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nlc over scotlant may 31 2018

Northern hemisphere's 2018 noctilucent clouds season begins

NASA's AIM spacecraft has spotted first Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) of the 2018 northern hemisphere NLC season at the end of May. And just as they spotted them forming, people on the ground started seeing them, too. "They are back!" Ruslan Merzlyakov...

June 02, 2018

10 km long crack emerges in kenya

10-km-long earth crack opens on Elgeyo escarpment, Kenya

A 10-km-long (6.2 miles) earth crack has emerged on the slopes of Elgeyo escarpment in western Kenya last week, following heavy rain in the region. There are more than 10 000 households living on the escarpment, a part of the western wall of the Great Rift Valley....

May 31, 2018

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Unprecedented hailstorm hits French winemakers, causing widespread destruction

A 'hailstorm of unprecedented violence' hit winemakers in famed Bordeaux and Cognac areas of western France on May 26, 2018. Although the material damage is huge, there are no reports of casualties or injuries. The storm hit the region around 12:00 local...

May 28, 2018

toxic salt storm hits uzbekistan turkmenistan may 27 2018

Toxic salt storm engulfs parts of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

A toxic salt storm from the Aral Sea hit western parts of Uzbekistan and northern Turkmenistan on Sunday, May 27, 2018, following a warm weather and rain. The dust covered the whole city of Nukus, forcing residents to use masks as the storm made it difficult to...

May 28, 2018

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Violent electrical storm hits UK, producing more than 60 000 lightning strikes in a day

A violent electrical storm swept over the UK on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, 2018, producing up to 60 000 lightning strikes in 24 hours. Meteorologists said temperatures on Saturday reached 27 °C (80.6 °F) before violent thunderstorm struck around...

May 28, 2018

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Florida declares state of emergency, Subtropical Storm "Alberto" dropping heavy rain

Florida has declared a state of emergency for all its 67 counties as the state continues to monitor and prepare for Subtropical Storm "Alberto." The cyclone has since formed a new eye and is now located over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Bands of heavy...

May 26, 2018

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Over 300 homes destroyed after big cracks appear in Uganda

Over 300 homes have been destroyed after several big cracks opened in Uganda's Namisinfwa district over the past couple of days. According to NTV Uganda, the cracks developed in Bupoto Sub County and Namisindwa town following heavy rain in the region. They go...

May 24, 2018

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Asteroid 2018 KW1 to flyby Earth at 0.39 LD on May 23

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 KW1 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.39 LD or 0.00100 AU (~ 149 597 km / 92 955 miles) on May 23, 2018. This is the second known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since May 15 and 33rd this year. KW1...

May 22, 2018

gatumba burundi flood may 2018

Two rivers overflow, leaving over 2 100 homes and 12 900 people affected in Gatumba, Burundi

Heavy rainfall that hit parts of Burundi on May 4, 2018 led to significant flooding in Gatumba, approximately 12 km (7 miles) from the city of Bujumbura. A joint assessment conducted on May 9 by Burundi Red Cross Society, the government of Burundi, OCHA, WFP,...

May 20, 2018

may 9 2018 southern hemisphere wave record

Southern hemisphere produced its largest wave on record

A massive 23.8 m (78 feet) high wave has been measured near Campbell Island, New Zealand on May 9, 2018, making it the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. A new ocean buoy, installed March 2, 2018 and located about 640 km (400 miles) south of New...

May 15, 2018

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Kilauea volcano update: 18 fissures so far, state of emergency declared

Three new fissures have opened up in Kilauea's ongoing East Rift eruption, bringing the total number of eruptive to 18 so far. Spattering is noted, forcing some local residents to evacuate, and the USGS warns that more activity is likely along the rift. This...

May 13, 2018

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Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of Congo, 17 deaths confirmed

At least 17 people have died in the north-west part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where health officials have confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry has said. The declaration of outbreak came after laboratory results confirmed two cases of the...

May 09, 2018

featuerd swiss alps avalanche

Swiss winter of 2017-2018 broke records

Swiss winter of 2017-18 brought an exceptional amount of snow – but only in the mountains. Following three years with little snow, record snowfall, avalanches, and severe storms were all part of the picture from December 2017 to the end of April 2018. In the...

May 07, 2018

major crack lava leilani estates hawaii may 4 2018

Eruption at Leilani Estates in lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

An eruption has begun in the Leilani Estates subdivision in the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano shortly before 03:00 UTC on May 4, 2018. Lava was confirmed at the surface in the eastern end of the subdivision. Hawaii County Civil Defense is on the scene and...

May 04, 2018

belet weyne hiraan somalia flood april 2018

Catastrophic floods hit Somalia, some of the worst the region has ever seen

Long-term rainfall has caused catastrophic flood situation across Somalia, described as some of the worst the region has ever seen. Flash and river floods have now affected 630 000 people and displaced almost 214 800. This region was ravaged by drought and...

May 03, 2018

sinlkhole rotorua new zealand april 30 2018

Massive sinkhole opens in New Zealand after record-breaking rain

A massive sinkhole has opened up in Rotorua, New Zealand's North Island following a record-breaking rainfall on Sunday, April 30, 2018. The sinkhole is 200 m (656 feet) long, 30 m (98 feet) wide and 20 m (65 feet) deep. The hole is growing and is now threatening...

May 02, 2018

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Severe storm hits Buenos Aires, leaves two dead and 100 000 homes without power, Argentina

A severe storm with winds blowing over 130 km/h (81 mph), hail, lightning and an average rainfall of 120 mm (4.72 inches) hit Buenos Aires on April 29, 2018, causing heavy flooding and damage. In the county of Tres de Febrero, one of the areas worst hit by the...

April 30, 2018