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Vigorous steam degassing observed at Pavlof volcano, Aviation Color Code increased to Orange, Alaska

Vigorous steam degassing was observed at Alaska's Pavlof volcano in web camera images from Cold Bay (65 km / 35 miles SW) and Black Hills (35 km / 20 miles NNE) on July 28, 2016. Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) has increased the Aviation Color Code and the...

July 28, 2016

WMO's ENSO Update: Weak La Niña may develop

A La Niña event may develop in the third quarter of this year, but it is likely to be weak, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in its ENSO Update published July 28, 2016. The event is not expected to match up to the moderate to strong La...

July 28, 2016

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot heats planet’s upper atmosphere

Researchers from Boston University's (BU) Center for Space Physics report that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet's upper atmosphere to the unusually high values observed. The work, led by Dr...

July 28, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: July 20 - 26, 2016

Between July 22 and 26, 2016, new activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes. Ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia), Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia), Kilauea, Hawaiian...

July 28, 2016

Tropopause cooling a part of natural decadal cycle

The cooling trend observed in the late 20th century at the transition between the troposphere and stratosphere at an altitude of about 15 kilometers is usually believed to be caused by human influences. Now, climate scientists from Kiel And Bergen (Norway) have...

July 28, 2016

Fiery re-entry of Chinese space junk over Western US

A slow moving bright streak of light burst across the night sky over California, Utah and Nevada around 21:36 PTD on Wednesday, July 27 (04:36 UTC on July 28). Images and videos of the event immediately sent social media into a frenzy. The event, caused by space...

July 28, 2016

Catastrophic floods and landslides wreak havoc across Nepal

Widespread flooding and landslides, caused by intense monsoon rainstorms across Nepal, killed 39 people, while further 28 went missing in the last 24 hours. Thousands have been displaced, and hundreds of homes devastated. The districts of Pyuthan, Gulmi, Palpa,...

July 27, 2016

Study points to a new paradigm in the star and star cluster formation

A research team from Brazil discovered seven new star clusters, younger than 5 million years, and located far away from the Galactic disc. Two young stellar clusters, named Camargo 438 and Camargo 439 were found in the Galactic halo using NASA's Wide-field...

July 27, 2016

Tropical Storm "Mirinae" hits China's Hainan before moving on to Vietnam

Tropical Storm "Mirinae" made landfall over the Hainan province in China on July 26, 2016. Intense wind gusts toppled trees and power lines, causing traffic disruptions. Over 3 000 people have been evacuated ahead of the storm. No victims or injuries were...

July 27, 2016

Record-breaking rainfall, destructive tornadoes and a spell of cold weather hits South Africa

A spell of unusually wet weather wrapped portions of South Africa over the last couple of days. Snowfall and record-breaking rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected areas, prompting the authorities to issue adequate weather warnings. A...

July 27, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Aisen, Chile

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Aisen, Chile at 01:25 UTC on July 27, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). CSN Chile is reporting Mw6.0 at a depth of 14.6 km (9 miles). According to the USGS, the...

July 27, 2016

Persistent US heat wave claims six lives, scorching conditions set to continue

A scorching heat wave over the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US shows no signs of relief. Persistent hot weather conditions have caused six deaths so far, according to media reports. 32.2 °C (90 °F) was recorded in Cleveland on July 24, 2016. The day was the...

July 26, 2016

Powerful eruption of Sakurajima spews smoke 6 km a.s.l. in the first such eruption since August 2013

After 3 calm weeks, Japan's Mount Sakurajima erupted violently at 15:02 UTC on July 25, 2016 (00:02 JST on July 26), spewing ash from its Showa Crater 6 km (20 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. The plume was extending to the SW. It was the...

July 26, 2016

New phenomenon - the 'trembling tundra' of the Yamal Peninsula, Russia

A scientific expedition has witnessed a leaking methane gas surface bubbling phenomenon on Belyy Island in the Kara Sea, off the Yamal Peninsula coastline in Siberia, Russia. Researchers observed 15 regions of about 1 meter (3.3 feet) of trembling ground covered in...

July 26, 2016

Severe flooding continues in China, nearly 300 dead or missing since July 18

Continual heavy rainfall in northern, central and eastern China has caused severe flooding and landslides since July 18, 2016. So far, 164 people died and another 125 went missing while more than 125 000 houses have been completely destroyed. Around 10.5 million...

July 25, 2016

Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake (USGS) was registered near Manus Island, Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea at 19:38 UTC on July 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 7.3 km (4.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.5 at a depth of 0 km. According...

July 25, 2016

M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Atacama, Chile

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Atacama, Chile at 17:26 UTC on July 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 71.6 km (44.5 miles). CSN Chile is reporting Mw6.1 at a depth of 77.7 km (48.3 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

July 25, 2016