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asteroid 2018 nx

Asteroid 2018 NX flew past Earth at 0.30 LD, one day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 NX flew past Earth at a distance of 0.30 LD / 0.00078 AU (116 686 km / 72 505 miles) on July 7, 2018, one day before it was discovered. Asteroid 2018 NX belongs to the Aten group of asteroids. It was discovered at Palomar...

July 10, 2018

rescue operations japan floods july 2018

More 200 dead or missing, as historic rainfall leaves authorities in a state of confusion, Japan

More than 149 people have died and 59 are still missing 5 days after the onset of the worst rainfall Japan has seen in at least 35 years. Highlights: Record rainfall was recorded at 118 official observations posts in the 72 hours to Sunday, July 8. The city of...

July 10, 2018

night time dust storm phoenix arizona july 8 2018

Large night time dust storm sweeps through Arizona

A large monsoon storm north of Tucson, Arizona created a massive dust storm during the evening of July 8, 2018, leaving more than 21 000 homes and businesses without power. The storm was so strong that it temporarily created near zero visibility in parts of the...

July 09, 2018

potential meteorite producing event over the mediterranean sea

Potential meteorite-producing event over the Mediterranean Sea

A bright fireball flew above the coast of Almeria, Span and the Mediterranean Sea at 03:13 UTC on July 9, 2018. The object was recorded by several SMART Project detectors. It is possible that this was a meteorite-producing event. According to the preliminary...

July 09, 2018

super typhoon maria july 9 2018 at 12 10z himawari 8 f

Extremely dangerous Typhoon "Maria" heading toward Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan and China

Very Strong Typhoon "Maria," still a Super Typhoon according to the JTWC, is heading toward Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan and China. Its center is expected to pass right over or very near Miyakojima, Japan around 06:00 UTC on July 10, just north of northern...

July 09, 2018

landslide iceland july 2018

Very large landslide blocks a river near Hitardal, western Iceland

A very large landslide detached from the Fagraskógarfjall massif near Hitardal in western Iceland early Saturday morning, July 7, 2018. The slide blocked a well-known salmon fishing river with mud and rock, almost completely changing the landscape. Although...

July 09, 2018

fireball over iowa illinois july 9 2018

Bright daylight meteor over Iowa and Illinois, US

A bright daylight meteor streaked across the sky over Iowa and Illinois, US at 01:40 UTC on July 9 (08:40 CDT, July 8). The event lasted between 7 and 20 seconds. The American Meteor Association (AMS) has so far received 189 reports. The fireball was seen from Iowa...

July 09, 2018

tropical storm chris 09 45z july 9 2018

Tropical Storm "Chris" to become a hurricane off the coast of North Carolina, US

Tropical Storm "Chris" formed July 8, 2018, off the coast of Carolinas, US as the 3rd named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Further strengthening is expected while it meanders off the coast of the Carolinas. At 9:00 UTC (05:00 EDT) on July 9,...

July 09, 2018

brazil fireball july 8 2018

Very bright fireball over Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

A bright fireball was recorded streaking across the night sky over the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil at 01:35 UTC on July 8, 2018. The object was visible for several seconds before it disintegrated in a bright flash. It is possible some pieces survived the...

July 08, 2018

Planchón Peteroa Volcanic Complex Chile

Increased seismicity, vigorous degassing at Planchón-Peteroa volcanic complex, alert raised, Chile

Sernageomin raised the technical alert for the Planchón-Peteroa volcanic complex from Green to Yellow (2 of 4) on July 6, 2018. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2011. The decision was made due increased seismic activity under the volcano,...

July 07, 2018

japan honshu earthquake july 7 2018 location

Strong M6.0 earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.0 hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 11:23 UTC (22:23 JST) on July 7, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 50 km (31 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 39.4 km (24.5 miles). EMSC is reporting...

July 07, 2018

japan floods july 2018

More than 110 dead as record rain floods Japan, 50 000 rescuers mobilized

More than 110 people were killed and 87 are missing as record rains continue falling over parts of Japan. Nearly 50 000 members of the Self-Defense Forces, police and firefighting service were mobilized to search for trapped, wounded or dead people. Over 4.72...

July 07, 2018

hurricane beryl 18 15 utc july 6 2018 f

Beryl becomes first hurricane of 2018 Atlantic season, heading toward Lesser Antilles

Hurricane "Beryl" formed July 6, 2018, as the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Beryl is a small hurricane but is expected to increase in strength and size before it approaches the Lesser Antilles over the weekend. At 21:00 UTC on July...

July 06, 2018

aia 304 at 00 58 utc july 5 2018

Plasma filament eruptions detected on the Sun, Earth-directed CME possible

Two plasma filament eruptions were detected on the Sun on July 5, 2018, and it seems at least one weak Earth-directed Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced; ETA July 9 or 10. In addition, a relatively strong farside eruption took place on July 5 and its CME (not...

July 06, 2018

botswana meteorite fragment found june 23 2018

Fragment of asteroid 2018 LA which collided with Earth on June 3 found in Botswana

A fragment of asteroid 2018 LA which collided with Earth on June 3, 2018, was recently recovered in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. The asteroid was detected some 7 hours before it exploded over South Africa - Botswana border region at 16:53 UTC on...

July 06, 2018

super typhoon maria at 10 50z july 6 2018

Super Typhoon "Maria" heading toward Okinawa and Shanghai

Typhoon "Maria" reached Super Typhoon status late July 5, 2018, after a period of rapid intensification just west of Guam. Maria thus became the first Category 5 Super Typhoon of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. The system is forecast to hit Okinawa with...

July 06, 2018

weston pass fire tornado july 5 2018

Rare high-elevation tornado forms at the edge of Weston Pass Fire, Colorado

A rare high-elevation tornado touched down on the edge of Weston Pass Fire in Park County, Colorado on Thursday, July 5, 2018. The National Weather Service said the tornado touched down around 13:30 MDT (19:30 UTC) south of Fairplay, central Colorado at an...

July 06, 2018

high water rescue houston tx july 4 2018

Record rain floods Houston, 167 vehicles removed and towed, Texas

Entire neighborhoods were left underwater after rapid rainfall swept through Houston overnight Wednesday, July 4, 2018, washing away roads and stranding motorists. Local media described the event as 'extreme.' The police said they had 167 vehicles removed...

July 06, 2018

kamchatka earthquake july 6 2018

Strong M6.1 earthquake hits Kamchatka, Russia

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit southern Kamchatka, Russia at 01:40 UTC on July 6, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 79.8 km (49 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.1 at a depth of 80 km. According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 94.7...

July 06, 2018

warnings alers japan july 7 2018

Record-breaking rainfall threatens much of Japan, 160 000 advised or ordered to evacuate

The Japan Meteorological Agency has advised or ordered more than 160 000 people to evacuate as seasonal rain front hanging over the country threatens with record-breaking rainfall through the weekend. JMA cautioned of the rising likelihood of flooding, landslides,...

July 05, 2018

anak krakatau at 21 05localtime july 3 2018

Increased eruptive activity at Anak Krakatau volcano, Indonesia

Anak Krakatau, or Child of Krakatau, is showing signs of increased activity and it seems the eruption has reached a phase of being more or less continuous, the Volcano Discovery reports. Krakatau, located between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, started...

July 05, 2018

france lightning july 4 2018

Record 36 605 lightning strikes in a day, large hail destroys homes, cars and crops, France

Violent thunderstorms hit parts of southwestern France on July 4, 2018, producing a total of 36 605 lightning strikes in 24 hours. This is the worst day in terms of lightning strikes in France so far this year, breaking the previous record of 33 841 strikes recorded...

July 05, 2018

typhoon maria 07 30z july 5 2018

Typhoon "Maria" forms near Guam, heading toward Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Tropical Storm "Maria" formed July 4, 2018, very close to Guam as the 8th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. On July 5, Maria intensified into a Severe Tropical Storm, or Category 1 typhoon according to JTWC. At 06:00 UTC on July 5, the center...

July 05, 2018

hailstorm damage valencia spain june 30 2018

Intense hailstorm hits Valencia, affecting 11 000 ha (27 200 acres) of crops, damage up to 47 million Euros, Spain

An intense storm that hit Spain's Valencia on Sunday, June 30, 2018, caused 'extremely serious damage' to crops in the region, with up to 11 000 ha (27 200 acres) of crops affected. The storm caused 'extremely serious damage' in the La Ribera...

July 04, 2018

active volcanoes world

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: June 27 - July 3, 2018

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between June 27 - July 3, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Great Sitkin, Andreanof Islands (USA) | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia)...

July 04, 2018

melting the sun

Heatwave grips eastern Canada, leaving 34 dead across Quebec, 18 in Montreal

A sweltering heat wave is affecting much of central and eastern Canada. At least 34 people have died in Quebec over the past few days, with at least 18 in the city of Montreal, prompting city officials to unveil their emergency response plan to avoid a spike in the...

July 04, 2018

kilauea lava hawaii july 2018

Unique, lava-fueled thunderstorm produces 1 200 lightning strikes, Kilauea

A lava-fueled thunderstorm over active lava fields in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii produced about 1 200 lightning strikes within just 7 hours on July 2, 2018, NWS said. According to West Hawaii Today, spokeswoman for Mayor Harry Kim said...

July 04, 2018

sinkhole lahore pakistan july 3 2018

Record-breaking rain hits Lahore, leaving most of it under water and without power, Pakistan

Heavy monsoon rains, described as the worst in decades, left at least 9 people dead and 10 injured in the Pakistani city of Lahore (population 6.3 million) on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The city received record-breaking rain that left much of it under water and without...

July 04, 2018

white island volcano new zealand june 2018

White Island crater lake growing, hydrothermal surface activity possible, New Zealand

The Crater Lake at White Island volcano in New Zealand continues to grow, which may cause hydrothermal surface activity, GeoNet Duty Volcanologist Brad Scott said Volcanic Alert Bulletin for White Island released July 4, 2018. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1....

July 04, 2018

fireball over guangdong china july 2 2018

Very bright fireball recorded over Guangdong, China

A very bright fireball was recorded streaking across the sky over southeast China's province of Guangdong at 17:50 UTC on July 2, 2018 (00:50 local time, July 3). According to EXOSS Citizen Science Project, the fireball crossed over Guangdong's Buolo County...

July 03, 2018

flooded road guangxi province june 2018

16 killed, 92 000 evacuated after floods hit Guangxi, China

At least 16 people have died and another 10 are missing after several days of heavy rain caused floods in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. According to Xinhua, some 92 000 people were forced to evacuate their homes on June 30 and July 1, 2018,...

July 03, 2018

typhoon prapiroon july 3 2018 at 10 30z

Typhoon "Prapiroon" moving between Korea and Japan, dumping heavy rain

Typhoon "Prapiroon," the 7th named storm and 3rd typhoon of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season, is now moving between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, dumping heavy rain. The typhoon passed through the Japanese Ryukyu archipelago over the past two days and its...

July 03, 2018

flood nepal

Three major rivers above danger mark, 17 killed in floods and landslides across Nepal

At least 17 people have been killed and three are still missing after heavy monsoon rains triggered floods and landslides across Nepal over the past two days, authorities said Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Hundreds of people were displaced after rain-swollen rivers started...

July 03, 2018

volcano tornado kilauea

Volcano tornado caught tossing lava into the air, summit collapse events occurring about every 28 hours, Kilauea

The eruption of Kilauea volcano in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) continues with no significant change. Fountains from the fissure 8 spatter cone, now about 55 m (180 feet) continue to supply lava to an open channel that travels about 13 km (8 miles) to the sea....

July 02, 2018

mayotte earthquake swarm may 10 2018 to july 2 2018 f

Abnormal earthquake swarm near Mayotte continues, constant shaking creating anxiety and stress

Abnormal earthquake swarm near the volcanic island of Mayotte in the Comoros Basin (Mozambique Channel) continues for nearly two months, creating anxiety and stress among locals. The quakes are all occurring in the same spot, about 50 km (31 miles) to the east of...

July 02, 2018

agung eruption july 2018

Eruptions continue at Agung volcano, Bali, airports operating normally

Eruptions continue at Mount Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia. Volcanic ash is rising up to 5 km (17 000 feet) above sea level but all airports are operating normally at this time. Agung was quiet for most of Sunday, July 1, 2018 before a moderate eruption at 22:19...

July 02, 2018

phreatic eruption mayon july 1 2018

Moderately strong phreatic eruption at Mayon volcano, Philippines

A phreatic eruption took place at Mayon volcano, Philippines at 04:34 UTC (12:34 local time) Sunday, July 1, 2018. A light gray ash column reached an altitude of about 500 m (1 640 feet) above the crater. Mayon’s seismic monitoring network did not detect any...

July 02, 2018

flash flooding des moines iowa june 30 into july 1 2018

Historic flood hits Des Moines after more than a foot of rain overnight, Iowa

Historic flooding hit Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend following a series of thunderstorms that started affecting the city on Saturday evening, June 30, 2018. More than a 305 mm (1 foot) of rain fell on some parts of the city by Sunday morning. One person was...

July 02, 2018

great sitkin june 11 2018 alaska

Elevated seismicity under Great Sitkin volcano, alerts raised again, Alaska

The Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the Aviation Color Code and Alert Level for Great Sitkin stratovolcano to Yellow/Advisory on July 1, 2018, following another increase in the number of earthquakes under the volcano. The last known eruptive episode of this...

July 01, 2018

night sky guide 2018 july

Night Sky Guide for July 2018 - longest lunar eclipse of 21st century, partial solar eclipse

The Earth's annual orbit around the Sun will carry it to its furthest point from the Sun – its aphelion – on July 6 at a distance of 1.02 AU. This month's New Moon is on July 13, making it the best time of the month to observe faint objects such...

July 01, 2018