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California's Sherpa Fire almost triples in size overnight, state of emergency declared

More than 1 200 firefighters are battling the so-called Sherpa Fire in California's Santa Barbara County after it almost tripled in size overnight Friday, June 17, to more than 4 000 acres. As of mid-Friday, the fire was only 5% contained; one outbuilding has...

June 17, 2016

Strong eruption of Santa Maria's Santiaguito sends ash to 5 km a.s.l., Guatemala

A strong explosion occurred at Santa Maria's Santiaguito lava-dome complex, Guatemala at 15:15 UTC on June 17, 2016. INSIVUMEH reported the eruption sent volcanic ash 5 km (16 500 feet) above sea level. The ash is drifting west. Pyroclastic flows descended the...

June 17, 2016

New South Wales and Queensland in store for more heavy rainfall over the weekend

Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected across the eastern New South Wales, southern and central Queensland over the coming weekend. Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a Flood Watch for northeast and central west river valleys, coastal river valleys north...

June 17, 2016

Record breaking heat wave expected across the southwestern US over the next few days

An intense heat wave over the southwestern US has been forecast for the coming weekend and will likely continue to cause extremely high temperatures throughout the beginning of the next week. Temperatures between 10 and 15 °F (5.5 and 8.3 °C) above average...

June 17, 2016

Above normal 2016 Southwest Monsoon season expected

India's Meteorological Department declared the arrival of the of the 2016 Southwest Monsoon over the state of Kerala on June 8, 2016. The agency has announced earlier it is expecting an above normal season, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two...

June 17, 2016

New spike in volcanic activity at Turrialba, Costa Rica

A new spike in the activity of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano, located some 50 km (31 miles) east of capital San José, was recorded on June 16, 2016. Strong tremors, caused by the passage of fluids (gas, water or magma) through the interior of the...

June 17, 2016

Significant increase in frequency and intensity of sandstorms in the Middle East over the past 15 years

A significant increase in frequency and the intensity of sand and dust storms has been observed in the Middle East over the past 15 years. Although the Middle East has been the worst hit, with Iran and Kuwait the most affected, meteorologists say they are now also...

June 17, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: June 8 - 14, 2016

Between June 8 and 14, 2016, new activity was observed at 4 volcanoes. Ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Kerinci, Indonesia | Santa Maria, Guatemala | Turrialba, Costa Rica....

June 16, 2016

Newly discovered asteroid 2016 HO3 is Earth's new quasi-satellite

Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii has discovered Earth's new quasi-satellite. Designated as 2016 HO3, this newly discovered near-Earth object has been our planet's constant companion for almost a century. The asteroid is too...

June 16, 2016

Fast-moving wildfire prompts emergency evacuations in New Mexico

A fast-moving wildfire which started in the Manzano Mountains on June 14, 2016, prompted Susana Martinez, the New Mexico Governor to declare a state of emergency on June 15, as the emergency services were unable to contain the fire. The cause of the fire is still...

June 16, 2016

Monsoon rains continue causing floods and landslides in southern China, over 3 million affected

Heavy rainfalls which started affecting southern China on June 9, 2016, have continued over the last couple of days bringing severe floods and landslides to the region. 15 people are reported dead and 10 others missing, as of June 16, while 2.3 million people need...

June 16, 2016

Egg-sized hail hits Changzhi, more than 18 000 cars damaged, China

A heavy hailstorm struck the prefecture-level city of Changzhi in Shanxi Province, North China on Monday, June 13, 2016. The largest hailstones were more than 45 mm (1.7 inches) in diameter. More than 18 000 cars that parked outdoors were damaged in the storm that...

June 15, 2016

FRIPON, a network of 100 cameras, set to watch the skies in search for meteorites over France

A French research team announced the launch of the FRIPON (Fireball Recovery and Planetary Interobservation Network) project, an interconnected network of, at least, one hundred cameras in charge of watching the skies in search for meteorites. The cameras have been...

June 15, 2016

Severe weather floods the Midwest and sprouts several tornadoes across the High Plains

Severe storms accompanied by strong winds swept the High Plains throughout June 14, 2016. Several tornadoes were reported in northeastern South Dakota while intense flooding hit parts of the Midwest. Strong rainstorms produced several tornadoes across the affected...

June 15, 2016

New lava flow at Kilauea volcano remains active, advances southeast

After a sudden lava surge on May 24, 2016, a new lava flow was formed at Hawaiian Kilauea volcano. The flow remains active, as of June 16, but currently poses no threat to nearby communities. As of June 10, the so-called 'June 27th' lava flow northeast of...

June 15, 2016

Geoeffective coronal hole, geomagnetic storm in progress

A co-rotating interaction region (CIR) - the transition zone between slow- and fast-moving streams of solar wind - has hit Earth's magnetic field on June 14, 2016, sparking geomagnetic storms. As of 19:55 UTC, a G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm is in progress and...

June 14, 2016

What experts are saying about asteroid mining

Look into the heavens at night. You see twinkling stars, maybe the crescent moon. What else is out there that we can’t see with the naked eye? Other planets and moons, comets, meteors, asteroids, miners… wait, what? Ok, there aren’t any miners in...

June 14, 2016