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Flash floods and massive landslides wreak havoc in western Kenya

Heavy rains triggered devastating landslides and flash flooding in the counties of Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot, Kenya, over the weekend, leaving a path of destruction. At least 4 000 people have been displaced, 24 people are missing, and 6 were killed, including...

April 21, 2020

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Severe flooding hits DR Congo, at least 36 fatalities and 18 500 homes damaged or destroyed

Heavy rains from April 16 to 17, 2020, triggered severe flooding in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in significant damage and destruction. As of April 20, at least 36 fatalities were reported, 42 people were injured, and more than 77 000 have...

April 20, 2020

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Explosive eruption and strong ash emissions at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code briefly raised to Red, Italy

Volcanic tremor amplitude at Etna volcano, Italy showed a rapid increase to high values early Sunday morning, April 19, 2020. This activity was followed by lava fountaining and strong ash emissions, INGV Osservatorio Etneo reports. The Aviation Color Code was raised...

April 19, 2020

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Deep M6.9 earthquake hits Ogasawara region, Japan

A very strong earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.8 at a depth of 490 km (304 miles) struck the Ogasawara (Bonin Islands) region of Japan at 08:25 UTC (17:26 JST) on April 18, 2020. The USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 458 km (284 miles); EMSC M6.6 at a depth...

April 18, 2020

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Arctic ozone levels hit record low in March

An analysis of satellite observations shows that ozone levels over the Arctic hit a record low for the month of March, NASA researchers reported on April 16, 2020. Ozone levels reached their lowest point on March 12 at 205 Dobson units. The depletion was caused by...

April 17, 2020

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Cold outbreak smashes hundreds of records in U.S., heavy snow continues for central region

A severe cold outbreak has gripped wide swaths of the U.S., breaking hundreds of all-time records, particularly the worst-hit states in the Midwest. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), heavy snow will continue in the Central Rockies before streaking...

April 16, 2020

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Assessment of the possible radiological impacts caused by wildfires around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine

On April 15, 2020, French national public expert in nuclear and radiological risks -- Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) -- issued a new information report which provides an assessment of the possible radiological impacts for the...

April 16, 2020

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Thousands of homes damaged as severe thunderstorms lash Thailand

Severe weather, including strong winds and thunderstorms, hit 21 provinces in north, north-east, east and central Thailand, including capital Bangkok, from April 12 to 15, 2020. As a result, two people have lost their lives and at least 3 269 houses were damaged by...

April 15, 2020

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Widespread flooding causes massive damage in Sana'a, Yemen

Heavy rains on April 13, 2020, caused widespread and severe flooding in Sana'a, Yemen, resulting in at least two fatalities and massive damage to properties. Roads remained inundated on April 14. Flash flooding in the district of Al-Sabeen killed two people...

April 15, 2020

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Record-breaking April snowfall, up to 1.25 m (4 feet) engulfs parts of Finland

Parts of Northern and Central Finland received record-breaking amounts of snowfall in April 2020, the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) reported. The greatest amounts were recorded at Paljakka and Sodankyla in Lapland, where up to 1.25 m (4.1 feet) of snow was...

April 15, 2020

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Wildfires continue raging in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, ignite fear of radiation spike, Ukraine

Forest wildfires within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine continue raging in the contaminated areas on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. While Ukrainian authorities said one fire burning in the zone was put under control and there are no threats of radiation, some...

April 14, 2020

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Severe weather outbreak: Deadly tornadoes strike the U.S. South, storms shifting toward the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic

A multi-day severe weather outbreak continues across the U.S. South, with destructive tornadoes, heavy rain, hail, and strong winds. The potent storm system is moving northeastward through Monday, causing a variety of weather hazards. At least 33 people have been...

April 13, 2020

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Strong eruption at Anak Krakatau, ash up to 14.3 km (47 000 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia

A strong magmatic eruption with volcanic ash reaching 14.3 km (47 000 feet) above sea level took place at Anak Krakatau volcano in Sunda Strait, Indonesia on April 10, 2020. This is the strongest activity at the volcano since the violent eruption, partial collapse...

April 11, 2020

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Wildfires burning within Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine

Wildfires fueled by strong winds are burning within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in northern Ukraine since April 4, 2020. Radiation levels near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor have reportedly spiked to well above normal as the fires tore through the irradiated...

April 10, 2020

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Major spring snowstorm hits Maine, disrupts power to more than 253 000 customers, U.S.

A powerful spring snowstorm pounded Maine, U.S., on Thursday night, April 9, 2020, causing hundreds of road accidents and disrupting power to more than 253 000 customers. As of Friday morning, April 10, around 247 000 remain without power. The majority of the...

April 10, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Harold" aftermath: Widespread destruction across Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga

Tropical Cyclone "Harold" lashed Tonga on Thursday, April 9, 2020, after leaving major destruction across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji. Harold is the first Category 5 severe tropical cyclone to form in the South Pacific basin since 2018 and so...

April 09, 2020

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Strong explosive eruption at Sheveluch volcano, ash to 10 km (33 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

A strong explosive eruption took place at Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 19:10 UTC on April 8, 2020. According to the Tokyo VAAC, volcanic ash column rose up to 10 km (33 000 feet) above sea level by 21:20 UTC, drifting SSE. Satellite data by KVERT showed...

April 09, 2020