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Rare transit of Mercury across the Sun on May 9

A rare transit of Mercury across the Sun will take place on May 9, 2016, starting at about 11:12 UTC and lasting about 7.5 hours. This is an extremely rare event that occurs only 13 or 14 times in each century. There will be one other transit of Mercury in 2019 and...

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

No moonlight to interfere with 2016 Eta Aquarids

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity this year on the night of May 5 and the morning of May 6. This is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, with most of the activity seen in the...

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

Extreme weather over northwest Europe induced by changes over Greenland

Newest research conducted at the University of Sheffield suggests the changes identified in weather systems developing over Greenland are related to extreme weather patterns over northwest Europe, such as unusually wet conditions reported across the UK during the...

May 03, 2016

Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, the place of highest lightning activity on Earth

Researchers have utilized the observations from the Lightning Imaging Sensor onboard NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission to investigate which location has a maximum lightning activity on Earth. According to data analysis, Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela is...

May 03, 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

New cycle of eruptions closes off Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica

Due to the start of a new cycle of eruptions, access to the Turrialba volcano has been closed off, with a 5-km (3.1 miles) perimeter established, Costa Rica's emergency management office announced on May 1, 2016. After an increase in seismic activity on April...

May 02, 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

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

M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.0 (downgraded from M6.1) hit southern Sumatra, Indonesia at 04:21 UTC on May 2, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 127 km (79 miles). USGS reports M5.9 at a depth of 132.7 km (82.4 miles). According to the USGS,...

May 02, 2016

Severe spring storm developing over Eastern China to track over Korea and Japan

A spring storm is developing over Eastern China and will track east over Korea and Japan through May 3 and 4, 2016, JMA warns. Heavy rainfall, high winds and thunderstorms are possible. Meteorologist Rober Speta of the NHK and WestPacWx said the storm can bring...

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

Night sky guide for May 2016

May hosts an above average meteor shower - the Eta Aquarids - with its peak on the night of May 5 and the morning of May 6. This will also be the best time of the month to observe faint objects in the night sky because there is no moonlight to interfere. A rare...

May 01, 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

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Vanuatu at 08:35 UTC on April 30, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 4.8 km (3.0 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.0 at a depth of 60 km (37.3 miles). According...

April 30, 2016