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India records its hottest temperature ever - 51 °C (123.8 °F)

The city of Phalodi, in India's Rajasthan, has set a new temperature record for the entire country hitting a scorching 51 °C (123.8 °F) on May 19, 2016. According to the IMD, the previous high was 50.6 °C (123 °F), reached in 1956 in the city of...

May 20, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: May 11 - 17, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 2 volcanoes between May 11 and 17, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Awu, Sangihe Islands (Indonesia) | Ruapehu, North Island (New Zealand). Ongoing activity: Aira,...

May 20, 2016

Strong eruptions at Turrialba spew ash over Coronado, Moravia and Guadalupe, Costa Rica

The activity at Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano increased significantly on May 19, 2016, with three strong eruptions and constant ash emissions. Country's National Seismological Network (RSN) registered the first explosion at 21:46 UTC. The eruption lasted...

May 20, 2016

Frequency of human-induced earthquakes in Texas on the rise in the last decade

A new historical review published in the Seismological Research Letters shows the human-triggered earthquake activity has been frequent and widespread across Texas, US, since at least 1925. The number of quakes of M3.0 or stronger, mainly induced by the oil and gas...

May 19, 2016

Strombolian eruption at Etna's Voragine crater, Italy

During the afternoon of May 18, 2016, the lava fountaining activity at Etna's Voragine crater passed into a modest Strombolian activity, which continued to feed the lava overflow toward west until the late evening, INGV Osservatorio Etneo reports today. A second...

May 19, 2016

Massive sand influx buries 16 villages, southeastern Iran

According to Amin Baqeri, the governor of Rigan, Iran's southeastern province of Kerman, 16 villages in Rigan were buried in sand and became completely deserted amid consistent sand storms. "Massive sand influx and consistent sand storms have led to the...

May 19, 2016

Pyroclastic flows observed at Fuego, large lahars possible, Guatemala

Guatemala's Fuego volcano produced at least 9 explosions early May 18 that expelled volcanic ash to a height of 4 300 m (14 110 feet) and dispersed at a distance of 7 - 10 km (4.3 - 6.2 miles) to the south. Moderately large pyroclastic flows were observed later...

May 19, 2016

Very strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit Ecuador at 16:46 UTC on May 18, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 31 km (19.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). After M6.7 at 07:57 UTC, this is a second...

May 18, 2016

Wettest day in history of Vero Beach, Florida

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall swept through Vero Beach, Florida on May 17, 2016. The day was recorded as the wettest day in the history of the city, as two months worth of rainfall was received in one day. The widespread flooding was also...

May 18, 2016

Heavy rainfall causes deadly landslides in Assam, India

Torrential rainfalls that have been sweeping portions of India for the last couple of days triggered deadly landslides in the districts of Karimganj and Hailakandi, Assam in Northeast India on May 18, 2016. Ten casualties have been reported so far. According to the...

May 18, 2016

Deadly storm intensifies into a tropical cyclone, Bay of Bengal, India

The deadly storm that formed late last week and dropped large amounts of rain on Sri Lanka and neighboring India has transitioned from the monsoonal type pattern to a more characteristic tropical structure on May 18, 2016. This storm is responsible for...

May 18, 2016

New eruption starts at Mount Etna, Italy

After a gradual resumption of activity observed at Italy's Etna volcano since early April 2016, the volcano is now exhibiting mild to strong strombolian activity accompanied by dense smoke. The Aviation Color Code is Orange. During the night of May 16, 2016,...

May 18, 2016

Very strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Ecuador

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Ecuador at 07:57 UTC on May 18, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 32.4 km (20.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.7 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

May 18, 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

Mount Hood earthquake swarm tectonic in nature, US

A swarm of small earthquakes was detected at Mount Hood on May 15 and 16, 2016. The quakes were located 3.2 - 4.8 km (2 - 3 miles) south of the summit of Mount Hood at depths of 3.2 - 4.8 km below sea level. The largest event was a magnitude 1.8. Earthquake rates...

May 17, 2016

Massive landslide buries three villages, over 200 families missing, Sri Lanka

According to government officials, a large landslide triggered by more than three days of heavy rain buried three villages in Aranayaka (Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya), district of Kegalle, Sri Lanka on May 17, 2016. As of late May 17, the death toll is still...

May 17, 2016

Violent rainstorm ravages Nagaland, India

A strong rainstorm swept parts of Nagaland, India, on May 16, 2016. The reported damage includes numerous downed trees, power lines, and completely destroyed homes in several locations. Luckily, no fatalities have been reported. Dimapur, Kohima, and Zunheboto...

May 17, 2016