Piece of largest object ever jettisoned from ISS crashes into Florida home, U.S.

Piece of largest object ever jettisoned from ISS crashes into Florida home, U.S.

In March 2021, NASA ground controllers deployed the International Space Station’s (ISS) robotic arm to discard a cargo pallet (EP-9) containing obsolete nickel hydride batteries, following upgrades to lithium-ion units. This operation set a record for the heaviest item jettisoned from the ISS. While the entire pallet was expected to disintegrate before reaching Earth’s surface, a fragment of this hardware survived atmospheric re-entry and struck a residence in Naples, Florida, in March 2024.

Attacks on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant put the world “dangerously close to a nuclear accident”

Attacks on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant put the world “dangerously close to a nuclear accident”

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Europe’s largest nuclear facility, is at the center of escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, with both sides accusing each other of reckless behavior that risks a major nuclear incident. This contentious issue was brought before the United Nations Security Council on Monday, April 15, 2024, where concerns were raised about the potential for a catastrophic nuclear accident.

Very bright fireball reported over New York, U.S.

Very bright fireball reported over New York, U.S.

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over New York, U.S. at 01:08 UTC on April 14, 2024 (21:08 LT, April 13). The event lasted between 3 and 7 seconds.

Dozens missing after large landslide hits DR Congo

Dozens missing after large landslide hits DR Congo

At least 15 people were killed and an estimated 60 remain missing after a large landslide caused by heavy rainfall hit a small port near the town of Idiofa in the Democratic Republic of Congo on April 13, 2024.

Historic drought impacting over 1 million ha (2.5 million acres) of crops, Zambia

Historic drought impacting over 1 million ha (2.5 million acres) of crops, Zambia

Zambia is in the throes of an unprecedented drought, prompted by El Niño, resulting in the driest February recorded since 1981. This natural disaster has compelled the President to declare a state of emergency, with 84 districts suffering and over 1 million ha (2.47 million acres) of crops devastated, causing widespread shortages in essential resources including food and water.

Asteroid 2024 GJ2 to fly by Earth at just 0.05 LD on April 11

Asteroid 2024 GJ2 to fly by Earth at just 0.05 LD on April 11

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2024 GJ2 will fly past Earth at a distance of just 0.05 LD / 0.00013 AU (18 700 km / 11 620 miles) at 18:33 UTC on April 11, 2024. This is the 25th known asteroid to fly past Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year.

Widespread record floods hit parts of Russia, flooding over 10 500 homes

Widespread record floods hit parts of Russia, flooding over 10 500 homes

Severe flooding struck Russia’s Ural Mountains and Siberia, alongside parts of neighboring Kazakhstan since April 3, 2024, caused by rapid snow melt and heavy rainfall. The situation worsened after two dams broke near Orsk City on April 5, leading to record flood levels by April 7. The crisis has resulted in at least three deaths in Russia and more than 10 500 homes flooded. In Kazakhstan, two fatalities and nearly 75 000 displacements have been reported.

Rare M4.8 earthquake hits New Jersey — the strongest since 1783, U.S.

Rare M4.8 earthquake hits New Jersey — the strongest since 1783, U.S.

A rare earthquake registered by the USGS as M4.8 hit New Jersey, U.S. at 14:23 UTC (10:23 LT) on April 5, 2024, at a depth of 4.7 km (2.9 miles). This earthquake — now known as the 2024 Whitehouse Station, New Jersey Earthquake — is the strongest to hit New Jersey since 1783.