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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
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A bright fireball lit up the night sky over Lake Michigan at 05:53 UTC on December 19, 2017 (23:53 CST, December 18). The event lasted several seconds. The American Meteor Organization (AMO) received 61 reports. The fireball was seen over Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa. Two people reported delayed sound associated with the event.
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A quick-moving severe thunderstorm accompanied by destructive, golf-sized hail and strong winds hit Victoria, Australia on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, leaving 100 000 homes without power. The Victoria office of Bureau of Meteorology said an extraordinary amount of lightning was detected across Victoria, extending from the Mallee to Gippsland as the storm swept through the
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A bright meteor was captured streaking through the night sky over Sochi, Russia on Friday, December 15, 2017. Alexander Ivanov, head of the Kuban University laboratory of astrophysics, said the object was the size of a soccer ball, adding that it burned down 20 km (12.4 miles) above Earth. The phenomenon is not a rare occasion during
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Heavy rain has been affecting northeastern Oman since December 16, 2017, causing severe floods and bringing traffic to a standstill. According to local media reports, as of December 18, three people were reported dead in Saham and Fariq towns and 120 more have been made homeless. In addition, several houses were flooded in the capital
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The thermonuclear research was initiated by theoretical physicists in the early 1920s based on pure speculation. Georgii Gamow, Robert Atkinson, and Fritz Houtermans proposed that the energy production in stars was derived from the collision of atomic nuclei. Gamow was the first to suggest that in the interior of stars, atomic nuclei can occasionally collide
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Floods and landslides triggered by slow-moving Tropical Cyclone “Kai-Tak,” locally known as Urduja, killed at least 26 people and left another 23 missing in the Philippines, authorities said Sunday, December 17, 2017. More floods and landslides are possible in the days ahead. Tropical Depression “Urduja” formed December 12 near Palau and stalled with its center just off
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A slow-moving Tropical Storm “Urduja,” internationally known as “Kai-Tak,” crawled toward the Philippines over the past couple of days, dropping massive amounts of rain. Urduja made landfall around 06:00 UTC on December 16 in the vicinity of San Policarpio, Eastern Samar and is expected to re-emerge over the warm waters of South China Sea early
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The Kanlaon volcano’s seismic network recorded 1 217 volcano earthquakes on December 14, 2017, an uptick from already unusually high 578 recorded on December 13. Wispy emission of white steam-laden plumes were observed coming from the summit crater, PHIVOLCS said 08:00 PHT today (00:00 UTC). Ground deformation data from continuous GPS measurements indicate slight inflation of
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Authorities are monitoring a lake-like structure that formed a few months ago after a heavy landslide occurred at Gaumukh, the mouth of Gangotri glacier in Uttarakhand, India. This glacier, one of the primary sources of River Ganges, is one of the largest in the Himalayas with an estimated volume of over 27 km3 (6.5 mi3). Another team of scientists and specialists comprising
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Tropical Depression “Urduja” strengthened into a tropical storm, internationally known as Kai-Tak, early Thursday, December 14, 2017, on its way toward Samar Province, the Philippines. The cyclone is already causing floods and landslides, prompting officials to issue evacuation orders. This is the 26th named storm of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season. Some 900 people were evacuated today
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New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between December 6 and 12, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Pacaya, Guatemala | Shishaldin, Fox Islands (USA) | Villarrica, Chile. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Ambrym, Vanuatu | Aoba, Vanuatu | Bogoslof, Fox Islands
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Tropical Depression “Urduja” formed December 12, 2017, near Palau and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm before it makes landfall in Sorsogon – Northern Samar area of the Philippines on December 15. A low-pressure area developed into a tropical depression east of Mindanao, Philippines late December 11, and the JMA began to issue tropical cyclone
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A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the IRSC as M6.1 hit southeastern Iran at 21:41 UTC on December 12, 2017 (01:11 local time, December 13). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 10 km. EMSC initially reported M6.2 (automatic via GFZ) and downgraded to M6.1 at a
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A destructive tornado ripped through the Vaal Marina area in Midvaal, South Africa on December 11, 2017, uprooting trees and causing extensive infrastructural damage. At least 300 families have reported damages to their homes, Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi said. Some of the houses were destroyed as well as local infrastructure, Baloyi said. According to paramedics,
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According to the Korea Meteorological Agency, the strongest cold wave of the 2017/18 season began Monday, December 11, 2017, and will last throughout this week.  Accompanied by strong winds, temperatures plummeted to -10 °C (14 °F) on Monday morning and are forecasted to drop even further on Tuesday, reaching -17 °C (1.4 °F), KMA said. Seoul is expected
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One of Argentina’s leading glaciologists is facing criminal charges in a controversial case that could set new standards over the legal liability of scientists for environmental pollution.   Argentinian geoscientist Ricardo Villalba stands accused of manipulating a national inventory of glaciers to exclude smaller glaciers from environmental protections, and thereby enabling repeated instances of cyanide