A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2023 BU will fly past Earth at a distance of 0.026 LD / 0.00007 AU (9 877 km / 6 137 miles) from the center of our planet at 21:17 UTC (± 02:22) on January 26, 2023.
The extrusive eruption at Sheveluch volcano in Russia continues, with the growth of the lava dome and strong fumarole activity observed. Incandescence of the lava dome, explosions, and hot avalanches have also been reported in conjunction with this process.
The minimum temperature at Jingtao automated weather station in the town of Amur, Mohe City in Heilongjiang Province, China fell to -53.0°C (-63.4°F) on January 22, 2023, marking the lowest temperate in the province and the lowest ever observed by the Chinese meteorological system.
A rare snowfall blanketed the Taklimakan Desert of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on January 17, 2023, creating picturesque winter scenery and impressing local residents and visitors. The Taklimakan Desert is the largest desert in China and the second-largest shifting-sand desert in the world.
A very bright fireball was reported over northern Oklahoma at 09:37 UTC on January 20, 2023. The event was followed by a sonic boom.
An avalanche hit southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region at 19:50 LT on January 17, 2023, burying multiple vehicles and killing at least 28 people as of January 20. The avalanche occurred on a section of road between Pai village in Mainling county and the Doxong La tunnel in Medog county, leaving people trapped in their vehicles as snow engulfed the exit of the tunnel.
Another slow-motion earthquake, or “slow slip event,” is now underway on the Hikurangi subduction plate boundary offshore the North Island’s east coast. The amount of slow slip movement during the last month has released energy equivalent to a magnitude 7 earthquake.
A stronger-than-usual eruption took place at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico at around 13:38 UTC (07:38 LT) on January 21, 2023.
A very deep earthquake registered by the USGS and EMSC as M6.8 hit northern Argentina at 22:09 UTC on January 20, 2023. The depth of the earthquake was reported as 610.7 km (379 miles) by the USGS, and 586 km (364 miles) by the EMSC.
A recent research article published in MDPI Atmosphere studied the features of various sources of disturbances in the atmospheric electric field at the Tien-Shan high-mountain station and established a statistical relationship between solar and thunderstorm activity.