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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

Intense thunderstorms produce 30 000 lightning strikes, New Zealand, tornadoes possible

Intense thunderstorms lit the skies as an active front swept across the New Zealand on May 16, 2016. A massive storm sprouted about 30 000 lightning strikes, which is more than 3 000 bolts in a period of only two hours. According to Met Service, more severe...

May 17, 2016

ISS makes 100 000 orbits around Earth

As it passed Earth's equator at 06:10 UTC on May 16, 2016, the International Space Station (ISS) started its 100 000th orbit around Earth. It took 17 years for ISS to reach this important milestone. During the 100 000 orbits since the first component of the...

May 17, 2016

Very bright fireball over Northeastern US, ground shaking reported

A very bright fireball was observed over the Northeastern US at around 04:50 UTC on May 17, 2016. The event lasted between 3 and 8 seconds and was accompanied by fragmentation and sonic boom. The American Meteor Society received 144 reports by 09:30 UTC. The...

May 17, 2016

Record-breaking heat wave sparks fires across Israel

A fierce heatwave accompanied by strong and dusty winds is spreading across Israel. According to media reports, more than 370 people were treated for heat-related conditions, including fainting, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke on May 14 and 15, 2016. Eilat in the...

May 16, 2016

Elevated activity at Guatemala's Santa Maria (Santiaguito) volcano

Elevated activity at Guatemala's Santa Maria volcano continues. Explosions at Caliente cone, part of Santa María's Santiaguito lava-dome complex, over the last couple of days produced ash plumes that rose up to 5 km (16 400 feet). Several pyroclastic...

May 16, 2016

Heat wave firmly grips India, 340 people dead

The intense heat wave in India is holding a firm grip on the region since April 2016. At least 340 people have died so far, 102 of which in May only. Temperatures have locally risen above 45°C (113 °F), according to media reports, and a significant drop is...

May 16, 2016

Widespread flooding and landslides affect tens of thousands in Sri Lanka

Torrential downpours that have been lashing Sri Lanka since May 15, 2016 (local time), triggered floods and landslides across the affected areas and claimed 8 lives, so far. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes, and landslide warnings have...

May 16, 2016

Record low temperatures accompanied with snowfall across portions of Midwest and Northeast, US

Record low temperatures accompanied with snowfall were reported across portions of Midwest and Northeast, US, since May 14, 2016. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), below average temperatures will linger in the area until the middle of the week, when...

May 16, 2016

X-ray observatory captures expanding debris from a stellar explosion

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, the NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and many other telescopes astronomers are observing the debris field from supernova explosion first extensively observed and written about by Danish...

May 15, 2016