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Mount Shindake erupts, large pyroclastic flow produced, Japan

Mount Shindake on Japanese Kuchinoerabujima island erupted at 00:19 UTC (09:19 JST) on January 17, 2018, ejecting ash up to 6 km (19 600 feet) above sea level. The volcano is sporadically erupting since October 2018. The Alert Level remains at 3 (of 5). The...

January 17, 2019

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Russia approves use of explosives to move huge amounts of debris blocking Bureya River

Russian president Vladimir Putin has approved the use of 11 carriages of special explosives to move a huge amount of debris left after a massive landslide created an artificial dam at the Bureya River in remote Khabarovsk region of southern Russia. The slide took...

January 17, 2019

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Meteor explodes over Cape Town, South Africa

A bright meteor exploded over Cape Town, South Africa around 18:05 UTC on January 16, 2019 (20:05 local time). Bright light produced by the object was followed by very loud sound and ground shaking. The American Meteor Society has so far received 6 reports about...

January 17, 2019

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All-time high temperature records broken in parts of Australia

Parts of Australia are enduring extreme heatwave conditions which already broke numerous all-time temperature records. An unusual extended period of heatwaves over much of Australia began in early December 2018 and continued into January 2019. The Australian mean...

January 17, 2019

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Volcanic activity intensifies at Mount Merapi, Indonesia

Indonesian authorities are reporting increased activity at Mount Merapi over the past couple of days. Lava has so far flowed up to 800 m (2 624 feet) down the slope of the volcano. Authorities are preparing evacuation routes and emergency shelters as well as...

January 16, 2019

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Major winter storm to bring widespread hazardous weather to West Coast, bitter cold from the Plains to the Northeast

A powerful Pacific storm will hammer the West Coast into Friday, January 18 with strong winds, heavy rain and heavy mountain snow, NWS warns. Heavy rain will bring a threat of flash flooding along recent burn scars while blizzard conditions are expected in the...

January 16, 2019

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Large number of dead fish, sulfur smell reported, Mayotte seismo-volcanic crisis intensifies

A large number of dead fish emerged at various sites off the barrier reef just east/southeast of Mayotte, the oldest volcanic island in the Comoros Basin located between Madagascar and Mozambique. This is the site of an intense earthquake swarm that started in May...

January 16, 2019

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Rare winter storm aims Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem is bracing for a rare winter storm, with snow forecast to reach the city during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (local time). Strong winds and low temperatures are expected to persist for several days. National meteorologists said snow...

January 15, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit near the coast of Vanuatu at 18:06 UTC on January 15, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 46.9 km (29.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles). This earthquake can have a...

January 15, 2019

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No-access zone extended around main Soufriere Guadeloupe gas-producing centers

Authorities have extended the no-access zone around the main Soufriere Guadeloupe gas emission centers on January 15, 2019. The alert level remains at Yellow (Watch). The decision was made due to an increase in seismic and fumarolic activity detected since January...

January 15, 2019

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Series of storms aim California, flash flooding and significant debris flow risk near burn scars

A series of Pacific storm systems will bring several rounds of heavy rainfall, mountain snow, strong winds, and burn scar flooding, especially in California. Another significant winter storm could bring heavy snow, ice, and hazardous travel from the Plains to the...

January 15, 2019

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Evacuation underway after giant rockfall blocks Bureya River, Russia

Urgent measures are underway this week after a 'large and unusual' landslide that took place last month in remote Khabarovsk region, southern Russia, blocked Bureya River. The water level is now rising above the newly formed natural dam, forcing authorities...

January 14, 2019

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Earth Catastrophe Cycle: Plasma formations

Plasma formations are the key to understanding ancient accounts of the catastrophe, to understanding what could happen in the future, and to monitoring for signs of its coming. The entire Earth Catastrophe Cycle series can be found in the following playlist: ...

January 13, 2019

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Earthquake swarm near Santorini volcano, Greece

A seismic swarm started just SW of the Greek Santorini volcano on January 13, 2019. While there is currently no indication that the earthquakes are volcanic in origin, the situation merits close monitoring. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1950 (VEI...

January 13, 2019

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At least 26 killed in weather-related incidents across Europe, new Arctic outbreak sets in

At least 26 people have been killed in weather-related incidents across Europe over the past 10 days as freezing Arctic air and snowstorms swept over the continent. This is not the end, however, as another Arctic outbreak aims east-central Europe early next week....

January 13, 2019

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Powerful winter storm leaves 9 people dead, thousands stranded on roads, U.S.

A powerful winter storm, named Gia by The Weather Channel, pummeled parts of the Midwest on January 11 and 12, 2019, causing hundreds of road accidents, claiming lives of at least 9 people and leaving thousands stranded on roads. Gia will continue shifting east off...

January 13, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 AE9 flew past Earth at 0.26 lunar distances

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 AE9 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.26 LD / 0.00067 AU (100 230 km / 62 280 miles) on January 12, 2019. This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD since the start of the year. It comes just 4 days...

January 13, 2019

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North Magnetic Pole rapidly migrating toward Siberia

Earth's North Magnetic Pole is rapidly migrating toward Siberia, forcing the world's geomagnetism experts to update the World Magnetic Model (WMM) ahead of schedule for the first time. The most recent version of the model came out in 2015 and was supposed to...

January 12, 2019

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Partial dome collapse after explosion at Nevados de Chillan volcano, Chile

A strong explosion was recorded at Chilean Nevados de Chillan volcano early January 11, 2019, resulting in a partial dome-collapse event. The Alert Level remains at Orange. The explosion took place at 08:00 UTC (05:00 local time), January 11 and was recorded by a...

January 12, 2019

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Tornado hits West Java, damaging more than 300 homes, Indonesia

A strong tornado swept through a residential area of Rancaekek district, Bandung Regency of Indonesia's West Java at 15:15 local time on Friday, January 11, 2019. It is unclear at this time how long the twister was on the ground, but the damage it caused is...

January 12, 2019

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Explosive cyclogenesis in the NW Pacific Ocean

A low pressure system in the Northwest Pacific Ocean has deepened 58 hPa in 24 hours ending January 10, 2019, producing hazardous conditions across the Pacific. 58 hPa in 24 hours is more than double the threshold (24 hPa in 24 hours) for 'explosive...

January 11, 2019

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UK Met Office: Colder weather on the way as a result of Sudden Stratospheric Warming

Following the occasional colder snap so far this winter, there are now signs that cold winter weather resulting from a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) is on the way for the UK, the UK Met Office said January 11, 2019. Sudden stratospheric warming started around...

January 11, 2019

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Major winter storm to impact the central and eastern U.S.

A slow-moving winter weather system will produce hazardous travel conditions across the Midwest through tonight, and into the Mid-Atlantic this weekend. 15 - 30 cm (6 to 12 inches) of snow is forecast in the Midwest, with 5 - 15 cm (2 to 6 inches) in the...

January 11, 2019

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High-level eruption at Manam volcano, ash to 15.2 km (50 000 feet) a.s.l., P.N.G.

A new high-level eruption took place at Papua New Guinea's Manam volcano at around 04:25 UTC on January 11, 2019. The Aviation Color Code is Red. According to the Darwin VAAC, the eruption produced a column of ash rising up to 15.2 km (50 000 feet) above sea...

January 11, 2019

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Record rainfall, widespread flooding hits Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia

A severe storm produced very heavy rain and strong winds over parts of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia over the past couple of days, causing widespread flooding and leaving at least 4 people dead. The storm caused major flooding in northern...

January 10, 2019

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Severe thunderstorm kills 9, injures 14 and leaves 500 homeless, Mozambique

A severe thunderstorm hit Mozambique's northernmost province of Niassa on January 9, 2019, killing 9 people. Rainy season in Mozambique runs from October to March. Friday Tabo, an official at the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC) in Niassa said 9...

January 10, 2019

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EarthUncutTV visits Anak Krakatau, documents changes to the island and surrounding region

James Reynolds of EarthUncutTV visited Anak Krakatau, Indonesia on January 10 and 11, 2019, documenting some of the dramatic changes to the island and the surrounding region after its recent eruptions and devastating tsunami on December 22. At least 431 people...

January 10, 2019

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Increased seismicity under Soufriere Guadeloupe volcano, West Indies

A sequence of volcanic earthquakes that began under Soufriere Guadeloupe volcano at 08:59 UTC, January 8, 2019, continues with 146 earthquakes since the beginning of the swarm, OVSG reported in its latest update issued January 9. The events are located at a depth...

January 10, 2019

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Unseasonal storm hits Myanmar's Kalegauk Island, damaging 300 of 500 homes

A powerful unseasonal storm swept through Kalegauk Island in Ye Township, Mon State Myanmar on January 8, 2019, causing damage to more than 300 of 500 homes. Members of the state who traveled to the island to inspect the damage said the storm hit around 07:40 local...

January 10, 2019

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Northern Greece records all-time low temperature, Athens blanketed in snow

Cold Arctic air and snowstorms affecting Greece over the past couple of days claimed lives of at least 3 people and caused record low temperature in the country's north. Heavy snow disrupted both land and air traffic, with the worst of it affecting East...

January 10, 2019

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Early-morning fireball over East Coast, US

A bright fireball was seen and recorded above the Northern East Coast at 11:35 UTC (06:35 EST) on January 9, 2019. The event lasted up to 6 seconds. ​The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 195 reports by 19:00 UTC. The event was seen from New York state to...

January 09, 2019

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'Unprecedented' sandstorm hits Thurso, Scotland

A severe storm hit Scotland on January 7, 2019, producing what Thurso locals described as 'unprecedented' sandstorm. According to residents, until a few months ago, the sand never made its way into the town, not even during the worst storms. However, a...

January 09, 2019

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Massive dust storm hits New South Wales, turns sky dark red

A massive dust storm swept over parts of New South Wales, Australia on January 8, 2019, turning the sky dark red and causing thousands of homes to lose power. BOM spokeswoman said the cause of the Mars-like conditions were strong winds produced by a thunderstorm....

January 09, 2019

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Rare January tornado hits Ohio's Trumbull County

An EF-1 tornado touched down just northeast of Champion Township, Ohio on January 8, 2019. While there were no injuries or fatalities, tornadoes in this part of the country during the month of January are very rare. According to data provided by the NWS, the...

January 09, 2019

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Eruption at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano, El Salvador

San Miguel volcano in El Salvador, also known as Chaparrastique, continues its eruptive process which started on January 3, 2019, emitting relatively small amounts of gas and ash up to 500 meters (1 640 feet) in height. Between 16:00 local time on January 7 and...

January 09, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 AS5 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 AS5 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.04 LD / 0.00010 AU (14 959 km / 9 295 miles) on January 8, 2019. This is the 1st known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance this year and the closest since...

January 09, 2019

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Heavy rain, snow and cold grips North India, temperatures up to 10 °C (18 °F) below normal

Heavy rain, snow and cold conditions have gripped all three hilly states on North India on January 5 and 6, 2019, with temperatures settling 8 - 10 °C (15 - 18 °F) degrees below normal. Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh as well as...

January 08, 2019

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Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Tanegashima, Kyushu, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.4 hit Tanegashima, Kyushu, Japan at 12:39 UTC on January 8, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles); EMSC M6.3 at a depth of 40...

January 08, 2019

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Mud volcano erupts at New Zealand's Waimata Valley, North Island

A mud volcano started erupting at New Zealand's Waimata Valley, North Island, on December 15, 2018, covering about 1.2 ha (2.9 acres) of land in white mud and saline water. The initial eruption lasted 5 hours. According to Gisborne District Council, mud...

January 08, 2019

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Powerful eruption at Manam volcano, ash to 16.7 km (55 000 feet) a.s.l., P.N.G.

A powerful eruption started at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea around 21:00 UTC on January 7, 2019. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. Volcanic ash dissipated by 06:15 UTC, January 8. According to the Darwin VAAC, satellite imagery suggest volcanic ash...

January 08, 2019