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tropical storm urduja kai tak philippines december 16 2017

More than 77k evacuated as deadly TS Urduja (Kai-Tak) drops massive rain on Philippines

A slow-moving Tropical Storm "Urduja," internationally known as "Kai-Tak," crawled toward the Philippines over the past couple of days, dropping massive amounts of rain. Urduja made landfall around 06:00 UTC on December 16 in the vicinity of San...

December 16, 2017

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Strong explosions, lava overflow from Stromboli's NE crater, Italy

At least two 'stronger than usual' explosions took place at Italy's Stromboli volcano over the past 24 hours. The first explosion took place at 01:30 UTC (December 15) and the second around 10:30 UTC. "A gigantic cloud of smoke was visible from the...

December 15, 2017

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Deadly M6.9 earthquake hits Java, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.9 hit the coast of West Java province, Indonesia at 16:47 UTC (23:47 local time) on December 15, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 107 km (66 miles). The USGS initially reported M7.3 and downgraded to M6.5...

December 15, 2017

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Volcanic earthquakes at Kanlaon surge to 1 217, Philippines

The Kanlaon volcano's seismic network recorded 1 217 volcano earthquakes on December 14, 2017, an uptick from already unusually high 578 recorded on December 13. Wispy emission of white steam-laden plumes were observed coming from the summit crater, PHIVOLCS...

December 15, 2017

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Loud explosion shakes houses as meteorite hits Thunder Bay, Ontario

A loud explosion that shook houses in Ontario's Thunder Bay, Canada late Wednesday, December 13, 2017 appears to be caused by a meteorite that hit the ground near Highway 61, creating a 75 cm (30 inches) wide crater. The loud boom could be indicative of a larger...

December 14, 2017

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Thomas Fire burned 242 500 acres, destroyed 751 structures and is just 30% contained

The Thomas Fire in California is burning for 11 days and is 30% contained as of December 14, 2017. The fire has so far burned 242 500 acres, making it the fourth largest fire in California's history. Its cause is still under investigation. The Thomas Fire broke...

December 14, 2017

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1 down 449 to go: Ikata nuclear plant shut down over fears of Fukushima-style meltdown

A Japanese high court in Hiroshima on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, revoked a lower court decision that allowed Shikoku Electric Power Company to continue operating unit 3 of its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture. The unit is one of five reactors that...

December 14, 2017

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Lake-like structure after landslide at Gangotri glacier, source of River Ganges

Authorities are monitoring a lake-like structure that formed a few months ago after a heavy landslide occurred at Gaumukh, the mouth of Gangotri glacier in Uttarakhand, India. This glacier, one of the primary sources of River Ganges, is one of the largest in the...

December 14, 2017

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Floods and landslides hit Philippines, evacuations as Urduja becomes a tropical storm

Tropical Depression "Urduja" strengthened into a tropical storm, internationally known as Kai-Tak, early Thursday, December 14, 2017, on its way toward Samar Province, the Philippines. The cyclone is already causing floods and landslides, prompting...

December 14, 2017

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: December 6 - 12, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between December 6 and 12, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) |...

December 14, 2017

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Explosion at Cleveland volcano, ash to 6 km (20 000 feet) a.s.l.

A new explosion was detected at Cleveland volcano, Alaska at 13:20 UTC on December 13, 2017. AVO raised the Aviation Color Code back to Orange. The explosion produced an eruption cloud that was observed in satellite data to an altitude of 6 km (20 000 feet) a.s.l....

December 13, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake near Bouvet Island, South Atlantic

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit near Bouvet Island, South Atlantic Ocean at 18:03 UTC on December 13, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 15.1 km (9.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 and a preliminary depth of 300 km (186...

December 13, 2017

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Arctic air plunges into the Great Lakes, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Arctic air dropping through the northern and eastern U.S. and a storm off the east coast will bring periods of snow, very cold wind chills and hazardous traveling conditions from the Upper Great Lakes to the Northeast today, December 13, 2017. Maximum temperatures...

December 13, 2017

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TD "Urduja" to become a tropical storm before it hits the Philippines

Tropical Depression "Urduja" formed December 12, 2017, near Palau and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm before it makes landfall in Sorsogon - Northern Samar area of the Philippines on December 15. A low-pressure area developed into a...

December 13, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Iran, second M6+ of the day

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the IRSC as M6.1 hit southeastern Iran at 21:41 UTC on December 12, 2017 (01:11 local time, December 13). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 10 km. EMSC...

December 12, 2017

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Extreme Cold Weather Alert issued for Toronto, seek shelter, check on loved ones

The City of Toronto, Canada has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert on Monday, December 12, 2017, that will be in effect until further notice. The warning was issued based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of...

December 12, 2017

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Impressive video of a large tornado forming very close to people, Argentina

A very large tornado formed Friday, December 8, 2017, in Buenos Aires province of Argentina just few hundred meters away from two farmers. The twister swept through several towns with winds between 130 and 200 km/h (80 - 125 mph), destroying everything in its path....

December 12, 2017

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Geminids: The king of meteor showers peaks December 13 and 14

Geminids meteor shower peaks on the night of December 13 and the morning of December 14th, 2017. This is a major (Class I) meteor shower producing up to 120 meteors per hour, some of them bright enough to be classified as fireballs. Since the Moon will be 26 days...

December 12, 2017

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Major flooding after rivers overflow in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Several days of heavy rain caused several major rivers, including Enza and Parma, to burst its banks on December 12, 2017, producing widespread flooding in Emilia-Romagna region of northeastern Italy. A critical situation is underway in Emilia-Romagna today, after...

December 12, 2017

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50 injured, 550 homes damaged as tornado rips through Vaal Marina, Midvaal, South Africa

A destructive tornado ripped through the Vaal Marina area in Midvaal, South Africa on December 11, 2017, uprooting trees and causing extensive infrastructural damage. At least 300 families have reported damages to their homes, Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi said. Some...

December 12, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits southeastern Iran

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Iranian Seismological Center (IRSC) as M6.2 hit southeastern Iran at 08:43 UTC (12:13 local time) on December 12, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of...

December 12, 2017

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New timelapse of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic island forming

In December 2014 and early 2015, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai undersea volcano near Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa erupted, sending a violent stream of steam, ash and rock into the air. When the ash finally settled in January 2015, a newborn island with a 120 m...

December 12, 2017

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Strongest cold wave of the season grips South Korea, -17 °C (1.4 °F) expected

According to the Korea Meteorological Agency, the strongest cold wave of the 2017/18 season began Monday, December 11, 2017, and will last throughout this week. Accompanied by strong winds, temperatures plummeted to -10 °C (14 °F) on Monday morning and are...

December 11, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Iran - Iraq border region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Iranian Seismological Center (IRSC) as M6.0 hit Iran - Iraq border region at 14:09 UTC (17:39 local time) on December 11, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting it as M5.4 at a...

December 11, 2017

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New eruptive phase starts at Fuego volcano, ashfall reported

A change in the pattern of activity at Fugo volcano, Guatemala has been observed on December 10, 2017, developing into the 12th effusive eruption phase of the year. The Fuego Observatory reports moderately strong explosions which generate ash columns to a height of...

December 11, 2017

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Heavy snow, subfreezing temperatures disrupt traffic across UK

Hundreds of schools are closed across the United Kingdom today, December 11, 2017, in the wake of Storm Caroline which moved away from British Isles December 8 toward Scandinavia. Caroline allowed cold arctic air to move in and cover the UK with bitterly cold...

December 11, 2017

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Earthquake swarm under Skjaldbreidur volcano, Iceland

An intense earthquake swarm is in progress at the southern end of Prestahnúkur volcanic system (Langjökull icecap) since early Saturday, December 9, 2017. More than 100 quakes were registered within 40 hours, with 4 above M3.0. There have not been...

December 10, 2017

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3 dead, 480 000 without power, numerous records broken as winter storm hits US South

Nearly 500 000 people were left without power and three have died as a suprisingly strong early winter storm hit the US South on its way toward the Northeast. The storm dumped rare snow on the Deep South, in many places record-breaking for December. Relatively quiet...

December 10, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits State of Yap, 3rd M6+ within 48 hours

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit the State of Yap, Micronesia at 15:14 UTC on December 9, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles). After M6.5 and M6.4 on...

December 09, 2017

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Phreatic eruption, resumption of degassing at Kanlaon volcano, Philippines

A phreatic (steam-driven) eruption started at Kanlaon volcano in Negros Island, Philippines at 01:47 UTC (09:47 local time) on December 9, 2017. The eruption was preceded by a resumption of degassing at the summit crater at 22:34 UTC, December 8 (06:34 local time,...

December 09, 2017

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Snow is falling in Houston, TX, last measurable snow there was 8 years ago

Snow is falling across parts of northern Mexico and Texas, US on Friday, December 8, 2017, including Houston where the last measurable snow fell 8 years ago. "What a memorable shift," NWS Houston said. "We measured 1 - 1.5 inches [2.5 - 3.8 cm] of...

December 08, 2017

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Second strong earthquake in Micronesia, shallow M6.4 hits State of Yap

A second strong earthquake of the day hit the State of Yap, Micronesia at 09:51 UTC on December 8, 2017. The USGS registered it as M6.4 at a depth of 20.3 km (12.6 miles). The first one was registered as M6.5 at 00:22 UTC today. EMSC registered the latest one as...

December 08, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:09 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km. EMSC is reporting...

December 08, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit State of Yap, Micronesia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit the State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia at 00:22 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.7 km (8.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 15 km...

December 08, 2017

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Alaska records one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record

An astonishing 25.4 cm (10 inches) of snow per hour was reported at Thompson Pass near Valdez, Alaska on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. This is extraordinary even by Valdez standards, the snowiest town in the United States. What hit Alaska's North Gulf Coast this...

December 07, 2017

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Öræfajökull caldera deepens 20 m (65 feet), geothermal heat in the area, Iceland

On November 17, 2017, a pilot flying over Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland noticed a new ice-caldron within the volcano's caldera. Now, volcanologists say the situation is far from normal. Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson says that the...

December 07, 2017

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Tropical Pacific reaches La Niña levels

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has raised its ENSO Outlook to La Niña, indicating that the tropical Pacific has reached La Niña levels. Climate models suggest this La Niña will be weak and short-lived, persisting until early southern...

December 07, 2017

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Supercooled rainbow appears over Muonio, Finland

A supercooled rainbow was observed and photographed above Muonio, Finland on December 4, 2017. Supercooled rainbows were also sighted in the Arctic last year. "I have never seen a rainbow during the winter and I didn't even know that it is possible for them...

December 07, 2017

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Increased activity at Villarrica volcano, alert level raised, Chile

Chilean authorities have raised the Alert Level for Villarrica volcano to Yellow (the second lowest level on a four-color scale) on December 5, 2017. The last eruptive episode of this volcano started on December 2 (± 7 days), 2014 and ended on October 15,...

December 07, 2017

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Atmospheric radiation increasing as we head into Solar Minimum

Cosmic rays from deep space are increasing almost unabated as the Sun's magnetic field weakens and we head into Solar Minimum. As reported by Spaceweather.com, the stratospheric balloons they've been flying together with the students of Earth to Sky...

December 07, 2017