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Strong eruption at Agung volcano, ash rains down on Bali, Indonesia

A new eruption took place at Indonesian Mount Agung, Bali at 19:20 UTC on April 20, 2019 (03:20 local time, April 21). The eruption produced a column of ash up to 5.4 km (18 000 feet) above sea level. Ashfall hit parts of Bali, including Klungkung, Bangli, Denpasar,...

April 21, 2019

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Exceptionally large dust event for western Europe and Mediterranean

Huge amounts of dust are advecting toward western Europe and the western Mediterranean this weekend, with parts of France, Spain and Italy expected to be the most impacted. The event is caused by a broad cold core upper low pushing from Morocco into the Iberian...

April 20, 2019

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Earliest recorded snow in history of Western Australia

Residents of Western Australia woke up to extremely rare April snow on Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges on April 19, 2019. This is the earliest snow ever recorded in the history of Western Australia. Matt Boterhoven, a meteorologist with the Australian Bureau of...

April 20, 2019

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Another eruption at Asosan volcano, Japan

Another minor eruption took place at Japanese Asosan volcano (Mount Aso) in Kumamoto Prefecture late Thursday, April 18, 2019. The eruption started at 23:24 UTC on April 18 (08:24 JST, April 19) at the No. 1 Nakadake crater, spewing ash up to 400 m (1 312 feet)...

April 19, 2019

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Shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge at 14:46 UTC on April 18, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). The epicenter was located...

April 18, 2019

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March rainfall in Nukuʻalofa extremely above average, Tonga

Nukuʻalofa, capital of Tonga, received 451.11 mm (17.7 inches) of rain during the month of March, more than double the average for the month and the 4th highest rainfall on record for March. Enhanced rainfall continued across the country in March, except...

April 18, 2019

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Massive mudslide wipes out remote villages in PNG's Enga Province

At least 8 people have been killed and 4 remain missing after a devastating mudslide hit two remote villages in Papua New Guinea's remote Enga Province on April 15, 2018. Search and rescue operations are still in progress. The event is a cruel reminder that many...

April 18, 2019

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Over 3 000 vehicles stranded on Jammu-Srinagar highway after heavy rain and landslides, India

More than 3 000 vehicles are stranded after landslides affected various parts of Jammu-Srinagar national highway between Ramban and Binihal, Jammu and Kashmir, India since midnight (LT) on April 18, 2019. The landslides first erupted at Monkey Morh around 12 in the...

April 18, 2019

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Unusually high level of landslides worldwide, over 1 000 fatalities so far this year

More than 1 000 people have been killed across the world so far this year as a result of an unusually high number of landslides, according to landslides expert Dr. Dave Petley, Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield, UK. Even though...

April 18, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Hualien, Taiwan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Taiwan's CWB as M6.1 hit Hualian, Taiwan at 05:01 UTC (13:01 LT) on April 18, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 18.8 km (11.7 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles); EMSC M6.1 at a...

April 18, 2019

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: April 10 - 16, 2019

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from April 10 to 16, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Villarrica, Chile. Ongoing...

April 17, 2019

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More than 100 killed as slow-moving storm hits Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

More than 100 people have been killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India over the past 2 days after a slow-moving storm hit the region, dumping heavy rain and causing severe dust storms. The death toll is expected to rise. Several states in central, northern and...

April 17, 2019

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Extreme rainfall, widespread flooding hit Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Extremely heavy rainfall hit parts of United Arab Emirates over the past couple of days, causing major flash flooding in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), UAE's northernmost emirate. Parts of the emirate received 2.5 years of average annual rainfall from April 9 to 15,...

April 17, 2019

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Widespread flooding hit Afghanistan again, at least 5 dead, 17 missing

A new wave of severe weather is affecting 16 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces since April 15, causing widespread flooding, damage and deaths. Herat Province is currently most affected, particularly its districts of Obey, Kohsan, Karrokh, Shindand and Guzara. As of...

April 17, 2019

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One of the strongest hailstorms on record hits Athens, Greece

Heavy rainfall and sudden intense hailstorm hit Greek capital Athens and its suburbs on April 15, 2019, causing serious traffic disruption and power outages. It was described as one of the most intense hailstorms Athens has ever seen. Hailstorm lasted less than 15...

April 16, 2019

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Eruption at Asosan, the first since October 2016 , Japan

The Japanese Asosan volcano erupted at 09:28 UTC (18:28 LT) on April 16, 2019. It was its first eruption since October 8, 2016. The Alert Level was raised to 2 on April 14. At one point, the volcanic ash reached 200 m (656 feet) above the crater (1 792 m / 5 880...

April 16, 2019

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Earthquakes at Taal volcano, increase in water temperature, Philippines

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has recorded 10 volcanic earthquakes on April 14 and another 6 on April 15, 2016. The Alert Level remains at 1 - hazardous eruption is not imminent. The last eruption of this volcano took place in...

April 16, 2019