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First aerial pictures from the disaster zone after massive volcanic eruption in Tonga

The first aerial pictures have emerged from the disaster zone in Tonga after a massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on January 15, 2022. Aerial pictures acquired on January 17 by surveillance planes sent by Australia and New Zealand have now...

January 18, 2022

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Massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai produces huge shockwave and tsunami, Tonga

A massive eruption took place at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga at 04:10 UTC on January 15, 2022, producing a huge shockwave and a 1.2 m (4 feet) high tsunami. The eruptive cloud is reaching an altitude of at least 15.2 km (50 000 feet) above sea...

January 15, 2022

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Lava flow at Wolf volcano now 15 km (9.3 miles) long, Galapagos Islands

Lava flow produced by the eruption of Ecuador's Wolf volcano that started on January 7, 2022, is now 15 km (9.3 miles) long and less than 5 km (3.1 miles) from the coast. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2015 (VEI 4)1 -- it was its first eruption...

January 12, 2022

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New Year's Day meteor explosion over Pittsburgh captured via GOES-16 satellite, U.S.

A loud boom over the skies of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on January 1, 2022, was caused by a meteor exploding with the blast energy equivalent to 30 tons of TNT. The event took place around 16:20 UTC (11:30 EST) but was not observable from the ground due to clouds....

January 05, 2022

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Large methane emissions leaking from landfills close to the center of Madrid, Spain

High-resolution satellites have detected substantial quantities of methane leaking from two landfill sites close to the center of Madrid, Spain. Using data from the ESA's Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission combined with GHGSat’s high-resolution commercial...

November 12, 2021

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Large amount of Saharan dust moving over the Atlantic Ocean

Another large Saharan dust cloud has lifted off western Africa late Sunday, August 22, 2021, and is now moving over the Atlantic Ocean toward the Caribbean and the United States. The cloud seems of similar strength to the one produced last week. Image credit:...

August 24, 2021

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Magma rising at Great Sitkin volcano, Alaska

A lava dome-like feature formed in the summit crater of Great Sitkin volcano, Alaska, suggesting magma is rising near the surface. As a result, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has raised the Aviation Color Code to ORANGE and the Volcano Alert Level to WATCH. A...

July 24, 2021

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Dense clouds of Saharan dust spreading over Europe and Atlantic Ocean

Earth-observing satellites are picking up two dense clouds of Saharan dust -- one moving NE over the Mediterranean Sea into Europe and the other W over the Atlantic Ocean. The European cloud has already reached southern Spain, Corsica, and most of Italy and is...

July 13, 2021

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Increased volcanic activity reported near Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

An increase in volcanic activity was reported near the Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Southwest Iceland on Saturday, June 26, 2021. If the development continues, authorities said lava will flow sooner than expected over Suðurstrandarvegur road, a key road that...

July 01, 2021

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Large Saharan dust cloud moving over the Atlantic Ocean

A new large Saharan dust cloud is moving over the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to reach the Caribbean by the end of the week. The cloud will remain over the Caribbean until the end of the week and move toward the southeastern US early next week. Saharan dust...

June 28, 2021

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Very thick Saharan dust cloud moving over the Mediterranean into Italy and SE Europe

A very thick Saharan dust cloud is moving over the Mediterranean Sea into Italy and Southeast Europe over the past couple of days. Coupled with exceptionally high temperatures affecting the region, this dust is contributing to lower visibility, respiratory issues,...

June 23, 2021

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Explosions detected at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange, Alaska

Several small explosions were detected at Semisopochnoi volcano, Alaska on May 18, 2021, and a small ash cloud was observed in a satellite image acquired at 23:21 UTC on May 17. As a result, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has raised the Aviation Color Code to...

May 19, 2021

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Large landslide blocks Colca River in Arequipa, Peru

A large landslide hit the Caylloma Province, Peru at around 07:30 LT on May 9, 2021, blocking the Colca River in the district of Chivay and forming a natural dam. The landslide took place close to the city of Chivay and is about 300 m (985 feet) long. Authorities...

May 13, 2021

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Lake Cuitzeo, the second-largest lake in Mexico dries up

At the end of April 2021, drought conditions were covering 85 percent of Mexico. Numerous lakes and reservoirs have dried up, or are in the process of drying up, including the country's second-largest body of freshwater -- Lake Cuitzeo. Before the current...

May 11, 2021

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Laguna del Farallón in Veracruz lost 75 percent of its water in several months, Mexico

Laguna del Farallón -- a 180 ha (445 acres) lagoon in Veracruz, Mexico -- has lost 75% of its water over the past several months due to lack of rain and drought. As of April 22, drought conditions are covering 85 percent of Mexico. In Veracruz, 32 of the...

April 26, 2021

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Earth from Orbit: Volcanic eruption at Soufriere St. Vincent

La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent began erupting on April 9, 2021, spewing ash at least 7.6 km (25 000 feet) above sea level. The volcano continued to erupt over the next several days, with multiple violent explosions, allowing...

April 16, 2021

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Massive sandstorm forms over Mongolia, hits China's capital Beijing as the worst in a decade

A massive sandstorm formed over Mongolia on Sunday, March 14, 2021, and moved into northern China, sweeping over capital Beijing on Monday as the city's worst sandstorm in a decade. In Mongolia, the storm left at least 341 people missing. The China...

March 15, 2021