Earth changes

Severe rains continue to sweep Florida: The worst flood in the last 65 years hits Tampa

Heavy rainfall which was continually falling across Tampa, Florida, since July 20, 2015, has caused severe flooding in the area. 40 people were evacuated from their mobile homes in Sherwood Forest RV and Caledesi Travel Trailer Park, on August 3, as the water levels var

August 05, 2015

Flash flood and mudslide hit northwest Macedonia: at least 4 people died, 12 injured

Heavy rainstorm accompanied with strong winds caused two rivers to overflow in northwestern Macedonia, on August 3, 2015. The combined conditions resulted in a flash flood and mudslide that devastated the Polog region, claimed at least four lives, and left 12 people inj

August 04, 2015

The 2015 El Niño well established, continues to strengthen

The 2015 El Niño is now well-established and continues to strengthen, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports today. International climate models surveyed by the BOM all indicate that El Niño will continue to strengthen, and persist into early 2016.

August 04, 2015

A number of landslide events in southwest Japan: The Fukaminato River landslide video

Heavy rainfall which affected the southwest Japan are thought to have triggered a number of landslide events in the month of July. The third in a row landslide happened on July 28, 2015, in the Kagoshima Prefecture, forcing the residents of the nearby Tarumizu town to r

August 04, 2015

Heat wave over Iran: Extreme heat and humidity yield feel-like temperatures of 73 °C (163 °F) in Bandar Mahshahr

A combination of extreme heat and humidity yielded extraordinary heat index of 73 °C (163 °F) in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran on Friday, July 31. The on-going heat wave also brought record high temperatures of 51 °C (124 °F) to Baghdad on Thursday, July 30.A me

August 04, 2015

Floods ongoing in Bengal, Odisha, Manipur, Gujarat and Rajasthan: 81 people dead, 8 million affected

The consequences of cyclone Komen are ongoing in parts of Bengal, Odisha, Manipur, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Another round of heavy rains has severely affected already waterlogged areas, causing more floods and landslides. About 81 people lost their lives due to flood rela

August 03, 2015

Wildfires raging across the drought-striken California: 1 person dead, thousands of acres burnt

A 4 year drought period has provided an ideal platform for raging wildfires that have ignited the grounds of the state of California, as of July 29, 2015. As wildfires are spreading, further devastating the drought-stricken grounds, evacuations are being ordered across

August 02, 2015

Very shallow M5.7 earthquake registered near the coast of Queensland, Australia - state's largest in almost 100 years

Geoscience Australia has recorded three moderately strong earthquakes near the coast of Queensland, Australia since July 29, 2015. The first one, M5.3, hit at 23:41 UTC on July 29 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). M5.7 at a depth of 0 km, Queensland's largest quake

August 01, 2015

Third lava eruption of the year at Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion

Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion started its third lava eruption of the year at 05:30 UTC on July 31, 2015. Officials warned about the imminent eruption on July 30, and evacuated the immediate area.The eruptive fissure vent is located NE from Piton Kapor and exten

August 01, 2015

"Komen" brings more torrential rains to the flooded regions of Bangladesh and Myanmar: 33 people dead, thousands of homes devastated

Tropical Storm "Komen" made landfall on July 30, 2015 near Chittagong, southern Bangladesh. The areas already affected with severe flooding and mudslides are now endangered again by the heavy rainfall, strong wind gusts and rough seas. So far, at least 33 peop

July 31, 2015

Major eruption of Manam volcano, ash up to 20 km (65 000 feet) - Papua New Guinea

A major eruption occurred at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea early on July 31, 2015. The Darwin VAAC reported volcanic ash plume reached 19.8 km (65 000 feet) at 02:00 UTC. Aviation color code is set on Red.At 06:50 UTC, Darwin VAAC reporting volcanic ash was extending

July 31, 2015

A violent tornado outbreak in Canada: Record-breaking touch-down lasted almost 3 hours

A massive tornado event took place near Pierson in the Canadian Manitoba province, around 01:30 UTC on Monday, July 28, 2015. Tornado roared through the province for almost 3 hours, until about 03:55 UTC, possibly setting the record for the longest lasting tornado touch

July 31, 2015

California 'rain debt' equal to average full year of precipitation

A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 508 mm (20 inches) of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 - the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland

July 31, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: July 22 - 28, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from July 22 - 28, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Kick 'em Jenny, North of

July 30, 2015

Heavy rainfall triggers landslides in Nepal: 30 people dead, 42 missing

Landslides in Nepal, caused by the heavy rainfall on Thursday, July 30, killed at least 30 people in the villages near Pokhara town, while 42 others remain missing.Heavy rainfall affected western Nepal over the last couple of days. 116 mm (4.56 inches) of rain was measu

July 30, 2015

Strong hail hits parts of South Dakota: 15 cm (6 inches) of hail in Custer

A strong hail event hit Custer, South Dakota, on Monday, July 27, 2015. The area was covered with 15.23 cm (6 inches) thick layer of hail balls, the size of which measured about 2.54 cm (1 inch) in diameter.Mammatus clouds, prior to hailstorm. Image credit: Marcia Samul

July 30, 2015

Severe flooding continues across western India: At least 26 people dead, over 2 000 villages affected

Severe rainstorms continue to batter western India, causing floods and damage across the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.2 000 villages were affected in the Gujarat state, 12 villages have been flooded in the Jalore district, while 53 helicopter rescue o

July 29, 2015

Greatest rainfall in 40 years brings Vietnam flood death toll to 11

Floods triggered by heavy rains in northern Vietnam have claimed 11 lives, damaged nearly 3 000 houses and made thousands to fled to safety, authorities said on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.Quang Ninh province received more than 100 mm (3.93 inches) on Monday, July 27,

July 29, 2015

Destructive glacier lake outburst flood near Almaty, Kazakhstan

A warm spell triggered a destructive glacial lake outburst flood along the Kargalinka River threathening residents of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, earlier this month. A state of emergency has been declared across the affected areas of Almaty.NASA's Earth

July 29, 2015

Strong earthquake M6.3 registered near Iliamna Volcano, Southern Alaska, US

A strong earthquake registered as M6.3 hit Southern Alaska, US at 02:35 UTC on July 29, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 116.6 km (72.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 103 km (64 miles).Epicenter was located, 15 km (9 miles) SSW of Iliamna Volcano, 68 km (4

July 29, 2015

A rare July weather phenomena: Freak cold front blankets Northern Rockies

The freak cold front, an unusual meteorological phenomena, swept the Northern Rockies this Monday, July 28, 2015 bringing snow and record-low daytime July temperatures to Idaho.Late July is usually hot and dry for Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, however, this year, the last

July 29, 2015

Swarm of shallow earthquakes registered under Meakandake volcano, Hokkaido - Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the Volcanic Alert Level of Meakandake volcano to 2 of 5 (do not approach the volcano) on July 28, 2015. The last eruption of this volcano took place on November 28, 2008.The decision to raise the alert level was made

July 28, 2015

California water agencies don’t know how much their pipes leak

With California homeowners taking steps to save water during the drought, they may be dismayed to hear that a new UCLA report found that water agencies are unable to keep close track of how much their own pipes are leaking.The report is particularly timely due to a new

July 28, 2015

Pyroclastic flow on Mount Sinabung, Indonesia - July 27, 2015

Effusion of viscous lava continues at slow pace to feed the lava dome with two active lobes on the SE and E upper flanks of Indonesian Sinabung volcano.At 12:22 local time today, a small part of the eastern lobe collapsed into a medium-sized pyroclastic flow that

July 27, 2015

Very strong M7.0 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake M7.0 hit Papua, Indonesia at 21:41 UTC on July 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 52.9 km (32.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles). According to the USGS, epicenter was located 234 km (145 miles) W of Abepura and 247

July 27, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Fox Islands, Alaska

A very strong and shallow earthquake, M6.9 hit off the coast of Fox Islands, Alaska, US at 04:49 UTC on July 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 27.1 km (16.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 earthquake at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles).Epicenter was located 73 km (45 mil

July 27, 2015

Millions of people affected by severe flooding across eastern and southern China

Heavy rainfall hit parts of eastern and southern China, causing severe flooding in the area. The floods started on Wednesday, July 22 and affected millions of people; 6 citizens died and 5 went missing. Strong storms have cut off power supplies, inundated streets across

July 27, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny activity decreases, alert level lowered to Yellow - Eastern Caribbean

Seismic activity at underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny near Grenada, Eastern Caribbean is decreasing, the Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies reported on July 25. Increased activity at the volcano started on July 11, 2015 and was follow

July 26, 2015

Inside mysterious Siberian sinkholes

Giant sinkholes which started appearing in Yamal Peninsula, Russia last year remain a mystery to scientists investigating this phenomena around the world.Theories about what's causing them are numerous... from UFO's to natural gas which is abundant in this regio

July 26, 2015

M6.1 earthquake registered south of Java, Indonesia

Geoscience Australia registered M6.1 earthquake at a depth of 51 km (31.7 miles) south of Java, Indonesia at 07:05 UTC on July 26, 2015. USGS registered it as M6.0 at a depth of 59.2 km (36.8 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 93 km (58 miles) S of Kraj

July 26, 2015

Heavy rains sweep Taiwan: Taipei City overwhelmed by flooding waters

Heavy rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms and hail hit Taiwan, causing massive flooding across the Greater Taipei region on Thursday afternoon, July 23, 2015. 143 areas of the metropolis were overwhelmed by the flood waters, and all traffic was suspended across affe

July 25, 2015

Uranium mines behind Kazakhstan villagers' mysterious 'sleeping sickness'

Mysterious "sleeping sickness" that baffled doctors and researchers since it's first known attack in March 2013, affected more than 140 people in Kalachi and Krasnogorsk, two villages in northern Kazakhstan, with a total of 810 people, mostly ethnic Russia

July 24, 2015

Almaty region in southern Kazakhstan hit by floods and mudslide, state of emergency declared

Three areas in the Almaty region of southern Kazakhstan have been affected by the mudflow outbursts of the Kargalinka river, July 23, 2015. Local media reported 5 injuries and 900 people evacuated from their homes. A state of emergency has been declared across the affec

July 24, 2015

Volcanic ash blankets the skies over Indonesian archipelago: Simultaneous eruption of 5 volcanoes

Five volcanoes of the Indonesian archipelago simultaneously erupted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The spewing ashes clouded the skies over the islands, suspending the flights on three airports in the area. Since last month, 13 000 people have been evacuated due to volcan

July 24, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny underwater volcano on Orange alert, imminent eruption possible - Eastern Caribbean

The Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies has issued an Orange alert (3 of 4) for the underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny on July 23, 2015, due to strong and continuous seismic signals recorded from 05:25 to 07:00 UTC today. Grenada, as we

July 23, 2015