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New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between January 24 and 30, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12. New activity/unrest: Kadovar, Papua New Guinea | Kusatsu-Shiranesan, Honshu (Japan) | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | San Miguel, El Salvador | Zaozan, Honshu (Japan). Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aira, Kyushu (Japan) |
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After super blue blood Moon on January 31, we are heading toward our next celestial event on February 15 when a partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica.  The best time of this month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to
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Heavy rain is affecting Guatemala since January 26, causing floods, landslides and damage. At least 15 200 people are affected and 258 evacuated. No fatalities or injuries have been reported. According to CONRED, as of January 31, 258 people were evacuated in Alta Verapaz and Izabal departments and 124 buildings were damaged. In addition, national authorities reported that approximately 15
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A significant ashfall was reported in the municipalities of Camalig and Guinobatan in the province of Albay, Philippines shortly before 13:00 UTC on January 29, 2018, after energetic lava effusion started at Mayon volcano with sporadic lava fountaining events and generation of lava-collapse fed pyroclastic density currents (PDCs). According to PHIVOLCS, the energetic lava effusion started at 11:50
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Following unprecedented road conditions across Morocco on January 20, 2018, when 5 000 km (3 100 miles) of roads were closed due to what authorities described as ‘exceptional’ snowfall, heavy snow arrived to the country’s southern regions on January 29, for the first time in 50 years. To address the unprecedented road conditions earlier this month,
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Controversy has erupted after reports revealed German carmakers have collaborated on experiments in which monkeys and human participants were intentionally exposed to toxic diesel fumes.   The secret experiments, which took place in both the US and Germany, were part of a ‘clean diesel’ research initiative funded by Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, with BMW
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Controversy has erupted after reports revealed German carmakers have collaborated on experiments in which monkeys and human participants were intentionally exposed to toxic diesel fumes.   The secret experiments, which took place in both the US and Germany, were part of a ‘clean diesel’ research initiative funded by Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, with BMW
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Residents of eastern Brazil and northern Peru witnessed a rare atmospheric re-entry of a recently launched rocket that ended up hard landing in pieces over South America. The rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 26, 2017 carrying AngoSat 1 Communications Satellite. The SL-23 rocked body (international designation 2017-086D) re-entered Earth’s atmosphere at 23:32 UTC on January 27, 2018, providing
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A severe thunderstorm swept through Darwin on January 28, 2018, causing flash floods and downing trees and power lines. Darwin is the capital city (population of 145 916) of the sparsely populated Northern Territory of Australia. This region is famous for its summer monsoon season, generally running from December to March. However, some areas received twice their January average in
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China’s National Meteorological Center (NMC) has upgraded its snowstorm warning to Orange – the second highest level on Thursday, January 25, 2018, as heavy snow continues affecting China’s central and eastern regions. A Blue alert for cold wave remains in effect. NMC first issued a Yellow snowstorm warning on January 24, the second on their four-tier
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New activity unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between January 17 and 23, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kadovar, Papua New Guinea | Kusatsu-Shiranesan, Honshu (Japan) | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Nevados de Chillan, Chile | San Miguel, El Salvador. Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aira, Kyushu
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The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a very rare low temperature advisory for capital Tokyo as cold air started affecting the country on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. This is the first such warning for Tokyo in 33 years, officials said, adding the cold weather will continue until Saturday, January 27. By Thursday morning, the temperature in Tokyo dropped to -4
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On December 1, Tesla’s 100MW battery system went online in South Australia after meeting founder Elon Musk’s self-imposed 100-day construction deadline. In the weeks since, the massive battery system has seemingly lived up to its potential as a reliable source of clean energy.   When a coal plant tripped on December 14, Tesla’s Australian battery