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Video captures large sinkhole collapse in Central California

A large sinkhole formed in Madera, Central California on the evening of April 11, 2016 (local time) and was captured on video by the City of Madera Police Department. The sinkhole opened up as a part of the local roadway collapsed into a sewage line. An exact cause...

April 12, 2016

Santa Maria eruption creates pyroclastic flows, ash to 6 km a.s.l., Guatemala

Guatemala's Santa Maria volcano erupted around 12:15 UTC on April 11, 2016, generating pyroclastic flows and sending ash up to 6 km (20 000 feet) above sea level. Volcanic ash at 4.2 km (14 000 feet) is 185 km (115 miles) west of summit while volcanic ash at 6...

April 12, 2016

Severe weather brings frequent lightning, very large hail to US South

Another round of severe storms hit parts of the US South on April 10 and 11, 2016, bringing frequent lightning, strong winds and very large hail. A woman has been reported dead in Arkansas after losing control of her car during wet condition. Lightning caused...

April 11, 2016

Two massive icebergs break off Nansen Ice Shelf, Antarctica

Two massive icebergs broke off the Antarctic coastline over the weekend, threatening valuable scientific equipment deployed by New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). NIWA scientists have been monitoring satellite images of the...

April 11, 2016

Severe flooding hits Malawi

After days of severe rainfall, the northern and central parts of Malawi suffered catastrophic flooding. Hundreds of people were displaced, as their homes collapsed under severe weather conditions. Traffic was severely disrupted, and at least ten people are feared...

April 11, 2016

Wobbles in Earth's rotation explained

A group of NASA's scientists has managed to answer two important questions about the wobbles observed in our planet's rotation. New insights hold a potential to significantly add to existing knowledge about the Earth's past and future climate....

April 11, 2016

Cloud seeding part of UAE's record March rainfall

Sufian Farrah, a meteorologist and cloud seeding expert at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), said that cloud seeding operations over UAE played a part in last month's record rainfall. Farrah said UAE made 77...

April 10, 2016

Alaska's massive 2015 Icy Bay landslide triggered localized megatsunami

After a period of heavy rains, about 200 million metric tons of rock tumbled down a remote Southeast Alaska mountain. The massive landslide, lasting about 60 seconds, occurred on October 17, 2015, and landed on the toe of Tyndall Glacier and into Taan Fiord in Icy...

April 10, 2016

Deep M6.6 earthquake hits Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region at 10:28 UTC on April 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 210.4 km (130.7 miles). EMSC reports M6.6 at a depth of 211 km (131 miles). PMD NSMC (Pakistan)...

April 10, 2016

Blue jet above the Earth

For the first time ever, an image has been captured of an elusive electrical phenomenon above the Earth. An astronaut aboard the International Space Station imaged a kind of electrical discharge in the upper atmosphere known as a blue jet. In this Space News,...

April 10, 2016

Four days of heavy rain floods Argentina, thousands displaced

Four days of heavy rains in northern provinces of Argentina have caused several rivers to overflow and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people. One man is reported to have died after drowning in a swollen river. Heavy rains started on April 4 and intensified...

April 09, 2016

Heavy rain, major flash flooding hit Oman

A deep depression dumped heavy rain on northern parts of Oman on April 8, 2016, claiming lives of two people and causing widespread flood damage. "Despite repeated warnings by Omani authorities, two Omanis were killed when their vehicle was swept away by flood...

April 09, 2016

Three failed rainy seasons result in worst drought in 50 years, Ethiopia

Three failed rainy seasons have resulted in Ethiopia's worst drought in 50 years. The number of food insecure people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance has rapidly increased; from 2.9 million at the beginning of 2015 to over 10 million in March 2016. Over...

April 08, 2016

Shasta Lake water levels recovered after 4 years of extreme drought, California

After four years of extreme drought, the largest water reservoir in California - Shasta Lake - has recovered and now holds 109% of its long-term average supply for this time of year. Shasta Lake has stood as a potent symbol of the water shortage during those four...

April 08, 2016

M4.2 earthquake registered under Bardarbunga, strongest since eruption ended in 2015

A major earthquake measuring M4.2 on the Richter scale was registered 3.5 km (1.9 miles) under northern edge of the Bardarbunga volcanic craters at 00:10 UTC on April 8, 2016. This is the strongest quake to hit the volcano since it stopped erupting in February 2015....

April 08, 2016

Geomagnetic storm in progress

A geomagnetic storm reaching G1 - Minor levels is currently in progress as Earth enters a stream of positive polarity high-speed solar wind. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was reached at 20:40 UTC on April 7: Space Weather Message...

April 07, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: March 30 - April 5, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 9 volcanoes between March 30 and April 5, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 19 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Kerinci, Indonesia |...

April 07, 2016