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Sheveluch erupts sending ash 11 km (36 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

Russia's Sheveluch, one of the biggest volcanic structures in Kamchatka, erupted at 21:50 UTC on December 9, 2016, sending ash up to 11 km (36 000 feet) above sea level. The aviation color code was briefly raised to Red. According to KVERT VONA released 23:55...

December 10, 2016

Intense lake-snow effect to continue downwind the Great Lakes

The lake-effect snow, affecting regions downwind the Great Lakes since December 8, 2016, is expected to continue into the weekend. A deadly pile up caused three deaths and several injuries in Central Michigan, so far. 40 vehicles were involved in a crash, caused by...

December 09, 2016

Damage assessment after M7.8 earthquake in Solomon Islands

A powerful earthquake measuring M7.8 hit just off the coast of Makira island (San Cristobal), Solomon Islands at 17:38 UTC on December 8, 2016, causing damage and triggering a small tsunami. There are reports of collapsed buildings and landslides it the most...

December 09, 2016

Massive M7.8 earthquake hits Solomon Islands, tsunami waves forecast

A powerful earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.8 hit near the coast of Solomon Islands at 17:38 UTC (04:38 local time) on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 41 km (25.4 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M8.1 at a depth of 35 km (21.7...

December 08, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits off the coast of Northern California

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit off the coast of Northern California at 14:49 UTC on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 148.5 km (92.3 miles) W of Capetown (population...

December 08, 2016

Large seismic swarm at Cayambe volcano, Ecuador

Ecuador's Institute of Geophysics (IGEPN) has reported increased seismicity at the Cayambe volcano, Ecuador. The heightened activity may indicate the volcano will become increasingly active over the coming weeks or months. Last moderate eruption from the...

December 07, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Sumatra, 97 dead

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit northern Sumatra, Indonesia at 22:03 UTC on December 6, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 8.2 km (5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). According...

December 06, 2016

Meteor explodes over Siberia, turns night into day

A very bright meteor exploded above the Republic of Khakassia, Siberia, Russia at 11:35 UTC (18:35 local time) on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, briefly turning night into day. The event was seen for about three to four seconds and was followed by a sonic boom....

December 06, 2016

Worst flooding in 30 years hits southern Spain

Unprecedented amounts of rain have caused severe flash flooding in parts of southern Spain over the weekend, culminating on Sunday, December 4, 2016. At least two people have been killed. Meteorologists say a massive 200 liters of water per cubic meter fell in just...

December 05, 2016

Supercell thunderstorms hit Queensland, 37 000 without power

Another severe storm pounded Queensland on December 3, 2016, producing large hail and major damage. Tens of thousands of homes reported power loss while numerous flights have been delayed. A system of supercells hit Brisbane on the afternoon of December 3 (local...

December 03, 2016

150 landslide dams, up to 100 000 landslides after Kaikoura earthquake

New Zealand's GeoNet said today they have identified 150 landslide dams after M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake and an estimated 80 000 to 100 000 landslides triggered by the main event and its aftershocks. "With the M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake, landslides and land...

December 02, 2016

Destructive tornado hits Palos de la Frontera, Spain

A destructive tornado swept through the Spanish town of Palos de la Frontera during the afternoon hours of December 1, 2016. The tornado caused substantial damage, but there were no reports of injuries. According to media reports, the tornado formed around 17:45...

December 01, 2016

Severe floods and landslides ravage the Eastern Caribbean

A slow-moving low pressure field brought heavy rainfall to the islands in the Eastern Caribbean since November 28, 2016. The rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected regions. St Vincent and the Grenadines have suffered the worst severe...

December 01, 2016

Above-normal 2016 hurricane seasons

The Atlantic, eastern Pacific and central Pacific 2016 hurricane season have officially ended on November 30, and NOAA scientists said all three regions saw above-normal seasons. For the Atlantic, this was the first above-normal season since 2012 with 15 named...

December 01, 2016

Severe weather outbreak kills five in the US South

An intense system of storms battered the US South on November 29 and 30, 2016. Numerous tornadoes were observed across the affected regions, five people were reported dead and numerous others injured. A tornado was reported in Rosalie, northeast Alabama. According...

November 30, 2016

Saudi Arabia deserts covered in snow, followed by deadly floods

The deserts of Saudi Arabia were covered in snow at the end of November 2016, bringing joy to surprised Saudis who marked the occasion building snowmen. However, the weather soon turned very serious, and deadly. The first snowfall in northern parts of the country...

November 30, 2016

Another hydrothermal eruption in Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

Another hydrothermal eruption occurred in New Zealand's Lake Rotorua on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, following the first one on Monday, November 28. This eruption was, however, caught on camera. Today's eruption also occurred in the village of Ohinemutu. It...

November 30, 2016