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Potential M7.6 earthquake in Istanbul, study

A potentially large earthquake of M7.6 may hit Istanbul in due course, according to the new study led by Xavier Le Pichon, a french geophysicist. A study based on data collected aboard the French research ship Le Suroit after the 1999 Gölcük earthquake...

October 27, 2016

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USGS links wastewater disposal to M5.1 Oklahoma earthquake of February 2016

The new USGS study indicates the M5.1 Oklahoma earthquake from February 2016, was likely induced by distant wastewater disposal wells. The M5.1 earthquake was the third largest earthquake in the recent Oklahoma history. It occurred on February 13, about 32 km (20...

October 26, 2016

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Meteorite crashes near Lake Baikal, Russia

Residents of eastern Siberia, Russia reported seeing a flash of green light falling on Earth around Lake Baikal at 11:45 UTC on October 25, 2016. The observed green light in the Irkutsk Region and the Buryatia Republic closely resembled the famous Chelyabinsk...

October 26, 2016

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Tropical Storm "Kyant" to make landfall over India on October 27

Tropical Storm "Kyant," formerly known as "03B,"developed from a depression 99B on October 25, 2016. The system was lingering over the Bay of Bengal over the last couple of days, before intensification. Further strengthening is expected over the...

October 25, 2016

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Mysterious waves in the Antarctic atmosphere triggered by ice shelf vibrations

According to the new research, the ripples and undulations in the atmosphere above Antarctica are most likely induced by the low-frequency vibrations of the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in the world, extending over half a million square kilometers (188 000...

October 25, 2016

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Huge magma body uplifting the Altiplano-Puna plateau, central Andes

In a new study of the central Andes topography, the scientists used remote sensing data and topographic modeling to discover a huge dome in the Altiplano-Puna plateau, Earth's second highest continental plateau. The research showed that the uplifting of the...

October 25, 2016

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Heavy rains inundate Andalusia, Spain

Heavy rainfalls, that have been affecting parts of Andalusia, Spain since October 21, 2016, have triggered severe flooding in all regions. 562 weather-related incidents have been reported, homes and business have been inundated, the waters have disrupted traffic and...

October 25, 2016

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Six earthquakes hit Switzerland, including rare M4.1

Between 11:28 UTC on October 24 and 13:00 UTC on October 25, EMSC registered a total of 6 earthquakes in Wallis Kanton, Switzerland. The strongest one was recorded as a M4.1 at a depth of 8 km (5 miles). Residents reported no damage. The first quake measured M1.9...

October 25, 2016

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Unusually intense hailstorm hits Zacatecas, Mexico

A highly unusual hailstorm hit the Zacatecas city in Central Mexico on the night of October 23, 2016 (local time). Local authorities reported nearly 50 cm (19.7 inches) of ice in some places. Several incidents and four injured people were reported. Video credit:...

October 25, 2016

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Drilling into molten magma to create a new energy source

Experts in Iceland hope to establish a new energy source by drilling into the molten magma which flows through volcanoes. The new project may generate up to 50 megawatts of electricity if successful and could pose a major breakthrough in sustainable energy...

October 24, 2016

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Pacific Northwest long overdue for major earthquake, population not prepared

The Pacific Northwest was once thought to be at a low risk for major earthquakes and tsunamis, but new research suggests this is not the case and the region is long overdue for a major one. The Washington state, for example, is unprepared for such an event, which...

October 24, 2016

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Intense storms expected in western US

A series of intense storm systems are expected to bring abundant rainfall and strong winds to the western US this week. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), several inches of precipitation will fall across parts of Washington, Oregon, and California, in...

October 24, 2016

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Bulusan covers nearby communities in ash, Philippines

The seismic network of the Bulusan volcano, Philippines, recorded 33 volcanic earthquakes over the last 24 hours (by 00:00 UTC on October 24), preceding two phreatic eruptions. The eruptions, accompanied by rumbling sounds and sulfur smells, covered nearby...

October 24, 2016

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Severe flooding in Chocó department, Colombia

Heavy rainfalls which affected the Chocó department in Colombia over the last couple of days have left 17 municipalities flooded. Four people died in flood-related incidents while 13 000 families are in need of humanitarian aid, Colombia's National Unit...

October 22, 2016

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Intense hailstorms brings relief to drought-stricken Bloemfontein, South Africa

An intense hailstorm, brought on by a freak storm, plummeted previously drought-stricken Bloemfontein, South Africa on October 20, 2016. Video credit: Gerduan Kemp According to media reports, a thick layer of fallen hail blanketed the streets of Bloemfontein, in a...

October 22, 2016

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Two mysterious avalanches reported in Tibet

A massive avalanche of unknown cause was reported in the Aru Range of Tibet in July 2016. The avalanche sent glacial ice and rock tumbling down the valley, and nine people got killed on the occasion. A second such avalanche happened again in September, only a few...

October 21, 2016

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Stromboli volcano showing signs of increased activity once again, Italy

Volcanic activity at Stromboli, Italy has significantly increased over the last week, Volcano Discovery reported. The activity level is now between moderate and high again, similar to a period before the effusive eruption in 2014. Currently, the most active volcano...

October 21, 2016

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Typhoon "Haima" slams into China, intense winds and rainstorms anticipated

Typhoon "Haima," also known as Lawin in the Philippines, made its second landfall, over China on October 21, 2016. Intense winds were already reported in Hong Kong, as hundreds of flights were canceled. Flash flooding, landslides, power outages and...

October 21, 2016

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790 wildfires reported in Europe this year

790 wildfires were reported in Europe, in the period between April 1 and October 12, 2016, according to the European Firenews service. Several countries, such as Italy or France, suffered major fires that caused massive devastation of the green surface while others...

October 19, 2016

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Series of small tremors rattle Ridgemark, California

The US Geological Survey reported an M3.5 earthquake, about 11 km (6.8 miles) south-southeast of Ridgemark, central California, on October 18, 2016, 22:09 UTC. The quake that occurred at a depth of 7.7 km (4.7 miles) is the latest in the series of small tremors...

October 19, 2016

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Spectacular images of new black sand beaches at Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i

An overflight over the Kilauea volcano, Hawai'i, conducted this week, revealed new black sand beaches and cloud formations. Despite the fact the newly formed features provide a spectacular sight for visitors, the USGS HVO has issued a volcano observatory...

October 19, 2016

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Record high temperatures expected in central and eastern US

The National Weather Service (NWS) announced that a large dome of high pressure over the eastern US will cause temperatures between 5.5 and 11.1 °C (10 and 20 °F) above normal over a large portion of the central and the eastern US through October 19. Record...

October 18, 2016

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Intense snowstorm, record-breaking rainfall hit East Idaho, US

An intense storm hit East Idaho between October 16 and 17, 2016. Record-breaking rainfall and snowfall lashed the region and downed trees. Power outages were reported across the affected areas. Over a foot (30 cm) of snow was recorded near Emigrant Summit, northeast...

October 18, 2016

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Remnants of Hurricane "Nicole" to hit Greenland and Iceland

Nicole, now a post-tropical cyclone, is finally losing its tropical cyclone characteristics as it merges with a frontal system over the cold waters of the North Atlantic, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports. The swells from the system are still expected to...

October 18, 2016

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ExoMars 2016 to enter the Red Planet's orbit on October 19, 2016

ESA has announced the ExoMars 2016 mission is expected to enter the orbit of Mars on October 19, 2016, and has invited media representatives to attend the event at ESA's ESOC control center in Darmstadt, Germany. The ExoMars program was established to...

October 17, 2016

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Yasur volcano in a continuous low-level eruption mode, Vanuatu

A continuous low-level eruption was reported for the Yasur volcano, Tanna Island, Vanuatu on October 17, 2016, by the Wellington VAAC. According to the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory, the Alert Level for the volcano has increased to Level 3 on October 15, which...

October 17, 2016

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Haima (Lawin) reached super typhoon status, near Philippines

Typhoon "Haima" is expected to become a powerful Category 5 hurricane over the next two days and reach the Philippines by the mid-week. Residents should prepare for violent typhoon conditions and closely follow further development. Floods from storm surges...

October 17, 2016

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Soberanes fire, one of the costliest in the US history, finally contained

The major Soberanes fire, that burned for almost three months and was fought by hundreds of firefighters, was finally contained this week, according to the US Forest Service. The authorities reported it was caused by an illegal campfire and was, at the cost of at...

October 16, 2016

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Typhoon "Haima" rapidly intensifies, threatens the Philippines

Tropical Storm "Haima" formed on October 15, 2016, and is now a second active tropical cyclone in the northwestern Pacific. The system will rapidly intensify over the next couple of days, and is expected to develop into a violent typhoon, possibly even a...

October 15, 2016

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Typhoon "Sarika" hits the Philippines, heads toward Hainan and Vietnam

Typhoon "Sarika" is making landfall in the Visayas, the central region of the Philippines on October 15, 2016 with maximum sustained winds near 166 km/h (103 mph). At 09:00 UTC, the system was located about 311 km (193 miles) east of Manila, and tracking...

October 15, 2016

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Severe flooding kills three people in Ukraine

Severe weather affected the Odessa region in Ukraine on October 12, 2016. Heavy rainfalls and strong winds affected 10 districts, and three people were reported dead, according to the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine. The intense storm system brought...

October 14, 2016

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Tropical depression "Aere" re-born, flooding reported in central Vietnam

Tropical depression "Aere" was re-born on October 13, 2016, prior to making a landfall in central Vietnam. The storm brought heavy rainfall to the affected areas and caused flooding around the Hue city. One person went missing. Tropical Depression 22W,...

October 14, 2016

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Explosive-extrusive eruption continues at the Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka

Explosive-extrusive eruption continues at the Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka, KVERT reported on October 14, 2016. Volcanic explosions have sent ashes drifting to the northwest up to 6.5 to 7 km (21 325 to 22 965 feet) above the sea level. The aviation color code...

October 14, 2016

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Severe weather hits Northwestern US, urban flooding, mudslides and power outages expected

The National Weather Service (NWS) has announced the heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected over the Pacific Northwest and northern California, as several low pressure systems set in. As one of the frontal systems moves across the northwestern US during the...

October 14, 2016

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Tropical Storm "Sarika" heading directly toward Luzon, Philippines

Severe Tropical Storm "Sarika", known as Karen in the Philippines, is currently heading directly for Luzon, Philippines. The system will make landfall over northern Luzon and Aurora on the afternoon of October 16 (local time). Residents are advised to...

October 14, 2016

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1.35 million people killed in natural disasters over the last two decades

Over the last two decades, 1.35 million people were killed by natural hazards, half of them in earthquakes while other lost their lives due to weather and climate-related incidents. A large majority of these deaths have taken place in low- and mid- income countries,...

October 13, 2016

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Karen (Sarika): Strong typhoon threatens the Philippines

A tropical depression which developed east of Manila, Philippines, on October 13, 2016, is expected to rapidly intensify and become a strong typhoon over the next 48 hours. The system will threaten the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rainfall, and residents...

October 13, 2016

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New ISS instrument to enhance knowledge on quantum phenomena

Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL), the compact, atom-chip based scientific instrument, is expected to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS) during late 2017. The instrument will provide the scientific community with new, interesting, insights into quantum...

October 12, 2016

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Remnants of Typhoon "Songda" to impact Pacific Northwest this week

A strong storm is expected to impact the Pacific Northwest, US on October 15, 2016. The system, formed of the remnants of Typhoon "Songda" will bring heavy rainfall and strong winds across the affected areas, and will likely cause localized flooding and...

October 12, 2016

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Hurricane "Nicole" set for Bermuda: Hazardous conditions and severe weather expected

Hurricane "Nicole", currently a Category 2 system, is heading toward Bermuda and is expected to pass over the island early October 13, 2016. The Bermuda Weather Service has placed a hurricane warning into effect, alerting the residents to expect hazardous...

October 12, 2016