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Destructive tornado hits Roetgen, Germany

A destructive tornado hit the town of Roetgen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on March 13, 2019. Around 35 homes and 2 warehouses were damaged and 5 people injured. Roetgen Mayor Jorma Klauss said the wind blew the top floors from two of the houses in the town of 8...

March 14, 2019

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Severe floods swept away 16 000 homes, death toll rises to 70, Afghanistan

Heavy rainfall has been affecting central, southern and western regions of Afghanistan since the start of the month, triggering deadly floods that resulted in widespread destruction. The most affected provinces are Kandahar, Helmand, Farah, Herat and Badghis, DG...

March 14, 2019

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Evidence for an extreme solar proton event around 660 BC

An increasing amount of research indicates that solar storms can be even more powerful than measurements have shown so far via direct observations. Researchers believe that society is not sufficiently prepared if a similar event were to happen now. The researchers...

March 12, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: February 27 - March 5, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from February 27 to March 5, 2019. Ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Piton de...

March 08, 2019

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Crater Lake National Park's 7th biggest February snowfall since 1931, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon experienced its 2nd snowiest February since 1949 and 7th snowiest since measurements began in 1931. The park received 391.1 cm (154 inches) in the month of February. Other than 1999, all of the other top 10 years occurred...

March 08, 2019

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Wildfires scorch 140 000 ha (346 000 acres) of forest in Cordillera, Philippines

An alarming 90 incidents of forest fires were recorded in Cordillera, Philippines during the first three months of 2019, up from 87 in the same period last year. According to data provided by the Bureau of Fire Prevention in Cordillera, the fires scorched 140 000...

March 08, 2019

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Study: Aleutian tsunamis occur more frequently than previously thought

A new study published recently in Geological Society of America Bulletin suggests Aleutian tsunamis occur more frequently than previously thought. The new findings indicate that the recurrence interval for large tsunamis generated in the eastern Aleutians ranges...

March 07, 2019

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Heavy rain and snow hit Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, leaving more than 50 people dead

Heavy rainfall and snowfall hit several areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan and eastern Iran over the last few days, causing flash floods and landslides in which more than 50 people lost their lives. As of 14:00 UTC on March 5, the death toll reached 50 people, dozens of...

March 05, 2019

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Rio Colorado hit by frost at the height of summer, Argentina

An early frost hit Rio Colorado, Argentina last week at the height of the summer, seriously affecting agricultural production of the region. The unusual event was recorded on February 26, 2019, when a local weather station registered below freezing temperatures that...

March 04, 2019

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Massive landslide near Thanpal Dam, India

A massive landslide took place near Thanpal Dam in Indian-controlled Kashmir on March 2, 2019 and was captured on camera. The slide has been associated with a period of heavy rainfall across the region, which has led to substantial damage, landslides expert Dave...

March 04, 2019

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Large ice tsunami hits Hamburg, New York

A huge 'Ice Tsunami' or 'Ice Flood' hit the town of Hamburg, New York on February 24 and 25, 2019 as extremely high winds near 110 km/h (70 mph) push huge sheets of ice and water into the eastern shoreline of Lake Erie. Strong southwest winds are...

February 25, 2019

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Up to 600 dolphins washed up along Atlantic coast of France this year

Up to 600 dolphins have washed up on beaches along the Atlantic coast of France since the start of 2019. Although dead dolphins wash up on beaches in France every year, scientists say the situation is alarming. Two different surveys, according to The Local, showed...

February 19, 2019

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Very powerful explosions of light detected in Earth's atmosphere, possibly a new physical phenomenon

Russian Astro and Geophysics satellite named after 18th-century scientists Mikhail Lomonosov, also known as MVL-300, has reportedly detected a previously unknown physical phenomenon in the Earth's atmosphere. This space-based observatory was launched in 2016 in...

February 17, 2019

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Large gustnado damaged two buildings in Solola, Guatemala

A large gustnado formed in Solola, Guatemala on February 13, 2019. Due to its large size and brownish color, the phenomenon was mistaken for tornado and quickly spread through social networks and media. According to Tiempo, the whirlpool quickly gained strength and...

February 16, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: February 6 - 12, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes between February 6 and 12, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Karangetang, Siau Island (Indonesia) | Poas, Costa Rica. Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali...

February 14, 2019

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Second meteorite impact crater found under Greenland ice

A new study published this week in AGU's Geophysical Research Letters suggests a second meteorite impact crater was found deep under ice in northwestern Greenland. The discovery comes just several months after scientists identified another similar crater beneath...

February 14, 2019

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Major winter storm produced snow and ice from NYC to Chicago, left more than 100 000 without power

A powerful winter storm swept across parts United States on February 12 and 13, 2019, producing snow and ice and causing major problems on the roads over almost all of the Midwest and Northeast. At least two people have been killed. The snow and ice combination...

February 13, 2019

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Van Allen Probes begin final phase of exploration in Earth's radiation belts

NASA's twin Van Allen Probes, launched in August 2012 and originally designed as a two-year mission, are starting a new and final phase in their exploration. On February 12, 2019, one of the twin Van Allen Probes begins a series of orbit descent maneuvers to...

February 12, 2019

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Heaviest January snowfall in 48 years helps drought-stricken Pakistan

Pakistan's mountainous areas received heavy snowfall in January 2019, helping the country whose fresh water is running out at an alarming rate. The country's northern hilly areas received up to 1.8 and 2.1 m (6 and 7 feet) in January and the first week of...

February 11, 2019

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Massive flash floods hit Atacama desert, Chile

Heavy showers on high altitudes in northern Chile have caused dry river beds to become rushing torrents of water over the past couple of days. Major floods across the desert region of Atacama and continued through February 8. The flooding has left one dead, one...

February 08, 2019

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Tornado hits Faridabad, intense hailstorm Delhi-NCR, India

Severe thunderstorms dropped heavy rain and hail on parts of Delhi NCR, India late February 7, 2019 (local time). It was a long-awaited rain after two weeks without a drop. However, as the storm pushed east a tornado formed and hit Faridabad, in the neighboring...

February 08, 2019

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80 000 people affected, thousands of tents and homes destroyed in severe flash floods, Syria

Severe flash flooding affecting Syria since the end of 2018 has affected more than 80 000 people, destroyed thousands of tents and caused concrete houses to collapse in Idleb and Aleppo provinces of northwest Syria. This area of the country has a high proportion of...

February 08, 2019

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Earth Catastrophe Cycle: Dig In

Dig in... or don't... you might survive anyway. This is episode 16 of Ben Davidson's Earth Catastrophe Cycle - Dig in. Episode 15 was the first episode in the series to deal with surviving the catastrophe unleashed by our Sun going micronova. In this...

February 07, 2019

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200 tons of TNT blasts largest landslide dam in recent years, Russia

Following three weeks of preparation under -30 °C (-22 °F) and strong ice winds, Russian military finally blew up a huge natural dam in the remote Russian region of Khabarovsk. The dam was created on the Bureya River mid-December 2018 after a 'large and...

February 07, 2019

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Rapid freezing of Great Lakes

A rapid increase of ice coverage was observed on the Great Lakes following well below normal coverage during the first half of January and extremely cold Arctic Air that brought widespread record-breaking temperatures at the end of the month. After a few days of...

February 05, 2019

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Earth Catastrophe Cycle: Signs on the Sun - Surviving the nova

This is episode 15 of Ben Davidson's Earth Catastrophe Cycle - Signs on the Sun of a micronova or super flare to come. It is the first episode in a series to deal with surviving the catastrophe unleashed by our Sun going micronova. Ben also explains how we can...

February 05, 2019

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Extratropical volcanoes more efficient than tropical in terms of hemispheric cooling

An international study published this week in Nature Geoscience argues that explosive extratropical volcanic eruptions, those taking place in mid and high latitudes, have a much stronger influence on climate than was previously assumed. In recent decades,...

January 31, 2019

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Study: Ultra-slow earthquake indicates deep crustal movement near Istanbul, Turkey

GFZ Potsdam scientists analyzed a large transient strainmeter signal recorded along the southern shore of the eastern Sea of Marmara region in northwestern Turkey after M4.4 earthquake. The strain signal lasted about 50 days, indicating deep crustal movement near...

January 31, 2019

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1 billion years of Moon impacts converted into music

Scientists have recently been able to determine the age of 111 of the Moon's larger impact craters that are younger than about 1 billion years. Here you can listen to these impacts occur within 1 minute with larger craters producing louder and deeper notes. The...

January 22, 2019

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Moon sheds light on Earth’s impact history

By analyzing data on lunar craters provided by the Diviner instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have made a fascinating discovery about the history of impacts on both the Earth and the Moon. According to the first comprehensive timeline of...

January 22, 2019

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Earth Catastrophe Cycle: Solar Micronova III

Micronova evidence from the Moon, evidence from the past, and the physics of nova-level electricity. This is Episode 11 of Ben Davidson's Earth Catastrophy Cycle. "It would be the most dynamic coronal mass ejection in modern history, recreating its spectrum...

January 22, 2019

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Comprehensive simulation of a solar flare

A team of scientists has, for the first time, used a single, cohesive computer model to simulate the entire life cycle of a solar flare: from the buildup of energy thousands of kilometers below the solar surface, to the emergence of tangled magnetic field lines, to...

January 21, 2019

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Ottawa hit by coldest snowstorm in more than 120 years, Canada

On January 20, 2019, Canadian capital Ottawa experienced its coldest day with significant snowfall in more than 120 years. The daytime high temperatures in the city reached -19.3 °C (-2.74 °F) with a low of -24.2 °C (-11.5 °F) on January 19, but the...

January 21, 2019

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Earth Catastrophe Cycle: Pole shift

Here's another excellent video by Ben Davidson... part 9 of Earth Catastrophe Cycle - Pole shift. Solar flares are already known to change the Earth's rotation, now imagine one 100 to 1 000 times larger than what is known. How does the crust unlock from the...

January 15, 2019

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Researchers define a new ocean-life zone, name it the Rariphotic

Smithsonian scientists have recently defined a new ocean-life zone, comprising of reef fishes, including numerous new species, that live well below shallow coral reefs. The new zone was named Rariphotic. The new zone was defined based on the unique fish fauna...

April 04, 2018

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REEF - A new measure of earthquake ruptures

A team of seismologists has developed a new measurement of seismic energy release that can be applied to large earthquakes. Called the Radiated Energy Enhancement Factor (REEF), it provides a measure of earthquake rupture complexity that better captures variations...

April 04, 2018

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Large crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two

A large crack, stretching several kilometers, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area. The Earth is an...

March 30, 2018

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Study suggests Modern grand solar minimum in 2020 - 2053

Theoretical astrophysicist Valentina Zharkova, lead author of the study that reproduced the summary curve of solar activity for the last 3 000 years and predicted Modern grand minimum in 2020 - 2055, recently spoke with Jake and Mari of The Grand Solar Minimum...

March 30, 2018

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Energy from Space - The Shift Has Begun

Earth and Sun's fields are weakening and we're exiting the magnetic dust cloud. At the same time, our three shields against energy from space are disappearing, we are showing increased vulnerability to space weather from our sun, and cosmic rays are already...

February 28, 2018

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Earth's magnetic flip and what it means for human civilization

Earth's magnetic field has flipped many times throughout history and is now on its way toward another reversal. While the topic was highly controversial in the 20th century, numerous studies over the past decades have proven this as a fact, that it's...

February 08, 2018