Editors' picks - page 5

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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

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Thermal signature at Ol Doinyo Lengai suggests eruption of natrocarbonatite lava, Tanzania

Satellite imagery taken by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite on February 3, 2020, showed a moderate thermal signature at Tanzania's Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, indicating that natrocarbonatite lava erupted a few days ago. This is the only volcano in the world...

February 13, 2020

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Meteorite crashes into Alwar factory compound in Rajasthan, leaves 6 m (20 feet) deep crater, India

A meteorite crashed into a factory compound in Rajasthan's Alwar village, India early Tuesday local time, February 11, 2020, leaving a 6 m (20 feet) deep crater in the compound. The event was captured on videos, showing the sky lit up as the meteor pummels into...

February 12, 2020

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Coronavirus death toll exceeds 1 000 as public backlash against government grows

On Monday, February 10, China recorded the highest daily death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV), adding to overall 1 018 fatalities as of Tuesday, February 11, 2020. A group of professionals from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in...

February 11, 2020

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Authorities plan emergency and safety measures as seismic activity continues at new underwater volcano near Mayotte

Mahoran authorities have started planning emergency and safety measures in case of dangerous seismic or volcanic activity near Mayotte due to a newly-discovered underwater volcano, which has been showing continuous activity since 2018. The seismic swarm found about...

February 11, 2020

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ESA's Solar Orbiter starts its 5-year mission to provide unprecedented close-up observations of the Sun

20 years after inception, 6 years of construction and more than a year of testing, ESA's new Sun-exploring spacecraft was successfully launched by the US Atlas V 411 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 04:04 UTC on...

February 10, 2020

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Strong cold wave grips South Korea after warmest January on record

The strongest cold snap of the season has gripped South Korea this week, following their warmest January on record. On February 6, 2020, the capital city of Seoul recorded -11 °C (12.2 °F). The temperature was registered at 06:34 LT (February 5 at 21:34...

February 07, 2020

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Avalanches in eastern Turkey claim at least 41 lives, many of them first responders working under blizzard conditions

At least 41 people (up from previously reported 38) have been killed in two avalanches that hit eastern Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 4 and 5, 2020. Many of them were first responders who were searching for the survivors of the first incident, in which a...

February 05, 2020

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Indian Ocean Dipole reaches zero, tropical Pacific Ocean remains ENSO neutral

The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) has reached zero for the first time since May 2019, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) report on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Surface waters in the tropics close to and west of the Date Line are warmer than average, potentially...

February 04, 2020

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Locust outbreak approaches full blown crisis in East Africa

East Africa is reeling from the worst invasion of locusts as the outbreak is nearing a full-blown crisis, sparking alarm among international officials. In attempts to take measures, Somalia has declared a national emergency; Kenya deployed planes spraying...

February 04, 2020

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Kuchinoerabujima erupts, generating long pyroclastic flows and ejecting ash up to 7 000 m (23 000 feet) a.s.l., Japan

Kuchinoerabujima volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan erupted early Monday, February 3, 2020, ejecting volcanic ash up to 7 000 m (23 000 feet) above sea level. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), pyroclastic flows -- the first since January 29,...

February 03, 2020

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Devastating floods in Madagascar seen from space

International Space Station (ISS) and NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat-8 captured the devastating flood that spread in Madagascar in January 2020, which killed 31, displaced 16 000 people, affected 107 000 individuals, and prompted the government...

January 31, 2020

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Kenya suffers worst locust invasion in 70 years, FAO warns infestation may worsen

After having ravaged crops across Ethiopia and Somalia, swarms of locust reached Kenya in their worst infestation in 70 years. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, that the invasions may worsen if the aerial and ground...

January 30, 2020

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New fault system off Gisborne sheds light on East Coast tsunami and earthquake risks, New Zealand

A newly-found complex fault system north of Gisborne, New Zealand, may shed new light on the threats of earthquakes and tsunami in the region, according to a study led by GNS Science. Dr. Nicola Litchfield, the lead author, suggests that distinctive marine terraces...

January 30, 2020

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Unusually rapid inflation detected beneath Mt. Thorbjorn, Aviation Color Code raised to Yellow, Iceland

According to the Icelandic Met Office (IMO), unusually rapid inflation has been detected at Mt. Thorbjorn on the Reykjanes Peninsula over the past few days, indicating a possible magma accumulation. In addition, an earthquake swarm has been ongoing during the same...

January 27, 2020

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At least 39 killed and 1 607 injured after M6.8 earthquake hits eastern Turkey

At least 35 people have been killed and 1 547 injured after a shallow M6.8 earthquake hit near the town of Sivrice in eastern Turkey's Elazig province at 17:55 UTC (20:55 local time) on Friday, January 24, 2020. According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency...

January 25, 2020

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Bright fireball explodes over Cyprus

A brilliant fireball was spotted across the island of Cyprus on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at around 20:00 UTC (22:00 LT). The American Meteor Society (AMS) said they received around 144 eyewitness reports. The fireball was seen over Ammochostos, Beirut Governorate,...

January 22, 2020