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A new round of severe weather to hit flood-affected southeastern Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it is monitoring a complex weather system that has the potential to bring more rain, thunderstorms, winds and damaging waves to southeastern Australia starting Wednesday, September 28, 2016. BOM's National...

September 26, 2016

Typhoon "Megi" to hit Taiwan and southeast China

Tropical Depression 20W formed on September 23, 2016, and strengthened into Typhoon "Megi" around 12:00 UTC on September 24. Megi is expected to make two landfalls over the next couple of days. The first over Taiwan around 06:00 UTC on September 27 and the...

September 25, 2016

Very strong and deep M6.9 earthquake hits between Fiji and Tonga

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit between Fiji and Tonga at 21:28 UTC on September 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 596.3 km (370.5 miles). The quake was preceded by M6.4 at 21:07 UTC at a depth of 183.4 km (114...

September 24, 2016

Maharashtra gets 529 mm (20.8 inches) of rain, shatters 58-year record

The city of Dahanu in Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, received a record-breaking rain on September 21, 2016, shattering city's 58-year record by a long way. In a 24-hour period ending 08:00 local time on Wednesday, September 21, Dahanu received...

September 23, 2016

Major fire event in Peruvian Amazon threatens natives and wildlife

A major fire event is threatening natives and wildlife in the central Amazon region of Peru. According to the National Civil Defense Institute, the fire broke out on September 10 in an indigenous community called Pitsiquia, in the heart of Peruvian Amazon, and is...

September 22, 2016

Deadly floods and landslides hit West Java overnight, Indonesia

Massive floods and landslides caused by several days of heavy rain have claimed lives of at least 19 people in Indonesia's province of West Java on September 20, 2016. Nine people are still missing in its Garut and Sumedang districts, said National Disaster...

September 21, 2016

Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" hits Kyushu with record-breaking rain, heading toward Tokyo

Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" has made landfall over Kyushu, Japan on September 19, 2016, dumping record-breaking rain and causing widespread disruption. Heavy flooding was reported and dozens of flights were canceled. Around 7 000 homes have already suffered...

September 20, 2016

Powerful storm rips through Shuswap, Canada

A major and unexpected thunderstorm swept through Shuswap in British Columbia, Canada on September 17, 2016. The storm uprooted trees, knocked down power lines, blocked roads and damaged numerous homes. Some of the houses were completely destroyed. The storm arrived...

September 19, 2016

Very dangerous Typhoon "Malakas" to hit Kyushu, bring flooding rain to mainland Japan

After passing just north of Taiwan, bringing widespread disruption and forcing thousands to evacuate, Typhoon "Malakas" is now approaching Kyushu, Japan as a Category 3 hurricane equivalent. Malakas is expected to make its first landfall over Kagoshima...

September 19, 2016

Relief operations reach Batanes after Super Typhoon "Meranti"

Four days after Super Typhoon "Meranti" passed right over the Philippines Batanes Group of Islands relief operations have finally arrived. The full extent of the damage is still unknown, but there were no casualties reported. The National Disaster Risk...

September 17, 2016

2016 Arctic sea ice minimum the second-lowest on record

The Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its seasonal minimum for 2016 on September 10, the NSIDC said yesterday in a preliminary announcement. A relatively rapid loss of sea ice in the first ten days of September has pushed the ice extent to a statistical tie...

September 16, 2016

Meranti: The strongest tropical cyclone of the year slams Philippines, Taiwan and China

After the eye of Super Typhoon "Meranti" passed right over the Philippines island of Itbayat in the Luzon Strait, Meranti lashed Taiwan with powerful winds and heavy rain, killing 1 person and injuring more than 40. It then continued west and made its...

September 15, 2016

Wettest September 3-day stretch for parts of Victoria in over 100 years, Australia

Continuous heavy rainfall in southeast Australia over the last couple of days is causing widespread disruption. Severe thunderstorms first rolled through South Australia and Victoria on September 8 and 9, producing heaviest rain in six years, and continued this...

September 14, 2016

Popocatépetl spews volcanic ash to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

Volcanic ash produced by the eruption of Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano has reached an altitude of 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l. around 03:30 UTC on September 14, 2016, the Washington VAAC reported. Volcanic ash is not observable in satellite imagery due to...

September 14, 2016

Slow-moving Tropical Storm "Julia" forms along Florida's northeast coast

Tropical Storm "Julia" has formed along Florida's northeast coast around 03:00 UTC on September 14, 2016. Julia is a slow-moving storm expected to produce heavy rainfall over the southeastern US this week. At 06:00 UTC on September 14 (02:00 EDT), the...

September 14, 2016

Eye of Super Typhoon "Meranti" approaching southern Taiwan

​Super Typhoon "Meranti" is now approaching Taiwan with maximum sustained winds of 296 km/h (184 mph) and gusts to 352 km/h (218 mph). Meranti is a very dangerous storm and a heavy rain maker expected to pass with its eye just south of the southern tip...

September 13, 2016

Study links big earthquakes to Earth-Moon-Sun alignments

In a new study published in Nature Geoscience yesterday, Japanese researchers have found that many of the largest earthquakes occurred near the time of maximum tidal strain — or during new and full moons when the Sun, Moon and Earth align. The possibility...

September 13, 2016