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asteroid 2021 sp

Asteroid 2021 SP flew past Earth at just 0.03 LD - closest flyby in 2021, 10th closest on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2021 SP flew past Earth at a distance of 0.03 LD or 0.0000943 AU (14 107 km / 8 765 miles) from the center of our planet or about 7 700 km (4 780 miles) from the surface on September 17, 2021. This is now the closest asteroid...

September 23, 2021

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More than 320 buildings destroyed by lava at La Palma, Canary Islands

Lava flows continue slowly advancing toward the coast on September 23, 2021, after another night of intense lava fountains at Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. The height of the volcanic plume is estimated at 4.2 km (13 800 feet) above the volcano....

September 23, 2021

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Volcanic activity at La Palma more explosive with large amount of ash in the atmosphere, Canary Islands

A strong increase in the amplitude of volcanic tremor was observed at Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands around 12:00 UTC on September 21, indicating the intensity of strombolian activity is increasing. The activity further intensified on September 22...

September 22, 2021

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Spectacular lava fountains at Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands

Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma island, Canary Islands finally erupted on September 19, 2021, after 8 days of intense seismicity. This is the first eruption at the volcano since 1971. Seismicity further increased during the UTC morning on September 19, leading to...

September 20, 2021

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Ash emissions at Semisopochnoi increase, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Alaska

Ash emissions from the ongoing eruption at Semisopochnoi volcano, Alaska have increased in frequency and intensity, prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red at 05:58 UTC on September 20, 2021. Satellite images show an...

September 20, 2021

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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

asteroid 2021 rg6

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

asteroid 2021 rs2

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

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