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Massive highway landslide in Shimla district blocks National Highway 5, Himachal Pradesh

A large landslide took place at about 09:00 LT on September 6, 2021, blocking the National Highway 5 at Jeori in Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh, India. The road connects Firozpur in Punjab with Shipki La on the India-China border. While the landslide did not...

September 07, 2021

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Eruption continues at underwater volcano near Mayotte, Indian Ocean

Eruption at a newly-discovered underwater volcano, located about 50 - 60 km (31 - 37 miles) east of Mayotte, Indian Ocean continues with increased seismicity and associated deformations. During the month of August, REVOSIMA detected 361 volcano-tectonic earthquakes...

September 07, 2021

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Lava dome at Sheveluch volcano continues to grow, Russia

While activity at the Russian Sheveluch volcano sharply dropped at the beginning of September 2021, its lava dome continues growing, accompanied by strong fumarolic activity, incandescence of the lava dome, and hot avalanches. Satellite data still shows a bright...

September 07, 2021

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Typhoon "Conson" (Jolina) makes landfall in the Philippines, moving toward capital Manila

Tropical Storm "Conson" -- known as Jolina in the Philippines -- formed at 06:00 UTC on September 6, 2021, as the 13th named storm of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season. At 15:00 UTC (23:00 Philippine Standard Time) on September 6, the Japan Meteorological...

September 07, 2021

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Another glacial outburst flood begins at the Vatnajökull ice cap, Iceland

Another glacial outburst flood (jökulhlaup) is in progress at the Vatnajökull ice cap since September 5, 2021. Yesterday's flood started at the Eastern Skaftárketill cauldron and follows another flood from the Western Skaftárketill which...

September 06, 2021

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Very bright and sonic fireball over the English Channel

A very bright and sonic fireball streaked through the night sky over the English Channel at 21:48 UTC on September 5, 2021. The event and was captured by numerous dashcams and Fripon video stations. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received more than 400...

September 06, 2021

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Sri Lanka raids private warehouses after declaring a state of emergency due to food shortages

Sri Lankan government raided private warehouses outside capital Colombo to seize thousands of tonnes of sugar last week. The raids came a day after the country declaring a state of emergency due to food shortages. Major General Senarath Niwunhella, who was named...

September 06, 2021

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New Jersey’s largest dairy devastated by an EF-3 tornado in Mullica Hill

An EF-3 tornado produced by remnants of Category 4 Hurricane "Ida" touched down in Mullica Hill, New Jersey on September 1, 2021, devastating Wellacrest Farms -- the state's largest dairy farm. The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ has...

September 06, 2021

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Hailstorms wreak havoc across parts of Saskatchewan, Canada

Severe thunderstorms swept through parts of Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada on August 31, 2021, bringing torrential rainfall, intense winds, hail, localized flooding and tornado warnings in Saskatchewan. A trough digging in across the western Prairies helped...

September 03, 2021

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Severe flash floods hit Alcanar after 77 mm (3 inches) of rain in 30 minutes - Catalonia, Spain

Severe flooding wreaked havoc in several parts of Spain over the past couple of days, forcing the closure of roads and leaving around 10 000 customers without power. The worst-hit was the town of Alcanar in the northeast of Catalonia, where some streets turned into...

September 03, 2021

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Remnants of Ida and Nora bring dangerous flash flood threats to U.S.

As the remnants of Tropical Cyclone "Ida" move into the northeast U.S., potentially life-threatening flash flooding is possible Wednesday into early Thursday, September 1 and 2, 2021, across portions of the Mid-Atlantic to Southern New England. In...

September 01, 2021

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Rare August snowfall blankets swathes of Chile's Atacama desert

A rare August snowfall blanketed swathes of Chile's Atacama desert on August 25, 2021, with parts of it reportedly receiving as much as 82 cm (32 inches). "This does not occur yearly. Maybe a relatively important snowfall like the one today can happen...

August 31, 2021

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More than 1 million homes and businesses remain without power, Louisiana

More than 1 million homes and businesses in southern Louisiana remain without power after Hurricane "Ida" caused 'catastrophic' damage to the power grid over the weekend.1 Ida is the second most intense hurricane on record to hit Louisiana, only...

August 31, 2021

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Rare snowfall in South Africa caused by intense cold front

An intense cold front associated with a steep upper-air trough affecting parts of South Africa from August 26 to 30, 2021, brought heavy rains, disruptive snow, and cold temperatures.1 The front lashed Western Cape before moving to other parts of South Africa,...

August 31, 2021

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New aerial images of newly-created island at Fukutoku-Oka-no-ba volcano, Japan

The Japan Coast Guard has made another overflight of the newly-created island at Fukutoku-Okanoba volcano on August 26, 2021. The island has grown in size since the last flight on August 16 and a large amount of pumice is still present near the volcano. Image...

August 29, 2021

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A months' ration of bread now at 44 percent of monthly minimum wage, Lebanon

Bread prices in Lebanon soared another 11% due to the worsening crisis, setting a monthly ration of family bread at 44% of the minimum monthly wage. A bag of flatbread costs 5 000 Lebanese Pounds in supermarkets, over three times as much as last year, according to...

August 29, 2021

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Roads, bridges and homes destroyed as severe floods hit Ghana's Upper West Region

Heavy rains affecting Ghana's Upper West Region on August 13, 2021, caused severe floods in which major roads, bridges, and more than 150 homes were destroyed. According to National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) the worst-affected are Nadowli-Kaleo...

August 19, 2021

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Close-up view of waterspout coming ashore in Novorossiysk, Russia

Waterspout made landfall in Shirokaya Balka, Novorossiysk, Russia.08-08-2021Video via https://t.co/eneGiivisO@ICWR pic.twitter.com/ID9LeGgYC9 — Kirill Bakanov (@WeatherSarov1) August 8, 2021A waterspout formed on the Black Sea near the Russian city of...

August 19, 2021

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Destructive wildfires leave at least 65 dead in northern Algeria

Algerian authorities are reporting at least 65 lives were lost in wildfires raging through the mountainous region in the country's north over the past couple of days. ​As many as 50 fires broke out in a short period of time and spread rapidly due to high...

August 12, 2021

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Tunis registers record-breaking 49 °C (120.2 °F), Kairouan hits 50 °C (122 °F), Tunisia

Tunisia's Meteorological Institute registered 49 °C (120.2 °F) in capital Tunis on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, setting a new all-time highest temperature record for the city. The previous highest recorded temperature in Tunis was 46.8 °C (116.2...

August 11, 2021

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More than 40 feared buried under rubble after major landslide in Himachal Pradesh, India

A major landslide took place on the Reckong Peo-Shimla Highway in Kinnaur District of Himachal Pradesh, India at around 07:15 UTC (12:45 LT) on August 11, 2021. The slide hit and buried a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus with 40 people on board, one...

August 11, 2021

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Tropical storm forming in the Caribbean Sea, NHC starts issuing advisories

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has started issuing advisories for Potential Tropical Cyclone Six in the Caribbean Sea. The disturbance is likely to become a tropical storm later today or tonight, August 11, 2021, and be named Fred. At 15:00 UTC on August 10,...

August 10, 2021

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Slow-moving fireball over southern Spain

A slow-moving fireball was spotted over southern Spain at about 00:55 UTC on August 10, 2021. The fireball overflew the provinces of Ciudad Real and Albacete in the region of Castilla-La Mancha. This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART Project,...

August 10, 2021

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Rare 'recurrent nova' visible to unaided eye in the constellation Ophiuchus

A rare 'recurrent nova' event is visible to the unaided eye in the constellation of Ophiuchus this week. RS Ophiuchi (RS Oph) is a recurrent nova system, located about 5 000 light-years away from Earth, with a recurrence rate of about 15 - 20 years. Its...

August 10, 2021

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Very bright alpha-Capricornid fireball over Spain

A bright fireball associated with the alpha-Capricornid meteor shower was recorded over Spain at 00:22 UTC on August 5, 2021. The event was produced by a fragment from comet 169P/NEAT that impacted the atmosphere at about 90 000 km/h (55 900 mph), according to an...

August 07, 2021

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Parade of storms from SE China to Japan, Nida, Lupit and Mirinae

Meteorologist Robert Speta of the WestPacWx shares insights into current conditions across the West Pacific -- August 7, 2021. Video courtesy WestPacWx...

August 07, 2021

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Oroville Reservoir at record low level, California shuts down their second-largest hydroelectric plant

The Oroville Reservoir reached a record low level of 195.66 m (641.93 feet) above mean sea level on August 5, 2021, forcing authorities in California to shut down their second-largest hydroelectric plant. This is now the lowest level since the nation's tallest...

August 06, 2021

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California wildfires - Dixie and River Fire updates

The River Fire in northern California exploded in size on August 4, 2021, as it burned through the Nevada and Placer counties, triggering multiple evacuations. The fire has so far scorched 566 ha (1 400 acres) of land and is 0% contained. On the same day, the Dixie...

August 05, 2021

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Tropical Storm "Lupit" and possible Mirinae near China and Japan

Tropical update for August 5, 2021 by meteorologist Robert Speta of WestPacWx. Image credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW. Acquired at 06:50 UTC on August 5, 2021...

August 05, 2021

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First close-up images of Ganymede in more than 20 years

The first two images from Juno spacecraft's June 7, 2021, flyby of Jupiter’s giant moon Ganymede have been received on Earth. This was the closest any spacecraft has come to this moon in a generation. The photos – one from the Jupiter orbiter’s...

June 09, 2021

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Hurricane-force winds hit Shagonar, Tuva, Russia

Hurricane-force winds swept through the Ulug-Khem region of Tuva, Russia on June 5, 2021, damaging numerous homes and leaving many people without power. According to Tuva civil defense and emergency service, wind gusts reached 140 km/h (87 mph) in Shagonar, damaging...

June 09, 2021

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Situational awareness for potentially hazardous comets last near-Earth as far back as 4 000 years ago

SETI Institute researchers are reporting that they can now detect showers from the debris in the path of comets that pass close to Earth orbit and are known to return as infrequent as once every 4 000 years. "This creates a situational awareness for potentially...

May 21, 2021

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Second-earliest rainy season start on record in SW Japan

This year's rainy season in SW Japan has started almost a full month earlier than normal, becoming the 2nd earliest rainy season on record. "It's definitely interesting to watch because the earlier the rainy season front gets toward the north, the...

May 12, 2021

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Severe thunderstorm hits Wuhan, turning day into night, China

At least 2 people have been killed after a severe thunderstorm hit the city of Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province on May 10, 2021, turning day into night. According to the Wuhan Emergency Management Bureau, parts of the city encountered a level 10...

May 12, 2021

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Eruption in Fagradalsfjall producing mesmerizing red skies during a cloudy night, Iceland

Sigfús Steindórsson from Reykjavik, Iceland brings us another amazing video of an eruption in Fagradalsfjall with mesmerizing red skies during a recent cloudy night. Captured from Hafnarfjörður, Reykjavík on May 10, 2021. Here's...

May 11, 2021

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Venus' ionosphere undergoes puzzling changes over the 11-year solar cycle

A new study published today in Geophysical Research Letters confirms that Venus' upper atmosphere undergoes puzzling changes over the Sun's 11-year activity cycle. The scientists studied data provided by Parker Solar Probe's first direct measurement of...

May 03, 2021

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Huge lava fountains at Fagradalsfjall, biggest since the eruption start, Iceland

New fissure openings have formed several times since the eruption at Fagradalsfjall, Iceland began on March 19, 2021. On May 2, the activity at the volcano changed, producing huge lava fountains -- the biggest since the eruption started. The video was captured by...

May 03, 2021

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Tornado outbreak: Destructive tornadoes sweep through Mississippi, U.S.

Several destructive tornadoes swept through Mississippi late Sunday night (LT), May 2, 2021, damaging buildings and downing trees and power lines. A tornado emergency was declared for Tupelo and surrounding areas, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. ...

May 03, 2021

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Tornado west of Jena, Louisiana to begin tornado outbreak in U.S.

A tornado was intercepted by Reed Timmer's Dominator Drone just west of Jena, Louisiana at 17:50 LT on May 2, 2021. A tornado outbreak unfolded after this across Mississippi including a tornado that just passed through the Tupelo, Mississippi area with a tornado...

May 03, 2021

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Great auroral storms occur every 40 to 60 years, new historical study shows

A new study published in the Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate suggests that great auroral storms occur about every 40 - 60 years, although the distribution of such events is far from even. Space weather storms typically have solar, interplanetary,...

May 02, 2021