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etna eruption december 24 2018

Etna's first flank eruption in more than 10 years, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Italy

A new flank eruption, the first in nearly 11 years, has begun at Mount Etna, Italy on December 24, 2018, forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code to Red. An intense earthquake swarm started at the volcano at 07:50 UTC, with more than 130 earthquakes in...

December 24, 2018

krakatau eruption december 22 2018

High-impact eruption at Krakatau volcano, deadly tsunami produced, Indonesia

Powerful eruptions are taking place at Indonesian Krakatau volcano over the past 24 hours. The volcano is producing large lava flows and undersea landslides believed to be the cause of at least one deadly tsunami. According to the Darwin VAAC advisory issued 00:25...

December 23, 2018

karangetang volcano eruption december 21 2018

Karangetang volcano: Sharp increase in seismicity, alert level raised, Indonesia

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for Karangetang stratovolcano from 2 to 3 (Siaga) on December 21, 2018. The last known eruption of this volcano took place on November 25, 2018, forcing authorities to raise to Aviation Color Code to Orange. The...

December 22, 2018

hailstorm sydney australia december 20 2018

Massive hailstorm hits Sydney, ICA declares a catastrophe, Australia

Multiple severe thunderstorms hit the Australian state of New South Wales, including capital Sydney on December 20, 2018, dropping tennis ball-sized hail and causing huge damage. Emergency service said it was the worst hailstorm to hit the city since 1999 while the...

December 21, 2018

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Tropical Storm "Cilida" to pass dangerously close to Mauritius and Rodrigues

Tropical Storm "Cilida" formed December 19, 2018 NE of Madagascar as the 4th named tropical storm of the 2018/19 Southwest Indian Ocean cyclone season. The storm has since intensified into a Severe Tropical Storm and is expected to pass dangerously close...

December 20, 2018

kuchinoerabujima volcano eruption december 18 2018

Strong explosive eruption at Kuchinoerabujima volcano, pyroclastic flow generated, Japan

A strong explosive eruption took place at Mount Shindake, Japanese Kuchinoerabujima volcano at 07:37 UTC on December 18, 2018 (15:37 JST). This volcano, located in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima, is sporadically erupting since October 2018. "After...

December 18, 2018

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Tropical Cyclone "Owen" sets new Australian December daily rainfall record

Tropical Cyclone "Owen" brought extremely heavy rains to parts of Queensland, setting a new Australian December daily rainfall. Owen made its first landfall well north of Cardwell, Queensland early December 10, exited into the Gulf of Carpentaria and...

December 18, 2018

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TC "Phethai" makes landfall over Andhra Coast, downing trees and power poles, rare 'fish rain' phenomenon reported

Tropical Cyclone "Phethai" made landfall over Andhra Pradesh coast, close to the town of Yanam between 08:00 and 09:00 UTC (13:30 and 14:30 LT) on December 17, 2018. First reports mention a lot of downed trees and power poles and at least one person dead....

December 17, 2018

mount soputan eruption december 16 2018

Violent eruption at Soputan volcano, alert level raised to Red, Indonesia

An intense eruptive phase started at North Sulawesi's Soputan volcano at 17:02 UTC, December 15, 2018 (01:02 LT, December 16). The volcano is producing lava fountains and ash columns up to 8 km (26 200 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code was raised...

December 16, 2018

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Ambrym volcano: Intra-caldera flank eruption, alert level raised, Vanuatu

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department has raised the Volcanic Alert Level for Ambrym volcano to Level 3, the department reported December 15, 2018. The eruption is taking place in the caldera area and the Danger Zone for life safety is limited at the...

December 15, 2018

tropical cyclone owen 17 10z december 14 2018

Category 4 Tropical Cyclone "Owen" to hit Queensland, Australia

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Owen" is currently a Category 3 strength system in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Owen is forecast to continue on a generally easterly track for the remainder of today, intensifying to Category 4 strength before making...

December 14, 2018

melbourne december 13 2018

Record-breaking rains hit Victoria, Australia

The moisture from Tropical Cyclone "Owen" is feeding the low-pressure system over Victoria this week, bringing record-breaking rains and floods to the region. The worst affected were northeast and northwest regions of Victoria, around Birchip, and east of...

December 14, 2018

vietnam floods december 2018

Massive floods hit Central Vietnam after extreme northeast monsoon dumps record-breaking rain

Severe flooding caused by extreme northeast monsoon hit Central Vietnam, including the city of Da Nang, regional commercial and educational center over the past couple of days, leaving tens of thousands of homes flooded, at least 14 people dead and one missing....

December 13, 2018

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TC Phethai - Powerful tropical cyclone forecast to make landfall in southeastern India

A new tropical system (Phethai) is forecast to develop in the Bay of Bengal on December 12 or 13, 2018, and strengthen on its way toward southeastern India and Sri Lanka into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. Powerful winds and heavy rain are expected along the coast of...

December 11, 2018

winter storm diego lsm

Major winter storm hits US, leaving 700 000+ without power, 1 700+ flights canceled

The major winter storm that has been hammering the interior southeast United States and parts of the Mid-Atlantic over the past weekend is now moving offshore. The storm produced 30 to 60 cm (1 to 2 feet) of snow across northwest North Carolina and south-central...

December 10, 2018

manam volcano eruption december 8 2018

High-impact eruption at Manam volcano, heavy ashfall blocking sunlight, P.N.G.

A powerful eruption started at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea around 03:00 UTC on December 8, 2018. Heavy ashfall is falling on the island, blocking out sunlight. Volcanic ash rose up to 13.7 km (45 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Darwin VAAC, forcing...

December 08, 2018

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NSIDC: Arctic freeze-up well underway, November snow cover over North America most extensive since 1966

The Arctic freeze-up season is well underway, with ice extent increasing faster than average for most regions in November. Exceptions were in the Chukchi and Barents Seas, where the ice has been slow to form. Meanwhile, November snow cover over North America was the...

December 08, 2018