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Etna enters August with a violent paroxysmal eruptive episode

Etna entered August 2021 with continued growth at its Southeast Crater and impressive paroxysmal eruptive episode, the first since July 20. Strombolian activity at the crater gradually intensified into lava fountaining by 21:22 UTC on July 31. The episode lasted...

August 01, 2021

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Wildfires destroy entire villages, death toll rises to 4, Turkey

Wildfires that started in southern Turkey on Wednesday and Thursday, July 28 and 29, 2021, have devastated entire villages, claimed at least 4 lives, and forced the evacuation of hotels and dozens of villages. More than 70 wildfires broke out on Turkey's Aegean...

July 31, 2021

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Frigid polar air brings very rare snowfall, icy rains to southern Brazil

A fierce cold snap brought rare snow, icy rain, and strong winds to parts of southern Brazil on July 29 and 30, 2021. The event comes after several waves of destructive frost since mid-June. According to weather specialists at Somar Meteorologia, at least 40 cities...

July 30, 2021

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Massive M8.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Alaska, tsunami warnings issued

A massive shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M8.2 hit near the coast of Alaska at 06:15 UTC on July 29, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 32.2 km (20 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M8.2 at depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). This is the strongest...

July 29, 2021

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Strong eruption at Sinabung volcano, ash to 7 km (23 000 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia

A strong eruption started at the Indonesian Sinabung volcano, North Sumatra at 06:20 UTC on July 28, 2021 (13:20 local time). The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. According to Sinabung Volcano Observatory, the eruption lasted for about 12 minutes. Two volcanic...

July 28, 2021

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Tropical Storm "Nepartak" approaching Japan, landfall expected close to Sendai, Tohoku Region

Tropical Storm "Nepartak" -- the 8th named storm of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season -- is heading toward the eastern coast of Honshu, Japan. Landfall is expected in an area close to Sendai City, Tohoku Region around midnight UTC on July 28, 2021, with...

July 27, 2021

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Thousands of animals perish, 1 500 people evacuate as massive wildfires ravage Sardinia, Italy

1 500 people have been forced to evacuate parts of south-western Sardinia, Italy after devastating wildfires fueled by strong and hot winds rapidly spread through parts of the island over the weekend, July 24 and 25, 2021. Regional governor described the wildfires...

July 27, 2021

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Typhoon "In-Fa" makes landfall in Zhejiang, forces 1.5 million people to evacuate, China

Typhoon "In-Fa" made landfall in the Putuo District of the city of Zhoushan, China's eastern province of Zhejiang at 04:30 UTC on July 25, 2021. At the time of landfall, In-Fa had a maximum wind speed of 137 km/h (85 mph), according to China...

July 26, 2021

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Typhoon "In-Fa" moving over Okinawa, landfall expected south of Shanghai, China

Typhoon "In-Fa" -- the 7th named storm of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season -- is slowly moving over Okinawa, southern Japan on July 23, 2021. After passing over Okinawa, In-Fa is expected to move north of Taiwan before making landfall south of Shanghai,...

July 23, 2021

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Widespread floods hit central India, roads cut off as rivers overflow in Maharashtra

Heavy rains affecting central India since Wednesday, July 21, 2021, caused rivers to overflow in parts of Maharashtra, causing severe flooding. Severe flooding are also affecting neighboring Telangana, where more than 1 000 people have been evacuated. One of the...

July 22, 2021

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Historic crop loss as severe frosts hit Brazil

Farmers across Brazil are reporting widespread crop loss due to severe frosts affecting the country over the past 3 weeks. After several destructive cold waves, another blast is expected over the weekend, July 24 and 25, followed by yet another at the end of the...

July 21, 2021

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Catastrophic floods caused by extremely heavy rains claim lives of at least 63 people in Henan, China

At least 63 people have been killed after heavy rains affecting China's central province of Henan since July 16 intensified on July 20, 2021. Zhengzhou meteorologists said the level of rains the capital received in 3 days was 'once in a thousand...

July 21, 2021

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Typhoon "Cempaka" to make U-turn after landfall over China's Guangdong Province

Typhoon "Cempaka" -- the 7th named storm of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season -- is slowly approaching China's Guangdong Province where it's expected to make landfall on July 20, 2021. At 06:00 UTC on July 20, the center of Cempaka was located about...

July 20, 2021

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Marlborough hit by its largest-ever recorded flood, New Zealand

New Zealand's Marlborough, the country's largest wine-growing region, was hit by its worst flood on record on July 17, 2021. Marlborough District Council deputy mayor Nadine Taylor said in a statement that 900 people from 500 properties across Marlborough...

July 18, 2021

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Catastrophic floods claim lives of more than 150 people, leave more than 1 000 missing, Europe

More than 150 people across Europe have been killed and more than 600 injured after record-breaking rains caused catastrophic flooding on July 14 and 15, 2021. German authorities said more than 1 000 people are still unaccounted for. The worst affected were Germany...

July 17, 2021

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Extreme rainfall causes catastrophic flooding in western Germany

At least 18 people have died and many more are still missing after exceptionally heavy rain caused massive flooding in western Germany on July 14 and 15, 2021. Numerous rivers across the region are still above flood stage or at exceptionally high levels and several...

July 15, 2021

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Extreme flooding hits multiple provinces of China, capital Beijing brought to standstill

Prolonged heavy rainfall affecting parts of China over the past couple of days caused extreme flooding in several provinces, including Sichuan, Hebei, Shaanxi, Henan, and Shandong. Severe thunderstorms also affected the capital Beijing, bringing the entire city to a...

July 14, 2021