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New dark spot discovered on Neptune

A new dark spot, dark vortex in the atmosphere, has been discovered on Neptune and confirmed this month by the Hubble Space Telescope. Though similar features were seen during the Voyager 2 flyby of Neptune in 1989 and by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994, this...

June 23, 2016

Increased activity observed at Calbuco volcano, alert level raised to Yellow, Chile

During the last three days, there has been an increase in seismic activity at Chile's Calbuco volcano. A total of 161 volcano-tectonic (VT) earthquakes was recorded at distances between 1 to 4 km (0.62 to 2.5 miles) NW of the crater and between 8 and 10 km (5...

June 23, 2016

Powerful tornado rips through Yancheng city, eastern China, leaving 51 dead

A powerful tornado accompanied by heavy rainfall and hailstones hit northern Jiangsu, eastern China at 06:30 UTC on Thursday, June 23, 2016, destroying houses, overturning cars and flattening power lines. As of 12:30 UTC, there were 51 reported deaths. This made the...

June 23, 2016

Strongest seismic unrest under the Cayambe volcano since 1995, Ecuador

Ecuador's Instituto Geofisico (IG) reports a sharp increase in seismicity under the Cayambe volcano this month. It became more evident in the middle of June, but at the moment, the seismicity tends to decrease. The last known eruption of this volcano in 1786....

June 23, 2016

Negative polarity CH HSS drives isolated periods of geomagnetic storming

Solar wind parameters reflected a brief enhancement associated with the arrival of a co-rotating interaction region (CIR) and subsequent negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) late June 22, 2016. A gradual increase in solar wind speeds began after...

June 23, 2016

Surge of lightning deaths in Bangladesh, 261 so far this year

South Asian country of Bangladesh is experiencing a surge of lightning deaths this year. As of June 22, 2016, 261 people have died from lightning, placing the country on track to beat last year’s 265 deaths. A similar surge is reported in the neighboring...

June 23, 2016

Severe thunderstorms, flash floods hit western Europe

Severe thunderstorms have hit parts of the western Europe on June 23, 2016, flooding streets, homes, businesses, and disrupting public transport. In the UK, a red "immediate action" warnings are in place for areas of Essex and London. Around a month's...

June 23, 2016

Severe weather outbreak from US Midwest to Mid-Atlantic, powerful storms sweep through Illinois

A severe weather outbreak is currently in progress from the US Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic. After ripping through Illinois on June 22 and 23, strong storms will continue impacting portions of the Midwest and Ohio River Valley before quickly spreading towards the...

June 23, 2016

Juno's arrival is getting closer

On the fourth of July, many Americans will be looking skyward in celebration of their nation’s independence. On the same date, NASA, and astronomers worldwide will also look skyward in celebration of another great achievement – Juno’s arrival to...

June 22, 2016

Severe storms, lightning kill over 100 people in India

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain lashed northern and eastern India on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, 2016, killing more than 100 people, officials said today. Deaths were reported from the four states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and...

June 22, 2016

Noctilucent clouds in motion

On the night of June 21, 2016, photographer Derek Mellott from the town of Gibbons, Alberta, Canada recorded this fantastic display of noctilucent clouds (NLCs). "They were the brightest I have ever seen," he said. "It seemed like a good time to...

June 22, 2016

Scientists discover a large-scale motion around San Andreas Fault

A team of researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa, University of Washington and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) analyzed the motion of Earth's crust from the data collected by an array of GPS instruments placed near the San...

June 21, 2016

Increased activity at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano, El Salvador

El Salvador's San Miguel volcano is currently experiencing increased seismic unrest and strong degassing. The last major eruption of this volcano took place on December 29, 2013. Seismicity under the volcano sharply increased on June 13, 2016, and was followed...

June 21, 2016

Strong and deep M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of New Ireland, P.N.G.

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea at 17:12 UTC on June 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 365.3 km (227 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 367 km....

June 21, 2016

Intense US heat wave breaks temperature records, sparks violent wildfires

A record-breaking heat wave wrapped large portion of the US Southwest and parts of California over the last couple of days. Numerous new temperature records have been set in San Diego County alone while the hot and dry conditions fueled spreading of several...

June 21, 2016

Tropical Storm "Danielle" makes Mexico landfall

Tropical Storm "Danielle" made landfall close to the Tuxpan city, Mexico's state of Veracruz around 00:00 UTC on June 21 (20:00 EDT, June 20), with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph). Eastern Mexico was already under heavy rain at the time of...

June 21, 2016

Record-breaking rainfall triggers deadly landslides across quake-shaken Kumamoto, Japan

Record-breaking rainfall brought by a low pressure front has hit parts of quake-shaken Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan on June 20 and 21, 2016, causing floods and numerous landslides. As of early June 21, four people have been found dead. Meteorologists warn more...

June 21, 2016