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Analysis of St. Patrick's day fireball over the UK

A very large fireball illuminated the sky over London, UK for 4 seconds at 03:16 UTC on March 17, 2016. The event was observed from the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium and recorded by 5 stations and 7 cameras operated by the United Kingdom Meteor Observation...

March 22, 2016

Large landslide and egg-sized hailstones hit Hunan, China

A large landslide was captured on camera on March 18, 2016, as it buried a highway in Anhua County of China’s Hunan Province. Two days later, egg-sized hailstones hit Hunan's Chenzhou city. Footage shot by a driver shows a landslide took place at 09:10 and...

March 22, 2016

Large multiple-vortex waterspout filmed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A tornado formed in Fort Lauderdale, southeastern Florida on March 19, 2016, and soon turned into a large multiple-vortex waterspout. The rare event was filmed by several observers. The wind picked up boats, tossed garbage cans and left several cars damaged....

March 21, 2016

New Mars' gravity map released

A new map of Mars' gravity was released this month, providing a glimpse into the hidden interior of the planet. The map, most detailed to date, was derived using Doppler and range tracking data collected by NASA's Deep Space Network from three NASA...

March 21, 2016

Slow-moving natural disaster kills more than 350 000 animals, Mongolia

More than 350 000 farm animals have died in a slow-moving natural disaster known in Mongolia as a "dzud," International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports. "Dzud" is a clinical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia...

March 21, 2016

Colossal 'super spiral' galaxies discovered

Scientists using archived NASA data have discovered a strange new kind of galactic beast in the cosmic wilderness. Dubbed "super spirals," these unprecedented galaxies dwarf our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, and compete in size and brightness with the...

March 21, 2016

'Twin comets' to safely fly past Earth

Two Jupiter-family comets - 252P/LINEAR and P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) - will safely fly past Earth on March 21 and 22, 2016 at a distance of 5.2 million km (3.3 million miles) and 3.5 million km (2.2 million miles), respectively. The two comets have intriguingly...

March 21, 2016

Rare earthquake hits northern Sweden, largest in 100 years

A rare earthquake was registered about 45 km (28 miles) off the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, northern Sweden late Saturday, March 19, 2016. Swedish national seismic network (SNSN) recorded it as a shallow M3.9 earthquake at 21:55 UTC. "This area of the Gulf...

March 21, 2016

Strong M6.4 earthquake hit near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia at 22:50 UTC on March 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 31.3 km (19.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 70 km (43.5 miles). According to the USGS,...

March 20, 2016

Rare natural phenomenon possible cause for the FlyDubai FZ981 crash

Evgeny Tishkovets, a leading specialist from the Fobos weather monitoring center, said a rare natural phenomenon might have been the cause of FlyDubai FZ981 crash on March 19, 2016, that killed all 62 people on board. "In the vicinity of the landing field,...

March 20, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Antigua and Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Antigua and Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean at 11:26 UTC on March 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 24.5 km (15.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). The...

March 19, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Andreanof Islands, Alaska

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Atka, Andreanof Islands, Alaska at 01:35 UTC on March 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 17 km (10.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 10 km (6.1 miles). The epicenter...

March 19, 2016

Asteroid 2016 EF195 detected 4 days after very close flyby

Newly discovered asteroid 2016 EF195 made a very close approach to Earth on March 11 and flew by us at 0.08 lunar distances. The closest approach occurred at 04:35 UTC at about 31 565 km (0.000211 AU / 0.08 LD / 19 613 miles) from the surface of our planet. This...

March 18, 2016

Venezuela shutting down due to energy crisis, again

According to a government statement published this week in a state-run newspaper, the entire Venezuela will be given a week off to cope with yet another crippling energy crisis. The measure is not new; the same happened in 2010 when the first electricity crisis hit....

March 18, 2016

Mysterious bacterial outbreak spreading through Wisconsin, US

A mysterious bacterial outbreak has killed 17 people and sickened at least 54 in Wisconsin, US since November 2015, officials confirmed on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Experts say this outbreak is unprecedented. The cause of the sickness is bacteria called...

March 18, 2016

Powerful cold front hits Melbourne, Australia

A violent storm hit central Victoria, Australia on March 18, 2016. Strong winds ripped off roofs, brought down trees and caused power outages. A Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds is in effect for the Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland...

March 18, 2016

Tennis ball-sized hail pounds Dallas-Fort Worth area, US

A severe thunderstorm hit the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area on Thursday, March 18, 2016. The storm first hit about 04:00 (local time) and then again just before 09:00, dropping surprisingly large hailstones that busted in windshields, damaged houses, killed...

March 17, 2016