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Unprecedented "thunderstorm asthma" outbreak in Melbourne

An unprecedented spike in a rare phenomenon called "thunderstorm asthma" was reported in Melbourne, Australia on November 21, 2016 after wild storms swept through the region, abruptly ending one of the city's hottest days of the year. By the day's...

November 22, 2016

Drones capture massive earth changes after Kaikoura Earthquake

GNS scientists made field observations of Kekerengu Fault rupture following the Kaikoura Earthquake and the fault scarp and uplifted coastal platform at Waipapa Bay above the Papatea Fault. The Kekerengu Fault is one of the several faults that ruptured during the...

November 22, 2016

Extraordinary high pressure pushing a cold surge to Northeast Asia

Intense cold has gripped parts of Northeast Asia, causing severe temperature drops and gusty winds. Near record-breaking high sea level pressure was reported in northern Mongolia on November 21, 2016. Siberia, bordering with Mongolia, is the heart of the Northeast...

November 21, 2016

Massive M7.4 earthquake hits near Fukushima, tsunami warnings issued

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M7.3 (upgraded from M7.3) hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 20:59 UTC on November 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 25 km (15.5 miles). USGS is reporting M6.9 (downgraded from M7.3)...

November 21, 2016

Late-season Tropical Storm "Otto" forms in the Caribbean Sea

A late-season tropical storm formed on November 21, 2016, and was named Otto. Otto formed from Tropical Depression 16 (System 90L), a tropical low pressure that had been lingering in the Caribbean Sea for days. Otto is currently a stationary system but is expected...

November 21, 2016

Winter Storm "Argos" batters US, three people dead

The snowstorms from Argos, the first winter storm of the season, have blanketed parts of the US and claimed lives of at least 3 people. Heavy snowfall caused widespread traffic disruptions and power outages since the end of the last week. The snow and wintry weather...

November 21, 2016

Storm "Angus" batters western Europe, widespread flooding reported

Storm "Angus" hit the UK with heavy rainfall, strong winds, and high waves on November 20, 2016. Widespread flooding was reported, and about 100 people were evacuated. France, Netherlands and Germany also reported severe weather conditions due to the deep...

November 21, 2016

Eruption at Fuego volcano intensifies, Guatemala

The explosive activity at Guatemalan Fuego volcano has intensified since November 19, 2016 and has generated at least one 300 m (984 feet) high lava fountain, feeding three new lava flows. This is the 15th paroxysm at the volcano this year. The Washington VAAC...

November 21, 2016

Large pumice raft reported between New Zealand and Fiji

A large pumice raft was found floating to the west of Minerva Reef in an area about 600 km (372 miles) SE of Fiji and 500 km (310 miles) SW of Tonga, New Zealand's GeoNet reported today. Pumice rafts are created by submarine or near-ocean volcanic activity. The...

November 21, 2016

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit San Juan, Argentina at 20:57 UTC on November 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 115.8 km (72 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 116 km. The epicenter was located 10.7 km (6.7 miles) SSW of...

November 20, 2016

Major eruption at Zhupanovsky, ash up to 10 km (33 000 feet) a.s.l.

A major eruption took place at Zhupanovsky volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 02:30 UTC on November 20, 2016. Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange. At 02:39 UTC today, KVERT reported that a major eruption took place at Zhupanovsky volcano with ash plume, according to...

November 20, 2016

Angus, the first autumn storm to lash England on November 20, 2016

The UK Met Office has named the first autumn storm of the season. Storm "Angus" will lash southeastern England with heavy rainfall and intense southwesterly winds on November 20, 2016. As the strong low-pressure field, a Yellow warning for strong winds and...

November 19, 2016

Tehran in the grip of unprecedented air pollution, over 400 dead

A thick layer of smog engulfed Tehran, Iran over the last week. The unprecedented pollution levels have set new records while more than 400 people were reported dead. The PM2.5 levels have reached values exceeding 150 micrograms per cubic meter, thus setting a new...

November 19, 2016

Large sinkhole opens on a highway in Algeria, swallows 5 cars

A large sinkhole has opened up on a highway near Ben Aknoun, a commune of Algiers Province and a suburb of the city of Algiers in northern Algeria, on November 18, 2016. Five cars fell into the hole, injuring a total of 11 people. According to the Nassim Bernaoui,...

November 18, 2016

Ice accumulations tilt Pluto and rearrange its surface

New research suggests the Sputnik Planitia basin on Pluto may have assumed its current location because of the change in the spin of the dwarf planet. The Sputnik Planitia is a 1 000 km (621.4 miles) wide basin situated in the heart-shaped region of the Pluto's...

November 18, 2016

1st major winter storm of season blankets Northern Plains

Argos, the first major US winter storm of the season has already blanketed parts of the Northern Plains. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), further heavy snow accompanied with strong winds is expected in the region of the Great Lakes and inner...

November 18, 2016

Deadly landslide hits Madenköy copper mine in Turkey

At least 4 workers have been killed and 12 still remain trapped underground after a massive landlide hit Madenköy copper mine in Turkey's southeastern Siirt province late November 17, 2016. The death toll is expected to rise. Yasin Aktay, Siirt deputy of...

November 18, 2016