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North Korea suffered worst natural disasters in Asia in 2019, new report shows

North Korea suffered the worst natural disasters in Asia in 2019, a new report shows. The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) stated that 4 out of 10 North Koreans were affected by disasters during that year, which was the worst ratio in all of the continent. In...

January 26, 2021

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Massive locust swarms attack Saudi Arabia, bigger invasion ongoing in the Horn of Africa

Massive locust swarms have invaded Saudi Arabia while a bigger and deadlier attack is ongoing in the Horn of Africa, which is set to descend on large parts of Ethiopia and Kenya, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Sunday, January 24, 2021. In...

January 25, 2021

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AMS camera system detects meteor outburst of unknown origin

The American Meteor Society (AMS) camera system captured a swarm of 7 bright meteors of unknown origin within just 3 seconds of one another at 11:50 UTC on January 18, 2021. Five of the seven meteor paths intersected in an area just east of the 3rd magnitude star...

January 22, 2021

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Researchers reconstruct 11-year solar cycles all the way back to year 969

An international team of researchers reconstructed the Sun's 11-year cycles all the way back to year 969 using measurements of radioactive carbon in tree rings. The findings help scientists better understand the dynamics of the Sun, enabling more accurate dating...

January 22, 2021

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Yakutia sees longest cold spell in 14 years as Siberia quivers through abnormally harsh temperatures

The Siberian region of Yakutia has shivered through its longest cold spell in 14 years, with temperatures plunging below -40 °C (-40 °F) during the middle of December 2020. The area is currently in the grip of an abnormally long period of harsh cold that is...

January 19, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 BO flew past Earth at 0.06 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 BO flew past Earth at 0.06 LD / 0.00016 AU (23 935 km / 14 900 miles) at 08:19 UTC on January 18, 2021. On the same day, at 01:16 UTC, another asteroid -- designated 2021 BK -- flew past us at a distance of 0.59 LD...

January 18, 2021

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Dal Lake freezes, Srinagar records coldest night in 30 years as severe cold wave grips Kashmir, India

Kashmir's Dal Lake froze on Thursday, January 14, 2021, while capital Srinagar recorded its coldest night in 30 years as a severe cold wave gripped the valley. The summer capital registered a low of -8.4 °C (16.9°F), the coldest since 1991 when...

January 14, 2021

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Hong Kong records its coldest temperature since 1988, large scale crop damage reported

Hong Kong has registered its coldest temperature since 1988 as the mercury in Ta Kwu Ling hit 0.9 °C (33.6 °F) on Wednesday morning, January 13, 2021. According to The Standard, temperatures plummeted below the freezing point in some parts of New Territories...

January 13, 2021

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Bright fireball explodes over Norway, ground impact recorded south of Løten

A bright fireball exploded over Norway at 23:21 UTC on January 4, 2021 (00:21 LT, January 5), producing a loud bang that was heard by many people, particularly those in Ullensaker. Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR) said ground impact was recorded at 23:24 UTC, 15 to...

January 12, 2021

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Worst flooding in 50 years leaves 6 dead, 50 000 displaced in Malaysia

At least six people lost their lives and more than 50 000 were displaced after monsoon rains hit Malaysia's east coast, triggering the area's worst flooding in half a century, authorities reported Saturday, January 9, 2021. Heavy rains continued to slam the...

January 11, 2021

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Record rains hit southern Thailand, leaving 3 dead and more than 58 000 households affected by floods

Heavy rains affecting southern Thailand over the past 7 days caused severe floods and landslides, leaving at least 3 people dead and more than 58 000 households affected. Heavy rain was influenced by the strong northeastern monsoon and an area of low pressure off...

January 10, 2021

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Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) return to the South Pole, make a very rare appearance over Argentina

Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have returned to the South Pole and made a very rare appearance over Argentina more than one month after the beginning of the southern hemisphere season. Gerd Baumgarten of Germany's Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, whose...

January 08, 2021

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Soufriere volcano continues to exude magma, steam observed, St. Vincent and The Grenadines

The UWI-SRC Team conducted a successful helicopter reconnaissance of the La Soufriere Volcano on January 6, 2021. The volcano continues to exude magma and the Alert level remains at Orange since December 28, 2020. The volcano continues to exude magma on the surface,...

January 08, 2021

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Beijing records coldest morning since 1966, China

The mercury pummeled to -19.6 °C (-3.3 °F) in China's capital Beijing on Thursday morning, January 7, 2021, marking the city's coldest morning since 1966, when the mercury dipped to -27.4 °C (-17.3 °F). Early Thursday morning, half of...

January 07, 2021

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Very rare January tornadoes touch down in California

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Tehama County, California on Monday, January 4, 2021. In the NWS Sacramento forecast area there were 39 tornadoes reported from 2010 - 2020. This works out to about 4 tornadoes a year,...

January 05, 2021

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Abundant dark and dense ash emission at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Italy

Volcanic activity at Etna volcano in Italy gradually intensified at around 08:00 UTC on January 4, 2021, forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 08:42 UTC and lowered back to Orange at 11:26 when...

January 04, 2021

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Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) frequencies over the South Pole close to zero this year

Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) over the South Pole remain missing as of December 29, 2020-- an unusual occurrence as the clouds are expected to appear in the middle of the month. The southern stratosphere seems to think it's winter. In early December, Dr. Tony...

December 30, 2020