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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,
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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
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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
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A Full Moon Supermoon will take place early January 2 (UTC), Earth will reach perihelion (closest point to the Sun) on January 3 and Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak on January 4th. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to
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Nearly half of Puerto Rico is still without power three months after Hurricane “Maria” devastated the island, officials said Friday, December 29, 2017. 45% of nearly 1.5 million customers in Puerto Rico are still without power after a Category 4 Hurricane “Maria” devastated the island on September 20. Authorities had previously reported power generation (standing
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New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between December 20 and 26, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Pacaya, Guatemala. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New
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Tropical Cyclone “Hilda,” the third named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region cyclone season, formed Wednesday, December 27, 2017, and hit Western Australia later that day with heavy rain and strong winds. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Hilda was moving at 12 km/h (7.4 mph) almost parallel to the coast near Anna Plains
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Increased seismicity and rapid caldera inflation are being observed at the Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island, Galapagos, IGEPN reports in a special bulletin released December 22, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2005. The current inflation rate has reached a level higher than that shown before the 2005 eruption.  The Sierra
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Does glitter bring to mind the prospect of shiny, sparkly, Christmassy, harmless fun? I’m afraid it is a bit more complicated than that. The popularity of glitter and the sheer volume used at Christmas presents us with a growing problem. Here are five reasons to rethink your glitter habit. 1. All that glitters is …
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The total economic losses resulting from natural and man-made disasters in 2017 soared to US$ 306 billion from US$ 188 billion in 2016, according to a preliminary estimate by insurance company Swiss Re. Preliminary sigma estimates for insured global losses resulting from natural and man-made disasters in 2017 are around US$ 136 billion, well-above the annual average of the previous
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On December 20, 2017, the president of the United States signed an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world and providing for the imposition of sanctions on actors engaged in these malign activities. The order became effective 00:01 EST, December 21, 2017. “I, Donald J.
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At least eight people have been killed and nine are missing since Tropical Cyclone “Tembin,” known locally as Vinta, started affecting the Philippines this week. Tembin made landfall along the east coast of Mindanao early Friday, December 22, 2017, with gusts of 125 km/h (80 mph) and heavy rain. The storm comes less than a week
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Several days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding on Maui and the Big Island, Hawaii this week.  Heavy rains started Tuesday night but the worst hit Wednesday, December 20. According to NWS, Kahului Airport recorded nearly 67 mm (2.65 inches) of rainfall in 1 hour early Wednesday. Within 24 hours, the airport received 146.8 mm (5.78 inches),
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Tropical Storm “Tembin,” known as Vinta in the Philippines, formed late December 20, 2017, east of Philippines as the 27th named storm of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season. Landfall is expected over Surigao del Sur late December 21 or early December 22 (local time). The current forecast track takes the storm over the Philippines on
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New activity/unrest was reported for 7 volcanoes between December 13 – 19, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Pacaya, Guatemala | Shishaldin, Fox Islands (USA) | Stromboli, Aeolian Islands (Italy). Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Cleveland,
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The death toll in the Philippines caused by heavy rain, floods and landslides produced by Tropical Cyclone “Kai-Tak” (Urduja) rose to 46 on Thursday, December 20, 2017. 28 people are still missing. Meanwhile, another tropical system has organized into a tropical depression and was named Vinta by PAGASA. Landfall is expected between Caraga – Davao Region on Thursday,
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Heavy snow and freezing rain caused extensive damage to power lines across British Columbia and Alberta, Canada on December 19, 2017, leaving 75 000 customers without power. At least two people were killed in southern Alberta. According to BC Hydro, the hardest hit areas were Vancouver Island communities of Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan after heavy, wet