Parts of Finnish Lapland brace for worst spring floods in 20 years

Parts of Finnish Lapland brace for worst spring floods in 20 years

The Finnish Lapland is likely to see extensive spring flooding in the coming days, as warm temperatures and intermittent rains set spring thaws in motion. The Finnish Environment Institute's leading hydrologist Bertel Vehviläinen says that the current data…

Powerful dust and rain storm kills 14 people in northern India

Powerful dust and rain storm kills 14 people in northern India

A powerful dust and rain storm destroyed homes and downed power lines in northern India, killing at least 14 people, an official said May 10, 2018. A week earlier another unseasonable storm caused deaths and destruction in the same region. The storm with of up to…

Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo, 17 deaths confirmed

Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo, 17 deaths confirmed

At least 17 people have died in the north-west part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where health officials have confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry has said. The declaration of outbreak came after laboratory results confirmed two cases of the…

Swiss winter of 2017-2018 broke records

Swiss winter of 2017-2018 broke records

Swiss winter of 2017-18 brought an exceptional amount of snow – but only in the mountains. Following three years with little snow, record snowfall, avalanches, and severe storms were all part of the picture from December 2017 to the end of April 2018. In the…

Volcanic hazard scenarios: Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

Volcanic hazard scenarios: Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

Over the last 5 000 years, Mount Taranaki volcano in the westernmost part of New Zealand's North Island produced at least 16 Plinian-scale explosive eruptions. These eruptions had magnitudes of 4 to 5, eruptive styles, and contrasting basaltic to andesitic…

Finland has the cleanest air in the world, WHO report finds

Finland has the cleanest air in the world, WHO report finds

More than 90% of humans breathe dangerously contaminated air, according to the World Health Organization. Citizens of Finland, however, are not among them, a comprehensive analysis by WHO found. It shows that Finland has the cleanest air quality in the world,…

Severe storm kills five, leaves trail of destruction in Jalingo, Nigeria

Severe storm kills five, leaves trail of destruction in Jalingo, Nigeria

A severe rainstorm and high winds hit Jalingo, the Taraba State capital in Nigeria on May 5, killing five people and injuring several others. The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee of Taraba Specialist Hospital, Jalingo, Dr. Dashe Dasogot, said that five bodies…

Rescue operations underway after M4.1 earthquake hits coal mine in Poland

Rescue operations underway after M4.1 earthquake hits coal mine in Poland

Rescuers are still trying to reach four coal miners who remained trapped nearly one kilometer (0.6 miles) underground in southern Poland after M4.1 earthquake hit the Borynia-Zofiowka-Jastrzebie mine on May 5. EMSC said the quake hit at the depth of 10 km (6.2…