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Mt. Thorbjorn volcano - Strong earthquake hits near Grindavik, the largest since 2013, Iceland

A strong earthquake registered by the Icelandic Met Office (IMO) as M5.2 hit 4.9 km (3 miles) NE of the city of Grindavik at 10:25 UTC on March 12, 2020. The quake struck at a depth of 6.1 km (3.8 miles) and was felt in large areas of SW-Iceland. More than 400...

March 13, 2020

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Alert raised for Antillanca-Casablanca volcanic complex, last eruption in 230 BCE (VEI 5), Chile

The National Geological and Mining Service of Chile (SERNAGEOMIN) raised the alert level for the Antillanca-Casablanca volcanic complex in the Los Lagos region of Chile to Yellow on March 11, 2020, after a swarm of 73 tremors detected since March 9. The last...

March 12, 2020

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More than 100 000 in Southern Africa still suffering a year after catastrophic tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth

A year after the devastation brought by unusually powerful tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth, over 100 000 survivors are still suffering, particularly in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. On March 14, 2019, Tropical Cyclone "Idai" made landfall in the...

March 10, 2020

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Meteorite reportedly hits ground near a railway station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh

A meteorite has reportedly fallen near a Sahibabad railway station in the city of Ghaziabad, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on March 5, 2020. According to local media reports, the event took place during heavy rains. A loud thunder-like sound was heard before the...

March 07, 2020

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C3S: Europe records warmest winter since 1855 when records began

The 2019/20 winter season in Europe was the continent's warmest winter since records began in 1855, according to the Copernicus Climate Service's bulletin released on March 5, 2020. Last month was also the second warmest February, not only for Europe but...

March 07, 2020

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Seismo-volcanic crisis continues at newly-formed underwater volcano near Mayotte

Nearly 900 earthquakes were detected at the new submarine volcano near Mayotte between February 16 and 29, 2020, according to the latest REVOSIMA report. French geological survey BRGM noted that there were 138 localized tremors with an average of 10 per day during...

March 06, 2020

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Congo government appeals for more and urgent help as severe floods affect 213 000 people

Government authorities of the Republic of Congo have appealed for further prompt help as the number of people afflicted by the heavy flooding since last year climbed to 213 000. Inundations have wreaked havoc across the country, leaving thousands displaced, a number...

March 04, 2020

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Intense lake effect snow wallops Upstate New York, encasing homes in a thick layer of ice

An intense lake effect snow raged across Upstate New York on February 28, 2020, leaving areas along Lake Erie entirely covered in ice-- in some areas up to 4 m (12 feet) thick. Residents described the conditions as surreal, remarking that it was the first time ice...

March 02, 2020

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Night Sky Guide for March 2020

March 2 - Moon at First Quarter - 19:58 UTC. The Moon will be prominent in the evening sky, setting around midnight. At this time in its monthly cycle of phases, it appears almost exactly half illuminated. Over the coming days, the Moon will set later each day,...

March 01, 2020

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Rare, back to back fireballs light up Arizona sky and southwest U.S.

A brilliant fireball streaked across the skies of Arizona at 12:32 UTC (05:32 LT) on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and was also spotted in several southwest U.S. states. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 64 reports about the meteor. In a rare event, another...

February 27, 2020

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Massive sandstorm hits Canary Islands, authorities describe it as the worst in 40 years

A massive sandstorm with winds up to 120 km/h (75 mph) hit the Canary Islands over the weekend and continued into Monday, February 24, 2020. The storm caused severe disruptions and exacerbated wildfires which forced about 2 000 residents to evacuate. The regional...

February 24, 2020

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Rare weather phenomenon 'St. Elmo's Fire' captured by hurricane hunting plane over the North Atlantic

Crew aboard an aircraft used for hunting hurricanes captured a rare, spectacular weather phenomenon called St. Elmo's Fire while flying over the North Atlantic on February 15, 2020. The phenomenon was captured by the NOAA42 Kermit crew as they flew across the...

February 22, 2020

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IMO: Deadly gases measured, stay away from caves in Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) is warning residents and tourists to temporarily stop exploring caves in the Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula due to deadly gasses measured in a cave close to a parking lot. In their warning issued at 10:59 UTC on February...

February 21, 2020

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Satellites detect very rapid deformation of Tungurahua's west flank, possibly leading to a colossal landslide, Ecuador

Ecuadorian Tungurahua volcano, one of South America's most prominent volcanoes, is showing early warning signs of potential flank collapse, a new research paper published in Science Direct suggests. A previous eruption of Tungurahua, around 3 000 years ago,...

February 19, 2020

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Unsettled geomagnetic field due to CH HSS influences

Solar wind parameters in 24 hours ending 12:30 UTC today were indicative of a slightly enhanced and disturbed interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) due to weak coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) influences. Total IMF strength was variable, but steadily increased...

February 18, 2020

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WHO mission gets underway as COVID-19 death toll passes 1 770

Specialists from the World Health Organization (WHO) have started meetings with their Chinese counterparts on dealing with the coronavirus disease-- now officially called COVID-19-- which has so far officially killed 1 776 people. The number of infected with the...

February 17, 2020

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Arctic sea ice sees drastic recovery, reaches largest early February ice extent in 11 years

The arctic sea ice has reached its largest early February ice extent in 11 years, surpassing the average size from 2001 to 2010. The recovery is a result of a strong polar vortex. Sea ice analysis indicated that during this rather mild winter in the middle...

February 15, 2020