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Increased volcanic activity at Yasur volcano, Vanuatu

Volcanic activity at Yasur volcano, Vanuatu continues at the major unrest state with ongoing volcanic gases and ashes emissions and an increase in activity recorded on December 18, 2021. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2. The latest data analysis indicates...

December 19, 2021

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Massive dust storm sweeps through Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, U.S.

Strong winds caused by a powerful storm moving through the Plains, produced a massive dust storm in eastern Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska on December 15, 2021. Strong wind gusts in excess of 160 km/h (100 mph) closed roads and knocked out power to more than 200 000...

December 16, 2021

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More than 835 000 people affected by floods in South Sudan

Widespread flooding affecting South Sudan since May has continued to impact people and their livelihoods this month, with more than 835 000 people reported as affected by flooding in 33 of 78 counties, as of December 8, 2021. Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Niles remain...

December 15, 2021

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Heavy snowfall wreaks havoc in Serbia, leaving tens of thousands without power

Heavy snowfall hit much of Serbia on December 12, 2021, causing traffic chaos, leaving communities cut off and some 90 000 customers without power. Much of western Serbia was left without electricity after heavy snowfall hit the country on December 12. Authorities...

December 14, 2021

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Heavy snow hits Austria, snow levels at almost ten-year high

Exceptional early-December snowfall was reported across the Alps this week, with parts of eastern Austria receiving the heaviest snowfall in 9 years. In Burgenland, up to 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow fell overnight on Wednesday, and power outages are impacting...

December 11, 2021

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Grímsvötn volcano Aviation Color Code raised to Orange, Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) has raised to Aviation Color Code for Grímsvötn volcano from Yellow to Orange on December 6, one day after the glacial flood from Grímsvötn reached its peak discharge. By definition, the Aviation Color Code is...

December 07, 2021

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At least 39 killed, 12 missing and 57 injured after massive eruption at Semeru volcano, Indonesia

At least 39 people have been killed, 12 are missing and 57 others have been injured after powerful eruption of Semeru volcano in the Indonesian province of East Java on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Nearly 3 000 houses and 38 schools were damaged. Saturday's...

December 05, 2021

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At least 18 dead or missing after severe floods hit Vietnam

At least 18 people have died or are missing after heavy rains affecting Vietnam since November 26, 2021, caused severe floods and damage. The death toll was confirmed by Vietnam Disaster Management Agency (VDMA) on December 1. The worst affected was Phu Yen with 10...

December 02, 2021

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Wettest spring since 2010 and the wettest November since records began in 1900, Australia

Australia has experienced its wettest spring since 2010 and the wettest November since records began in 1900, according to data provided by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) on December 1, 2021. Spring rainfall was above to very much above average for most...

December 01, 2021

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Submarine eruption at Iliwerung volcano, Indonesia

A new submarine eruption started at Iliwerung volcano, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia at 13:52 UTC (21:52 WITA) on November 28, 2021, and lasted about 1 hour. As a result, the Alert Level was raised from 1 (Normal) to 2 (Alert) at 02:00 UTC on November 29. The...

November 29, 2021

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Severe flood hits Malta during one of the country's worst storms ever

A powerful storm hit Malta on November 25, 2021, dumping a month's worth of rain in just several hours and causing severe floods. The country's Civil Protection Department described it as 'one of the worst storms in a very long time.' A severe...

November 26, 2021

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Historic hailstorm hits Alicante, Spain

A massive hailstorm hit the Spanish city of Alicante, Valencia on the morning of November 23, 2021. The hailstorm was preceded by large amounts of rain in a very short period. According to AEMET, a weather station in Alicante registered 46 mm (1.8 inches) of rain in...

November 24, 2021

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State of crisis and regional emergency declared for the island of Vulcano, Italy

The Sicilian government has declared a state of crisis and regional emergency for the island of Vulcano. The decision was made on November 19, 2021, due to increased volcanic activity at the volcano. The declaration will allow activation of all the necessary...

November 21, 2021

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Partial lunar eclipse of November 19, 2021 - the longest since 1440 and until 2669

A partial lunar eclipse, visible from the Americas, northern Europe, eastern Asia, Australia and the Pacific, will take place on Friday, November 19, 2021. The eclipse is followed by a total solar eclipse on December 4, 2021. The partial eclipse phase will last 3...

November 15, 2021

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New lava delta forming at La Palma, over 2 600 homes destroyed since the start of eruption, Canary Islands

New lava flows produced by the eruption at Cumbre Vieja, La Palma, Canary Islands reached the ocean near Los Guirres at 18:00 UTC on November 9, 2021, forming a new lava delta. As of 07:14 UTC on November 9, lava flows were extending across 999.6 ha (2 470 acres),...

November 10, 2021

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Extremely rare November tornado hits Vancouver, Canada

An extremely rare November tornado hit the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at 17:10 PDT on November 6, 2021 (01:10 UTC, November 7). The event started as a waterspout over the Strait of Georgia which then came ashore and caused minor damage at the...

November 09, 2021

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Extremely bright fireball over southern Croatia

An extremely bright fireball was observed over southern Croatia at 00:05 UTC on November 8, 2021. According to Denis Vida, a meteor physics postdoctoral researcher at Western University, the fireball was brighter than -15M. It ended at the height of 35 km (21 miles)...

November 09, 2021