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Long-duration C4.8 solar flare erupts from AR 2736, Earth-directed CME possible

A long-duration solar flare measuring C4.8 at its peak erupted from newly-emerged AR 2736 on March 20, 2019. The eruption started at 10:35, peaked at 11:18 and ended at 11:34 UTC. The region was also responsible for several B-class flares over the past 7 hours. The...

March 20, 2019

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Shallow M5.7 earthquake hits western Turkey, numerous aftershocks shaking the region

A shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M5.7 hit western Turkey at 06:34 UTC (09:34 local time) on March 20, 2019 at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). USGS is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). 100 aftershocks with magnitudes from 2.0 to 4.4 were...

March 20, 2019

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Strong eruption at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

A strong eruption took place at Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano at 03:38 UTC on March 19, 2019 (21:38 local time, March 18), ejecting a column of water vapor, gas and ash up to 4 km (13 123 feet). The eruption also threw incandescent material 2.5 km (1.5 miles)...

March 19, 2019

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Severe floods hit England's Yorkshire, U.K.

Severe flooding hit Yorkshire, England, U.K. on March 16 and 17, 2019 after parts of the region saw more than half of their monthly rainfall average in just 24 hours. Firefighters worked through the night to save Calderdale and Huddersfield after massively swollen...

March 17, 2019

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Powerful eruption at Bezymianny volcano, ash to 15.2 km (50 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

A powerful eruption took place at Russian Bezymianny volcano at 17:29 UTC on March 15, 2019. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red earlier in the day and lowered back to Orange at 21:20 UTC. KVERT raised the Aviation Color Code to Red at 11:00 UTC today, stating...

March 15, 2019

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Severe floods swept away 16 000 homes, death toll rises to 70, Afghanistan

Heavy rainfall has been affecting central, southern and western regions of Afghanistan since the start of the month, triggering deadly floods that resulted in widespread destruction. The most affected provinces are Kandahar, Helmand, Farah, Herat and Badghis, DG...

March 14, 2019

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TC Idai death toll rises to 63, severe flash floods hit KwaZulu-Natal

The death toll from the floods produced by extremely dangerous Tropical Cyclone "Idai" rose to 63 and the number of affected people to nearly 1 million on March 13, 2019. Heavy rain has also affected South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal, claiming lives of at...

March 13, 2019

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Evidence for an extreme solar proton event around 660 BC

An increasing amount of research indicates that solar storms can be even more powerful than measurements have shown so far via direct observations. Researchers believe that society is not sufficiently prepared if a similar event were to happen now. The researchers...

March 12, 2019

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Extremely heavy rain, deadly floods and landslides hit São Paulo, Brazil

At least 12 people have died and 6 have been injured after extremely heavy rain, floods and landslides hit the state of São Paulo, Brazil on March 10 and 11, 2019. Floodwaters inundated several areas of the city of São Paulo (population 14.7 million),...

March 12, 2019

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Increased activity at Asosan volcano, alert level raised, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the Alert Level for Asosan volcano, Kyushu, Japan from Level 1 to Level 2 (do not approach the crater) at 06:00 JST on March 12, 2019. The last eruptive episode of this volcano started on October 7, 2016 and ended on...

March 12, 2019

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Rapidly intensifying storm expected across the Plains, U.S.

A significant storm system will take shape over the Rockies then rapidly intensify across the Plains late Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 and 13, 2019, the National Weather Service meteorologists warn. Heavy snow, ice, and strong winds will lead to dangerous travel...

March 11, 2019

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C1.3 solar flare erupts from geoeffective Region 2734, CME impact expected March 11

A long-duration solar flare measuring C1.3 at its peak erupted from Region 2734 (Alpha) at 03:19 UTC on March 8, 2019. The event started at 03:07, peaked at 03:19 and ended at 03:58 UTC. This event was associated with a Type II Radio Emission registered at 03:15 UTC...

March 08, 2019

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630 000 people affected by natural disasters in February, up from 66 000 in January, China

Natural disasters affecting China during the month of February claimed the lives of 6 people and affected 630 000. In January, 66 000 people were affected and 7 killed. The data was provided by China's Ministry of Emergency Management in a document released...

March 07, 2019

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Sierra Nevada snowpack at record level, doubles in February, California

Four days of heavy snowfall came to an end on February 28, 2019, leaving statewide snowpack at 153% of normal. Snow depths and water content equaled California's all-time record level for February. While most of the state's reservoirs are at or above 100% of...

March 05, 2019

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Explosive activity at Manam volcano, Aviation Color Code remains Red, Papua New Guinea

Explosive activity continues at Papua New Guinea's Manam volcano, ejecting ash plume to an estimated 3 km (10 000 feet) above sea level since March 1, 2019. Significant thermal anomalies were detected on March 2 and 3 as well as a plume of SO2 at approximately 3...

March 04, 2019

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4 months' worth of rain in 30 hours floods desert city of Kandahar, 2 000 homes damaged, at least 20 killed, Afghanistan

More than 4 months' worth of rain hit the desert city of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan and 6 neighboring districts in just 30 hours on March 1 and 2, 2019, killing at least 20 people and damaging or destroying an estimated 2 000 homes. Kandahar has a desert...

March 02, 2019

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Cosmic rays in Earth's atmosphere intensifying for the fourth year in a row

Cosmic rays in Earth's atmosphere are intensifying for the 4th year in a row as the 11-year solar cycle plunges into one of the deepest minima of the Space Age. The finding comes from a campaign of almost weekly high-altitude balloon launches conducted by the...

February 27, 2019