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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

Thailand suffers strongest heat wave in last 65 years

Thailand is currently experiencing its longest heat wave in the last 65 years as average April temperatures climbed over 40 °C (104 °F). So far, 21 people died of heat-related conditions. Residents are strongly advised to remain indoors as much as possible...

April 29, 2016

Tons of dead fish washed ashore in central Vietnam

Tons of various species of dead fish washed ashore along the central coast of Vietnam over the last couple of days. The fish bodies show signs of poisoning and an investigation is being carried out to investigate the issue. The local authorities claim such an...

April 29, 2016

Increased seismic activity under Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica

The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI-UNA) reported that the seismic activity at the Turrialba volcano has increased on April 28, 2016. The Observatory recalled that last Saturday, April 23, nearly 75 earthquakes took place in less...

April 29, 2016

Floods leave 5 dead, almost 14 000 homeless in eastern Tanzania

Prolonged heavy rains caused floods that claimed lives of 5 people and left 13 933 people homeless in four districts of Tanzania's Morogoro region. According to Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Dr. Steven Kebwe, the rains started in the region on April 10....

April 29, 2016

Volcanic earthquake swarm and lake heating observed at Ruapehu, New Zealand

A volcanic earthquake swarm is being recorded beneath the Crater Lake of Mount Ruapehu since April 26, 2016, GeoNet reports. Swarms of volcanic earthquakes like these are uncommon on Ruapehu in recent years. The most recent eruption of this volcano occured on...

April 29, 2016