20 апреля 2017 No comments

New eruption at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan A new eruption has started at Nishinoshima volcano on April 20, 2017, the Japan Meteorological Agency reports. It was characterized by the ejection of white smoke from the vicinity of the crater in the center of the island and a lava flow. The last eruption of this... Read more...

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Colombia's Manizales hit by deadly landslide after a month's worth of rain overnight

19 апреля 2017 No comments

A deadly landslide hit Colombia«s mountainous city of Manizales on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, after the region registered a month»s worth of rain overnight. At least 11 people were killed and 22 are missing, government officials said and added that death... Read more...

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Snowmelt causes severe floods in Kazakhstan, forces evacuations

19 апреля 2017 No comments

Severe floods are wreaking havoc across Kazakhstan over the past couple of days after this season's above-average snow started to melt, increasing river levels across the country. Floods forced thousands to evacuate, destroyed houses and power lines, roads,... Read more...

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Mount Etna's Southeast Crater is on fire again

19 апреля 2017 No comments

Mount Etna's Southeast Crater is on fire again The fifth eruptive episode of the year is currently in progress at Italy's Mount Etna. This is the third eruptive episode in less than 10 days. Etna was calm for about 4 and a half days before the fifth eruptive episode started at 09:34 UTC on April 19, 2017.... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Peru-Ecuador border region

18 апреля 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Peru-Ecuador border region A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit sparsely populated Peru-Ecuador border region at 17:49 UTC on April 18, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.7 km (6.6 miles). Ecuador's IGEPN is reporting M6.1 at a depth 16.8 km (10.4... Read more...

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Heat wave claims 21 lives in Telangana, India

18 апреля 2017 No comments

At least 21 people have succumbed to heat strokes in the southern Indian state of Telangana over the past week as continuing heat wave conditions severely affect life. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh state governments have issued advisory appealing citizens to stay... Read more...

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Very deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

18 апреля 2017 No comments

Very deep M6.0 earthquake hits Fiji region A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Fiji region at 17:11 UTC on April 18, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 626.1 km (389 miles). The epicenter was located 242.1 km (150.4 miles) E of Levuka (population 8 360), 297.9 km (185.1... Read more...

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Slims River disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats

18 апреля 2017 No comments

Slims River disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats A retreat of the massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada has caused the Slims River to change its course and join the Kaskawulsh River on its way toward to the Gulf of Alaska. It is the first known case of what is known as «river piracy» in modern... Read more...

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Bogoslof volcano remains in an unpredictable condition, Alaska

18 апреля 2017 No comments

Bogoslof volcano remains at a heightened state of unrest and in an unpredictable condition, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reports. No significant volcanic activity was observed at the volcano in seismic, infrasound data or satellite data over the past day,... Read more...

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Sudden increase in seismic activity under San Miguel volcano, El Salvador

18 апреля 2017 No comments

Sudden increase in seismic activity under San Miguel volcano, El Salvador El Salvador authorities are reporting a sudden increase in seismic activity under San Miguel volcano on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The last major eruptive phase of this volcano started on December 29, 2013, and ended in August 2014 (VEI 2). In a special report... Read more...

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Manam volcano eruption forces evacuations, Papua New Guinea

18 апреля 2017 No comments

Papua New Guinea' Manam volcano erupted on April 16, 2017, forcing evacuations. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange. According to local media reports, residents said the volcano began belching smoke and flames around 09:00 UTC (19:00 local time) Sunday... Read more...

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Significant cold outbreak hits Europe, two more waves expected

18 апреля 2017 No comments

Forecast models have come true and Europe is now experiencing an unusually significant cold outbreak. Two more cold waves are expected before April ends, posing a significant threat to agriculture. After very warm March and the first half of April in which... Read more...

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At least 25 killed after massive floods hit Iran

15 апреля 2017 No comments

At least 25 people have been killed and 16 others are missing after heavy rain caused massive floods and landslides in Iran's northwest over the past couple of days. Parts of the region saw water levels not seen in the past 40 years. The heaviest downpours were... Read more...

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Strong M6.2 earthquake hits Chile at intermediate depth

15 апреля 2017 No comments

Strong M6.2 earthquake hits Chile at intermediate depth A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Antofagasta, Chile at 08:19 UTC on April 15, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 135.1 km (83.9 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 158.4 km (98.4 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter... Read more...

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Northern Sierra breaks all-time record for wettest water year

14 апреля 2017 No comments

Northern Sierra breaks all-time record for wettest water year With more than five months still to go, California's northern Sierra Nevada has already achieved its wettest water year in recorded history, the National Weather Service office in Sacramento announced yesterday. The mountains saw an incredible amount of snow... Read more...

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New eruptive episode begins at Mount Etna, Italy

14 апреля 2017 No comments

A new eruptive episode began at Italy's Mount Etna shortly after 20:00 UTC on April 13, 2017. The new phase started 2 hours after a sudden increase in volcanic tremor. It comes after three days of calm. INGV reports that lava was pouring from three vents during... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: April 5 - 11, 2017

14 апреля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between April 5 and 11, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Banda Api, Indonesia | Cerro Azul, Isla Isabela (Ecuador) | Dempo,... Read more...

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Get ready, Europe: Significant cold outbreak expected

13 апреля 2017 No comments

Current forecast models suggest a very cold air mass will descend from the Arctic down to the Mediterranean Sea over the next 10 days, reaching possibly as far south as northern Africa. If the models play out, central Europe, Balkan Peninsula, and Italy will see a... Read more...

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Strong phreatic eruption at Poas volcano, lahars generated

13 апреля 2017 No comments

A strong phreatic eruption took place at Costa Rica's Poas volcano between 00:00 and 01:00 UTC on April 13, 2017 (18:00 and 19:00 local time on April 12), the National University’s Volcanology and Seismology Research Institute (OVSICORI) reported. The... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines

12 апреля 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the PHIVOLCS as M6.0 hit the island of Mindanao, Philippines at 21:21 UTC on April 11, 2017 (05:21 local time on April 12). The agency is reporting a depth of 1 km (0.62 miles). USGS is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 8.3... Read more...

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Florida wildfire outbreak: Governor declares a state of emergency

11 апреля 2017 No comments

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency today, April 11, 2017, following the recent wildfires across the state and the high potential for increased wildfires to continue this year. 2017 is already the most active season since 2011. In a statement... Read more...

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Powerful earthquake swarm under Metropolitan Area of San Salvador, El Salvador

11 апреля 2017 No comments

Powerful earthquake swarm under Metropolitan Area of San Salvador, El Salvador More than 370 small to moderately strong earthquakes were recorded under San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, since Monday, April 10, 2017. At least one person has been killed and three injured. Authorities said the shaking is attributed to the movement of... Read more...

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Divers caught in underwater sandstorm as M5.9 earthquake hits Philippines

10 апреля 2017 No comments

Divers caught in underwater sandstorm as M5.9 earthquake hits Philippines A video captured by Jan Paul Rodriguez shows an underwater sandstorm produced by an earthquake doublet near Batangas, Philippines on Saturday, April 8, 2017. An earthquake swarm has been going on near Batangas since April 4 when a M5.1 earthquake struck 5 km (3.1... Read more...

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The world’s five deadliest volcanoes… and why they’re so dangerous

10 апреля 2017 No comments

The world’s five deadliest volcanoes… and why they’re so dangerous Since 1600, 278 880 people have been killed by volcanic activity, with many of these deaths attributed to secondary hazards associated with the main eruption. Starvation killed 92 000 following the 1815 Tambora eruption in Indonesia, for example, and a volcanic... Read more...

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Major flash flooding in Paraguay's Itapúa after dam breach

10 апреля 2017 No comments

A major flash flooding event took place in Paraguay's Itapúa department on April 9, 2017, after an old dam at the San Benito lake collapsed, breaking the Graneros del Sur road in two. This was just one of three flash flood events in the south of the... Read more...

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Large group of tourists evacuated from Costa Rica's Poas volcano

10 апреля 2017 No comments

Large group of tourists evacuated from Costa Rica's Poas volcano Increased volcanic activity at Costa Rica's Poas volcano on Sunday, April 9, 2017, forced authorities to evacuate a large group of tourists. The last eruptive activity of this volcano was reported in July 2016. According to the park rangers, the evacuation took... Read more...

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Models suggest unusually significant cold outbreak in Europe

10 апреля 2017 No comments

Both GFS and ECMWF models are suggesting Europe will be hit by two unusually significant cold outbreaks for this time of year starting next week. If this happens, below freezing temperatures would result in a lot of damage to agriculture and push the storm season... Read more...

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Slow-moving landslide discovered near the massive 2014 Oso landslide site

8 апреля 2017 No comments

Slow-moving landslide discovered near the massive 2014 Oso landslide site A new, slow-moving landslide has been discovered near the site of the massive landslide in Oso, Washington that destroyed 49 homes and claimed lives of 43 people on March 22, 2014. The area is located about 2.4 km (1.5 miles) west of the 2014 slide. It was... Read more...

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Strong M5.9 earthquake hits Mindoro, Philippines

8 апреля 2017 No comments

Strong M5.9 earthquake hits Mindoro, Philippines A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit Mindoro, Philippines at 07:09 UTC on April 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 42.7 km (26.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 80 km (49.7 miles). According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Floods destroy 80% of the city of Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

7 апреля 2017 No comments

Comodoro Rivadavia, a city in the Patagonian province of Chubut in southern Argentina, is estimated to have experienced an «80% destruction» after it suffered a week of historic torrential rains and strong winds. Within just a few days the city experienced... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: March 29 - April 4, 2017

6 апреля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes between March 29 and April 4, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 19 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Kambalny, Southern Kamchatka (Russia)... Read more...

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Drastic increase in the number of icebergs in transatlantic shipping lanes

6 апреля 2017 No comments

Drastic increase in the number of icebergs in transatlantic shipping lanes Last week, we reported car and house-sized chunks of broken-up sea ice are being pounded onto the shore of St. John«s harbor in a sight locals haven»t seen since the 1980«s. Now, USCG»s International Ice Patrol reports a drastic increase in icebergs... Read more...

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Banda Api awakens after 30 years of slumber, evacuations begin

6 апреля 2017 No comments

Banda Api awakens after 30 years of slumber, evacuations begin The number of earthquakes under Indonesian Banda Api volcano has sharply increased over the past couple of days prompting authorities to raise the volcanic alert level to 2. Preparations are currently underway to evacuate some 1 000 people living near the volcano.... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits northeastern Iran

5 апреля 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits northeastern Iran A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit northeastern ran at 06:09 UTC on April 5, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at the same depth. USGS issued a yellow alert level for shaking-related... Read more...

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Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 273, Red Alerts for floods and landslides

4 апреля 2017 No comments

Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 273, Red Alerts for floods and landslides As of 07:00 UTC on April 4, 2017, the number of people that died after massive mudflows hit the Colombian city of Mocoa on April 1 has risen to 273. Meanwhile, IDEAM has issued new Red Alerts for floods and landslides. The number of people that died in Mocoa after... Read more...

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Ex-cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc across North Island, New Zealand

4 апреля 2017 No comments

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone «Debbie» have reached New Zealand and are now dumping flooding rain across the North Island. Parts of the region have declared states of emergency and are expecting record flooding Wednesday. The storm will continue affecting... Read more...

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Rockhampton prepares for major flood, Australia

3 апреля 2017 No comments

Residents of the city of Rockhampton, located between Mackay and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia are preparing for major flood, possibly the worst since 1956. Over the weekend, authorities said as many as 8 000 homes and 20 000 people could be affected... Read more...

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Powerful M6.7 earthquake shakes Botswana

3 апреля 2017 No comments

Powerful M6.7 earthquake shakes Botswana A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.7 hit Botswana, Africa at 17:40 UTC on April 3, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 11.6 km (7.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter... Read more...

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Massive landslide hits Banaran village, East Java, Indonesia

3 апреля 2017 No comments

A massive landslide caused by extreme amounts of rain hit remote Banaran village in Ponorogo Regency, East Java Province, Indonesia around 08:00 local time on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The Banaran village is in an area of high landslide risk and locals say that signs... Read more...

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Massive mudslides leave hundreds dead and missing in Mocoa, Colombia

2 апреля 2017 No comments

Massive mudslides hit Colombia's southwestern city of Mocoa after several rivers burst their banks late Friday, March 31, 2017. At least 254 people have been killed, more than 200 are missing and at least 400 are injured, authorities said Sunday. They are... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: March 22 - 28, 2017

30 марта 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes between March 22 and 28, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Cerro Azul, Isla Isabela... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Kamchatka, Russia

29 марта 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Kamchatka, Russia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit Kamchatka, Russia at 04:09 UTC on March 29, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 22.8 km (14.1 miles). It was followed by a M4.9 earthquake at 04:34 UTC. The epicenter was located 78.7 km (48.9... Read more...

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Earthquake swarm near Turangi continues, New Zealand

29 марта 2017 No comments

A swarm of small earthquakes west of Turangi-Waihi-Pukawa-Omori area in New Zealand (Taupo Volcanic Zone) is shaking the region since Monday, February 13, 2017, and the number of earthquakes has increased on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. To date, GeoNet has recorded... Read more...

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Aleutian Islands, Alaska

27 марта 2017 No comments

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Aleutian Islands, Alaska A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Near Islands, Aleutian Islands at 10:50 UTC on March 27, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter is located 66 km (41 miles) W of Navy Town (population 0), Alaska... Read more...

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Possible eruption of Cerro Azul in the next few days to weeks

26 марта 2017 No comments

Possible eruption of Cerro Azul in the next few days to weeks Seismic and deformation data indicate magma is trying to rise to the surface at Cerro Azul volcano in Galapagos, Ecuador. An eruption can be expected in the next few days or weeks, probably of the same type as those previously occurring at the volcano — the emission... Read more...

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Kambalny volcano erupts after 248 years of sleep, Russia

25 марта 2017 No comments

Kambalny volcano erupts after 248 years of sleep, Russia A major eruption started at Kamchatkan Kambalny volcano at 21:20 UTC on March 24, 2017, prompting authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Orange. According to experts, the sharp intensification of the volcano was a complete surprise. Although there are... Read more...

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Severe flooding hits Luanda, Angola

24 марта 2017 No comments

Severe flooding hits Luanda, Angola At least 11 people have been killed, six injured and thousands left homeless after flooding destroyed more than 700 homes and damaged more than 5 000 in Angola's northwestern province of Luanda. Several people are still missing. Heavy rains and flooding hit... Read more...

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JMA issues eruption warning for Bayonnaise Rocks

24 марта 2017 No comments

JMA issues eruption warning for Bayonnaise Rocks At 15:00 JST on Friday, March 24, 2017, the Japan Meteorological Agency has issued an eruption warning for Bayonnaise Rocks (Beyonesu Rocks), a shallow submarine volcano in Izu archipelago, south of Tokyo. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1970. The... Read more...

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Rankin Ranch Road Fire fire burns 60 000 acres, Texas

24 марта 2017 No comments

A fast-moving Rankin Ranch Road Fire is burning in the far northeastern Texas panhandle since 14:30 local time on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Texas A&M Forest Service said Friday afternoon the fire is 50% contained. The fire burned 40 000 acres (16 200 hectares)... Read more...

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Worst floods and mudslides in almost 30 years continue affecting Peru

24 марта 2017 No comments

As of March 24, the worst floods and mudslides in Peru since 1988 have claimed lives of 85 people and injured more than 270. More than 20 people are missing. A state of emergency has been declared in 12 departments. More than 784 000 people are affected, including... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: March 15 - 21, 2017

23 марта 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between March 15 and 21, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Etna, Sicily... Read more...

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Sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles

23 марта 2017 No comments

Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent. This is the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite record. On the opposite side of the planet, on March 3 sea ice around Antarctica hit its lowest extent ever recorded by... Read more...

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Lessons learned from the 2003 France heatwave

22 марта 2017 No comments

In the summer of 2003, France was coping with worst heatwave since 1950s, when measurements began. The relentless heat killed more than 15 000 people, mostly elderly residents of Paris. Since the 2003 disaster, France has fully integrated disaster risk reduction... Read more...

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Increased activity at Cerro Azul volcano - Galapagos, Ecuador

21 марта 2017 No comments

Increased activity at Cerro Azul volcano — Galapagos, Ecuador In a special bulletin released March 20, 2017, Ecuador's Institute of Geophysics reports a significant increase in activity under Cerro Azul volcano which might be a precursor to a new eruptive episode. Since 1932, there were 11 reported eruptions of the Cerro... Read more...

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Peru declares state of emergency in more than 800 cities

21 марта 2017 No comments

Due to abnormally high rainfall and the worst flooding in two decades, Peru has declared a state of emergency across half of the country, in more than 800 cities. The rain, blamed on a local El Nino phenomenon, has so far delivered 10 times as much rainfall as... Read more...

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Namibia braces for worst flooding in living memory, over 70 dead

20 марта 2017 No comments

Drought-stricken Namibia is bracing for the worst flooding in living memory as heavy rains descend on one of the sunniest countries in the world. Authorities warned that the magnitude of flooding expected in the northern central regions is likely to surpass that of... Read more...

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Record-breaking March heat across Nevada

20 марта 2017 No comments

Las Vegas Valley, a major metropolitan area located in the southern part of the US state of Nevada, registered two consecutive days of record highs over the weekend and the first 90-degree °F (32.2 °C) day of the year as record-breaking March heat continues... Read more...

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Thousands evacuated as wildfire threatens Boulder, Colorado

20 марта 2017 No comments

A wildfire broke out early Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, near Boulder, Colorado prompting officials to order the evacuation of thousands of people. The fire, named Sunshine Fire, was 50% contained by the end of the day. According to the Boulder County... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Solomon Islands

19 марта 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Solomon Islands A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Solomon Islands at 15:43 UTC on March 19, 2017 (02:43 local time, March 20). The agency is reporting a depth of 4.2 km (2.6 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.2 at a depth... Read more...

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Catastrophic floods devastate Peru, raising death toll to 67

18 марта 2017 No comments

Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of Peru over the past four days, particularly its northern regions, causing deadly floods and wreaking havoc on the country's infrastructure. Authorities are describing the floods as the worst since 1998. By the end of... Read more...

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A month's worth of rain in one night, deadly floods hit Burundi

18 марта 2017 No comments

Heavy rain has caused widespread damage in Burundi overnight Thursday, March 16, 2017, claiming lives of at least six people. Local media is reporting a month's worth of rain in just a couple of hours. "Torrential rains and strong winds struck several... Read more...

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Major flooding after heavy rains hit Peru

16 марта 2017 No comments

Major flooding after heavy rains hit Peru Heavy rainfall over the past couple of days has caused flooding in several regions of Peru, forcing the government to deploy army personnel to help rescue people. The worst affected was Lambayeque, northern Peru where the Peruvian Army deployed a helicopter on March... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: March 8 - 14, 2017

16 марта 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between March 8 and 14, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Ebulobo, Flores Island (Indonesia), Klyuchevskoy,... Read more...

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10 injured after phreatic-magmatic explosion at Mount Etna

16 марта 2017 No comments

10 people, including BBC crew, scientists and tourists have been injured Thursday, March 16, 2017, after being caught in the middle of a phreatic-magmatic explosion at Mount Etna, Italy. The explosion took place at 11:43 UTC. "The material thrown into the air... Read more...

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Activity at Mount Etna spreading to all craters, Italy

15 марта 2017 No comments

Following an increase in Strombolian activity on February 27, 2017, Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano, continues erupting and it appears the activity is now spreading to all the craters at the top of the mountain. INGV reported that Strombolian activity at... Read more...

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NIWA adds more faults to the latest Kaikoura fault rupture map

15 марта 2017 No comments

NIWA adds more faults to the latest Kaikoura fault rupture map Scientists on board NIWA’s research vessel Ikatere took to the water in January with state-of-the-art equipment to map the sea floor between Cape Campbell and Spyglass Point to the south of Kaikoura and added more fault ruptures to the fault map of... Read more...

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50 m (164 feet) wide sinkhole opens in Bashkiria, Russia

15 марта 2017 No comments

A 50 meters (164 feet) wide sinkhole has opened up last week in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, near the village Novokulevo in Nurimanovsky District. Although such large sinkholes are rare, the region is known for its karst topography and numerous sinkholes. ... Read more...

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Alicante hit by six months' worth of rain in 24 hours, Spain

14 марта 2017 No comments

The province of Alicante, southeastern Spain saw a record amount of rain on Monday, March 13, 2017, and its worst floods in 20 years. Streets of the city of Alicante quickly turned into rivers with dozens of cars submerged and abandoned in what local media is... Read more...

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Landslide wrecks Waikato hill, New Zealand

14 марта 2017 No comments

Extremely heavy rains that struck North Island, New Zealand over the past week have caused a huge landslide in Waikato District. According to media reports, the entire hillside in Waikato moved on Sunday, March 12, 2017, after the region saw between 180 and 220 mm... Read more...

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Worst harvest in 40 years as drought affects 1.2 million, Sri Lanka

14 марта 2017 No comments

Sri Lanka is enduring its worst drought in decades and worst harvest in 40 years, affecting more than 1.2 million people. Of them, over 600 000 are children. Sri Lanka's government said over 1.2 million people have been affected by drought which began last... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Nicobar Islands region, India

14 марта 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Nicobar Islands region, India A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Nicobar Islands region, India at 02:51 UTC on March 14, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. India's National Center for... Read more...

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Massive sinkhole opens up in Auckland, New Zealand

13 марта 2017 No comments

Massive sinkhole opens up in Auckland, New Zealand A very large sinkhole has opened up in Auckland's New Lynn after a week of extremely heavy rainfall dumped by a powerful storm centered over the Tasman Sea. The structure of this storm was similar to a tropical cyclone, NIWA said and shared some of the most... Read more...

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Tasman Tempest floods Auckland with 65 mm (2.5 in) in one hour

12 марта 2017 No comments

Tasman Tempest floods Auckland with 65 mm (2.5 in) in one hour A severe storm dubbed by NIWA meteorologists as Tasman Tempest has dumped extremely heavy rain and wreaked havoc in parts of northern New Zealand over the past couple of days. Some regions already saw 100-year storms and their worst flooding in a generation. A huge... Read more...

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WATCH: Barren Island eruption recorded using night vision

10 марта 2017 No comments

Indian Coast Guard has captured Barren Island volcano in action using night vision. The volcano awakened in 1991 after over 150 years and had several eruptive phases since then. The last seems to have started on January 23, 2017. The island is uninhabited, and the... Read more...

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Powerful eruption of Bezymianny volcano, Russia

9 марта 2017 No comments

Powerful eruption of Bezymianny volcano, Russia A powerful eruption took place at Bezymianny volcano, Kamchatka, Russia around 03:00 UTC on March 9, 2017. The Aviation Color Code was first raised to Orange, then to Red. Tokyo VAAC said at 03:42 UTC, that an eruption at Bezymianny at 03:00 UTC sent ash up to 10 km... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: March 1 - 7, 2017

9 марта 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between March 1 and 7, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka... Read more...

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Large explosive eruption ejects ash 10.6 km (35 000 feet) a.s.l., Bogoslof

8 марта 2017 No comments

A large explosive eruption began at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska at 07:36 UTC on March 8, 2017 and resulted in approximately 3 hours of significant ash emissions. The eruption comes after two weeks of relative calm. The intensity of activity as observed in seismic,... Read more...

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Huge new lava outbreak at Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

8 марта 2017 No comments

A huge new outbreak just above the pali to the south of the Kilauea's 61g flow is sending many lava streams downslope, Tropical Visions videographer Mick Kalber and the Paradise Helicopters crew reported after an overflight on March 2, 2017. “Truly an... Read more...

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At least 16 sinkholes found in Johannesburg after heavy rains

8 марта 2017 No comments

At least 16 sinkholes have been identified in West Rand's Khutsong near Johannesburg, South Africa following heavy rains that hit the drought-stricken country in the wake of Tropical Cyclone «Dineo.» During the early morning hours of Sunday, March 5,... Read more...

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Tasman Tempest brings extremely heavy rain to New Zealand

8 марта 2017 No comments

Parts of Northern New Zealand are being hit by extremely heavy rain as low over the Tasman Sea extends slow-moving fronts over the region. Rain is expected to continue through Sunday, March 12, 2017, but it will not be a steady rain, all week long. Some regions saw... Read more...

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Large and deadly wildfires strike Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado

7 марта 2017 No comments

At least four people have died in Texas Panhandle where wildfires scorched more than 130 000 hectares (320 000 acres) and prompted mandatory evacuations. Large grass fires are also affecting Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma, some of which are also forcing evacuations.... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

6 марта 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit West New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 22:47 UTC on March 5, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 31.1 km (19.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 and a depth of 59 km (30 miles). The epicenter was... Read more...

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Dozens injured after M5.9 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines

5 марта 2017 No comments

Dozens injured after M5.9 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines At least 29 people were injured after a shallow M5.9 earthquake hit Surigao del Norte, Philippines at 00:08 UTC (08:08 PHT) on March 5, 2017. The quake struck at a depth of 13 km (8 miles), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology... Read more...

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Hundreds dying from hunger as severe drought grips Somalia

4 марта 2017 No comments

110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in just one region of Somalia as severe drought gripped the country, causing hunger crisis. The death toll was announced by prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire today and it comes from the Bay region in the southwest... Read more...

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More than 240 killed by floods in Zimbabwe

3 марта 2017 No comments

The government of Zimbabwe said that 246 people have died, 128 were injured and approximately 1 985 made homeless after above-normal rains flooded the country. Regions now affected by floods have recently suffered from severe drought which left more than 4 million... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: February 22 - 28, 2017

2 марта 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between February 22 and 28, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Pacaya, Guatemala | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island (France).... Read more...

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Earthquake swarm under Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

2 марта 2017 No comments

Earthquake swarm under Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland ​An earthquake swarm started under Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland during the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 1, 2017. The swarm started at 08:57 with M4.1 (the strongest) and ended at 10:24 UTC. There were no additional earthquakes registered over the next... Read more...

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Massive mudslides in Kaikōura Canyon destroyed all seabed life

28 февраля 2017 No comments

Huge mudslides from November’s earthquakes in New Zealand have wiped out all organisms living in the seabed of the Kaikōura Canyon, NIWA reports. New bathymetric data shows that the earthquake resulted in a huge slipping event. Almost every part of the upper... Read more...

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Unseasonal rains cause deadly flooding, cut water to millions

27 февраля 2017 No comments

Heavy, unseasonable rains have caused major floods and mudslides in Chile, leaving at least 3 people dead and 19 missing on February 25 and 26, 2017. In the area of country's capital, Santiago, mudslides have cut off water to around 1.2 million homes. Thousands... Read more...

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Strong increase in activity at Mount Etna, lava overflowing

27 февраля 2017 No comments

Etna«s activity is increasing strongly, and lava is overflowing from the Southeast Crater (SEC) toward south-southwest, Boris Behncke of the INGV»s Etna Observatory reports. The activity has increased sharply on February 27, 2017, following mild Strombolian... Read more...

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Massive mine waste landslide at Kakanj, Bosnia

26 февраля 2017 No comments

Massive mine waste landslide at Kakanj, Bosnia A massive mine waste landslide from an open pit coal mine occurred at Kakanj in Bosnia and Herzegovina last week, blocking a river and forcing 150 people to evacuate Friday, February 24, 2017. The lake created by the landslide overflowed Saturday morning, February... Read more...

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Increased activity at Fuego, ash up to 5.8 km (19 000 feet) a.s.l.

25 февраля 2017 No comments

The activity at Guatemalan Fuego volcano continues with constant moderate explosions ejecting columns of ash and smoke up to 5 km (16 404 feet) above sea level and traveling more than 25 km to the NE, N, NE and E. Ashfall is reported in areas near Alotenango and San... Read more...

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Slow-moving landslide slicing a hill in Abruzzo, Italy

24 февраля 2017 No comments

Slow-moving landslide slicing a hill in Abruzzo, Italy Like the country didn«t have enough natural disasters over the past several months, and years, yet another unstoppable disaster is affecting Italy»s central region of Abruzzo, albeit rather slowly. Civil authorities reported a slow-moving landslide is... Read more...

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Strong and deep M6.9 earthquake hits Fiji - Tonga region

24 февраля 2017 No comments

Strong and deep M6.9 earthquake hits Fiji — Tonga region A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit Fiji — Tonga region at 17:28 UTC on February 24, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 396.1 km (246.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 400 km (248.5 miles). According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Deadly flooding hits South Africa in the wake of Dineo

24 февраля 2017 No comments

Three people have died and two are missing after heavy rain hit South Africa«s North West causing severe flooding in the wake of Tropical Cyclone «Dineo.» Major roads in the South Africa»s North West province have been temporarily closed due to... Read more...

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Unseasonal heavy rain strikes Colombia causing severe floods

24 февраля 2017 No comments

Unseasonal heavy rain strikes Colombia causing severe floods At least one person is dead, 3 are missing and 2 000 have been displaced after heavy, unseasonal rainfall caused severe flooding in central and western parts of Columbia between February 21 and 23, 2017. More heavy rain is expected over the weekend. According to... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: February 15 - 21, 2017

23 февраля 2017 No comments

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between February 15 and 21, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Krakatau, Indonesia | Lanin, Central Chile-Argentina... Read more...

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Worst flooding in 100 years hits San Jose, California

22 февраля 2017 No comments

Some 14 000 residents of San Jose, a large city in California«s Bay Area, are under mandatory evacuation orders with another 36 000 in the recommended evacuation area after Coyote Creek, Santa Clara County»s longest, overflowed in what officials are calling... Read more...

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Earthquake swarm shaking Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

22 февраля 2017 No comments

Earthquake swarm shaking Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand GeoNet's seismometer network between Taupo and the Tongariro National Park has been recording a swarm of small earthquakes since February 13, 2017. The swarm, a very common characteristic of the greater Rotorua-Taupo area, known as the Taupo Volcanic Zone,... Read more...

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Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

22 февраля 2017 No comments

Almost 20% of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10% more food than it needs, while almost 9% is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say. Efforts to reduce the... Read more...

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Study finds 6 600 spills from fracking in just four US states

22 февраля 2017 No comments

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a study published yesterday in Environmental Science & Technology. The analysis,... Read more...

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Thousands of homes flooded after heavy rain hits Jakarta

21 февраля 2017 No comments

Heavy rains hit Indonesian capital Jakarta on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, flooding thousands of homes and causing traffic chaos. At least 1 person has been killed and more than 110 displaced. More than 180 mm (7 inches) of rain was reported within 24 hours in... Read more...

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Mandatory evacuations ordered in parts of California

21 февраля 2017 No comments

Mandatory evacuations ordered in parts of California Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of Northern California Monday, February 20, 2017, as another heavy rainmaker slammed the region. Many rivers in Northern California are at or above flood stage after a series of powerful storms hit the state in recent... Read more...

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After heatwave, summer snow and coldest February in a decade

21 февраля 2017 No comments

An unseasonal cold front, moving north out of the Southern Ocean, brought chilly, squally winds and strong showers to coastal regions of Victoria on February 19 and 20, 2017, and about 5 to 10 cm (2 — 4 inches) of summer snow to the NSW and Victorian High Country,... Read more...

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Very deep M6.5 earthquake hits Chuquisaca, Bolivia

21 февраля 2017 No comments

Very deep M6.5 earthquake hits Chuquisaca, Bolivia A strong and deep earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.5 hit Chiquisaca, Bolivia at 14:09 UTC on February 21, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 594 km (369 miles). USGS is reporting the same magnitude and a depth of 596.2 km (370 miles). According to the... Read more...

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Explosive eruption at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska

20 февраля 2017 No comments

Explosive eruption at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska A significant explosive eruption began at Bogoslof stratovolcano at 02:08 UTC on February 20, 2017, and lasted about 37 minutes. Satellite images following the activity showed a volcanic plume extending about 160 km (100 miles) to the southeast over Unalaska Island... Read more...

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Severe flash flooding hits Malaga, Spain

20 февраля 2017 No comments

An overnight storm dumped heavy rain on southern Spain causing severe flash flooding and widespread damage to buildings, roads and vehicles on February 19, 2017. According to Spain's meteorological office, the port of Malaga recorded 152.6 mm (6 inches) of rain... Read more...

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Strong thermal signal detected at Anak Krakatau, Indonesia

19 февраля 2017 No comments

Strong thermal signal detected at Anak Krakatau, Indonesia Since February 17, 2017, a strong thermal signal is visible on satellite data from what seems to be the summit of Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau), the site of frequent eruptions since 1927. The last eruption of this volcano occurred on March 31, 2014 (VEI 1). What... Read more...

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Barren Island volcano spews smoke and lava again, India

18 февраля 2017 No comments

Barren Island volcano spews smoke and lava again, India India's Barren Island volcano is showing signs of increased activity once again, spewing smoke and lava. This volcano awakened in 1991 after over 150 years of sleep. Its last known eruption took place in February 2016. A research team led by Dr. Abhay V.... Read more...

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Massive storm slams California, breaks records

18 февраля 2017 No comments

Massive storm slams California, breaks records A massive storm, one of the strongest to hit the region in a decade, smashed Southern California on Friday, February 18, 2017, bringing heavy rain and powerful winds. At least 4 people have been killed and numerous injured. The storm downed trees and power lines,... Read more...

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Deep M6.3 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina

18 февраля 2017 No comments

Deep M6.3 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Jujuy, Argentina at 12:10 UTC on February 18, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.6 km (124.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 191 km (118.7 miles). According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Abnormal seismicity under Lanin volcano, alert level raised

17 февраля 2017 No comments

An energetic seismic swarm has been detected under Lanin volcano on the border of Chile and Argentina, prompting the Chilean National Geological and Mining Service (Sernageomin) to raise the volcanic alert level to Yellow. The last known eruption of this volcano... Read more...

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Climate anomaly responsible for glacial growth in New Zealand

16 февраля 2017 No comments

A new research carried out by scientists from the Victoria University of Wellington and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) shows that regional climate variability caused an “unusual” period in which some of New... Read more...

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Severe floods hit Saudi Arabia after 3 months worth of rain in 24 hours

16 февраля 2017 No comments

At least one person has died, 10 were injured and several are still missing after severe flooding hit Saudi Arabia's Asir region on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Parts of the region received 3 months worth of rain in just 24 hours. Heavy rain and cold... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: February 8 - 14, 2017

16 февраля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between February 8 and 14, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Pacaya, Guatemala | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion... Read more...

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Major storm approaching Southern California

16 февраля 2017 No comments

Meteorologists are warning Southern California is about to get hit with what could be the biggest rainmaker in six years. Urban flooding, mudslides, strong winds and heavy snowfall are expected as two successive storms hit the region Thursday and Friday, February... Read more...

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Wildfires threaten New Zealand’s Christchurch

15 февраля 2017 No comments

A state of emergency has been declared in New Zealand's Christchurch as wildfires threatened its suburbs on February 15, 2017, forcing up to 1 000 people to evacuate. As of early UTC morning, at least one person has been killed and 5 homes destroyed.... Read more...

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Increase in activity at Guatemala's Pacaya volcano

15 февраля 2017 No comments

A new lava flow has become active at Guatemala's Pacaya volcano over the past couple of days. This new cycle of lava flow activity is expected to continue in the coming days. The lava flow began to erupt from a fissure inside the large breach on the NE flank of... Read more...

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Landslides, flooding affect more than 45 000 people, Indonesia

14 февраля 2017 No comments

Heavy rainfall across various parts of Indonesia triggered severe floods and deadly landslides over the past couple of days, affecting more than 45 000 people and killing at least 12. Heavy rain in Bangli District of Bali Province started on February 8 with 145 mm... Read more...

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Fourth eruption at Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

13 февраля 2017 No comments

Another hydrothermal eruption, the fourth since November 2016, took place at New Zealand's Lake Rotorua between 04:00 and 04:30 local time on February 12, 2017. The eruption lasted between 5 and 10 seconds. Residents who witnessed the eruption said this one was... Read more...

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Mass evacuations after hazardous situation at Oroville Dam

13 февраля 2017 No comments

Officials have ordered the evacuation of areas near the damaged Oroville Dam in Northern California on Sunday, February 12, 2017, amid concerns the dam's auxiliary spillway might collapse. The spillway is overflowing water since Saturday, February 11 for the... Read more...

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Significant explosive eruption at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska

13 февраля 2017 No comments

Significant explosive eruption at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska A significant explosive eruption began at Bogoslof volcano at about 16:24 UTC on February 13, 2017. The eruption is indicated in seismic data, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. Although at this time there has been no lightning detected, nor satellite images... Read more...

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WA declared a natural disaster area, worst flooding in 30 years

13 февраля 2017 No comments

WA declared a natural disaster area, worst flooding in 30 years An upper-level trough system over southwestern Australia linked with a tropical low further north has produced heavy unseasonal rain over parts of Western Australia on February 9 and 10, 2017. Heavy rain flooded farms and roads and washed away bridges. At least one... Read more...

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Damaging earthquake swarm hits Western Turkey

12 февраля 2017 No comments

Damaging earthquake swarm hits Western Turkey A series of shallow and damaging earthquakes are shaking the tip of the Biga Peninsula in Western Turkey this month. The sequence includes four damaging M5+ earthquakes in which over 350 buildings sustained extensive damage. The quakes are occurring at the... Read more...

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Devastating floods hit western US, new storm approaching

11 февраля 2017 No comments

Devastating floods hit western US, new storm approaching More than a dozen people were rescued Friday, February 10, 2017, from flood waters in northern Nevada as authorities brace for what they say could be some of the worst floodings in more than 30 years by the end of the weekend. At the same time, unusually warm... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits the Philippines

10 февраля 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits the Philippines A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit Mindanao, the Philippines at 14:03 UTC on February 10, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 27.9 km (18.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS,... Read more...

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Large earth crack forms in Pakistan's Balochistan

10 февраля 2017 No comments

Another large earth fissure appears to have formed after recent heavy rain in Pakistan's Balochistan Province. It is not yet clear when the crack formed but according to Samaa, it is the longest known in Quila Abdullah. The fissure apparently spans several... Read more...

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Third-largest whale stranding event in New Zealand

10 февраля 2017 No comments

Third-largest whale stranding event in New Zealand 416 pilot whales were found stranded at Farewell Spit in New Zealand«s Golden Bay late Thursday, February 9, 2017. This is the third-largest measured whale stranding event in New Zealand since the 1800»s and the largest since 1918. The Department of... Read more...

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Extreme heatwave in Australia, catastrophic fire weather

10 февраля 2017 No comments

Extreme heatwave in Australia, catastrophic fire weather A huge pocket of hot air is causing extreme heatwave conditions across eastern Australia, causing authorities to prepare for temporary suspension of power to selected areas of New South Wales late Friday, February 10, 2017. Rare Catastrophic fire weather conditions... Read more...

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Record-low temperatures over a large part of Oman

9 февраля 2017 No comments

Record-low temperatures over a large part of Oman For the first time since records began, temperatures in Oman's Musandam Governorate dipped as low as 5 °C (41 °F) on February 4, 2017. The same weather setup produced record-low temperatures in southwestern Qatar and relatively rare snow and freezing... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: February 1 - 7, 2017

9 февраля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes between February 1 and 7, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Piton de la... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Pakistan

8 февраля 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Pakistan A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 (downgraded from 6.6) hit Pakistani province of Balochistan at 22:03 UTC on February 7, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 25.9 km (16 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2... Read more...

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Peru floods: 170 000 affected people, 1 105 destroyed houses

8 февраля 2017 No comments

Emergencies due to heavy rains, floods and landslides have been occurring in northern regions of Peru since January 31, 2017. Floods hit after a period of near drought conditions. Nationwide, more than 170 000 people have been affected by floods and landslides by... Read more...

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Historic February snowstorm hits British Columbia, Canada

7 февраля 2017 No comments

Parts of Canada's British Columbia have experienced heavy snow over the weekend and into Monday, February 6, 2017. Some communities received their entire yearly snowfall average in only 72 hours. The next storm will start affecting the region by Wednesday... Read more...

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Severe thunderstorms deluge Sydney after record heat, Australia

7 февраля 2017 No comments

After record breaking heat, Sydney got smashed by powerful thunderstorms on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Although the storm brought some relief, as temperatures dropped by 5 — 10 °C (9 — 18 °F), dangerous flash floods were reported across the city. Unsettled... Read more...

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Two mud volcanoes erupt in capital Baku, Azerbaijan

6 февраля 2017 No comments

Two mud volcanoes have erupted in a suburb of Azerbaijan's capital Baku on February 6, 2017. The Azerbaijani Emergency Situation Ministry said one of the volcanos erupted in the Sanfachal settlement, the Garadagh district. Its flaming eruption was recorded by... Read more...

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Qatar records lowest temperature in history

6 февраля 2017 No comments

On Sunday, February 5, 2017, weather station located in Qatar's southwest measured 1.5 °C (34.7 °F) which is the coldest recorded temperature in the weather monitoring history of the State of Qatar. Qatar Meteorology Department (QMD) said the temperature... Read more...

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Snowstorm claims over 60 lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan

5 февраля 2017 No comments

Snowstorm claims over 60 lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan At least 67 people have lost their lives in mountainous regions of Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan over the past couple of days after unprecedented snow in last 10 years covered much of the region. Most of the people died in avalanches and officials warn more... Read more...

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Impressive eruption at Mexico's Colima volcano

5 февраля 2017 No comments

A large and impressive explosion occurred at Mexico's Colima volcano on Friday, February 3, 2017, producing an ash column that eventually rose up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet). The eruption occurred at 23:35 UTC (17:35 CST) and generated pyroclastic flow on the... Read more...

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Massive landslide strands 2 000 vehicles in Kashmir, India

4 февраля 2017 No comments

Massive landslide strands 2 000 vehicles in Kashmir, India A massive landslide has closed a section of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday, February 2, 2017, stranding some 2 000 vehicles for two days. The highway was partially opened today, allowing only stranded vehicles to pass.... Read more...

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Snow, sandstorms and freezing temperatures hit UAE

3 февраля 2017 No comments

Snow, sandstorms and freezing temperatures hit UAE The United Arab Emirates is currently under the influence of a deep low pressure associated with cold air mass which is causing unstable conditions throughout the country. Snow is falling in the country's north while the rest of the country is experiencing... Read more...

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Collapse of the cliff poses an extreme danger - Kilauea, Hawaii

3 февраля 2017 No comments

Collapse of the cliff poses an extreme danger — Kilauea, Hawaii Kīlauea Volcano«s episode 61g lava flow is still active and entering the ocean at Kamokuna on the volcano»s south coast. Recent observations of the ocean entry indicate growing instability of the adjacent sea cliff. A potential collapse of the cliff poses... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: January 25 - 31, 2017

2 февраля 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between 25 and 31, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Erta Ale, Ethiopia | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Takawangha,... Read more...

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Severe snowstorms hit Iran, at least 9 killed in avalanches

2 февраля 2017 No comments

A raging blizzard affecting much of Iran over the past couple of days has claimed lives of at least 9 people by February 1. Fatal avalanches started on Sunday, January 26, 2017. According to Tehran Times, snowstorms are affecting 24 Iranian provinces since January... Read more...

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444 fatal landslides and 2 250 casualties in 2016

2 февраля 2017 No comments

444 fatal landslides and 2 250 casualties in 2016 According to Dr. Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield, who has been collecting data on the human cost of landslides since 2002, the dataset for 2016 suggests that it was a bad year in terms of the number of... Read more...

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Eruptive activity resumes at Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano

31 января 2017 No comments

The eruptive activity at Costa Rica«s Turrialba volcano has resumed over the weekend with constant vapor, gas and ash explosions. UCR»s National Seismological Network (RSN) volcanologist Mauricio M. Mora said that ash and vapor spewings of almost 500 m (1... Read more...

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New eruption started at Piton de la Fournaise, alerts raised

31 января 2017 No comments

New eruption started at Piton de la Fournaise, alerts raised A new effusive eruption has started at Piton de la Fournaise volcano located on the French island of La Réunion around 15:40 UTC on January 31, 2017. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange. According to the Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la... Read more...

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Submarine eruption detected near Tonga

31 января 2017 No comments

Submarine eruption detected near Tonga A new submarine eruption is taking place about 30 km (18.6 miles) north of Tonga«s main island Tongatapu. It seems to have started on January 23, 2017. According to GeoNet, this volcano has been called »Submarine Volcano III' in historic reports.... Read more...

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100 000 displaced due to floods in Caraga region, Philippines

30 января 2017 No comments

As of January 30, 2017, successive weather system affecting the Caraga region, northeastern Philippines over the past two weeks have displaced about 100 000 people. According to the ECHO, over 80 000 displaced people are in Agusan del Sur province. Local governments... Read more...

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Military helps New Brunswick after devastating ice storm

30 января 2017 No comments

A devastating ice storm hit Canada's New Brunswick province last week leaving at least 2 people dead and 133 000 households without power. As of Monday afternoon, January 30, there are still 18 000 homes without power, including 15 635 in northeastern New... Read more...

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Earthquake swarm detected under Etna volcano, Italy

30 января 2017 No comments

An earthquake swarm has started under Italy«s Etna volcano during the early morning hours of January 30, 2017. The swarm is located on the volcano»s southwestern slope, INGV-OE reports. The observatory added it detected about 60 shocks by 11:45 UTC, with... Read more...

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Avalanches in Kashmir claim at least 22 lives

28 января 2017 No comments

Following days of heavy snow in one of the most severe winters the state has seen in recent decades, a series of avalanches have killed at least 22 people in Indian-administered Kashmir, including 15 soldiers. State authorities have issued a high danger avalanche... Read more...

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Violent mudslide in the Arequipa region of Peru

27 января 2017 No comments

The same weather system responsible for dramatic riverbank erosion event that led to a collapse of a hotel in the Peruvian town of Lircay on Thursday, January 26, 2017, has caused a violent mudslide on the Panamerican Sur Highway in southern Peru. The slide occurred... Read more...

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Hotel collapses into river after heavy rain, Peru

27 января 2017 No comments

A 50-room, colonial-era hotel collapsed on January 26, 2017 into the Sicra River in the Peruvian town of Lircay after heavy rains hit the region. All guests were evacuated before the collapse and there were no reports of injuries. According to Civil Defense... Read more...

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Why the Earth’s magnetic poles could be about to swap places – and how it would affect us

27 января 2017 No comments

Why the Earth’s magnetic poles could be about to swap places – and how it would affect us The Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field – protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing. Indeed, our planet’s... Read more...

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Strong M4.2 earthquake in the center of Katla caldera, Iceland

27 января 2017 No comments

Strong M4.2 earthquake in the center of Katla caldera, Iceland Icelandic Met Office has detected a strong and shallow M4.2 earthquake in the center of Katla caldera on January 26, 2017. The quake was followed by M3.0 and a series of smaller earthquakes. In total, 28 earthquakes were registered under Katla since late Wednesday,... Read more...

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Freezing temperatures claim lives of 27 children in Afghanistan

27 января 2017 No comments

27 children under the age of 5 have lost their lives in Afghanistan over the past couple of days after heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures hit Darzab district of the northern Jawzjan Province. The sad report came from district governor Rahmatullah Hashar on... Read more...

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New eruptive activity at Italy's Etna volcano

26 января 2017 No comments

New eruptive activity at Italy's Etna volcano Mild Strombolian activity accompanied by frequent small ash emissions is occurring at Etna's Southeast Crater (SEC) over the past couple of days, INGV reports. This new eruptive activity marks the return of magma to the surface after almost 8 months of eruptive... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: January 18 - 24, 2017

26 января 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between January 18 and 24, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Ebeko, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Takawangha, Andreanof... Read more...

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Worst wildfires in Chile's modern history

26 января 2017 No comments

Worst wildfires in Chile's modern history As of January 26, 2017, forest fires burning across central and southern Chile over the last couple of weeks have consumed an area of 238 600 hectares (589 600 acres / 981 mi2 / 2 386 km2) and killed 6 people. Red Alert for forest fires is in effect in the regions... Read more...

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Energetic earthquake swarm under Takawangha volcano, Alaska

25 января 2017 No comments

An energetic earthquake swarm was detected under Alaskan Takawangha volcano on January 23, 2017, prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory to raise Aviation Color Code to Yellow and Alert Level to Advisory on January 24. The last known eruption of this volcano took... Read more...

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Large earth fissure discovered in Arizona

25 января 2017 No comments

Large earth fissure discovered in Arizona A new earth fissure, about 3.2 km (2 miles) long, was discovered 16 km (10 miles) SSW of Picacho Peak State Park of Arizona Trust Land in southern Pinal County, Arizona this month. The new fissure is oriented roughly north-south, and it parallels other fissures in... Read more...

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New flank eruption at Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia

25 января 2017 No comments

A fissure eruption at the SE flank of Ethiopia's most active volcano seems to be in progress approximately 7 km (4.3 miles) from the summit caldera and lava lake. "According to our local correspondents, the activity at the summit has decreased a lot, which... Read more...

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Avalanche buries a house in Gurez, kills 4, Kashmir

25 января 2017 No comments

Avalanche buries a house in Gurez, kills 4, Kashmir An avalanche buried a house in Badugam village in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir on January 25, 2017, killing four members of a family. A police official said that the avalanche struck Badugam village in Tulail area of Gurez in the wee hours of... Read more...

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Very strong explosion at Colima, ash up to 7 km (23 000 feet) a.s.l.

25 января 2017 No comments

A very strong explosion occurred at Mexican Colima volcano at 13:45 UTC on January 25, 2017. This is yet another strong explosion at the volcano, currently one of the most active in the world. The eruption was accompanied with pyroclastic flows on the NE flank. The... Read more...

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Large sinkhole opens between two homes in Pennsylvania

25 января 2017 No comments

A massive sinkhole has opened between two homes in Glenside, Pennsylvania on January 25, 2017, prompting an evacuation of both homes. The hole opened on Brook Road, in Cheltenham Township, near the North Hills Country Club, and nearly swallowed a pickup truck.... Read more...

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Severe coastal flooding hits northern Cuba

25 января 2017 No comments

Severe coastal flooding hits northern Cuba Strong winds lasting for over 20 hours produced waves over 5 m (16 feet) high and caused severe coastal flooding in northern Cuba, including capital Havana, on January 23 and 24, 2017. On Tuesday, January 24, high tide, fueled by winds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph),... Read more...

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Severe weather, deadly flooding hits southern Italy

24 января 2017 No comments

A low pressure area is producing heavy rain and strong winds in parts of southern Italy since January 21, 2017. The storm produced wind gusts up to 150 km/h (93 mph), locally large hail and at least two waterspouts, of which one reached land and damaged homes. At... Read more...

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Record-breaking rainfall hits Southern California

23 января 2017 No comments

The third in a series of powerful winter storms hit Southern California on Sunday, January 22, 2017, with record-breaking rainfall. The storm downed trees, flooded numerous roads and freeways, caused new mudslides and rockslides, and stranded people in rising... Read more...

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Major M7.9 earthquake hits Bougainville Island, PNG

22 января 2017 No comments

Major M7.9 earthquake hits Bougainville Island, PNG A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.9 hit Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea at 04:30 UTC on January 22, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 136 km (84.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M7.9 at a depth of 200 km (124 miles).... Read more...

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Landslide buries Mirage Hotel in China's Hubei Province

21 января 2017 No comments

Landslide buries Mirage Hotel in China's Hubei Province 15 people were trapped after a landslide hit a part of Mirage Hotel in Chengguan town of Nanzhang County, central China's Hubei province around 11:30 UTC (19:30 CST) on January 20, 2017. According to Xinhua, rescue workers have pulled five survivors from the... Read more...

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Snow blankets northern Algeria, paralyzes the country for a week

21 января 2017 No comments

Snow blankets northern Algeria, paralyzes the country for a week A low pressure area that brought rare snow to eastern Spain this week has also produced substantial rain and snow across northern Algeria. Heavy snow started Saturday, January 14, 2017, isolating several villages in central and eastern parts of the country. For the... Read more...

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Chile wildfires prompt state of emergency

21 января 2017 No comments

Chile wildfires prompt state of emergency Fueled by strong winds and a heat wave, dozens of wildfires are burning in central and southern Chile, threatening towns, factories and vineyards. Four firefighters have lost their lives since December 28. Chile has declared a state of emergency on Friday, January... Read more...

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Historic snow blankets eastern Spain

20 января 2017 No comments

Eastern Spain is experiencing an extremely rare winter weather for this region since Wednesday, January 18, 2017, when parts of the region saw their first snow in 90 years. Through Friday, January 20, at least 3 000 people became stranded on roads due to heavy snow.... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: January 11 - 17, 2017

19 января 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes between January 11 and 17, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 9 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Ebeko, Paramushir... Read more...

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30 missing after massive avalanche hits Rigopiano hotel, Italy

19 января 2017 No comments

30 missing after massive avalanche hits Rigopiano hotel, Italy Up to 30 people are missing after a massive avalanche buried Rigopiano hotel in the town of Farindola at the base of the Gran Sasso mountain range in Italy's Abruzzo region on Wednesday night, January 18, 2017. Central Italy was under a severe snowstorm, with... Read more...

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Severe weather hits New Zealand, numerous landslides on West Coast

19 января 2017 No comments

Severe weather hits New Zealand, numerous landslides on West Coast A rapidly deepening low-pressure system (bomb low) produced powerful winds and dumped heavy rain on New Zealand on January 18 and 19, 2017, especially on South Island's West Coast where numerous landslides blocked traffic and isolated local communities. The bad... Read more...

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WMO confirms 2016 hottest year on record

19 января 2017 No comments

WMO confirms 2016 hottest year on record According to a consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the year 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015. The globally averaged temperature in 2016 was about 1.1°C... Read more...

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Bogoslof ejects ash more than 9.5 km (31 000 feet) a.s.l., Alaska

19 января 2017 No comments

Bogoslof ejects ash more than 9.5 km (31 000 feet) a.s.l., Alaska Alaskan Bogoslof volcano erupted again at about 22:20 UTC on January 18, 2017, following an approximately 20-minute-long increase in seismic activity. The cloud it ejected is presumably more ash-rich than others in current eruptive sequence. Alaska Volcano... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Solomon Islands

19 января 2017 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Solomon Islands A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit near the coast of Makira (San Cristobal), Solomon Islands at 23:04 UTC on January 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 29.9 km (18.6 km). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of... Read more...

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Very strong explosion at Colima volcano, Mexico

18 января 2017 No comments

After three moderate to large explosions over the past 10 days, Mexico's Colima volcano experienced another strong explosion at 06:27 UTC (00:27 CST) on January 18, 2017. The eruption spewed volcanic ash up to 4 km (13 123 feet) above the crater. Ashfall was... Read more...

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Series of strong earthquakes hit Italy amid extreme snowfall

18 января 2017 No comments

Series of strong earthquakes hit Italy amid extreme snowfall A series of strong earthquakes are hitting central Italy since 09:25 UTC on January 18, 2017. Within the first two hours, EMSC registered 21 moderate to strong earthquakes. This region is currently under powerful blizzard conditions with parts under more than 2.5... Read more...

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Severe storm caused major flash flooding in Houston, Texas

18 января 2017 No comments

A large swath of heavy rain swept across Southeast Texas during the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 18, 2017. The storm dumped dangerous amounts of rain on Houston and caused major flash floods across the city. Authorities issued multiple flood warnings... Read more...

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Activity at Indonesian Mount Sinabung remains high

17 января 2017 No comments

Volcanic activity at Indonesian Mount Sinabung remains high. Late Monday, January 16, 2017, the volcano spewed ash up to 5.5 km (18 000 feet) above sea level and produced a large pyroclastic flow, reminding everybody why tens of thousands nearby residents had to be... Read more...

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Severe flooding hits Philippines, at least 7 dead

17 января 2017 No comments

Severe flooding hits Philippines, at least 7 dead A low pressure area has dumped heavy rain on Mindanao over the past couple of days and caused severe flooding in which at least 7 people lost their lives on January 17, 2017. One person is still missing as of 22:01 local time today. Misamis Oriental governor said... Read more...

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Long duration ice storm continues in central US, death toll rising

16 января 2017 No comments

Widespread freezing rain produced by Winter Storm «Jupiter» persists for much of western Oklahoma, Kansas, northern Missouri, and western Iowa. Continuing snow is forecast to the north of the freezing rain, and to the south, heavy rain and the potential... Read more...

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Large earth fissure opens in Northern Cape, South Africa

16 января 2017 No comments

A large earth fissure has opened up between the cities of Daniëlskuil and Kuruman in Northern Cape, South Africa after heavy rains hit the region at the beginning of the month. The fissure is still growing and is nearing dangerously close to the R31 road... Read more...

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Severe winter storm hits Japan, intense sea-effect snow

15 января 2017 No comments

Severe winter storm hits Japan, intense sea-effect snow A major winter storm is affecting the Japanese archipelago Japan this week. The storm is producing typhoon-force winds and prolonged, intense sea-effect snow. Extreme amounts of snow have fallen in parts of Japan and claimed lives of at least 2 people. More than 40... Read more...

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Major ice storm affecting the central US

14 января 2017 No comments

A major winter storm is in progress across much of the central US, extending from northern New Mexico all the way to the Ohio Valley this weekend, January 14 and 15, 2017. Significant freezing rain may cause downed trees, prolonged power outages, and travel... Read more...

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji

14 января 2017 No comments

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Fiji region at 06:11 UTC on January 14, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 0 km. According to the USGS, the epicenter was... Read more...

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Severe weather in Honduras claims 4, leaves 6 missing

14 января 2017 No comments

Severe weather in Honduras claims 4, leaves 6 missing A cold front that hit northern Honduras on January 7 and 8, 2017 has claimed the lives of at least 4 people and left another 6 missing. Parts of the north saw as much as 150 mm (5.9 inches) of rain on January 8. Country's disaster management agency (Copeco) said... Read more...

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New eruption at Lopevi volcano, Alert Level raised to 3

13 января 2017 No comments

New eruption at Lopevi volcano, Alert Level raised to 3 A new eruption is underway at Vanuatu's Lopevi volcano and the Alert Level was raised to 3 (of 5) on Friday, January 13, 2017. At 01:00 UTC today, pilot reports confirmed volcanic plume to 3 km (10 000 feet) above sea level. The last known eruption of this... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: January 4 - 10, 2017

12 января 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes between January 4 and 10, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Ebeko, Paramushir... Read more...

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Europe in deep freeze, over 60 dead as new Arctic blast arrives

11 января 2017 No comments

More than 60 people have died in Europe since the beginning of the month when cold Arctic airmass started descending south, toward the Mediterranean. The most vulnerable, and many of the victims, are homeless and migrants. The temperatures are expected to somewhat... Read more...

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More than 50 houses swept away into Cross River, Nigeria

11 января 2017 No comments

A devastating landslide took place on Saturday, January 7, 2017, in Agwagune Community of the Nigerian Cross River State. The slide swept away more than 50 houses into the Cross River. This area is well known for landslides and flooding. In 1997, a deadly landslide... Read more...

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Severe flooding hits Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa

10 января 2017 No comments

Severe flooding hits Limpopo and Mpumalanga, South Africa Another round of heavy rainfall has caused deadly flooding in the South African provinces of Limpopo, bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and Mpumalanga, bordering the nations of Swaziland and Mozambique. At least 7 people have lost their lives. The South... Read more...

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Very deep M6.9 earthquake hits off the coast of Philippines

10 января 2017 No comments

Very deep M6.9 earthquake hits off the coast of Philippines A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit off the coast of the Philippines at 06:13 UTC on January 10, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 629.5 km (391 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 626 km (389 miles). According to the USGS,... Read more...

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Strong M6.4 earthquake hits near Makira, Solomon Islands

10 января 2017 No comments

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits near Makira, Solomon Islands A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near the coast of Makira, Solomon Islands at 15:27 UTC on January 10, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 46 km (28.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 45 km (27.9 miles). According to the USGS,... Read more...

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Major storm hits California and Nevada, significant flooding expected

9 января 2017 No comments

Major storm hits California and Nevada, significant flooding expected A massive storm is affecting the western United States, dropping heavy rain and causing floods, mudslides, and evacuations. Significant flooding is expected in parts of drought-stricken California and western Nevada. At least three people have lost their lives by... Read more...

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Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

8 января 2017 No comments

Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea A strong earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M6.1 hit Papua New Guinea at 08:52 UTC on January 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 80 km. USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 67 km (41.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 80 km... Read more...

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Military deployed, hundreds of thousands stranded in Thailand

8 января 2017 No comments

Military deployed, hundreds of thousands stranded in Thailand Hundreds of thousands of people have been stranded in major flooding in Thailand's south since January 1, 2017. Authorities reported Sunday, January 8, that at least 19 people have died and that military forces have been deployed to cope with massive flooding.... Read more...

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Europe in the grip of Arctic outbreak, hurricane-force winds hit Adriatic coast

7 января 2017 No comments

Europe in the grip of Arctic outbreak, hurricane-force winds hit Adriatic coast Cold Arctic air has reached and settled over the central Mediterranean, now causing bitterly cold temperatures across much of Europe. Hurricane-force winds are affecting the Adriatic coast for the second day in a row and producing intense sea-effect snowfall over... Read more...

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Four dead after shallow M5.3 earthquake hits southern Iran

7 января 2017 No comments

Four dead after shallow M5.3 earthquake hits southern Iran Four people have been killed and another 4 injured after a shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.3 hit southern Iran at 02:33 UTC (06:03 local time) on January 6, 2017. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.2 at the same... Read more...

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Wildfires in Argentina consume over 1 million hectares

7 января 2017 No comments

Wildfires in Argentina consume over 1 million hectares Massive wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina which started mid-December 2016 have burned over 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of country's famous pampas by January 5, 2017. Severe drought during the winter and spring of 2016 in northeastern... Read more...

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Major flooding hits southern Thailand, at least 8 dead

6 января 2017 No comments

Major flooding hits southern Thailand, at least 8 dead Thailand is experiencing deadly flooding for the second time within a month after heavy monsoon rains flooded its southern provinces. At least 8 people have died and 150 000 households have been affected by January 6, 2017. More heavy rain and flooding is expected... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: December 28, 2016 - January 3, 2017

5 января 2017 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between December 28, 2016 and January 3, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest:Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) |... Read more...

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New eruption at Bogoslof, Aviation Color Code remains Red

4 января 2017 No comments

New eruption at Bogoslof, Aviation Color Code remains Red The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reports another explosion took place at Bogoslov volcano today. The volcanic ash cloud may have reached as high as 10 km (33 000 feet) above sea level. The eruption took place at 06:18 UTC on January 4, 2017, but there are no... Read more...

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In 2016, United States had most floods since records began in 1980

4 января 2017 No comments

In 2016, the United States had 19 separate severe flood events, the most in a single year since records began in 1980. The data comes from Munich RE, a global reinsurance company. In total, there were 91 weather, climate or geological disasters in the United States... Read more...

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Natural catastrophe losses in 2016 at their highest since 2012

4 января 2017 No comments

According to Munich RE, a global reinsurance company, after three years of relatively low natural catastrophe losses, the «figures for 2016 are back in the mid-range, where they are expected to be.» In terms of casualties, 2016 had the fewest fatalities... Read more...

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M3.8 earthquake strikes Britain, the largest since 2008

4 января 2017 No comments

M3.8 earthquake strikes Britain, the largest since 2008 A shallow earthquake registered by the British Geological Survey as M3.8 hit the southern North Sea, off the coast of North Yorkshire, United Kingdom at 18:52 UTC on January 3, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 18 km (11.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M3.9 at a... Read more...

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Deadly storms, floods and tornadoes hit the US South

3 января 2017 No comments

Tens of thousands of people have lost power as severe weather rolled through the southern United States and turned deadly on Monday, January 2, 2017. As of early January 3 (UTC), at least 5 people have lost their lives. Authorities fear the death toll will rise and... Read more...

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Two dead after shallow M5.5 earthquake hits Tripura, India

3 января 2017 No comments

Two dead after shallow M5.5 earthquake hits Tripura, India At least two people have died and 4 were injured after a shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.5 hit India at 09:09 UTC (14:39 local time) on January 3, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 36.1 km (22.4 miles). IMD is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 27... Read more...

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Large wildfire engulfs Valparaiso, Chile

3 января 2017 No comments

A massive wildfire engulfed the Chilean port city of Valparaiso on January 2, 2017. At least 100 homes have been destroyed, more than 400 people were evacuated and 19 injured. City authorities have issued a maximum red alert. The blaze broke out in the Laguna Verde... Read more...

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Massive M7.2 earthquake hits south of Fiji, tsunami warnings issued

3 января 2017 No comments

Massive M7.2 earthquake hits south of Fiji, tsunami warnings issued A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 hit south of Fiji at 21:51 UTC on January 3, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). Based on the... Read more...

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Switzerland experienced driest December since 1864

3 января 2017 No comments

Switzerland experienced driest December since 1864 With an average of just 2 mm (0.079 inches) of precipitation, the Swiss lowlands (from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance) experienced their driest December since records began in 1864. In the region's west, there was no precipitation at all. "In the long-term... Read more...

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Strong M5.9 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Peru

2 января 2017 No comments

Strong M5.9 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Peru A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit northern Peru at 13:13 UTC on January 2, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 111.8 km (69.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located... Read more...

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24 cities in China on red air pollution alert, 21 on orange

2 января 2017 No comments

24 cities in China on red air pollution alert, 21 on orange China's environmental authorities have placed 24 cities on red pollution alert, strengthening inspections and enforcements to fight air pollution violations. According to the China.org.cn, the smog prompted 24 cities including Shijiazhuang and Baoding in Hebei... Read more...

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Massive floods hit Bolivia, at least 8 people dead

2 января 2017 No comments

Heavy rains which started last week have caused massive flooding and mudslides in Bolivia over the past couple of days, killing at least 8 people by January 2, 2017. The worst affected are remote communities in the west of the country. A state of emergency has been... Read more...

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Deep M6.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji

2 января 2017 No comments

Deep M6.0 earthquake hits south of Fiji A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit south of Fiji at 13:14 UTC on January 2, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 549.2 km (341.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 600 km (372.8 miles). The epicenter was... Read more...

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Earthquake swarm under Brawley, Southern California

2 января 2017 No comments

Earthquake swarm under Brawley, Southern California A swarm of shallow earthquakes is being registered under the city of Brawley, California since December 31, 2016. Mayor Sam Couchman said the quakes have placed the city of 26 000 on edge. By 15:25 UTC on January 2, 2017, more than 260 small to moderate earthquakes... Read more...

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Rare sight: Meteor streaks over erupting Turrialba volcano

30 декабря 2016 No comments

Two forces of nature have combined on December 28, 2016, and brought us a rare view of a bright meteor streaking seemingly low over the erupting Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica. The event occurred at 04:22 UTC on December 28 (22:22 local time on December 27),... Read more...

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At least 50 dead, 10 000 homeless after flash floods hit Boma, DR Congo

30 декабря 2016 No comments

At least 50 dead, 10 000 homeless after flash floods hit Boma, DR Congo Severe flash flooding hit the city of Boma, Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, leaving at least 50 people dead and 10 000 homeless, authorities said Thursday, December 29, 2016. Heavy rains started on December 23 and drastically increased on the 24th and 25th,... Read more...

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Heavy snowfall, deadly flash flooding hits Turkey

30 декабря 2016 No comments

Heavy snowfall, deadly flash flooding hits Turkey Heavy snowfall, rains, and cold weather started affecting Turkey last week, resulting in at least 7 deaths by December 30, 2016. The severe weather came as a surprise to many citizens, especially those living in the city of Antalya which saw its first snowfall in... Read more...

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Strong M6.2 earthquake hits Indonesian Sumbawa region

29 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong M6.2 earthquake hits Indonesian Sumbawa region A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Indonesian Sumbawa Region at 22:30 UTC on December 29, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 72.3 km (44.9 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 33.6 km (20.9 miles) S of Tolotangga... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: December 21 - 27, 2016

29 декабря 2016 No comments

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between December 21 and 27, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 8 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Ebeko, Paramushir Island... Read more...

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Bulusan volcano erupts, sends ash 3.6 km a.s.l., Philippines

29 декабря 2016 No comments

Bulusan volcano erupts, sends ash 3.6 km a.s.l., Philippines Bulusan volcano generated a phreatic eruption at 06:40 UTC (14:40 PHT) on December 29, 2016. The eruption sent volcanic ash plume up to 3.6 km (12 000 feet) above sea level, the Tokyo VAAC reported at 07:41 UTC. The event was recorded as an explosion-type earthquake... Read more...

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Strong earthquakes hit Nevada - California border region

28 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong earthquakes hit Nevada — California border region A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.7 hit Nevada — California border region at 08:18 UTC on December 28, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 8.2 km (5 miles). The quake was followed by another strong earthquake — M5.7 at a depth of 19.6... Read more...

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Nevada Seismological Laboratory on Hawthorne earthquakes

28 декабря 2016 No comments

Three magnitude 5.5 to 5.7 earthquakes struck about 28 km (18 miles) southwest of Hawthorne, Nevada just after midnight local time (08:18 UTC) on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno reported. Reports so... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Japan

28 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Japan A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency as M6.3 hit Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture, Honshu at 12:38 UTC (21:38 JST) on December 28, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9 at the same... Read more...

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Extreme desert rains flood Northern Territory, Australia

27 декабря 2016 No comments

Extreme desert rains flood Northern Territory, Australia A massive Christmas storm, described by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) as a twice-a-century weather event, brought a record amount of rainfall to the Northern Territory, causing flash floods, evacuations and the closure of Australia's famous national... Read more...

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Fourth explosive eruption at Bogoslov volcano, Alaska

27 декабря 2016 No comments

Fourth explosive eruption at Bogoslov volcano, Alaska Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska remains in a state of elevated unrest following the fourth explosive eruption since the current eruptive sequence began on December 21, 2016. Retrospective analysis of seismic, infrasound, and satellite data... Read more...

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Massive M7.6 earthquake hits Chile, tsunami warning issued

25 декабря 2016 No comments

Massive M7.6 earthquake hits Chile, tsunami warning issued A massive earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.6 hit southern Chile at 14:22 UTC on December 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 34.6 km (21.5 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M7.6 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 km). According to the USGS, the epicenter was... Read more...

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Campi Flegrei showing signs of reawakening, Italy

22 декабря 2016 No comments

Campi Flegrei showing signs of reawakening, Italy A new study suggests that Campi Flegrei, a volcano in the metropolitan area of Naples, one of the most densely inhabited areas in the world, may be near a critical pressure point which would reawaken it from its, almost 500 years long, sleep. In the course of a new... Read more...

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Heavy snowfall, blizzard to affect the West and northern Plains for Christmas

22 декабря 2016 No comments

Heavy snowfall, blizzard to affect the West and northern Plains for Christmas A strong winter storm is expected to hit the US West and northern Plains over the coming weekend. Heavy snowfall, sleet and freezing rains will likely cause traffic disruptions and delays across the affected regions. The winter storm, named Europa by weather.com,... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: December 14 - 20, 2016

22 декабря 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between December 14 and 20, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Colima, Mexico |... Read more...

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Florida shatters December temperature records

21 декабря 2016 No comments

While December temperatures across the United States reached record low levels over the past couple of days, the winter in Miami, and Florida in general, felt a lot like summer. As another polar blast caused numerous problems from coast to coast over the past... Read more...

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Unexpected, powerful eruption of Bogoslof volcano, Alaska

21 декабря 2016 No comments

Unexpected, powerful eruption of Bogoslof volcano, Alaska An unexpected, powerful eruption of Bogoslof volcano, Alaska occurred at about 00:35 UTC on December 21, 2016. The eruption lasted about 30 minutes and sent volcanic ash to an estimated altitude of 10.3 km (34 000) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code was... Read more...

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Strong M6.7 earthquake hits near the coast of East Timor

21 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong M6.7 earthquake hits near the coast of East Timor A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit near the coast of East Timor at 00:17 UTC on December 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 151.5 km (94 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 178 km (110 miles). According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Rare snow covers sand dunes of Aïn Séfra, Algeria

21 декабря 2016 No comments

Rare snow covers sand dunes of Aïn Séfra, Algeria Residents of a small Saharan desert town of Aïn Séfra in Algerian Naâma Province experienced a rare phenomenon for their region on December 19, 2016 when the sand around their town was covered in a thin layer of snow. Contrary to most media... Read more...

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Heavy rainfall triggers deadly landslide in Nha Trang, Vietnam

20 декабря 2016 No comments

Intense rainfalls which have been affecting south-central Vietnam since last week triggered a deadly landslide in Nha Trang, on December 20, 2016. At least two people died while ten others were injured. Since December 12, when rainfalls started, at least 24 people... Read more...

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Little Rock breaks daily record low, Arkansas

20 декабря 2016 No comments

Yet another daily record low temperature was set in the United States as deadly winter storm continues across much of the country. After record daily low temperatures in Boston on December 16, Denver on December 17, and on two locations in Southern California on... Read more...

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Deadly floods inundate southeast Spain

20 декабря 2016 No comments

Deadly floods inundate southeast Spain Torrential downpours which have been lashing the southeast Spain since December 17, 2016, have caused severe flooding. Five people died from drowning by late December 20, according to media reports. Over 400 mm (15.8 inches) of precipitation was reported in some... Read more...

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Severe rainstorms inundate central Vietnam, killing at least 24

20 декабря 2016 No comments

Severe rainstorms inundate central Vietnam, killing at least 24 Heavy rainfalls that have been affecting central Vietnam since December 12, 2016, have now killed at least 24 people and left numerous others missing. The highest number of fatal incidents was reported in the Binh Dinh province, where 16 people have been reported... Read more...

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Unseasonal cold wraps Tasmania, summer snow reported

19 декабря 2016 No comments

An outbreak of unseasonably cold weather gripped Tasmania on December 17, 2016. Higher regions even reported summer snowfall while meteorologists predict the colder than usual weather in the state is set to continue. The snow blanketed tops of the Cradle Mountain... Read more...

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At least 3 dead, 47 injured after strong earthquake hits Ecuador

19 декабря 2016 No comments

At least 3 dead, 47 injured after strong earthquake hits Ecuador At least 3 people have been killed and more than 47 injured after a strong and shallow earthquake registered by Ecuador's Geophysical Institute (IGEPN) as M5.7 hit Ecuador on December 19, 2016. The quake occurred at 07:11 UTC at a shallow depth of 5.2 km (3.2... Read more...

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Boston wakes up to coldest December 16 since 1883

19 декабря 2016 No comments

A blast of frigid Arctic air hit the United States late last week, causing sharp temperature drops across the country and serious traffic chaos. Between December 16 and 17, at least three low-temperature records were broken from California to Colorado and... Read more...

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At least 5 dead in floods, landslides in North Sulawesi, Indonesia

19 декабря 2016 No comments

At least five people were killed in North Sulawesi, Indonesia after floods and landslides caused by three days of intense rainfall hit the city of Manado. The Head of National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said Sunday, December 18, that a joint... Read more...

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Massive landslide hits Fiji, sweeps homes to sea

19 декабря 2016 No comments

Massive landslide hits Fiji, sweeps homes to sea A massive landslide hit Fiji's Qamea island on December 18, 2016, sweeping homes into the sea. The slide happened after the first tropical depression of the 2016/17 South Pacific cyclone season dumped heavy rain and caused severe flooding throughout the country.... Read more...

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Denver records coldest December 17 since 1909

19 декабря 2016 No comments

Record-breaking temperatures invaded Colorado on Saturday, December 17, 2016, as deadly winter storm engulfed much of the country. A cold front, fresh snow and clearing afternoon skies allowed for record low temperatures for December 17 to 18 across Northern... Read more...

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Record low temperatures hit Southern California

19 декабря 2016 No comments

Cold and dry air streamed into parts of Southern California over the weekend, dropping temperatures to record lows. Cold air and weakest sunshine of the year will not allow maximum temperatures to warm much at all for at least the next couple of days. SoCalGas is... Read more...

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Intense winter storm hitting US, dramatic traffic accidents reported

19 декабря 2016 No comments

An intense winter storm is currently affecting the east and southeast US with snow and ice. The system already caused widespread traffic disruptions and deadly crashes in the country throughout the weekend of December 17, 2016. According to latest reports, at least... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits near Yap Island, Micronesia

18 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits near Yap Island, Micronesia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit near Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia at 09:47 UTC on December 18, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.2 km (8.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km.... Read more...

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Deep M6.4 earthquake hits Peru-Brazil border region

18 декабря 2016 No comments

Deep M6.4 earthquake hits Peru-Brazil border region A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Peru-Brazil border region at 13:30 UTC on December 18, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 618.2 km (384 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 (preliminary) at a depth of 624 km (388 miles). According to... Read more...

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Powerful M7.9 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami possible

17 декабря 2016 No comments

Powerful M7.9 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami possible A powerful earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.9 hit near the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea at 10:51 UTC on December 17, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 103.2 km (64 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M8.0 at a depth of 95 km (59 miles).... Read more...

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Severe rainfall inundates San Francisco

16 декабря 2016 No comments

Severe rainfall inundates San Francisco A severe storm hit San Francisco Bay Area on December 15, 2016. Heavy rainfalls caused flooding in some areas. Widespread traffic disruptions and delays have been reported. Over 25.4 mm (1 inch) of rainfall was recorded in San Francisco in a 24 hour period. Northern... Read more...

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86 000 displaced, 9 000 houses destroyed after M6.5 quake in Indonesia

15 декабря 2016 No comments

86 000 displaced, 9 000 houses destroyed after M6.5 quake in Indonesia As of December 15, 2016, more than 86 000 people have been displaced and over 9 000 houses destroyed after strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit Sigli City, Aceh Province, Indonesia at 05:03 UTC on December 6, 2016. The death toll, as of today, is 103 with 96... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: December 7 - 13, 2016

15 декабря 2016 No comments

Between December 7 and 13, new activity was reported for 5 volcanoes. Ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Ebeko, Paramushir... Read more...

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New eruption at Bezymianny volcano, Russia

15 декабря 2016 No comments

Kamchatka's Bezymianny volcano erupted at 05:20 UTC on December 15, 2016, sending a gas-steam plume containing small amount of ash up to 6 km (20 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code is on Orange since December 13. KVERT warns stronger explosions... Read more...

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Heat wave hits Chile, one-hundred-year-old temperature record toppled

15 декабря 2016 No comments

An intense heat wave is currently sweeping Chile. Extremely hot temperatures broke a hundred-year-old record in Santiago, as the mercuries reached 37.3 °C (99 °F) on December 14, 2016. An extreme heat alert for central Chile was issued on December 14 by the... Read more...

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Sydney experiences hottest December night since 1868

14 декабря 2016 No comments

Sydney experiences hottest December night since 1868 Weather stations in Sydney, Australia recorded the hottest December night in 159 years on December 13 and 14, 2016, breaking all weather bureau records for the city. The lowest temperature reached was 27.1 °C (80.8 °F) at Sydney Observatory Hill between... Read more...

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Strong explosion expected at Bezymianny volcano, alerts raised

14 декабря 2016 No comments

Activity under the Bezymianny volcano began increasing on November 18, 2016, prompting KVERT to increase the Aviation Color Code from Yellow to Orange yesterday. Strong ash explosions up to 15 km (49 200 feet) could occur at any time. This volcano was considered... Read more...

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Severe winter storm hits Israel, expected to worsen

13 декабря 2016 No comments

Severe winter storm hits Israel, expected to worsen A severe winter storm hit Israel late Monday, December 12 and continued into Tuesday, claiming the life of at least one person and injuring 18. The weather system continues to bring heavy rains, hail, lightning and flooding. Further strengthening is expected over... Read more...

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Severe winter storm hits Israel, expected to worsen

13 декабря 2016 No comments

Severe winter storm hits Israel, expected to worsen A severe winter storm hit Israel late Monday, December 12 and continued into Tuesday, claiming the life of at least one person and injuring 18. The weather system continues to bring heavy rains, hail, lightning and flooding. Further strengthening is expected over... Read more...

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Intense flooding inundates parts of Jamaica

12 декабря 2016 No comments

Intense flooding inundates parts of Jamaica Torrential downpours have triggered severe flooding in St Ann and St Mary parishes, Jamaica on December 11, 2016, causing severe damage. In some areas, floodwaters were well over 1 m (3.3 feet) deep. According to Meteorological Service Jamaica, severe weather... Read more...

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Vardah hits Chennai with unexpected force, 7 people dead

12 декабря 2016 No comments

Vardah hits Chennai with unexpected force, 7 people dead Severe Cyclonic Storm «Vardah» slammed into India on December 12, 2016. The significant weakening, expected prior to landfall, didn't happen, and the system hit Chennai as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds reaching 140 km/h (87 mph) and intense... Read more...

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Intense flooding inundates parts of Jamaica

12 декабря 2016 No comments

Intense flooding inundates parts of Jamaica Torrential downpours have triggered severe flooding in St Ann and St Mary parishes, Jamaica on December 11, 2016, causing severe damage. In some areas, floodwaters were well over 1 m (3.3 feet) deep. According to Meteorological Service Jamaica, severe weather... Read more...

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Vardah hits Chennai with unexpected force, 10 people dead

12 декабря 2016 No comments

Vardah hits Chennai with unexpected force, 10 people dead Severe Cyclonic Storm «Vardah» slammed into India on December 12, 2016. The significant weakening, expected prior to landfall, didn't happen, and the system hit Chennai as a Category 1 hurricane, with winds reaching 140 km/h (87 mph) and intense... Read more...

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Extreme US rainfall events could increase up to 400%

10 декабря 2016 No comments

Extreme US rainfall events could increase up to 400% A new research, conducted by the scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows the intense summer storms that produce extreme rainfall may increase by over 400% across portions of the US, including the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, and the... Read more...

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Sheveluch erupts sending ash 11 km (36 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

10 декабря 2016 No comments

Russia's Sheveluch, one of the biggest volcanic structures in Kamchatka, erupted at 21:50 UTC on December 9, 2016, sending ash up to 11 km (36 000 feet) above sea level. The aviation color code was briefly raised to Red. According to KVERT VONA released 23:55... Read more...

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Extreme US rainfall events could increase up to 400%

10 декабря 2016 No comments

Extreme US rainfall events could increase up to 400% A new research, conducted by the scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows the intense summer storms that produce extreme rainfall may increase by over 400% across portions of the US, including the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, and the... Read more...

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Sheveluch erupts sending ash 11 km (36 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

10 декабря 2016 No comments

Russia's Sheveluch, one of the biggest volcanic structures in Kamchatka, erupted at 21:50 UTC on December 9, 2016, sending ash up to 11 km (36 000 feet) above sea level. The aviation color code was briefly raised to Red. According to KVERT VONA released 23:55... Read more...

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Damage assessment after M7.8 earthquake in Solomon Islands

9 декабря 2016 No comments

Damage assessment after M7.8 earthquake in Solomon Islands A powerful earthquake measuring M7.8 hit just off the coast of Makira island (San Cristobal), Solomon Islands at 17:38 UTC on December 8, 2016, causing damage and triggering a small tsunami. There are reports of collapsed buildings and landslides it the most... Read more...

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Sharp M4.8 earthquake jolts Split, Croatia

9 декабря 2016 No comments

Sharp M4.8 earthquake jolts Split, Croatia A shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M4.8 hit near Split, Croatia at 12:57 UTC (13:57 CET) on December 9, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Croatia is reporting M4.6 at the same depth (intensity VI — Strong). The epicenter was... Read more...

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Intense lake-snow effect to continue downwind the Great Lakes

9 декабря 2016 No comments

Intense lake-snow effect to continue downwind the Great Lakes The lake-effect snow, affecting regions downwind the Great Lakes since December 8, 2016, is expected to continue into the weekend. A deadly pile up caused three deaths and several injuries in Central Michigan, so far. 40 vehicles were involved in a crash, caused by... Read more...

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Damage assessment after M7.8 earthquake in Solomon Islands

9 декабря 2016 No comments

Damage assessment after M7.8 earthquake in Solomon Islands A powerful earthquake measuring M7.8 hit just off the coast of Makira island (San Cristobal), Solomon Islands at 17:38 UTC on December 8, 2016, causing damage and triggering a small tsunami. There are reports of collapsed buildings and landslides it the most... Read more...

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Sharp M4.8 earthquake jolts Split, Croatia

9 декабря 2016 No comments

Sharp M4.8 earthquake jolts Split, Croatia A shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M4.8 hit near Split, Croatia at 12:57 UTC (13:57 CET) on December 9, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Croatia is reporting M4.6 at the same depth (intensity VI — Strong). The epicenter was... Read more...

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Intense lake-snow effect to continue downwind the Great Lakes

9 декабря 2016 No comments

Intense lake-snow effect to continue downwind the Great Lakes The lake-effect snow, affecting regions downwind the Great Lakes since December 8, 2016, is expected to continue into the weekend. A deadly pile up caused three deaths and several injuries in Central Michigan, so far. 40 vehicles were involved in a crash, caused by... Read more...

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Massive M7.8 earthquake hits Solomon Islands, tsunami possible

8 декабря 2016 No comments

Massive M7.8 earthquake hits Solomon Islands, tsunami possible A powerful earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.8 hit near the coast of Solomon Islands at 17:38 UTC on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 41 km (25.4 miles). The epicenter was located 68.2 km (42.4 miles) WSW of Kirakira (population 1 122) and... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits off the coast of Northern California

8 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits off the coast of Northern California A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit off the coast of Northern California at 14:49 UTC on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 148.5 km (92.3 miles) W of Capetown (population... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits near the coast of Northern California

8 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits near the coast of Northern California A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit near the coast of Northern California at 14:49 UTC on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 148.5 km (92.3 mi) W of Capetown (population... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: November 30 - December 6, 2016

8 декабря 2016 No comments

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between November 30 and December 7, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 8 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cerro Hudson, Chile | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Copahue, Central... Read more...

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Massive M7.8 earthquake hits Solomon Islands, tsunami waves forecast

8 декабря 2016 No comments

Massive M7.8 earthquake hits Solomon Islands, tsunami waves forecast A powerful earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.8 hit near the coast of Solomon Islands at 17:38 UTC (04:38 local time) on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 41 km (25.4 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M8.1 at a depth of 35 km (21.7... Read more...

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NSIDC reports record low Arctic sea ice extent

8 декабря 2016 No comments

NSIDC reports record low Arctic sea ice extent Average Arctic sea ice extent for November set a record low, reflecting unusually high air temperatures, winds from the south, and a warm ocean, NSIDC reports. Since October, Arctic ice extent has been more than two standard deviations lower than the long-term... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits northern China

8 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits northern China A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the CENC as M6.2 hit northern China's Hutubi County, Changji Prefecture at 05:15 UTC (13:15 CST) on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 6 km (3.7 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 13.7 km... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: November 30 - December 6, 2016

8 декабря 2016 No comments

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between November 30 and December 7, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 8 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cerro Hudson, Chile | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Copahue, Central... Read more...

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NSIDC reports record low Arctic sea ice extent

8 декабря 2016 No comments

NSIDC reports record low Arctic sea ice extent Average Arctic sea ice extent for November set a record low, reflecting unusually high air temperatures, winds from the south, and a warm ocean, NSIDC reports. Since October, Arctic ice extent has been more than two standard deviations lower than the long-term... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits northern China

8 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits northern China A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the CENC as M6.2 hit northern China's Hutubi County, Changji Prefecture at 05:15 UTC (13:15 CST) on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 6 km (3.7 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 13.7 km... Read more...

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Large seismic swarm at Cayambe volcano, Ecuador

7 декабря 2016 No comments

Large seismic swarm at Cayambe volcano, Ecuador Ecuador's Institute of Geophysics (IGEPN) has reported increased seismicity at the Cayambe volcano, Ecuador. The heightened activity may indicate the volcano will become increasingly active over the coming weeks or months. Last moderate eruption from the... Read more...

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Shallow M5.9 earthquake shakes Trinidad and Tobago

7 декабря 2016 No comments

Shallow M5.9 earthquake shakes Trinidad and Tobago A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit near the coast of Trinidad and Tobago at 21:42 UTC (17:42 local time) on December 6, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 34.8 km (21.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 40 km (24.8... Read more...

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Deadly floods hit drought-stricken Bolivia

7 декабря 2016 No comments

Several areas of drought-stricken Bolivia received heavy rain over the past couple of days, leading to flooding which claimed lives of at least 4 deaths. As of December 5, national authorities reported that three people have been killed in Cochabamba department. The... Read more...

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Large seismic swarm at Cayambe volcano, Ecuador

7 декабря 2016 No comments

Large seismic swarm at Cayambe volcano, Ecuador Ecuador's Institute of Geophysics (IGEPN) has reported increased seismicity at the Cayambe volcano, Ecuador. The heightened activity may indicate the volcano will become increasingly active over the coming weeks or months. Last moderate eruption from the... Read more...

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Shallow M5.9 earthquake shakes Trinidad and Tobago

7 декабря 2016 No comments

Shallow M5.9 earthquake shakes Trinidad and Tobago A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.9 hit near the coast of Trinidad and Tobago at 21:42 UTC (17:42 local time) on December 6, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 34.8 km (21.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 40 km (24.8... Read more...

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Deadly floods hit drought-stricken Bolivia

7 декабря 2016 No comments

Several areas of drought-stricken Bolivia received heavy rain over the past couple of days, leading to flooding which claimed lives of at least 4 deaths. As of December 5, national authorities reported that three people have been killed in Cochabamba department. The... Read more...

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Major flash floods inundate Sicily, Italy

6 декабря 2016 No comments

Major flash floods inundate Sicily, Italy Severe flash flooding was reported on the Sicily island, Italy, on December 6, 2016. According to experts from the Severe Weather Europe, the floods were observed in Syracuse and Augusta, Sicily on the morning of December 6 (local time), as the region was under the... Read more...

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Southern Thailand under water, hundreds of thousands affected

6 декабря 2016 No comments

Heavy rainfalls, affecting the southern Thailand since December 1, 2016, produced severe flooding across the region and claimed lives of at least 14 people by December 6. Over 582 300 people have been affected. Torrential downpours caused the rivers to swell and... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Sumatra, Indonesia

6 декабря 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Sumatra, Indonesia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit northern Sumatra, Indonesia at 22:03 UTC on December 6, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 17.2 km (10.7 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles).... Read more...

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Increased possibility for sudden, deadly eruptions at Mt. Bulusan

6 декабря 2016 No comments

Scientists monitoring Mount Bulusan, Philippines warn there is an increased possibility for sudden and potentially deadly phreatic eruption at the volcano. Volcanologist Paul Alanis of the state-run PHIVOLCS, said the changes in Bulusan's sulfur dioxide (SO2)... Read more...

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Snow covers part of Hawaii, winter storm warnings in place

5 декабря 2016 No comments

Snow covers part of Hawaii, winter storm warnings in place A snow storm covered parts of the Hawaii over the last couple of days and winter storm warnings have been issued for the island's peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on December 4, 2016. According to meteorologists, the circulation of a closed low situated... Read more...

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Worst flooding in 30 years hits southern Spain

5 декабря 2016 No comments

Unprecedented amounts of rain have caused severe flash flooding in parts of southern Spain over the weekend, culminating on Sunday, December 4, 2016. At least two people have been killed. Meteorologists say a massive 200 liters of water per cubic meter fell in just... Read more...

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Deep M6.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Indonesia

5 декабря 2016 No comments

Deep M6.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Indonesia A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit off the coast of Palue, Indonesia at 01:13 UTC on December 5, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 526 km (326.8 miles). The epicenter was located 102 km (63.4 miles) N of Ebak (population 0), 194.5... Read more...

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First snow of the season breaks 52-year-old record in Chicago

5 декабря 2016 No comments

The first snow of the season blanketed Chicago on December 4, 2016, breaking a 52-year-old daily record for the region. The snowfall began in the morning hours and started moving eastward through the rest of the day. The Winter Weather Advisory was in effect from... Read more...

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Severe flooding hits central Vietnam, 10 000 homes flooded

4 декабря 2016 No comments

Severe flooding hits central Vietnam, 10 000 homes flooded Central Vietnam has been hit by heavy rainfall since late November 2016, resulting in severe flooding which killed at least 13 people by Sunday, December 4, 2016. The region saw up to 300 mm (11.8) of rainfall in recent days and more is in the forecast. The worst... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Shemya Island, Alaska

3 декабря 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Shemya Island, Alaska A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Shemya Island, Alaska at 09:23 UTC on December 3, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 26.9 km (16.7 miles). The epicenter was located 46.1 km (28.6 miles) ESE of Siksatok (population 0),... Read more...

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River Cali bursts its banks, six people dead, Colombia

2 декабря 2016 No comments

Severe flooding in the Cali city, Colombia, caused at least six deaths, as of December 1, 2016. The flooding in the Siloé district, Cali, in the Valle del Cauca was reported by the National Unit for the Management of Disaster Risk (UNGRD) on December 1, as... Read more...

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150 landslide dams, up to 100 000 landslides after Kaikoura earthquake

2 декабря 2016 No comments

150 landslide dams, up to 100 000 landslides after Kaikoura earthquake New Zealand's GeoNet said today they have identified 150 landslide dams after M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake and an estimated 80 000 to 100 000 landslides triggered by the main event and its aftershocks. "With the M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake, landslides and land... Read more...

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Silent earthquakes follow major Kaikoura event, caution advised

2 декабря 2016 No comments

The GNS Science, New Zealand has detected a series of «slow slip» motions between tectonic plates in the lower North Island. The experts warn this may mean the chances for future large earthquakes have increased, despite the lower number of aftershocks which... Read more...

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Above-normal 2016 hurricane seasons

1 декабря 2016 No comments

Above-normal 2016 hurricane seasons The Atlantic, eastern Pacific and central Pacific 2016 hurricane season have officially ended on November 30, and NOAA scientists said all three regions saw above-normal seasons. For the Atlantic, this was the first above-normal season since 2012 with 15 named... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: November 23 - 29, 2016

1 декабря 2016 No comments

New activity was reported for 4 volcanoes between November 23 and 29, 2016. Ongoing activity was reported for 7 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Rotorua, North... Read more...

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Severe floods and landslides ravage the Eastern Caribbean

1 декабря 2016 No comments

Severe floods and landslides ravage the Eastern Caribbean A slow-moving low pressure field brought heavy rainfall to the islands in the Eastern Caribbean since November 28, 2016. The rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected regions. St Vincent and the Grenadines have suffered the worst severe... Read more...

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Very shallow M6.3 earthquake hits southern Peru

1 декабря 2016 No comments

Very shallow M6.3 earthquake hits southern Peru A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Peru at 22:40 UTC on December 1, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 3.6 km (2.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located... Read more...

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Winter chill to spread into the US over the coming week

1 декабря 2016 No comments

Winter chill to spread into the US over the coming week A cold winter chill finally engulfed Alaska, after almost two years of warmer than usual weather conditions. The cold will likely settle the western US over the coming week. — 35 °C ( — 31 °F) was recorded in Fairbanks on the morning of November 21 (local... Read more...

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Another hydrothermal eruption in Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

30 ноября 2016 No comments

Another hydrothermal eruption occurred in New Zealand«s Lake Rotorua on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, following the first one on Monday, November 28. This eruption was, however, caught on camera. Today»s eruption also occurred in the village of Ohinemutu. It... Read more...

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Saudi Arabia deserts covered in snow, followed by deadly floods

30 ноября 2016 No comments

Saudi Arabia deserts covered in snow, followed by deadly floods The deserts of Saudi Arabia were covered in snow at the end of November 2016, bringing joy to surprised Saudis who marked the occasion building snowmen. However, the weather soon turned very serious, and deadly. The first snowfall in northern parts of the country... Read more...

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Two dead, 6 missing after M4.4 earthquake hits near Rudna mine, Poland

30 ноября 2016 No comments

Two dead, 6 missing after M4.4 earthquake hits near Rudna mine, Poland A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M4.4 hit southwestern Poland at 20:09 UTC on November 29, 2016, killing at least two people in a nearby Rudna mine. 6 miners are still missing, as of early November 30. USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km... Read more...

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet breaking apart from the inside out

30 ноября 2016 No comments

West Antarctic Ice Sheet breaking apart from the inside out A new study has found the glacier bounding the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is breaking apart from the inside out. The Pine Island Glacier, one of the glaciers which will probably rapidly retreat, forms an important part of the ice shelf of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.... Read more...

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Massive wildfires burning around Gatlinburg, Tennessee

29 ноября 2016 No comments

Massive wildfires fueled by strong winds and the Southeast's worst drought in nearly a decade are burning around Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennesee, forcing evacuations. Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) said at 08:00 UTC (02:00 local time) today there are... Read more...

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Severe-to-extreme heatwave to hit Queensland and NSW

29 ноября 2016 No comments

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe-to-extreme heatwave warning for central and southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, with temperatures forecast to pass 40 °C (104 °F) in some areas over the weekend. Temperatures are... Read more...

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Record early start of southern hemisphere NLC season

28 ноября 2016 No comments

Record early start of southern hemisphere NLC season The southern hemisphere noctilucent clouds (NLC) season has started early this year and tied with 2013 for the earliest southern hemisphere season on record. The 2016/17 southern hemisphere noctilucent clouds season started on November 17 and tied with 2013 for the... Read more...

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Car disappears in Ufa sinkhole, Urals, Russia

28 ноября 2016 No comments

At least 6 meters (20 feet) deep sinkhole opened up on November 25, 2016 in the city of Ufa, Urals, Russia and slowly swallowed a car. The owner of Lada Kalina called rescuers and frantically waited for them to show up as she watched her car slowly disappear. By... Read more...

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Hydrothermal eruption in Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

28 ноября 2016 No comments

Hydrothermal eruption in Lake Rotorua, New Zealand A new hydrothermal eruption was observed at New Zealand«s Lake Rotorua at 15:30 UTC on November 27, 2016, prompting an evacuation of at least one house near the lake. The style of the eruption was one which hadn»t been seen in Rotorua since about 2000 or... Read more...

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World's biggest cluster of sinkholes found in Hanzhong, China

26 ноября 2016 No comments

World's biggest cluster of sinkholes found in Hanzhong, China Geologists have confirmed that a group of 49 sinkholes discovered in the mountains near Hanzhong city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province contains the largest number of such a rare geological phenomena in the world. The scientists took about four months to... Read more...

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Powerful eruptions at Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico

26 ноября 2016 No comments

Powerful eruptions at Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico A powerful eruption occurred at Mexico«s Popocatépetl at 15:45 UTC on November 25, 2016, followed by another one at 15:54 UTC today. Volcanic ash and gasses from yesterday»s eruption moved NE and reached nearly 11.5 km (38 000 feet) above sea level,... Read more...

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San Francisco Millennium Tower sinking 5 cm (2 inches) per year

25 ноября 2016 No comments

San Francisco Millennium Tower sinking 5 cm (2 inches) per year According to new data gathered by the Sentinel — 1 satellites, the Millennium Tower skyscraper, San Francisco, appears to be sinking at a rate of a few centimeters per year. This and similar studies are aiming at improving the quality of monitoring of the urban ground... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits China, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

25 ноября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits China, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit Xinjiang, China, on the border with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, at 14:24 UTC on November 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2... Read more...

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Massive wildfires ignite Israel

25 ноября 2016 No comments

Massive wildfires ignite Israel Several wildfires broke out in Israel on November 22, 2016, causing widespread damage and prompting emergency evacuations. The police arrested 13 people, suspected of arson, on November 25. The wildfires were reported in the Jerusalem and Haifa districts. A massive... Read more...

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San Francisco Millennium Tower sinking 5 cm (2 inches) per year

25 ноября 2016 No comments

According to new data gathered by the Sentinel — 1 satellites, the Millennium Tower skyscraper, San Francisco, appears to be sinking at a rate of a few centimeters per year. This and similar studies are aiming at improving the quality of monitoring of the urban ground... Read more...

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Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hits off the coast of El Salvador

24 ноября 2016 No comments

Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake hits off the coast of El Salvador A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.0 hit El Salvador at 18:43 UTC on November 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.3 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located, 149.7 km (93.0 miles) SSW of Puerto El Triunfo (population 19... Read more...

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Extreme rainfall, floods and devastation in NW Italy

24 ноября 2016 No comments

Extreme rainfall, floods and devastation in NW Italy After 3 days of exceptionally heavy rain, severe weather warnings have again been issued for northwestern Italy as more heavy rainstorms are expected to affect the region today and tomorrow. Liguria and Piedmont are at highest risk. Schools and other public... Read more...

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Rare November snow in Tokyo, the first since 1962

24 ноября 2016 No comments

Rare November snow in Tokyo, the first since 1962 Temperatures in central Tokyo have fallen to near zero °C recently, rare for this time of year, and the city today saw its first November snow in 54 years. According to the JMA, this is the first time the snow had fallen in central Tokyo since 1962 and the first... Read more...

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Unusual weather in Australia, snow falling days before summer

24 ноября 2016 No comments

A spell of unusual weather was reported in Tasmania on November 24, 2016, as the snowfall blanketed parts of the state only several days before the arrival of the summer. Temperatures in Tasmania were expected to reach as low as 7 °C (44.6 °F), according to... Read more...

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Heavy rain, floods and massive landslides hit New Caledonia

23 ноября 2016 No comments

Heavy rain, floods and massive landslides hit New Caledonia Torrential downpours that have been affecting the New Caledonia since November 20, 2016, triggered deadly flooding and landslides in the region. So far, five people died, five others were injured, and 11 went missing. According to Meteo France, a depression combined... Read more...

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Hurricane "Otto" kills 4 in Panama, to hit Costa Rica and Nicaragua

23 ноября 2016 No comments

Hurricane «Otto» kills 4 in Panama, to hit Costa Rica and Nicaragua Hurricane «Otto» formed on November 22, 2016 in the Caribbean Sea as the 7th hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, including record-breaking, early season Hurricane «Alex» of January 2016. Otto was nearly stationary system since it... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: November 16 - 22, 2016

23 ноября 2016 No comments

Between November 16 and 22, new activity was reported for 7 volcanoes. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Kerinci, Indonesia | Langila, New Britian (Papua New Guinea)... Read more...

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Air pollution identified as top health hazard in Europe

23 ноября 2016 No comments

The European Environment Agency (EEA) released its annual report on air quality in Europe today, identifying air pollution as «the single largest environmental health hazard in Europe.» Although air quality in Europe is slowly improving, EEA said it still... Read more...

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Unprecedented "thunderstorm asthma" outbreak in Melbourne

22 ноября 2016 No comments

An unprecedented spike in a rare phenomenon called «thunderstorm asthma» was reported in Melbourne, Australia on November 21, 2016 after wild storms swept through the region, abruptly ending one of the city«s hottest days of the year. By the day»s... Read more...

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State of emergency in Bolivia amid worst drought in 25 years

22 ноября 2016 No comments

South American country of Bolivia is experiencing its worst drought in 25 years, state officials said and declared a state of emergency on Monday, November 21, 2016. The government declared the state of emergency due to water shortages in large swaths of the... Read more...

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North Pole in the grip of extreme warmth, parts of Asia suffer frigid conditions

22 ноября 2016 No comments

North Pole in the grip of extreme warmth, parts of Asia suffer frigid conditions A recently performed temperature analysis shows the North Pole is over 20 °C (36 °F) warmer than over the last decades. At the same time, unprecedented frigid temperatures have been observed in parts of Asia, in a highly unusual temperature anomaly dipole.... Read more...

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Drones capture massive earth changes after Kaikoura Earthquake

22 ноября 2016 No comments

GNS scientists made field observations of Kekerengu Fault rupture following the Kaikoura Earthquake and the fault scarp and uplifted coastal platform at Waipapa Bay above the Papatea Fault. The Kekerengu Fault is one of the several faults that ruptured during the... Read more...

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Massive M7.3 earthquake hits near Fukushima, tsunami warnings issued

21 ноября 2016 No comments

Massive M7.3 earthquake hits near Fukushima, tsunami warnings issued A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M7.3 hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 20:59 UTC on November 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 11.4 km (7 miles). Tsunami... Read more...

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Storm "Angus" batters western Europe, widespread flooding reported

21 ноября 2016 No comments

Storm «Angus» batters western Europe, widespread flooding reported Storm «Angus» hit the UK with heavy rainfall, strong winds, and high waves on November 20, 2016. Widespread flooding was reported, and about 100 people were evacuated. France, Netherlands and Germany also reported severe weather conditions due to the deep... Read more...

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Large pumice raft reported between New Zealand and Fiji

21 ноября 2016 No comments

Large pumice raft reported between New Zealand and Fiji A large pumice raft was found floating to the west of Minerva Reef in an area about 600 km (372 miles) SE of Fiji and 500 km (310 miles) SW of Tonga, New Zealand's GeoNet reported today. Pumice rafts are created by submarine or near-ocean volcanic activity. The... Read more...

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Winter Storm "Argos" batters US, three people dead

21 ноября 2016 No comments

Winter Storm «Argos» batters US, three people dead The snowstorms from Argos, the first winter storm of the season, have blanketed parts of the US and claimed lives of at least 3 people. Heavy snowfall caused widespread traffic disruptions and power outages since the end of the last week. The snow and wintry weather... Read more...

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Late-season Tropical Storm "Otto" forms in the Caribbean Sea

21 ноября 2016 No comments

Late-season Tropical Storm «Otto» forms in the Caribbean Sea A late-season tropical storm formed on November 21, 2016, and was named Otto. Otto formed from Tropical Depression 16 (System 90L), a tropical low pressure that had been lingering in the Caribbean Sea for days. Otto is currently a stationary system but is expected... Read more...

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Eruption at Fuego volcano intensifies, Guatemala

21 ноября 2016 No comments

Eruption at Fuego volcano intensifies, Guatemala The explosive activity at Guatemalan Fuego volcano has intensified since November 19, 2016 and has generated at least one 300 m (984 feet) high lava fountain, feeding three new lava flows. This is the 15th paroxysm at the volcano this year. The Washington VAAC... Read more...

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Extraordinary high pressure pushing a cold surge to Northeast Asia

21 ноября 2016 No comments

Intense cold has gripped parts of Northeast Asia, causing severe temperature drops and gusty winds. Near record-breaking high sea level pressure was reported in northern Mongolia on November 21, 2016. Siberia, bordering with Mongolia, is the heart of the Northeast... Read more...

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Major eruption at Zhupanovsky, ash up to 10 km (33 000 feet) a.s.l.

20 ноября 2016 No comments

Major eruption at Zhupanovsky, ash up to 10 km (33 000 feet) a.s.l. A major eruption took place at Zhupanovsky volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 02:30 UTC on November 20, 2016. Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange. At 02:39 UTC today, KVERT reported that a major eruption took place at Zhupanovsky volcano with ash plume, according to... Read more...

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Strong M6.4 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina

20 ноября 2016 No comments

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit San Juan, Argentina at 20:57 UTC on November 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 115.8 km (72 miles). The epicenter was located 10.7 km (6.7 miles) SSW of Villa Basilio Nievas (population 4 038), 17.8... Read more...

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Tehran in the grip of unprecedented air pollution, over 400 dead

19 ноября 2016 No comments

Tehran in the grip of unprecedented air pollution, over 400 dead A thick layer of smog engulfed Tehran, Iran over the last week. The unprecedented pollution levels have set new records while more than 400 people were reported dead. The PM2.5 levels have reached values exceeding 150 micrograms per cubic meter, thus setting a new... Read more...

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Large sinkhole opens in Algeria, swallows 5 cars

18 ноября 2016 No comments

A large sinkhole has opened up near Ben Aknoun, a commune of Algiers Province and a suburb of the city of Algiers in northern Algeria, on November 18, 2016, swallowing 5 cars. According to the Nassim Bernaoui, Algerian Emergency Preparedness communications manager,... Read more...

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Deadly landslide hits Madenköy copper mine in Turkey

18 ноября 2016 No comments

Deadly landslide hits Madenköy copper mine in Turkey At least 4 workers have been killed and 12 still remain trapped underground after a massive landlide hit Madenköy copper mine in Turkey's southeastern Siirt province late November 17, 2016. The death toll is expected to rise. Yasin Aktay, Siirt deputy of... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: November 9 - 15, 2016

17 ноября 2016 No comments

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between November 9 and 15, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Kerinci, Indonesia | Langila, New Britian (Papua New... Read more...

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Delhi shaken by moderate M4.2 earthquake, India

17 ноября 2016 No comments

A moderately strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M4.2 hit a highly populated region, very close to the national capital Delhi at 22:59 UTC on November 16, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). India's NCS is reporting at... Read more...

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2016 the worst for natural disasters in Indonesia in the last decade

17 ноября 2016 No comments

In the period between January 1 and November 11, 2016, 1 985 natural disasters were reported in Indonesia, the highest number seen in the last 10 years, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). According to the agency report, out of 1 985 total... Read more...

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Severe flooding hits the Dominican Republic, 20 000 evacuated

17 ноября 2016 No comments

Severe flooding hits the Dominican Republic, 20 000 evacuated Two weeks of continuous heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in the Dominican Republic, damaging more than 4 000 houses and displacing more than 20 000 people. So far, five deaths, including two children, have been reported. Forecasters warn a new tropical... Read more...

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Landslide creates dangerous dam on Hapuku River, New Zealand

17 ноября 2016 No comments

Landslide creates dangerous dam on Hapuku River, New Zealand New Zealand«s Kaikoura earthquake of November 13 caused a large landslide over the Hapuku River, creating a 150-meter (492 feet) dam. There are fears it could »rapidly fail' with the recent rains and Canterbury Civil Defence Group has advised people to... Read more...

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New Zealand earthquake: One of the most complex ever recorded on land

16 ноября 2016 No comments

New Zealand earthquake: One of the most complex ever recorded on land New Zealand's GeoNet has revised their initial magnitude of the November 13, 2016 Kaikoura earthquake from M7.5 to M7.8. The agency added that early indications show this was one of the most complex earthquakes ever recorded on land. "This complexity means... Read more...

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Annual natural disasters force 26 million people into poverty

16 ноября 2016 No comments

Annual natural disasters force 26 million people into poverty The new report from the World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) shows that up to $520 billion are lost annually due to extreme natural disasters, leaving 26 million people in poverty conditions across the globe. According to the... Read more...

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Sabancaya erupting under moonlight

15 ноября 2016 No comments

Peru's Sabancaya volcano started a new eruptive phase on November 7, 2016 after 18 years of sleep. The volcano continues with constant emissions of steam and ash, with ashfall reported in the villages of the Colca Valley in the province of Caylloma, as far as 40... Read more...

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Severe wildfires spreading across the Southeast US

15 ноября 2016 No comments

Severe wildfires spreading across the Southeast US Persistent drought conditions in the Southeast US have caused wildfires across the states. Numerous people were forced to evacuate their homes throughout the affected regions. Kentucky and Tennessee reported the highest wildfire numbers. According to the national... Read more...

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Heavy rain inundates Indonesia, Tangerang under 2-m high waters

14 ноября 2016 No comments

Heavy rain inundates Indonesia, Tangerang under 2-m high waters Heavy rains triggered widespread flooding across Indonesia and forced thousands to evacuate since last Sunday, November 6, 2016. According to media reports, a river burst its banks on November 7 and flooded 5 sub-districts in Aceh Jaya, Aceh, affecting more than 7... Read more...

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Quick clay landslide kills three people in Norway

14 ноября 2016 No comments

A deadly quick clay landslide occurred in Asakveien, Sørum in Norway on November 10, 2016. Three people who were reported missing on the occasion are currently presumed dead. The slide happened in the afternoon hours (local time). Three forestry workers were... Read more...

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Strong M6.2 earthquake hit near La Rioja, Argentina

13 ноября 2016 No comments

Strong M6.2 earthquake hit near La Rioja, Argentina A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Argentina at 14:01 UTC on November 13, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 100.6 km (62 miles). The epicenter was located 3.1 km (1.9 miles) E of Famatina (population 0), 26.5 km (16.4 miles) N of Chilecito... Read more...

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Extremely dangerous M7.4 earthquake hits near Christchurch, New Zealand

13 ноября 2016 No comments

Extremely dangerous M7.4 earthquake hits near Christchurch, New Zealand A major earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.4 hit near Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand at 11:02 UTC on November 13, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). New Zealand's GEONET is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 16 km (9.9 miles). ... Read more...

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New eruptive phase begins at Sabancaya after 18 years, Peru

12 ноября 2016 No comments

New eruptive phase begins at Sabancaya after 18 years, Peru A new eruptive phase has started at Peru's Sabancaya volcano with a violent explosion registered at 01:42 UTC on Monday, November 7, 2016, INGEMMET-OVI said. Since then, the volcano is constantly emitting steam and ash. Ashfall is reported in communities up to... Read more...

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Strong M5.8 earthquake hits near Sendai, Japan

11 ноября 2016 No comments

Strong M5.8 earthquake hits near Sendai, Japan A strong earthquake registered by the JMA as M5.8 hit near Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan at 21:52 UTC on November 11, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 60 km (37 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 44.8 km (27.8 miles). According to... Read more...

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Series of earthquakes hit Oklahoma

11 ноября 2016 No comments

Series of earthquakes hit Oklahoma A series of earthquakes hit parts of Oklahoma on November 11, 2016, just days after damaging M5.0 in Cushing, north-central Oklahoma, one of the world's key oil hubs. Between 00:08 and 15:49 UTC today, USGS registered a total of 6 earthquakes with magnitudes... Read more...

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Intense hailstorm hits Adelaide, South Australia

11 ноября 2016 No comments

An intense thunderstorm accompanied with large hail hit Adelaide, South Australia on November 11, 2016. At the time of the event, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported four thunderstorms tracking southeasterly across Adelaide, the Barossa, and the Fleurieu... Read more...

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Impressive quick clay landslide in St-Luc-de-Vincennes, Canada

11 ноября 2016 No comments

Impressive quick clay landslide in St-Luc-de-Vincennes, Canada An impressive quick clay landslide occurred in St-Luc-de-Vincennes, Quebec, Canada on November 10, 2016. Several homes were evacuated, although, luckily, no injuries were reported. A massive portion of land fell into a stream that flows into the St. Lawrence River.... Read more...

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A huge sinkhole swallows gardens in Ripon, England

11 ноября 2016 No comments

A 20-meter (66 feet) wide sinkhole appeared in the gardens of Ripon, North Yorkshire, England on November 9, 2016, prompting emergency evacuations of seven houses in the area. The sinkhole formed at the rear of two properties in Ripon, swallowing the houses'... Read more...

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Deadly flash floods hit Johannesburg, South Africa

10 ноября 2016 No comments

Heavy rain hit South Africa on November 9, 2016, causing devastating flash floods in country's capital Johannesburg, Gauteng province. Media reports on November 10 mention at least 6 people killed, dozens of vehicles swept away and houses damaged. At this time,... Read more...

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Snowiest November day in 111 years, Stockholm

10 ноября 2016 No comments

On November 9, 2016, Swedish capital Stockholm has broken its all-time snowfall record for any November day since measurements began in 1905. During the early morning hours of November 9, national weather agency SMHI recorded 21 cm (8.26 inches) of snow with another... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: November 2 - 8, 2016

10 ноября 2016 No comments

New activity was reported for 6 volcanoes between November 2 and 8, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Iya, Flores Island... Read more...

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Severe flooding in Balkans forces hundreds to evacuate

9 ноября 2016 No comments

Severe flooding in Balkans forces hundreds to evacuate Intense rainfall hit Albania, Serbia, and Montenegro two days ago, causing flooding and landslides across the affected regions. About 400 people were forced to leave their homes in Serbia and Montenegro alone while three deaths were reported in Albania due to... Read more...

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Huge magmatic lake lurking under dormant Bolivian volcano

9 ноября 2016 No comments

Huge magmatic lake lurking under dormant Bolivian volcano An international team of scientists discovered a massive magmatic lake, lying 15 km (9.32 miles) below the Cerro Uturuncu dormant volcano in Bolivia. According to Jon Blundy, a professor from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, despite no... Read more...

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Troposphere ozone pollution highest near the equator

8 ноября 2016 No comments

A new research, conducted by the University of North Carolina (UNC), shows the pollution emissions are increasing in the area close to the equator where they produce a much greater impact on the ozone formation. The air pollution across the globe has increased since... Read more...

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Massive sinkhole in Fukuoka, nearby buildings might collapse

8 ноября 2016 No comments

A huge sinkhole opened up in downtown Fukuoka, disrupting traffic and power supply across the city. Authorities said the cave-in could cause buildings to collapse and evacuated nearby areas. The hole opened up at 05:15 JST on November 8 (20:15 UTC, November 7) at... Read more...

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Series of strong earthquakes hit Conception, Chile

8 ноября 2016 No comments

Series of strong earthquakes hit Conception, Chile A series of strong earthquakes were registered near the coast of Conception, Bio Bio, Chile on November 8, 2016. The strongest so far was M5.9 at 04:55 UTC. CSN Chile said the quake occurred at a depth of 65 km (40.4 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 17.3... Read more...

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Rare phenomena: giant ice balls form on a beach in Siberia

7 ноября 2016 No comments

Rare phenomena: giant ice balls form on a beach in Siberia Thousands of large ice balls have appeared on a beach in Nyda, Russian Siberia in late October 2016 and remain to this day. Many US meteorologists believe this is a sign of extra snowy winter throughout the United States. This is the first time that this rare... Read more...

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Sharp earthquake hits Oklahoma, forces evacuations

7 ноября 2016 No comments

Sharp earthquake hits Oklahoma, forces evacuations A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.0 hit the city of Cushing, Oklahoma at 01:44 UTC on November 7, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles). Today«s quake hit just two months after M5.8, the strongest earthquake in Oklahoma»s... Read more...

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Rare M5.2 earthquake hits near Halls Creek, Western Australia

6 ноября 2016 No comments

Rare M5.2 earthquake hits near Halls Creek, Western Australia A rare earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia hit near Halls Creek, Western Australia at 09:54 UTC on November 6 ,2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M4.8 at a depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M4.8... Read more...

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Nuclear waste repository WIPP evacuated after rockfall

6 ноября 2016 No comments

Nuclear waste repository WIPP evacuated after rockfall The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico was evacuated on November 3 after a rockfall outside of the closed southern section. This is reportedly the fourth collapse this year and the first since early October. According to a press release from... Read more...

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New mud volcano forms in Italy after recent earthquakes

5 ноября 2016 No comments

New mud volcano forms in Italy after recent earthquakes A new mud volcano has formed this week in a field in Italian municipality of Santa Vittoria in Matenano, following a recent increase in seismic activity. The volcano is located about 30 km (18.4 miles) east of the M6.5 earthquake of October 30, in the Province of... Read more...

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Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Maule, Chile

4 ноября 2016 No comments

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Maule, Chile A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Chile at 16:20 UTC on November 4, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 90.8 km (56.4 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 87 km (54 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 25.9... Read more...

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Hazardous smog wraps Delhi, the worst in last 17 years

4 ноября 2016 No comments

Hazardous smog wraps Delhi, the worst in last 17 years A thick layer of hazardous smog blanketed New Delhi, India four days ago and shows no sign of loosening the grip. On November 3, 2016, between 07:00 and 09:00 (local time), Palam Observatory reported the dense smog layer has dropped the visibility to only 50 m (164... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: October 26 - November 1, 2016

3 ноября 2016 No comments

New volcanic activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between October 26 and November 1, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina... Read more...

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Mysterious humming sound coming from seaflor, northern Canada

3 ноября 2016 No comments

The humming sound, apparently coming from the seafloor is alarming local hunters in Nunavut, northern Canada, as it seems to be scaring the marine mammals. The mysterious pinging sound, described also as a «hum» and a «beep» has been reported in... Read more...

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Russian metal giant fined for turning river red with pollution

2 ноября 2016 No comments

Russian metal giant fined for turning river red with pollution Norilsk Nickel from Russia, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium, was fined over a spillage near the Nadhezda metallurgical factory. The spillage occurred in early September 2016 and turned the Daldykan river red. After the images showing the... Read more...

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Mount Sinabung enters a period of heightened activity

2 ноября 2016 No comments

Mount Sinabung enters a period of heightened activity Indonesian Sinabung volcano entered a phase of increased activity several days ago. The volcano has reportedly generated frequent small to moderate pyroclastic flows accompanied with strong vertical explosions. The pyroclastic flows at the southeastern and eastern... Read more...

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Rare tropical storm forms in the Mediterranean Sea

1 ноября 2016 No comments

Rare tropical storm forms in the Mediterranean Sea A rare tropical storm — medicane — named Invest 90M, formed in the Mediterranean Sea on October 31, 2016. The phenomenon started as a low pressure system located east of Malta on October 29 and strengthened afterward. In a meteorological setting, a low-pressure... Read more...

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Risky glacial lake near Mount Everest drained

1 ноября 2016 No comments

Because Himalayan glaciers are undergoing an incredibly fast melting process, to minimize the risk of devastating floods, Nepal has drained portion of a large glacial lake near the Mount Everest. According to researchers, the climate change has caused the glaciers... Read more...

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Thousands homeless after devastating quakes hit central Italy

31 октября 2016 No comments

Another strong earthquake, the strongest in 36 years, hit central Italy on Sunday, October 30, 2016, and was followed by a series of dangerous aftershocks. Between 18:21 UTC on October 30 and 11:23 UTC on October 31, 63 aftershocks were reported, the strongest of... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits central Italy

30 октября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits central Italy A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.5 hit central Italy at 06:40 UTC on October 30, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 10 km. According to the EMSC, the epicenter was located 16... Read more...

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More bursts of frigid air as Arctic polar vortex shifts

29 октября 2016 No comments

More bursts of frigid air as Arctic polar vortex shifts A new research suggests that North America will experience more outbursts of frigid air in February and March as the wintertime Arctic stratospheric polar vortex continues its persistent shift toward the Eurasian continent. For parts of Europe and Asia, it would... Read more...

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Severe flash flooding hits Egypt, at least 17 dead

29 октября 2016 No comments

Severe flash flooding hits Egypt, at least 17 dead Heavy rainfall since October 26 has caused severe flash flooding in parts of Egypt, claiming lives of at least 17 people by October 28. There were almost 50 reported injuries so far. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed. In a 24-hour period between October 27 and... Read more...

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Series of destructive earthquakes hit Italy, over 220 aftershocks

28 октября 2016 No comments

Series of destructive earthquakes hit Italy, over 220 aftershocks Two strong earthquakes which rattled central Italy on October 26, 2016, were not aftershocks of the devastating M6.2 August tremor, but rather the product of a new earthquake, Italian experts announced. EMSC registered more than 220 aftershocks over the next 48... Read more...

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Early morning eruption of Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica

27 октября 2016 No comments

After several days of weak but constant eruptions, Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano experienced what media described as «spectacular» eruption during the early morning hours of October 26, 2016. The eruption occurred at 11:34 UTC (05:34 CST). Due to... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: October 19 - 25, 2016

27 октября 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between October 19 and 25, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Ebeko, Paramushir... Read more...

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Explosion triggers massive landslide in Medellin, Colombia

27 октября 2016 No comments

A massive landslide buried a stretch of the Medellin-Bogota highway on October 26, 2016, claiming lives of at least 6 people, authorities reported. At least 12 are still missing. "The landslide was apparently caused by an explosion in a quarry in the... Read more...