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ash eruption san cristobal nicaragua august 18 2017

Ash emission from San Cristobal volcano affects 50 000 people, Nicaragua

Nicaraguan authorities reported a new ash emission started at San Cristobal volcano early Friday morning, August 18, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano took place on April 22, 2016. The volcano began degassing Friday morning, followed by an expulsion of ash...

August 18, 2017

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3122 Florence - one of the largest known asteroids to flyby Earth on September 1

A huge, Amor-class asteroid named 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) will flyby Earth at 18.38 LD (~7 million km / 4.4 million miles / 0.047 AU) at 12:06 UTC on September 1, 2017. This is the largest asteroid to pass this close to our planet since the first near-Earth...

August 14, 2017

punta del este uruguay ocean receding august 2017

Historic ocean receding in parts of Brazil and Uruguay

A historic ocean receding caused by strong northerly winds occurred in several coastal cities of Uruguay and Brazil on August 11 and 12, 2017. In Punta del Este, Uruguay, the ocean receded more than 10 meters (32.8 feet) in about 15 minutes on August 11, leaving...

August 14, 2017

severe thunderstorm damage italy august 10 2017

Severe thunderstorm sweeps through northern Italy, leaving 48 injured

A severe thunderstorm swept through northern Italy on August 10, 2017, causing significant damage and injuring at least 48 people. Veneto Province authorities said winds reached 114 km/h (70.8 mph), making it one of the 5 worst storms in the last 30 years. The worst...

August 11, 2017

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NOAA: 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has the potential to be extremely active

In a scheduled update for its 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook issued August 9, 2017, NOAA forecasters are now predicting a higher likelihood of an above-average season, and they increased the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. The season...

August 10, 2017

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Plutonium and americium detected in air near Highway 240 at Hanford site

Radioactive plutonium and americium were detected in air samples collected on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington, US, state officials said Tuesday, August 8. According to Hanford officials, State of Washington's Department of...

August 10, 2017

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England’s ancient megaliths covered in secret star marker code visible by moonlight

A recent investigation of stone-age rock art at a megalithic construction known as Hendraburnick Quoit, in Cornwall, has revealed that ten times the number of artistic markings are visible when viewed in moonlight or feeble sunlight from the south east. These...

August 09, 2017

blizzard of oz australia august 2017

"Blizzard of Oz" brings rare thundersnow storms to NSW and Victoria, Australia

A pair of so-called "thundersnow" storms swept through parts of New South Wales and Victoria on Sunday and early Monday, August 6 and 7, 2017. The storms were a part of a snowstorm dubbed "Blizzard of Oz" that lasted 5 days. Thunderstorm storms...

August 08, 2017

bogoslof volcano eruption

Significant explosive eruption at Bogoslof, Aviation Color Code Red

A significant explosive eruption began at Bogoslof volcano at about 18:00 UTC (10:00 AKDT) on August 7, 2017. The eruption continued through about 21:00 UTC as indicated in seismic, satellite and lightning data. A pilot report at 18:45 UTC indicates that the ash...

August 07, 2017

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Partial lunar eclipse of August 7, 2017

A partial lunar eclipse will take place on August 7, 2017, with the greatest eclipse occurring at 18:20 UTC. It will be visible from eastern Europe, throughout most of eastern Africa, central Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Australia. This lunar eclipse will begin at...

August 07, 2017

seattle wa fireball july 30 2017

Bright fireball streaks over Seattle, Washington

A widely observed bright fireball streaked over the states of Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, US and British Columbia, Canada at around 04:53 UTC on July 30, 2017 (21:53 PDT on July 29). As of 14:39 UTC on August 4, there are 843 witness reports submitted to the...

August 04, 2017

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Study provides evidence for externally powered Sun

A new study published in the International Journal of Current Research provides evidence for externally powered Sun, challenging the concepts of the Standard Solar Model (SSM). The study suggests our star is not an isolated celestial body, but rather it is linked...

August 01, 2017

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Noru rapidly intensifies into a super typhoon, turning toward Japan

Tropical Cyclone "Noru" underwent a phase of rapid intensification over the weekend and became a super typhoon late Sunday, July 30, 2017, peaking at 257 km/h (160 mph). It thus became the first Category 5 hurricane/typhoon (super typhoon) of the 2017...

July 31, 2017

typhoon nesat tropical storm haitang july 29 2017

Typhoon "Nesat" slams into Taiwan, Haitang approaching from the south

Typhoon "Nesat" made landfall at Su'ao in the northeastern county of Yilan, Taiwan at 11:10 UTC (19:10 local time) on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The typhoon is being followed by Tropical Storm "Haitang," which formed earlier today and is now on...

July 29, 2017

gamma ray telescopes reveal a high energy trap in our galaxys center

Gamma-ray telescopes reveal a high-energy trap in our galaxy's center

A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the...

July 27, 2017

violent hailstorm italy july 25 2017

Violent hailstorms hit Italy, covering beaches in white

A violent hailstorm hit Italian towns of Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto, Marche province in central Italy on July 25, 2017, covering towns and their sandy beaches in a thick layer of ice. The storm, accompanied by heavy rain and violent wind bursts,...

July 26, 2017

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Winter storm delivers wettest day on record, New Zealand

The latest atmospheric river over New Zealand delivered one town’s wettest day on record, and broke several other long-held rainfall statistics, according to NIWA data. Lower pressure than normal has fuelled several high impact weather events during July....

July 25, 2017