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Large sinkhole swallows four cars in downtown Ruijin, southeast China

A large sinkhole opened in a major avenue crossing in downtown Ruijin, southeast China’s Jiangxi Province on May 22, 2016, swallowing four cars and a tree. The hole is 3 meters deep (9.8 feet) and 30 meters (98.4 feet) wide. Nobody was hurt, and an...

May 23, 2016

Bright fireball accompanied by sonic boom over central Mexico

A bright fireball was observed and recorded over central Mexico at 06:47 UTC on May 21, 2016. The event was accompanied by a sonic boom as the meteor disintegrated in the atmosphere. Several witnesses from Mexico City, Puebla, and Tlaxcala said a green and white...

May 23, 2016

100-meter-high walls of sand sweep across Kashgar, China

Massive sandstorms have hit Tumxuk City and Minfeng County in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since Monday, May 16, 2016. With walls of packed sands falling over on people and buildings from as high as 100 meters (328 feet), visibility was...

May 18, 2016

ISS makes 100 000 orbits around Earth

As it passed Earth's equator at 06:10 UTC on May 16, 2016, the International Space Station (ISS) started its 100 000th orbit around Earth. It took 17 years for ISS to reach this important milestone. During the 100 000 orbits since the first component of the...

May 17, 2016

X-ray observatory captures expanding debris from a stellar explosion

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and many other telescopes astronomers are observing the debris field from supernova explosion first extensively observed and written about by Danish...

May 15, 2016

Michael Armstrong: The ‘culture shock’ of planetary catastrophe

In this presentation, Michael Armstrong will review the broad spectrum of human and cultural effects that followed from solar system instability and episodic catastrophe. These effects include earth’s environment and ecology, physical changes in human biology,...

May 15, 2016

Mercury's rich topography revealed for the first time

A team of scientists from the US Geological Survey (USGS), the Arizona State University, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA have produced a first comprehensive, high-resolution topographic map of...

May 13, 2016

Explaining the Mohave earthquake swarm, Arizona

Prompted by a swarm of earthquakes constantly shaking the grounds of Mohave County, Arizona, since late March 2016, Dr. Lee Alison, the Arizona State Geologists, Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, filmed a brief video clip to educate the residents and inform...

May 11, 2016

The 2016 Mercury transit as seen by SDO

In a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit, Mercury passed between the Earth and the Sun on May 9, 2016. The transit occurred between roughly 11:12 and 18:42 UTC and Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured it in multiple views. Each century hosts...

May 10, 2016

Deadly tornado outbreak in Oklahoma and Nebraska

Severe storms produced multiple tornadoes across Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa and Ilionis on May 9, 2016. In Oklahoma, the storms killed at least 2 people. A large and extremely dangerous tornado touched down near Wynnewood, south of Oklahoma City, killing an elderly...

May 10, 2016

10 must-see videos of Wray, Colorado tornado - May 7, 2016

A series of tornadoes hit eastern Colorado on Saturday, May 7, 2016. One of them touched down at the north edge of the City of Wray around 18:00 local time, causing minor injuries to five people and significant damage to four structures. According to Yuma County...

May 08, 2016

Widespread flooding in Kenya, massive building collapse in Nairobi kills 16 people

Torrential downpours over the last couple of days have caused severe flooding across parts of Kenya. The floods have affected more than 2 000 people across several counties and led to a major collapse of a residential building in Huruma, Nairobi, where 16 people...

May 02, 2016

Bright green fireball streaks across the skies of Southern California, US

A bright green fireball was recorded streaking across the skies of Southern California at 04:40 UTC on April 27, 2016 (21:40 PDT on April 26). American Meteor Society received more than 65 reports and is investigating the case. According to witness reports, the...

April 27, 2016

Current eruptions at Santa Maria (Santiaguito) the strongest in recent years, Guatemala

In a special report published 15:40 UTC on April 23, INSIVUMEH reported that Santa Maria (Santiaguito) volcano is experiencing the highest level of explosive activity observed in recent years, with violent eruptions accompanied by ash columns reaching 4.5 - 5 km (14...

April 23, 2016

Drone footage shows very large earth crack on Britain's Jurassic Coast

A very large earth crack opened on Britain's Jurassic Coast after heavy rains caused thousands of tons of earth to give way on April 13, 2016. The crack, measuring about 274 meters (900 feet) as of April 19, emerged in the land's edge at Bowleaze Cove near...

April 21, 2016

Ash storm engulfs Puebla after large strombolian eruption of Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico

A large strombolian eruption, lasting several hours and characterized by emission of incandescent fragments and tall ash columns, occurred at Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico on April 18, 2016. The eruption started at 07:32 UTC (02:32 local time), gradually...

April 19, 2016

State of emergency declared after historic flooding claims 6 lives in Houston, Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency in nine counties after record-breaking rainfall on April 18 caused unprecedented flooding in the Houston area. As of 17:00 UTC (12:00 CDT), April 19, 6 people have died as a result of severe flooding. The...

April 19, 2016