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Earthquake swarm near London, UK

Ten seismic events have been detected in the Newdigate, Surrey area of the United Kingdom, between Dorking and Gatwick airports near London, since April 1, 2018. Magnitudes of this cluster of events range from 1.5 to 3.0. There are fears that quakes might be caused...

July 20, 2018

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Study: How Sun influences lightning and thunder activity on Earth

Japanese researchers have taken the first steps to understand how the Sun's rotational cycle influences lightning activity on Earth. The answers were found in diaries dating back to the 1700s. "It is well known that long-term - centennial to...

July 18, 2018

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Lava bomb hits a tour boat in Hawaii, injuring 23 people

23 people were injured in Hawaii on Monday morning, July 16, 2018, after a large explosion near one of Kilauea's lava flow ocean entries sent volcanic material flying toward a commercial tour vessel. Captain of the boat said they were about 500 meters (1 640...

July 17, 2018

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Mohave Fire: Amazing video of firenado becoming a waterspout, Arizona

A rare phenomenon of a firenado turning into a waterspout was recorded in Arizona on July 14, 2018. The cause of Mohave Fire, which started on the same day the video was recorded, is still under investigation. This amazing video was recorded in Blythe, on the...

July 16, 2018

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New eruptive activity at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

A new eruptive activity is taking place at Japanese Nishinoshima volcano in Ogasawara (Bonin Islands). The Japan Meteorological Agency reported a bright spot emerging in Himawari-8 imagery it Nishinoshima on July 12. In addition, a brown smoke was seen rising from...

July 13, 2018

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Eruptions intensify, off scale seismicity at Anak Krakatau, Indonesia

Explosive activity at Anak Krakatau in Indonesia continues and its seismicity is reportedly going off the scale today, July 12, 2018. "Krakatau is going crazy ... 100 times explosion a day. Very loud and could be heard until Carita, 42 km (26 miles) away,"...

July 12, 2018

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Very large landslide blocks a river near Hitardal, western Iceland

A very large landslide detached from the Fagraskógarfjall massif near Hitardal in western Iceland early Saturday morning, July 7, 2018. The slide blocked a well-known salmon fishing river with mud and rock, almost completely changing the landscape. Although...

July 09, 2018

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Bright daylight meteor over Iowa and Illinois, US

A bright daylight meteor streaked across the sky over Iowa and Illinois, US at 01:40 UTC on July 9 (08:40 CDT, July 8). The event lasted between 7 and 20 seconds. The American Meteor Association (AMS) has so far received 189 reports. The fireball was seen from Iowa...

July 09, 2018

Planchón Peteroa Volcanic Complex Chile

Increased seismicity, vigorous degassing at Planchón-Peteroa volcanic complex, alert raised, Chile

Sernageomin raised the technical alert for the Planchón-Peteroa volcanic complex from Green to Yellow (2 of 4) on July 6, 2018. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2011. The decision was made due increased seismic activity under the volcano,...

July 07, 2018

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Fragment of asteroid 2018 LA which collided with Earth on June 3 found in Botswana

A fragment of asteroid 2018 LA which collided with Earth on June 3, 2018, was recently recovered in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana. The asteroid was detected some 7 hours before it exploded over South Africa - Botswana border region at 16:53 UTC on...

July 06, 2018

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Increased eruptive activity at Anak Krakatau volcano, Indonesia

Anak Krakatau, or Child of Krakatau, is showing signs of increased activity and it seems the eruption has reached a phase of being more or less continuous, the Volcano Discovery reports. Krakatau, located between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, started...

July 05, 2018

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White Island crater lake growing, hydrothermal surface activity possible, New Zealand

The Crater Lake at White Island volcano in New Zealand continues to grow, which may cause hydrothermal surface activity, GeoNet Duty Volcanologist Brad Scott said Volcanic Alert Bulletin for White Island released July 4, 2018. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1....

July 04, 2018

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Volcano tornado caught tossing lava into the air, summit collapse events occurring about every 28 hours, Kilauea

The eruption of Kilauea volcano in the lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) continues with no significant change. Fountains from the fissure 8 spatter cone, now about 55 m (180 feet) continue to supply lava to an open channel that travels about 13 km (8 miles) to the sea....

July 02, 2018

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Night Sky Guide for July 2018 - longest lunar eclipse of 21st century, partial solar eclipse

The Earth's annual orbit around the Sun will carry it to its furthest point from the Sun – its aphelion – on July 6 at a distance of 1.02 AU. This month's New Moon is on July 13, making it the best time of the month to observe faint objects such...

July 01, 2018

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Bright fireball over the Netherlands, 112 reports submitted to IMO

A bright fireball was seen streaking across the sky above the Netherlands at 21:30 UTC on June 29, 2018. The event lasted between 3 and 7 seconds before the object disintegrated. The fireball was seen over Vlaanderen, Friesland, Noord-Brabant, Nordrhein-Westfalen,...

June 30, 2018

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Severe drought affecting 40% of Inner Mongolia, China

A persistent drought is affecting as much as 40% of China's remote northwestern region of Inner Mongolia, causing over US$91 million in direct economic losses. The regional weather bureau said Inner Mongolia has seen 25% less rainfall since mid-June and is...

June 28, 2018

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Record-breaking summer snow blankets Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Snow fell on parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on Monday, June 26, 2018, and authorities warned residents there was a risk of snow and frost into Tuesday, both on the island and in the Big Land. According to Environment Canada (EC), the temperature was...

June 27, 2018