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Multiple landslides block A83 at Rest and Be Thankful - Scotland, U.K.
Multiple landslides blocked the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful, Scotland, after heavy rainfall on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Officials started clearing operations on Wednesday, August 5, although initial visual assessments indicate that there is still movement on the...... Read more »
Deep M6.4 earthquake hits near the coast of Ambrym, Vanuatu
A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit near the coast of Ambrym, Vanuatu at 12:05 UTC (23:05 LT) on August 5, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 174 km (108 miles). The EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 181 km (112 miles). The...... Read more »
Ottawa sets record for hottest July in nearly 100 years, Canada
Last month was Ottawa's hottest July in nearly 100 years, Environment Canada announced. The capital city endured 18 days of highs above 30 °C (86 °F), including three days that smashed temperature records, and six nights where the mercury did not fall...... Read more »
Wildfires raging 'out of control' across Parana delta wetland, Argentina
The Parana River in Argentina -- South America's second-biggest river after the Amazon and the eighth longest in the world -- is at its lowest level in decades this year, allowing multiple forest fires to spread through its delta. NASA's Operational Land...... Read more »
Las Vegas sets July heat records, no probability of monsoon anytime soon - Nevada, U.S.
July 2020 set heat records in Las Vegas, Nevada, including the seventh hottest July on record and the all-time highest low temperature in the valley with 35 °C (95 °F) overnight Thursday, July 30, 2020. While Las Vegas ended the month with a high of 44.4...... Read more »
Major wildfire spreads in Southern California, more than 8 000 people urged to evacuate
A major wildfire emerged in Cherry Valley, Southern California, on Friday evening, July 31, 2020, prompting evacuation orders for more than 8 000 people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The blaze, called the Apple Fire, has spread to 10 860 ha (26 850...... Read more »
Hurricane "Isaias" makes historic landfall in North Carolina, U.S.
Hurricane "Isaias" made landfall in North Carolina at around 03:10 UTC on August 4, 2020, with winds reaching 137 km/h (85 mph), making it a Category 1 hurricane. This is the first hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina during the month of August...... Read more »
Strange summer 'snow' falls in Beijing, China
An unusual weather phenomenon occurred in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, China, on July 28, 2020. According to residents, it appeared like white snowflakes that fell in the area during a hot summer day, but meteorologists said it might be "chal" or...... Read more »
Series of powerful eruptions at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan
Series of powerful eruptions were recorded at Nishinoshima volcano over the past couple of days. On August 3, 2020, the Tokyo VAAC warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to 4 900 m (16 00 feet) altitude. Volcanic activity surged in June 2020, with recurring...... Read more »
Tropical Storm "Sinlaku" kills 2 in Vietnam, floods more than 1 000 houses in Thailand
Flash flooding brought by Tropical Storm "Sinlaku" killed at least two people in Vietnam and swept through thousands of houses in 18 provinces of Thailand over the weekend. Sinlaku formed on August 1 as the third named storm of the 2020 Pacific typhoon...... Read more »
Deadly flash floods hit Sudan, damaging or destroying more than 2 300 homes
Widespread flooding hit Sudan over the weekend, leaving more than 2 300 homes damaged or destroyed and at least five people dead. The worst affected province was the Blue Nile, where heavy rainfall lashed about 1 200 houses and caused the collapse of the Bout dam....... Read more »
Langila spews ash to 2.4 km (8 000 feet) in its first explosive eruption since 2018, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea's Langila volcano emitted ash that rose to an altitude of about 2 400 m (8 000 feet) on August 2 and 3, 2020. The last explosive eruption at this volcano took place in 2018. According to the Darwin VAAC, the plume of ash rose to 2 400 m (8 000...... Read more »
More than 5.6 million affected, 109 killed and 260 000 ha (640 000 acres) of crop area destroyed by floods in Assam, India
More than 5.6 million people have been affected across Assam, India, as severe flooding continues to wreak havoc in the state. Since May 22, at least 109 people have lost their lives in flood-related incidents and around 260 000 ha (640 000 acres) of crop area has...... Read more »
Flash floods damage or destroy dozens of homes, claim lives of at least 16 people in eastern Afghanistan
Heavy rains lashed parts of a mountainous area in eastern Afghanistan, resulting in flash floods that damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and killed at least 16 people, an official confirmed Saturday, August 1, 2020. The majority of the victims were children, while...... Read more »
Deep M6.4 earthquake hits Mindanao, Philippines
A deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Mindanao, Philippines at 17:09 UTC on August 1, 2020 (01:09 LT, August 2). The agency is reporting a depth of 479 km (297 miles). PHIVOLCS registered it as M6.1 at a depth of 489 km (303 miles); EMSC as M6.4 at...... Read more »
Patagonia reels from one of its worst winters in 20 years, agricultural emergency declared
Residents in South America's Patagonia region are experiencing one of the area's harshest winters in the last 20 years. Intense rains, heavy snowfall, and below-freezing temperatures also affected the agricultural sector, prompting authorities to declare an...... Read more »
Heavy rain, damaging floods and mudslides hit western Georgia
Heavy rainfall triggered damaging floods and mudslides in a number of municipalities in western Georgia on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. About 2 000 residents were cut off after roads were inundated, 400 families were left without water supply, and 10 bridges were...... Read more »