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JMA raises alert level for Kirishimayama (Shinmoedake) volcano, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the alert level for Kirishimayama (Shinmoedake) volcano from Level 1 to Level 2 on January 2, 2020. This is a Near-crater warning, urging residents and tourists to refrain from approaching the crater in Kobayashi,...

January 03, 2020

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Jakarta officials warn more extreme rainfall expected -- announce the use of Weather Modification Technology to combat floods

A day after massive floods hit Jakarta, claiming the lives of at least 23 people, city officials warned residents and tourists more extreme rainfall is expected through the rest of the month and up to at least mid-February 2020. At least 23 people were killed since...

January 02, 2020

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Massive floods hit Jakarta after exceptionally heavy rainfall, several million left without power, at least 53 killed

Massive floods hit Indonesian capital Jakarta on January 1, 2020, killing at least 53 people and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate. Several million were left without power and drinking water. The deaths were a result of hypothermia, electric shocks, landslides,...

January 01, 2020

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Typhoon "Phanfone" claimed 50 lives, affected 2.1 million people and wiped out 20 million dollars worth of farm products, Philippines

Typhoon "Phanfone," locally known as Ursula, has claimed 50 lives as of December 31, 2019. 143 people were injured and 5 are still missing. The storm wiped out almost 20 million dollars (1 billion pesos) worth of farm products following its devastating...

December 31, 2019

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Anak Krakatau erupting, continuous volcanic ash up to 3 km (10 000 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia

Phreatomagmatic activity at the Indonesian Anak Krakatau volcano has increased over the past couple of days. This is the site of a major eruption and resulting tsunami on December 22, 2018, during which at least 426 people lost their lives and 30 000 were injured, ...

December 30, 2019

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Major winter storm hits United States with heavy snow and freezing rain

A major winter storm has intensified as it shifted across the Plains and into the Upper Midwest this weekend, and is likely to continue disrupting holiday travel through New Year's Day. The storm has brought a mix of snow, rain, and ice to the Twin Cities and...

December 29, 2019

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'Get out now!' - More than 30 000 people forced to evacuate East Gippsland due to extreme fire danger, Australia

Authorities of the Australian state of Victoria have ordered more than 30 000 residents and tourists in East Gippsland to leave the region immediately as bushfires have reached an extreme danger level. Dangerous fire conditions are expected across the state today...

December 29, 2019

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Sentinel-2 provides evidence of increasing eruptive activity at Mt. Shishaldin, Alaska

The eruption of Shishaldin Volcano that began in late July continues with low-level explosive activity near the summit and effusion of short lava flows, tha Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reports. Elevated seismicity and surface temperatures were recorded...

December 28, 2019

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Flood alerts in force as Tropical Cyclone "Sarai" strengthens to Category 2, Fiji

Tropical Cyclone "Sarai" strengthened into Category 2 on the Fiji Intensity Scale (Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale) on December 28, 2019, and was positioned about 90 km (56 miles) SSE of Kadavu and 190 km (118 miles) S of Suva at 14:00 UTC today...

December 28, 2019

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Tropical Cyclone "Sarai" forms near Fiji, landfall expected at Category 2 strength

Tropical Cyclone "Sarai" formed near Fiji on December 26, 2019, as the second named storm of the 2019/20 South Pacific cyclone season. The cyclone is expected to continue intensifying, reaching Category 2 strength late December 27, SSW of Nadi, Fiji. Sarai...

December 26, 2019

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Phanfone wreaks havoc across the central Philippines, leaves 28 people dead and tens of thousands affected

Typhoon "Phanfone," known as Ursula in the Philippines, made its first landfall in Samar on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (74 mph) and gusts to 150 km/h (94 mph) -- Category 1 hurricane equivalent on the...

December 26, 2019

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Typhoon "Phanfone" (Ursula) makes landfall in Samar, high-risk structures may experience heavy damage, Philippines

Typhoon "Phanfone," known as Ursula in the Philippines, made landfall in Samar on December 24, 2019, with maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h (74 mph) and gusts to 150 km/h (94 mph) -- Category 1 hurricane equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind...

December 24, 2019

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Australia on fire: 9 people killed, more than 800 homes destroyed, nearly 100 fires in NSW and hotspots in every state

Nearly 100 bushfires are raging across New South Wales Australia as of December 23, 2019, at 12:00 UTC (23:00 LT), with hotspots in every state-- a fire tracker map maintained by Western Australia researchers show that blazes are also threatening areas around every...

December 23, 2019

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Tropical Storm "Phanfone" (Ursula) to hit the Philippines on Christmas

Tropical Depression "Phanfone" outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has intensified into a tropical storm on Sunday morning, December 22, 2019. This is the 29th named storm of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season. According to weather bureau...

December 22, 2019

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Tornado tears through Surrey, damaging at least 26 homes and 13 cars, UK

A tornado battered the town of Chertsey in Surrey County, South East England, on Saturday, December 21, 2019, damaging homes and properties. More than 90 flood warnings remain in place across southern England where areas have already been soaked by showers, the...

December 22, 2019

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Storm Elsa hits southern Europe, leaving widespread destruction and at least 8 people dead

Storm Elsa is affecting parts of southern Europe, including Spain, Portugal and France, since December 18, 2019, with very heavy rain and strong winds, damaging buildings, cutting power supply and shutting down roads. A second storm, named Fabian, is expected to...

December 21, 2019

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Dire situation after months of devastating floods in Republic of Congo, government urges international community to help

Widespread floods are affecting the Republic of Congo since October 2019, wreaking havoc and forcing thousands to sleep outside. On Tuesday, December 17, the government made an urgent appeal to the international community to help provide an efficient response to the...

December 21, 2019