Articles tagged "significant events"

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Very intense earthquake swarm shaking Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland

A very intense earthquake swarm started close to Fagradalsfjall in Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland on the morning of February 24, 2021. The strongest in the sequence so far was M5.7, 3 km (1.8 miles) SSW of Keilir at 10:05 UTC, followed by numerous aftershocks. The...

February 24, 2021

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Powerful eruption at Etna volcano, Italy

Volcanic activity at Mount Etna, Italy intensified again at 21:10 UTC on February 22, 2021, and evolved into the 5th paroxysm since February 16 -- truly spectacular and most powerful in recent years. The activity started gradually increasing at around 20:47 UTC,...

February 23, 2021

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Record flooding affects more than 100 000 people in Acre, northwestern Brazil

More than 100 000 people have been affected by severe flooding in Acre, northwestern Brazil, after multiple rivers overflowed and reached record levels around Friday, February 19, 2021. Authorities have declared the situation an emergency, saying the state is facing...

February 22, 2021

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More than 59 000 people flee as Dujuan brings widespread flooding and disruption to Philippines

More than 59 000 people have evacuated their homes as Tropical Storm "Dujuan" -- locally known as Auring, brought widespread flooding and disruption to the Philippines on Monday, February 22, 2021. As of 03:00 UTC (11:00 LT), the storm has weakened into a...

February 22, 2021

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Israel hit by worst environmental disaster in decades

Although the exact cause of the disaster is still under investigation, the head of the Israel Nature and Parks association said the incident is the country's worst environmental disaster in decades. The cleanup of over 170 km (106 miles) of affected coastline...

February 22, 2021

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'Incredibly powerful' paroxysm at Etna, lava fountains exceeding 1 000 m (3 300 feet) in height

The fourth paroxysmal eruptive episode in just 4 days started at Etna's Southeast Crater on the evening of February 20, 2021, and continued into February 21. This was the strongest of the four episodes since February 16. The average magnitude of the volcanic...

February 21, 2021

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Extreme monsoon rains submerge parts of capital Jakarta under 2.7 m (8.8 feet) of water, Indonesia

Extreme monsoon rains brought massive flooding to the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday, February 20, 2021, with parts of the city (population 30 million) under 1.2 to 2.7 m (3.9 - 8.8 feet) of water. The floods forced the evacuation of some 1 380 residents to...

February 21, 2021

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At least 2 400 cold temperature records broken or tied in the U.S. from February 12 to 16, 2021

At least 2 400 preliminary daily cold temperature records, including cold maximums and minimums, were broken or tied at longer-term sites (75+ years of data) in the United States from February 12 to 16, 2021. The cold snap peaked from February 14 to 16. Another...

February 18, 2021

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Tropical Storm "Dujuan" heading toward the Philippines, landfall expected over the weekend

Tropical Storm "Dujuan" formed in the Philippine Sea at 00:00 UTC on February 18, 2021, as the first named storm of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season. Dujuan is expected to make landfall over the Caraga region as a severe tropical storm. The storm is known...

February 18, 2021

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Spectacular eruption at Etna volcano, Italy

Another significant eruption started at Etna's Southeast crater just before 22:30 UTC on February 17, 2021, just 32 hours after the spectacular eruptive episode on February 16. A new paroxysm took place in the early hours of February 18, INGV reports. Like most...

February 18, 2021

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Disruptive snow falling over Syria, Lebanon and Israel

Heavy snow is falling over parts of the Middle East, including Syria, Lebanon, and Israel since Tuesday, February 16, 2021, blocking roads and disrupting normal life. According to local media reports, the snow has already blocked some of the roads in Syria,...

February 17, 2021

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Historic snowstorm leaves 3 dead in Greece

At least three people were killed on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, as 'fiercest' snowfall in terms of intensity and volume since 2008 hit Greece, according to the National Meteorological Service. The snowfall caused havoc across the country, including in the...

February 17, 2021

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Intense explosive activity at Etna volcano, Aviation Color Code raised to Red, Italy

Explosive activity intensified at Etna's Southeast Crater (SEC) on Monday, February 15, 2021, and continued into Tuesday. The activity further intensified at 16:10 UTC on February 16 with lava fountaining and strong ash emissions reaching a height of about 10 km...

February 16, 2021

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Severe snowstorm hits northern Japan, JMA warns it could become the strongest in years

A severe snowstorm started affecting northern Japan on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, causing flooding and transport disruptions. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned it could become the most powerful blizzard in years and cause whiteout conditions through...

February 16, 2021

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Unusual, very large landslide hits Chunchi, Ecuador

A very large landslide hit near the town of Chunchi in Chimborazo, Ecuador, on February 12, 2021. According to Dr. Dave Petley of The Landslide Blog, its scale makes the event unusual, as an entire hamlet disappeared after the slide. A state of emergency has been...

February 16, 2021

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Widespread disruption after heaviest snowfall in 12 years hits Greece

Heavy snowfall has caused widespread disruption in many parts of Greece, including the capital -- Athens, on Monday, February 15, 2021, resulting in delayed transport, power outages, and suspended services. According to the National Meteorological Service, this was...

February 16, 2021

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Weeks of heavy rains leave more than 30 fatalities in South Africa

Heavy rains affecting parts of South Africa since January 23 when Tropical Cyclone "Eloise" swept over the region has claimed more than 30 lives in the provinces of Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Limpopo, and KwaZulu-Natal. Eloise made landfall north of Beira,...

February 16, 2021

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Major, record-breaking snow blankets Moscow, Russia

A major snowstorm described by meteorologists as a "snow apocalypse" has descended on Moscow, Russia, beginning Thursday, February 11, 2021. The capital city saw disruptions, travel delays, and a record snowfall for February 12. Russian weather service...

February 15, 2021

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More than 3.8 million homes without power as unprecedented winter storm hits Texas

More than 3.8 million homes are experiencing power outages across the U.S. state of Texas and another 118 000 across Louisiana, 58 000 in Mississippi, and 163 000 in Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky after extremely cold temperatures and...

February 15, 2021

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Extreme cold hits United States - electricity and heating prices surge as infrastructure fails to deliver

As a cold arctic air mass remains in place across much of the United States, wintry precipitation will bring hazards to the Pacific Northwest, the Southern Plains, Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley, and the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast this weekend into at least...

February 13, 2021

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Severe floods and landslides leave 39 100 homes damaged, 63 700 people displaced and 4 dead in Java, Indonesia

Around 63 700 people have been displaced, while four fatalities were reported after floods and landslides struck Java, Indonesia over the past couple of days. Some 156 800 people were affected and 39 100 buildings damaged. Heavy rainfall began falling on February 4,...

February 12, 2021

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Massive pileup crash in Fort Worth after freezing rain hits Texas

At least 5 people have died in a massive pileup crash on Interstate 35-West near downtown Fort Worth, Texas that took place at about 06:00 CST on Thursday morning, February 11, 2021. A Mass Casualty Incident has been declared. According to Fort Worth Fire Department...

February 11, 2021

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Mass disruption after 'extreme freeze' hits the U.K.

Snow and icy conditions are set to cause further disruptions across the United Kingdom after the deepest "extreme freeze" in a decade hit the country, causing mass cancelations of classes, businesses, and travel services. On Thursday, February 11, 2021,...

February 11, 2021

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Moscow braces for major winter storm and record snow, Russia

Moscow is bracing for a major winter storm set to bring record-breaking snow to the Russian capital beginning Thursday, February 11, 2021, until about Sunday, February 14, making it the longest snowfall in the city since 2018. The snowfall total from Friday to...

February 11, 2021

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Scotland records coldest night in UK since 2010 as extreme cold snap continues

An extreme cold snap is ongoing in Scotland, which has brought record temperatures, heavy snowfall, and triggered severe weather warnings until Friday, February 12, 2021. On Tuesday, February 9, the coldest night in the UK since 2010 was recorded in the Scottish...

February 10, 2021

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Shallow M7.7 earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia - Tsunami Watch in effect

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.7 hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands at 13:20 UTC on February 10, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M7. at the same depth. The epicenter was located 415 km (258 miles) E...

February 10, 2021

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Severe flooding hits Belo Horizonte as more than a month's worth of rain falls in 72 hours, Brazil

Torrential rains lashed Belo Horizonte in Brazil over the weekend, causing damaging floods that prompted the Civil Defense to issue alerts for the West, Pampulha, and Venda Nova regions on Sunday, February 7, 2021. In the south-central, about 234.6 mm (9.2 inches)...

February 09, 2021

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At least 15 dead as the U.S. sees the deadliest week of avalanches in over a century

At least 15 people lost their lives due to avalanches in the U.S. from January 30 to February 6 this year-- the worst and deadliest in the country since 1910, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). It included avalanches in Alaska,...

February 09, 2021

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Record cold temperatures hit Canadian Prairies

Polar vortex continues to bring piercing cold to the Canadian Prairies -- Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta -- since Sunday, February 7, 2021. According to Environment Canada, 22 cold weather records were smashed throughout the three provinces, while the Northwest...

February 09, 2021

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Devastating floods leave 8 dead, 5 missing in Mpumalanga, South Africa

At least eight people lost their lives while five others remain missing as of Sunday, February 7, 2021, as torrential rains continue to hit parts of Mpumalanga in South Africa, triggering devastating floods. Further heavy downpour is expected over the coming days....

February 08, 2021

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Widespread Arctic air mass with frigid temperatures and brutal wind chills affecting the United States

The main theme this coming week will be the continuation of the widespread arctic air mass with frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills consuming the Central U.S., especially the Upper Midwest, the National Weather Service (NWS) warns. This dangerous winter...

February 08, 2021

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Major snowstorm hits Netherlands, Germany and UK

Dutch authorities declared a rare 'code red' emergency for the entire country on Sunday, February 7, 2021, as a severe snowstorm, named Darcy by their meteorologists, hit parts of western Europe. This was the first major snowstorm to hit the Netherlands...

February 08, 2021

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Catastrophic rock and ice avalanche hits Uttarakhand, leaving more than 150 people missing, India

A catastrophic rock and ice avalanche took place in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand at around 05:00 UTC on Sunday, February 7, 2021. The event took place around 500 km (310 miles) N of New Delhi, leaving more than 150 people dead or missing....

February 07, 2021

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Somalia declares state of emergency over new locust invasion, infestation persists in Saudi Arabia

Somalia has announced a state of emergency on Wednesday, February 4, 2021, as the nation battles a new generation of desert locust swarms that have already caused major damage to farmlands. Meanwhile, infestations are ongoing in Saudi Arabia, posing risks that any...

February 05, 2021

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At least 10 dead as severe floods and landslides hit Paraguay

At least 10 people have died in central and southern Paraguay after heavy rainfall over the past few days triggered severe floods and landslides. According to the Directorate of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), several areas in the central region recorded 500 mm (20...

February 05, 2021

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Ice jam pushes St. Clair River to record levels, triggers devastating floods in Michigan, U.S.

Houses and main roads in southeastern St. Clair County, Michigan, were flooded on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, after ice jams pushed the St. Clair River to a record high of 176.3 m (578.5 feet). U.S. and Canadian coast guards have sent icebreaking ships to the St....

February 04, 2021

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Destructive flash floods hit Izmir after more than a month's worth of rain in just 6 hours, Turkey

Destructive flash floods lashed the Turkish Aegean coastal province of Izmir on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, resulting in heavy damage, one fatality, and another person missing. Authorities called the situation a disaster, advising residents to stay indoors and only...

February 03, 2021

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Europe braces for significant continent-wide cold outbreak

After the Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event at the beginning of January 2021 and the Polar Vortex collapse, weather patterns across the northern hemisphere became very dynamic and progressive. This has set the stage for a potentially quite significant cold...

February 03, 2021

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Major bushfire destroys at least 71 homes in Perth Hills, threatening 2 more suburbs, Australia

A fast-moving wildfire destroyed at least 71 homes on the outskirts of the city of Perth, Western Australia, on February 2 and 3, 2021, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes as hot and windy conditions continue hindering efforts to contain it. The fire is...

February 03, 2021

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Major winter storm slams Northeast U.S. with heavy snow and freezing rain

A powerful winter storm blasted the U.S. Northeast on Monday, February 1, 2021, bringing heavy snow and high winds that led to power outages for more than 22 000 customers throughout the region. The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts the heaviest snow over...

February 02, 2021