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Increased seismic activity at Gareloi volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Yellow, Alaska

A slight increase in seismic activity was observed at Gareloi volcano, Alaska on May 18, 2021, and beginning May 27 there has been a sustained increase in the rate and size of small volcanic earthquakes. Because the level of seismic activity is now above the...

June 08, 2021

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Longest underwater avalanche monitored in action continuously self-accelerated for over 1 000 km

In a new paper, scientists have reported what they say is the longest sediment avalanche measured so far in action and the only monitored flow to continuously self-accelerate for over 1 000 km (620 miles). The event occurred off the coast of West Africa, in a deep...

June 08, 2021

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Lava cuts off famous viewing hill of eruption near Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur, Iceland

The famous viewing hill providing a glimpse of the ongoing volcanic eruption site near Fagradalsfjall in Geldingadalur, Iceland, has been cut off as lava has made its way through the hiking trail on Monday, June 7, 2021. The spectacular sight of a volcano spewing...

June 08, 2021

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Antarctic blast brings strong winds, snow, and flood-inducing rains to eastern Australia

Cold weather is settling in across eastern Australia, focusing very much on snow, strong winds, and flood-inducing rains across multiple states, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warned Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The wild weather is a result of an Antarctic cold pushed up...

June 08, 2021

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Hundreds ordered to evacuate as 2 large wildfires rage in Arizona, U.S.

Two large wildfires are raging in Arizona, U.S., over the past couple of days, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. The first one, Telegraph Fire, has so far spread through 16 636 ha (41 109 acres) and the other -- Mescal Fire, 20 084 ha (49 631 acres) as of...

June 07, 2021

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Turkey's Sea of Marmara experiences the largest outbreak of "sea snot" on record

A large amount of thick, viscous, mucus-like substance known as marine mucilage or sea snot (phytoplankton bloom) is covering the coastline of the Sea of Marmara near Istanbul, Turkey, threatening marine life and the local fishing industry. Sea snot is caused by the...

June 07, 2021

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Heavy storms and hail pummel western and central Germany

Severe weather struck parts of western and central Germany on Thursday, June 3, 2021, including heavy rain and hail, causing havoc in the regions. Firefighters and police received multiple calls for assistance as traffic was brought to a standstill, trees were...

June 07, 2021

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Spectacular tornado touches down in Aragon, Spain

Residents of Teruel Province in Aragon, Spain, were treated to a spectacular sight as a tornado touched down around 21:00 UTC (19:00 LT) on Friday, June 4, 2021. The twister did not cause any significant damage, but drivers along the road near the whirlwind said...

June 07, 2021

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Significant eruption, pyroclastic flow at Sinabung volcano, Indonesia

A significant eruption took place at the Indonesian Sinabung volcano at 16:35 UTC on June 6, 2021, producing a pyroclastic flow and ejecting volcanic ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) above sea level. The eruption lasted for 421 seconds and was not clearly observable...

June 07, 2021

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Severe floods and landslides hit Sri Lanka, leaving at least 17 people dead and more than 210 000 affected

At least 17 people have died and more than 271 000 have been affected after heavy rains hit Sri Lanka over the weekend, officials reported on Monday, June 7, 2021. Tens of thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes as days of deluge caused rivers on the...

June 07, 2021

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Earthquake swarm under Mount Hood volcano, Oregon

The Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO) has detected an earthquake swarm in the Mount Hood area, Oregon on June 5, 2021. The swarm continued into June 6 when the activity started to quiet down. The last known eruption of this volcano took place in 1865 and 1866 (VEI...

June 06, 2021

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'Ring of Fire' - Annular solar eclipse of June 10, 2021

An annular solar eclipse of June 10, 2021, will be visible from northern Canada, Greenland, and Russia, with a partial eclipse visible from northern North America, Europe, and Asia. During the event, a bright ring will surround the moon silhouette at the peak of the...

June 06, 2021

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Intense earthquake swarm near Salton Sea, Southern California

An intense earthquake swarm is taking place near the Salton Sea in Southern California, U.S. on June 5, 2021, starting with M2.2 at 08:05 UTC (01:05 LT). The USGS has registered 285 earthquakes by 21:24 UTC. The swarm is still in progress and new earthquakes are...

June 05, 2021

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New study solves mystery behind Earth's deepest earthquakes

The cause of the deepest earthquakes on Earth has been a mystery to scientists for more than a century. In a new study, a team of scientists may have solved the case by identifying water as the key factor that causes deep-focus quakes. Most earthquakes occur near...

June 05, 2021

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NLC seasons getting longer, clouds moving farther south

New data provided by NASA's AIM (Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere) satellite mission shows that the first noctilucent clouds (NLCs) of summer have been trending earlier since 2007, when the spacecraft was launched. Each year, NLCs first appear in the Arctic and...

June 05, 2021

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Shallow M5.9 earthquakes hit Gorda plate, off the coast of Oregon, U.S.

Two shallow M5.9 earthquakes hit off the coast of southern Oregon, U.S. at 07:52 and 08:17 UTC on June 4, 2021, at a depth of 16.6 km (10.3 miles) and 14.5 km (9 miles), respectively. They were located around 12 km (7.4 miles) from each other and followed by 5...

June 05, 2021

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Supervolcanic eruption of Toba destroyed ozone layer, causing population bottleneck

A catastrophic drop in atmospheric ozone layers 60 000 to 100 000 years ago likely contributed to a population bottleneck during that period. According to a new study, the event was triggered by the eruption of the Toba supervolcano in Sumatra, Indonesia. "Toba...

June 05, 2021