Earth changes

Extreme heat triggers heavy thunderstorms, UK

Colloquially, British summer is described as three nice days then a thunderstorm. It proved so again this week when the UK's hottest day of the year, July 19 (33.5 °C / 92.3 °F in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire), ended in heavy thundery weather in the...

July 21, 2016

First tornado in over 60 years hits Novosibirsk region, Russia

The first tornado since 1954 hit Russia's Novosibirsk region on July 19, 2016. It was Novosibirsk's first tornado in more than 60 years, but the third in Siberia in two weeks. The sudden storm caused flooding in Novosibirsk's metro region, city center...

July 21, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: July 13 - 19, 2016

Ongoing activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes between July 13 and 19, 2016. Ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Pacaya, Guatemala. Ongoing...

July 21, 2016

Widespread, deadly flooding continues across China

Another spell of severe rainstorms, one of the strongest over the last ten years wrapped China this week. Media reports at least 75 people were killed and over hundred missing. Total rainfall accumulation over 800 mm (31.5 inches) was reported since the beginning of...

July 21, 2016

M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Vanuatu

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Vanuatu at 15:13 UTC on July 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 164.1 km (102 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 200 km (124 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

July 20, 2016

Mount Gamalama producing frequent heightened amplitude tremors, Indonesia

Over the last couple of days, Mount Gamalama in Ternate, North Maluku Indonesian province, has been showing signs of increased volcanic activity, including frequent tremors of heightened amplitude. According to Darno Lamane, the Head of Mount Gamalama Observation...

July 20, 2016

NASA: Global temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent continue setting new records

Analysis of climate conditions, conducted by NASA's scientists shows the global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent during the first half of 2016 set new records and are continuing trends of change observed over the last few decades. NASA's...

July 20, 2016

Ice melting 10 000 years ago caused radical climate shift in Europe and Africa

A team of researchers led by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum investigated how the meltwater from the ice sheet in North America produced a massive impact on climate conditions in northwest Europe and northwest Africa by the end of the most recent ice age, about 10...

July 19, 2016

Severe monsoon rains cause floods and landslides across India

Severe monsoon rainstorms wreaked havoc across several Indian states causing floods and landslides on July 17 and 18, 2016. 35 people died in Madhya Pradesh alone while several others went missing. Water, power supplies, and traffic were disrupted across the...

July 18, 2016

Landslide crashes into wooden houses in central China

A ferocious landslide swept through a village in central China's Hunan Province on July 17, 2016. The slide destroyed all 14 houses located at the bottom of the mountain, causing traffic to be shut down. Video released by Chinese state media (CCTV) showed the...

July 18, 2016

Arctic Alaska records highest temperature ever

The maximum daily temperature in Deadhorse, Far North Alaska reached 29.4 °C (85 °F) on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. This is the highest temperature ever known to be recorded in that area, NWS Fairbanks said. Although high temperatures were recorded across a...

July 15, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: July 6 - 12, 2016

New volcanic activity was observed at 4 volcanoes between July 6 and 12, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Kilauea, Hawaiian...

July 15, 2016

Study finds Alban Hills volcano near Rome is starting a new eruptive cycle, Italy

The Alban Hills (Colli Albani/Monte Albano), a 15-km (9-mile) semicircle of hills outside Rome, Italy was previously considered an extinct volcano. However, a new study finds the volcano operates on a 31 000-year cycle of eruption and dormancy and is now starting a...

July 13, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Kermadec Islands region at 12:11 UTC on July 13, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 12.4 (7.7 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.4 at a depth of 39 km (21.1 miles). According to the...

July 13, 2016

Typhoon "Nepartak" leaves 69 dead after hitting China's Fujian Province

Remnants of what was once a Super Typhoon "Nepartak" hit the coast of East China on July 9, 2016, bringing strong winds and very heavy rain to already heavily flooded region. It was the first typhoon of the year. Before it hit mainland China, Nepartak...

July 12, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Ecuador, school activities suspended

​​A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Ecuador at 02:11 UTC on July 11, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 19.2 km (11.9 miles). The quake was preceded, 10 minutes earlier, by a M5.8 earthquake at a depth of 17.4 km (10.8...

July 11, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Tonga at 13:41 UTC on July 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 140 km (87.0 miles) NE of Hihifo, Tonga, 176 km (109.4 miles) SW of Apia,...

July 10, 2016