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Sichuan activates the highest level of flood control response for the first time on record, China

The Chinese province of Sichuan, located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, has activated the highest level of flood control response for the first time on record on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, as rain-induced floods continue ravaging parts of the province....

August 19, 2020

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Storm Ellen named, forecast to hit Ireland and UK with disruptive winds and heavy rain

The Irish Meteorological Service -- Met Éireann -- named Storm Ellen on Tuesday evening, August 18, 2020. Ellen formed over the Atlantic Ocean -- fuelled by the remnants of Hurricane "Kyle" -- and is forecast to bring disruptive and potentially...

August 19, 2020

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Two very strong earthquakes - M6.8 and M6.9 - hit off the coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia

Two very strong earthquakes registered by the USGS as M6.8 and M6.9 hit off the coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia on August 18, 2020, at 22:23 and 22:29 UTC, respectively. The quakes hit at depths of 22 and 26 km (13.6 and 16.1 miles), according to the USGS. EMSC...

August 19, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 QG flew past Earth at just 0.02 LD on August 16 -- the closest NEO flyby on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 QG flew past Earth at just 0.02 LD / 0.0000623 AU (9 319 km / 5 791 miles) on August 16, 2020. This is now the closest near-Earth object to flyby Earth so far this year and the closest on record. Valid 15:38 UTC on...

August 18, 2020

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Major flooding leaves 65 people dead, more than 220 000 affected, and 40 000 homes hit - Sudan

Major flooding from prolonged heavy rains in Sudan has left at least 65 fatalities and 220 000 people affected, a UN spokesman said at a briefing on Monday, August 17, 2020.​ 17 of the country's 18 states have been impacted, with around 40 000 houses damaged...

August 18, 2020

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Very strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Samar, Philippines

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit Samar, Philippines at 00:03 UTC (08:03 LT) on August 18, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). PHIVOLCS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 21 km (13 miles). The epicenter was...

August 18, 2020

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Historic August 2020 derecho destroyed over 1 million acres of crops, U.S.

A devastating derecho ripped through several Midwest states on August 10, 2020, leaving a path of destruction, more than 1.5 million customers without power, and more than 404 600 hectares (1 million acres) of destroyed or damaged crops. Northern Illinois University...

August 17, 2020

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39 dead or missing after major landslide hits Nepal

A major landslide hit the district of Sindhupalchok in Nepal early Friday morning (LT), August 14, 2020, leaving at least 39 people dead or missing. Sindhupalchok is about 130 km (81 miles) east of Kathmandu. The district is among the worst-hit areas in the massive...

August 16, 2020

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China's flood season leaves 219 fatalities, more than 4 million evacuated and 63 million affected

Severe flooding from this year's rainy season in China has left a total of 219 fatalities and more than 63 million people affected, the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) said in a press conference on Thursday, August 13, 2020. Over the past two months, more...

August 14, 2020

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Unusual triple comet flies past the Sun

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spotted an unusual object identified as a triple comet flying past the Sun in early August. Although the satellite captures comets all the time-- most of which are Kreutz sungrazers-- the particular object is not a...

August 14, 2020

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Brazil gripped by historic August cold, another round of cold blast to hit next week

Residents in Brazil are grappling with historically cold August, resulting in intense frost sweeping through many areas in Santa Catarina. Another round of extreme cold blast is set to hit next week, affecting a large portion of the southern region. All-time cold...

August 14, 2020

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Lake Fire explodes to more than 4 450 ha (11 000 acres) in just 2 days, California

A wildfire sparked at the Angeles National Forest in California at around 22:38 UTC (15:38 LT) on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, has spread to 4 450 ha (11 000 acres) by 22:45 UTC on August 13 and is only 5 percent contained. The fire is located near Lake Hughes Road...

August 14, 2020

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Severe thunderstorms hit Scotland, leaving three people dead

Severe thunderstorms struck many parts of central and eastern Scotland, resulting in flash flooding and disruptions, as well as a major incident declaration in Fife where a month's worth of rain fell in hours. On Wednesday, August 12, torrential rain caused a...

August 13, 2020

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Longest monsoon in 33 years batters Korean Peninsula, leaving scores dead and 7 000 homeless

Flooding and landslides due to prolonged monsoon continue to wreak havoc across the Korean Peninsula, prompting almost 7 000 people to evacuate and leaving at least 42 dead or missing in the South as of August 9, 2020. The rainy season has been lashing the country...

August 12, 2020

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Cosmic rays increase remarkably as solar activity shows persistent decline, resembles Dalton minimum of 1790 - 1830

Recent solar conditions indicate a persistent decline in solar activity‐‐‐possibly similar to the past solar grand minima, scientists reporting in AGU's Space Weather write. During such periods of low solar activity, the fluxes of galactic cosmic rays...

August 12, 2020

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Powerful derecho wreaks havoc across the Midwest - one of the worst weather events of 2020 in the U.S.

A rare derecho -- severe storm with hurricane-force winds -- ripped through the Midwest on Monday, August 10, 2020, leaving almost 1.5 million customers without power, toppling numerous trees and vehicles, and causing major, widespread property damage across several...

August 11, 2020

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New South Wales hit by strong winds and worst flood in 29 years, Australia

Torrential rain and strong winds lashed the New South Wales South Coast over the weekend, causing the worst flooding in the area for 29 years. High waves killed a 44-year-old surfer in Sydney's Collaroy. At least 1 600 emergency calls had also been made during...

August 10, 2020