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Scientists find 'domino-like' sequence of ruptures in Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence, California

A new study of the Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence, the largest earthquake sequence in Southern California, that began on July 4, 2019, provided new evidence that massive earthquakes can happen in a more complex fashion than commonly expected. The observation by...

October 20, 2019

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Area along major river in Japan almost entirely submerged in flood following destructive Typhoon "Hagibis"

The area along the Abukuma River in northeastern Japan was almost totally submerged in floodwater as an aftermath of chaotic Typhoon "Hagibis," which made landfall in Shizuoka Prefecture on October 12, 2019. The storm dumped massive rains, in parts...

October 20, 2019

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Nearly 200 000 displaced as unprecedented flooding hits South Sudan

Heavy rains caused unprecedented flooding in the northeastern part of South Sudan, forced 200 000 residents to evacuate, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said October 18, 2019. The affected area, located in the Upper Nile...

October 20, 2019

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Small explosion signals at Pavlof volcano, alerts raised, Alaska

Small explosion signals from Pavlof volcano have been detected on the infrasound network located at Sand Point and on the local seismic network on October 19, 2019. It is unknown if the explosions produced any volcanic ash, but their small size suggests any hazard...

October 20, 2019

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Emission of steam and gas at Momotombo volcano, Nicaragua

After further investigation, the plume seen in satellite and webcam looks more like water vapor and gases, the Washington VAAC reported at 16:14 UTC on October 18, 2019, shortly after receiving information about possible volcanic ash plume rising above Momotombo...

October 18, 2019

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At least 28 killed, 286 homes destroyed as severe flooding hits Upper East Region, Ghana

Eight days of unusually heavy rain caused severe floods in parts of northeastern Ghana, leaving at least 28 people dead. According to the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), 286 homes were completely destroyed and 1 264 partially damaged. "The...

October 18, 2019

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Shishaldin volcano alert levels raised, Alaska

The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) raised the Aviation Color Code for Shishaldin volcano to ORANGE and the Alert Level to WATCH on October 17, 2019. Satellite observations indicated that a lava effusion event began on October 13 and is likely continuing. The...

October 18, 2019

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Masaya volcano expels ashes, Nicaragua

Nicaraguan Masaya volcano expelled small amounts of ash toward the municipality of Ticuantepe on October 15, 2019. Early morning winds blew away most of the accumulated ashes. Winds continue to blow from southeast to northwest, so an investigation and monitoring of...

October 17, 2019

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Submarine eruption at Lateiki (Metis Shoal), Tonga

The Aviation Color Code for Lateiki volcano, previously known as Matis Shoal, was raised to Orange at 21:20 UTC on October 14, 2019, after several observations confirmed eruption in progress. Real Tonga pilots flying between Tongatapu and Vava'u observed the...

October 17, 2019

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Stormquakes - scientists discover new geophysical phenomenon

A study published on October 14, 2019, shows a new geophysical phenomenon where a heavy storm can trigger seismic events in the nearby ocean as powerful as a 3.5 magnitude earthquake. Lead author Wenyuan Fan, an assistant professor of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric...

October 17, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 9 - 15, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 1 volcano from October 9 to 15, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Lateiki, Tonga Islands Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Ambrym, Vanuatu | Asosan, Kyushu...

October 16, 2019

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Extensive gas plume seen over Mount Michael, Saunders Island

An apparent extensive white gas emission was observed over Mount Michael, Saunders Island on October 10, 2019. The gas is being blown in an east-southeasterly direction. According to the South Sandwich Islands Volcano Monitoring Blog, the column is most likely just...

October 16, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Mindanao, Philippines at 11:37 UTC (19:37 LT) on October 16, 2019. EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). PHIVOLCS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). The epicenter...

October 16, 2019

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Deadly wildfires leave widespread devastation in California

Wildfires have been raging across California, killing a number of residents, forcing mass evacuations, destroying properties, and wreaking havoc in the region. 100 000 residents had to flee on Friday, October 11, after Saddleridge Fire swept through the northern...

October 15, 2019

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Sinkholes and steep cliffs forming up on New Jersey beaches after Subtropical Storm "Melissa"

Massive sinkholes are opening up on New Jersey beaches days after coastal flooding caused by slow-moving nor'easter, later subtropical and then tropical storm Melissa. Town officials in Sea Bright are warning people to stay away. If you get too close, the sand...

October 15, 2019

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Over 100 huge wildfires rage through Lebanon, the worst in decades

More than 103 huge fires raged through thousands of square meters of forest and several villages in Lebanon on Monday night, October 14, 2019. The affected towns and villages include Mechref, Kfar Matta, Daqoun, Zagharta, and Dibbiyeh, according to the National News...

October 15, 2019

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Eruption at Mount Merapi spews ash up to 5.9 km (19 098 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia

Authorities have issued an aviation warning following the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Merapi on October 14, 2019. The volcano, situated on the border of Central Java and Yogyakarta, erupted at 09:31 UTC (16:31 LT) and expelled a column of ash up to 5.9 km (19...

October 15, 2019