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Sonic boom reported as daylight fireball explodes over Washington state, U.S.

A fireball exploded over Washington state, U.S. at around 01:57 UTC on May 7, 2020 (18:57 PDT, May 6), with a dozen eyewitness reports submitted to the American Meteor Society (AMS).​ A loud and deep boom was reported during the event, which startled many people...

May 09, 2020

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Powerful outburst from Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN)

Astronomers monitoring Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) spotted a powerful outburst from the comet on May 5. Such outbursts usually indicate a fragmentation, but scientists are hopeful that this could just be a volatile comet. The comet is approaching Earth and the Sun-- its...

May 08, 2020

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Water restrictions announced in Auckland amid worsening drought in North Island, New Zealand

The severe drought in North Island, New Zealand-- the worst in 50 years in some areas-- has prompted the Auckland Council's Emergency Committee to introduce mandatory water restrictions, which will be effective across the region beginning May 16, 2020. This...

May 07, 2020

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Violent storm hits Western Australia, leaving tens of thousands without power

A severe storm packing strong winds up to 128 km/h (80 mph) lashed Western Australia on May 5, 2020, toppling trees and power grids which left some 55 000 homes without electricity. As of May 6, about 25 500 homes are still impacted by the season's first storm,...

May 07, 2020

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Intense Arctic outbreak expected over much of Ontario, Canada and parts of eastern U.S. -- record cold, rare May snow expected

Intense Arctic air outbreak is expected over much of Ontario, Canada, and the eastern parts of the United States-- possibly bringing record cold temperatures in some areas late this week into the next. The cold outbreak may also allow for some rare May snow in parts...

May 06, 2020

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Understanding how natural hazards impact our upper atmosphere and cause variations in the space environment

A new study shows that natural hazards on Earth, specifically earthquakes and tsunamis, can create much more disturbances in the ionosphere than previously assumed. The researchers studied the catastrophic 2011 M9.0 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and found...

May 06, 2020

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Global study reveals declines in terrestrial but increases in freshwater insect abundances

A study by an international team of researchers found considerable variation in trends even among adjacent sites but an average decline of terrestrial insect abundance by ~9% per decade and an increase of freshwater insect abundance by ~11% per decade. This study...

May 05, 2020

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Heavy rains cause deadly floods and landslides across Rwanda

Heavy rains battering much of Rwanda since May 1, 2020, triggered severe flooding and landslides, resulting in eight fatalities and hundreds of damaged homes and roads, the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MINEMA) reported on May 4. The affected areas are mostly...

May 05, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 JJ flew past Earth at just 0.03 LD on May 4 -- the closest of the year and 6th closest on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 JJ flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.03 LD / 0.0000896 AU (13 403 km / 8 328 miles) at 12:05 UTC on May 4, 2020. This is the 40th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year and the second of the...

May 04, 2020

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Major floods submerge 22 000 homes in West Java, Indonesia

Major flooding affecting West Java, Indonesia since April 30, 2020, submerged 21 888 houses -- affecting up to 81 088 residents -- in five sub-districts of Bandung District, according to the West Java Disaster Mitigation (BPBD). The flood-hit areas are Dayeuhkolot,...

May 04, 2020

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More than 75 000 evacuate after dam failure leads to severe flooding in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

More than 75 000 people evacuated their homes in the border areas of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan following a reservoir dam failure, which resulted in widespread flooding on May 1, 2020. The Sardoba Reservoir Dam on the Uzbek side broke early Friday, causing the Syr...

May 04, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 JA to flyby Earth at 0.62 LD on May 3

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 JA will flyby Earth at a safe distance of 0.62 LD / 0.00160 AU (239 356 km / 148 729 miles) at 20:01 UTC on May 3, 2020. This is the 38th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year,...

May 03, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Crete, Greece

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.6 hit near the coast of Crete, Greece at 12:51 UTC on May 2, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles). The quake was followed...

May 02, 2020

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Records tumble as cold blast sweeps across Australia

A cold front is sweeping across Australia following its fifth warmest April on record, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said. Parts of Victoria are set to experience their coldest start to May; New South Wales is being hit with blizzard conditions and below-freezing...

May 01, 2020

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Melbourne records wettest April since 1960, Australia

Melbourne recorded 138 mm (5.4 inches) of rain in April 2020, making it the city's wettest April since 1960 when 195 mm (7.8 inches) was recorded. Unseasonably low temperatures were also recorded and almost 50 cm (19.7 inches) of snow across Victoria's ski...

May 01, 2020

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Severe hailstorms wreak havoc across India, destroy homes and crops

Bouts of hailstorms since the past weeks have wreaked havoc in various parts of India. In Mizoram, hail lashed about 795 houses as confirmed by disaster management and rehabilitation minister Lalchamliana on April 29, 2020. In Haryana, more than 250 000 ha (618 000...

May 01, 2020

kenya floods april 30 2020

Ongoing floods claim 116 lives, displace 100 000 families in Kenya

Ongoing floods in Kenya have claimed at least 116 lives and displaced 100 000 families, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa reported Wednesday, April 28, 2020, as he addressed the media. Some 29 counties have been affected by the severe weather, and...

April 30, 2020