Overview: This calendar indicates the dates on which it is more likely for there to be earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis, major weather events, wars, civil unrest, and solar activity. This not astrology. For a more detailed description on what the calendar is based upon click here. This calendar indicates the dates on which it is more likely for there to be earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis, major weather events, wars, civil unrest, and solar activity. This not astrology. For a more detailed description on what the calendar is based upon click here. Note: All times shown are 24-hour Universal Time and actual local times will usually differ, and local dates may also differ. For earthquakes they are shown as (date; hour:minute); example (01-01; 08:03), which is January 1 at 8:03. Only earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 or greater will be listed, with the exception of lesser magnitudes that cause damage.




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January


2nd-3rd - Mid-Phase HIGH


Mideast: Syria: Al-Qaida-linked militants undertook an offensive against Turkey-backed rebels by trying to cut off Turkey-backed fighters in Afrin from those in the province of Idlib. The previous two days of fighting in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib left thirty-one dead, including five civilians. The al-Qaida-linked fighters gained full control of the strategic town of Daret Azzeh and also captured the villages of Kafrantin, Fadra, Houta and Mkalbis. Europe: Denmark: Material detached from a cargo train during a heavy storm, which then hit a passenger express train on the Great Belt Bridge, killing eight and injuring thirteen. Netherlands and Belgium: The debris of a ship washed up on five islands off the Dutch north coast consisting of about 270 containers, some containing chemicals. The containers were set loose in stormy weather. Russia: The front half of a ten-story apartment building collapsed in the city of Magnitogorsk, killing thirty-three, as rescue workers continued to search for more than twenty still missing in the rubble. It appeared that a gas explosion was responsible for the collapse. Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula, underwent an highly explosive eruption with large pyroclastic flows. Asia: Indonesia: Krakatau volcano, on the Sunda Strait, underwent an explosive eruption with strombolian activity. Dukono volcano, on the island of Halmahera, underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Japan: Sakurajima volcano, on the island of Kyushu, underwent an explosive eruption. A 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck an area that included Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Kumamoto areas of the main island of Kyushu. There were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami watch was lifted within an hour. Vietnam and Thailand: Tropical Storm Pabuk, after inundating the Philippines with deadly flooding, strengthened into a tropical cyclone headed for Vietnam and Thailand. Pabuk brought heavy rain, rough seas, damaging winds and coastal flooding. Thai authorities suspended ferry services and evacuated thousands of locals and tourists ahead of the storm. The tropical cyclone was also expected to hit other countries in the region later in the week. India: Hindu men vandalized shops, shut businesses, burned tires and concrete blocks on roads in important towns and clashed with police in protest of the entry of two women into one of largest Hindu pilgrimage sites in the country. Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters. Africa: Burkina Faso: Armed men on motorbikes targeted the village of Yirgou, made up largely of people of Mossi ethnicity, and killed six. The next day, Yirgou residents killed seven Fulani herders in retaliation. Somalia: Al-Shabab militants fired seven mortars into the UN compound in Mogadishu, destroying it and wounding the staff. Mali: Gunmen attacked the mainly Fulani village of Koulhogon, killing thirty-seven civilians, including women and children, and burned down houses. The attack was blamed on the ethnic Dogon militia. Niger: The army killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants during land and air strikes near the border with Nigeria. They also captured rocket launchers, assault weapons and ammunition during an offensive on islands in Lake Chad and along the Komadougou Yobe river. North America: US and Mexico: About 150 migrant asylum-seekers gathered at a section of border wall in Tijuana to try to cross into the US. Several migrants tried to climb the metal wall, border agents then fired tear gas, then migrants approached the wall again, and the agents fired a second and then a third round of tear gas. US: Freezing air at night posed a risk to tender crops and unprotected pipes throughout Southern California and in much of the Southwest. The same storm system that brought snow, freezing rain and travel disruptions across parts of Oklahoma and Texas went on to bring heavy rain, flooding and thunderstorms from the Deep South to the mid-Atlantic states. The westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were completely shut down when several vehicles were involved in accidents or slid off the road. South America: Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Chile: Planchón-Peteroa volcano underwent an explosive eruption that sent ash clouds 17,000 feet (5,182 m) into the air. Pacific:: Northwest: A huge cargo ship carrying thousands of brand new Nissan cars caught fire in the middle of the Pacific. Sixteen crew members were rescued, while another five were presumed dead. South: Cyclone Mona brought rounds of downpours, flooding, mudslides and increasingly strong winds to Fiji and Tonga. Solar Activity: A high-speed solar wind flowed from a large coronal hole on the Sun and hit Earth's magnetic field, triggering minor geomagnetic storms and Arctic auroras.

6th - New Moon (1h 28m) HIGH


Europe: Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland: The risk for avalanches in the northern Alps remained high after a massive snowfall left at least ten people dead. A great deal of the countires were closed by authorities who forced the evacuation of dangerous areas. UK: Five Romanian men were attacked in a hate crime in Newtownabbey were a gang forced their way into a house where they beat the occupants with basebaall bats. Asia: Indonesia: Krakatau volcano, on the Sunda Strait, underwent an explosive eruption with strombolian activity. A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck west of Tobelo (01-06; 17:27). Australia: Queensland: Unusually strong winds pushed vast numbers of bluebottle sea creatures (aka, Indo-Pacific Portuguese man of war) towards beaches. About 13,000 stings were recorded. Africa: Gabon: The government prevented an attempted military coup, after two the plotters were killed and other army officers were arrested. A curfew was imposed over the capital, Libreville, and was being patrolled by military tanks and armed vehicles. Mozambique: Attackers opened fire on a pick-up truck in Nangade which forced it to stop and then they beheaded the driver and killed the six passengers with machetes (late on the 6th). North America: Mexico: Gunmen opened fire in a crowded bar in the city of Playa del Carmen, killing seven men. Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruptionn with strombolian activity. US: A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck south of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska (01-05; 18:47). Parts of the Pacific Coast Highway were forced to close, as heavy rain triggered mudslides that swept downhill on to the road, near Malibu, California. Nevada was swallowed by heavy snow that stalled road travel. Heavy winds hammered Washington state, bringing down power lines and toppling trees. South America: Brazil: About 300 troops were sent to the city of Fortaleza and across the state of Ceará, where attacks on shops, banks and buses have escalated. So far about fifty suspects allegedly linked with the violence were arrested. A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck west of Tarauaca (01-05; 19:25). Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Ecuador: Reventador volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Pacific: Southwest: Manam volcano, on Papua New Guinea, underwent an explosive eruption. Solar Activity: A high-speed stream of solar wind buffeted the Earth's magnetic field, sparking huge auroras around the Arctic Circle.

9th-10th - Mid-Phase HIGH


Mideast: Yemen: A new type of Houthi attack drone targeted a Yemeni military base. In a separate incident, a bomb-laden drone launched by Yemen's Shiite rebels exploded over a military parade for the Saudi-led coalition, killing at least six and wounding at least twenty. Lebanon and Syria: A storm that battered Lebanon displaced thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa valley after their tents were flooded with water or were destroyed by snow. Food, beds and other furniture were also destroyed. Europe: Russia: Ebeko volcano, on the Paramushir Island, Kuril Islands, underwent an explosive eruption. Shiveluch volcano, on the Kamchatka peninsula, underwent a highly explosive eruption with large pyroclastic flows. Asia: Indonesia: Dukono volcano, on the island of Halmahera, underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Japan: A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck south of Nishinoomote (01-08; 12:39). Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo: Dozens of police with automatic rifles and tear gas launchers positioned themselves along a road in the capital leading to Limete, a stronghold of the opposition candidate in the presidental election. Protests over opposition candidate's victory in the presidential election, left two police officers and two civilians dead, and ten wounded. Sudan: Clashes erupted, in the city of Omdurman, between police and demonstrators calling on longtime president to step down, leaving three protesters dead and eight wounded. North America: Mexico: About two dozen small fishing boats in Mexico's Gulf of California attacted the Sea Shepherd environmental group ship, the vessel Farley Mowat. The environmentalists were trying to protect the Vaquita marina, the world's smallest and most endangered porpoise. The fihermen threw lead weights and tried to douse the Farley Mowat and waters around it with gasoline, and were seen with illegal equipment that threatened the Vaquita. The envronmentslists used the ship's fire hose to repel the attackers. Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruption with strombolian activity. US: Strong winds produced high surf that pummeled the Southern California coastline for two days. The high-surf was the result of large swells created by storms spreading from the northern Pacific that caused dangerous conditions along the beaches of Los Angeles, and Orange and Ventura counties. Meanwhie, another storm was headed south bringing soaking rain, damaging winds, flooding and mudslides to much of the California coast. The storm would then move into the Midwest where it dumped up to 20 inches of snow, knocked power to more tha 120,000 and killed at least ten. Pacific: North: The National Weather Service warned of hurricane-force winds of 92 mph (148 kph), with waves of 50 feet (15 meters) or higher, making it very hazardous conditions for ships. The storm headed toward Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Solar Activity: A stream of solar wind flowed from a southern coronal hole on the Sun and was headed for Earth.

14th - First Quarter (6h 46m) HIGH


Mideast: Iran: A Boeing 707 cargo plane crashed just west of Tehran amid severe weather conditions of heavy rain and low visibilty, killing fifteen. Europe: Russia: Chechnya launched a new crackdown on gays that left at least two dead and about forty people were arrested. Spain: Authorities rescued 493 migrants from eight rickety boats in the Mediterranean Sea, but blocked a humanitarian rescue ship from leaving the port in Barcelona, as it violated maritime regulations. Shiveluch volcano, on the Kamchatka peninsula, underwent an explosive eruption with large pyroclastic flows. Greece: Riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse about 2,000 state school teachers protesting violently in Athens. Days earlier, the public order minister accused officers of indiscriminately attacking teachers in similar situations. Austria: An avalanche was triggered near the ski resort of Lech am Arlberg, killing three skiers from Germany. Asia: Afghanistan: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle in the capital Kabul, near the Green Village compound, targeting an area where various organizations reside. The explosion damaged dozens of civilian homes. Four people were killed and ninety were wounded. Africa: Zimbabwe: After the government more than doubled the price of fuel overnight, thousands of proteszters took to the streets in the cities of Harare and Bulawayo. Burning tires were used to barricade roads and block bus routes, and a number of vehicles were torched. Many shops and supermarkets remained closed after mass looting. An unknown number of protesers were killed and wounded, and hundres were arrested. Chad: Violent fighting erupted between Chadian rebels and Sudanese rebels in Kouri Bougoudi. Fatalities were not yet reported. North America: Mexico: Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruption with strombolian activity. US: A powereful winter storm wreaked havoc across the Central and Mid-Atlantic states, leaving at least nine dead, massive power outages, canceled flights and hundreds of car accidents. Numerous cars were buried and roofs of houses collapsed under the weigh of the snow. A continous train of storms rolled in from the Pacific Ocean into California with heavy rain, mountain snow, gusty winds, flooding and mudslides. Burn scar areas would be most susceptible to devastating debris flows. The storms would then head further inland into the Midwest states. Central America: Guatemala: Fuego volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. South America: Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Atlantic: West Central: A police truck carrying men in police uniforms pulled into an impoverished neighborhood in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Then the men opened fire and were joined by local gang members. They also went house to house with guns and machetes, pulling unarmed people into alleys and killing them with single shots or machete blows, killing at least twenty-one. Solar Activity: Though the Sun was quiet there were numrous pink auroras around the Arctic Circle.

17th-18th - Mid-Phase HIGH


Mideast: Syria: ISIS militants detonated an explosive vest next to a US patrol in the Kurdish-held town of Manbij, killing nineteen. Meanwhile, extremely cold weather there was leaving many dead, especially babies. In a separte incident, an airstrike hit the ISIS-held village of Baghouz as militants and civilians were trying to flee the last area controlled by miltants, killing at least twenty. Palestine and Israel: Thousands of Palestinians again protested along the fence between Gaza and Israel. Israeli gunfire wounded fourteen Palestinians, while their ambulance was targeted with tear gas. Europe: Germany and Austria: Areas in southern Germany and Austria battled heavy snows in the past weeks in a phenomenon so extreme, it was dubbed “snow chaos”. Bavarian residents were asked to leave their homes to avoid more disasters, as the risk of avalanches was growing by the day. Residents in the village of Raiten in the region of Traunstein near the Austrian border were forced to evacuate their homes. Russia: Shiveluch volcano, on the Kamchatka peninsula, underwent a highly explosive eruption with lava flows. Asia: Japan: Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano underwent an explosive eruption with phreatic explosions. India: Navy divers found the body of a worker who was trapped with fourteen others inside a flooded coal mine in the state of Meghalaya. It was an illegal mine dug more than a month ago and they were trapped when floodwater from a overflowing nearby river flooded the mine. Africa: Sudan: Thousands of protesters against their present-day long-time ruler swept the country. Two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters. The protests first erupted on December 19th. In a related incident, police in the capital, Khartoum, fired live ammunition at hundreds of people mourning the death of a man killed by the security forces during the anti-government protests. Zimbabwe: Hundreds of people were assaulted and tortured, and at least twelve were killed during several days of violent protests triggered by a sharp rise in the price of gas. Moreover, another seventy-eight were treated for gunshot wounds, while more than a hundred were treated for assault, torture and dog bites at the hands of the country's security forces. Somalia: Al-Shabab militants abducted at least sixty school children from El Garas village, in Bakool Region. The childred were likely to be trained as soldiers. Australia: An extreme heatwave swept the nation for days, triggering bushfires and a rise in heat-related hospital admissions. Temperatures soared to 108 degrees F (42 C) amid a widespread and long drought. North America: US: After hammering California with rain and snow, a "blockbuster" winter storm headed for the East, where as much as 40 inches of snow would fall in some places. An Arctic blast of air triggered freezing rain, heavy snow and heavy rain through the central and eastern states. The heaviest snow hit South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. Then, the storm roared into the Northeast and New England the next two days, where the heaviest snow would fall. As the storm with snow and ice strengthened, gusty winds and plummeting temperatures led to blizzard conditions in some areas of the Midwest. While a winter storm churns to the north, Texas and the Mississippi Valley received a severe weather with damaging winds, hail, flooding downpours and tornadoes. Mexico: Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruption with spewing lava and volcanic ash. Central America: Guatemala: Fuego volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Costa Rica: Turrialba volcano underwent an explosive eruption. South America: Colombia: A car bomb exploded at a heavily guarded police academy in southern Bogota, killing ten and wounding dozens. The attack was an episode of the country's drug-fueled guerrilla conflict. Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Pacific: Northwest: Two Russian fighter jets collided while undertaking a training mission over the Sea of Japan, leaving two dead and one missing. Southwest: A 6.2 magntidute earthquake struck southwest of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea (01-17: 15:06). South: A 6.0 magntidute earthquake struck west of Isangel, Vanuatu (01-18: 13:18). East: A 6.0 magntidute earthquake struck the Northern East Pacific Rise (01-18; 16:40). Solar Activity: A coroal hole opened up on the Sun;s equator and was sending solar plasma towards Earth. Meanwhile, the Earth's magnetic field has been changing, "racing" away from its first location in Canada and heading towards Siberia.

21st - Full Moon (5h 16m MODERATE


Mideast: Syria: An ISIS suicide bomber targeted a convoy of US and allied Kurdish forces at a checkpoint near the town of Shaddadeh in the Hassakeh province, killing five and wounding an undisclosed number. The bombing came days after a suicide attack killed nineteen (see previous lunar phase). In a seperate incident, Israeli jets targeted Iranian positions around Damascus. Most of the Israeli missiles were shot down, but at least eleven pro-government fighters were killed. Yemen: Five experts in removing mines were transporting mines and explosives to be destroyed when they exploded, killing all five. Europe: Russia: Two Tanzanian-flagged commercial ships caught fire in the Black Sea, killing at least fourteen sailors; five were also missing. The fire erupted when fuel was being pumped from one tanker to the other in rough seas. Asia: Afghanistan: The Taliban targeted a military base and police training center in Maidan Wardak province just outside the capital, killing at least twenty and wounding more than thirty. The four attackers were killed in an ensuing gun battle. Indonesia: Dukono volcano, on the island of Halmahera, underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Bogorawatu (01-21; 23:59). Africa: Mali: Al-Qaeda militants targeted a UN camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, for an attack, killing ten UN peacekeepers from Chad and wounding twenty-five. Kenya: Security forces repelled an al-Shabab militant attack northeast of the capital, Nairobi, killing at least four militants. The militants had targeted two Chinese construction companies in the town of Garissa. Zimbabwe: Opposition members were victims of a brutal crackdown in response to violent protests against a sharp rise in the price of fuel. Security forces even attacked families in their homes with claims that twelve people have been killed. North America: Mexico: A section of a gushing pipeline that was a gathering site for thieves exploded, killing at least ninety-nine and injuring fifty-eight in the town of Tlahuelilpan (on the 20th). US: Severe thunderstorms hit the deep south across Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama, triggering an outbreak of several tornadoes. A storm was developing that would bring snow, ice and rain to the the Midwest as the atmosphere shifted from frigid conditions to mild and back to cold again. After a blast of Arctic air, a slow-moving storm drenched the Southeast, triggering flooding and localized severe thunderstorms. South America: Venezuela: The country's National Guard was accused of launching an uprising against the government that failed. Twenty-seven members of the National Guard were arrested and protesters were held back with tear gas. Meanwhile, a nationwide protest was scheduled to drive the president from office as it appeared that he was taking the country on a path to dictatorship. Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Chile: A 6.7 magnitude earthquakke struck south of Coquimbo (01-20; 01:32). Solar Activity: A coronal hole on the Sun was facing Earth and spewing a stream of solar wind that triggered G-1 class geomagnetic storms and Arctic auroras.

24th-25th - Mid-Phase MODERATE


Mideast: Yemen: Heavy fighting broke out between government-allied troops and rebels in and around the city of Hodeida. In a seperate incident, a passenger vehicle triggered a mine explosion, killing a child and wounding five adults. A second mine exploded when Yemeni soldiers rushed to help the wounded, killing five more soldiers. Syria: ISIS miltants were unable to break a siege imposed by US-backed fighters, leading to fierce fighting. The fighting left thirty-four militants and sixteen Syrian Democratic Forces dead. Twenty-one ISIS miltant gunmen were taken prisoners. Earlier, a bomb exploded in the capital of Damascus causing property damage. Israel and Palestine: Once again Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man in Gaza as thousands protested along the border. In the West Bank, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teen and wounded another as a group of men threw stones at the troops. Europe: Greece: Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a group outside parliament during an Athens protest of the government's moves to normalize relations with neighboring Macedonia. Thousands gathered in several cities. Mediterranean region: A "Medicane" (i.e., a Mediterrean hurricne), which is a more tropical-like cyclone moved through the Mediterranean Sea affecting numerous countries. The large and powerful storm impacted millions of people. Snow would fall from the Dinaric Alps into the interior Balkan Peninsula before expanding northward into eastern Poland, Belarus and western Ukraine. The heaviest snowfall hit the higher elevations of Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. Some areas experienced heavy rain, tornadoes, mudslides and flooding. Austria: Hundreds marched in downtown Vienna in a protest against the far right. Rusxia: Ebeko volcano on Paramushir Island, Kuril Islands, underwent an explosive eruption. Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula, underwent an explosive eruption with large pyroclastic flows. Asia: Afghanistan: An airstrike was launched on the Sangin district during heavy fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban, killing sixteen civilians. Indonesia: A 6.4 and 6.0 magnitude earthquakes struck southwest of Bogorawatu (01-21; 23:59 and 01-22; 05:10). Africa: Sudan: Thousands again took to the streets of Khartoum seeking the resignation of the country's longtime ruler. It was referred to as the "biggest protest in memory." At least three protesters were killed and seven were injured. Somalia: The US military carried out two new airstrikes against al-Shabab militants near Jilib in the Middle Juba region, but would no longer give details on deaths or damage done. It was the same region that the deadliest airstrike in months took place, leaving fifty-rwo al-Qaida-linked extremists dead (on the 19th). Ghana: The Ghanaian government shut down the operations of a Chinese mining firm, Shaanxi, after at least sixteen miners were killed in an explosion at a mine in the Talensi District. Mali: A convoy was struck by an explosive device, killing two and wounding seven UN preacekeepers in the Mopti region. Australia: The nation was struggling to cope with the continuing record breaking heat wave, finding ninety wild horses dead in the Outback. A number of other wild animals were also dying of thirst in the Outback as reliable water sources dried up during the blistering heat. Algeria: A winter storm swept the country bringing heavy snowfall to several areas of the country and grounding numerous flights. North America: Mexico: Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruption with strombolian activity. Canada: A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Prince Edward Islands region (-01-22; 19:01). US: A Polar Vortex plummeted the midwestern and northeastern states with extreme cold. Temperatures were between 10 to 40 degrees lower thsn normal along with snow and ice that would last into the following week. Central America: Guatemala: Fuego volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. South America: Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Brazil: A dam used to hold mining waste collapsed, flooding a nearby community in the city of Brumadinho with the reddish-brown sludge, killing at least 110 and leaving about 300 missing. There were concerns that the waste might trigger widespread contamination, as well. Pacific: Southwest: Manam volcano on Papua New Guinea underwent a highly explosive eruption with ash plumes raching 55,0000feet (17 km). Solar Activity: A new sunspot group AR2733, consisting of more than a dozen dark cores, emerged and turned toward Earth after quadrupling in size. The next day, a G1-class geomagnetic storm was triggered and pink auroras spread over Tromsø, Norway.

27th - Last Quarter (21h 10m) MODERATE


Mideast: Egypt: The Egyptian air force undertook airstrikes that killed several militants, including two local ISIS commanders, in the Sinai Peninsula. Iraq: An angry crowd stormed a Turkish military camp in Iraq's Kurdish region, leaving at least one dead and ten injured. Vehicles and buildings were set on fire in protest against Turkish airstrikes in the area, which have killed several people. The fires caused several explosions, while Turkish soldiers shot at the protesters. Europe: Netherlands: A gas explosion blew the facade off part of a three-story apartment building, injuring seven and damaging nearby vehicles and buildings. Russia: Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula, underwent an explosive eruption with large pyroclastic flows. Asia: Philippines: Two bombs exploded minutes apart in a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo island, killing at least twenty-seven and wounding seventy-seven others. No group climed responsibility, though there were miltants active in the regoin. North America: US: The coldest weather in years affected millions of people and animals throughout the midwest and would continue for days. The low of 45 below zero F in International Falls, Minnesota, shattered the day’s record of 36 below zero F from 1966. Yet, the worst was to come as the polar vortex gets displaced from the Arctic Circle and dives into the Midwest. Central America: Honduras: Thousands took the streets in the capital, Tegucigalpa, and across the country, demanding the resignation of the current president. Protesters clashed with riot police and blocked roads with burning tires and barricades. The demonstrators were beaten and gased. South America: Peru: A hotel wall collapsed after a landslide crashed into a hotel during a wedding celebration in the Andean city of Abancay, killing at least fifteen and injuring at least thirty. Five days of rain had triggered the landslide. Venezuela: The country's political crisis deepened with the opposition leader declaring himself interim president after large protests, galvanising opponents of the current socialist president. Thousands continued to leave the country, most of which fled to neighboring Colombia. Chile: Chillán volcano underwent an explosive eruption. Ecuador: Reventador volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Pacific: South: A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck south of Ndoi Island, Fiji (01-26; 19:56). A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwest of Chirovanga, Solomon Islands (01-26; 03:51). Atlantic: West Central: An extremely rare tornado struck Havana, Cuba, killing three and injuring at least 172. Houses were destroyed, vehciles were overturned, trees were uprooted and powerlines were knocked down. Solar Activity: Sunspot AR2733 exploded, producing the strongest solar flare in nearly a year. In addition, a coronal hole opened up on the Sun and turned toward Earth, spewing a stream of solar wind in Earth's direction making G1-class geomagnetic storms and auroras possible in the next few days.

30th-31st - Mid-Phase MODERATE


Europe: UK: The country braced for the coldest night of the winter so far. Temperatures dipped well below freezing, and were followed by snow and ice that caused travel delays, grounded flights and closed hundreds of schools. About 100 vehicles were stranded on highways, some for for hours, as the snow clogged roadways. Asia: Thailand: Toxic smog in Bangkok forced more than 400 schools to close for the rest of the week. It was some of the worst-ever air pollution levels, caused by ultra-fine dust particles. Russia: Shiveluch volcano, on the Kamchatka peninsula, underwent an explosive eruption with large pyroclastic flows. Africa: Djibouti: About 130 migrants went missing off the coast when two boats capsized in rough seas. Fifty-two bodies were later found and sixteen others were rescued with the remainder still missing and believed to be dead. Somalia: A US airstrike targeted an al-Shabab miltant camp near Shebeeley in the central Hiran region, killing twenty-four of the miltants. Ghana: Masked security officers opened fire near crowds of opposition party activists, wounding at least seven. North America: US: Parts of the Midwest were colder than Antarctica during the deep freeze triggered by the Polar Vortex of frigid Arctic air. The situation brought widespread closures of schools and businesses, and multi-vehicles pile-ups were common on highways. There was also the cancelation of more than 1,600 flights just from Chicago's airports alone. Temperstures dropped to 25 to 60 degrees below zero. Railroad tracks needed to be set on fire to keep the trains moving. So far, at least eight people were killed by weather-related events. As much as two feet of snow then spread from the Great Lakes region into New England. States of emergency were declared in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois, and even in the Deep South states of Alabama and Mississippi. In the Great Lakes region intense lake-effect snow buried communities under feet of snow. A major storm was set to hit California, heightening the risk of flooding, mudslides and dangerous travel in the mountains. Mexico: Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruption with strombolian activity. A 6.6 magnetude earthquake struck east of Puerto Madero (02-01; 16:14). Central America: Guatemala: Fuego volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. South America: Venezuela: Protesters took to the streets of the capital again to demand that the current president step down, and to support the opposition leader and interim president. Since the demonstrations began weeks ago forty protesters were killed and 850 arrested. Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Solar Activity: A huge coronal hole shifted to face the Earth, releasing huge streams of solar wind. A G1-class geomagnetic storm and green auroras were triggered, and according to NOAA forecasters it would intensify into a G2-class geomagnetic storm.





February


4th - New Moon (21h 04m) MODERATE


Mideast: Israel and Palestine: Two Palestinians threw an explosive device at Israeli troops who then returned fire, killing the suspected Palestinian attacker and wounding another at a West Bank checkpoint. Europe: Italy: The National Fire Service airlifted three people after the River Reno flooded in Castel Maggiore. An avalanche was triggered near the resort of Courmayeur, kiling four. Another four were killed by avalanches a day earlier. Russia: Shiveluch volcano, on the Kamchatka peninsula, underwent an explosive eruption with large pyroclastic flows. Asia: Indonesia: Dukono volcano, on the island of Halmahera, underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Karangetang volcano, on Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, underwent an explosive eruption with pyroclastic flows. A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck south of Muara Siberut (02-02; 09:27). Africa: Somalia: A car bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Mogadishu’s Hamarweyne district, killing eleven and wounding ten. It was beleived that al-Shabaab militants planted the bomb. Australia: Days of severe rainfall and 'unprecedented' flooding in north Queensland, forced authorities to issue a warning for citizens to be on the look out for crocodiles and snakes in the streets. The coastal city of Townsville was the most affected by the flooding, getting 3.2 feet (975 mm) of rainfall and leaviing at least two dead. Thousands were forced to evacuate and 17,000 were without power. Chad: France's air force joined with Chad forces to undertake airstrikes against an armed group that crossed the border from Libya. A fighter jet targeted a group of forty vehicles with two airstrikes. North America: Mexico: Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows, sending an ash plume 20,000 feet (6,100 m) into the air. US: California began recovering from a massive storm that brought heavy rain, snow, damaging winds and mudslides, and also took one life. Seattle motorists encountered a dangerous morning commute with heavy snow falling on the city. Central America: Guatemala: Fuego volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. South America: Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Atlantic: West Central: A boat smuggling Haitian migrants sank, killing at least twenty-eight (on the 3rd). Anther seventeen were rescued. Solar Activity: Earth was exiting a stream of solar wind that triggered a G1-class geomagnetic storm and purple auroras. Another stream of solar wind was expected later in the week.

7th-8th - Mid-Phase MODERATE


Mideast: Palestine and Israel: Once again, thousands held demonstrations along the fence separating Gaza and Israel, where Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers, and wounded seventeen other protesters. Europe: Turkey: An eight-story building collapsed in Istanbul, killing at least fifteen. Another six were rescued from the rubble. UK: Storm Erik lashed the British Isles and Ireland with heavy rains and strong winds, knocking out powerlines and downing trees. Stronger winds swept the region the next day with hurricane-force gusts in some areas. At least one person was killed. Asia: India-Administered Kashmir: Heavy snow triggered avalanches and landslides killing eleven and trapping another eleven in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. The storm also disrupted air and road traffic between Srinagar and Jammu. Africa: South Africa: A gas explosion in an abandoned coal mine in Middelburg killed at least six and trapped another twenty. The incident occurred when people entered the mine to steal copper wires. Toxic fumes hampered the rescue and endangered those trapped. Chad: French warplanes, backed by the Chadian government, carried out new attacks on a heavily armed convoy from Libya who could be attempting to topple the government. The airstrikes took out twenty of fifty trucks. The Union of Forces of Resistance - a Chadian rebel group - said it was behind the incursion. Somalia: Two US airstrikez targeted al-Shabab-militant locations in the same region, killing at least fifteen of the miltants. North America: US: A massive storm battered the central and northeastern states, bringing a devastating mix of wild weather that included blizzard conditions, numerous tornadoes, ice, thunderstorms and flash floods, leaving at least five dead. It forced the closure of interstate highways, schools, universities and businesses, and left hundreds of thosands without power in sub-zero weather. According to the National Weather Service more than 20 million were threatened by devastating winter weather, and another 25 million were bracing for flooding. Mexico: Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. US and Canada: A major oil spill - the source of the oil leak near St. Louis - was caused by the controversial Keystone pipeline, according to TransCanada, the builder of the pipeline. Central America: Guatemala: Fuego volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. South America: Venezuela: The first trucks with US humanitarian aid arrived in the Colombian border city of Cúcuta. The vehicles were stopped near the Tienditas bridge, which remains blocked by Venezuelan troops. The president, who is supported by the army, rejected letting the aid into the country in spite of the widespread need of basic goods. The action was widely condemned as a humanitarian crisis. Chile-Argentina: Planchón-Peteroa volcano underwent an explosive eruption with ash plumes rising 14,000 feet (4,300 m) into the air. Ecuador: Reventador volcano underwnt an explosive eruption with lava flows. Brazil: A fire erupted in the sleeping quarters of an academy of one of the country's biggest soccer clubs in Rio de Janeiro, killing ten and injuring three. Also in Rio, at least thirteen suspected drug traffickers were killed in a shootout with police in the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Solar Activity: While the Sun was in solar minnimum, it still brought extra cosmic rays, long-lasting coronal holes on the Sun, and pink auroras.

12th - First Quarter (22h 26m) LOW


Mideast: Syria: American-allied Syrian forces battled ISIS miltants in their last stronghold in the east. US forces targeted a mosque that was used as an ISIS militant control center. Civilian and miltant casualties were numerous but exact the exact figures were not reported. Asia: India: A Delhi hotel fire broke out killing at least seventeen, while thirty-five were rescued. The cause of the fire and why there was no fire equipment was unknown. Indonesia: Dukono volcano, on the island of Halmahera, underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows and ash plumes were sent 7,000 feet (2,100 m) into the air. Africa: Sudan: Hundreds of demonstrators again gatheed in different cities, protesting against the autocratic president. At least 57 people have been killed in the protests since they began in December. Nigeria: A stampede erupted at a stadium in the city of Port Harcourt when the crowd surged towards a gate after the president speech. The stampede left a number of people dead and others injuried when a partially locked gate caused people to fall and be trampled. In a separate incident, a fire broke out at an office of the country's electoral commission in Anambra state. Nearly 6,000 voters' cards were destroyed along with other election materials as the country prepared for elections. Liberia: Gunmen stole vital broadcast equipment from a radio station in the capital of Monrovia. The station was known for being critical of the government. Two weeks earlier, a similar attack on the station forced it off air for several days. Senegal: Clashes erupted in Tambacounda between supporters of rival politicians ahead of the current elections, leaving at least one dead and several injuried. Cameroon: Opposition sources said government soldiers were responsible for the burning down of a hospital in the town of Kumba, leaving at least three people burned alive. North America: US: A multifaceted winter storm brought heavy snow, gusty wind and ice from the Midwest to the Northeast, triggering power outages, and interrupting travel on the ground and in the air, affecting tens of millions. Schools, univerities and businesses were closed, as highways were blocked by massive pile-ups. The Northwest was also again slammed with snow with Seattle experiencing the snowiest month in 50 years. Here too schools, univerities and businesses were closed, as highways were blocked by massive pile-ups, and power outages were widespread. South America: Venezuela: Protesters took to the streets as humanitarian aid was still being blocked from entering the country from neighboring Colombia. Government supporters also took to the streets in Caracas, denouncing foreign intervention (US aid) in the country. Chile-Argentina: Planchón-Peteroa volcano underwent an explosive eruption with ash plumes rising 14,000 feet (4,300 m) into the air. Atlantic: West Central: All seventy-eight inmates in the Aquin prison in southern Haiti escaped while police were distracted by anti-government protests nearby. Fires and barricades made by the protesters prevented police from reaching the jail. This followed six days of demonstrations against the president, that left at least four people dead. Solar Activity: Solar wind flowing from a south polar hole of the Sun might graze Earth's magnetic field in a few days.

15th-16th - Mid-Phase LOW


Mideast: Egypt: About two hundred militants attacked an army checkpoint in the northern Sinai peninsula, killing fifteen troops. The army killed seven of the extremists during the fight. Europe: Russia: Shiveluch volcano, on the Kamchatka peninsula, underwent a highly explosive eruption with large pyroclastic flows. France: For the fourteen time, several thousand "yellow vest" protesters took to the streets, in Bordeaux and numerous other cities, and were met with police who fired tear gas and brought in water cannons and a horse brigade. The larger demonstrations were marked by scattered rioting and destruction. Albania: Thousands of opposition supporters clashed with police at an anti-government rally protesting a corrupt and inefficient government. Protesters threw flares and other objects at police who used tear gas. Fifteen people were injuried, including seven policemen. Spain: About 200,000 protesters took to the streets, waving Catalan flags and shouting pro-separatist slogans in support of twelve leaders on trial. Asia: Indian-controlled Kashmir: A Pakistan-based terror group's suicide bomber used his explosives-laden vehicle to target a paramilitary convoy bus in the Pulwama district, killing at least forty-one. Africa: Nigeria: A wave of violence erupted just before the country's presidential election, leaving at least sixty-six dead in Nigeria's Kaduna state. The election was postponed for at least a week in an attempt to quell the violence. The next day, an attack took place in Borno state, targeting a mosque during morning prayers, killing four civilians. The attack was undertaken by Boko Haram miltants, three of which were killed when troops repelled the attack. Burkina Faso: A bomb hidden in a corpse, dressed in military uniform, exploded, killing two Burkinabe soldiers in the town of Djibo near the border with Mali. Zimbabwe: Heavy flooding caused a dam wall to collapse allowing water to rushed into nearby mining tunnels in the outskirts of Kadoma, trapping miners. Eight of the miners were rescued, but more than sixty remained trapped and were feared to be dead. North America: US: An employee in an industrial park in Aurora, Illinois, shot and killed five co-workers and injuried five officers, before being killed. A major storm fueled by an "atmospheric river" dumped heavy rains on parts of California, triggering massive mudslides that buried houses, triggered widespread flooding and forced water rescues. Flooding impacts stretched from areas north of San Francisco's Bay Area to San Diego county. Entire sections of highways were washed away, houses were destroyed and at least fifty homes were forced to evacuate. In the Midwest heavy snowfall triggered a massive pile up on Interstate 70 just east of Kansas City, forcing the closure of the highway. Mexico: Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruption with strombolian activity and sending ash plumes rising 21,000 feet (6,400 m) into the air. Gunmen burst into a bar in the city of Cancun and opened fire, killing five and wounding five. South America: Chile-Argentina: Planchón-Peteroa volcano underwent an explosive eruption with ash plumes rising 18,000 feet (5,500 m) into the air. Chile: Chillán volcano underwent an explosive eruption. Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Atlantic: West Central: Haitians vowed to keep protesting until the president resigns. Many of the protests turned violent, clashing with police in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere. Protesters blocked roads across Haiti as food, water and gas became scarce and schools, businesses and government offices remained closed. North: A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (02-14; 19:57). Pacific: West: A tropical storm began to develop over the waters southeast of Guam, threatening Guam and Northern Mariana Islands. South: Tropical Cyclone Oma strengthened into a Category 2 tropical cyclone. Squally rain bands began streaming across Vanuatu and would later sweep New Caledonia. Widespread flooding triggered mudslides, along with sporadic wind damage and power outages, and rough seas. Flooding was so great in North Queensland, Australia, that it caused sediment runoff to flood into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Solar Activity: Earth swept through a stream of solar wind that sparked bright auroras over the Arctic Circle. A coronal hole opened up on the Sun, bringing with it a chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms later in the week.

19th - Full Moon (15h 54m) MODERATE


Mideast: Syria: Hundreds of ISIS militants were hiding among civilians on a small hill on the banks of the Euphrates River. The Syrian Democratic Forces encircled them waiting to declare the territorial defeat of ISIS. The miltants were preventing civilians from leaving the area as a safety net, assuming the civilians' presence would stop the advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Israel and Palestine: Clashes broke out at a contested Jerusalem holy site, which is considered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Dozens of Palestinians participated in a prayer protest, attempting to breach a section of the site, when clashes broke out with numerous Palesstinians being injuried. Israeli police arrested nineteen Palestinians. Europe: France: Thousands protested against anti-Semitism across the country in sixty cities sparked by a spate of anti-Semitic attacks. About fifty political parties, unions and associations endorsed the protests. Switzerland: An avalanche took place at a popular ski resort in the Swiss Alps, injuring four, one seriously. About 240 rescuers were continuing to search the scene as it was suspected that as many as twelve where caught up in the avalanche and may be buried. Italy: Mount Etna volcano uderwent a mildly explosive eruption with lava flows and ash plumes. It also triggered a 4.8 magnitude earthquake. Asia: Indonesia: Dukono volcano, on the island of Halmahera, underwent an explosive eruption sending ash plumes 7,000 feet (2,100 m) into the air. Afghanistan, India and Pakistan: One of the strongest storms of the winter unleashed torrential rainfall, heavy mountain snow and locally severe thunderstorms on millions. It would continue into mid-week. Africa: Egypt: A suicide bomber targeted an area near the Khan el-Khalili bazaar in the heart of Cairo, killing at least three policemen, and wounding another two and a woman shopping at the bazaar. In a separate incident, security forces killed sixteen militants in two raids in the city of el-Arish on the Sinai peninsula. They also seized weapons, ammunition and explosive belts. It seems that the miltants were planning a series of attacks against vital locations and important people in the area. North America: US: Back-to-back storms blasted an area from the Plains to the Upper Midwest with heavy snow. The first storm began over the High Plains of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and eastern Colorado. The snow would continue into mid-week in the Upper Midwest. Central America: Guatemala: Fuego volcano undeerwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Pacific: Southwest: A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck northwest of Namatanai, Papua New Guinea (02-17; 14:35). Soouth: Tropical Cyclone Oma strengthened into a Category 3 tropical cyclone and began battering New Caledonia with heavy rain, strong winds, widespread flooding, mudslides, piwer outages and rough seas. Oma was then expected to target New Zealand and Australia later in the week. Solar Activity: A stream of solar wind eminating from a equatorial coronal hole hit Earth, triggering geomagnetic storms and auroras.

22nd-23rd - Mid-Phase MODERATE


26th - Last Quarter (11h 28m) MODERATE





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