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Sydney chokes in smoke as Australia bushfires intensify, current period of poor air quality the 'longest' and 'most widespread' in the state's history
The air quality in Sydney, Australia continued to worsen on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, as roughly 100 bushfires burned in New South Wales (NSW) and strong north winds brought further smoke into the city. The haze was so thick in some areas that it was 11 times more...... Read more »

White Island: Significantly increased volcanic tremor, new eruptions likely, New Zealand
The volcanic tremor has significantly increased at Whakaari/White Island on the morning of December 11, 2019 (LT), indicating that volcanic gas pressures remain high. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 3 and the Aviation Color Code Orange. The death toll has...... Read more »

Floods paralyze roads as heavy rain hits parts of Lebanon and Israel
A rainstorm that began on Sunday morning, December 8, 2019, caused major flooding in parts of Lebanon, as well as central and northern Israel through Monday, December 9, resulting in damaged homes and stranded motorists. Lebanon's capital Beirut was affected...... Read more »

Major floods hit the city of Pretoria, South Africa
Heavy rains caused widespread severe floods across parts of the city of Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa on Monday morning, December 9, 2019, engulfing roads and stranding residents. Pretoria is located 55 km (34 miles) north of Johannesburg. The same...... Read more »

Eruption warning, locals and tourists warned to stay away from Avachinsky volcano, Kamchatka
Russian Avachinsky volcano, located close to Kamchatka's largest city - Petropavlovsk (population 180 000) is showing signs of increased unrest over the past couple of days, with notable incandescence, degassing and elevated seismicity. A gradual increase in...... Read more »

47 people at White Island at the time of eruption, periodic steam and gas driven jetting continues
Inquiries with tour operators indicate that 47 people were on the island at the time of the eruption. 31 patients are currently being treated at 7 hospitals and three have been treated and discharged. Some of the patients are reportedly in critical condition. 5...... Read more »

Over 200 000 affected by severe weather in Sri Lanka
The ongoing flood in Sri Lanka has worsened, affecting more than 200 000 people across 21 districts in the country, according to Disaster Management Center Deputy Director of DMC, Pradeep Kodippili, statement on December 7, 2019. Heavy rains brought by the...... Read more »

White Island volcano eruption - Death toll rises to 6, 25 critically injured, 9 missing, New Zealand
An impulsive, short-lived eruption occurred at New Zealand's White Island volcano at 01:11 UTC (14:11 LT) on December 9, 2019. The Volcanic Alert Level was raised to 3 and Aviation Color Code to Orange. The eruption affected the crater floor where up to 50...... Read more »

New volcano discovered in the oldest section of the Pacific Plate
A new, petit-spot volcano was discovered in the oldest section of the Pacific Plate by researchers from Tohoku University led by associate professor Naoto Hirano of the Center for Northeast Asian Studies. Studying petit-spot volcanoes serves as a window into the...... Read more »

Calgary sees snowiest November in 50 years, Canada
Calgary has broken a weather record dating back 50 years as the city marked the snowiest November since 1966, according to YYC Weather Records' report on December 6, 2019. A snowfall total of 47.4 cm (18.7 inches) was registered between November 1 and 30, 2019....... Read more »

Tsunami triggered by 2018 Anak Krakatoa eruption reached 100 m (328 feet), new study finds
New research shows that the fatal 2018 volcanic eruption of Anak Krakatoa in Indonesia sent a tsunami at least 328 feet (100 m) high, which could have resulted in widespread devastation had it traveled on another path. The researchers say this study is important for...... Read more »

New explosive-effusive activity at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan
A new explosive-effusive activity is taking place at the Japanese Nishinoshima volcano in the Izu-Bonin Volcanic Arch. Thermal anomalies were detected by satellites and confirmed by Japanese coastguard overflight on December 6. The explosions are currently located...... Read more »

Intensification of Strombolian activity at Etna volcano, Italy
Video surveillance cameras show a gradual intensification of Strombolian activity at the New Southeast Crater of Etna volcano, Italy, beginning at 18:00 UTC on December 6, 2019. The activity was already underway at about 16:00 UTC, producing small and discontinuous...... Read more »

'Mega-fire' burns out of control just north of Sydney, Australia
More than eight bushfires have merged to form a "mega-fire" which is now raging out of control across a swath of land just north of Sydney. Firefighters said it will take weeks to control, but will not be contained without heavy rains. €‹ The fire is...... Read more »

Eruption detected at Semisopochnoi volcano, Alaska
An eruption signature was detected at Semisopochnoi as strong tremor on local seismic and in regional infrasound networks on Adak Island, Alaska Volcano Observatory reported at 10:25 UTC on December 7, 2019. The event started at 09:26 UTC (00:26 AKST) on December 7...... Read more »

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Tonga region
A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Tonga region at 13:04 UTC on December 6, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 164 km (101) WNW of Hihifo...... Read more »

Very cold temperatures expected to enter the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, U.S.
Very cold temperatures are expected to enter the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest during the beginning of next week, with the coldest temperatures forecast to occur on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. High temperatures below zero and low temperatures around -20...... Read more »