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Bristol Island volcano showing first signs of activity since 1956

Data collected by the Landsat-8 satellite suggests the Bristol Island volcano, which hasn't erupted since 1956, may have entered a phase of increased activity in late April 2016. The clear weather view has shown a plume of gas and steam which may have contained...

May 05, 2016

Unprecedented toxic red algal bloom severely impacts Los Lagos, Chile

The southern area of Los Lagos, Chile, has been affected by the unprecedented red algal bloom over the last month. The phenomenon has caused thousands of local fishermen to protest the government's "insufficient" effort to alleviate the economic...

May 04, 2016

Radioactive vapors at Hanford nuclear site affect 26 workers, Washington

26 workers have now been affected by the radioactive fumes leaking from the Hanford nuclear site in the US state of Washington since April 17, 2016. After several years of radioactive waste leaking, the amount grew dramatically that day when 13 000 liters (3 500...

May 04, 2016

Massive wildfire forces mandatory evacuation of the entire city of Fort McMurray, Canada

The entire population of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray (60 000), Alberta is under mandatory evacuation order amid massive uncontrolled wildfire that entered the city. In the biggest evacuation order in the history of Alberta, the officials appealed for military...

May 04, 2016

Strong explosive activity continues at Santa Maria volcano, Guatemala

Strong explosive activity continues at Guatemala's Santa Maria volcano. New explosions at Caliente cone, part of Santa María's Santiaguito lava-dome complex, generated pyroclastic flows on May 2 that descended east and west of the volcanic complex....

May 03, 2016

Major sandstorm sweeps through northwest China

A major sandstorm has swept through parts of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on May 1, 2016, and continued into May 2, disrupting traffic and causing severe air pollution. The sandstorm has struck some counties in south Xinjiang since Saturday...

May 02, 2016

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm

Enhanced solar wind conditions have fueled elevated geomagnetic field activity early May 2, 2016. Geomagnetic storms reaching G2 - Moderate levels have been observed. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was first reached at 00:37 UTC on...

May 02, 2016

Extreme weather floods the US South, tornadoes and large hail wreak havoc

Heavy thunderstorms accompanied with intense hail and tornadoes swept through the portion of the southern United States on April 29, 2016. Severe storms continued across the region on the following day, causing severe flash floods and threatening human lives and...

April 30, 2016

Tons of dead fish washed ashore in central Vietnam

Tons of various species of dead fish washed ashore along the central coast of Vietnam over the last couple of days. The fish bodies show signs of poisoning and an investigation is being carried out to investigate the issue. The local authorities claim such an...

April 29, 2016

Floods leave 5 dead, almost 14 000 homeless in eastern Tanzania

Prolonged heavy rains caused floods that claimed lives of 5 people and left 13 933 people homeless in four districts of Tanzania's Morogoro region. According to Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Dr. Steven Kebwe, the rains started in the region on April 10....

April 29, 2016

Volcanic earthquake swarm and lake heating observed at Ruapehu, New Zealand

A volcanic earthquake swarm is being recorded beneath the Crater Lake of Mount Ruapehu since April 26, 2016, GeoNet reports. Swarms of volcanic earthquakes like these are uncommon on Ruapehu in recent years. The most recent eruption of this volcano occured on...

April 29, 2016

Massive M7.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu, tsunami warning issued

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M7.3 hit Vanuatu at 19:33 UTC on April 28, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles). USGS is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 27.2 km (16.9 miles). EMSC reports M7.0 at a depth...

April 28, 2016

Minor eruption at White Island, alert level raised, New Zealand

A minor eruption occurred at New Zealand's White Island (Whaakari) about 09:50 UTC on April 27, 2016 (21:50 NZST), GeoNet reports. As a consequence of this activity, the Volcanic Alert Level was raised to Level 3 (out of 5 / Minor volcanic eruption) and lowered...

April 28, 2016

Unusually strong 'whiting event' in progress at Lake Kivu, Africa

Lake Kivu, one of Africa's greatest lakes, suffered an unexpected change in coloring during April 2016. The usually blue waters became milky, a phenomenon which attracted a lot of attention as the lake is known for storing potentially deadly amounts of gas....

April 27, 2016

The world is unprepared for impending natural disasters

For a long time, preppers and survivalists were ridiculed and called lunatics who just want the world to come to an end. However, as our planet entered a realm in which major natural disasters became a norm and officials finally admitted the world is heading into an...

April 26, 2016

Intense storm destroys over 1 100 homes and leaves at least 14 dead, Myanmar

An intense storm accompanied by golf-sized hailstones and gale-force winds was sweeping parts of northern Myanmar since April 19, 2016. The storm destroyed over 1 100 homes and killed at least 14 people. The death toll is still expected to rise. On April 23, the...

April 25, 2016

Extensive severe weather outbreak targets central United States

An extensive severe weather outbreak is targeting the central United States, with the highest risk on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, into Wednesday, April 27. Three rounds of severe thunderstorms are expected through next weekend. Severe thunderstorms with large hail,...

April 25, 2016