Earth changes

Intense explosions at Sakurajima, Japan

Intense explosions accompanied by volcanic ash which is falling on nearby communities are continually observed at Japanese Sakurajima volcano.The Tokyo VAAC reported an explosion at 03:38 UTC today sent volcanic ash up to 2.7 km. Explosion at 09:41 UTC sent ash up 3 km.

January 31, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits southeast of Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

A strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hit southeast of Loyalty Island, New Caledonia at 17:57 UTC on January 30, 2015, according to Geoscience Australia. Their preliminary report mentions depth of 0 km. USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 15.1 km. EMSC measured M6.0 at

January 30, 2015

Dudinka, frozen Siberian town at -40 degrees Celsius

A state of emergency has been declared in Siberian town of Dudinka earlier this month after a powerful storm left residents without heating, water and electricity at freezing temperatures of up to -40 °C. Later, a water main broke causing several streets to flood an

January 30, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 21 - 27, 2015

New activity was observed at 7 volcanoes from January 21 - 27, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga Islands | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuche

January 29, 2015

Low level inspection flight over Holuhraun lava field, Iceland

Comprehensive cross-section measurements from air from December 30, 2014 and January 21, 2015 show that the lava field has thickened substantially during these three weeks and that the volume of the lava field is now little less than 1.4 km³. The flow of magma, dur

January 29, 2015

Deep M6.1 earthquake off the coast of Ndoi Island, Fiji

Strong and deep M6.1 earthquake was registered off the coast of Fiji on January 28, 2015 at 02:43 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 483.6 km. Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 452 km.Epicenter was located 46 km (29 miles) SE of Ndoi Island, Fiji and 328

January 28, 2015

Phutkal river blockade poses threat of destructive floods in Jammu and Kashmir, India

A landslide that occurred on December 31, 2014, in northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir blocked the Tsarap river (also called the Phutkal river) creating 8 kilometers (5 miles) long artificial lake. Aerial surveys suggest the mound of debris blocking the river

January 27, 2015

Very high resolution satellite image of newly created Tongan island

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, a submarine volcano located about 65 km NW of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa, awakened mid-December 2014 after 5 years of sleep and started erupting from two new vents.The eruption has created a new island between the existing islands

January 26, 2015

Extreme weather - Major nor'easter to affect northeastern US

The stage is being set for a major nor'easter to affect parts of the Northeast US Monday through Wednesday, January 26 - 28, 2015. This system, named Winter Storm "Juno", will be responsible for heavy snowfall and strong winds, with blizzard conditions pos

January 26, 2015

Very high values of SO2 emissions from Holuhraun eruption site, Iceland

Seismic activity in Bardarbunga is slowly decreasing but it still continues to be strong. The lava field has recently thickened substantially and activity on the surface has decreased.Meanwhile, very high values of sulfur dioxide (SO2), about 84000 µg/m3, were

January 24, 2015

Fluorescent blue, harmful algal bloom along the Hong Kong shores

A bioluminescent algal bloom created by Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle, is turning Hong Kong's seashores into a spectacular and disturbing sight this week. Scientists say the fluorescent blue glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom. Altho

January 24, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.8 earthquake hits off Vanuatu

A very strong and deep M6.8 earthquake was registered off the Pacific island of Vanuatu at 03:47 UTC on January 23, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 218.5 km (135.7 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 201 km (124 miles).According to USGS, epicen

January 23, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 14 - 20, 2015

New activity was observed at 8 volcanoes from January 14 - 20, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima | Mexico | Etna | Sicily (Italy) | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga Islands | Karymsky, Easte

January 22, 2015

Patterns that led to collapse of wildlife populations on land now occurring in oceans

University of Santa Barbara researchers reviewed the past, present and future of marine animal life in a new study titled „Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean". Consortium of scientists, found that the same patterns that led to the collapse o

January 22, 2015

Strong eruption of Mexican Colima volcano, ash up to 8.8 km

A brief and strong vulcanian-type explosion occurred at Mexican Colima volcano at 15:15 UTC (09:15 local time) on January 21, 2015. At 17:00 UTC, Washington VAAC said an ash column reached an estimated 8.8 km altitude and was moving NE at 46 km/h.The eruption generated

January 22, 2015

Video of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption creating a new island

New Zealand's High Commission in Tonga posted a video of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption which is creating a new island about 65 km NW of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa."While it looks like the volcano has calmed down, we thought we would po

January 22, 2015

South Pole Ice Core project - digging 40 000 years into climate history of South Pole

South Pole Ice Core (SPICE) project is a joint effort by researchers from the University of Washington and the University of California, Irvine to 'dig' 40 000 years into climate history at the planet's southernmost tip. The ice core will be drilled to a dep

January 22, 2015

Sao Paulo’s largest water reservoir down to 5.6%

The Cantareira water system, largest of the six reservoirs that provide water to 20 million people living in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo, Brazil is at 5.6% (as of January 20) of its capacity of one trillion liters (264 billion gallons), as reported by the water

January 21, 2015

Holuhraun eruption update - Iceland's largest lava field since the Laki eruption in 1783-84

Iceland's subglacial stratovolcano Bardarbunga, located in NW Vatnajökull ice cap, erupted on August 29, 2014 after a sharp increase in seismic activity which started at 03:00 UTC on August 16, 2014.Today, almost 5 months since the eruption started, seismic ac

January 20, 2015

Intense storm leaves UAE deserts under blanket of hail

An intense hail storm struck parts of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 19, 2015 covering extensive stretches of desert country under a blanket of hail.“This instability in the weather is because of the low pressure coming from the Mediterranean region, which

January 20, 2015

Death toll from flooding in Mozambique has risen to 71

The death toll from flooding in central and northern Mozambique has risen to 71 since January 12, 2015, National Institute of Disaster Management spokeswoman Rita Almeida said today.According to preliminary data released by the government, 52 700 people have been affect

January 19, 2015

New eruption of Mount Soputan, Indonesia

Indonesian Mount Soputan erupted at 03:38 UTC (11:38 local time) on January 18, 2015 producing ash plume which rose up to 5.5 km and drifted SW. Darwin VAAC raised the aviation color code to Red. Satupo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Data Information and Public Relations for BN

January 18, 2015

Malawi floods behave like a 'slow tsunami', death toll increases

According to Government of Malawi, an estimated 120 000 people (22 000 households) have been displaced due to heavy rainfall and floods by January 16, 2015. Although some areas already received a month’s worth of rain within 24 hours forecasts warn there is more t

January 17, 2015

New island being formed by Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption

Continuous volcanic eruptions of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai which started mid-December 2014 are creating a new island about 65 km northwest of Nuku’alofa, Tonga. As of January 15, 2015 the island was more than 1 km long, about 2 km wide and around 100 meters hi

January 17, 2015

Weeks of very heavy rainfall devastate Malawi and Mozambique, Africa

Weeks of very heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding which displaced more than 100 000 people in African countries of Malawi and Mozambique and devastated their crops and infrastructure. The number of displaced is expected to increase as severe weather will continue

January 15, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 7 - 13, 2015

New activity was observed at 5 volcanoes from January 7 - 13, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Colima, Mexico | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

January 15, 2015

A call for changes in 50 year-old drinking water standards

Changes in drinking water quality in the 21st Century are coming from a myriad of circumstances, and not all are for the best. Top contenders for why water-drinking quality might become suspect to the average consumer include California's drought conditions, the tec

January 14, 2015

Rise in mass die-offs seen among birds, fish and marine invertebrates

An analysis of 727 mass die-offs of nearly 2,500 animal species from the past 70 years has found that such events are increasing among birds, fish and marine invertebrates. At the same time, the number of individuals killed appears to be decreasing for reptiles and amph

January 14, 2015

New round of severe weather to hit southern Australia

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued new severe weather warnings for parts of southern Australia today, January 12, 2015. After a week of severe bushfires, South Australia has been hit particularly hard by heavy rain which started affecting the country on T

January 12, 2015

Kliuchevskoi aviation color code raised to Orange, Russia

Explosive eruption of Russian Kliuchevskoi volcano began on January 1, 2015 and continues, KVERT reported today and raised Aviation Color Code to Orange.Explosions send ash up to 5 - 6 km a.s.l., sometimes up to 7 km a.s.l. According to video and satellite data, a lava

January 11, 2015

Mercury from gold mines accumulates hundreds of miles downstream

Duke University researchers have found hazardous levels of mercury hundreds of miles downstream from Peruvian gold mines.Researchers have determined that the health risks taken on by artisanal, small-scale gold miners extend far beyond the miners themselves.Based on a s

January 10, 2015

Mysterious mass die-off of Cassin's auklets occurring along the entire West Coast

Scientists are trying to determine why more than 100 000 (rough estimate) small seabirds called Cassin's auklets have washed up on the west coast of North America since October 2014, all the way from Haida Gwai, British Columbia, Canada to San Francisco, California,

January 09, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: December 31, 2014 - January 6, 2015

New activity was observed at 7 volcanoes from December 31, 2014 - January 6, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Hunga Tonga-Hung

January 08, 2015

Arctic air brings dangerously cold temperatures to much of the Central and Eastern U.S.

Arctic air is settling southward from Canada into the central and eastern U.S. This will cause dangerously cold temperatures to be felt by a large portion of country for the next few days, the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) warns.Temperatures will be 20 to 25

January 08, 2015

Large eruption at Shiveluch, volcanic ash up to 9.1 km, Russia

A very large explosive event occurred at Russian Shiveluch volcano (Kamchatka) at 00:39 UTC on January 7, 2015. Tokyo VAAC reported volcanic ash at 02:15 UTC rose to an altitude of approximately 9.1 km.KVERT said pyroclastic flow was observed at the SE flank of the

January 07, 2015