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Grímsvötn volcano ready to erupt, Iceland

According to Benedikt Gunnar Ófeigsson, deformation scientist at the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), there is every indication that the Grímsvötn volcano is ready to erupt. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2011 -- it was a large and...

September 16, 2021

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Magma intrusion at Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands

Seismic activity under Cumbre Vieja, La Palma, Canary Islands continues to migrate slightly to the northwest, at depths of around 8 km (5 miles), with 20 shallow earthquakes at depths between 1 and 3 km (0.6 - 1.8 miles). The maximum accumulated deformation reached...

September 15, 2021

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Astronomers record small asteroid impacting Jupiter

A bright fireball -- most likely a small asteroid or a comet -- struck Jupiter at 22:39 UTC on September 13, 2021. The impact was seen and captured by astronomers across the world who were observing the ongoing transit of the shadow of Jupiter's moon Io. "A...

September 15, 2021

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Alert level for Cumbre Vieja volcano raised to Yellow, La Palma, Canary Islands

A strong swarm of shallow earthquakes started under Cumbre Vieja volcano1, La Palma island, the Canary Islands on September 11, 2021, leading authorities to raise the Alert Level from Green to Yellow on September 13. There have been 10 swarms in this area of the...

September 14, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 RG6 to fly by Earth at 0.22 LD

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 RG6 will fly past Earth at a distance of 0.22 LD / 0.00057 AU (85 270 km / 52 980 miles) from the center of our planet at 15:31 UTC on September 11, 2021. Since the start of the year, our sky surveys have identified a...

September 11, 2021

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Asteroid 2021 RS2 flew past Earth at an exceptionally close distance of 0.06 LD - closest in 2021

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 RS2 flew past Earth at a distance of just 0.06 LD / 0.00015 AU (22 440 km / 13 945 miles) from the center of our planet at 07:28 UTC on September 8, 2021. This is the 81st known asteroid to fly by Earth within 1 lunar...

September 08, 2021

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Very bright and sonic fireball over the English Channel

A very bright and sonic fireball streaked through the night sky over the English Channel at 21:48 UTC on September 5, 2021. The event and was captured by numerous dashcams and Fripon video stations. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received more than 400...

September 06, 2021

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New Jersey’s largest dairy devastated by an EF-3 tornado in Mullica Hill

An EF-3 tornado produced by remnants of Category 4 Hurricane "Ida" touched down in Mullica Hill, New Jersey on September 1, 2021, devastating Wellacrest Farms -- the state's largest dairy farm. The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ has...

September 06, 2021

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Severe flash floods hit Alcanar after 77 mm (3 inches) of rain in 30 minutes - Catalonia, Spain

Severe flooding wreaked havoc in several parts of Spain over the past couple of days, forcing the closure of roads and leaving around 10 000 customers without power. The worst-hit was the town of Alcanar in the northeast of Catalonia, where some streets turned into...

September 03, 2021

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Volcanic gas and ash emission at Pagan volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange, Mariana Islands

After reports of increased seismicity and light emissions at Pagan volcano, Mariana Islands1 at the end of July 2021, low-level volcanic gas and ash emissions were observed on September 1, prompting NMI/USGS to raise the Aviation Color Code to Orange and the Volcano...

September 01, 2021

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Strong eruption at Etna, 50th paroxysmal eruptive episode ejects ash up to 9 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l., Italy

After about 3 weeks of calm, activity at Etna volcano, Italy intensified again around 15:00 UTC on August 29 with a transition to lava fountaining at 16:45 UTC, marking the volcano's 50th paroxysmal eruptive episode since February 16, 2021. The strong explosive...

August 30, 2021

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A months' ration of bread now at 44 percent of monthly minimum wage, Lebanon

Bread prices in Lebanon soared another 11% due to the worsening crisis, setting a monthly ration of family bread at 44% of the minimum monthly wage. A bag of flatbread costs 5 000 Lebanese Pounds in supermarkets, over three times as much as last year, according to...

August 29, 2021

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Intense cold front affecting South Africa, warnings for disruptive snowfall and severe thunderstorms

An intense cold front associated with a steep upper-air trough is affecting parts of South Africa since Thursday, August 26, 2021. The front is spreading eastwards, bringing heavy rains, disruptive snow, and cold temperatures. A change in weather conditions is...

August 28, 2021

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Moderately strong M4.7 solar flare erupts from geoeffective AR 2860

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M4.7 at its peak erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2860 at 06:15 UTC on August 28, 2021. The event started at 05:39 and ended at 06:23 UTC. The flare event follows increased solar activity with numerous c-class flares...

August 28, 2021

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: August 18 - 24, 2021

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes from August 18 to 24, 2021. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 20 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fukutoku-Oka-no-Ba, Volcano Islands (Japan) | Kilauea,...

August 27, 2021

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43 fatalities, at least 3 800 homes destroyed as heavy rains and floods hit Sudan

Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defense is reporting at least 43 people lost their lives while 3 838 homes were destroyed and another 8 514 damaged as a result of heavy rains and flooding affecting the country since the end of July 2021 when the rainy...

August 24, 2021

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Henri continues dumping heavy rain after making landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, U.S.

Tropical Storm "Henri" made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, U.S. at approximately 16:15 UTC (12:15 EDT) on Sunday, August 22, 2021. At the time of landfall, it had maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h (60 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 989 hPa....

August 23, 2021