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Torrential downpours and orange-sized hail damage 2 000 homes in Manipur, India

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall and very large hail have been sweeping the states in northeastern India, since April 18, 2016. According to residents, more than 2 000 homes in Manipur and other buildings suffered extensive damage. No victims have...

April 21, 2016

Drone footage shows very large earth crack on Britain's Jurassic Coast

A very large earth crack opened on Britain's Jurassic Coast after heavy rains caused thousands of tons of earth to give way on April 13, 2016. The crack, measuring about 274 meters (900 feet) as of April 19, emerged in the land's edge at Bowleaze Cove near...

April 21, 2016

Newly formed Tropical Cyclone "Amos" to remain nearly stationary over the Samoan Islands

Tropical Cyclone "Amos" (20P/JTWC) formed on April 20, 2016, north of Fiji, southern Pacific Ocean. The system is moving toward the Samoan Islands and is expected to remain nearly stationary over them through the week, increasing the potential for flash...

April 20, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: April 13 - 19, 2016

New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes between April 13 and 19, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Kerinci, Indonesia |...

April 20, 2016

330 million affected by severe drought and water shortage across India

Southern and Eastern India are struggling with the consequences of severe drought caused by an early season heat wave and the lack of relief from monsoon rain. Dangerously high temperatures have so far claimed over 160 lives while 330 million people are affected by...

April 20, 2016

Strong eruption of Santa Maria produces moderate to strong ashfall, Guatemala

Santa Maria's Santiaguito lava-dome complex located in the western province of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala produced another strong eruption on April 19, 2016. The event was accompanied by moderate to strong ashfall affecting areas in the radius between 6 and 25 km...

April 20, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit near the coast of Ecuador at 08:33 UTC on April 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 15.7 km (9.7 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. According to the USGS, the epicenter...

April 20, 2016

13 000 liters of nuclear waste leak from double-shell tank at Hanford, US

The amount of radioactive waste that has been leaking between the two walls of one of the underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State for several years grew dramatically on Sunday, April 17, 2016, with up to 13 000 liters (3 500 gallons) of...

April 20, 2016

Ash storm engulfs Puebla after large strombolian eruption of Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico

A large strombolian eruption, lasting several hours and characterized by emission of incandescent fragments and tall ash columns, occurred at Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico on April 18, 2016. The eruption started at 07:32 UTC (02:32 local time), gradually...

April 19, 2016

CATDAT: Natural disasters caused over 8 million deaths and $7 trillion USD of damage since 1900

According to the CATDAT database, over 8 million deaths have been caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, storms, bush-fires and volcanoes since the beginning of the 20th century. The highest amount of damage has been caused by floods while the...

April 19, 2016

State of emergency declared after historic flooding claims 6 lives in Houston, Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency in nine counties after record-breaking rainfall on April 18 caused unprecedented flooding in the Houston area. As of 17:00 UTC (12:00 CDT), April 19, 6 people have died as a result of severe flooding. The...

April 19, 2016

Super Cyclone "Fantala" starts a weakening trend, to turn toward Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" strengthened to a Category 5 equivalent hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. At 18:42 UTC on April 17, its maximum sustained winds reached 277.8 km/h (172.6 mph / 150 knots; JTWC) and made Fantala one of the...

April 19, 2016

2014 record Balkan floods linked to jamming of giant airstreams

Disastrous floods that hit the Balkans in 2014 are likely linked to the temporary slowdown of giant airstreams, according to a recent study published in Science Advances. The study adds evidence that so-called planetary wave resonance is a key mechanism for causing...

April 18, 2016

Major storm wreaks havoc across US, life-threating flood ongoing in Houston

A major storm has ravaged parts of the US in the period between April 15 and 17, 2016. Heavy snowfall and flash floods wreaked havoc across the affected areas, causing large traffic disruptions, power outages and evacuations. More than 0.3 m (1 feet) of snowfall was...

April 18, 2016

M6.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Tanna island, Vanuatu

A strong earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.0 hit near the coast of Tanna island, Vanuatu at 13:06 UTC on April 18, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 64 km (39.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 72 km (44.7 miles). USGS is...

April 18, 2016

Impulsive solar flare measuring M6.7 erupted from Region 2529

An impulsive solar flare measuring M6.7 (R2 - Moderate radio blackout) erupted from Active Region 2529 at 00:29 UTC on April 18, 2016. The event started at 00:14 and ended at 00:39 UTC. This was the first M-class solar flare since M1.1 on February 15, 2016, the...

April 18, 2016

Powerful Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" to make a U-turn just north of Madagascar

Powerful Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" strengthened to 240 km/h (149.6 mph) on April 17, greater than what was previously forecast. The storm is about to make a U-turn toward the southeast and slowly weaken. Strong wind warnings are in effect for Rodrigues,...

April 17, 2016