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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

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Intense cold front affecting South Africa, warnings for disruptive snowfall and severe thunderstorms

An intense cold front associated with a steep upper-air trough is affecting parts of South Africa since Thursday, August 26, 2021. The front is spreading eastwards, bringing heavy rains, disruptive snow, and cold temperatures. A change in weather conditions is...

August 28, 2021

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Moderately strong M4.7 solar flare erupts from geoeffective AR 2860

A moderately strong solar flare measuring M4.7 at its peak erupted from geoeffective Active Region 2860 at 06:15 UTC on August 28, 2021. The event started at 05:39 and ended at 06:23 UTC. The flare event follows increased solar activity with numerous c-class flares...

August 28, 2021

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: August 18 - 24, 2021

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes from August 18 to 24, 2021. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 20 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fukutoku-Oka-no-Ba, Volcano Islands (Japan) | Kilauea,...

August 27, 2021

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43 fatalities, at least 3 800 homes destroyed as heavy rains and floods hit Sudan

Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defense is reporting at least 43 people lost their lives while 3 838 homes were destroyed and another 8 514 damaged as a result of heavy rains and flooding affecting the country since the end of July 2021 when the rainy...

August 24, 2021

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Henri continues dumping heavy rain after making landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, U.S.

Tropical Storm "Henri" made landfall near Westerly, Rhode Island, U.S. at approximately 16:15 UTC (12:15 EDT) on Sunday, August 22, 2021. At the time of landfall, it had maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h (60 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 989 hPa....

August 23, 2021

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: August 11 - 17, 2021

New activity/unrest was reported for 10 volcanoes from August 11 to 17, 2021. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 7 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Atka, Andreanof Islands (USA) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fukutoku-Oka-no-Ba,...

August 19, 2021

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Lake Mead hits record low, triggering its first-ever shortage declaration, U.S.

Water levels at Lake Mead have fallen to record lows this summer, prompting officials to declare the reservoir's first-ever water shortage on August 16, 2021. Lake Mead is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River formed in the 1930s from damming the river at...

August 18, 2021

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New island discovered after major submarine eruption at Fukutoku-Oka-no-Ba, Japan

A new island has been discovered some 50 km (31 miles) south of Iwo Jima, Ogasawara Islands, Japan just three days after a major submarine eruption at Fukutoku-Oka-no-Ba volcano. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) the new island is approximately 1 km...

August 16, 2021

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Complex earthquake: USGS says M7.5 in South Sandwich Islands was foreshock of M8.1

Seismic observations suggest that M7.5 earthquake1 that struck South Sandwich Islands at 18:32 UTC on August 12 is a part of a complex seismic sequence. "Our current interpretation is that this earthquake is a foreshock to a M8.1 that occurred about 170 seconds...

August 15, 2021

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Italy battles hundreds of wildfires, death toll rises to 5

More than 500 wildfires are burning across Italy on Thursday, August 13, 2021, prompting large-scale firefighting operations. Three more fatalities were confirmed on August 12 -- two in Calabria and one in Sicily, bringing the death toll since last week to 5....

August 13, 2021

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Increased seismicity at Atka volcanic complex, alerts raised, Alaska

Due to increased seismicity detected southwest of Korovin volcano, Atka volcanic complex, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has raised the Aviation Color Code for the volcano to Yellow and Alert Level to Advisory on August 11, 2021. Numerous small earthquakes...

August 12, 2021

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Rare 'recurrent nova' visible to unaided eye in the constellation Ophiuchus

A rare 'recurrent nova' event is visible to the unaided eye in the constellation of Ophiuchus this week. RS Ophiuchi (RS Oph) is a recurrent nova system, located about 5 000 light-years away from Earth, with a recurrence rate of about 15 - 20 years. Its...

August 10, 2021

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Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 12 under excellent viewing conditions

Our planet is entering a stream of debris from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle -- the source of Perseid meteor shower, active each year from July 17 to August 24. This will be your best chance to experience the shower until 2024. The shower is expected to reach peak...

August 06, 2021

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Dixie Fire enters Greenville, leveling businesses and homes, California

A huge wildfire raging in northern California entered the small community of Greenville on August 4, 2021, leveling down homes and businesses. The fire has leveled much of the downtown and some surrounding homes, AP reports. Their photographer described seeing a gas...

August 05, 2021

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Wildfires reach outskirts of Athens, seriously damage or destroy more than 100 homes, Greece

Severe heatwave affecting Greece and neighboring countries over the past 7 days sparked numerous wildfires, including near capital Athens where more than 500 people were forced to evacuate on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. More than 500 firefighters battled the flames on...

August 04, 2021