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asteroid 2017 FJ101 flyby march 30 2017

Asteroid 2017 FJ101 to flyby Earth at 0.83 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 FJ101 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.83 LD (~318 720 km / 198 034 miles) from the surface of our planet on Thursday, March 30, 2017. This is the 13th asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since January 9,...

March 29, 2017

three storm chasers killed in west texas

Three storm chasers killed in West Texas

Three storm chasers were killed Tuesday afternoon, March 28, 2017, when their vehicles collided chasing tornadoes in West Texas. Two of them were The Weather Channel contractors. Their show, “Storm Wranglers,” aired in October. Two of the deceased were...

March 29, 2017

kamchatka earthquake march 29 2017 location

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...

March 29, 2017

tropical cyclone debbie hits queensland australia

Category 4 Cyclone "Debbie" hits Queensland, Australia

Tropical Cyclone "Debbie" made landfall around 00:40 UTC on March 28, 2017 between small towns of Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as Category 4 tropical cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone wind scale. Many locations in the cyclone’s path...

March 28, 2017

tropical cyclone debbie queensland march 27 2017

Destructive Tropical Cyclone "Debbie" about to hit Queensland, Australia

Extremely dangerous Tropical Cyclone "Debbie" continues moving toward Queensland, Australia. Landfall is expected between Ayr and Cape Hillsborough (north of Mackay) on Tuesday morning, March 28, 2017 (local time), with wind gusts potentially to 275 km/h...

March 27, 2017

snow avalanche hits nasu onsen ski resort japan

Snow avalanche hits Nasu Onsen ski resort, Japan

At least 8 high school students have died, more than 30 were injured and several are missing after a massive snow avalanche hit a ski slope in a popular Nasu Onsen ski resort in Tochigi Prefecture early Monday morning, March 27, 2017. A fire department official...

March 27, 2017

alaska earthquake march 27 2017

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...

March 27, 2017

geomagnetic storms begin as potent coronal hole becomes geoeffective

Geomagnetic storms begin as potent coronal hole becomes geoeffective

A recurrent, negative-polarity coronal hole is affecting our planet, causing geomagnetic storming. A G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm watch is in effect for March 28 and 29. A high speed solar wind stream produced by a recurrent, negative-polarity (potent) coronal...

March 27, 2017

cerro azul radar interferogram

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...

March 26, 2017

tropical cyclone debbie

Tropical Cyclone "Debbie" forecast to hit Australia as Category 4 cyclone

Tropical Cyclone "Debbie" formed in the Coral Sea, east of Australia on March 25, 2017. Debbie's very destructive core is currently expected to cross the coast between Townsville and Proserpine, Queensland on Tuesday morning, March 28 (local time),...

March 25, 2017

kambalni volcano erupts march 25 2017

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...

March 25, 2017

floods in peru march 2017

Worst floods and mudslides in almost 30 years continue affecting Peru

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...

March 24, 2017

jma issues eruption warning for bayonnaise rocks

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...

March 24, 2017

rankin ranch road fire texas march 2017

Rankin Ranch Road Fire fire burns 60 000 acres, Texas

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)...

March 24, 2017

ice volcanoes erupt along lake erie shoreline

Ice volcanoes erupt along Lake Erie’s shoreline

For the fourth time this winter season, more than two-dozen ice volcanoes sprung up along Lake Erie's shoreline. Ice volcano, also known as cryovolcano, is an interesting natural phenomenon which forms along the shoreline under certain conditions. Its size can...

March 24, 2017

kaikoura earthquake the most complex in modern history

Kaikoura earthquake, the most complex in modern history

In November 2016, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand, causing significant damage and between 80 000 - 100 000 landslides. Now, an international team of scientists says the quake was so complex and unusual that it is likely to change how scientists...

March 24, 2017

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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...

March 24, 2017

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

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...

March 23, 2017

river ganges living entitiy

River Ganges declared a living entity

Ganges, India's most polluted river and Yamuna, one of its major tributaries have been recognized as legal persons in an attempt to restore them to health. The landmark court ruling comes just 5 days after New Zealand awarded similar rights to Whanganui River -...

March 23, 2017

greenville south carolina hailstorm

230 000 lost power across the US South, baseball-sized hail

A line of severe thunderstorms hit the US South on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, leaving more than 200 000 customers without power and at least one person dead. Baseball-sized hail was reported in South Carolina during rush hour, damaging numerous cars. Some 230 000...

March 22, 2017

asteroid 2017 FD3 flyby march 17 2017

Asteroid 2017 FD3 flew past Earth at 0.45 LD

A newly discovered asteroid 2017 FD3 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.45 LD (~172 800 / 107 372 miles) from the surface on March 17, 2017, two days before it was discovered. 2017 FD3 has an estimated size between 7.8 and 17 m (25 - 55 feet) and it belongs to the...

March 22, 2017

sdo aia geoeffective coronal hole

CH HSS sparks geomagnetic storming, G2 warning issued

Earth is under the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) which is causing geomagnetic storming. G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm threshold was first reached at 16:12 UTC on March 21, 2017. A G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm warning was...

March 21, 2017

highest resolution map of earth s lithospheric magnetic field

Highest resolution map of Earth’s lithospheric magnetic field

After three years of collecting data, Swarm mission scientists have produced the highest resolution map of Earth’s lithospheric magnetic field from space to date. The dataset combines measurements from ESA’s Swarm satellites with historical data from the...

March 21, 2017

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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...

March 21, 2017

bright blue fireball over sweden march 20 2017

Very large blue fireball illuminates sky over Sweden

A very large blue fireball illuminated the sky over Sweden around 20:30 UTC (21:30 CET) on March 20, 2017. The event was so powerful that the whole sky lit up, Swedish All Sky Meteor Network astronomers said. Images of the event immediately started appearing on...

March 21, 2017

peru declares state of emergency

Peru declares state of emergency in more than 800 cities

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...

March 21, 2017

asteroid 2017 FM1 flyby march 20 2017

Asteroid 2017 FM1 flew past earth at 0.32 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 FM1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.32 LD (~122 880 km / 76 354 miles) from the surface at 22:38 UTC on March 20, 2017. This is the 11th asteroid to flyby within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the...

March 21, 2017

asteroid 2017 FN1 flyby march 20 2017

Asteroid 2017 FN1 flew past Earth at 0.15 LD

A newly discovered, car-sized asteroid 2017 FN1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.15 LD (~57 600 km/ 35 790 miles) from the surface at 21:01 UTC on March 20, 2017. This is the 10th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year....

March 21, 2017

deadly seiche waves smach dayyer iran march 19 2017

Deadly Seiche waves smash Dayyer, Iran

18 people were injured and 6 are still missing after a natural phenomenon called "Seiche" hit the Iranian port city of Dayyer, Bushehr province. The event left behind flooded homes and significant infrastructural damage. Governor Hamzeh E'temad said...

March 20, 2017

las vegas nevada

Record-breaking March heat across Nevada

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...

March 20, 2017

namibia braces for worst flooding in living memory over 70 dead

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

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...

March 20, 2017

sunshine fire aerial march 19 2017 boulder colorado

Thousands evacuated as wildfire threatens Boulder, Colorado

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...

March 20, 2017

march equinox

Happy Equinox

The first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal equinox) in the southern hemisphere takes place on March 20, 2017. On this day, the Sun rises due east and sets due west. It will shine directly on the equator,...

March 20, 2017

asteroid 2017 FS flyby march 19 2017

Asteroid 2017 FS flew past Earth at 0.27 LD

A newly discovered asteroid 2017 FS flew past Earth at 0.27 LD (103 680 km / 64 423 miles) from the surface at 03:33 UTC on March 19, 2017. It was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on March 17. The estimated diameter of this object is between 4.2 and 9.4 m (13.8 -...

March 19, 2017

solomon islands earthquake march 19 2017

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...

March 19, 2017

sandstorm saudi arabia sakaka march 18 2017

Impressive sandstorm sweeps through Saudi Arabia

An impressive sandstorm swept through Saudi Arabia's northern city of Sakaka on Saturday, March 18, 2017, and was captured on video. On Sunday, an "advance alert" was issued following a sandstorm that hit the western city of Jeddah and other areas of...

March 19, 2017

tornado vietnam march 2017

Rare tornado rips through Đông Hà City, Vietnam

A rare tornado swept through Vietnam's Đông Hà City on Saturday, March 18, 2017, blowing off roofs from several homes and buildings. The tornado ripped through the city for some 10 minutes, causing notable infrastructural damage but there were no...

March 19, 2017

floods burundi march 2017

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

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...

March 18, 2017

peru floods march 2017

Catastrophic floods devastate Peru, raising death toll to 72

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. By the end of Saturday, March 18, 2017, the death toll since the start of...

March 18, 2017

vancouver fireball march 17 2017

Fireball streaks across Vancouver sky, Canada

A bright meteor fireball streaked across Vancouver sky at 03:40 UTC on March 17, 2017 (21:40 PDT on March 16) and was caught on car dash camera. People from Seattle, Washington also reported seeing the event. The American Meteor Society received 7 eyewitness reports...

March 17, 2017