Environment

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A national emergency was declared after a series of wildfires in South Korea’s Gangwon Province, northeast of capital Seoul, destroyed 300 homes, warehouses and other buildings, and left at least 1 person dead since it started late April 4, 2019. The main fire has been brought under control today, but other fires are still burning. The fire was likely
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New activity was reported for 2 volcanoes from March 27 to April 2, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Popocatepetl, Mexico | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia). Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Ebeko, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kerinci, Indonesia | Krakatau, Indonesia | Manam, Papua New Guinea
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“With full reservoirs and a dense snowpack, this year is practically a California water supply dream,” California DWR Director Karla Nemeth said April 2, 2019, after latest Sierra snowpack measurement. California state officials made their monthly snowpack measurement at Phillips Station in the Sierra and confirmed there will be no lack of water this year.
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A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo, Brazil at 06:16 UTC on April 3, 2019, and was registered by 4 Exoss stations. The closest station was Observatório do Pico dos Dias (OPD-LNA) while EPS stations of Eduardo Santiago and the Municipal Observatory of Campinas recorded its complete trajectory. Fireball over Brazil on
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A new round of heavy rain has been affecting several regions of Peru over the past couple of days, causing floods and mudslides that resulted in fatalities and damage across the country. A state of emergency has been declared in the province of Chanchamayo, in the district of Palca, Tarma Province and Ulcumayo, Junin Province. As
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Spring snowfall turned mountains of northwestern Saudi Arabia into white on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Clouds began to form early Sunday over Jabal Al-Lawz in Tabuk Province and by sunset, snow covered all the area, Arab News reports. Authorities sent security patrols, civil defense and ambulances to the area as visitors rushed to witness the conditions. 
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April 1 – M104 well placed for observation. The Sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time. At a declination of -11°37′, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 58°N and
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A bright fireball was seen above Ashokan Reservoir, NY at 10:13 UTC on March 28, 2019 (18:13 EST). The event lasted several seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 261 reports by 12:00 UTC, March 29, mainly from Connecticut and Pennslyvania. Eyewitness reports also came from Washington DC, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York,
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Mexican authorities have raised the alert level for Popocatepetl volcano from Yellow Phase 2 to Yellow Phase 3 on March 28, 2019. The decision was made due to increased activity observed in recent days, possible magma expulsion and explosions of increased intensity. Over the past 24 hours, Popocatepetl monitoring network detected 61 exhalations, accompanied by water
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New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from March 20 – 26, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Villarrica, Chile. Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Ebeko, Paramushir Island
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Wildfires are burning in northern Portugal fueled by strong winds and unexpectedly high temperatures (28 °C / 82.4 °F) several months before expected. Wildfire alert was issued Tuesday evening, March 26, prohibiting farmers from using slash-and-burn methods, requiring employers to authorize absences for workers who serve as volunteer firefighters, and placing more police forces on standby to act
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10 million people in Afghanistan (population 35 million) are facing severe acute food insecurity following 3 years of drought and recent floods. Three years of drought have contributed to massive crop failure, economic hardship, hunger and loss of life, forcing 266 000 people from their homes, Afghan Red Crescent Society and the International Federation of Red Cross
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The center of Tropical Cyclone “Joaninha” passed very close to Rodrigues Island, Southwest Indian Ocean on March 26 and 27, 2019, producing strong southerly winds, heavy rain and large swells. This is the 13th named storm and 9th intense tropical cyclone of the record-breaking 2018/19 Southwest Indian Ocean tropical cyclone season. At 12:00 UTC on March 26, Joaninha’s center was