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Lake Albert overflows, damaging or destroying hundreds of homes, Democratic Republic of Congo

Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds caused the Lake Albert to overflow in Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 2, 2020, damaging or destroying hundreds of homes. Flooding affected the Djugu territory and the surrounding areas. Media reported...

May 05, 2020

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Asian giant hornet -- Murder hornet -- found in the U.S. for the first time

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) dubbed the "murder hornet"-- the world's largest wasp with an appetite for honeybees-- has been spotted in the U.S. for the first time, particularly in Washington state. Entomologists are now on a hunt to wipe...

May 05, 2020

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Global study reveals declines in terrestrial but increases in freshwater insect abundances

A study by an international team of researchers found considerable variation in trends even among adjacent sites but an average decline of terrestrial insect abundance by ~9% per decade and an increase of freshwater insect abundance by ~11% per decade. This study...

May 05, 2020

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Heavy rains cause deadly floods and landslides across Rwanda

Heavy rains battering much of Rwanda since May 1, 2020, triggered severe flooding and landslides, resulting in eight fatalities and hundreds of damaged homes and roads, the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MINEMA) reported on May 4. The affected areas are mostly...

May 05, 2020

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Structural damage after shallow M5.4 aftershock hits southern Puerto Rico

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.4 hit southern Puerto Rico at 11:13 UTC (07:13 LT) on May 2, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 9 km (5.6 miles). The quake occurred at Tallaboa, with extensive damage reported on the island, including...

May 05, 2020

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Large mudflow causes severe damage in Isfana, Kyrgyzstan

Heavy rains triggered a large mudflow in Isfana, Kyrgyzstan on May 2, 2020, damaging homes, roads, and gardens. A state of emergency has been declared for the town, as well as other areas in the southern region. The Ministry of Emergency Situations reported major...

May 04, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 JJ flew past Earth at just 0.03 LD on May 4 -- the closest of the year and 6th closest on record

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 JJ flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.03 LD / 0.0000896 AU (13 403 km / 8 328 miles) at 12:05 UTC on May 4, 2020. This is the 40th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year and the second of the...

May 04, 2020

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6 dead, 5 000 displaced as heavy rains continue to flood Uganda

At least six people died and 5 000 were displaced as intense rains continue to flood parts of Uganda, local authorities confirmed on Sunday, May 3, 2020. In the western region, severe flooding affected parts of the Isingiro District from May 1, including the...

May 04, 2020

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Major floods submerge 22 000 homes in West Java, Indonesia

Major flooding affecting West Java, Indonesia since April 30, 2020, submerged 21 888 houses -- affecting up to 81 088 residents -- in five sub-districts of Bandung District, according to the West Java Disaster Mitigation (BPBD). The flood-hit areas are Dayeuhkolot,...

May 04, 2020

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More than 75 000 evacuate after dam failure leads to severe flooding in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan

More than 75 000 people evacuated their homes in the border areas of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan following a reservoir dam failure, which resulted in widespread flooding on May 1, 2020. The Sardoba Reservoir Dam on the Uzbek side broke early Friday, causing the Syr...

May 04, 2020

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Asteroid 2020 JA to flyby Earth at 0.62 LD on May 3

A newly-discovered asteroid designated 2020 JA will flyby Earth at a safe distance of 0.62 LD / 0.00160 AU (239 356 km / 148 729 miles) at 20:01 UTC on May 3, 2020. This is the 38th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year,...

May 03, 2020

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits northwest of Ryukyu Islands, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.0 hit northwest of Ryukyu Islands, Japan at 11:54 UTC (20:54 JST) on May 3, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Both USGS and EMSC are reporting it as M5.9 at a depth of 10 km. The...

May 03, 2020

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits near the coast of Crete, Greece

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.6 hit near the coast of Crete, Greece at 12:51 UTC on May 2, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles). The quake was followed...

May 02, 2020

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Intense rains, powerful winds and sandstorms wreak havoc in Qatar

Intense rains accompanied by powerful winds and sandstorms wreaked havoc in Qatar over the past few days. On May 1, severe storms destroyed a field hospital at the Umm Salal area, north of Doha. It was constructed just two weeks ago, specifically for accommodating...

May 01, 2020

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Records tumble as cold blast sweeps across Australia

A cold front is sweeping across Australia following its fifth warmest April on record, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said. Parts of Victoria are set to experience their coldest start to May; New South Wales is being hit with blizzard conditions and below-freezing...

May 01, 2020

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Melbourne records wettest April since 1960, Australia

Melbourne recorded 138 mm (5.4 inches) of rain in April 2020, making it the city's wettest April since 1960 when 195 mm (7.8 inches) was recorded. Unseasonably low temperatures were also recorded and almost 50 cm (19.7 inches) of snow across Victoria's ski...

May 01, 2020

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Severe hailstorms wreak havoc across India, destroy homes and crops

Bouts of hailstorms since the past weeks have wreaked havoc in various parts of India. In Mizoram, hail lashed about 795 houses as confirmed by disaster management and rehabilitation minister Lalchamliana on April 29, 2020. In Haryana, more than 250 000 ha (618 000...

May 01, 2020