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Organic molecules crucial for life found in Rosetta's comet

Scientists analyzing data acquired by ESA's comet chaser Rosetta while orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko have discovered organic molecules regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth. The ingredients include the amino acid glycine (C2H5NO2),...

May 31, 2016

Strong M6.2 earthquake at intermediate depth hits near the coast of Taiwan

A strong earthquake registered by the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) as M6.2 hit near the coast of northern Taiwan at 05:23 UTC on May 31, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 239 km (148.5 miles). Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau is reporting M7.2...

May 31, 2016

Record-breaking rainfall causes widespread flooding, 6 people dead in Texas, US

Extreme weather conditions continued in the US over the Memorial Day weekend. Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall have triggered widespread flash flooding across parts of the southern Plains. The flooding event in Texas claimed 6 lives so far and...

May 30, 2016

Severe flooding hits Baden-Wuerttemberg, southwestern Germany

At least four people have been killed after heavy rain caused severe flooding in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg on May 29, 2016, officials said today. As of early May 30, there are no reliable casualty figures. Some unconfirmed reports mention...

May 30, 2016

Deadly thunderstorms hit Europe, "positive giant" hits a referee in Germany

A low pressure center is covering a large swathe of Europe producing heavy rain and severe electrical storms since Saturday, May 28, 2016. At least 2 people were killed and more than 35 injured on Saturday alone. The severe weather is expected to move over to the UK...

May 29, 2016

Very strong M7.3 earthquake at intermediate depth hits South Sandwich Islands region

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit the South Sandwich Islands region at 09:47 UTC on May 28, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 93.2 km (57.9 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw7.2 at a depth of 90 km (56 miles). According to the USGS, the...

May 28, 2016

Tornadoes, intense flash floods, and large hail continue ravaging the US Plains, no relief in sight

Extreme weather conditions continue to affect the Plains. An intense tornado swept the Bryan town in Texas on May 26, 2016, damaging 60 homes, and completely destroying 3 of them. At the same time, heavy rainfalls induced severe flooding across the state, disrupting...

May 27, 2016

Tropical depression brings heavy rain and strong winds to SE China, Hong Kong

A tropical depression that formed over the South China Sea on May 26 is about to make landfall over the SE China's Guangdong province, bordering Hong Kong. The system is bringing heavy rain and strong winds. According to Hong Kong Observatory, the depression had...

May 27, 2016

Piton de la Fournaise volcano's first eruption in 2016, La Réunion

Piton de la Fournaise volcano on the French La Réunion island erupted on the morning of May 26, 2016, according to IPGP. Following the event, the Prefecture placed a level 2 alert into effect, closing all public access to the Enclos. The eruption is the first...

May 26, 2016

Widespread flooding and landslides leave 101 people dead and 100 missing, Sri Lanka

An intense storm that was affecting Sri Lanka since May 15, 2016, wreaked havoc across the country's districts, causing severe flooding and deadly landslides. According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC), the current death toll is 101 and another 100 people...

May 25, 2016

Severe weather outbreak: Massive tornado destroys home near Dodge City, Kansas

Severe thunderstorms hit portions of the Plains on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, producing about 26 tornadoes in five different states. More than 12 touched down in Kansas and several more in Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado. This round of severe weather will...

May 25, 2016

Severe mercury contamination in Amazon prompts state of emergency, Peru

The Peruvian government has declared a 60-day state of emergency for 11 towns in Madre de Dios, a region in southeastern Peru’s Amazon Basin, after officials found alarmingly high levels of mercury. This highly toxic metal comes from illegal gold mines and...

May 24, 2016

Deadly dust storm plunges Kanpur into darkness, India

A massive dust storm followed by heavy rains that lasted for nearly two hours wreaked havoc in the industrial city of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India on Monday, May 23, 2016, The Times of India reports. Across the state, the storm claimed at least five lives, uprooted...

May 24, 2016

US Plains, Midwest and South face severe weather until the end of the week

A widespread outbreak of severe weather has been taking place across portions of the US Plains, Midwest and South since May 21, 2016. Intense thunderstorms accompanied with hail, strong winds and tornadoes are set to continue throughout the coming week. Isolated...

May 23, 2016

Officials say ‘fragile’ dams caused deaths after Roanu hit Bangladesh

Tropical Cyclone "Roanu" made landfall over the southern Bangladesh at 06:00 UTC on May 21, 2016. The storm brought very heavy rains and 88 km/h (54 mph) winds that caused widespread devastation. At least 24 people have lost lives, most of them washed away...

May 23, 2016

Deadly eruption of Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

Large pyroclastic flows produced by the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung on Saturday, May 21, 2016, claimed lives of 7 people, officials said Sunday. Two other people are in critical condition. National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo...

May 22, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Northern Territory, Australia

​A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as Mwp6.1 hit Central Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia at 18:14 UTC on May 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 9 km (5.6 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2...

May 20, 2016