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2019 among Eastern Cape's worst rainfall years in 120 years; extreme flood overdue and should be expected, South Africa

The Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service released the official rainfall figures for 2019, and it showed that the western half of the Eastern Cape province suffered from one of the worst rainfall years in 120 years, with almost every station...

January 07, 2020

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M6.0 earthquake hits New Britain Region at intermediate depth, Papua New Guinea

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea at 19:11 UTC on January 7, 2020 (05:11 LT, January 8). The agency is reporting a depth of 116.8 km (72 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 150 km (93 miles). This is...

January 07, 2020

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Strong winds and summer snowfall in New Zealand's Southland

Snow was reported on the hills of Southland, New Zealand on Monday morning, January 6, 2020, as a cold snap continued affecting the province in what is now its summer season. MetService issued a warning for strong southwest gales up to 120 km/h (75 mph) for coastal...

January 07, 2020

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Very strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Puerto Rico -- power outages, widespread damage reported

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 (downgraded from M6.5) hit southern Puerto Rico at 08:24 UTC (04:24 local time) on January 7, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 6.7 km (4.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 10 km...

January 07, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Aceh, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near Sinabang, Aceh, Indonesia at 06:50 UTC (13:05 LT) on January 7, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 20.3 km (12.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). The...

January 07, 2020

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Major floods hit Israel after 20 percent of yearly rainfall in just 2 hours

Major flooding hit parts of Israel following days of heavy downpour on January 4 and 5, 2020, claiming at least four lives. The rain was so intense that the city of Tel Aviv received 20% of its yearly rainfall in just two hours. Two people died after rains flooded...

January 06, 2020

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Intense earthquake swarm shaking southern Puerto Rico, damage reported after today's M5.8

Numerous moderate to strong earthquakes shook southern Puerto Rico over the past 9 days, with the strongest earthquake in the sequence -- M5.8 on January 6, 2020. The quake struck 13 km (8 miles) SSE of Indios. "I've spent 29 years with Puerto Rico's...

January 06, 2020

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Photo report: Ice covers desert town of Ain Sefra -- The Gateway to the Sahara, Algeria

Ice has covered deserts around the Algerian town of Ain Sefra -- The Gateway to the Sahara -- on December 31, 2019. This is the third winter in a row we receive snow or ice reports from this area. Some of you hardcore watchers will remember Ain Sefra and amazing...

January 05, 2020

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660 km (410 miles) of China's Yellow River frozen solid

Local authorities reported that almost 660 km (410 miles) of China's Yellow River is frozen solid as of January 3, 2020, due to cold temperatures sweeping from north to south. The Yellow River's flood control headquarters announced that the river entered its...

January 05, 2020

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Series of strong storms to dump heavy rain and snow on Pacific Northwest, U.S.

Several strong storms are expected to bring heavy rain and snow to parts of the Northwest in the week ahead. As the active weather pattern continues through the coming week, storms will line up to track across the region, with a cold front moving through Sunday, and...

January 05, 2020

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Snowstorm hits parts of Nagaland for the first time in 37 years, India

An unexpected snowstorm hit the state of Nagaland, India at the end of 2019, with some parts of the state experiencing their first snow in 37 years. Blizzard conditions were experienced in the town of Tokiye and villages of Zavame, Kizutsukeru, Konya, Phisame, and...

January 04, 2020

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Massive floods in Indonesia claim 53 lives, 173 000 in emergency centers

Exceptionally heavy rain hit Jakarta Metropolitan Area on December 31, 2019, and January 1, 2020, with up to 377 mm (14.8 inches) of rain in just 24 hours. On average, Jakarta sees 203.2 mm (8 inches) of rainfall during the entire month of December. More heavy to...

January 04, 2020

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Eruption at Shishaldin volcano, ash cloud to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l., Alaska

A new eruption is taking place at Shishaldin volcano, Alaska on January 3, 2020, with ash cloud rising to 6 - 7.3 km (20 000 - 24 000 feet) above sea level at 21:00 UTC, drifting E-SE. According to Alaska Volcano Observatory, the level of seismicity has increased to...

January 03, 2020

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Wildfires claim 22 lives, destroy 2 500 buildings and scorch 5.9 million ha (15 million acres) -- extreme fire weather warning, Australia

Bushfires in Australia have killed at least 22 people since August 2019 and destroyed more than 2 500 buildings, including over 1 400 homes. In addition, 28 people are still missing in the state of Victoria. Half a billion animals have been killed, including a third...

January 03, 2020

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Norway records warmest ever January day in rare heatwave

The town of Sunndalsora in western Norway set the country's new January temperature record on Thursday, January 2, 2020, with the mercury hitting 19 °C (66.2 °F), according to the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. The area is experiencing a rare...

January 03, 2020

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JMA raises alert level for Kirishimayama (Shinmoedake) volcano, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the alert level for Kirishimayama (Shinmoedake) volcano from Level 1 to Level 2 on January 2, 2020. This is a Near-crater warning, urging residents and tourists to refrain from approaching the crater in Kobayashi,...

January 03, 2020

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: December 25 - 31, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes from December 25 - 31, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Krakatau, Indonesia | Pavlof, United States |...

January 02, 2020