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Tropical Storm "Son-tinh" hits Vietnam, damaging or destroying over 5 000 homes and leaving more than 30 dead

Tropical Storm "Son-tinh," the 9th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season, made landfall in northern Vietnam on July 18, 2018, dropping heavy rain. The storm weakened into a tropical depression after it made landfall, moved over the country,...

July 22, 2018

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Strong and shallow M5.9 earthquake hits Kermanshah, western Iran

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Iran Seismological Center (IRSC) as M5.9 hit the Province of Kermanshah, western Iran at 10:07 UTC (14:37 local time). The agency is reporting a depth of 8 km (5 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 5.7 km...

July 22, 2018

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Rare mud eruption at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland south of Rotorua, New Zealand

A rare eruption of mud and steam took place around 12:30 local time on July 21, 2018, at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland south of Rotorua in New Zealand. While such eruptions at Wai-O-Tapu are uncommon they are not unexpected, GNS volcanologist Brad Scott said. The...

July 21, 2018

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Earthquake swarm near London, UK

Ten seismic events have been detected in the Newdigate, Surrey area of the United Kingdom, between Dorking and Gatwick airports near London, since April 1, 2018. Magnitudes of this cluster of events range from 1.5 to 3.0. There are fears that quakes might be caused...

July 20, 2018

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Missouri duck boat sinks as intense thunderstorm rips through Branson

A duck boat with 31 people aboard capsized and sunk in Branson, Missouri late July 19, 2018, as an intense thunderstorm swept over the area. 13 people were killed and 4 remain missing as of early Friday, July 20. An intense thunderstorm hit Branson, a popular...

July 20, 2018

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Destructive tornadoes rip through Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant, leaving 17 people injured, Iowa

At least 17 people were injured after several unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa on July 19, 2018. The tornadoes were reported in Marshalltown, Pella, Bondurant and several other places near Des Moines. Official preliminary surveys are scheduled for...

July 20, 2018

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Chernabura Island, Alaska

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Chernabura Island, Alaska at 14:16 UTC on July 17, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 17.1 km (10.6 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw5.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This earthquake is...

July 19, 2018

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Bright meteor streaks across the night sky over Spain

A bright meteor was recorded streaking across the night sky over Spain at 03:28 UTC on July 19, 2018. The event lasted up to 7 seconds before the object disintegrated. The meteor was recorded over Andalusia at 05:28 local time. It was produced by a fragment from a...

July 19, 2018

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: July 11 - 18, 2018

New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes between July 11 and 18, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Krakatau, Indonesia | Nevados de Chillan, Chile | Oraefajokull,...

July 19, 2018

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Historic wildfire outbreak hits Sweden amid record-breaking heat

Scandinavia is experiencing exceptionally warm temperatures, over 11 °C (20 °F) above average, for more than a month. Above-average temperatures combined with drought, lightning, and human negligence to cause what Swedish authorities are describing as the...

July 19, 2018

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USGS: Activity at Kilauea unprecedented in the past 200 years, Hawaii

The current eruption at Kilauea is unprecedented in scope and size in the past 200 years, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory deputy scientist-in-charge Steve Brantley said Tuesday, July 16, 2018. "What we are observing now is unprecedented in the past 200 years...

July 18, 2018

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Record-breaking 66.8 mm (2.63 inches) of rain in 42 minutes floods parts of Washington, D.C.

After 19 days with no measurable rain, Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. saw intense thunderstorms on July 17, 2018, and a record-breaking 66.8 mm (2.63 inches) of rain in just 42 minutes. A new daily rainfall record was set at Ronald Reagan Washington...

July 18, 2018

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Tropical Storm "Ampil" forms in the Philippine Sea, heading toward Ryukyu and China

Tropical Storm "Ampil," known as Inday in the Philippines, formed July 18, 2018, northeast of the Philippines as the 10th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. Ampil will continue intensifying over the next 3 days and its current forecast track...

July 18, 2018

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52 killed and 20 missing after 'worst ever' floods hit Katsina, Nigeria

At least 52 people have died and 20 are still missing after heavy rains caused severe floods in Nigeria's northern state of Katsina over the past few days, local officials confirmed Wednesday, July 18, 2018. In the country's south, heavy rains in the state...

July 18, 2018

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Heavy monsoon rains cause floods and landslides, leaving 90 people dead in Nepal

Heavy monsoon rains over the past 30 days have caused severe floods and landslides across Nepal, leaving at least 90 people dead. The latest death toll was announced on July 18, after five more people died in Gorkha and Parbat districts. According to Nepal's...

July 18, 2018

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Study: How Sun influences lightning and thunder activity on Earth

Japanese researchers have taken the first steps to understand how the Sun's rotational cycle influences lightning activity on Earth. The answers were found in diaries dating back to the 1700s. "It is well known that long-term - centennial to...

July 18, 2018

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Long-lasting fireball recorded over the Mediterranean Sea

A bright fireball was recorded streaking across the night sky over the Mediterranean Sea at 02:20 UTC on July 17, 2018. The event lasted up to 12 seconds and was recorded by several SMART Project cameras. According to the preliminary analysis by the SMART...

July 18, 2018

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Severe heatwave engulfs Japan after historic rainfall claims over 220 lives

Severe heatwave is affecting Japan just several days after historic rainfall and one of the worst flooding disasters in country's history left more than 220 people dead. The current heatwave is the result of the layering of two high pressure systems over much of...

July 18, 2018

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Tropical Storm "Son-tinh" forms in South China Sea, heading toward Hainan, China and Vietnam

Tropical Storm "Son-tinh" formed late July 16, 2018, in the South China Sea as the 9th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. The main threat as this storm tracks over Hainan and into Vietnam over the next 36 hours will be rain. Another tropical...

July 17, 2018

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Lava bomb hits a tour boat in Hawaii, injuring 23 people

23 people were injured in Hawaii on Monday morning, July 16, 2018, after a large explosion near one of Kilauea's lava flow ocean entries sent volcanic material flying toward a commercial tour vessel. Captain of the boat said they were about 500 meters (1 640...

July 17, 2018

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Meteotsunami floods islands of Mallorca and Menorca, Spain

A meteotsunami formed in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Spain early July 16, 2018, and flooded the coasts of Mallorca and Menorca, Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. According to local media, a wave as high as 1.5 meters (5 feet) hit...

July 17, 2018

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Deep subterranean connection found between Kirishima and Sakurajima volcanoes, Japan

A study published recently in Scientific Reports presets geodetic evidence for interconnectivity between Aira and Kirishima magmatic systems in Japan. This is the first study to confirm that radical changes of one volcano in southern Japan were the direct result of...

July 16, 2018

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Mohave Fire: Amazing video of firenado becoming a waterspout, Arizona

A rare phenomenon of a firenado turning into a waterspout was recorded in Arizona on July 14, 2018. The cause of Mohave Fire, which started on the same day the video was recorded, is still under investigation. This amazing video was recorded in Blythe, on the...

July 16, 2018

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Ambae volcano ejects ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l., Vanuatu

A strong eruption occurred at Vanuatu's Ambae volcano at 03:30 UTC on July 16, 2018. The eruption ejected ash up to 9.1 km (33 000 feet) above sea level. This activity is consistent with the Volcanic Alert Level 2, the Vanuatu Meteorological and Geohazards...

July 16, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Gulf of Aden, Yemen

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Gulf of Aden, Yemen at 13:09 UTC on July 15, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.0 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). The quake was preceded by M5.4...

July 15, 2018

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Eruption at Mount Agung ejects ash up to 5.2 km (17 000 feet) a.s.l., Bali, Indonesia

A moderately strong eruption took place at Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia at 01:05 UTC (09:05 local time) on July 15, 2018. Ash column rose up to 5.2 km (17 000 feet) above sea level, according to Darwin VAAC. The eruption lasted 1 minute and 45 seconds. "The ash...

July 15, 2018

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Öræfajökull volcano showing clear signs of unrest, Iceland

Öræfajökull volcano in southeastern Iceland, the largest active volcano and the highest peak in Iceland, is showing clear signs of unrest with an inflation phase for at least a year and a half. The last eruptive episode of this volcano started in...

July 14, 2018

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Very bright fireball recorded over Sao Paulo, Brazil

A very bright fireball was recorded streaking across the night sky over the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil at 00:56 UTC (03:56 local time) on July 11, 2018. The event lasted 3 - 4 seconds. According to astronomer Julio Lobo of the Jean Nicolini Municipal Observatory in...

July 13, 2018

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New eruptive activity at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

A new eruptive activity is taking place at Japanese Nishinoshima volcano in Ogasawara (Bonin Islands). The Japan Meteorological Agency reported a bright spot emerging in Himawari-8 imagery it Nishinoshima on July 12. In addition, a brown smoke was seen rising from...

July 13, 2018

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M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu at intermediate depth

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near Isangel, Vanuatu at 09:46 UTC on July 13, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 169.2 km (105 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.2 at a depth of 167 km (103.7 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

July 13, 2018

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New fissure eruption at Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion

A new fissure eruption started at Piton de la Fournaise, shield volcano located on the eastern side of Réunion island in the Indian Ocean. This is its third eruption of the year. The two previous took place in April 2018. The alert level is at 2-2. The...

July 13, 2018

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Partial solar eclipse of July 13, 2018

A partial solar eclipse will take place on Friday, July 13, 2018, but will only be visible in extreme southern Australia and Antarctica. This eclipse belongs to Saros 117 and is number 69 of 71 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the...

July 12, 2018

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Eruptions intensify, off scale seismicity at Anak Krakatau, Indonesia

Explosive activity at Anak Krakatau in Indonesia continues and its seismicity is reportedly going off the scale today, July 12, 2018. "Krakatau is going crazy ... 100 times explosion a day. Very loud and could be heard until Carita, 42 km (26 miles) away,"...

July 12, 2018

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Mudslide destroys 300 homes, claims at least 10 lives, Afghanistan

A large mudslide triggered by melting snow destroyed nearly 300 homes in northeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday night, July 11, 2018, killing at least 10 people. The area is known for its snow-capped peaks. The slide took place after a mountain lake in Panjshir...

July 12, 2018

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: July 4 - 10, 2018

New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes between July 4 and 10, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Ambae, Vanuatu | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Karangetang, Siau...

July 11, 2018

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Hurricane "Chris" reaches Category 2, heading toward eastern Canada, Iceland

Hurricane "Chris" has strengthened into a Category 2 as it moves northeastward over the open Atlantic Ocean. There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect but interests in Atlantic Canada should monitor its progress. At 09:00 UTC on July 11,...

July 11, 2018

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Monsoon season in full effect, massive haboob recorded, hurricane-force wind gusts, hail and record rain, Southwest US

Monsoon conditions in the US Southwest are in full effect. Several large haboobs, accompanied by hurricane-force wind gusts, hail and heavy rain, have already been recorded sweeping through Arizona on July 8, 9 and 10, 2018. Several rainfall records were broken,...

July 11, 2018

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Deadly EF-2 tornado rips through Prairie View RV Park in Watford City, North Dakota

Significant severe thunderstorms hit northwest and parts of central North Dakota late Monday, July 9 into Tuesday, July 10, 2018, producing an EF-2 tornado that ripped through the Prairie View RV Park in Watford City, McKenzie County. The storm was accompanied by...

July 11, 2018

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Culvert failure causes major train derailment, Turkey

A major train accident took place in Turkey's Tekirdağ province on July 8, 2018, after the ground between the culvert and the rail collapsed due to heavy rain. In total, 24 people were killed and 73 injured. The train was carrying more than 360 passengers....

July 10, 2018

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Asteroid 2018 NW flew past Earth at 0.32 LD, the second at 0.3 LD in 8 hours

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 NW flew past Earth at 0.32 LD / 0.00083 (124 166 km / 77 153 miles) at 03:12 UTC on July 8, 2018. Asteroid 2018 NW belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter of 7.2 to 16 m (23 - 52 feet). It...

July 10, 2018