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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 11:23 UTC on March 24, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 35.8 km (22.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 70 km (43.5 miles). This earthquake is...

March 24, 2018

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Mass whale stranding at Hamelin Bay in Western Australia

Some 150 whales were found stranded on a beach at Hamelin Bay in Western Australia on Friday morning, March 23, 2018. The event prompted major rescue effort, but only 15 of them remain alive. Only about 15 of the 150 short-finned pilot whales that stranded at...

March 23, 2018

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Severe dust storm hits Crete, Greece

A cutoff low in the central Mediterranean pushed huge amounts of Saharan dust from Libya toward the eastern Mediterranean on March 22, 2018, heavily impacting the region, especially the island of Crete. A thick layer of Saharan sand reached Crete around 16:00 local...

March 23, 2018

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West Texas oil patch heaving and sinking at alarming rates

Geophysicists from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas found that decades of oil production activity in Texas have destabilized localities of an area about 10 000 km2 (4 000 mi2) populated by small towns, roadways and a vast network of oil and gas pipelines...

March 23, 2018

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Asteroid 2018 FQ3 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD, one day before discovery

Asteroid 2018 FQ3, first observed at Catalina Sky Survey on March 20, flew past Earth at a distance of 0.73 LD / 0.00187 AU (~279 748 km / 173 827 miles) on March 19, 2018. This is Apollo class asteroid with an estimated diameter of 5.1 and 11 m (16.7 - 36 feet). ...

March 23, 2018

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Asteroid 2018 FE3 flew past Earth at 0.38 LD, 3 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid 2018 FE3 flew past our planet at a very close distance of 0.38 LD / 0.00098 AU (~146 605 km / 91 096 miles) at 07:06 UTC on March 18, 2018. This object belongs to the Aten group of asteroids. It was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey...

March 22, 2018

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Asteroid 2018 FZ3 to flyby Earth at 0.5 LD on March 23

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 FZ3 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.5 LD / 0.00129 AU (~192 981 km / 119 912 miles) on March 23, 2018. This the 23rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 3rd since...

March 22, 2018

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Record-breaking rain hits California, worst yet to come

A powerful Pacific storm dropped record-breaking rain on parts of California on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. This was a direct hit by an atmospheric river system and forecasters warn the heaviest rain is expected on Thursday, urging residents to stay vigilant....

March 22, 2018

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Toxic gases released from Kawah Ijen injure 24 people, evacuations ordered

Kawah Ijen volcano located in the Ijen volcano complex at the eastern end of Java, Indonesia, released toxic gases on March 21, 2018, injuring 24 people. The incident started around 19:00 local time and peaked around 21:00. Authorities said 30 people were exposed to...

March 22, 2018

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M4.1 earthquake hits Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake was registered in the southern part of the Bardarabunga volcano caldera, Iceland on March 21, 2018. The quake hit at 22:56 UTC at a depth of 4.5 km (2.8 miles). It was followed M2.6 at 23:02 and 2.5 at 00:38 UTC, March 22 and half a dozen of...

March 22, 2018

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: March 14 - 20, 2018

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between March 14 and 20, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ambae, Vanuatu | Kick 'em Jenny, North of Grenada | Kikai, Japan | Kirishimayama, Kyushu...

March 21, 2018

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Evidence of one of the largest floods in Earth’s history in the central Mediterranean

An international team of scientists has uncovered evidence of one of the largest floods in Earth's history in the central Mediterranean seafloor. The flood, known as the Zanclean flood, is thought to have ended the Messinian Salinity Crisis (MSC), a period...

March 21, 2018

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White Island's Crater Lake reforming after recent cyclones, New Zealand

Activity at New Zealand's White Island remains quiet after a small earthquake swarm nearby. While there are no apparent changes in activity after the swarm, scientists noted the reappearance of a Crater Lake on the floor of the Active Crater area. GeoNet...

March 21, 2018

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Earthquake swarm under Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

An episode of volcanic earthquakes is occurring beneath Mount Ruapehu since March 15, 2018. This is a common observation during a heating phase of the crater lake (Te Wai ā-moe), GeoNet scientist Brad Scott reports. Crater lake's current temperature of 39...

March 21, 2018

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4th nor'easter in 3 weeks to bring heavy snow, gusty winds and coastal flooding

The 4th nor'easter in 3 weeks will bring another round of heavy snow, gusty winds, and coastal flooding to the east coast US today and tomorrow. The last time 4 nor'easters marched through the region within 3 to 4 weeks weeks was in 2015 and before that in...

March 21, 2018

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Very heavy rainfall for central parts of NSW coast, warnings issued

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting very heavy rain for central parts of the New South Wales coast over the next few days, with dangerous conditions expected to develop. Many places are expected to get their normal monthly rainfall for March in just...

March 20, 2018

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Very intense storm turns streets of Belo Horizonte into raging rivers, Brazil

A short but very intense storm wreaked havoc in the city of Belo Horizonte and other areas of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil on March 16, 2018. According to Civil Defense, 74.6 mm (2.93 inches) of rain fell in just 20 minutes, which is around half the historical...

March 20, 2018

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Hailstorms and tornadoes cause significant damage across southeastern US

A line of severe storms swept through the southeastern United States on March 19 and 20, 2018, producing heavy rain, strong winds, very large hail and several damaging tornadoes. The storm downed trees and power lines, and caused significant hail and tornado damage....

March 20, 2018

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Bright fireball recorded over São Paulo, Brazil

A very bright fireball streaked across the sky over São Paulo, Brazil at 01:19 UTC on March 18, 2018 (22:19 local time, March 17). The event lasted several seconds and was seen from the region of Campinas, Itu and Limera and recorded by three Exoss network...

March 19, 2018

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States of emergency as rivers reach record levels, Croatia

Croatia is still battling major river levels after warm weather followed by heavy rains caused rapid melt of record-breaking snow that fell during Arctic cold outbreak at the end of February. States of emergency were declared over the weekend in several areas,...

March 19, 2018

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17 fatalities as Tropical Cyclone "Eliakim" moves over Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone "Eliakim" hit Madagascar's Mananara region on March 17 with wind speeds of 85 km/h (53 mph) and gusts to 120 km/h (75 mph). It then moved over the provinces of Analanjirofo and Antsinanana over the next 2 days, killing at least 17...

March 19, 2018

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Fast-moving wildfire wipes out 69 homes in Tathra, Australia

A fast-moving wildfire engulfed Tathra, a small seaside town with a population of 1 622 located on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia late March 18, 2018, destroying at least 69 homes and damaging 39. According to NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), the fire...

March 19, 2018

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Negative polarity CH HSS sparks G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm

A persistent negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) sparked G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm on March 18, 2018. A gradual return to background levels is expected on March 19 as CH HSS influence subsides. However, enhanced solar wind parameters are...

March 19, 2018

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Ambae volcano alert level raised to Level 3, Vanuatu

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) has raised the Alert Level for Ambae volcano from Level 2 to Level 3 (on a scale of 1 to 5) on Sunday, March 18, 2018. The volcano is in the minor eruption state and the activity is confined inside the Lake...

March 18, 2018

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Major wildfires rage in Australia, killing cattle and destroying homes

Bush and grass fires rage in Australia's state of Victoria on Sunday, March 18, 2018, as hot and blustery conditions continue affecting the region. The fires are expected to get larger in size before firefighters place them under control. Dozens of fires in...

March 18, 2018

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Widespread floods hit Kenya, at least 19 killed and scores injured

Three days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding across Kenya this week, killing at least 19 people and injuring and displacing scores of others. Heavy rains are expected to continue for at least 5 more days. The deaths happened as flood and river waters hit...

March 18, 2018

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Windstorm destroys 150 homes, leaves 2 000 people homeless, Ghana

More than 2 000 people are homeless after intense windstorm hit the small town of Zabzugu, capital of Zabzugu-Tatale in the Northern Region of north Ghana on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The storm destroyed 152 houses, 4 schools and three churches in seven communities....

March 17, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Marcus" hits Darwin as Category 2 system

Tropical Cyclone "Marcus" formed March 16, 2018 as the 8th named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region tropical cyclone season. Marcus passed over Darwin as a Category 2 system on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale with sustained winds near...

March 17, 2018

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Deadly hailstorm hits Lesotho, southern Africa

An intense hailstorm hit Lesotho's southern district of Quthing on March 14, 2018, leaving a trail of destruction and at least 5 people dead. The storm that hit the kingdom on Wednesday, March 14 smashed windows on many cars, homes and other structures, killed...

March 17, 2018

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Cold front to sweep North Africa and raise large amounts of dust

A cold front sweeping northern Africa will raise large amounts of dust in the days ahead. Airborne dust will reach central and eastern Mediterranean as well as southern Europe, including Malta, Italy, Greece, Turkey... It's going to get significantly colder...

March 16, 2018

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Hackett Financial Advisors: We’re going to have to come up with new ways of growing food

In a recent interview with AgWeb, the president and CEO of Hackett Financial Advisors, Shawn Hackett, explains why he thinks our civilization will have to come up with new ways of growing food over the next 5 years. "Things are happening that haven’t...

March 16, 2018

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Kick 'em Jenny update: earthquakes slowing, alert level remains at Orange

There has been a significant slowing of Kick 'em Jenny earthquakes between March 12 and 15, The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center (UWI SRC) reports. However, activity at the volcano has seen such lulls before, without it signaling the end of...

March 15, 2018

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Tropical cyclone expected to form off Northern Territory coast, Australia

An intensifying tropical low north of the Tiwi Islands is moving southeast across the Arafura Sea and is expected to turn south towards the north coast of the Top End on Friday. This system is expected to reach Category 1 tropical cyclone intensity on March 16 and...

March 15, 2018

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Records broken by 3rd nor'easter in 2 weeks, 4th possible next week

The third nor'easter to hit Mid-Atlantic and Northeast since March 2 brought blizzard conditions to parts of Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island and left hundreds of thousands without electricity. A new weather system will spread snow and ice from the West to...

March 15, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Eliakim" to make landfall over NE Madagascar

Tropical Storm "Eliakim" formed 02:00 UTC on March 15, 2018 east of northern Madagascar as the 6th named storm of the 2017/18 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season. Eliakim's current forecast track takes it right over northeastern Madagascar on March...

March 15, 2018

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Solar storm mania makes headlines

According to many media sources, a massive solar storm is supposed to be ravaging Earth today. Some MSM channels, and several well-known alternative, went as far as posting fake news about a 'massive X-class solar flare hitting Earth' today. While at one...

March 15, 2018

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: March 7 - 13, 2018

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between March 7 and 13, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kick 'em Jenny, North of Grenada | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan) | Turrialba, Costa Rica....

March 15, 2018

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Daylight fireball explodes over Oklahoma and Texas, sonic boom reported

A daylight fireball was recorded streaking Oklahoma and Texas around 21:16 UTC (16:16 CDT) on March 13, 2018. The object turned 'blindingly bright' before it disappeared and was followed by a sonic boom. Numerous residents across central Oklahoma and...

March 14, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Linda" forms between Australia and New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone "Linda" formed in the Coral Sea, east of Australia on March 13, 2018 as the 7th named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region tropical cyclone season. The cyclone is expected to stay off the coast and generate large waves and dangerous surf...

March 13, 2018

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Landslide destroys 7 homes in Hrvatska Kostajnica, Croatia

Heavy floods and landslides are affecting parts of central Croatia two weeks after record-breaking snow paralyzed the region. At this time, the worst affected is the city of Hrvatska Kostajnica (population 2 700) where heavy floods and landslides resulted in the...

March 13, 2018