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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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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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...

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USGS links wastewater disposal to M5.1 Oklahoma earthquake of February 2016

26 октября 2016 No comments

USGS links wastewater disposal to M5.1 Oklahoma earthquake of February 2016 The new USGS study indicates the M5.1 Oklahoma earthquake from February 2016, was likely induced by distant wastewater disposal wells. The M5.1 earthquake was the third largest earthquake in the recent Oklahoma history. It occurred on February 13, about 32 km (20... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits central Italy

26 октября 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits central Italy A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.0 (downgraded from M6.3) hit central Italy at 19:18 UTC on October 26, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the EMSC, the epicenter was located 31 km (19.2 miles) SW of... Read more...

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

26 октября 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit near Hihifo, Tonga at 05:19 UTC on October 26, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 124 km (77 miles) WNW of Hihifo (population... Read more...

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Huge toxic plume spreading through the Middle East

26 октября 2016 No comments

Huge toxic plume spreading through the Middle East A fire at a sulfur mine and processing facility near Mosul, Iraq is emitting tremendous quantities of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere for the sixth day in a row. If this fire was a volcano, it would already be among the largest eruptions of 2016. NASA’s... Read more...

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Explosion at Cleveland volcano, alert levels raised

25 октября 2016 No comments

Mount Cleveland stratovolcano in Alaska erupted at 21:10 UTC on October 24, 2016, forcing the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) to raise the color code/alert level from Yellow/Advisory to Orange/Watch. The explosion was detected in both infrasound (air pressure) and... Read more...

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Mysterious waves in the Antarctic atmosphere triggered by ice shelf vibrations

25 октября 2016 No comments

According to the new research, the ripples and undulations in the atmosphere above Antarctica are most likely induced by the low-frequency vibrations of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in the world, extending over half a million square kilometers (188 000... Read more...

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Six earthquakes hit Switzerland, including rare M4.1

25 октября 2016 No comments

Six earthquakes hit Switzerland, including rare M4.1 Between 11:28 UTC on October 24 and 13:00 UTC on October 25, EMSC registered a total of 6 earthquakes in Wallis Kanton, Switzerland. The strongest one was recorded as a M4.1 at a depth of 8 km (5 miles). Residents reported no damage. The first quake measured M1.9... Read more...

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Unusually intense hailstorm hits Zacatecas, Mexico

25 октября 2016 No comments

A highly unusual hailstorm hit the Zacatecas city in Central Mexico on the night of October 23, 2016 (local time). Local authorities reported nearly 50 cm (19.7 inches) of ice in some places. Several incidents and four injured people were reported. Video credit:... Read more...

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Heavy rains inundate Andalusia, Spain

25 октября 2016 No comments

Heavy rains inundate Andalusia, Spain Heavy rainfalls, that have been affecting parts of Andalusia, Spain since October 21, 2016, have triggered severe flooding in all regions. 562 weather-related incidents have been reported, homes and business have been inundated, the waters have disrupted traffic and... Read more...

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Bulusan covers nearby communities in ash, Philippines

24 октября 2016 No comments

The seismic network of the Bulusan volcano, Philippines, recorded 33 volcanic earthquakes over the last 24 hours (by 00:00 UTC on October 24), preceding two phreatic eruptions. The eruptions, accompanied by rumbling sounds and sulfur smells, covered nearby... Read more...

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Unusual M4.7 earthquake under East Gakkel Ridge undersea volcanoes, North Pole

23 октября 2016 No comments

Unusual M4.7 earthquake under East Gakkel Ridge undersea volcanoes, North Pole A rare earthquake measuring M4.7 on the Richter scale was registered under East Gakkel Ridge undersea volcanos, near Geographic North Pole, Arctic Ocean at 18:47 UTC on October 22, 2016. USGS is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The last known volcanic... Read more...

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Large sinkhole opens after strong earthquakes hit Greece

22 октября 2016 No comments

Large sinkhole opens after strong earthquakes hit Greece A large sinkhole opened up on October 22, 2016, 30 km (18 miles) west of the city of Ioannina in western Greece. Experts believe the hole was caused by a series of earthquakes which started last week. The sinkhole is estimated to have a depth of 20 — 30 meters (65 -... Read more...

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Severe flooding in Chocó department, Colombia

22 октября 2016 No comments

Severe flooding in Chocó department, Colombia Heavy rainfalls which affected the Chocó department in Colombia over the last couple of days have left 17 municipalities flooded. Four people died in flood-related incidents while 13 000 families are in need of humanitarian aid, Colombia's National Unit... Read more...

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Intense hailstorms brings relief to drought-stricken Bloemfontein, South Africa

22 октября 2016 No comments

An intense hailstorm, brought on by a freak storm, plummeted previously drought-stricken Bloemfontein, South Africa on October 20, 2016. Video credit: Gerduan Kemp According to media reports, a thick layer of fallen hail blanketed the streets of Bloemfontein, in a... Read more...

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Stromboli volcano showing signs of increased activity once again, Italy

21 октября 2016 No comments

Stromboli volcano showing signs of increased activity once again, Italy Volcanic activity at Stromboli, Italy has significantly increased over the last week, Volcano Discovery reported. The activity level is now between moderate and high again, similar to a period before the effusive eruption in 2014. Currently, the most active volcano... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Western Honshu, Japan

21 октября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Western Honshu, Japan A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.6 hit Central Tottori region, Japan at 05:07 UTC on October 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 6.4 km (4 miles). According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Two mysterious avalanches reported in Tibet

21 октября 2016 No comments

Two mysterious avalanches reported in Tibet A massive avalanche of unknown cause was reported in the Aru Range of Tibet in July 2016. The avalanche sent glacial ice and rock tumbling down the valley, and nine people got killed on the occasion. A second such avalanche happened again in September, only a few... Read more...

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Super Typhoon "Haima" leaves a trail of destruction in Philippines

20 октября 2016 No comments

Super Typhoon «Haima» leaves a trail of destruction in Philippines Typhoon «Haima,» known in the Philippines as Lawin, slammed into Cagayan Province around 19:00 UTC on October 19, 2016 (03:00 PHT on October 20) as a Category 4 hurricane equivalent and trailed over northern Luzon killing at least 8 people and destroying... Read more...

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Deep M6.6 earthquake hit near the coast of Java, Indonesia

19 октября 2016 No comments

Deep M6.6 earthquake hit near the coast of Java, Indonesia A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit near the coast of Java at 00:26 UTC on October 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 614 km (381 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 610 km (379 miles). According to the... Read more...

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Series of small tremors rattle Ridgemark, California

19 октября 2016 No comments

Series of small tremors rattle Ridgemark, California The US Geological Survey reported an M3.5 earthquake, about 11 km (6.8 miles) south-southeast of Ridgemark, central California, on October 18, 2016, 22:09 UTC. The quake that occurred at a depth of 7.7 km (4.7 miles) is the latest in the series of small tremors... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: October 12 - 18, 2016

19 октября 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between October 12 and 18, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 7 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Colima, Mexico | Karymsky, Eastern... Read more...

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Unseasonal high tide floods Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands

19 октября 2016 No comments

Unseasonal high tide hit the Marshall Islands Majuro Atoll on October 18, 2016, flooding a significant part of Ejit Island and damaging seawalls and buildings. The peak king tide periods in the Marshall Islands is, historically, January and late February, but... Read more...

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790 wildfires reported in Europe this year

19 октября 2016 No comments

790 wildfires reported in Europe this year 790 wildfires were reported in Europe, in the period between April 1 and October 12, 2016, according to the European Firenews service. Several countries, such as Italy or France, suffered major fires that caused massive devastation of the green surface while others... Read more...

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Spectacular images of new black sand beaches at Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i

19 октября 2016 No comments

Spectacular images of new black sand beaches at Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i An overflight over the Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i, conducted this week, revealed new black sand beaches and cloud formations. Despite the fact the newly formed features provide a spectacular sight for visitors, the USGS HVO has issued a volcano observatory... Read more...

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Remnants of Hurricane "Nicole" to hit Greenland and Iceland

18 октября 2016 No comments

Remnants of Hurricane «Nicole» to hit Greenland and Iceland Nicole, now a post-tropical cyclone, is finally losing its tropical cyclone characteristics as it merges with a frontal system over the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports. The swells from the system are still expected to... Read more...

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Intense snowstorm, record-breaking rainfall hit East Idaho, US

18 октября 2016 No comments

Intense snowstorm, record-breaking rainfall hit East Idaho, US An intense storm hit East Idaho between October 16 and 17, 2016. Record-breaking rainfall and snowfall lashed the region and downed trees. Power outages were reported across the affected areas. Over a foot (30 cm) of snow was recorded near Emigrant Summit, northeast... Read more...

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Record high temperatures expected in central and eastern US

18 октября 2016 No comments

Record high temperatures expected in central and eastern US The National Weather Service (NWS) announced that a large dome of high pressure over the eastern US will cause temperatures between 5.5 and 11.1 °C (10 and 20 °F) above normal over a large portion of the central and the eastern US through October 19. Record... Read more...

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Yasur volcano in a continuous low-level eruption mode, Vanuatu

17 октября 2016 No comments

Yasur volcano in a continuous low-level eruption mode, Vanuatu A continuous low-level eruption was reported for the Yasur volcano, Tanna Island, Vanuatu on October 17, 2016, by the Wellington VAAC. According to the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory, the Alert Level for the volcano has increased to Level 3 on October 15, which... Read more...

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Very strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

17 октября 2016 No comments

Very strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M6.8 hit New Britain region of Papua New Guinea at 06:14 UTC on October 17, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 0 km. USGS is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). GFZ... Read more...

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Minor phreatic eruption at Bulusan volcano - Luzon, Philippines

17 октября 2016 No comments

Bulusan, Luzon's southernmost volcano, generated a minor phreatic eruption at 23:36 UTC on October 16, 2016 (07:36 PHT on October 17). At 00:11 UTC, ash plume was reaching an altitude of 2.7 km (9 000 feet) above sea level, the Tokyo VAAC reported. According to... Read more...

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Severe flooding hits Vietnam ahead of Typhoon "Sarika"

17 октября 2016 No comments

Severe flooding hits Vietnam ahead of Typhoon «Sarika» Severe flooding in Vietnam has resulted in deaths of at least 25 people and thousands of destroyed homes, authorities said Monday, October 17, 2016. This round of severe weather is still not over as the country is now bracing for further destruction with Typhoon... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits China

17 октября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits China A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit sparsely population Xizang-Qinghai border region, China at 07:14 UTC on October 17, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 31.2 km (19.94 miles). CENC China is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 9 km... Read more...

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Soberanes fire, one of the costliest in the US history, finally contained

16 октября 2016 No comments

The major Soberanes fire, that burned for almost three months and was fought by hundreds of firefighters, was finally contained this week, according to the US Forest Service. The authorities reported it was caused by an illegal campfire and was, at the cost of at... Read more...

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Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits New Britain region, Papua New Guinea

15 октября 2016 No comments

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits New Britain region, Papua New Guinea A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit New Britain region of Papua New Guinea at 08:03 UTC on October 15, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 446.6 km (277.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 440 km (273.4... Read more...

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Severe flooding kills three people in Ukraine

14 октября 2016 No comments

Severe flooding kills three people in Ukraine Severe weather affected the Odessa region in Ukraine on October 12, 2016. Heavy rainfalls and strong winds affected 10 districts, and three people were reported dead, according to the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine. The intense storm system brought... Read more...

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Explosive-extrusive eruption continues at the Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka

14 октября 2016 No comments

Explosive-extrusive eruption continues at the Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka Explosive-extrusive eruption continues at the Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka, KVERT reported on October 14, 2016. Volcanic explosions have sent ashes drifting to the northwest up to 6.5 to 7 km (21 325 to 22 965 feet) above the sea level. The aviation color code... Read more...

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Tropical depression "Aere" re-born, flooding reported in central Vietnam

14 октября 2016 No comments

Tropical depression «Aere» re-born, flooding reported in central Vietnam Tropical depression «Aere» was re-born on October 13, 2016, prior to making a landfall in central Vietnam. The storm brought heavy rainfall to the affected areas and caused flooding around the Hue city. One person went missing. Tropical Depression 22W,... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: October 5 - 11, 2016

13 октября 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between October 5 and 11, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asosan,Kyushu (Japan) | Colima, Mexico | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Tengger... Read more...

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Large sinkhole opens near the City of Suffolk, Virginia

11 октября 2016 No comments

Large sinkhole opens near the City of Suffolk, Virginia A large sinkhole has opened up on a road near the City of Suffolk, Virginia on the morning of Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The sinkhole is about 4.5 x 6 m (15 x 20 feet) and about 4.5 m (15 feet) deep, officials said. The Virginia Department of Transportation is on... Read more...

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Record-breaking flooding hits North Carolina, officials fear worst natural disaster

11 октября 2016 No comments

Record-breaking flooding hits North Carolina, officials fear worst natural disaster Record river flooding continues in eastern North Carolina after heavy weekend rain produced by now-dissipated Hurricane «Matthew» fell on already saturated soil. As of early October 11, Matthew's US death toll has climbed to at least 23, with nearly... Read more...

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Sandy-like storm surges likely to become more frequent

11 октября 2016 No comments

Sandy-like storm surges likely to become more frequent Scientists from Princeton and Rutgers universities and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution developed a computer simulation which showed the storm-related flooding on the New York City coastline, on the similar scale to those of Hurricane «Sandy,» will... Read more...

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50 000 without power as Matthew's remnants slam Nova Scotia, Canada

11 октября 2016 No comments

50 000 without power as Matthew's remnants slam Nova Scotia, Canada Remnants of Hurricane «Matthew» slammed Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland on October 10, 2016 with high wind and heavy rain. This powerful storm was a result of the remnants of Hurricane «Matthew» meeting up with a system off... Read more...

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271 deaths and over 16 000 damaged homes in Maharashtra since April

11 октября 2016 No comments

The Indian state of Maharashtra endured a period of heavy rains and hailstorms since April 2016. Severe weather conditions have caused 271 deaths and severe to partial damage to more than 16 000 houses across the affected areas. From April 1, 377 homes were... Read more...

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Slowdown of Atlantic overturning circulation caused by changes in southern hemisphere

8 октября 2016 No comments

Slowdown of Atlantic overturning circulation caused by changes in southern hemisphere According to the newest study, conducted by the scientists from the University of Washington, the Atlantic overturning circulation, responsible for mild climate conditions over England, is currently slowing down, a shift likely to have consequences for the climates... Read more...

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Explosive eruption of Mount Aso spews ash 11 km (36 000 feet) a.s.l., Japan

8 октября 2016 No comments

Japanese Asosan volcano (Mount Aso; the largest active volcano in Japan) erupted at 16:46 UTC on October 7, 2016, sending a column of ash up to 11 km (36 000 feet) above sea level. JMA issued its third-highest alert (of 5), warning people not to approach the... Read more...

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Sulfur smells and fumaroles spotted on long-dormant Mount Meager, Canada

7 октября 2016 No comments

Volcanologist Melanie Kelman with the Natural Resources Canada said sulfur smells and volcanic openings known as fumaroles were recently spotted on the long-dormant Meager volcano. Kelman added that it is not uncommon to find fumatoroles on the peak, and it could... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: September 28 - October 4, 2016

6 октября 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes between September 28 and October 4, 2016. In the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Iya, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Katla, Iceland | Rinjani, Lombok... Read more...

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Ubinas starts erupting after 9 months of calm, Peru

4 октября 2016 No comments

After almost 9 full months of calm, Peru's Ubinas volcano has started erupting again on October 3, 2016 (October 2, local time). Although volcanic ash is not identifiable by satellites, weak emissions of steam and gases were observed by webcams. Aviation color... Read more...

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Highest dry season rainfall since records began, northern Australia

4 октября 2016 No comments

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology announced today that rainfall in northern Australia during this year's dry season (May — September) was the highest since records began in 1900. All individual months since May saw significantly above-average rainfall totals,... Read more...

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Another shallow earthquake shakes Skopje, Macedonia

4 октября 2016 No comments

Another shallow earthquake shakes Skopje, Macedonia After a series of shallow earthquakes shook Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, on September 11 and 12, 2016, another one hit the city at 10:52 UTC on October 4, 2016. EMSC received more than 700 reports minutes after the M3.1 earthquake today, saying this is probably... Read more...

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White Island lake disappears, strong fumarole emissions, New Zealand

4 октября 2016 No comments

White Island lake disappears, strong fumarole emissions, New Zealand GNS volcanologists visited White Island late last week and confirmed that a large part of the gas is now being emitted from one ‘joint’ vent on the lava outcrop at the back of the crater. The joining of the vents has resulted in a stronger and noisier... Read more...

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Intense eruptions at Colima volcano continue, trigger evacuations, Mexico

3 октября 2016 No comments

Intense eruptions at Mexico's Colima volcano continue after a sharp increase of activity on September 26, 2016. On September 30, ash and thick black smoke rose from the volcano and a lava could be seen pouring down its slopes. The event has forced the... Read more...

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13 tourists missing after eruption of Mount Barujari (Rinjani), Indonesia

2 октября 2016 No comments

Head of Emergency Unit of the West Nusa Tenggara Province, Agung Pramuja, said Saturday, October 1, 2016 that a total of 13 tourists, including foreigners, who were visiting Mount Barujari in central Indonesia when it erupted earlier in the week have still not... Read more...

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Six undersea volcanic structures discovered near Mount Vesuvius, Italy

1 октября 2016 No comments

Six undersea volcanic structures discovered near Mount Vesuvius, Italy Researchers from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the University of Naples Federico II and the National Research Council have discovered six undersea volcanic structures in the Gulf of Naples, near Mount Vesuvius in Italy. The structures... Read more...

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Increased risk of a major earthquake on San Andreas fault, California

1 октября 2016 No comments

Increased risk of a major earthquake on San Andreas fault, California Although the swarm of over 300 earthquakes under the Salton Sea in southern California seems to be over, seismologists are warning there still remains an increased risk of a big earthquake on the San Andreas fault. Experts said it’s important to understand... Read more...

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Iya volcano awakens after 47 years of rest, Indonesia

1 октября 2016 No comments

After a sharp increase in seismic activity detected on September 29, 2016, Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level of Iya volcano on the island of Flores from 1 (normal) to 2 (watch). A 2 km (1.2 miles) exclusion zone around the crater was established.... Read more...

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Roads washed away, dams critically high after drenching rain soaks North Carolina

30 сентября 2016 No comments

Roads washed away, dams critically high after drenching rain soaks North Carolina Over 228 mm (9 inches) of flooding rain fell in parts of eastern North Carolina on September 29, 2016, washing away roads and causing numerous water rescues. The hardest hit was the city of Fayetteville in Cumberland County where 25 water rescues were performed and... Read more...

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Increased activity at Colima volcano, exclusion zone expanded, Mexico

30 сентября 2016 No comments

Increased activity at Colima volcano, exclusion zone expanded, Mexico A new phase of increased activity has started at Mexico's Colima volcano on September 26, 2016. The volcano is producing lava flows, frequent strong explosions and near-constant ash emission. On September 30, authorities expanded the exclusion zone in the state... Read more...

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Perfect storm creates weather events never seen before in South Australia

30 сентября 2016 No comments

A deep low pressure system hit parts of the southeast Australia on Wednesday, September 28, unleashing widespread heavy rainfall and unprecedented winds to South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. A line of severe storms first marched into South... Read more...

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Intense seismic swarm at Katla volcano, aviation color code raised, Iceland

30 сентября 2016 No comments

Intense seismic swarm at Katla volcano, aviation color code raised, Iceland The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) has raised the aviation alert status at Katla volcano from green to yellow after a swarm of earthquakes started on September 29, 2016, and intensified today. An intense seismic pulse started today at 12:02 UTC with several earthquakes... Read more...

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Heavy rainfall floods Detroit-Windsor region, US-Canada

30 сентября 2016 No comments

Heavy rainfall floods Detroit-Windsor region, US-Canada In a very short period of time on September 29, 2016, a strong and slow-moving weather system dumped heavy rain on Detroit-Windsor region, international transborder agglomeration between the United States and Canada. Roads and houses were flooded in a matter of... Read more...

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

29 сентября 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between September 21 and 27, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Rinjani, Lombok Island (Indonesia) | Tengger... Read more...

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Popocatépetl spews volcanic ash up to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

29 сентября 2016 No comments

Popocatépetl spews volcanic ash up to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico Volcanic ash produced by the eruption of Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano has reached 7.3 km (24 000 feet) above sea level at 14:37 UTC on September 29, 2016. According to the Washington VAAC, ash cloud is moving to the west and northwest of the summit. At... Read more...

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Summer 2016 sets new temperature records in New Orleans, Louisiana

29 сентября 2016 No comments

Summer 2016 was one of the hottest recorded in the state of Louisiana. In New Orleans, the temperatures hadn't dropped below 26.7 °C (80 °F) for 43 nights, smashing the previous records set in 2010, when such a situation was reported for only 10 nights. ... Read more...

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Telangana floods turn deadly after a week of widespread rain, India

28 сентября 2016 No comments

Telangana floods turn deadly after a week of widespread rain, India After this year's worst drought in living memory, the Indian state of Telangana was battered by a week of flooding rainfall. Heavy monsoon rains started on September 20 and claimed at least 11 lives by September 27, 2016. Neighboring countries of Andhra Pradesh,... Read more...

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27 missing after landslide hits a village in eastern China

28 сентября 2016 No comments

27 missing after landslide hits a village in eastern China 27 people are missing after heavy rains produced by Typhoon «Megi» caused a large landslide in east China's province of Zhejiang, the provincial government said. The slide occurred at 09:00 UTC on September 28 (17:00 CST), about 12 hours after Megi... Read more...

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Loma Fire: Growing wildfire in Santa Cruz mountains threatens 300 homes, California

28 сентября 2016 No comments

Loma Fire: Growing wildfire in Santa Cruz mountains threatens 300 homes, California Santa Clara County residents living near the Loma Fire in Santa Cruz mountains, California have been ordered to evacuate yesterday after a dangerous wildfire broke out on September 26, 2016. Firefighters from throughout California are aggressively fighting the fire... Read more...

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Typhoon "Megi" hits China after killing at least four and injuring 527 in Taiwan

28 сентября 2016 No comments

Typhoon «Megi» hits China after killing at least four and injuring 527 in Taiwan Typhoon «Megi» has made its final landfall after hitting the coastal city of Quanzhou in China's Fujian Province at 20:40 UTC on September 27, 2016. Megi was packing winds of up to 120 km/h (74 mph) at the time of landfall and dumping very heavy rain.... Read more...

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Large eruption of Mount Barujari, more than 1 100 evacuated, Indonesia

28 сентября 2016 No comments

Mount Barujari on the Indonesian island of Lombok erupted at 07:45 UTC on September 27, 2016, spewing ash 2 000 m (6 560 feet) above the crater, 5 726 m (18 790 feet) above sea level. More than 1 100 people have been evacuated. As of early September 28, authorities... Read more...

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Iowa braces for major flooding, more than 10 000 evacuated from Cedar Rapids

27 сентября 2016 No comments

More than 10 000 people have been forced to evacuate from Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second-largest city, after days of heavy rain flooded parts of the US Midwest. As it watched the Cedar River rise to historic levels, the city has constructed 16 km (10 miles) of... Read more...

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Volcanic alert level at Mount Bromo raised to 3, Indonesia

27 сентября 2016 No comments

Volcanic alert level at Mount Bromo raised to 3, Indonesia The PVMBG has raised the volcanic alert level of Mount Bromo from Level II (Alert) to Level III (Standby) at 11:00 UTC on September 26, 2016, and established a danger zone 2.5 km (1.5 miles) around the active crater. Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation... Read more...

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A new round of severe weather to hit flood-affected southeastern Australia

26 сентября 2016 No comments

A new round of severe weather to hit flood-affected southeastern Australia The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it is monitoring a complex weather system that has the potential to bring more rain, thunderstorms, winds and damaging waves to southeastern Australia starting Wednesday, September 28, 2016. BOM's National... Read more...

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Major flooding in Forbes after Lachlan River reaches record levels - NSW, Australia

26 сентября 2016 No comments

Major flooding in Forbes after Lachlan River reaches record levels — NSW, Australia About 1 000 people have been evacuated on Saturday, September 24, 2016, in the New South Wales town of Forbes as the Lachlan River rose to record levels. The river peaked at 10.67 m (35 feet) between 21:00 and 22:00 local time on Sunday, September 25. It is the... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Ryukyu Islands, Japan

26 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Ryukyu Islands, Japan A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Ryukyu Islands region, Japan at 05:19 UTC on September 26, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 40.3 km (25 miles). JMA is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). According to the USGS,... Read more...

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Days of heavy rain cause major flooding across the US Midwest

26 сентября 2016 No comments

Days of heavy rain have caused major flooding in parts of the US Midwest over the weekend, leaving at least two people dead. The governors of Iowa and Wisconsin have declared a state of emergency. NWS said that the 7 day period to September 23 saw rainfall levels in... Read more...

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Landslide destroys a village in China's Yunnan Province

26 сентября 2016 No comments

Heavy rains in China's Yunnan Province have triggered a large landslide in a village in Dayao Country on Thursday, September 22, 2016. The slide has torn down the buildings of the village committee, a village clinic, a primary school and 44 other residences,... Read more...

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Swarm of small earthquakes under Salton Sea, California

26 сентября 2016 No comments

Swarm of small earthquakes under Salton Sea, California The U.S. Geological Survey has registered 11 earthquakes under the Salton Sea in California's Imperial County (near San Diego) on September 26, 2016. The largest was a shallow M4.3 at 14:31 UTC. It hit 6 km (3.7 miles) SSE of Bombay Beach, 19 km (11.8 miles) WNW... Read more...

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Very strong and deep M6.9 earthquake hits between Fiji and Tonga

24 сентября 2016 No comments

Very strong and deep M6.9 earthquake hits between Fiji and Tonga A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit between Fiji and Tonga at 21:28 UTC on September 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 596.3 km (370.5 miles). The quake was preceded by M6.4 at 21:07 UTC at a depth of 183.4 km (114... Read more...

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Strong M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines

23 сентября 2016 No comments

Strong M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 22:53 UTC on September 23, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 65 km (40.4 miles). EMSC registered M6.4 at a depth of 52 km (32.3 miles). PHIVOLCS is reporting... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

23 сентября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.5 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 00:14 UTC on September 23, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km. EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a... Read more...

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Maharashtra gets 529 mm (20.8 inches) of rain, shatters 58-year record

23 сентября 2016 No comments

Maharashtra gets 529 mm (20.8 inches) of rain, shatters 58-year record The city of Dahanu in Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, received a record-breaking rain on September 21, 2016, shattering city's 58-year record by a long way. In a 24-hour period ending 08:00 local time on Wednesday, September 21, Dahanu received... Read more...

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Heavy rainfall floods drought-stricken Telangana

22 сентября 2016 No comments

Telangana, the youngest state in India, was hit by two consecutive years of extreme drought, with this year being the worst in living memory. Drought brought severe water crisis, with scarcity hitting not just its villages and towns but even the capital Hyderabad,... Read more...

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Major fire event in Peruvian Amazon threatens natives and wildlife

22 сентября 2016 No comments

Major fire event in Peruvian Amazon threatens natives and wildlife A major fire event is threatening natives and wildlife in the central Amazon region of Peru. According to the National Civil Defense Institute, the fire broke out on September 10 in an indigenous community called Pitsiquia, in the heart of Peruvian Amazon, and is... Read more...

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Widespread flooding continues to ravage New South Wales, Australia

22 сентября 2016 No comments

Widespread flooding continues to ravage New South Wales, Australia Floodwater continues to ravage Australia's New South Wales and meteorologists warn more rain is on the way. Since the flooding started three weeks ago, there have been 81 flood rescues and 1 811 calls for assistance to the SES. Widespread overnight rainfall of... Read more...

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

22 сентября 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between September 14 and 20, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 9 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Piton de la... Read more...

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Deadly floods and landslides hit West Java overnight, Indonesia

21 сентября 2016 No comments

Deadly floods and landslides hit West Java overnight, Indonesia Massive floods and landslides caused by several days of heavy rain have claimed lives of at least 19 people in Indonesia's province of West Java on September 20, 2016. Nine people are still missing in its Garut and Sumedang districts, said National Disaster... Read more...

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Mercury contamination widespread across western North America

21 сентября 2016 No comments

An international research team has found that mercury contamination is widespread across western North America in the air, soil, lake sediments, plants, fish and wildlife. The team, led by researchers from the USGS, evaluated potential risks from mercury to the... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Japan

20 сентября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Japan A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.3 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 16:22 UTC on September 20, 2016 (01:22 JST on September 21). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 62 km (38.5 miles).... Read more...

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Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" hits Kyushu with record-breaking rain, heading toward Tokyo

20 сентября 2016 No comments

Powerful Typhoon «Malakas» hits Kyushu with record-breaking rain, heading toward Tokyo Powerful Typhoon «Malakas» has made landfall over Kyushu, Japan on September 19, 2016, dumping record-breaking rain and causing widespread disruption. Heavy flooding was reported and dozens of flights were canceled. Around 7 000 homes have already suffered... Read more...

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Significant landslide on Piz Cengalo, Swiss Alps

19 сентября 2016 No comments

A significant landslide event occurred on the Piz Cengalo, a mountain in the Bregaglia range of the Alps on the border between the Swiss canton of Graubünden and Italy, on September 11, 2016. This is the same mountain where approximately 1.5 million m2 (4.9... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu

17 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mwp6.0 hit near Norsup, Vanuatu at 02:31 UTC on September 17, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 36.8 km (22.9 miles). The epicenter was located 6.8 km (4.2 miles) NNE of Norsup (population 2 998), 9.7 km (6.1... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu

17 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mwp6.0 hit near Norsup, Vanuatu at 02:31 UTC on September 17, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 36.8 km (22.9 miles). The epicenter was located 6.8 km (4.2 miles) NNE of Norsup (population 2 998), 9.7 km (6.1... Read more...

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2016 Arctic sea ice minimum the second-lowest on record

16 сентября 2016 No comments

2016 Arctic sea ice minimum the second-lowest on record The Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its seasonal minimum for 2016 on September 10, the NSIDC said yesterday in a preliminary announcement. A relatively rapid loss of sea ice in the first ten days of September has pushed the ice extent to a statistical tie... Read more...

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2016 Arctic sea ice minimum the second-lowest on record

16 сентября 2016 No comments

2016 Arctic sea ice minimum the second-lowest on record The Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its seasonal minimum for 2016 on September 10, the NSIDC said yesterday in a preliminary announcement. A relatively rapid loss of sea ice in the first ten days of September has pushed the ice extent to a statistical tie... Read more...

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

15 сентября 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes between September 7 and 13, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Piton de la... Read more...

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

15 сентября 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes between September 7 and 13, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Piton de la... Read more...

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Popocatépetl spews volcanic ash to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

14 сентября 2016 No comments

Volcanic ash produced by the eruption of Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano has reached an altitude of 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l. around 03:30 UTC on September 14, 2016, the Washington VAAC reported. Volcanic ash is not observable in satellite imagery due to... Read more...

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Wettest September 3-day stretch for parts of Victoria in over 100 years, Australia

14 сентября 2016 No comments

Continuous heavy rainfall in southeast Australia over the last couple of days is causing widespread disruption. Severe thunderstorms first rolled through South Australia and Victoria on September 8 and 9, producing heaviest rain in six years, and continued this... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands

14 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mwb6.0 hit near Honiara, Solomon Islands at 07:24 UTC on September 14, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Australia Geoscience is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles).... Read more...

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Wettest September 3-day stretch for parts of Victoria in over 100 years, Australia

14 сентября 2016 No comments

Continuous heavy rainfall in southeast Australia over the last couple of days is causing widespread disruption. Severe thunderstorms first rolled through South Australia and Victoria on September 8 and 9, producing heaviest rain in six years, and continued this... Read more...

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Popocatépetl spews volcanic ash to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

14 сентября 2016 No comments

Volcanic ash produced by the eruption of Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano has reached an altitude of 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l. around 03:30 UTC on September 14, 2016, the Washington VAAC reported. Volcanic ash is not observable in satellite imagery due to... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits northern Colombia

14 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits northern Colombia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mww6.0 hit northern Colombia at 01:58 UTC on September 14, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles). This was the country's biggest tremor in over a year. According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands

14 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Honiara, Solomon Islands A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mwb6.0 hit near Honiara, Solomon Islands at 07:24 UTC on September 14, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Australia Geoscience is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles).... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits northern Colombia

14 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits northern Colombia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mww6.0 hit northern Colombia at 01:58 UTC on September 14, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles). This was the country's biggest tremor in over a year. According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Level of volcanic activity at White Island volcano increased, alerts raised - New Zealand

13 сентября 2016 No comments

Level of volcanic activity at White Island volcano increased, alerts raised — New Zealand The level of volcanic activity at New Zealand's White Island volcano has increased on September 13, 2016, with minor volcanic ash passively emitted from a vent on the 2012 lava dome. GNS has raised the Volcanic Alert Level from 1 to 3 (of 5). The Aviation Colour... Read more...

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Level of volcanic activity at White Island volcano increased, alerts raised - New Zealand

13 сентября 2016 No comments

Level of volcanic activity at White Island volcano increased, alerts raised — New Zealand The level of volcanic activity at New Zealand's White Island volcano has increased on September 13, 2016, with minor volcanic ash passively emitted from a vent on the 2012 lava dome. GNS has raised the Volcanic Alert Level from 1 to 3 (of 5). The Aviation Colour... Read more...

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Flooding leaves 135 dead, 395 missing and more than 100 000 displaced in North Korea

12 сентября 2016 No comments

Heavy rains triggered by Typhoon «Lionrock» in combination with a low pressure system has caused widespread flooding in Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from August 29 to 31, 2016. As of September 11, more than 133 people have been killed... Read more...

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Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits South Korea, country's strongest on record

12 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits South Korea, country's strongest on record A shallow earthquake registered by the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) as M5.8 hit South Korea at 11:32 UTC (20:32 KST) on September 12, 2016. The USGS is reporting Mb5.4 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 8.3... Read more...

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Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits South Korea, country's strongest on record

12 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits South Korea, country's strongest on record A shallow earthquake registered by the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) as M5.8 hit South Korea at 11:32 UTC (20:32 KST) on September 12, 2016. The USGS is reporting Mb5.4 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 8.3... Read more...

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Flooding leaves 135 dead, 395 missing and more than 100 000 displaced in North Korea

12 сентября 2016 No comments

Heavy rains triggered by Typhoon «Lionrock» in combination with a low pressure system has caused widespread flooding in Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from August 29 to 31, 2016. As of September 11, more than 133 people have been killed... Read more...

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11 earthquakes hit Skopje within 32 hours, over 100 people injured - Macedonia

12 сентября 2016 No comments

11 earthquakes hit Skopje within 32 hours, over 100 people injured — Macedonia Between 04:58 UTC on September 11 and 12:19 UTC on September 12, EMSC registered a total of 11 shallow earthquakes under Macedonia's capital Skopje. The strongest was mb5.2 at 13:10 UTC on September 11, 2016. More than 100 people have been injured and sought... Read more...

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11 earthquakes hit Skopje within 32 hours, over 100 people injured - Macedonia

12 сентября 2016 No comments

11 earthquakes hit Skopje within 32 hours, over 100 people injured — Macedonia Between 04:58 UTC on September 11 and 12:19 UTC on September 12, EMSC registered a total of 11 shallow earthquakes under Macedonia's capital Skopje. The strongest was mb5.2 at 13:10 UTC on September 11, 2016. More than 100 people have been injured and sought... Read more...

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New eruption starts at Piton de la Fournaise, La Réunion

11 сентября 2016 No comments

New eruption starts at Piton de la Fournaise, La Réunion A new eruption has begun at La Réunion's Piton de la Fournaise volcano at 04:41 UTC (08:41 local time) on September 11, 2016. An eruptive fissure opened on the upper north side of Dolomieu, generating a curtain of lava fountains along the fissure feeding... Read more...

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New eruption starts at Piton de la Fournaise, La Réunion

11 сентября 2016 No comments

New eruption starts at Piton de la Fournaise, La Réunion A new eruption has begun at La Réunion's Piton de la Fournaise volcano at 04:41 UTC (08:41 local time) on September 11, 2016. An eruptive fissure opened on the upper north side of Dolomieu, generating a curtain of lava fountains along the fissure feeding... Read more...

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Strong M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Peru

10 сентября 2016 No comments

Strong M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Peru A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as Mb6.0 hit northern Peru at 10:08 UTC on September 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 114.4 km (71 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 48.2 km (30 miles) NE of Yuracyacu (population 0), 49.9... Read more...

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Record rain, wild electrical storms hit southeast Australia

10 сентября 2016 No comments

A strong cold front moved through southeast Australia on September 8 and 9, 2016, producing severe thunderstorms, very heavy rain, and powerful winds. Some regions experienced the heaviest rain in six years. The worst of the storms are over now, but the Australian... Read more...

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Deadly M5.9 earthquake hits Tanzania, one of country's strongest ever

10 сентября 2016 No comments

Deadly M5.9 earthquake hits Tanzania, one of country's strongest ever A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mww5.9 hit near Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Africa at 12:27 UTC on September 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). The quake caused serious damage to property, killed at least 15... Read more...

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Record rain, wild electrical storms hit southeast Australia

10 сентября 2016 No comments

A strong cold front moved through southeast Australia on September 8 and 9, 2016, producing severe thunderstorms, very heavy rain, and powerful winds. Some regions experienced the heaviest rain in six years. The worst of the storms are over now, but the Australian... Read more...

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Deadly M5.9 earthquake hits Tanzania, one of country's strongest ever

10 сентября 2016 No comments

Deadly M5.9 earthquake hits Tanzania, one of country's strongest ever A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mww5.9 near Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Africa at 12:27 UTC on September 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). The quake caused serious damage to property, killed at least 15 people... Read more...

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Strong M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Peru

10 сентября 2016 No comments

Strong M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Peru A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as Mb6.0 hit northern Peru at 10:08 UTC on September 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 114.4 km (71 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 48.2 km (30 miles) NE of Yuracyacu (population 0), 49.9... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near Macquarie Island, Australia

8 сентября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near Macquarie Island, Australia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 (downgraded from M6.7) hit near Macquarie Island, Australia at 21:46 UTC on September 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0... Read more...

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Heavy rain causes severe flash flooding in Greece, claims 4 lives

8 сентября 2016 No comments

Heavy rain causes severe flash flooding in Greece, claims 4 lives At least 4 people have died and one is missing after heavy rains caused heavy flooding in southern and northern parts of Greece on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The floods destroyed homes and swept cars out to sea. The flooding hit towns and cities from... Read more...

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Heavy rain causes severe flash flooding in Greece, claims 4 lives

8 сентября 2016 No comments

Heavy rain causes severe flash flooding in Greece, claims 4 lives At least 4 people have died and one is missing after heavy rains caused heavy flooding in southern and northern parts of Greece on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The floods destroyed homes and swept cars out to sea. The flooding hit towns and cities from... Read more...

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USGS upgrades Pawnee earthquake to M5.8, making it Oklahoma’s largest earthquake ever

8 сентября 2016 No comments

USGS upgrades Pawnee earthquake to M5.8, making it Oklahoma’s largest earthquake ever The U.S. Geological Survey has updated the official magnitude of the September 3, 2016 Pawnee, Oklahoma earthquake to Mw5.8 (from 5.6), making it Oklahoma’s largest recorded earthquake to date. "The magnitude revision is based on further in-depth analysis... Read more...

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Alert status of Mayon volcano raised, 'big' eruption possible, Philippines

8 сентября 2016 No comments

Alert status of Mayon volcano raised, «big» eruption possible, Philippines On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert status of Mayon volcano from Alert Level 0 to Alert Level 1. This means that the volcano is in an abnormal condition and has entered a period of... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near Macquarie Island, Australia

8 сентября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near Macquarie Island, Australia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 (downgraded from M6.7) hit near Macquarie Island, Australia at 21:46 UTC on September 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 31 - September 6, 2016

8 сентября 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was reported only for 1 volcano between August 31 and 6, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Sinabung, Indonesia. Ongoing activity: Colima, Mexico | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) |... Read more...

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Deadly landslide hits Villa Nueva, south of Guatemalan capital

7 сентября 2016 No comments

Deadly landslide hits Villa Nueva, south of Guatemalan capital At least nine people have been killed and one is missing after a landslide triggered by torrential rain hit a poor shantytown in Villa Nueva municipality, just south of the Guatemala City. The landslide hit Tuesday night local time, September 6, 2016. David de Leon,... Read more...

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Klyuchevskoy erupts spewing ash up to 11.2 km a.s.l., Aviation Colour Code raised to Red

7 сентября 2016 No comments

Klyuchevskoy volcano, located on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, erupted at 20:30 UTC on September 6, 2016, spewing volcanic ash up to 11.2 km (37 000 feet) above sea level. Ash cloud was moving to the southeast at 9.3 km/h (5.7 mph), the Tokyo VAAC said. In their... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia

5 сентября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia at 22:54 UTC on September 5, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 12.3 km (7.6 miles). The same area was hit by a shallow M4.3 earthquake at 23:38 UTC.... Read more...

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Javea fire: Dangerous wildfire near Spain's Valencia forces thousands to evacuate

5 сентября 2016 No comments

A dangerous wildfire is raging on Spain's Costa Blanca, some 120 km (75 miles) southeast of Valencia, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. It is believed to be started deliberately, on one of the hottest days of the year. The fire started on Sunday,... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines

4 сентября 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the PHIVOLCS as M6.0 hit Mindanao, Philippines at 02:38 UTC on September 4, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 8 km (5 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 12.4 km (7.7 miles). According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Shallow M5.6 earthquake hits Oklahoma, ties with state's strongest earthquake ever

3 сентября 2016 No comments

Shallow M5.6 earthquake hits Oklahoma, ties with state's strongest earthquake ever A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.6 hit 14 km (8.7 miles) northwest of Pawnee, north-central Oklahoma at 12:02 UTC on September 3, 2016. The agency reported a depth of 6.6 km (4.1 miles). Since September 1, USGS registered a total of 6... Read more...

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Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hits near the coast of North Island, New Zealand

1 сентября 2016 No comments

Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hits near the coast of North Island, New Zealand A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.1 hit near the coast of North Island, New Zealand at 16:37 UTC on September 1, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 30.7 km (19 miles). New Zealand's GEONET is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 55... Read more...

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Lionrock caused widespread flooding, left 11 dead and 3 missing in Japan

31 августа 2016 No comments

At least 11 people have died after Typhoon «Lionrock» made landfall in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture of northern Japan on August 30, 2016. It forced 410 000 people to evacuate, caused power outages, property damage, and widespread flooding — the main cause of... Read more...

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Strong and deep M6.7 earthquake hits New Ireland region, P.N.G.

31 августа 2016 No comments

Strong and deep M6.7 earthquake hits New Ireland region, P.N.G. A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit New Ireland region, Papua New Guinea at 03:11 UTC on August 31, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 499.1 km (310.1 miles). The epicenter was located 88.3 km (54.9 miles) NE of Rabaul (population 8... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 24 - 30, 2016

31 августа 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes between August 24 and 30, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Santa Maria, Guatemala | Sinabung, Indonesia.... Read more...

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Powerful hailstorm, flash flooding hits Colorado Springs

30 августа 2016 No comments

A strong summer storm hit the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 29, 2016, forcing authorities to rescue people from cars and move heaps of hail with snowplows. 61 cm (2 feet) of hail was reported in some areas. Flooding across the town created a mess many... Read more...

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Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hits north of Ascension Island

29 августа 2016 No comments

Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hits north of Ascension Island A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.1 hit north of Ascension Island, South Atlantic Ocean at 04:29 UTC on August 29, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw7.1 at a depth of 18 km (11.2 miles).... Read more...

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Powerful eruptions and pyroclastic flows at Mount Sinabung, ash to 6 km a.s.l.

26 августа 2016 No comments

Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra's Karo District, Indonesia continues to erupt with ash reaching 6 km (20 000 feet) a.s.l. today. As of 05:40 UTC today, the Aviation Colour Code was still on Red. "The hot clouds are moving towards its previous trajectory -... Read more...

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Very strong M6.8 earthquake hits Myanmar

24 августа 2016 No comments

Very strong M6.8 earthquake hits Myanmar A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit Myanmar at 10:34 UTC on August 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 84.1 km (52.2 miles). The epicenter was located 25 km (15.5 miles) W of Chauk (population 90 870), 58.8 km (36.5 miles) NNW of... Read more...

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Extremely dangerous M6.2 earthquake hits central Italy, massive damage, numerous aftershocks

24 августа 2016 No comments

Extremely dangerous M6.2 earthquake hits central Italy, massive damage, numerous aftershocks A severe earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.2 hit central Italy at 01:36 UTC on August 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 4 km (2.48 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The tremors lasted for about 20-30 seconds,... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 17 - 23, 2016

24 августа 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes between August 17 and 23, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 9 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aoba, Vanuatu | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Santa Maria, Guatemala. Ongoing... Read more...

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Deep M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Palau Flores, Indonesia

23 августа 2016 No comments

Deep M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Palau Flores, Indonesia A very deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Nebe, Palau Flores, Indonesia at 19:39 UTC on August 23, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 528.2 km (328.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.0 at a depth of 465 km (289 miles).... Read more...

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India witnessing multiple severe flooding situations

23 августа 2016 No comments

After another period of heavy rains over the past couple of days, India is again witnessing multiple flooding situations in various places. The worst affected states are currently Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. At least 35 deaths... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near South Georgia island, South Atlantic Ocean

21 августа 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near South Georgia island, South Atlantic Ocean A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit east of South Georgia island, South Atlantic Ocean at 03:45 UTC on August 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This is the 24th moderate to strong earthquake in this region... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

20 августа 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan A shallow earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M6.0 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 09:01 UTC on August 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting the same magnitude and depth. According... Read more...

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Shallow M5.9 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

20 августа 2016 No comments

Shallow M5.9 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan A shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M5.9 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 15:58 UTC on August 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS registered it as M6.0 at the same depth. According to the USGS, this is the sixth... Read more...

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Louisiana floods - The worst natural disaster in US since Hurricane "Sandy"

19 августа 2016 No comments

Louisiana floods — The worst natural disaster in US since Hurricane «Sandy» At least 13 people have died and more than 30 000 have been rescued from water-logged homes and cars by August 19, 2016, after extreme amounts of rain dumped by a very slow-moving storm caused historic flooding in Louisiana. Although some regions are still under... Read more...

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Very strong and shallow M7.4 earthquake hits South Georgia island region

19 августа 2016 No comments

Very strong and shallow M7.4 earthquake hits South Georgia island region A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.4 hit South Georgia island region at 07:32 UTC on August 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located about 261 km (162 miles) W of South Georgia, 293 km... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 10 - 16, 2016

18 августа 2016 No comments

​New activity/unrest was observed at two volcanoes between August 10 and 16, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia). Ongoing... Read more...

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Shallow M5.8 earthquake shakes Queensland, the strongest in 20 years, Australia

18 августа 2016 No comments

Shallow M5.8 earthquake shakes Queensland, the strongest in 20 years, Australia A shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as Mwp5.8 hit near the coast of Queensland, Australia at 04:30 UTC on August 18, 2016 (14:30 local time). The agency is reporting a depth of 0 km. USGS registered it as Mb5.7 at a depth of 7.8 km (4.8... Read more...

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Bluecut Fire: Rapidly spreading wildfire forces 82 000 to evacuate, California

17 августа 2016 No comments

Bluecut Fire: Rapidly spreading wildfire forces 82 000 to evacuate, California The Bluecut Fire in California's San Bernardino National Forest was first reported at 17:36 UTC on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The fire has rapidly spread to over 30 000 acres (12 140 hectares / 121.4 km2) by 15:00 UTC on Wednesday, August 17. More than 80 000... Read more...

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Heavy floods in Sudan destroyed over 14 700 houses, claimed 114 lives since early June

16 августа 2016 No comments

As of August 16, 2016, heavy rains and severe flooding since early June have completely destroyed 14 713 houses and claimed the lives of at least 114 people in the African country of Sudan. The affected states include Kassala, Sennar, South Kordofan, West Kordofan... Read more...

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Powerful explosion at Santiaguito produces massive mushroom-shaped ash plume, Guatemala

16 августа 2016 No comments

Powerful explosion at Santiaguito produces massive mushroom-shaped ash plume, Guatemala A powerful vulcanian explosion occurred at Santiaguito's Caliente lava dome at 12:58 UTC on August 16, 2016. The eruption produced a massive mushroom-shaped ash plume that eventually reached an estimated altitude of 6 km (20 000 feet). The explosion showered the... Read more...

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Record-setting rainfall and flooding in southern Louisiana calculated with satellite data

15 августа 2016 No comments

Record-setting rainfall and flooding in southern Louisiana calculated with satellite data An extremely severe rainfall event hit the states of Louisiana and southern Mississippi between August 8 and 15, 2016, when a very slow moving low pressure system continuously pulled tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. This record-setting rainfall and... Read more...

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Deadly M5.4 earthquake hits southern Peru

15 августа 2016 No comments

Deadly M5.4 earthquake hits southern Peru A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.4 hit southern Peru at 02:58 UTC on August 15, 2016, killing at least 8 people. The quake hit near the town of Chivay, Colca Valley at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). More than 80 houses were severely damaged. ... Read more...

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Historic flooding hits Louisiana: Aerial footage

14 августа 2016 No comments

A very slow-moving low pressure system dumped extreme amounts of rain to parts of central Gulf Coast states between August 4 and 13, 2016. By Friday, August 12, Louisiana was under historic flooding in which at least three people have lost their lives. Louisiana... Read more...

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Strong explosion, pyroclastic flows observed at Santa Maria's Santiaguito, Guatemala

14 августа 2016 No comments

A strong eruption occurred at Santa Maria's Santiaguito lava-dome complex in Guatemala at 12:29 UTC on August 14, 2016 (06:29 local time). The eruption generated a column of ash and smoke that rose up to 6 km (19 685 feet) above sea level, according to CONRED.... Read more...

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Thousands evacuating after massive landslide creates a dam on Kanka river in Sikkim, India

14 августа 2016 No comments

A massive landslide occurred at Dzongu, northern Sikkim, India on Saturday, August 13, 2016, dumping tons of debris on Kanka river, a tributary of the Teesta river, thus blocking the river and creating a dangerous 46 meters (150 feet) wide dam. As of early Sunday,... Read more...

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Historic flooding hits Louisiana: Parts of the state experienced a '1-in-1000-year' rainfall event

13 августа 2016 No comments

Heavy rain produced by a slow-moving storm started affecting portions of the US Gulf Coast on August 4, 2016. By Friday, August 12, parts of central Gulf Coast were under historic flooding. Florida was first to receive heavy rain, followed by southeastern Louisiana... Read more...

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M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits south of the Fiji Islands

12 августа 2016 No comments

M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits south of the Fiji Islands A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit south of the Fiji Islands at 03:29 UTC on August 12, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 75 km (46.6 miles). The epicenter was located 476.5 km (296.1 miles) SSW of Ohonua (population: 1 241), Tonga, 485.5... Read more...

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Strong and shallow M7.2 earthquake hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

12 августа 2016 No comments

Strong and shallow M7.2 earthquake hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 01:24 UTC on August 12, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp7.3 at a depth of 0 km.... Read more...

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Croatia wakes up to coldest August 12 since measurements began

12 августа 2016 No comments

With record breaking 7.2 °C (44.96 °F), the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, woke up today to the coldest August 12 since official measurements began in 1949. Some 133 km (93 miles) to the SSW, the city of Rijeka broke another record for this day with 12.6 °C... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 3 - 9, 2016

11 августа 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes between August 3 and 9, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Brava, Cape Verde | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) ... Read more...

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Nigeria on red flooding alert, more than 5 000 homes already destroyed in Kano

11 августа 2016 No comments

Nigeria on red flooding alert, more than 5 000 homes already destroyed in Kano Nigerian authorities have warned residents of 11 states for imminent flooding after several rivers started overflowing on August 8, 2016. Although no specific dates were given, the warnings will remain in place through October and flooding is already very serious in... Read more...

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Massive wildfires in Portugal claim 4 lives, worst fire in years hits southern France

11 августа 2016 No comments

Massive wildfires in Portugal claim 4 lives, worst fire in years hits southern France Wildfires that started on the Portuguese island of Madeira, off the northwest coast of Africa, on Monday, August 8, 2016, have spread dramatically during the next 24 hours and approached Madeira's capital, home to some 112 000 people, on Tuesday, August 9. By... Read more...

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Slow-moving low floods the US Gulf Coast, Javier to enhance monsoon in Desert Southwest

10 августа 2016 No comments

Slow-moving low floods the US Gulf Coast, Javier to enhance monsoon in Desert Southwest An intense low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere in combination with abundant amounts of tropical moisture have brought heavy rainstorms to portions of the US Gulf Coast, from Florida to southeast Louisiana over the last couple of days. Ex-tropical... Read more...

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Study finds unsafe levels of toxic chemicals in drinking water for 6 million Americans

9 августа 2016 No comments

Study finds unsafe levels of toxic chemicals in drinking water for 6 million Americans Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems — polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) — exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water supplies for six million people in the... Read more...

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40 people killed as Tropical Storm "Earl" triggers severe flash floods and mudslides in Mexico

8 августа 2016 No comments

Tropical Storm «Earl» accompanied by intense rainfall caused flash floods and mudslides in mountainous regions of Mexico during the weekend of August 6, 2016. At least 40 people were killed, and the damage from the storm affected at least 200 people,... Read more...

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State of emergency declared after worst flooding since 1962 hits Skopje, Macedonia

8 августа 2016 No comments

At least 21 people were killed in flash floods caused by an extremely powerful storm that hit the country late Saturday evening, August 6, 2016. A state of emergency was declared in capital Skopje and neighboring districts. Hundreds of homes and vehicles were... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: July 27 - August 2, 2016

5 августа 2016 No comments

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes between July 27 and August 2, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) |... Read more...

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Strong M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Jujuy, Argentina

4 августа 2016 No comments

Strong M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Jujuy, Argentina A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Jujuy, Argentina at 14:15 UTC on August 4, 2016. The agency reported a depth of 254 km (158 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 48.6 km (30.2 miles) WSW of La Quiaca (Population: 14 751),... Read more...

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Strong and deep M6.3 earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan

4 августа 2016 No comments

Strong and deep M6.3 earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan A strong and deep earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.3 hit near the island of Iwo Jima, Japan at 16:24 UTC on August 4, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 530 km (329 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 516.7 km (321 km). According to the USGS,... Read more...

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Anthrax outbreak in Siberian Arctic, first since 1941

3 августа 2016 No comments

A dramatic rise in the number of hospitalized people diagnosed with anthrax was reported in Siberia's Yamal Peninsula, Russia on August 2, 2016. In total, 90 people, including 54 children, are in hospital as of August 2 in what is now the first anthrax outbreak... Read more...

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NOAA: State of the Climate in 2015

3 августа 2016 No comments

NOAA: State of the Climate in 2015 The year 2015 is now officially the warmest year since the mid-to-late 19th century, according to a newly released annual State of the Climate report, compiled by NOAA’s Center for Weather and Climate. The record-breaking heat is likely the result of a... Read more...

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Deadly floods in Bihar claim further 22 lives, India

3 августа 2016 No comments

Deadly floods in Bihar claim further 22 lives, India The flooding in Bihar, India worsened since August 1, 2016, leaving 22 people dead, the Department of Disaster Management in Bihar reported. In total, 60 people died in flood-related incidents since the mid-July. Since late July, the districts Saharsa, Gopalganj,... Read more...

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Giant sinkhole swallows 4 people and 3 cars in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou

2 августа 2016 No comments

Giant sinkhole swallows 4 people and 3 cars in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou A giant sinkhole has suddenly opened up around 19:30 local time on August 1, 2016, on the Zhengzhou Zhongyuan Road near the Cultural Palace Road in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, Henan Province. The hole was estimated to be about 30 meters long (98 feet) and 45... Read more...

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Big sinkhole filled with swirling water opens near Ipswich home, Australia

2 августа 2016 No comments

A big sinkhole filled with swirling water opened today, August 2, 2016, in a backyard of a house in Ipswich, west of Brisbane, Australia. A review of historical mine maps and plans in the area was underway as part of the investigation into the possible cause. Since... Read more...

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Powerful eruption of Rinjani sends ash 9.7 km a.s.l., Aviation Color Code on Red, Indonesia

1 августа 2016 No comments

Powerful eruption of Rinjani sends ash 9.7 km a.s.l., Aviation Color Code on Red, Indonesia A sudden, powerful eruption occurred at Indonesia's Rinjani volcano (Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara) around 04:00 UTC on August 1, 2016. According to the Darwin VAAC, volcanic ash cloud at 04:20 UTC was observed reaching an altitude of 9.7 km (32 000 feet) a.s.l.... Read more...

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits South Indian Ocean

1 августа 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits South Indian Ocean A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit South Indian Ocean at 07:42 UTC on August 1, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting mb6.1 at a depth of 60 km (37.3 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter... Read more...

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Worst flooding in last 50 years devastates Ellicott City, Maryland

1 августа 2016 No comments

Worst flooding in last 50 years devastates Ellicott City, Maryland Massive flooding hit the Ellicott City in Maryland on the evening of Saturday, July 30, 2016 (local time). The Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency on the next day. At least two people died, and local infrastructure suffered severe damage, according to... Read more...

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Very strong M7.7 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Northern Mariana Islands

29 июля 2016 No comments

Very strong M7.7 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Northern Mariana Islands A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.7 hit Northern Mariana Islands at 21:18 UTC on July 29, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 212.4 km (132 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp7.9 at a depth of 200 km (124 miles). According to the... Read more...

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2016 summer flooding breaks records across China

29 июля 2016 No comments

2016 summer flooding breaks records across China Seasonal monsoon of 2016 brought a series of heavy rains to China since June. Torrential downpours broke numerous records to date and caused widespread deadly flooding and landslides. In total, 833 people died, and 233 went missing in weather-related incidents, the... Read more...

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Very strong M7.7 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Northern Mariana Islands

29 июля 2016 No comments

Very strong M7.7 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Northern Mariana Islands A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.7 hit Northern Mariana Islands at 21:18 UTC on July 29, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 212.4 km (132 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp7.9 at a depth of 200 km (124 miles). According to the... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: July 20 - 26, 2016

28 июля 2016 No comments

Between July 22 and 26, 2016, new activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes. Ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia), Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia), Kilauea, Hawaiian... Read more...

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Vigorous steam degassing observed at Pavlof volcano, Aviation Color Code increased to Orange, Alaska

28 июля 2016 No comments

Vigorous steam degassing observed at Pavlof volcano, Aviation Color Code increased to Orange, Alaska Vigorous steam degassing was observed at Alaska's Pavlof volcano in web camera images from Cold Bay (65 km / 35 miles SW) and Black Hills (35 km / 20 miles NNE) on July 28, 2016. Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has increased the Aviation Color Code and the... Read more...

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile

27 июля 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Aisen, Chile at 01:25 UTC on July 27, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). CSN Chile is reporting Mw6.0 at a depth of 14.6 km (9 miles). According to the USGS, the... Read more...

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Catastrophic floods and landslides wreak havoc across Nepal

27 июля 2016 No comments

Catastrophic floods and landslides wreak havoc across Nepal Widespread flooding and landslides, caused by intense monsoon rainstorms across Nepal, killed 39 people, while further 28 went missing in the last 24 hours. Thousands have been displaced, and hundreds of homes devastated. The districts of Pyuthan, Gulmi, Palpa,... Read more...

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Record-breaking rainfall, destructive tornadoes and a spell of cold weather hits South Africa

27 июля 2016 No comments

Record-breaking rainfall, destructive tornadoes and a spell of cold weather hits South Africa A spell of unusually wet weather wrapped portions of South Africa over the last couple of days. Snowfall and record-breaking rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected areas, prompting the authorities to issue adequate weather warnings. A... Read more...

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Powerful eruption of Sakurajima spews smoke 6 km a.s.l. in the first such eruption since August 2013

26 июля 2016 No comments

After 3 calm weeks, Japan's Mount Sakurajima erupted violently at 15:02 UTC on July 25, 2016 (00:02 JST on July 26), spewing ash from its Showa Crater 6 km (20 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. The plume was extending to the SW. It was the... Read more...

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New phenomenon - the 'trembling tundra' of the Yamal Peninsula, Russia

26 июля 2016 No comments

A scientific expedition has witnessed a leaking methane gas surface bubbling phenomenon on Belyy Island in the Kara Sea, off the Yamal Peninsula coastline in Siberia, Russia. Researchers observed 15 regions of about 1 meter (3.3 feet) of trembling ground covered in... Read more...

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Persistent US heat wave claims six lives, scorching conditions set to continue

26 июля 2016 No comments

Persistent US heat wave claims six lives, scorching conditions set to continue A scorching heat wave over the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US shows no signs of relief. Persistent hot weather conditions have caused six deaths so far, according to media reports. 32.2 °C (90 °F) was recorded in Cleveland on July 24, 2016. The day was the... Read more...

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Severe flooding continues in China, nearly 300 dead or missing since July 18

25 июля 2016 No comments

Severe flooding continues in China, nearly 300 dead or missing since July 18 Continual heavy rainfall in northern, central and eastern China has caused severe flooding and landslides since July 18, 2016. So far, 164 people died and another 125 went missing while more than 125 000 houses have been completely destroyed. Around 10.5 million... Read more...

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Sand Fire: Major California wildfire explodes over the weekend

25 июля 2016 No comments

Sand Fire: Major California wildfire explodes over the weekend A wildfire that started on July 22 in the mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley, Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, California has exploded over the weekend, scorching more than 13 300 hectares (33 000 acres) by early morning UTC on July 25, 2016.... Read more...

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Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

25 июля 2016 No comments

Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near Manus Island, Papua New Guinea A strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake (USGS) was registered near Manus Island, Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea at 19:38 UTC on July 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 7.3 km (4.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.5 at a depth of 0 km. According... Read more...

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M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Atacama, Chile

25 июля 2016 No comments

M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Atacama, Chile A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Atacama, Chile at 17:26 UTC on July 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 71.6 km (44.5 miles). CSN Chile is reporting Mw6.1 at a depth of 77.7 km (48.3 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was... Read more...

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Middle East breaks all-time maximum temperature records with 54 °C (129.2 °F)

24 июля 2016 No comments

Maximum daily temperatures across much of the Middle East have reached extreme levels this week, with numerous all-time records broken. On July 21, Kuwait has set the «most reliable» eastern hemisphere's all-time maximum temperature record at 54 °C... Read more...

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First tornado in over 60 years hits Novosibirsk region, Russia

21 июля 2016 No comments

First tornado in over 60 years hits Novosibirsk region, Russia The first tornado since 1954 hit Russia«s Novosibirsk region on July 19, 2016. It was Novosibirsk»s first tornado in more than 60 years, but the third in Siberia in two weeks. The sudden storm caused flooding in Novosibirsk's metro region, city center... Read more...

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Extreme heat triggers heavy thunderstorms, UK

21 июля 2016 No comments

Extreme heat triggers heavy thunderstorms, UK Colloquially, British summer is described as three nice days then a thunderstorm. It proved so again this week when the UK's hottest day of the year, July 19 (33.5 °C / 92.3 °F in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire), ended in heavy thundery weather in the... Read more...

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Widespread, deadly flooding continues across China

21 июля 2016 No comments

Widespread, deadly flooding continues across China Another spell of severe rainstorms, one of the strongest over the last ten years wrapped China this week. Media reports at least 75 people were killed and over hundred missing. Total rainfall accumulation over 800 mm (31.5 inches) was reported since the beginning of... Read more...

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Active volcanoes in the world: July 13 - 19, 2016

21 июля 2016 No comments

Ongoing activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes between July 13 and 19, 2016. Ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Pacaya, Guatemala. Ongoing... Read more...

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Mount Gamalama producing frequent heightened amplitude tremors, Indonesia

20 июля 2016 No comments

Over the last couple of days, Mount Gamalama in Ternate, North Maluku Indonesian province, has been showing signs of increased volcanic activity, including frequent tremors of heightened amplitude. According to Darno Lamane, the Head of Mount Gamalama Observation... Read more...

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NASA: Global temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent continue setting new records

20 июля 2016 No comments

NASA: Global temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent continue setting new records Analysis of climate conditions, conducted by NASA«s scientists shows the global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent during the first half of 2016 set new records and are continuing trends of change observed over the last few decades. NASA»s... Read more...

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M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Vanuatu

20 июля 2016 No comments

M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Vanuatu A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Vanuatu at 15:13 UTC on July 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 164.1 km (102 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 200 km (124 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was... Read more...

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Ice melting 10 000 years ago caused radical climate shift in Europe and Africa

19 июля 2016 No comments

A team of researchers led by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum investigated how the meltwater from the ice sheet in North America produced a massive impact on climate conditions in northwest Europe and northwest Africa by the end of the most recent ice age, about 10... Read more...

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Landslide crashes into wooden houses in central China

18 июля 2016 No comments

A ferocious landslide swept through a village in central China's Hunan Province on July 17, 2016. The slide destroyed all 14 houses located at the bottom of the mountain, causing traffic to be shut down. Video released by Chinese state media (CCTV) showed the... Read more...

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Severe monsoon rains cause floods and landslides across India

18 июля 2016 No comments

Severe monsoon rains cause floods and landslides across India Severe monsoon rainstorms wreaked havoc across several Indian states causing floods and landslides on July 17 and 18, 2016. 35 people died in Madhya Pradesh alone while several others went missing. Water, power supplies, and traffic were disrupted across the...