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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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Hundreds of drivers stranded on Interstate-95 after major snowstorm hits U.S.

A major snowstorm stranded hundreds of drivers along a 65 km (40 miles) stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia on Monday and Tuesday, January 3 and 4, 2022. The gridlock was cleared on Tuesday evening when both northbound and southbound lanes were opened. VDOT said...

January 05, 2022

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Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Banda Sea, Indonesia

A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Banda Sea, Indonesia at 20:55 UTC on January 4, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 556.2 km (345 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located about 282 km (175 miles) E...

January 04, 2022

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Extremely heavy rains cause deadly floods in Oman and Iran

Several days of heavy rains have caused severe floods across Oman and Iran in which more than 10 people lost their lives. Heavy rains have also affected United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. According to Oman's Civil Defence...

January 04, 2022

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Torrential rains cause severe flooding in Sumatra, forcing 24 000 people to evacuate, Indonesia

Heavy rains affecting Indonesia's island of Sumatra over the past days have forced about 24 000 people to evacuate their homes and left at least 2 people dead in the province of Aceh, officials said Tuesday, January 4, 2022. According to Regional Disaster...

January 04, 2022

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 03:18 UTC on January 4, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at the same depth. The epicenter was located about 580 km...

January 04, 2022

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Rare hailstorm hits all-year-round resort in Egypt

A popular Egyptian all-year-round resort in Hurghada was hit by a rare hailstorm on Saturday, January 1, 2022, surprising tourists on the beaches and breaking roofs and windows. Some of the stones were as large as 3 cm (1.2 inches). Schools in the area were ordered...

January 03, 2022

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Quick-hitting Southeast to Mid-Atlantic winter storm, nearly 1 million customers without power

A quick-hitting winter storm is bringing significant weather impacts across parts of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic on January 3, 2022. Heavy wet snow and gusty winds are expected, causing dangerous travel conditions and power outages. Parts of the region could see...

January 03, 2022

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Eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

Eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga started on December 19, 2021, and continued into 2022 although at a much lower intensity. The Aviation Color Code remains at Orange. Intermittent eruption with an ash plume rising up to 3 km (10 000 feet)...

January 03, 2022

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Taiwan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near the coast of Taiwan at 09:46 UTC on January 3, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 28.7 km (17.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 30 km (18 miles). The epicenter was located...

January 03, 2022

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At least 22 people injured after M5.5 earthquake hits Yunnan, China

A shallow earthquake registered by CENC as M5.5 hit southwestern China's Yunnan Province at 07:02 UTC on January 2, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS registered it as M5.4 at a depth of 38.4 km (23.8 miles); EMSC M5.4 at a depth of...

January 03, 2022

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Strong M6.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Vanuatu at 02:09 UTC on January 3, 2022, at a depth of 104 km (65 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M6.0 at a depth of 125 km (77 miles). The epicenter was located 110 km (68 miles) NW of Sola and 530 km (239...

January 03, 2022

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Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Seth" producing high tides and dangerous surf in parts of Queensland and NSW, Australia

Tropical Cyclone "Seth" formed in the Coral Sea NE of Mackay, Queensland on December 31, 2021, as the 4th named storm of the 2021/22 Australian region cyclone season. While Seth is not expected to directly affect the coastline over the weekend, it will...

January 02, 2022

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3 people missing, 991 homes destroyed and 127 damaged by catastrophic Marshall Fire in Colorado

More than 1 000 homes have been destroyed or damaged and three people are missing, presumed dead, after a catastrophic wildfire erupted on December 30, 2021, and tore through the communities of Superior and Louisville, a suburban area between Denver and Boulder,...

January 02, 2022

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Significant winter impacts across the Central Plains toward the Great Lakes, U.S.

A potent winter storm is expected to deliver significant winter impacts across the Central Plains toward the Great Lakes, U.S. on January 1 and 2, 2022. Accumulating snow and ice are expected on Saturday, January 1, 2022, from the Central Plains to the Great Lakes...

December 30, 2021

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: December 22 - 28, 2021

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes from December 22 to 28, 2021. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ambae, Vanuatu | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga Islands | Krysuvik-Trolladyngja, Iceland...

December 29, 2021

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Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Barat Daya Islands at intermediate depth, Indonesia

A major earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit Barat Daya Islands, Maluku, Indonesia at 18:25 UTC on December 29, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 166 km (102 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at a depth of 170 km (105 miles). BMKG is reporting M7.4 at a...

December 29, 2021