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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Last Update: January 8, 2018




2nd - Full Moon (2h 24m) MAXIMUM

Mideast: Iran: A wave of violent protests was still sweeping the country (see previous lunar phase in 2017), leaving at least twenty-two dead. Buildings were burned down in the town of Behbahan, flash bombs or grenades were thrown in Rasht, and street fires were ignited in Karaj, as police fired tear gas to break up protests. More than 450 arrests were made in Tehran alone. Europe: Italy: A truck crashed into a car that then slammed into the back of a tanker truck, causing it to explode on a highway near Brescia, leaving six dead. UK: Storm Eleanor swept across northern England, Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland pounding them with 90 mph (145 kph) winds, heavy rain, widespread flooding, knocking out power to tens of thousands, and disrupting travel. Asia: Afghanistan: A clash erupted between ISIS miltants and US troops in Achin, Nangarhar province, along the Pakistan border, leaving one US soldier dead and four wounded. Indonesia: Dukono volcano on the island of Halmahera underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Africa: Kenya: The militant Islamist group al-Shabab attacked security officers on patrol, leaving a police reservist missing and feared dead. Nigeria: Gunmen opened fire on worshippers who were walking back from church, killing seventeen and wounding dozens in Rivers state (on the 1st). Madagascar: The newly formed Tropical Cyclone 3S headed for the country with life-threatening impacts, heavy rains and strong winds. It was expected to strengthen into a hurricane-like cyclone as it becomes more organized. Democratic Republic of Congo: A major storm was headed for the capital Kinshasa where it would bring heavy rains that triggered a landslide and flooding, killing at least thirty-seven. North America: US: A very large and powerful storm swept the East Coast from Georgia to Maine burying much in ice and snow. Bitter cold overwhelmed areas in the Central and Eastern regions affecting about 70% of the nation for the tenth day, closing schools, triggering vehicle pile-ups and disrupting travel. In Buffalo, New York at least twenty-two vehicles crashed into each other, injuring many and backing up traffic for hours. Forty states were under official winter alerts for bitter cold and/or snow. at least sixteen deaths were caused by the weather. Meanwhile, another storm was begining to develop resembling a winter hurricane that would batter easternmost section of the East Coast with damaging winds and blizzard-like snowfall. This type of weather system is often referred to as a "Bomb Cyclone" or "Winter Weather Bomb." South America: Peru: A bus was hit by a truck causing it to plummet down a cliff onto a rocky beach along a stretch of highway known as the "Devil's Curve," killing at least forty-eight; three others were missing. Brazil: A riot erupted at a jail in the state of Goias, allowing ninety-nine to escape, while nine prisoners were killed and fourteen were injured when a rival gang attacked that started the riot. Pacific: South: Aoba (Ambae) volcano on the island of Vanuatu erupted. Solar Activity: A huge ring of electric-blue, noctilucent clouds ­- night-shining clouds - encircled high above Antarctica.

5th-6th - Mid-Phase MAXIMUM

Mideast: Syria: Russian jets bombed the cities of Misraba and Arbin, killing at least twenty-five civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus (on the 4th). At least ten hospitals in rebel-held areas were targeted by direct air or artillery attacks, though Syria and Russia denied such attacks. Libya: A rubber dinghy sank off the coast drowning twenty-five, while eighty-four were rescued. Kuwait: A glass barrier collapsed during celebrations following a soccer match, injuring at least forty. Europe: Italy and Switzerland: Heavy snow has cut off the Alpine ski resorts of Cervinia in Italy and Adelboden in Switzerland trapping about 10,000 tourists in ski resorts with more than 6.6 feet (2 m) of snow. A landslide struck Adelboden and most areas had a avalanche warning in place. Austria: An avalanche in the Austrian Alps left two skiers dead. Asia: Japan: A false alarm caused by an error in the earthquake warning system was sent to millions of people triggered a brief panic and disrupted travel. Indonesia: Dukono volcano on the island of Halmahera underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Indian-administered Kashmir: Multiple avalanches hit vehicles in the Himalayan region, killing at least eleven; three others were missing. They had been swept away by three near-simultaneous avalanches on a stretch of about six miles (10 km) on a road in Kupawara district. Myanmar: An insurgent attack targeted soldiers in Rakhine state, killing at least six. More than twenty insurgents used homemade bombs to attack a truck transporting troops from Taungpyo township. Africa: Madagascar: Ava reached the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane as it made landfall triggering widespread flooding and mudslides. South Sudan: Despite of a mutually supported cease-fire, new fighting erupted near the capital. Senegal: An attack by unknown assailants in the region of Casamance left thirteen teenages dead somme by gunshot and others by decapitation, and another seven were wounded. North America: US: After the "bomb cyclone" had dumped more than a foot of snow across eight states, knocked out power for tens of thousands, buried cars in snow, flooded streets, grounded thousands of flights and killed at least nineteen there came frigid cold. Temperatures reached 20 to more than 40 degrees below zero, freezing cars in ice, freezing rivers, floodwaters turned to ice, and people were forced to flee their homes. Much of the Northeast and Midwest could be described as a block of ice. More than 5,000 flights had to be cancelled. The peaks of New Hampshire’s White Mountains dropped to 40 degrees below zero, and with the wind chill could make the air feel as cold as 100 below zero. Winds had gusted up to 122 mph (196 kph) on the highest peak on Mount Washington. In Florida iguanas were falling from trees because of the cold. Mexico: Popocatepetl volcano underwent an explosive eruption. Pacific: South: Kadovar volcano northeast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea underwent explosive eruptions. South America: Ecuador: Reventador volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Peru: Sabancaya volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Solar Activity: The Sun's Interplanetary Magnetic Field tipped south triggering auroras.

8th - Last Quarter (22h 25m) MAXIMUM

Mideast: Syria: A car bomber targeted the headquarters of the Islamist rebel faction Ajnad al-Qawqaz in the city of Idlib, killing at least twenty-five. Government and Russian airstrikes elsewhere left another fifteen dead. The military recaptured the strategically important town of Sinjar and also captured fourteen villages from insurgent groups. Asia: China: A collision between an oil tanker and a freighter off the eastern coast, in the East China Sea, days earlier, now began to send off toxic smoke amid the fire as bad weather made matters worse. Thirty-two crew members were missing and it was feared that the tanker would explode. Indonesia: Agung volcano on the island of Bali underwent a highly explosive eruption. Africa: Tunisia: Anger over inflation, increased taxes and rising living costs triggered violent protests in at least two towns. Protesters burned tires on the streets of the town of Thala, and about 300 took to the streets in the city of Sidi Bouzid. Sudan: A sharp increase in the price of bread resulting from the removal of government subsidies triggered protests. Protesters threw stones, burned tires and blocked roads, as the police used tear gas. A student demonstrator was killed in West Darfur. Libya: An overcrowded rubber dinghy sank off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea, drowning sixty-four migrants. Rescuers saved another eighty-six. Australia and New Zealand: Australia: The city of Sydney experienced its hottest weather in 79 years with temperatures in Penrith, west of Sydney, hitting as high as 117 degress F (47.3 C). It triggered a fire on farmland in the south, as severe fire warnings were issued throughout Sydney. Meanwhile, a new tropical cyclone was developing and could renew the risk for flooding across northern Western Australia. North America: US: A powerful storm headed for California with heavy rain, mountain snow, and strong winds. Mudslides swept through areas that were burned in last month's wildfires, covering highways, sweeping away vehicles, carrying huge boulders and smashing homes, leaving at least seventeen dead and twenty-eight injuried. Even though evacuations were instituted before the storm's arrival, some areas where the evacuations were only suggested also got hit with powerful mudslides. More than 100 homes were destroyed, and another 300 were damaged. Central America: Costa Rica: Turrialba volcano underwent an explosive eruption. South America: Ecuador: Reventador volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. Pacific: South: Aoba (Ambae) volcano on the island of Vanuatu underwent an eruption. Solar Activity: A stream of solar wind triggered auroras around the Arctic Circle and geomagnetic storms.

11th-12th - Mid-Phase MAXIMUM

Mideast: Israel: Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank engaged in clashes that left two Palestinian teenagers dead. The teens were protesting the recent US president's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Tunisia: Anger over the government's budget measures and rising prices on basic goods sent people into the streets in protest. The protests took place in ten different areas targeting government buildings, torching police cars, blocking roads, and some even attempted to take over malls and shops. Police responded with tear gas, and the army was called out to keep order. Hundreds of the demonstrators were arrested. The following day, the government was prepared to give in to some of the demands of the protesters. Yemen: Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile targeting a special forces camp and a facility for combat helicopters in the Saudi border province of Najran. Iran and Iraq: A series of eight earthquakes shook the Iran-Iraq border area and Baghdad, injuring four. The quakes were moderate and appeared to do only minimal damage. Syria: A group of rebels who had used drones to attack a Russian air base in Syria was tracked down, striking them with artillery as they were getting into a vehicle in the province of Idlib. The Russian military also destroyed a rebel facility for assembling drones in Idlib. Europe: Italy: Stromboli volcano on the Eolian Islands underwent an explosive eruption. Asia: Myanmar: A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck west of Pyu (01-11; 18:26). Japan: Sakurajima volcano on the island of Kyushu underwent an explosive eruption. Indonesia: Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra underwent an explosive eruption. Africa: Nigeria: A mass burial was undertaken of more than seventy people killed in conflicts between nomadic herdsmen and farming communities in three states. The Nigerian army deployed special forces to quell the violence in the battle for land. South Africa: Firefighters began battling at least three separate fires in a small area outside Cape Town, in the Overberg area - one fire was set intentionally. Six people were injuried. Australia and New Zealand: Australia: Tropical Cyclone Joyce swept into and across Western Australia, triggering widespread flooding, power outages, a flooding storm surge and property damage. It was the second cyclone to hit the region in two weeks. North America: Mexico: Rampant crime and gang activity were so high that the US state department warned tourists to "completely avoid" five states. Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas were put on the same danger level as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. US: High temperatures dipped down to between minus 10 and zero degrees Fahrenheit across much of the northern Plains before falling to near minus 30. A storm brought heavy rain and flooding, and then ice, snow and a freeze-up into the Northeast. Mandatory evacuations were extended in Montecito, California, as dozens were still missing from the mudslides. Central America: Honduras: A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck east of Great Swan Island (01-10; 02:51). Costa Rica: Turrialba volcano underwent a minor explosive eruption. Guatemala: Fuego volcano underwent an explosive eruption with lava flows. South America: Venezuela: A boat that left Venezuela sank in the Caribbean near Curacao, leaving five dead and twenty-eight missing and feared dead. In a separate incident, two days of protests and looting over food shortages left at least three dead and sixteen injured. Chile: Three Roman Catholic churches were firebombed in Santiago three days before the Pope was to visit. A note was left at the scene threatening the Pope. Pacific: South: Kadovar volcano northeast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, underwent an explosive eruption. Solar Activity: A co-rotating interaction region of the Sun's Interplanetary Magnetic Field hit Earth, triggering a G1-class geomagnetic storms and auroras.

17th - New Moon (2h 17m) MAXIMUM

20th-21st - Mid-Phase HIGH

24th - First Quarter (22h 20m) HIGH

27th-28th - Mid-Phase HIGH

31st - Full Moon (13h 27m) HIGH

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