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Moderate M1.1 solar flare off eastern limb, old Region 2673 returns

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 at its peak erupted at 23:28 UTC on October 20, 2017 from the vicinity of old Region 2682, numbered 2673 two rotations ago. Radio signatures suggested and coronagraph imagery confirmed, a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was...

October 21, 2017

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Record rain wreaks havoc across Queensland, affects food supply

Record-breaking rain and flooding it caused wreaked havoc across Queensland, Australia during the past 7 days, forcing evacuations, causing power outages, road closures, and widespread crop losses. At least 1 person has been killed and six are missing. For farmers,...

October 20, 2017

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Ebola-like Marburg virus disease presence declared in Uganda

On October 19, 2017, Uganda's Minister of Health has officially declared the presence of Marburg virus disease, one of the most deadly known pathogens, in the eastern part of the country. The statement comes after one confirmed case was detected and died in...

October 20, 2017

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Mountainside collapse in Oman leaves several people trapped

Several people are feared trapped under rubble after a mountainside collapsed on them in Samail Province, Oman on October 19, 2017. According to a statement from the Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA), preliminary information indicates the...

October 20, 2017

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Widespread riverine flooding hits Trinidad and Tobago, heavy rain to last for days

Heavy rain that started Wednesday, October 18, 2017 caused major floods in parts of Trinidad and Tobago, leaving numerous submerged homes, roads and farms and thousands of marooned citizens. The threat for moderate to heavy showers, additional flooding and...

October 20, 2017

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Ophelia created biggest waves ever recorded off Irish coast

The M5 buoy off the southeast coast of Ireland recorded one individual wave reached a startling height of 17.81 m (58.4 feet) on Monday, October 16, 2017, the Irish Weather Buoy Network (IWBN) confirms. This is now the biggest individual wave ever recorded off the...

October 20, 2017

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Storm Brian undergoing explosive cyclogenesis before reaching Ireland and UK

An intense low-pressure system that is forecast to affect Ireland and southern Britain on Saturday, October 21 has been named as Storm Brian by Met Éireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service. Before it makes landfall, the system is undergoing...

October 20, 2017

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Bright fireball, sonic boom reported over Sri Lanka

A bright fireball accompanied by a sonic boom was reported streaking through the night sky over Sri Lanka around 15:30 UTC (21:00 local time) on October 18, 2017. Numerous people from the Southern Province of the country reported loud explosion associated with the...

October 19, 2017

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 11 - 17, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between October 11 and 17, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Ambrym, Vanuatu | Aoba, Vanuatu | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan) |...

October 19, 2017

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Heavy rain, series of landslides hit Negros Oriental, Philippines

At least 87 families were evacuated Thursday, October 19, 2017 after a series of landslides triggered by heavy rains shut down roads near Palinpinon Geothermal Power Plant in Negros Oriental, Philippines. Vicente Omandam, a senior manager at the plant, confirmed in...

October 19, 2017

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Models suggest significant windstorm is about to hit Ireland and UK

A new tropical depression may strengthen into a strong storm to hurricane force cyclone as it crosses the Atlantic and approaches Ireland and the United Kingdom over the next couple of days. "GFS and ECMWF model guidance is currently in good agreement on the...

October 19, 2017

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Bright daylight meteor recorded over Long Island, New York

A bright daylight meteor was observed and recorded disintegrating over Long Island, New York at around 19:00 UTC (15:00 EDT) on October 18, 2017. The event reportedly lasted from 3.5 to 7.5 seconds. One user reported seeing it for about 20 seconds. Although the...

October 19, 2017

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Heavy rain hits southern Spain, causing severe flash floods

Heavy rain hit parts of the southern Spain early Wednesday, October 18, 2017, causing major flash floods and power outages. While very damaging to some, the rain came as a blessing to others. After almost 50 days without a drop of rain, the first rainstorm of the...

October 19, 2017

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Atmospheric rivers eye Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, heavy rain expected

A frontal system will begin to approach the Pacific Northwest by Wednesday evening, October 18, 2017, with precipitation increasing throughout the day and into tonight. The same system will equally affect Canada's British Columbia. Heavy rain will continue...

October 18, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 TD6 to flyby Earth at 0.5 LD on October 19, 2017

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TD6 will flyby Earth at 0.5 LD (~192 999 km / 119 303 miles) at 18:56 UTC on October 19, 2017. This is the 39th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. This asteroid belongs to...

October 18, 2017

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Powerful double solar eruption beyond the east limb

A powerful double solar flare eruption took place beyond the Sun's east limb early October 18, 2017. The responsible region is now rotating into Earth view and will be visible in a couple of days. The eruption was associated with a Type II (estimated velocity 1...

October 18, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Tonga

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Tonga at 12:00 UTC on October 18, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 46 km (28.6 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located...

October 18, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 UF discovered a day after 0.99 LD Earth flyby

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 UF flew past Earth at 0.99 LD (~380 160 km / 236 220 miles) on October 15, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 38th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year....

October 18, 2017

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Six missing after severe storm hits Queensland, Australia

Severe weather warnings for the coastal trough which has delivered significant rainfall for Queensland over the past few days have now been canceled. However, flood warnings remain in place as some of the areas recorded between 300 and 500 mm (11.8 - 19.7 inches) of...

October 18, 2017

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STS Lan to intensify explosively into a Super Typhoon on its way toward Japan

Tropical Storm "Lan" formed October 15, 2017 east of the Philippines as the 21st named storm of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season, 25th if you add those named by PAGASA. Lan is currently a Severe Tropical Storm and is expected to intensify explosively into a...

October 17, 2017

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Record rainfall floods La Porte, Indiana, three people in critical condition

A line of severe storms swept through Indiana and Michigan Saturday into early Sunday, October 15, 2017, dumping record rain, flooding streets and pushing temperatures below normal for this time of the year. The greatest rainfall totals were in La Porte and St....

October 17, 2017

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Severe thunderstorm hits New York and Ontario, leaving 42 000 without power

A fast-moving severe thunderstorm swept through New York, US on Sunday, October 15, 2017, leaving more than 32 000 homes and businesses without power. In neighboring Canada, the storm caused a blackout for more than 10 000 customers. Shortly after 16:00 local time...

October 17, 2017

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Impressive reentry of Russian SL-4 rocket body over Dubai, UAE

An atmospheric reentry of a Russian SL-4 rocket body created a spectacular show over the Middle Eastern countries late Monday, October 16, 2017, witnessed and recorded by numerous people. The event lasted more than 55 seconds and was visible from Iraq, Bahrain, UAE...

October 16, 2017

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Death toll mounts to 72 as another rainmaker nears flood-ravaged Vietnam

The death toll caused by worst floods to hit Vietnam in decades has reached 72, Vietnamese officials said Monday, October 16, 2017. 30 people are still unaccounted for, including 13 in Yen Bai and 10 in Hoa Binh. The announcement comes on the same day the country...

October 16, 2017

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Unprecedented power outages as deadly Ex-Hurricane "Ophelia" hits Ireland

Over 360 000 homes and businesses are currently without power in Ireland as Ex-Hurricane "Ophelia" tracks over the country with hurricane-force winds. The number of outages is only going to increase and could easily reach 500 000 within the next couple of...

October 16, 2017

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ESO: Merging neutron stars scatter gold and platinum into space

ESO’s fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind...

October 16, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 TH5 to flyby Earth at 0.26 LD on October 16, 2017

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TH5 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.26 LD (~99 840 km / 62 073 miles) from the surface of our planet at 17:15 UTC on October 16, 2017. This asteroid, first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on October 15, 2017,...

October 16, 2017

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Destructive wildfires in Portugal and Spain claim at least 45 lives

At least 27 people have been killed, dozens more injured and an unconfirmed number is missing after devastating wildfires fueled by hot temperatures and strong winds produced by Hurricane "Ophelia" swept through central and northern parts of Portugal on...

October 16, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD, 4 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 TF5 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD (~280 320 km / 174 182 miles) at 07:40 UTC on October 10, 2017, 4 days before it was discovered. This is the 36th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

October 16, 2017

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Met Eireann: Hurricane "Ophelia" will be the most severe weather event since 1961

Hurricane "Ophelia" will be the most severe weather event to hit Ireland since Hurricane "Debbie" hit in 1961, resulting in 15 deaths, Met Eireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service warns. Ophelia is expected to be near the southwest tip...

October 15, 2017

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Record-breaking Hurricane "Ophelia" to pass SE of Azores before hitting Ireland and UK

The center of record-breaking Category 3 Hurricane "Ophelia" is expected to pass to the southeast of the Azores around 00:00 UTC on October 15, 2017 and then head toward Ireland and the United Kingdom. Ophelia is expected to be a powerful extratropical...

October 14, 2017

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Sudden onset disasters to make 14 million people homeless every year

Research findings released October 13 on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster-prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk. A unique...

October 14, 2017

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Heavy flooding leaves more than 500 000 people without drinking water, Costa Rica

Heavy flooding across Costa Rica has displaced thousands and disrupted critical water and sanitation services, leaving more than 500 000 people without drinking water across the country, according to International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies....

October 13, 2017

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Deadly hepatitis A outbreak spreading through California

A state of emergency has been declared in California on Friday, October 13, 2017 due to hepatitis A outbreak that has so far killed at least 18 people. The proclamation allows the state to increase its supply of vaccines for the highly contagious virus. A large...

October 13, 2017

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Geomagnetic storming reaches G2 - Moderate levels

Our planet is under the influence of coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) for the third day in a row. The geomagnetic field was unstable, with isolated periods of G1 - Minor storm levels during the past two days and then increased to G2 - Moderate levels at 14:59...

October 13, 2017

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Worst floods in years hit Vietnam, death toll rises to 54 as another storm approaches

The death toll caused by the latest round of severe flooding across central and northern Vietnam has risen to 54 and the number of missing to 39, country's disaster agency said Friday, October 13. This is the fourth wave of severe flooding to hit Vietnam in...

October 13, 2017

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Ophelia is 10th consecutive Atlantic hurricane - tying the all-time record set in 1878

Ophelia became a hurricane on October 11, 2017 thus becoming the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to reach hurricane status, tying the all-time record set in 1878 and equaled in 1886 and 1893, according to Dr. Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at CSU...

October 12, 2017

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Tropical Storm "Khanun" passing over Philippines, heading toward Hainan and flood-ravaged Vietnam

Tropical Storm "Khanun" formed October 12, 2017 just east of the northern Philippines as the 20th named storm of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season, 24th if you count those named by PAGASA. The system will make landfall in the northern Philippines today, exit...

October 12, 2017

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Spotless Sun, CH HSS sparks geomagnetic storms

Geomagnetic storming reaching G1 - Minor levels is underway as our planet moves through a stream of high-speed solar wind. At the same time, solar activity is at very low levels with no flare activity and a spotless Sun on its Earth-facing side. Over the past 24...

October 12, 2017

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2017 EU wine harvest at historic low due to extreme weather

New estimates show that 2017 EU wine harvest is at historic low due to extreme weather events ranging from frost to drought. According to figures released by Copa and Cogeca in Brussels on October 10, 2017, the European Union suffered one of the lowest wine harvests...

October 12, 2017