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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 4 – 10, 2017

Oct 11th 2017, 21:48

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between October 4 and 10, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aoba, Vanuatu | Lewotolo, Lomblen Island (Indonesia). Ongoing…… Read more »

Spike in radioactive particles detected in Europe

Oct 11th 2017, 19:31

Yet another unexplained spike in airborne radioactivity has been detected in Europe. This is the second reported spike in radioactive particles in Europe this year. According to the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, elevated levels of the isotope…… Read more »

Durban, South Africa receives record-breaking rain, 8 people dead

Oct 11th 2017, 17:13

A supercell thunderstorm swept through South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province on October 10, 2017, dropping unprecedented rain on Durban, the region's main city and home to one of the busiest ports in Africa. At least 6 people were killed in Durban and 2 in…… Read more »

Powerful eruption of Sheveluch volcano, ash up to 10.4 km (34 000 feet) a.s.l.

Oct 11th 2017, 13:34

A powerful eruption started at Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 23:29 UTC on October 10, 2017 and lasted 20 minutes. According to the Tokyo VAAC, the volcanic cloud reached a height of 10.4 km (34 000 feet) above sea level at 23:50 UTC and drifted to the…… Read more »

Asteroid 2012 TC4 to flyby Earth at 0.13 LD on October 12

Oct 11th 2017, 11:58

Asteroid 2012 TC4, discovered in 2012 by PanSTARRS-1, will fly past our planet at a very close distance of 0.13 LD (~50 100 km / 31 140 miles) at 05:40 UTC on October 12, 2017. Current estimates suggest it should peak around mag +12.8 at closest approach and be…… Read more »

Shinmoedake volcano starts erupting after 6 years of quiescence, Japan

Oct 11th 2017, 09:48

Following increased seismic activity detected since September 23, 2017, Shinmoedake volcano (Kirishimayama) in Kyushu, Japan started erupting at 20:34 UTC on October 10, 2017, coating nearby cities and towns in a thin layer of ash. The last eruption of this volcano…… Read more »

At least 23 killed as floods and landslides hit China, 2.8 million affected

Oct 10th 2017, 22:19

At least 23 people have been killed since October 1, 2017 in six Chinese provinces after two waves of heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds caused floods and landslides. According to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, the storms caused widespread damage in…… Read more »

Tropical Storm “Ophelia” to become a hurricane as it heads toward Azores

Oct 10th 2017, 21:03

Tropical Storm "Ophelia" formed west-southwest of the Azores islands around 09:00 UTC on October 9, 2017 as the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm is now getting better organized and is expected to strengthen into a…… Read more »

Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Bouvet Island region

Oct 10th 2017, 19:58

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Bouvet Island region, South Atlantic Ocean at 18:53 UTC on October 10, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This is the second M6+ earthquake within 24 hours. The epicenter was…… Read more »

Snowstorm leaves 102 000 Xcel customers without power in Denver, Colorado

Oct 10th 2017, 18:36

A total of 102 500 homes and businesses in Denver metro area were left without electricity on Sunday and Monday, October 8 and 9, 2017 after the first snowstorm of the season hit parts of Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska. This was Denver's earliest first snow of…… Read more »

Several dead in massive South Africa storm, Johannesburg hit hard

Oct 10th 2017, 16:29

Starting October 9, 2017, people of the South Africa have had to withstand a massive storm, which has caused the immeasurable damage to several provinces, including Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and KwaZulu-Natal, leaving Johannesburg flooded and other major South African…… Read more »

Worst wildfires in California history, 17 dead, 150 missing, 2 000 structures destroyed

Oct 10th 2017, 13:18

Massive wildfires fanned by strong winds that ignited in Northern California on Sunday, October 8, 2017 are now the worst the state has seen in its history. As of early October 10, at least 11 people have been killed, more than 100 are believed to be missing and…… Read more »

Wildfires raging in Portugal again, at least one person dead

Oct 10th 2017, 08:55

After hottest September in 87 years and temperatures between 32 to 36 °C (89.6 to 96.8 °F) into October, a series of wildfires are again raging in Portugal. At least one person was killed. As of October 9, a total of nine fires are active in the northern…… Read more »

Strong M6.3 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile at intermediate depth

Oct 10th 2017, 07:45

A strong earthquake registered by the CSN as M6.3 hit Tarapaca, Chile at 06:32 UTC on October 10, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 99.7 km (61.9 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 82.4 km (51.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was…… Read more »

Earthquake swarm detected under Cumbre Vieja volcano, Canary Islands

Oct 9th 2017, 18:07

​A seismic swarm started under Cumbre Vieja volcano (La Palma) in the Canary Islands on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Authorities said they will increase monitoring the volcano starting October 10 and assign 5 scientists to keep track of the earthquakes. The last…… Read more »

Massive fires in California destroy hundreds of homes, force mass evacuations

Oct 9th 2017, 15:55

​Massive wildfires burning out of control in California since Sunday, October 8, 2017, have destroyed hundreds of homes, caused widespread power outages, forced mass evacuations and shut down major roadways overnight. The series of fires began to ignite Sunday…… Read more »

Violent storm, orange-sized hail hits Corrientes, Argentina

Oct 9th 2017, 14:21

A surprisingly violent hailstorm accompanied by heavy rain hit the city of Corrientes and its surroundings on Sunday, October 8, 2017, causing massive damage to cars and properties. The storm hit in the middle of the afternoon while people were voting for the…… Read more »

Late-season tornado hits east side of Madison, Wisconsin

Oct 9th 2017, 11:19

A late-season tornado swept through the east side of Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, October 7, 2017, damaging dozens of businesses and cutting off power to at least 600 people. After surveying the damage, the National Weather Service's Milwaukee region office…… Read more »

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