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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

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Active volcanoes in the world: February 1 - 7, 2017

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes between February 1 and 7, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Piton de la...

February 09, 2017

Explosion at flamanville nuclear power plant france

Explosion at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France

An explosion has occurred at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France at 08:40 UTC (09:40 local time) on February 9, 2017. Several people were slightly injured. The incident occurred in an engine room of Unit 1 reactor, injuring five people. Authorities said the...

February 09, 2017

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Comet 45P to flyby Earth on February 11, 2017

After more than 5 years, Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova, also known as the Green Comet, will make another close approach to Earth. It can be seen using small telescopes, but 45P has lost its tail after it passed the perihelion (closest approach to the Sun)....

February 08, 2017

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Snowstorm to hit the Northeast, more rain for the Northwest

A low pressure area is forecast to develop into a coastal storm and bring significant impacts from portions of the Middle Atlantic to New England late Wednesday into Thursday, February 9, 2017. The potential exists for heavy snow and dangerous travel conditions...

February 08, 2017

floods peru february 2017

Peru floods: 170 000 affected people, 1 105 destroyed houses

Emergencies due to heavy rains, floods and landslides have been occurring in northern regions of Peru since January 31, 2017. Floods hit after a period of near drought conditions. Nationwide, more than 170 000 people have been affected by floods and landslides by...

February 08, 2017

new orleans east tornado february 7 2017

Destructive tornadoes hit Louisiana, state of emergency declared

At least 6 tornadoes swept through southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, leaving widespread damage and dozens of injured. Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency following the destruction of a severe storm system that moved through...

February 08, 2017

pakistan earthquake february 7 2017

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Pakistan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 (downgraded from 6.6) hit Pakistani province of Balochistan at 22:03 UTC on February 7, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 25.9 km (16 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2...

February 08, 2017

severe thunderstorms deluge sydney australia february 7 2017

Severe thunderstorms deluge Sydney after record heat, Australia

After record breaking heat, Sydney got smashed by powerful thunderstorms on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Although the storm brought some relief, as temperatures dropped by 5 - 10 °C (9 - 18 °F), dangerous flash floods were reported across the city. Unsettled...

February 07, 2017

snowstorm british columbia february 2017

Historic February snowstorm hits British Columbia, Canada

Parts of Canada's British Columbia have experienced heavy snow over the weekend and into Monday, February 6, 2017. Some communities received their entire yearly snowfall average in only 72 hours. The next storm will start affecting the region by Wednesday...

February 07, 2017

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Mud volcano erupts in capital Baku, Azerbaijan

A mud volcano has erupted in a suburb of Azerbaijan's capital Baku on February 6, 2017. Its flaming eruption was recorded by numerous witnesses. The Azerbaijani Emergency Situation Ministry said the volcano is located in the Sanfachal settlement, the Garadagh...

February 06, 2017

qatar lowest ever temperature abu samrah february 5 2017

Qatar records lowest temperature in history

On Sunday, February 5, 2017, weather station located in Qatar's southwest measured 1.5 °C (34.7 °F) which is the coldest recorded temperature in the weather monitoring history of the State of Qatar. Qatar Meteorology Department (QMD) said the temperature...

February 06, 2017

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Bright green fireball illuminates the sky over Illinois, US

A bright green fireball illuminated the sky over Illinois and Wisconsin at 07:25 UTC (01:25 CST) on February 6, 2017. It was captured by numerous cameras. The American Meteor Society received over 170 eyewitness reports by 09:40 UTC and they are still coming in....

February 06, 2017

winter storm maya february 2017

Significant storm system affecting northwestern US

A significant storm system started impacting the northwestern United States on Sunday, February 5, 2017 and is expected to continue bringing heavy rain and mountain snow to much of the western US over the next several days. An active weather pattern will continue...

February 06, 2017

colima volcano eruption february 3 2017

Impressive eruption at Mexico's Colima volcano

A large and impressive explosion occurred at Mexico's Colima volcano on Friday, February 3, 2017, producing an ash column that eventually rose up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet). The eruption occurred at 23:35 UTC (17:35 CST) and generated pyroclastic flow on the...

February 05, 2017

snow avalanche afghanistan pakistan february 2017

Snowstorm claims over 140 lives in Afghanistan and Pakistan

More than 140 people have lost their lives in mountainous regions of Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan over the past couple of days after unprecedented snow in last 10 years covered much of the region. Most of the people died in avalanches and officials warn more...

February 05, 2017

tropical storm carlos 04S february 4 2017

Tropical Cyclone "Carlos" forms east of Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone "Carlos" (04S) has formed east of Madagascar on February 4, 2017 as the fourth named tropical cyclone of the 2016/17 southern hemisphere season, the fewest on record since 1928. Carlos could affect Mauritius and Réunion as a...

February 04, 2017

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250 000 homes without power after powerful storm hits France

A powerful storm hit France's southwestern coast early Saturday, February 4, 2017, downing trees and power lines and leaving more than 250 000 homes without power. This is the second storm to hit France since Thursday. The third one, less intense, is expected on...

February 04, 2017

jammu kashmir landslide february 2017

Massive landslide strands 2 000 vehicles in Kashmir, India

A massive landslide has closed a section of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday, February 2, 2017, stranding some 2 000 vehicles for two days. The highway was partially opened today, allowing only stranded vehicles to pass....

February 04, 2017

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Extreme levels of radiation detected at Fukushima No. 1 reactor

According to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant nuclear complex has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour which is the highest recorded level since...

February 03, 2017

jebel jais uae snow february 3 2017

Snow, sandstorms and freezing temperatures hit UAE

The United Arab Emirates is currently under the influence of a deep low pressure associated with cold air mass which is causing unstable conditions throughout the country. Snow is falling in the country's north while the rest of the country is experiencing...

February 03, 2017

kilauea fire hose february 2 2017

Collapse of the cliff poses an extreme danger - Kilauea, Hawaii

Kīlauea Volcano's episode 61g lava flow is still active and entering the ocean at Kamokuna on the volcano's south coast. Recent observations of the ocean entry indicate growing instability of the adjacent sea cliff. A potential collapse of the cliff poses...

February 03, 2017

weekly volc report_(1)

Active volcanoes in the world: January 25 - 31, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between 25 and 31, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Erta Ale, Ethiopia | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Takawangha,...

February 02, 2017

iran avalanche january 26 2017

Severe snowstorms hit Iran, at least 9 killed in avalanches

A raging blizzard affecting much of Iran over the past couple of days has claimed lives of at least 9 people by February 1. Fatal avalanches started on Sunday, January 26, 2017. According to Tehran Times, snowstorms are affecting 24 Iranian provinces since January...

February 02, 2017

landslides in 2016 analysis

444 fatal landslides and 2 250 casualties in 2016

According to Dr. Dave Petley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield, who has been collecting data on the human cost of landslides since 2002, the dataset for 2016 suggests that it was a bad year in terms of the number of...

February 02, 2017

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Earth's water comes from within

A new study published recently in Earth and Planetary Science Letters suggests that much of our planet's water comes from within, rather than arriving from space through collisions with ice-rich comets. The study also suggests that chemical reactions responsible...

February 02, 2017

geomagnetic storm february 1 2017

G1 geomagnetic storm in progress

A recurrent, negative polarity coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS) is affecting our planet causing isolated periods of G1 Minor geomagnetic storming and vivid auroras. High-speed solar wind speed hit Earth late January 31, 2017. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 -...

February 01, 2017

night sky guide february 2017

Night sky guide for February 2017

A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place at 00:45 UTC on February 11. Although the Moon's light dims considerably during a penumbral eclipse, this is only perceptible to those with very astute vision, or in carefully controlled photographs. The eclipse will be...

February 01, 2017

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Submarine eruption detected near Tonga

A new submarine eruption is taking place about 30 km (18.6 miles) north of Tonga's main island Tongatapu. It seems to have started on January 23, 2017. According to GeoNet, this volcano has been called 'Submarine Volcano III' in historic reports....

January 31, 2017