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Surge of lightning deaths in Bangladesh, 261 so far this year

South Asian country of Bangladesh is experiencing a surge of lightning deaths this year. As of June 22, 2016, 261 people have died from lightning, placing the country on track to beat last year’s 265 deaths. A similar surge is reported in the neighboring...

June 23, 2016

Severe thunderstorms, flash floods hit western Europe

Severe thunderstorms have hit parts of the western Europe on June 23, 2016, flooding streets, homes, businesses, and disrupting public transport. In the UK, a red "immediate action" warnings are in place for areas of Essex and London. Around a month's...

June 23, 2016

Severe weather outbreak from US Midwest to Mid-Atlantic, powerful storms sweep through Illinois

A severe weather outbreak is currently in progress from the US Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic. After ripping through Illinois on June 22 and 23, strong storms will continue impacting portions of the Midwest and Ohio River Valley before quickly spreading towards the...

June 23, 2016

Juno's arrival is getting closer

On the fourth of July, many Americans will be looking skyward in celebration of their nation’s independence. On the same date, NASA, and astronomers worldwide will also look skyward in celebration of another great achievement – Juno’s arrival to...

June 22, 2016

Severe storms, lightning kill over 100 people in India

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain lashed northern and eastern India on Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, 2016, killing more than 100 people, officials said today. Deaths were reported from the four states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and...

June 22, 2016

Noctilucent clouds in motion

On the night of June 21, 2016, photographer Derek Mellott from the town of Gibbons, Alberta, Canada recorded this fantastic display of noctilucent clouds (NLCs). "They were the brightest I have ever seen," he said. "It seemed like a good time to...

June 22, 2016

Scientists discover a large-scale motion around San Andreas Fault

A team of researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa, University of Washington and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) analyzed the motion of Earth's crust from the data collected by an array of GPS instruments placed near the San...

June 21, 2016

Increased activity at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano, El Salvador

El Salvador's San Miguel volcano is currently experiencing increased seismic unrest and strong degassing. The last major eruption of this volcano took place on December 29, 2013. Seismicity under the volcano sharply increased on June 13, 2016, and was followed...

June 21, 2016

Strong and deep M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of New Ireland, P.N.G.

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea at 17:12 UTC on June 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 365.3 km (227 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 367 km....

June 21, 2016

Intense US heat wave breaks temperature records, sparks violent wildfires

A record-breaking heat wave wrapped large portion of the US Southwest and parts of California over the last couple of days. Numerous new temperature records have been set in San Diego County alone while the hot and dry conditions fueled spreading of several...

June 21, 2016

Tropical Storm "Danielle" makes Mexico landfall

Tropical Storm "Danielle" made landfall close to the Tuxpan city, Mexico's state of Veracruz around 00:00 UTC on June 21 (20:00 EDT, June 20), with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph). Eastern Mexico was already under heavy rain at the time of...

June 21, 2016

Record-breaking rainfall triggers deadly landslides across quake-shaken Kumamoto, Japan

Record-breaking rainfall brought by a low pressure front has hit parts of quake-shaken Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan on June 20 and 21, 2016, causing floods and numerous landslides. As of early June 21, four people have been found dead. Meteorologists warn more...

June 21, 2016

Electric fields around Venus stripped its atmosphere of water components

Scientists using data obtained by ESA's Venus Express have discovered a strong electric field around the planet Venus. Venus' electric field is at least 5 - 10 times stronger than Earth's and it seems it played a crucial part in removing water components...

June 20, 2016

65.3 million displaced in 2015

Global forced displacement has escalated sharply in 2015, reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering. By the end of the year, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict,...

June 20, 2016

Southeast Queensland inundated during torrential downpours

An intense rainstorm triggered severe flash floods in portions of the southeast Queensland on June 19, 2016. The rescue services performed 27 water rescues and received 300 calls for help. No deaths or injuries have been reported so far. The storm system is expected...

June 20, 2016

Tropical Storm "Danielle" to cause dangerous flash floods and mudslides in eastern Mexico

Danielle, the fourth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, formed on June 20, 2016, off the eastern coast of Mexico. The system is expected to make landfall today and bring up to 381 mm (15 inches) of rainfall to some areas. The forecast warns the storm...

June 20, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Vanuatu at 09:47 UTC on June 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.6 km (8.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 0 km. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

June 19, 2016