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asteroid 2017 DB flyby february 20 2017

Asteroid 2017 DB to flyby Earth at 1.82 LD

A newly discovered asteroid named 2017 DB will flyby Earth at 1.82 LD (698 880 km / 434 264 miles) on February 20, 2017. The estimated size of 2017 DB is between 10 and 23 m (32 - 75 feet). At the time of its closest approach, at 16:33 UTC, 2017 DB will flyby us at...

February 19, 2017

strong thermal signal anak krakatau indonesia february 2017

Strong thermal signal detected at Anak Krakatau, Indonesia

Since February 17, 2017, a strong thermal signal is visible on satellite data from what seems to be the summit of Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau), the site of frequent eruptions since 1927. The last eruption of this volcano occurred on March 31, 2014 (VEI 1). What...

February 19, 2017

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Asteroid 2017 DF to flyby Earth at 2.09 LD on February 19

A newly discovered asteroid 2017 DF will flyby Earth at a distance of 2.09 LD (802 560 km / 498 687 miles) at 09:27 UTC on February 19, 2017. Asteroid 2017 DF has an estimated diameter between 13 and 28 m (43 - 92 feet) and belongs to Apollo group of asteroids. It...

February 18, 2017

very bright fireball northern us canada february 18 2017

Very bright fireball over the northern US and Canada

A very bright fireball was seen in the northern US and Canada around 04:53 UTC on February 18, 2017. The event was captured in 3 NASA all-sky cameras and cameras belonging to the Southern Ontario Meteor Network. Analysis of the video data shows that the meteor was...

February 18, 2017

massive storm slams southern california february 17 2017

Massive storm slams California, breaks records

A massive storm, one of the strongest to hit the region in a decade, smashed Southern California on Friday, February 17, 2017, bringing heavy rain and powerful winds. At least 4 people have been killed and numerous injured. The storm downed trees and power lines,...

February 18, 2017

Tennis ball sized hailstones rip through Sydney Australia february 18 2017

Tennis ball-sized hail rips through Sydney, Australia

A line of severe thunderstorms hit Sydney and the New South Wales coast on Friday and Saturday, February 18, 2017 with tennis ball-sized hail and a massive number of lightning strikes. The storms toppled trees and power lines and damaged numerous cars and houses....

February 18, 2017

barren island volcano february 2017

Barren Island volcano spews smoke and lava again, India

India's Barren Island volcano is showing signs of increased activity once again, spewing smoke and lava. This volcano awakened in 1991 after over 150 years of sleep. Its last known eruption took place in February 2016. A research team led by Dr. Abhay V....

February 18, 2017

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Deep M6.3 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Jujuy, Argentina at 12:10 UTC on February 18, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.6 km (124.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 191 km (118.7 miles). According to the USGS, the...

February 18, 2017

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Scientists identify a new continent and name it Zealandia

Scientists have identified a new continent in the southwest Pacific Ocean recently, formerly a part of Gondwana, and named it Zealandia. Basically, from a well-reasoned geoscience perspective, Earth has well-established continents, but also an extra one, mostly...

February 17, 2017

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Abnormal seismicity under Lanin volcano, alert level raised

An energetic seismic swarm has been detected under Lanin volcano on the border of Chile and Argentina, prompting the Chilean National Geological and Mining Service (Sernageomin) to raise the volcanic alert level to Yellow. The last known eruption of this volcano...

February 17, 2017

Ventura fault stronger shaking more damage

Ventura fault can cause stronger shaking and more damage

A new study suggests that the fault under Ventura, California would cause stronger shaking during an earthquake and more damage that previously suspected. The Ventura Fault, also known as Ventura-Pitas Point fault, in southern California has been the focus of a lot...

February 16, 2017

dineo hits mozambique february 15 2017

Dineo hits Mozambique, leaves a trail of destruction and 7 dead

Tropical Cyclone "Dineo" hit Inhambane Province of southern Mozambique on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, with heavy rain, strong winds and dangerous storm surge. At least 7 people have died and 130 000 were affected. It was the first cyclone to hit the...

February 16, 2017

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Major storm approaching Southern California

Meteorologists are warning Southern California is about to get hit with what could be the biggest rainmaker in six years. Urban flooding, mudslides, strong winds and heavy snowfall are expected as two successive storms hit the region Thursday and Friday, February...

February 16, 2017

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Active volcanoes in the world: February 8 - 14, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between February 8 and 14, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Pacaya, Guatemala | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion...

February 16, 2017

franz jozef glacier new zealand

Climate anomaly responsible for glacial growth in New Zealand

A new research carried out by scientists from the Victoria University of Wellington and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) shows that regional climate variability caused an “unusual” period in which some of New...

February 16, 2017

floods saudi arabia february 15 2017

Severe floods hit Saudi Arabia after 3 months worth of rain in 24 hours

At least one person has died, 10 were injured and several are still missing after severe flooding hit Saudi Arabia's Asir region on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Parts of the region received 3 months worth of rain in just 24 hours. Heavy rain and cold...

February 16, 2017

new lava flow guatemala pacaya volcano february 14 2017

Increase in activity at Guatemala's Pacaya volcano

A new lava flow has become active at Guatemala's Pacaya volcano over the past couple of days. This new cycle of lava flow activity is expected to continue in the coming days. The lava flow began to erupt from a fissure inside the large breach on the NE flank of...

February 15, 2017

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Tropical Cyclone "Dineo" about to hit Mozambique

Tropical Cyclone "Dineo" is still intensifying and is forecast to make landfall over the coast of southern Mozambique just after UTC midnight on February 16, 2017. Dineo is the fifth tropical cyclone of the 2016/17 Southern hemisphere tropical cyclone...

February 15, 2017

oroville dam repairs february 14 2017

Oroville Lake levels dropping, repairs continue before the next storm

Intense work to reinforce the emergency spillway of damaged Oroville Dam in California continues and the level of the reservoir continues to decrease. At current rates, it is projected to possess the capacity to absorb anticipated inflows due to forecasted inclement...

February 15, 2017

christchurch new zealand wildfire february 15 2017

Wildfires threaten New Zealand’s Christchurch

A state of emergency has been declared in New Zealand's Christchurch as wildfires threatened its suburbs on February 15, 2017, forcing up to 1 000 people to evacuate. As of early UTC morning, at least one person has been killed and 5 homes destroyed....

February 15, 2017

severe thunderstorms texas damage february 14 2017

Severe thunderstorms hit Texas, moving toward Florida

A line of severe storms moved east through southeastern Texas early Tuesday morning (local time), February 14, 2017, destroying several homes and injuring at least two people. Tornadoes touched down in several locations across southeast Texas today with...

February 14, 2017

bright light missile test california february 14 2017

Bright light over California identified as Navy missile

A bright light was seen across the sky over California early Tuesday morning, February 14, 2017, and later identified as a Navy missile test. The object appeared in the sky for at least 45 seconds. Many said it changed trajectories. The event was described as a...

February 14, 2017

sumbawa indonesia flood february 2017

Landslides, flooding affect more than 45 000 people, Indonesia

Heavy rainfall across various parts of Indonesia triggered severe floods and deadly landslides over the past couple of days, affecting more than 45 000 people and killing at least 12. Heavy rain in Bangli District of Bali Province started on February 8 with 145 mm...

February 14, 2017

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Creating artificial clouds to study aurora

NASA will launch an interesting sounding rocket from the Poker Flat Research Range, Alaska, between February 13 and March 3, 2017, and will form white artificial clouds during its brief, 10-minute flight, to study auroras. The rocket is one of five being launched...

February 13, 2017

tropical cyclone dineo satellite image february 13 2017

Tropical Cyclone "Dineo" forms in Mozambique Channel

Tropical Cyclone "Dineo" formed near Bassas da India atol in the Mozambique Channel, Southern Indian Ocean on February 13, 2017. This the fifth tropical cyclone of the 2016/17 Southern hemisphere cyclone season. Dineo is expected to rapidly intensify over...

February 13, 2017

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Huge reservoir of melting carbon discovered under Western US

Scientists using the world's largest array of seismic sensors found a huge area of melting carbon covering 1.8 million km2 (684 000 mi2), 350 km (217.5 miles) beneath the Western US. The discovery challenges accepted the understanding of how much carbon the...

February 13, 2017

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Significant explosive eruption at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska

A significant explosive eruption began at Bogoslof volcano at about 16:24 UTC on February 13, 2017. The eruption is indicated in seismic data, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. Although at this time there has been no lightning detected, nor satellite images...

February 13, 2017

fourth hydrothermal eruption lake rotorua new zealand february 2017

Fourth eruption at Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

Another hydrothermal eruption, the fourth since November 2016, took place at New Zealand's Lake Rotorua between 04:00 and 04:30 local time on February 12, 2017. The eruption lasted between 5 and 10 seconds. Residents who witnessed the eruption said this one was...

February 13, 2017

flood western australia february 2017

WA declared a natural disaster area, worst flooding in 30 years

An upper-level trough system over southwestern Australia linked with a tropical low further north has produced heavy unseasonal rain over parts of Western Australia on February 9 and 10, 2017. Heavy rain flooded farms and roads and washed away bridges. At least one...

February 13, 2017

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Deadly avalanche hits French Alpine resort of Tignes

At least four people have died and five are missing after an avalanche hit popular French Alpine resort of Tignes early February 13, 2017. The avalanche, the worst to hit the Alps this season, was 400 m (1 300 feet) wide. It occurred at 09:35 UTC (10:35 local time)...

February 13, 2017

oroville dam auxiliary spillway overflow february 12 2017

Mass evacuations after hazardous situation at Oroville Dam

Officials have ordered the evacuation of areas near the damaged Oroville Dam in Northern California on Sunday, February 12, 2017, amid concerns the dam's auxiliary spillway might collapse. The spillway is overflowing water since Saturday, February 11 for the...

February 13, 2017

earthquake swarm western turkey february 2017

Damaging earthquake swarm shaking Western Turkey

A series of shallow and damaging earthquakes are shaking the tip of the Biga Peninsula in Western Turkey this month. The sequence includes four damaging M5+ earthquakes in which over 350 buildings sustained extensive damage. The quakes are occurring at the...

February 12, 2017

oroville dam water release february 10 2017

Devastating floods hit western US, new storm approaching

More than a dozen people were rescued Friday, February 10, 2017, from flood waters in northern Nevada as authorities brace for what they say could be some of the worst floodings in more than 30 years by the end of the weekend. At the same time, unusually warm...

February 11, 2017

philippines earthquake february 10 2017 location

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits the Philippines

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit Mindanao, the Philippines at 14:03 UTC on February 10, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 27.9 km (18.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS,...

February 10, 2017

mass whale stranding new zealand february 2017

Second-largest whale stranding event in New Zealand

416 pilot whales were found stranded at Farewell Spit in New Zealand's Golden Bay late Thursday, February 9, 2017. On Saturday, February 11, a new pod of 240 whales stranded on the beach, bringing the total number to 656 and making this the second-largest...

February 10, 2017

largest earth fissure opens balochistan pakistan february 2017

Large earth crack forms in Pakistan's Balochistan

Another large earth fissure appears to have formed after recent heavy rain in Pakistan's Balochistan Province. It is not yet clear when the crack formed but according to Samaa, it is the longest known in Quila Abdullah. The fissure apparently spans several...

February 10, 2017

extreme heatwave australia february 2017

Extreme heatwave in Australia, catastrophic fire weather

A huge pocket of hot air is causing extreme heatwave conditions across eastern Australia, causing authorities to prepare for temporary suspension of power to selected areas of New South Wales late Friday, February 10, 2017. Rare Catastrophic fire weather conditions...

February 10, 2017

penumbral lunar eclipse of february 11 2017

Penumbral lunar eclipse of February 11, 2017

A very deep penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on February 11, 2017, with the greatest eclipse at 00:45 UTC. It will be visible throughout most of eastern South America, eastern Canada, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Penumbral eclipses...

February 09, 2017

winter storm niko february 9 2017

Powerful winter storm blasting Northeast US

A powerful and fast-moving winter storm is bringing significant impact to parts of the northern Middle Atlantic through northern New England Thursday into Thursday night, February 9, 2017. This is the first significant snow for the region since early-mid January....

February 09, 2017

record low temperatures oman qatar uae february 2017

Record-low temperatures over a large part of Oman

For the first time since records began, temperatures in Oman's Musandam Governorate dipped as low as 5 °C (41 °F) on February 4, 2017. The same weather setup produced record-low temperatures in southwestern Qatar and relatively rare snow and freezing...

February 09, 2017