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Widespread flooding affects almost 200 000 people in Somalia

Wide areas of Somalia have been experiencing unusually strong rainfall season since mid-July. Nearly 200 000 people have been affected and 120 000 have been displaced as of Thursday, August 6, 2020. Over the last few days, further flooding has hit pa...
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Study suggests volcanic eruptions caused global cooling 13 000 years ago, not meteors, news study finds

Some scientists believe that an extraterrestrial impact, such as a meteor collision, caused global cooling around 13 000 years ago. However, a new study presents evidence left in layers of sediment showing that the event was most likely caused by vol...
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Waterspout turns into tornado, hits Palermo, Italy

In a rare event, a waterspout was spotted becoming a tornado as it moved over land in Palermo, Italy, on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The phenomenon occurred around 17:00 UTC (19:00 LT) in Cefalu. Panic ensued among passersby as the waterspout came as...
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At least 10 dead, more than 3 300 homes destroyed or damaged after severe floods in Sudan

Severe flooding hit much of Sudan this week, affecting more than 50 000 people, causing at least 10 fatalities, and leaving more than 3 300 homes damaged or destroyed. As of August 6, tens of thousands have been affected in 14 out of the 18 states ac...
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Mount Sinabung erupts after more than a year of inactivity, Indonesia

Indonesian Sinabung volcano started erupting at 18:58 UTC on August 7, 2020, for the first time since June 2019. Authorities are during residents and tourists to stay outside a 3 km (1.8 miles) radius from the crater. The Alert Level remains at III (...
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Continuous explosive activity, strong sulfur dioxide emission over Suwanosejima volcano, Japan

Continuous explosive activity was reported at Japan's Suwanosejima volcano over the past several days, with another eruption recorded on Thursday, August 6, 2020, in which the ash plume reached up to 2.3 km (7 000 feet) a.s.l. The Alert Level rem...
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Major landslide hits Kerala, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 50 missing, India

Heavy rains triggered a major landslide in the Indian state of Kerala early Friday morning (LT), August 7, 2020. 15 casualties have been confirmed by 12:00 UTC but many others are still missing. The landslide occurred in the Rajamalai area of Idduki...
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More than 13 million affected, 771 dead as widespread floods continue across India

Extensive flooding from severe monsoon rains continues to impact much of India, with more than 13 million people affected and 771 fatalities as of August 7, 2020. More than half a million people have been evacuated in West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat, Kar...
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ESA highlights Cluster mission's 20 years of observing Earth's magnetosphere

ESA's Cluster mission, launched in June 2000, was designed to study the Earth's magnetosphere, which protects the planet from impacts by cosmic particles but also interacts with them, generating spectacular phenomena like auroras. As the miss...
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'Very significant' cold blast brings rare snow, record temperatures to South Australia and Tasmania

A blast of wintry air brought rare snow to South Australia's Flinders Ranges and smashed low daily maximum temperatures at several locations in the state on Thursday, August 6. The cold snap also brought historic temperatures to Tasmania as Liawe...
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Drought intensifies in northeast Cambodia

The severe drought in northeast Cambodia is forecast to further worsen this week, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) warned. Elsewhere across the country, more rain is expected until August 11, according to the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorol...
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Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Prince Edward Islands region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Prince Edward Islands region at 23:36 UTC on August 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter wa...
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Series of explosions recorded at Telica volcano, Nicaragua

Series of explosions were recorded at Nicaraguan Telica volcano over the past couple of days, with at least 73 since mid-July. The last explosion occurred on August 3, with minor ash spewed to 250 m (820 feet) above the summit. According to the Nicar...
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Great Lakes hit by first waterspout outbreak of 2020

The Great Lakes witnessed their first waterspout outbreak of the 2020 season as dozens of tornadoes were reported over the lakes for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Much of the waterspouts were seen over lakes Michigan, Erie, ...
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Scientists resolve origin of oddball meteorites with X-rays

Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted X-ray experiments to resolve the origin of rare, odd meteorites that have puzzled many researchers since they were discovered about 50 years ago. Also known as Type IIE iron meteorites...
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Mumbai records highest 24-hour August rainfall since 1974, India

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded 332 mm (13 inches) of rainfall in Mumbai in a 24-hour period to Thursday, August 6, 2020, marking the city's highest August rain received in 24 hours since 1974. Heavy rains accompanied by wind s...
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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: July 29 - August 4, 2020

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes from July 29 to August 4, 2020. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Nishin...
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Mount Washington hit by strongest August wind gust on record - New Hampshire, U.S.

The Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire recorded a wind gust of 237 km/h (147 mph) at the summit on Tuesday evening, August 4, 2020, as post-tropical cyclone Isaias swept through the New England region. This is the strongest wind gust ever ...
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Study finds herbivores at highest risk of extinction

A new study by Utah State University (USU) suggests that modern megaherbivores-- plant-eaters that weigh more than 1 000 kg (2 200 lbs)-- have the highest risk of going extinct among mammals, birds, and reptiles, just like what happened to their preh...
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Launceston sees most significant snowfall since early 1970s, Tasmania

Residents of Launceston, Tasmania, woke up to more than 30 cm (12 inches) of snow on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), this was the most significant snowfall the city experienced since the early 1970s. ...
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