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New activity was reported for 3 volcanoes from April 3 to 9, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Villarrica, Chile. Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Dukono,
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At least 6 people were killed and more than 50 injured after severe storms swept through Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed in provincial capital Peshawar and surrounding areas after heavy rain triggered flash floods, turning streets into raging rivers, downing trees and causing power outages. Provincial
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Scientists using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) have reportedly obtained the first image of a black hole. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole that is 6.5 billion times more massive than the Sun.  The stunning new image shows the shadow of the supermassive
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Lately, the Weather Channel has been splashing out on some seriously disturbing graphics, and the channel’s most recent immersion experience is absolutely brimming with disaster.   The roughly two-minute-long, mixed-reality segment takes viewers on a journey to the year 2100, when the streets of Charleston, South Carolina are perennially flooded, rendering parts of the city
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A rapidly intensifying and large scale storm is expected to develop across the Central U.S. by midweek featuring heavy snow, some icing, strong winds, locally heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms. The Weather Channel named this storm Wesley. Winter storm watches have been posted from central Montana to southwest Minnesota and more are expected. A rapidly
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Severe thunderstorms, large hail and at least one tornado hit Texas on April 6 and 7, 2019, leaving at least one person injured and more than 175 000 customers without power. Severe weather continues over the country on April 8. An 11-year-old girl was reportedly thrown back when lightning struck nearby water well in Dayton, TX.
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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