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Mindulle hits Tokyo, leaves at least one dead and 29 injured

​Typhoon "Mindulle" made landfall near Tateyama on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba prefecture, Japan around 03:30 UTC (12:30 JST) on Monday, August 22, 2016. It had maximum sustained winds of 126 km/h (78.3 mph) and gusts as high as 180 km/h (112 mph) at the...

August 22, 2016

Typhoon "Mindulle" about to hit Tokyo with very heavy rain and damaging winds

Severe Tropical Storm "Mindulle" has reached typhoon strength during the late UTC hours of August 21, 2016. According to the current JMA forecast track, this system is expected to make landfall near Tokyo just after 03:00 UTC on Monday, August 22, 2016....

August 21, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near South Georgia island, South Atlantic Ocean

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit east of South Georgia island, South Atlantic Ocean at 03:45 UTC on August 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This is the 24th moderate to strong earthquake in this region...

August 21, 2016

Shallow M5.9 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M5.9 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 15:58 UTC on August 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS registered it as M6.0 at the same depth. According to the USGS, this is the sixth...

August 20, 2016

Massive monsoon gyre generates 3 tropical cyclones near Japan

What meteorologists are calling a massive monsoon gyre has produced three named tropical storms in the Northwest Pacific Ocean on August 19, 2016, and all three of them are simultaneously threatening Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) named them Mindulle,...

August 20, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A shallow earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M6.0 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 09:01 UTC on August 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting the same magnitude and depth. According...

August 20, 2016

Louisiana floods - The worst natural disaster in US since Hurricane "Sandy"

At least 13 people have died and more than 30 000 have been rescued from water-logged homes and cars by August 19, 2016, after extreme amounts of rain dumped by a very slow-moving storm caused historic flooding in Louisiana. Although some regions are still under...

August 19, 2016

Very strong and shallow M7.4 earthquake hits South Georgia island region

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.4 hit South Georgia island region at 07:32 UTC on August 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located about 261 km (162 miles) W of South Georgia, 293 km...

August 19, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: August 10 - 16, 2016

​New activity/unrest was observed at two volcanoes between August 10 and 16, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia). Ongoing...

August 18, 2016

Tropical Storm "Dianmu" about to hit Vietnam, flash floods and landslides predicted

As of August 18, 2016, there are three tropical cyclones with fourth possibly developing in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, the most active basin on the planet. The biggest threat over the next 24 to 48 hours is Tropical Cyclone "Dianmu" which is forecast to...

August 18, 2016

Shallow M5.8 earthquake shakes Queensland, the strongest in 20 years, Australia

A shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as Mwp5.8 hit near the coast of Queensland, Australia at 04:30 UTC on August 18, 2016 (14:30 local time). The agency is reporting a depth of 0 km. USGS registered it as Mb5.7 at a depth of 7.8 km (4.8...

August 18, 2016

OSIRIS-REx to launch toward Asteroid Bennu and come back with its sample in 2023

In September or early October 2016, NASA will launch its first mission to return a sample of an asteroid to Earth. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the near-Earth...

August 17, 2016

Tropical Storm "Chanthu" hits Japan

Tropical Storm "Chanthu" made the first landfall in Japan's Chosi, Chiba prefecture around 18:30 UTC on August 16 (03:30 JST on August 17) and the second near Cape Erimo on the southern tip of the main island of Hokkaido around 08:30 UTC on August 17,...

August 17, 2016

Bluecut Fire: Rapidly spreading wildfire forces 82 000 to evacuate, California

The Bluecut Fire in California's San Bernardino National Forest was first reported at 17:36 UTC on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The fire has rapidly spread to over 30 000 acres (12 140 hectares / 121.4 km2) by 15:00 UTC on Wednesday, August 17. More than 80 000...

August 17, 2016

Mysterious lights streak across San Diego sky, California

Mysterious lights were seen streaking across the sky in San Diego, California on Monday night, August 15, 2016. The prime suspect, at this time, is man-made space debris. The lights were reported between 21:35 to 21:37 local time in the sky over the 3300 block of El...

August 17, 2016

World's first quantum communication satellite launched

China has successfully launched the world's first quantum communication satellite - Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) - from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi Desert at 17:40 UTC on August 16, 2016 (01:40 local time on August 17)....

August 16, 2016

Major tailings dam failure in China's Henan Province

Two villages in China's Henan Province were covered in red mud containing toxic heavy metals after a waste pond dam collapsed on August 8, 2016, releasing 2 million cubic meters of aluminum production byproducts. The toxic waste pond was located in Dahegou...

August 16, 2016