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Wildfires force evacuation of hundreds of homes, Israel

Hundreds of homes were evacuated early Wednesday, July 17, 2019, as several wildfires broke out across Israel. The fires are reportedly a result of a heatwave affecting most of the country, with temperatures in some cities reaching 50 °C (122 °F). The first...

July 17, 2019

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19.9 million people affected by floods, 34 000 homes collapsed and 1.7 million ha of crops damaged, China

According to data released by China's Ministry of Emergency Management, a total of 19.91 million people have been affected by floods since the beginning of flood season this summer. A total of 34 000 homes collapsed and over 1.76 million hectares (4.34 million...

July 13, 2019

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Heavy rainfall destroys Rohingya refugee shelters in Bangladesh

Heavy monsoon rainfall in south-eastern Bangladesh caused landslides and flooding in refugee settlements in Chittagong division. According to the office of the United Nation High Commissioner for refugees, 350 mm (13.7 inches) of rainfall fell in 72 hours from July...

July 11, 2019

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Massive floods hit Tafalla, Spain

Extremely heavy rain hit Tafalla, a town and municipality in the province and autonomous community of Navarre, northern Spain on July 8, 2019, causing devastating floods. According to local media reports, the location received more than 100 mm (3.93 inches) in just...

July 08, 2019

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Record cold July temperature in parts of Germany, rare July frost ravages Saxony

Cold Arctic air hit parts of Europe over the past couple of days, setting multiple low-temperature records were set across Germany. Cold temperatures were especially noticeable from Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia to Saxony. An extremely cold night is behind...

July 07, 2019

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Flash flood hits Lima canyon, claiming lives of 8 tourists - Parras, Coahuila, Mexico

Heavy rain on the afternoon of July 2, 2019, caused severe flash floods in Lima canyon in Parras, Coahuila, Mexico. State Civil Protection chief Francisco Martínez Ávalos said heavy rains caused a severe flash flood in an area that seconds previously...

July 07, 2019

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M7.1 Ridgecrest Earthquake - USGS Aftershock Forecast

The USGS has issued its Aftershock Forecast following M7.1 Ridgecrest, CA earthquake at 03:19 UTC on July 6, 2019. An updated version issued 02:55 UTC, July 7 is posted below and marked Update. Over the next 1 week, there is is a 3 % chance of one or more...

July 06, 2019

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Increased seismicity, alerts raised at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aleutians

Due to an increase in seismicity above background levels over at least the last 8 hours AVO is raising the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and Alert Level to ADVISORY at Semisopochnoi. No explosive activity has been detected on the Adak infrasound array and clouds...

July 05, 2019

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Record low temperature set in the Netherlands, July noticeably colder across Europe

The temperature at the former Twente airbase in the eastern Netherlands dropped to -1.6 °C (29.1 °F) overnight July 4, 2019, setting a new low-temperature record for the month of July and greeting residents with fresh summer frost. The previous record for...

July 04, 2019

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The largest forest fire in the history of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

A forest fire reignited across Ludwigslust-Parchim District, west of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State, Germany on June 30, burning an area of more than 450 ha (1 111 acres) so far and becoming the largest forest fire in the history of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The fire is...

July 02, 2019

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Siberia hit by worst flooding in a century, 14 people killed, 13 remain missing, Russia

Siberian authorities declared a state of emergency for Irkutsk region where heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding in which dozens of villages were destroyed. As of July 2, 14 people have been killed and 13 remain missing since heavy rains began last week. Floods...

July 02, 2019

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15 000 people evacuate after eruptions of Ulawun and Manam, Papua New Guinea

At least 15 000 people were forced to evacuate after two volcanoes - Ulawun on June 26 and Manam on June 28, 2019 - erupted in Papua New Guinea. While there are no reports of casualties, the eruptions disrupted domestic flghts, destroyed homes, plantations and...

July 01, 2019

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Severe drought leaves 1.2 million ha (2.9 million acres) of crops damaged - Shandong, China

Severe drought is affecting east China's Shandong province, causing massive crop damage. The latest statistics show extensive damage to 1.19 million ha (2.9 million acres) of crops, up from 656 667 ha (1.6 million acres) on June 18. This accounts for 21.9...

July 01, 2019

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Phenomenal hail accumulations after massive hailstorm hits Guadalajara, Mexico

An unusually strong hailstorm hit Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous cities, on June 30, 2019, dumping massive amounts of hail and trapping vehicles in ice up to 1 and 2 m (3 - 6 feet) high. "I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara,"...

July 01, 2019

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Summer snow in West Mongolia

Unexpected summer snowfall was reported in the southwestern mountainous parts of Bayan Ulgi province, Mongolia on June 28, 2019. According to Jagsalag Khulibek, expert at Bayan-Ulgii Province's meteorological bureau, the completely surprising snowfall had...

June 28, 2019

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Mud flying everywhere - Geothermal mudpool opens in Rotorua backyard, New Zealand

A geothermal mudpool opened up behind a privately owned house in Rotorua, New Zealand at around 02:00 local time on June 25, 2019. The last geothermal activity in this area, with steam bursting from the bank, was reported in 2017. "There was mud flying...

June 26, 2019

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Irina Kitiashvili with the NASA Solar Cycle 25 Forecast

Next solar cycle - Solar Cycle 25 - is expected to be the lowest in 200 years. The forecast for the next solar cycle says it will be the weakest of the last 200 years. The maximum of this next cycle – measured in terms of sunspot number, a standard measure of...

June 26, 2019