Earth changes

Very large and spectacular earthflow in Russia

A very large and spectacular earthflow happened on April 1, 2015 on the road between Novokuznetsk and Bolshaya Talda, about 280 km ESE of Novosibirsk, Russia and was captured on video.According to The Landslide Blog comment posted by Michal, the event took place at 13:0

April 20, 2015

Two new strong and shallow quakes registered off the coast of Taiwan

Two new strong and shallow earthquakes were registered off the coast of Taiwan at 11:45 (M6.2) and 12:00 UTC (M6.5) on April 20, 2015 following a deadly M6.4 quake that struck the same region earlier in a day.USGS reports them as M6.2 and M6.5 at depths of 35.6 km (22.1

April 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Southern Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake M6.0 was registered off the coast of Southern Sumatra, Indonesia at 09:05 UTC on April 20, 2015. USGS is reporting a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting this quake as M5.8 at a depth of 46 km.Epicenter was located about

April 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Taiwan

A strong and shallow M6.4 (USGS) earthquake hit off the coast of Taiwan at 01:42 UTC on April 20, 2015. USGS is reporting a shallow depth of 29 km (18 miles). Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau reports M6.3 at a depth of 17.5 km.Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 a

April 20, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake registered off the coast of Fiji

A very strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake was registered off the coast of Fiji, South Pacific Ocean at 15:52 UTC on April 17, 2015. Geoscience Australia is reporting depth of 0 km. USGS is also reporting M6.5, but at a depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 183 km (114 mi

April 17, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Crete, Greece

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake was registered off the coast of Crete, Greece at 18:07 UTC on April 16, 2015. EMSC is reporting a shallow depth of 25 km (15.5 miles). USGS initially reported M6.3 and later revised to M6.1 at a depth 20.9 (13 miles). Epicenter was loc

April 16, 2015

Heavy rain, landslides and deadly floods hit US South and Gulf Coast

Heavy rain is affecting the South and the Gulf Cost of US, bringing deadly flash flooding, dangerous lightning strikes and landslides across multiple states."Impulses of upper-level energy combined with plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will keep the South

April 16, 2015

Large lahars block access to the town of Ubinas, Peru

According to Peru's Observatorio Volcanológico del Sur (OVS) snow melt during April 12 - 13, 2015 led to large lahars that descended the southern flank of Ubinas volcano blocking off access to the town of Ubinas. Authorities are warning locals to be on alert.

April 16, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: April 8 - 14, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from April 8 - 14, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Semeru, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Tungurahua , Ecuador | Villarrica

April 16, 2015

JMA issues alert for possible eruption of Mount Zaosan, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued an alert for a possible eruption of Mount Zaosan, Zaozan volcano group in northeastern Japan citing a large amount of volcanic activity observed there this month, The Asahi Shimbun reports. The last eruption in this volca

April 15, 2015

Sleeping giant Mount Baegdu (Changbaishan) close to eruption, North Korea/China

Geologist Yoon Seong-hyo from Pusan National University who has been monitoring Mount Baegdu, a massive stratovolcano located on the border of North Korea and China, said on Sunday, April 12, 2015 ​the volcano is on the verge of erupting.Mount Baegdu is relatively

April 13, 2015

Increased levels of Radon in Pennsylvania homes correspond to onset of fracking

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say that levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes – where 42 percent of readings surpass what the U.S. government considers safe – have been on the rise since 2004, around the time that the fracking in

April 11, 2015

Around 150 dolphins stranded northeast of Tokyo, Japan

Around 150 dolphins were found stranded on the Hokota beach in Ibaraki prefecture, about 100 km northeast of Tokyo, Japan on April 10, 2015. Some dolphins, mostly melon-headed whales (also known as electra dolphins) or blackfish were found alive, but were extremely weak

April 10, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: April 1 - 7, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from April 1 - 7, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 17 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Semisopochnoi, United States |

April 09, 2015

Ubinas volcano enters new eruptive phase, Peru

Peru's Ubinas volcano erupted at 08:32 UTC on April 8, 2015 covering nearby villages with a thin layer of ash. Emissions of steam and gasses reached an estimated altitude of 5.1 km, Buenos Aires VAAC reports.Ash fall was expected within 25 km to the southeast. Exper

April 08, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and shallow earthquake Mwp6.5 (Geoscience Australia) hit Tonga region at 00:46 UTC on April 7, 2015. Geoscience Australia is reporting depth of 0 km. USGS is reporting this earthquake as M5.8 at a depth of 10 km.According to the USGS, epicenter was located 100

April 07, 2015

Turrialba eruption spews large quantities of ash onto nearby communities, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupted at 17:24 UTC on Sunday, April 4, 2015 spewing heavy ash on nearby communities. OVSICORI said the eruption lasted for an hour.Column of ash reached 500 meters into the sky and rained large quantities of ash. Winds have carried i

April 06, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 25 - 31, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 2 volcanoes from March 25 - 31, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Villarrica, Chile.Ongoing activity: Bagana, Bougainville (Papua Ne

April 02, 2015

Deep M6.0 earthquake registered near Fiji

A strong and very deep M6.0 earthquake was registered near Fiji on April 2, 2015 at 04:10 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 560.5 km (348.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 578 km (359 miles).Epicenter was located 260 km (162 miles) SE of Lamba

April 02, 2015

Wettest March in 100 years in north and central India

According to the Indian meteorological department (IMO), March 2015 has been the "wettest" March for nothern and central parts of the country in the past 100 years.Excessive rains made extensive damage to field and horticulture crops as well as vegetbles in va

April 01, 2015

Deadly landslide destroys more than 600 houses leaving unknown number of missing, Burundi

Mud and rocks loosened by heavy rains swept down the Kijejete Hill located in the western Gitaza town near Lake Tanganyika, Burundi (Africa) on March 29, 2015 destroying hundreds of homes and killing at least 10 people.The landslide destroyed bridges, two schools, a cli

March 30, 2015

Two very strong and shallow earthquakes M6.4 and M6.5 hit Samoa Islands region

Two very strong and shallow earthquakes with recorded magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.5 (USGS) were registered in Samoa Islands region on March 30, 2015 at 08:18 and 08:48 UTC, respectively. USGS is reporting depths of 11.5 and 15.5 km.Geoscience Australia's preliminary rep

March 30, 2015

Major M7.5 earthquake hits New Britain region generating small tsunami, Papua New Guinea

A major earthquake with recorded magnitude of 7.5 (USGS) hit off the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 23:48 UTC on March 29, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M7.7 at a depth of 72 km (44.7 miles).Epicenter w

March 30, 2015

Deadly landslide buries part of Tegal Panjang village in west Java, Indonesia

A landslide triggered by heavy rain buried parts of Tegal Panjang village (Sukabumi district) in west Java, Indonesia on March 28, 2015. According to officials, 12 people were killed and 11 houses buried.A particularly heavy downpour which lasted for 2.5 hours caused a

March 29, 2015

Atacama Desert flooded after 7 years of rain fell in just 12 hours

At least 10 people have been killed by catastrophic floods in northern regions of Chile after thunderstorms brought the equivalent of 7 years of rain in just 12 hours on March 26. Search and rescue operations are still in progress and authorities fear the number of casu

March 28, 2015

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake registered near Calama, Chile

A strong earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.0 5.6 (USGS) was registered near Calama, Chile at 16:36 UTC on March 28, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 109.3 km (67.9 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 111.7 km (69.4 miles).Epicenter was located 40 km

March 28, 2015

Strong eruption of Colima volcano accompanied by pyroclastic flows, Mexico

Mexico's Colima volcano is still very active with an average of 10 - 15 low to moderate explosions per day. An eruption which occurred at 15:17 UTC on March 27 (08:17 local time) generated ash plume which reached an estimated height of about 3 - 4 km and produced

March 28, 2015

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

New activity/unrest was observed at 9 volcanoes from March 18 - 24, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Lewotobi, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Moyorod

March 26, 2015

Increased seismic activity at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aleutian Islands

Earthquake activity at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aleutian Islands that began in January continues, and has increased in intensity over the past few days, Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reports.In addition, AVO detected brief periods of seismic tremor, which can indicate

March 26, 2015

Massive landslide buried parts of Chosica, Peru

A massive landslide caused by heavy rains buried parts of Chosica, Peru killing at least 9 people on March 24, 2015.Alfredo Murgueytio, the head of the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci), said yesterday six people were missing and 25 were injured in the disaster

March 25, 2015

Hundreds more starving sea lions continue to wash up on West Coast

According to Shawn Johnson, the director of veterinary science at Sausalito's Marine Mammal Center, for the third year out of five, thousands of sea lion pups have beached themselves in an effort to survive. The sea lions are too young to be without their mothers an

March 24, 2015

Increased seismic activity detected around Ngauruhoe volcano, New Zealand

Seismic activity around Ngauruhoe, the highest peak of the Tongariro volcanic center, has increased above the typical background level, indicating minor volcanic unrest, GNS Science reports. The agency has raised the Volcanic Alert Level to level 1 (minor volcanic

March 24, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile

A very strong and deep, M6.4 (USGS) earthquake was registered in Tarapaca region, northern Chile on March 23, 2015 at 04:51 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 120.9 km (75.1 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 121 km.Epicenter was located 48 km (30 miles) ESE

March 23, 2015

Massive amounts of fresh water, glacial melt pouring into Gulf of Alaska

Incessant mountain rain, snow and melting glaciers in a comparatively small region of land that hugs the southern Alaska coast and empties fresh water into the Gulf of Alaska would create the sixth largest coastal river in the world if it emerged as a single stream, a r

March 20, 2015

High air pollution currently being measured across England and Wales

High air pollution is currently (March 19, 2015) being measured across a number of regions in England and Wales. This is due to pollution brought in via winds from the continent and particulate matter from a combination of local sources, the Department for Environment,

March 19, 2015