Environment

0 Comments
A powerful winter storm hit much of California overnight Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Heavy rain caused deadly flash floods and mudslides, triggering multiple water rescues. More than 20 000 people have been evacuated from areas below hillsides scorched by Thomas Fire, California’s largest wildfire in history. As of 19:00 UTC today, at least 6 people have lost
0 Comments
A very bright flash was seen over thousands of kilometers over Russia around 00:22 local time January 7, 2018 (20:22 UTC, January 6). The flash was followed by a ground-shaking explosion. According to witness reports, the explosion was centered west the Ural Mountains, especially over Bashkortostan, Udmurtia, and Tatarstan but was seen over a vast swath of Russia. Experts
0 Comments
Two rounds of very heavy snowfall hit China’s eastern and central regions since January 2, 2018, with freezing rain in Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi. 21 people were killed and millions affected, as of January 8, 2018. Heavy snowfall affecting the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Chongqing Municipality destroyed over 700 houses and damaged nearly
0 Comments
Tropical Cyclone “Ava” reached a peak intensity of 167 km/h (103 mph), an equivalent to Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, just hours before it made landfall over Toamasina, Madagascar on January 5, 2018. Heavy rain was falling across northern Madagascar since January 3 and increased with the landfall, producing deadly floods and landslides. 
0 Comments
Following the first known eruption of Papua New Guinea’s Kadovar volcano that took place on January 5, 2018, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) believes that the eruption could become explosive, posing a risk of landslides and tsunamis. RVO said they based their belief on the chemistry of the most recent (pre-historic) cumulodome (high-silica andesite), Loop PNG reported
0 Comments
This stunning Quadrantid meteor was spotted over Spain at 00:42 UTC on January 4, 2018 (01:42 local time), during the peak activity of this meteor shower. The event lasted about 6 seconds before the object disintegrated. The meteor overflew the Mediterranean Sea. It began at a height of around 111 km (69 miles), and ended at
0 Comments
At least one destructive tornado swept through the municipality of El Ejido, Spain’s southern province of Almeria, on January 6, 2018, damaging 150 hectares (370 acres) of greenhouses. There were several reported tornadoes in El Ejido today, but one that formed around 11:00 local time in Pampanico was responsible for extensive agricultural damage. Preliminary results show at least
0 Comments
According to Congolese authorities, at least 37 people died overnight Thursday, January 4, 2018, after heavy rain caused floods and landslides that swept through shanty homes in capital Kinshasa. Many of the dead lived in Ngaliema, a poor hillside community that was hit particularly hard, and Selembao, the provincial minister for health and social affairs said.
0 Comments
New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between December 27, 2017 and January 2, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 8 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Pacaya, Guatemala. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Ebeko, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Kilauea,
0 Comments
A major meteor shower is peaking January 3/4 with a potential to produce 50 – 100 meteors at its peak, up to 200 in perfect conditions. However, this assumes moonless dark skies and a right spot at the right time.  While some shooting stars associated with Quadrantid meteor shower are expected to be visible until
0 Comments
A tropical cyclone designated 03S, named Ava at 09:00 UTC, January 3, has formed east of Madagascar and is currently affecting Reunion, Mauritius and especially northern Madagascar where heavy rain is already causing problems. This system is expected to continue organizing and gaining strength until it makes landfall early Friday, January 5, 2018 (UTC) along the northeastern