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arizona fireball november 15 2017 gilbert arizona

Very bright fireball explodes over Arizona, 4th major fireball within 10 hours

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Arizona at around 03:29 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:29 MST, November 14). The event lasted up to 7 seconds and does not appear as a good candidate for the Taurid Meteor Shower. This is the 4th major...

November 15, 2017

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"Biblical disaster:" Destructive flash floods rage through Athens outskirts, 21 killed

A severe overnight storm turned roads of towns on the outskirts of Greek capital Athens into raging rivers of mud and debris on November 15, 2017. At least 19 people have been killed and many injured. "Everything is lost, the disaster is biblical,"...

November 15, 2017

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Sonic boom heard and felt across North Alabama

A sonic boom was heard and felt across North Alabama shortly after 13:40 CST (19:40 UTC) on November 14, 2017. At this time, there is still no official explanation. Numerous Alabamians, primarily from Blount, Jefferson, Walker, Cullman, Talladega, Calhoun, Clay,...

November 14, 2017

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Huge fireball over western Germany, 1 794 reports

A huge fireball has been observed streaking across the sky over western Germany at 16:48 UTC (17:48 CET) on November 14, 2017. The event lasted between 7 and 20 seconds, according to eyewitness reports. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 1 794...

November 14, 2017

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Strong winds in the vicinity of Katmai pick up loose volcanic ash, Alaska

Strong northwest winds in the vicinity of Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes have picked up loose volcanic ash erupted during the 1912 Novarupta-Katmai eruption and carried it to the southeast over the past couple of days and especially on November 13....

November 14, 2017

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Tornadoes hit Sicily, Italy, destroying greenhouse crops

Heavy rains and tornadoes hit Sicily, Italy on November 10 and 11, 2017, destroying local greenhouse crops. In addition, some of the farmers had to deal with flooded crops. Severe weather warnings are still in effect for the region. Late autumn is major tornado...

November 14, 2017

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Severe storm, large tornado hits Turkey, leaving extensive damage and 25 injured

At least 25 people have been injured after severe storm accompanied by a tornado caused extensive damage to homes, vehicles and farms in southwestern Turkey late Monday into Tuesday (local time), November 14, 2017. The storm destroyed numerous roofs and uprooted...

November 14, 2017

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Deadly windstorm hits Washington and B.C., knocks out power to 180 000

A strong low pressure system swept through western Washington and British Columbia on Monday, November 13, 2017, killing at least 1 person and seriously injuring several others. It was the most powerful storm to hit the region so far this fall. The National Weather...

November 14, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 VL2 flew past Earth at 0.31 LD, a day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 VL2 flew past Earth at 0.31 LD / 0.00079 AU (~118 182 km / 73 435 miles) on November 9, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 48th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

November 14, 2017

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First significant snowfall of the season, hurricane-force winds cause traffic chaos in Slovenia and Croatia

First significant snowfall of the season and hurricane-force Bura winds are causing traffic chaos on roads and highways in parts of Slovenia and Croatia on Monday, November 13, 2017. Wind gusts up to 150 km/h (93 mph) were measured today and up to 210 km/h (130 mph)...

November 13, 2017

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Bright fireball over New York and Pennsylvania, 189 reports

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over New York and Pennsylvania, US at 02:20 UTC on November 11, 2017 (21:20 EST, November 10) and was seen by numerous witnesses. The event lasted up to 3 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 189...

November 13, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Costa Rica

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit Costa Rica at 02:28 UTC on November 13, 2017 (20:28 local time, November 12). The agency is reporting a depth of 19.8 km (12.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.7 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles)....

November 13, 2017

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Extremely dangerous M7.3 earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border region - 530 killed, 10 018 injured

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit Iran - Iraq border region at 18:18 UTC (21:18 local time) on Sunday, November 12, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 23.2 km (14.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 19 km (11.8...

November 12, 2017

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New York City and Toronto experience coldest November 10 ever

On November 10, 2017, the city of Toronto, Canada registered -10.1 °C (13.8 °F), breaking its previous record for the day set it 1938. On the same day, the temperature in Central Park, New York City, US, dropped to -3.3 °C (26 °F), beating the record...

November 11, 2017

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Tropical Storm "Haikui" weakening on its way toward Vietnam

Tropical Storm "Haikui," the 24th named storm of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season, is weakening on its way toward Hainan, China and central Vietnam. Decay and eventual dissipation could occur by November 13. However, whats left of the storm is expected...

November 11, 2017

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Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Ascension Island region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Ascension Island region at 00:36 UTC on November 11, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). According to the USGS, the...

November 11, 2017

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Meteorite fragments from fireball that illuminated British Columbia found

Researchers from the University of Calgary and their international colleagues have discovered the meteorite remnants from a large fireball that illuminated British Columbia, Canada at 05:11 UTC on September 5, 2017 (22:11 PDT, September 4). The size of this object...

November 10, 2017

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Heavy rain, deadly floods affecting Kenya

Heavy rains have been affecting northern and central Kenya since November 1, causing floods, casualties, and damage. As of early November 10, four people were reported dead and 70 families have been displaced in Marsabit County. In addition, 200 families were...

November 10, 2017

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Fireball over Arizona / California border region

A bright fireball streaked across the sky over Arizona and California at 09:21 UTC (01:21 PST) on November 8, 2017. The event lasted some 3 seconds. The American Meteor Society received 17 reports by 13:00 UTC on November 10. The fireball was primarily seen from...

November 10, 2017

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Flowing lava continues to build a delta at Kamokuna, Kilauea, Hawaii

Kīlauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit and from the Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent on its East Rift Zone, and the Kamokuna lava delta continues to grow. As of November 1, 2017, the Kamokuna delta is roughly 4 ha (10 acres) in size. The ocean entry is fed by a...

November 10, 2017

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Below normal temperatures across much of Central and Eastern US

A cold front pushing across the Eastern US today will usher in winter like temperatures from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast and Mid Atlantic where temperatures could be as much as 11 °C (20 °F) below normal, NWS warns. Freeze watches are in effect for...

November 10, 2017

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Detection of Ruthenium 106 in Europe: IRSN investigation results

Several networks monitoring atmospheric radioactive contamination in Europe have detected Ruthenium 106, a radionuclide of artificial origin, at levels of a few milliBecquerels per cubic meter of air late September 2017. The news was widely reported by MSM across...

November 10, 2017

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Tropical Storm "Haikui" (Salome) forms over Philippines, alerts issued

Tropical Storm "Haikui", known in the Philippines as Salome, formed 15:00 UTC, November 9, 2017, while traversing Batangas - Cavite area, Philippines, PAGASA reports. This storm is a heavy rain producer and residents are advised to be alert against...

November 09, 2017

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Possible megacryometeor hits a house in Chino, California

A large chunk of ice fell through a roof of a house in Chino, San Bernardino County, California around 20:30 local time on November 4, 2017. A similar incident happened in 2006, just 3.2 km (2 miles) away. Brandon Blanchard, the owner of the damaged home, said he...

November 09, 2017

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: November 1 - 7, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between November 1 and 7, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 19 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aoba, Vanuatu | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan). Ongoing activity:...

November 09, 2017

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At least 4 dead, 18 missing after major mudflow hits Corinto, Colombia

A devastating mudflow swept through Colombian town of Corinto Tuesday afternoon, November 7, 2017, killing at least 4 people and leaving 18 others missing. A total of 29 people were injured and 22 houses destroyed. The mudflow struck the mountainous town at about...

November 09, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Izu Islands region, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M6.1 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 07:42 UTC (16:42 JST) on November 9, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 20.3 km...

November 09, 2017

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Severe storm sweeps through New Zealand, causing major power outages

A severe storm swept through New Zealand late Tuesday into Wednesday, November 8, 2017, leaving much of the South Island without power. Wind gusts reached 154 km/h (95 mph), maximum hourly rainfall 33 mm (1.29 inches) and snow was reported even at low elevations....

November 08, 2017

germany fireball november 6 2017

Very bright fireball explodes over northern Germany

A very bright fireball exploded over northern Germany around 20:56 UTC (21:56 CET) on November 6, 2017. The event lasted between 3 and 20 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS), received 23 reports by 13:00 UTC, November 8. The event was seen from Germany,...

November 08, 2017

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Violent thunderstorms hit Queensland with hurricane-force winds

A violent storm, described as one of the worst to hit the region in a decade, hit eastern Queensland, Australia on November 7, 2017, with hurricane-force winds, heavy rain and large hailstones. Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said the severity of the winds was...

November 08, 2017

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Tropical Storm "Rina" forms as rare 17th named storm this late in a season

Tropical Storm "Rina" formed at 03:00 UTC on November 7, 2017 (23:00 AST, November 6) as the 17th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Its remnants are expected to reach Ireland and the United Kingdom on Friday, November 10, bringing rain and...

November 07, 2017

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Strong M6.5 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea at intermediate depth

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit New Guinea, Papua New Guinea at 21:26 UTC on November 7, 2017 (07:26 local time, November 8). The agency is reporting a depth of 107.4 km (66.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 122 km (75.8 miles)....

November 07, 2017

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Geomagnetic storms reaching G2 - Moderate levels, spotless Sun

Earth is again under the influence of a recurrent, positive polarity, northern extension Coronal Hole High Speed Stream (CH HSS). G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm level threshold was reached at 11:55 UTC, followed by G2 - Moderate at 19:21 UTC. Over the past 24 hours,...

November 07, 2017

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Delhi turns to 'gas chamber' as air pollution surges to extreme levels

The Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, as toxic smog engulfed Indian capital Delhi. In some areas, Air Quality Index (AQI) reached a maximum of 999 and went beyond what instruments could measure. According to...

November 07, 2017

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Mount Lokon alert level raised, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi to waspada (Level II) on Monday, November 5, 2017, amid increased volcanic activity detected under the volcano. Residents and visitors are prohibited from coming within 1.5...

November 07, 2017

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NWS confirms two EF2 tornadoes, including one long-tracked, Indiana / Ohio

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed late Monday, November 6, 2017, two EF2 tornadoes hit western Mercer County, Ohio on November 5. One EF1 tornado was confirmed in Clark County. A warm front provided the focus for Sunday morning thunderstorms that...

November 07, 2017

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Record-breaking snowfall, low maximum temperatures hit British Columbia

Environment Canada says the first Arctic front of the season moved across British Columbia on Thursday, November 2, 2017, bringing a blast of cold air, strong winds and the first snowfall of the season. As of early November 7, one person is missing. Cranbrook set a...

November 07, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 VE flew past Earth at 0.88 LD, a day before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 VE flew past Earth at 0.88 LD / 0.00227 AU (~339 597 km / 211 009 miles) on November 4, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 47th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the...

November 07, 2017

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Violent thunderstorms, golf-ball sized hail hits New South Wales, causing widespread damage

Violent thunderstorms swept through parts of New South Wales, Australia on November 5 and 6, 2017, producing strong winds, large hail, heavy rain and high elevation snow. The storms caused widespread damage and sent at least 2 people to a hospital. This is just the...

November 06, 2017

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Unseasonal cold blast hits New Zealand ahead of summer, significant storm expected

An unexpected cold blast and snowstorm hit the lower South Island, New Zealand on Sunday, November 5, 2017, just three weeks out from summer. Thick snow started falling at around 09:30 local time, blanketing the Crown Range between Queenstown and Wanaka. An even...

November 06, 2017