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Extreme fire event in Fort McMurray continues unabated, Canada

The massive wildfire in the Canadian province of Alberta that entered city limits of Fort McMurray late Tuesday, May 3, and caused mandatory evacuation of the entire city continues to grow in size. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Fort McMurray, Anzac,...

May 06, 2016

Significant rainfall forecast for all states and territories this weekend, Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology expects significant rainfall in parts of all states and territories this weekend, extending into early next week. Latest satellite imagery shows an extensive cloud band, with embedded thunderstorms, is extending from the Indian...

May 06, 2016

Seismic activity indicates eruption at Cleveland volcano, Alaska

Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) detected an explosion at Cleveland Volcano at 02:44 UTC on May 6, 2016. The last known eruption of this volcano took place in 2015. The eruption was detected in both infrasound (air pressure) and seismic data. There are no recent...

May 06, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: April 27 - May 3, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes between April 27 and May 3, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kerinci, Indonesia | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Rincon de la Vieja, Costa...

May 05, 2016

Flash floods, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to hit the southcentral US over weekend

Another spell of severe weather is in the store for the southcentral US over the coming weekend. Starting on May 7, 2016, strong thunderstorms are expected to develop over the region and spread toward the east by May 9. Hailstorms and strong winds will dominate on...

May 05, 2016

Bristol Island volcano showing first signs of activity since 1956

Data collected by the Landsat-8 satellite suggests the Bristol Island volcano, which hasn't erupted since 1956, may have entered a phase of increased activity in late April 2016. The clear weather view has shown a plume of gas and steam which may have contained...

May 05, 2016

Rare transit of Mercury across the Sun on May 9

A rare transit of Mercury across the Sun will take place on May 9, 2016, starting at about 11:12 UTC and lasting about 7.5 hours. This is an extremely rare event that occurs only 13 or 14 times in each century. There will be one other transit of Mercury in 2019 and...

May 05, 2016

Unprecedented toxic red algal bloom severely impacts Los Lagos, Chile

The southern area of Los Lagos, Chile, has been affected by the unprecedented red algal bloom over the last month. The phenomenon has caused thousands of local fishermen to protest the government's "insufficient" effort to alleviate the economic...

May 04, 2016

Radioactive vapors at Hanford nuclear site affect 26 workers, Washington

26 workers have now been affected by the radioactive fumes leaking from the Hanford nuclear site in the US state of Washington since April 17, 2016. After several years of radioactive waste leaking, the amount grew dramatically that day when 13 000 liters (3 500...

May 04, 2016

No moonlight to interfere with 2016 Eta Aquarids

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity this year on the night of May 5 and the morning of May 6. This is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, with most of the activity seen in the...

May 04, 2016

Massive wildfire forces mandatory evacuation of the entire city of Fort McMurray, Canada

The entire population of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray (60 000), Alberta is under mandatory evacuation order amid massive uncontrolled wildfire that entered the city. In the biggest evacuation order in the history of Alberta, the officials appealed for military...

May 04, 2016

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