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August 2019 was another record-setting month for Steamboat geyser, Yellowstone volcano, USA

August 2019 was another record-setting month for Steamboat geyser, which experienced water eruptions on August 12, 20, and 27. The August 27 eruption was the 33rd of 2019, breaking the record for eruptions in a calendar year that was set in 2018, the Yellowstone...

September 04, 2019

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Dorian dumps over 609 mm (24 inches) of rain on Grand Bahama, moving toward USA

Extremely-dangerous Hurricane "Dorian" dumped over 609 mm (24 inches) of rain over parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands and claimed lives of at least 5 people. The current forecast track takes its core north of Grand Bahama Island through this evening...

September 03, 2019

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Mekong River drops to lowest level in 100 years

Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, one of the longest rivers in the world, has dropped to its lowest level in 100 years due to severe drought, sand-mining, and upstream dam developments, causing threats to the food supply and livelihood of nearby inhabitants....

September 03, 2019

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Zambia on the verge of starvation as country struggles from worst drought since 1981

Zambia is prompted to declare a food-insecurity emergency as the country faces the worst drought since 1981. Reports show that parts of the Southern Africa region, particularly huge areas in Southern and Western Zambia received the lowest seasonal rainfall from...

September 02, 2019

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Meteor-dropping fireball over Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at around 04:28 UTC on September 1, 2019 (22:28 local time, August 31). The event lasted for about 5 seconds before the object disintegrated. There is possibility pieces of the...

September 02, 2019

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Detailed analysis of violent explosive eruption of Stromboli volcano on August 28, Italy

A new, violent, high-intensity explosive eruption started at Stromboli volcano at 10:17 UTC on August 28, INGV reports in a detailed analysis of the event. It was a new paroxysmal event that produced an eruption column up to 4 km (13 123 feet) above the summit area....

August 30, 2019

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At least 8 people killed after tornado hits Hainan, China

A deadly tornado swept through Danzhou in China's Hainan Province early Thursday morning (LT), August 29, 2019, killing at least 8 people and seriously injuring 1. According to official reports, the tornado struck Nada town in Danzhou city at around 03:00 BJT....

August 29, 2019

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Asteroid 2019 QH2 flew past Earth at 0.13 LD - fourth closest of the year

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 QH2 flew past Earth at 0.13 LD / 0.00033 AU (49 367 km / 30 675 miles) on August 20, 2019. This is the 37th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the fourth closest after...

August 28, 2019


Another small eruption at Asamayama volcano, Japan

Another small eruption took place at Japan's Asamayama volcano at 10:28 UTC (19:28 LT) on August 25, 2019. The alert level remains unchanged at 2 of 5. The volcano is located about 140 km (87 miles) NW of capital Tokyo. This volcano has had several major plinian...

August 26, 2019

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Rare weather phenomenon amassing in southern hemisphere - Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW)

A rare weather phenomenon for the southern hemisphere - Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) - is amassing in the polar stratosphere. This may lead to unusual or extreme weather in parts of the southern hemisphere (potentially New Zealand) during September and October...

August 22, 2019

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Unprecedented wildfire rips through the island of Gran Canaria, Spain

An unprecedented wildfire is burning on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain’s Canary Islands since August 17, 2019. Although it has now started to subside, it engulfed around 10 000 ha (24 710 acres) of land, leading to the evacuation of over 9 000 people from...

August 21, 2019

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Intense activity at Stromboli volcano, Italy

Intense effusive activity from numerous vents at Stromboli volcano in Italy has resumed again on August 18, 2019, after several days decreased activity. Frequent and often strong strombolian eruptions occur from several active vents in the crater terrace. Lava from...

August 19, 2019

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Very bright fireball over the Mediterranean Sea

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over the Mediterranean Sea at 20:39 UTC on August 16, 2019. ​The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 92 reports from Italy, southern France and Sardinia, Spain and northern Tunis. Fireball over the...

August 18, 2019

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Rare lightning strikes detected near the North Pole

Rare lightning strikes were detected within 480 km (300 miles) of the North Pole on Saturday, August 10, 2019. A number of lightning strikes were recorded between 16:00 and 18:00 AKDT on August 10 (02:00 - 04:00 UTC, August 11) within 480 km (300 miles) of the North...

August 15, 2019


Increased seismicity under Loki-Fögrufjöll volcano (Hamarinn), Iceland

Increased seismic activity is taking place under Iceland's Hamarinn volcano, a part of Bardarbunga volcanic system, also known as Loki-Fögrufjöll. The largest earthquakes over the past 48 hours were two M2.8 registered at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles)...

August 14, 2019

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Major explosions at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

Seven moderate and two major explosions took place at Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano on August 13, 2019. Popocatepetl monitoring network detected 209 exhalations in 24 hours to 16:00 UTC on August 13, accompanied by steam, gas and ash emissions, and 496 minutes...

August 14, 2019


Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

It's that time of year again when you have the chance to comfortably experience the passage of planet Earth through debris trails left over by Comet Swift-Tuttle. Perseids are considered one of the best meteor showers. They occur every year between July 17 and...

August 12, 2019