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california highway 1 landslide from space

Massive California Highway 1 landslide seen from space

On the night of May 20, 2017, more than a million tons of rocks and dirt spilled over California's iconic Highway 1. The slide was so large it can be seen from space. The slide covered roughly 530 m (0.3 miles) of the scenic route in 10 to 12 m (35 to 40 feet)...

May 26, 2017

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Active volcanoes in the world: May 17 - 23, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between May 17 and 23, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Manam, Papua New Guinea | Nishinoshima, Japan | Poas, Costa Rica | Sheveluch, Central Kamchatka...

May 25, 2017

human induced barrier around earth against natural high energy particle radiation

Human-induced barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation

Very low frequency, or VLF, radio communications have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation in space. VLF...

May 23, 2017

bright green fireball new zealand may 18 2017

Bright green fireball streaks across the New Zealand night sky

A bright green fireball streaked across the night sky over North Island, New Zealand on May 18, 2017. The event took place around 07:15 UTC (19:15 NZST) and lasted up to 7 seconds. According to witness reports, the event lasted a few seconds before it disintegrated...

May 19, 2017

large gustnado exeter nebraska may 16 2017

Large gustnado near Exeter, Nebraska

A large gustnado or landspout was spotted and recorded near Exeter, Nebraska on May 16, 2017. The event was followed by rain and pea-sized hail soon after. Although there were no damage or injuries reported, the sight evoked horrible memories to Jerry and Theresa...

May 17, 2017

kurbu tash landslide april 2017 kyrgyzstan

Massive landslide in Osh region, Kyrgyzstan

A massive landslide with the volume of 2.8 million m3 (98.8 million ft3) hit the Kurbu-Tash village on April 24, 2017, damaging 84.8 hectares (209 acres) of agricultural land. As of May 13, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations said, there are 56...

May 17, 2017

cholera outbreak yemen may 2017

Cholera outbreak rapidly spreading in Yemen

The cholera outbreak is rapidly spreading in Yemen, with reported cases tripling over the last week. Since April 27, 2017, at least 180 people have died and 11 000 suspected cholera cases have been reported across 18 governorates in Yemen. On May 14, local health...

May 16, 2017

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Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo

Health authorities are reporting an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the first Ebola outbreak since the end of the West Africa outbreak in 2016, and the first in the country since November 2014. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)...

May 16, 2017

peru flood 2017

1.3 million people affected in flood-ravaged Peru, dengue cases growing

Nearly 1.3 million people in Peru remain severely affected or affected throughout the country as a result of the extreme rainfall and country's most devastating floods in decades. Of these, more than 400 000 are children and adolescents. At the same time, total...

May 15, 2017

huge plume dust plume from western africa over atlantic ocean may 2017 iss

Huge plume of Saharan dust over the Atlantic Ocean

This week's strong winds lofted a huge dust plume from western Africa and carried it toward the northeast into Europe and west toward Cabo Verde Islands. The event is ongoing, reaching far into eastern Europe and over the Atlantic Ocean. While very high load of...

May 13, 2017

tropical cyclone ella may 9 2017 himawari 8 at 20 30 utc

Off-season Tropical Cyclone "Ella" forms, threatens Fiji

A second off-season tropical cyclone has formed in the South Pacific Ocean and was named Ella today. Ella is currently located south of Samoa as a quasi-stationary system with maximum sustained winds near 83 km/h (52 mph). Slight intensification is expected over the...

May 09, 2017

san diego snow storm may 7 2017

Record-breaking storm brings snow to San Diego, coldest May day on record

Heavy rain and snow are now tapering off in Southern California after an unseasonably strong spring storm hit the region on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The storm set numerous records across the region, NWS San Diego said. The system formed off the Pacific Northwest and...

May 08, 2017

ocean oxygen levels

Ocean oxygen levels declining since 1980s

A new analysis of decades of data on oceans across the globe has revealed that the amount of dissolved oxygen contained in the water - an important measure of ocean health - has been declining for more than 20 years. Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology...

May 06, 2017

hungary storm may 3 2017

Slow-moving storm produces tornadoes in Hungary, very large hail in Serbia

Severe thunderstorms are affecting parts of eastern Europe and the Balkan Peninsula this week, producing heavy rain and strong winds. The storm produced at least two tornadoes in Hungary on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Although not unheard of, tornadoes in this region...

May 04, 2017

kick em jenny increased activity

Increased activity at Kick 'em Jenny volcano, exclusion zone established

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Seismic Research Centre (SRC) reports an increased activity at Kick 'em Jenny undersea volcano, between Grenada and the Grenadine island of Carriacou. The Alert Level was raised to Yellow (2 of 5). SRC has recorded a high...

May 02, 2017

night sky guide may 2017

Night sky guide for May 2017

May 2017 brings us Eta Aquarids, an above average meteor shower capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, in the southern hemisphere. The waxing gibbous moon, however, will block out many of the fainter meteors this year. The Moon will be located...

May 01, 2017

oklahoma declares state of emergency after severe weather outbreak

Oklahoma declares state of emergency after severe weather outbreak

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds, tornadoes and snow impacting the state. The massive storm system has delivered widespread rain...

April 30, 2017