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Over 300 homes destroyed after big cracks appear in Uganda

Over 300 homes have been destroyed after several big cracks opened in Uganda's Namisinfwa district over the past couple of days. According to NTV Uganda, the cracks developed in Bupoto Sub County and Namisindwa town following heavy rain in the region. They go...

May 24, 2018

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Asteroid 2018 KW1 to flyby Earth at 0.39 LD on May 23

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 KW1 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.39 LD or 0.00100 AU (~ 149 597 km / 92 955 miles) on May 23, 2018. This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since May 15 and 33rd this year. KW1...

May 22, 2018

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Two rivers overflow, leaving over 2 100 homes and 12 900 people affected in Gatumba, Burundi

Heavy rainfall that hit parts of Burundi on May 4, 2018 led to significant flooding in Gatumba, approximately 12 km (7 miles) from the city of Bujumbura. A joint assessment conducted on May 9 by Burundi Red Cross Society, the government of Burundi, OCHA, WFP,...

May 20, 2018

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Southern hemisphere produced its largest wave on record

A massive 23.8 m (78 feet) high wave has been measured near Campbell Island, New Zealand on May 9, 2018, making it the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. A new ocean buoy, installed March 2, 2018 and located about 640 km (400 miles) south of New...

May 15, 2018

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Kilauea volcano update: 18 fissures so far, state of emergency declared

Three new fissures have opened up in Kilauea's ongoing East Rift eruption, bringing the total number of eruptive to 18 so far. Spattering is noted, forcing some local residents to evacuate, and the USGS warns that more activity is likely along the rift. This...

May 13, 2018

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Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo, 17 deaths confirmed

At least 17 people have died in the north-west part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where health officials have confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry has said. The declaration of outbreak came after laboratory results confirmed two cases of the...

May 09, 2018

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Swiss winter of 2017-2018 broke records

Swiss winter of 2017-18 brought an exceptional amount of snow – but only in the mountains. Following three years with little snow, record snowfall, avalanches, and severe storms were all part of the picture from December 2017 to the end of April 2018. In the...

May 07, 2018

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Eruption at Leilani Estates in lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

An eruption has begun in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano shortly before 03:00 UTC on May 4, 2018. Lava was confirmed at the surface in the eastern end of the subdivision. Hawaii County Civil Defense is on the scene and...

May 04, 2018

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Catastrophic floods hit Somalia, some of the worst the region has ever seen

Long-term rainfall has caused catastrophic flood situation across Somalia, described as some of the worst the region has ever seen. Flash and river floods have now affected 630 000 people and displaced almost 214 800. This region was ravaged by drought and...

May 03, 2018

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Massive sinkhole opens in New Zealand after record-breaking rain

A massive sinkhole has opened up in Rotorua, New Zealand's North Island following a record-breaking rainfall on Sunday, April 30, 2018. The sinkhole is 200 m (656 feet) long, 30 m (98 feet) wide and 20 m (65 feet) deep. The hole is growing and is now threatening...

May 02, 2018

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Severe storm hits Buenos Aires, leaves two dead and 100 000 homes without power, Argentina

A severe storm with winds blowing over 130 km/h (81 mph), hail, lightning and an average rainfall of 120 mm (4.72 inches) hit Buenos Aires on April 29, 2018, causing heavy flooding and damage. In the county of Tres de Febrero, one of the areas worst hit by the...

April 30, 2018

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Lifeless Ambae: Heavy ashfall forces permanent relocation of entire island

Vanuatu's Manoro Voui volcano, also known as Ambae and Aoba, erupted in September 2017, forcing short-term mass evacuation. The entire island was evacuated but most of its 11 000 residents returned by December, only to find their island covered in ash, grey and...

April 24, 2018

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Mount Shirane volcano alert level raised, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency has raised the alert level for Mount Shirane volcano near Gunma and Nagano prefectures from Level 1 to Level 2 on Sunday, April 22, 2018, restricting access to the crater. JMA said volcanic earthquakes at the Yugama crater have been...

April 23, 2018

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Kilauea volcano: Magma system becomes increasingly pressurized, Hawaii

Observations and measurements of the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō eruption on Kīlauea Volcano’s East Rift Zone during the past month suggest that the magma system beneath Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō has become increasingly pressurized, the Hawaiian Volcano...

April 19, 2018

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Major dust storm sweeps over Yazd province, Iran

A massive dust storm swept over Yazd province in central Iran on April 16, 2018. Hadi Hadinasab, the director-general of the crisis management department of Yazd governorate, said the storm has fortunately left no casualties or damages. The dense cloud dramatically...

April 18, 2018

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Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at 0.5 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.5 LD or 0.00129 AU (~192 981 km / 119 912 miles) on April 15, 2018. This is the 28th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...

April 16, 2018

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Destructive flash floods, rare tornado hit Algeria

Severe weather conditions hit northern parts of Algeria on April 14, 2018, bringing heavy rain, flooding, and hail. A rare tornado was spotted in Batna Province. Rainfall of 25 - 50 mm (1-2 inches) was reported across north-central Algeria through the afternoon of...

April 15, 2018