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Large meteor explodes over Norway

A large meteor exploded over the Norwegian Sea at 04:15 UTC on December 6, 2016. The event lit up the sky over Norway and was followed by several sonic booms. The fireball started at 81.4 km (50.6 miles) and ended at 24.4 km (15.2 miles), according to the latest...

December 10, 2016

Sheveluch erupts sending ash 11 km (36 000 feet) a.s.l., Russia

Russia's Sheveluch, one of the biggest volcanic structures in Kamchatka, erupted at 21:50 UTC on December 9, 2016, sending ash up to 11 km (36 000 feet) above sea level. The aviation color code was briefly raised to Red. According to KVERT VONA released 23:55...

December 10, 2016

A new type of quasicrystal, unknown in nature, discovered in Khatyrka meteorite

A new type of quasicrystal was discovered in the meteorite which fell in Khatyrka, Russia, in 2011. The quasicrystal was never found before and the meteor appears to be the only known source of the unconventional crystal on Earth. The Khatyrka meteorite was found in...

December 10, 2016

Extreme US rainfall events could increase up to 400%

A new research, conducted by the scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows the intense summer storms that produce extreme rainfall may increase by over 400% across portions of the US, including the Gulf Coast, Atlantic Coast, and the...

December 10, 2016

Stellar sea lions in the western Aleutian Islands threatened by extinction

The number of Stellar sea lions, Alaska's endangered population, continues to decline. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the recently conducted survey revealed the number of sea lions across Alaska is increasing, however,...

December 10, 2016

G1 geomagnetic storm in progress

A geomagnetic storm is currently in progress due to ongoing negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) influence. The G1 Watch is in effect for the next three days. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was first reached at...

December 09, 2016

Epic lightning storm hits Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

A thunderstorm that formed near the Sydney CBD late Thursday, December 8, 2016 created a spectacular lightshow, with thousands of bolts striking in many directions. After a hot and clear day of 31 °C (87.8 °F) temperatures, the skies suddenly turned black as...

December 09, 2016

Skywatchers alert: Geminid meteor shower to peak on December 13 and 14

The Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak on December 13 and 14, 2016. Despite the bright supermoon falling on the same dates, the numerous and bright Geminids are still expected to provide the skywatchers with a spectacular show. The Geminid meteor shower is...

December 09, 2016

Intense lake-snow effect to continue downwind the Great Lakes

The lake-effect snow, affecting regions downwind the Great Lakes since December 8, 2016, is expected to continue into the weekend. A deadly pile up caused three deaths and several injuries in Central Michigan, so far. 40 vehicles were involved in a crash, caused by...

December 09, 2016

Sharp M4.8 earthquake jolts Split, Croatia

A shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M4.8 hit near Split, Croatia at 12:57 UTC (13:57 CET) on December 9, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Croatia is reporting M4.6 at the same depth (intensity VI - Strong). The epicenter was...

December 09, 2016

Damage assessment after M7.8 earthquake in Solomon Islands

A powerful earthquake measuring M7.8 hit just off the coast of Makira island (San Cristobal), Solomon Islands at 17:38 UTC on December 8, 2016, causing damage and triggering a small tsunami. There are reports of collapsed buildings and landslides it the most...

December 09, 2016

Reconstructing ice sheet erosion dynamics of East Greenland

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, University of Vermont, Boston College and Imperial College London have reconstructed the dynamics of ice sheet erosion in the East Greenland over the last 7.5 million years. The scientists have used marine...

December 09, 2016

Massive M7.8 earthquake hits Solomon Islands, tsunami waves forecast

A powerful earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.8 hit near the coast of Solomon Islands at 17:38 UTC (04:38 local time) on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 41 km (25.4 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M8.1 at a depth of 35 km (21.7...

December 08, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: November 30 - December 6, 2016

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between November 30 and December 7, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 8 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cerro Hudson, Chile | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Copahue, Central...

December 08, 2016

Tropical Cylone "Vardah" eyeing north-central India

Tropical Cyclone "Vardah" formed on December 7, 2016, in the southeastern Bay of Bengal. The, currently, slow-moving storm is eyeing the south-central India and is expected to make landfall on December 12. Heavy rainfalls, strong winds, and rough seas are...

December 08, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits off the coast of Northern California

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit off the coast of Northern California at 14:49 UTC on December 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 148.5 km (92.3 miles) W of Capetown (population...

December 08, 2016

NSIDC reports record low Arctic sea ice extent

Average Arctic sea ice extent for November set a record low, reflecting unusually high air temperatures, winds from the south, and a warm ocean, NSIDC reports. Since October, Arctic ice extent has been more than two standard deviations lower than the long-term...

December 08, 2016