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Bright fireball over the Netherlands June 29, 2018
A bright fireball was seen streaking across the sky above the Netherlands at 21:30 UTC on June 29, 2018. The event lasted between 3 and 7 seconds before the object disintegrated. The fireball was seen over Vlaanderen, Friesland, Noord-Brabant, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Gelderland, Limburg, Utrecht, Flevoland, Zuid-Holland, Drenthe, Bruxelles, Overijssel, Zeeland, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Noord-Holland, Wallonie, England, Groningen, Niedersachsen, Waals Gewest and North Holland, according to the International Meteor Organization who received 112 reports by 12:00 UTC, June 30. Heatmap and trajectory of the fireball over the Netherlands on June 29, 2018. Credit: IMO The IMO has so far received only one image of this object: View image on Twitter IMO Meteor Org.@IMOmeteors
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Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Jalisco, Mexico
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Jalisco, Mexico at 03:56 UTC on June 30, 2018 (22:56 local time, June 29). The agency is reporting a depth of 24.8 km (15.4 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw 6.0 at a depth of 44 km (27.3 miles). This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability. According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 43.9 km (27.3 miles) WSW of Emiliano Zapata (El Ranchito / population 1 831), 58.5 km (36.4 miles) WSW of Cihuatlan (population 16 520), 79.2 km (49.2 miles) W of Manzanillo (population 110 735), and 145.1 km (90.1 miles) W of Colima (127 235), Mexico. There are about 300 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Some 23 000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking and 443 000 light. According to 'I felt it' reports, the quake was felt up to 250 km (155…
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Active volcano heat source discovered under fastest-moving and melting glacier in Antarctica
Scientists have discovered active volcano heat source under Antartica's fastest-moving and melting glacier - Pine Island Glacier. The surprising find, published recently in Nature Communications, offers insight into the movement and melting of the Pine Island Glacier. The researchers first noted the volcanic activity in 2007 and verified its existence again in 2014. A researcher from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and five other scientists have discovered an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica. Assistant Professor Brice Loose of Newport, a chemical oceanographer at GSO and the lead author, said the paper is based on research conducted during a major expedition in 2014 to Antarctica led by scientists from the United Kingdom. They worked aboard an icebreaker, the RRS James Clark Ross, from January to March, Antarcti…
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Over 200 000 without power as severe thunderstorms hit parts of US
More than 200 000 homes and businesses were left without power after severe thunderstorms swept through parts of the United States on Thursday, June 28, 2018. One man was killed in a storm-related accident in Lineville, Alabama. Strong winds and heavy rain affected areas from mid-Mississippi Valley to the Gulf Coast on Thursday, downing trees and power lines and leaving over 200 000 people without power. As of 13:00 UTC on June 29, more than 56 000 customers were still without power in Alabama, 42 000 in Illinois, 24 000 in Missouri, 13 000 in Minnesota and 9 600 in Oregon, according to PowerOutage.us. Almost all of Thursday's outages were in Alabama where a 70-year-old woman from Huntsville was struck by lightning. State emergency officials confirm that they transported her to the Huntsville Hospital Trauma Unit. Witnesses say a seawall is being constructed in the neighborhood, adding that the victim was outside to in…