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Giant hail, 3 months' worth of rain in 40 minutes hit parts of northern Algeira

The same weather system that left 6 people dead in Spain, affected northern Algeria by the end of the last week, dumping very heavy rain and giant hailstones. Algeria's capital received 40 mm (1.5 inches) of rain in 40 minutes on September 13, which is the...

September 16, 2019

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Hurricane "Humberto" forecast to approach Bermuda on September 18

Humberto intensified into a Category 1 hurricane on September 16, while turning to the northeast. On the current forecast track, the center of Humberto is forecast to approach Bermuda late Wednesday or Wednesday night (EDT). Large swells are affecting much of the...

September 16, 2019

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Avoidable deaths - volcanoes kill more people long after first eruption

The drawn-out nature of volcanic eruptions can cause more fatalities than the seemingly brief explosion itself, according to a study by researchers from the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago published on August 14, 2019. Residents who live within the vicinity...

September 14, 2019

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IDMC: 7 million people displaced due to natural disasters in the first half of 2019

Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) records show that over seven million people have been displaced from their residences due to natural disasters during the first six months of 2019. There were about 10.8 million new displacements worldwide in the first...

September 12, 2019

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Bright daylight meteor over northern Germany

A bright daylight meteor was recorded above northern Germany at 12:49 UTC on September 12, 2019. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 496 reports by 10:30 UTC (September 13) from the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark. The Center for Near Earth...

September 12, 2019

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Tropical cyclone organizing over the Bahamas, heavy rainfall and gusty winds in region affected by Hurricane "Dorian"

Satellite images indicate that the area of disturbed weather over the central and southeastern Bahamas is gradually becoming better organized while surface pressures are falling in the area, NWS NHC warned at 12:00 UTC on September 12, 2019. Conditions are becoming...

September 12, 2019

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2 500 people missing after destruction brought by Hurricane "Dorian"

A spokesman with the National Emergency Management Agency - Bahamas confirmed September 11, 2019, that 2 500 people are now registered as missing. However, the number is likely much higher as there were many undocumented people living there. ​The confirmed death...

September 11, 2019

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Strombolian activity, high levels of volcanic tremor at Etna, Italy

Strombolian activity is still taking place at Etna's Northeast Crater, producing a diluted ash plume that disperses near the summit area, INGV reports. The volcanic tremor amplitude remains high. After 08:50 UTC on September 9, 2019, there has been a further...

September 10, 2019

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Dorian death toll feared to reach thousands as storm caused 'absolute destruction' and 'nightmare' to the Bahamas

Category 5 Hurricane "Dorian" unleashed its fury on the Bahamas on September 1, 2019, as the strongest ever to hit the archipelago. 45 fatalities were initially confirmed but with the extreme damage that eradicated 45% of infrastructure on Grand Bahama and...

September 09, 2019

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Dorian leaves 500 000 without power after making landfall over Nova Scotia, Canada

The center of once very powerful Category 5 Hurricane - Post-Tropical Cyclone "Dorian" made its 5th landfall near Sambro Creek, Nova Scotia, Canada at 22:15 UTC on September 7, 2019, with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h (100 mph) and estimated central...

September 09, 2019

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1 000 extreme rainfall events recorded in the first 12 days of August, India

The Center for Science and Environment (CSE), a research organization in New Delhi, said that there were around 1 000 extreme rainfall events just in the first 12 days of August in India, according to a report released on September 6, 2019. The data was gathered...

September 08, 2019

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After devastating northern Bahamas, remnants of Hurricane "Dorian" expected to merge with Tropical Storm "Gabrielle" and whip the UK

Remnants of Hurricane "Dorian" which previously devastated the Bahamas are predicted to sweep the United Kingdom next week, merging with remnants of yet another tropical system - Tropical Storm "Gabrielle." Dorian, the strongest-ever hurricane to...

September 07, 2019

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Etna getting more restless, values comparable to those seen shortly before the December 2018 eruption, Italy

The mean volcanic tremor amplitude at Etna volcano, Italy is showing an increasing trend, the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Etneo, reported September 6. Sounds characteristic of Strombolian activity and spattering have been heard this...

September 06, 2019

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August 2019 was another record-setting month for Steamboat geyser, Yellowstone volcano, USA

August 2019 was another record-setting month for Steamboat geyser, which experienced water eruptions on August 12, 20, and 27. The August 27 eruption was the 33rd of 2019, breaking the record for eruptions in a calendar year that was set in 2018, the Yellowstone...

September 04, 2019

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Dorian dumps over 609 mm (24 inches) of rain on Grand Bahama, moving toward USA

Extremely-dangerous Hurricane "Dorian" dumped over 609 mm (24 inches) of rain over parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands and claimed lives of at least 5 people. The current forecast track takes its core north of Grand Bahama Island through this evening...

September 03, 2019

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Mekong River drops to lowest level in 100 years

Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in the world, has dropped to its lowest level in 100 years due to severe drought, sand-mining, and upstream dam developments, causing threats to the food supply and livelihood of nearby inhabitants....

September 03, 2019

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Zambia on the verge of starvation as country struggles from worst drought since 1981

Zambia is prompted to declare a food-insecurity emergency as the country faces the worst drought since 1981. Reports show that parts of the Southern Africa region, particularly huge areas in Southern and Western Zambia received the lowest seasonal rainfall from...

September 02, 2019