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Tropical Storm "Pakhar" (Jolina) hits Philippines, heading toward Hong Kong

Tropical Storm "Pakhar," known in the Philippines as Jolina, made landfall in Aurora province on Friday, August 25, 2017. The storm is dumping moderate to heavy rainfall within 300 km (186 miles) from the center. After passing over the Philippines, Pakhar...

August 25, 2017

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Harvey rapidly strengthened into a hurricane, expected to stall over Texas coast

Tropical Storm "Harvey" rapidly strengthened into a hurricane today and is expected to become a major, Category 3 hurricane before it makes landfall over the coast of Texas late Friday or early Saturday (local time), August 25 or 26, 2017. Preparations for...

August 24, 2017

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 16 - 22, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between August 16 and 22, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kanlaon, Philippines | Pacaya, Guatemala | San Cristobal, Nicaragua | Sangay, Ecuador |...

August 24, 2017

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Eight missing after major landslide at Piz Cengalo, Switzerland

Eight people are missing after a major landslide occurred at Piz Cengalo mountain in the Bregaglia range of Swiss Alps at 09:30 CET on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Experts estimate some 4 million m3 (141.2 million ft3) of rocks tumbled down the mountain, known for...

August 24, 2017

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Large fireball recorded over Krugersdorp, South Africa

A large fireball was observed and recorded over the South African city of Krugersdorp at 16:59 UTC (18:59 SAST) on August 22, 2017. The object had a bright blue-green color and lasted for more than 4 seconds. It was recorded by Jan Breytenbach over Krugersdorp but...

August 23, 2017

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Another major landslide at Piz Cengalo after 6 injured on Sunday, Switzerland

Another major landslide took place in southern Switzerland on August 23, 2017, just three days after six hikers got hit by falling rocks in a similar incident. According to a statement issued by Bern police on Monday, August 21, six people were injured after a rock...

August 23, 2017

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Harvey regenerates, hurricane and storm surge watches issued for Texas coast

What used to be Tropical Storm "Harvey" degenerated to an open wave on August 19 and regenerated back into a tropical depression on August 23, 2017. Further strengthening is expected and Harvey could become a hurricane on August 25 while approaching the...

August 23, 2017

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Typhoon "Hato" turns deadly as it makes landfall in SE China's Guangdong

Typhoon "Hato" made landfall in southeast China's Guangdong Province near 05:00 UTC (11:00 local time) on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, with wind speeds near 185 km/h (115 mph). This made Hato a Category 3 hurricane equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson...

August 23, 2017

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Lolo Peak fire grows to 32 328 acres, burns two homes, kills one - Montana

The Lolo Peak fire in Montana has burned 13 082 hectares (32 328 acres) of land since a lightning started it on July 15, 2017. As of August 22, the fire is just 14% contained, it burned two homes, claimed one firefighter's life and injured another. There are...

August 23, 2017

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Destructive tornado hits northeast China's Heilongjiang

A tornado, accompanied by rainstorm, hit part of Nenjiang County, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province at around 14:40 local time on Monday, April 21, 2017, blowing away roof tiles and construction materials. The twister was on the ground for about 10...

August 22, 2017

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Abnormal tide warning issued for the entire coast of Chile

The Marine Meteorological Center of Valparaiso has issued an abnormal tide warning for the entire coast of Chile, from the Gulf of Penas in the country's south to the northern city of Arica. It is expected that these conditions will begin to manifest on Tuesday,...

August 22, 2017

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Sudden enhancement in solar wind environment sparks G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm conditions were observed early August 22, 2017 due to a sudden enhancement in solar wind environment. SWPC said conditions are not expected to increase any higher, with solar winds continuing to decrease as the day progresses....

August 22, 2017

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Shallow M4.3 earthquake hits Ischia, killing 2 and injuring 36, Italy

A very shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M4.3 hit near the volcanic island of Ischia at 18:57 UTC (20:57 CET) on August 21, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). USGS is reporting M4.3 and a depth of 10.4 km (6.4 miles). Italy's...

August 22, 2017

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Tropical Storm "Hato" (Isang) passing over the northern Philippines

Tropical Storm "Hato" formed August 20, 2017, east of the Philippines as the 13 named tropical cyclone of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season. Hato is known in the Philippines as Isang. The system is already affecting the northern Philippines, dumping heavy...

August 21, 2017

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Total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017

A total solar eclipse will take place on August 21, 2017, starting over the Pacific Ocean at 15:46 UTC (08:46 PDT) and moving inland over the continental United States. Although 14 US states will witness the total solar eclipse, regions seeing, at least, a partial...

August 21, 2017

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Solar flare measuring M1.1 erupts from Region 2672

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.1 erupted from new Region 2672 (beta) at 01:52 UTC on August 20, 2017. The event started at 01:36 and ended at 02:03 UTC. Solar activity was at moderate levels on August 20 due to an M1 flare from an emerging region on...

August 20, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 QN2 to flyby Earth at 0.57 LD on August 20, 2017

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 QN2 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.57 LD (~ 218 880 km / 136 005 miles) on August 20, 2017. This is the 27th known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year (according to...

August 20, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 QP1 flew past Earth at 0.17 LD, 2 days before discovery

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 QP1 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.17 LD (~65 280 km / 40 563 miles) on August 14, 2017, two days before it was discovered. This is the 26th known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance...

August 20, 2017

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Sierra Leone landslide - 450 bodies found, 810 still missing

Five days after the fatal floods and landslides in Sierra Leone's Freetown area, rainfall continues and the threat of further landslides remains. As of August 19, up to 450 bodies have been removed from the rubble in 13 communities in and around Freetown. 300 of...

August 19, 2017

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Violent storm hits southern Germany and Austria, 2 dead, more than 130 injured

A violent thunderstorm swept over parts of southern Germany and Austria late Friday into Saturday, August 18 and 19, 2017. At least 2 people were killed and more than 130 injured. The storm was expected, but the southeastern Oberbayern, one of the seven...

August 19, 2017

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Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Fiji

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Fiji at 02:00 UTC on August 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 538.6 km (334 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 527 km (327 miles). The epicenter was located 194.4 km (120.8 miles) E...

August 19, 2017

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CH HSS sparks isolated periods of G1 geomagnetic storming

Our planet is under the influence of a coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) which is causing isolated periods of G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming over the past 2 days, August 17 and 18, 2017. Meanwhile, solar activity is very low. There is only one numbered active...

August 18, 2017

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Ash emission from San Cristobal volcano affects 50 000 people, Nicaragua

Nicaraguan authorities reported a new ash emission started at San Cristobal volcano early Friday morning, August 18, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano took place on April 22, 2016. The volcano began degassing Friday morning, followed by an expulsion of ash...

August 18, 2017

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Kanlaon volcano alert status raised, Philippines

The Philippine Insitute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert status of Kanlaon volcano, the most active of the central Philippines, from Alert Level 0 (normal) to Alert Level 1 (abnormal) on August 18, 2017. The local government units and the...

August 18, 2017

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Active volcanoes in the world: August 9 - 15, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between August 9 and 15, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 21 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kerinci, Indonesia | Pacaya, Guatemala | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island (France) |...

August 18, 2017

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Tropical Storm "Harvey" moving over Windward Islands into the Caribbean Sea

Tropical Storm "Harvey" formed 21:00 UTC, August 17, 2017 east of the Windward Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean as the 8th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Harvey is expected to move through the Windward Islands and into the eastern...

August 18, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake north of Ascension Island

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit north of Ascension Island, North Atlantic Ocean at 02:59 UTC on August 18, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 762.4 km (473.7 miles) N of Georgetown...

August 18, 2017

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Landslide hits a village in Congo, killing at least 200 people

A large landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of Lake Albert, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, killing at least 40 people. There are reports mentioning 60 casualties, but they are yet to be confirmed. The slide hit...

August 17, 2017

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Three tropical systems develop along the ITCZ in the northeast Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center is tracking three low pressure systems along the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone in the northeast Atlantic. Current models show that conditions are conducive for them to continually organize and strengthen over the next several days....

August 16, 2017

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3122 Florence - one of the largest known asteroids to flyby Earth on September 1

A huge, Amor-class asteroid named 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) will flyby Earth at 18.38 LD (~7 million km / 4.4 million miles / 0.047 AU) at 12:06 UTC on September 1, 2017. This is the largest asteroid to pass this close to our planet since the first near-Earth...

August 14, 2017

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More than 300 killed as landslides and flash flooding hit Freetown, Sierra Leone

More than 300 people have been killed in and around Sierra Leone's capital Freetown after heavy overnight rain caused landslides and flash flooding early Monday, August 14, 2017. The hardest hit appears to be the mountainous town of Regent, on the outskirts of...

August 14, 2017

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Scientists uncover largest volcanic region on Earth under West Antarctica

A remote survey suggested by third-year university student discovered 91 volcanoes in a massive region known as the West Antarctic Rift System. The volcanoes range in height from 100 m to 3 850 m (328 to 12 631 feet). A study conceived by a third-year student at the...

August 14, 2017

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Historic ocean receding in parts of Brazil and Uruguay

A historic ocean receding caused by strong northerly winds occurred in several coastal cities of Uruguay and Brazil on August 11 and 12, 2017. In Punta del Este, Uruguay, the ocean receded more than 10 meters (32.8 feet) in about 15 minutes on August 11, leaving...

August 14, 2017

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Critical flood situation in Assam, 2.3 million affected, death toll mounts to 104

The flood situation in India's state of Assam drastically worsened on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13, 2017, after heavy monsoon rains engulfed the region on Friday. At least 5 people died on Saturday and another 15 on Sunday, bringing the death toll in...

August 13, 2017

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Massive landslide sweeps away two buses, up to 50 feared dead, India

A massive landslide caused by heavy rain swept away two buses and several vehicles in Kotrupi on the Mandi-Pathankot National Highway near Jogindernagar in Himachal Pradesh, India around 01:30 IST Sunday, August 13, 2017 (20:00 UTC, August 12). There were up to 60...

August 13, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake near the coast of southern Sumatra

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.4 hit near the coast of southern Sumatra at 03:08 UTC (10:08 WIB) on August 13, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 58 km (36 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 35.9 km (36 miles). According...

August 13, 2017

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Massive flooding kills 47 in Nepal, affect 1 100 000 in India's Assam

Heavy monsoon rains since Friday, August 11, 2017 caused massive flooding and landslides in parts of Nepal, killing at least 36 and displacing thousands. Dozens are still missing. At the same time, the flood situation in India's state of Assam worsened...

August 12, 2017

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Destructive tornado hits China's Chifeng, 5 killed and over 50 injured

A destructive tornado hit northern China's Chifeng city, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Friday afternoon, August 11, 2017, killing 5 people and injuring over 50. The tornado destroyed at least 40 houses in three villages and affected 270 people. State media...

August 12, 2017

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5 killed, 36 injured, 500 000 homes without power after severe storm hits Poland

Five people have been killed and at least 36 injured as a result of falling trees after a series of severe thunderstorms hit Poland late Friday into Saturday, August 12, 2017. Two girls, aged 13 and 14, were crushed by falling trees while sleeping in a tent when a...

August 12, 2017

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Deadly M5.6 earthquake hits the coast of southern Peru

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.6 hit the coast of southern Peru at 21:45 UTC (16:45 local time) on Friday, August 11, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 49.7 km (30.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.6 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). At least...

August 12, 2017