Earth changes

Record-breaking cold from the US Midwest to the South and the Northeast

As arctic air continues to surge southward behind a cold front sweeping across the Southeast US, forecasters are warning that all-time March record lows are likely to be broken Friday morning.In addition to monthly record lows, dozens of daily record lows will be threat

March 06, 2015

Major eruption of Mount Sinabung sends ash up to 9.1 km, Indonesia

A major eruption of Indonesian Mount Sinabung accompanied by large pyroclastic flows started at 20:45 UTC on March 4, 2015. Darwin VAAC reported ash cloud reached an altitude of 9.1 km at 23:30 UTC, and drifted 231 km (143 miles) to the NW. Aviation Color Code is on Red

March 05, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: February 25 - March 3, 2015

New activity was observed at 6 volcanoes from February 25 - March 3, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ambrym, Vanuatu | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Sa

March 05, 2015

Large eruption of Shiveluch volcano sends ash up to 11.2 km, Russia

Russian Shiveluch volcano erupted at 22:50 UTC on March 3, 2015 sending ash up to 11.2 km (drifting NNE), Tokyo VAAC reported. Aircraft on the North America - Japan routes are advised to avoid the area.The volcano is in an intense phase of activity, characterized by str

March 04, 2015

Amazon deforestation ‘threshold’ causes species loss to accelerate

One of the largest area studies of forest loss impacting biodiversity shows that a third of the Amazon is headed toward or has just past a threshold of forest cover below which species loss is faster and more damaging. Researchers call for conservation policy to switch

March 04, 2015

The end of volcanic eruption in Holuhraun (Bardarbunga), Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun which began on August 31, 2014 came to an end on Friday, February 27, 2015, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection said on February 28 and confirmed today. The Aviation Color Code for Bardarbunga was downgraded

March 03, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake off the coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong and shallow M6.4 (USGS) earthquake was registered off the coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia at 10:37 UTC on March 3, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 37.6 km (23.3 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 25 km (15.5 miles).There are abou

March 03, 2015

Strong eruption of Villarrica volcano, Chile

After a significant increase in seismicity which started in February, Chile's Villarrica volcano violently erupted at 06:46 UTC (03:46 local time) on March 3, 2015 ejecting magma fragments up to 1 km above the crater. Ash column reached an altitude of about 3 km and

March 03, 2015

Jordan and Israel sign historic deal to end the shrinking of Dead Sea

Jordan and Israel signed a historic deal last week to build a pipeline that would link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea in an effort to combat regional water shortages and save the Dead Sea from drying out. The idea of linking the two bodies of water together has

March 02, 2015

Strange behavior of Antarctic noctilucent clouds

The southern noctilucent clouds (NLCs) season is over now, but looking back over the entire season reveals something unexpected.In an 8-year plot of the Antarctic noctilucent cloud frequencies, the 2014/15 season is clearly different from the rest, SpaceWeather reports.

March 02, 2015

Very strong and deep M7.0 earthquake registered in Flores Sea, Indonesia

A very strong and deep M7.0 (USGS) earthquake was registered in Flores Sea, Indonesia at 13:45 UTC on February 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 547.0 km (339 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 586 km (364 miles).Epicenter was located 132 km

February 27, 2015

Five years of earthquakes in Chile

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake which struck central Chile on February 27, 2010 was the largest in that country in 50 years.This animation shows that earthquake and all those recorded there in the following five years, including the 8.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Chi

February 27, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: February 18 - 24, 2015

New activity was observed at 6 volcanoes from February 18 - 24, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ambrym, Vanuatu | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (R

February 26, 2015

Nishino-shima has grown more than 11 times in size since eruption started, Japan

An underwater volcanic eruption in the Ogasawara Islands archipelago gave rise to a new Pacific Ocean island in late November 2013.The new island, named Niijima, was about 500 meters from Nishino-shima at the time, another volcanic island that last erupted and expaned i

February 25, 2015

More mysterious craters found in northern Russia

Several months after a huge black hole was found in Yamal peninsula, Siberia, Russia, researchers say they have found more suspicious-looking craters and lakes and have called for 'urgent' investigation of the new phenomenon.The Siberian Times writes that until

February 24, 2015

British Columbia dumps over 34 million gallons of raw sewage, pesticides and pharmaceuticals into the Pacific every day

More than 34 million gallons of raw sewage is pumped off the shores of Victoria, British Columbia, into the Strait of Juan de Fuca daily, polluting the ocean and its ecosystem in ways that are poorly understood by researchers.A report by The Tyee titled, "Victoria&

February 24, 2015

Heavy rain and floods prompt evacuation of over 20 000, Dominican Republic

Significant rainfall caused by almost stationary frontal system in the eastern portion of the country and resulting heavy floods have prompted evacuations of more than 20 000 people in Dominican Republic over the last couple of days.The Emergency Operations Center (COE)

February 23, 2015

Arctic and Siberian air masses trigger hundreds of record lows in eastern US

In addition to snow cover, Arctic and Siberian air masses have settled in over the eastern US triggering many record low temperatures in many states last week.On the morning of February 20, NOAA's Weather Prediction Center (WPC) noted, "There were widespread su

February 23, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake off the coast of Mexico

A strong and shallow M6.2 (USGS) earthquake was registered off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico on February 22, 2015 at 14:23 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles).Epicenter was located 211 km (131 miles) S

February 22, 2015

Strong and shallow M5.9 earthquake off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong and shallow M5.9 (JMA) earthquake was registered off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on February 21, 2015 at 10:13 UTC. JMA is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting this earthquake as M6.1 at the same depth.This is now the 14th moderate to str

February 21, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong and shallow M6.1 (JMA) earthquake was registered off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 04:25 UTC on February 20, 2015. JMA is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 13.5 km (8.38 miles).Including the February 16th M6.9, this

February 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hit Vanuatu

A strong and shallow M6.6 (Geoscience Australia) earthquake was registered off the coast of Vanuatu at 13:18 UTC on February 19, 2015. Geoscience Australia is reporting depth of 39 km (24.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).There are about 5

February 19, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: February 11 - 17, 2015

New activity was observed at 9 volcanoes from February 11 - 17, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Colima, Mexico | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Ru

February 19, 2015

Deadly floods hit Cordoba province, Argentina

Heavy rain has caused devastating floods in Cordoba province, central Argentina and claimed lives of at least 7 people by February 17, 2015. Four others are still missing.Local media reported that as much as 320 mm of rain fell in just 12 hours in some areas causing riv

February 17, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A very strong and shallow M6.9 (JMA) earthquake was registered near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 23:06 UTC on February 16, 2015. JMA is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 23 km (14.2 miles). JMA is describing this quake as a

February 17, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake registered in South Sandwich Islands region

A strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake was registered in South Sandwich Islands region at 22:00 UTC on February 16, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 145 km (90 miles) NNW of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and 2 518

February 17, 2015

Strong explosive eruption of Chikurachki volcano, Northern Kuriles, Russia

A strong explosive eruption occurred at the Chikurachki volcano located on the Paramushir island, Northern Kuriles, Russia around 22:00 UTC on February 15, 2015. The last eruption of this volcano occurred in 2008.Ash plume produced by the eruption reached an estimated a

February 16, 2015

Queensland hit by very rare M5.1 earthquake, Australia

A shallow M5.1 earthquake was registered 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the city of Eidsvold, Queensland, Australia at 02:57 AEDT on February 16, 2015 (15:57 UTC on February 15). Geoscience Australia (GA) is reporting depth of 15 km (9.32 miles).Numerous aftershock wer

February 16, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake registered off the coast of Taiwan

A strong and shallow M6.2 (CENC) earthquake was registered off the southeastern coast of Taiwan on February 13, 2015 at 20:06 UTC. CENC (China) is reporting depth of 7 km (4.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS registered this quake as

February 13, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

A very strong and shallow M6.9 (USGS) earthquake was registered at Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone, Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge on February 13, 2015 at 18:59 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.21 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 15 km (9.32 miles).Epicente

February 13, 2015

8 million tons of new plastic waste enters our oceans each year

Plastic debris in the marine environment is well known and widely documented, but the quantity of plastic making its way into the world’s oceans and from where it originates has been a mystery until now.A new study published today in the journal Science, quantifie

February 13, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: February 4 - 10, 2015

New activity was observed at 9 volcanoes from February 4 - 10, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed also at 9 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka

February 12, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.7 earthquake hits Jujuy, Argentina

A very strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.7 hit Jujuy, Argentina at 18:57 UTC on February 11, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 190.8 km (118.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 180 km (111 miles).Epicenter was located 93 km (58 mi) W of El Aguilar, 128 k

February 11, 2015

New England winter storm breaks records, US

Another large snowstorm was affecting New England, US on February 9, 2015 dropping more snow on the region and breaking records.On February 9, NOAA's National Weather Service in Boston, Massachusetts noted that "The 30-day snowfall total at Boston ending 7 a.m.

February 10, 2015

Strong new eruption and large pyroclastic flow from Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted early February 9, 2015 sending ash up to 4 km into the air. Aviation Color Code has been raised to Orange.At 03:32 UTC today, plume was extending 31 km to the west, according to Darwin VAAC.At 13:21 UTC, the agency reported volcani

February 09, 2015