Earth changes

Sudden eruption of Wolf volcano after 33 years of sleep, Galapagos Islands

Ecuador's Galapagos National Park administration reports Wolf volcano began spewing fire, smoke and lava early Monday, May 25, 2015. Washington VAAC first reported the possible eruption at 08:00 UTC.Their Volcanic Ash Advisory issued 12:35 UTC said volcanic ash is r

May 25, 2015

Severe heatwave breaks temperature records, claims hundreds of lives across India

A red alert has been issued by Indian authorities after a severe heatwave left hundreds of people dead across the country over the last ten days. Weather officials warn the heat will continue over the coming days and could get worse.As of Sunday, May 24, authorities con

May 25, 2015

M5.6 earthquake rattles Tokyo, Japan

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) recorded M5.6 earthquake at a depth of 50 km (31 miles) near Tokyo, Japan at 05:28 UTC on May 25, 2015. USGS reports it as M5.3 at a depth of 35.0 km (21.7 miles). EMSC reports M5.1 at a depth of 71 km (44 miles).According to the USGS,

May 25, 2015

Another flash flood outbreak across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas

At least 350 homes were flooded in a catastrophic flash flood that hit a stretch of the Blanco River in and near Wimberley, Texas, this Saturday night into Sunday morning (May 23/24, 2015).Another violent rain outbreak event took place across parts of Texas, Oklahoma

May 24, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake - southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake was registered off the coast of Saint Helena, southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 04:53 UTC on May 24, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC reports M6.4 at the same depth.According to the USGS, epicenter was located 910

May 24, 2015

Increased activity at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

Volcanic activity at Guatemalan Fuego remains high and has increased in the past few days. Frequent weak, moderate, and some strong strombolian explosions are reported, as well as ashfall in nearby villages. Ash plumes are reaching an average height of 4.5 km a.s.l.,

May 23, 2015

Strong M7.1 earthquake registered in the Solomon Islands

A very strong, M7.1 earthquake at (Geoscience Australia) was recorded in the Solomon Islands region at 21:45 UTC on May 22, 2015. GA preliminary report mentions depth of 100 km (62 miles). USGS is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 7 km (4.3 miles).According to the USGS, epic

May 22, 2015

Continuous heavy rain ends drought in Texas and Oklahoma

Much of the high plains and south central regions of the continental United States have been unusually dry for some time. In particular, parts of Texas and Oklahoma have been in a drought for nearly five years until April and May 2015 when the weather changed to the

May 22, 2015

M4.2 earthquake registered near London, UK

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake was registered by BGS at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles) approximately 7 km (4.3 miles) S of Ramsgate, Kent, UK at 01:52 UTC on May 22, 2015. USGS registered it as M3.7 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).This location is approximately 24 km northeast

May 22, 2015

M4.1 quake hits Napa, California - the strongest since last year's M6.0

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake was registered by the USGS at a depth of 8.9 km (5.5 miles) in Napa County, California at 02:53 UTC on May 22, 2015. It is the strongest earthquake since August 23, 2014 when the region was hit by strong and shallow M6.0.Going back a bit further

May 22, 2015

Heavy flooding in southern and central China: nearly 3 million affected, thousands homeless

Thousands have been forced out of their homes and at least 20 people were killed by heavy flooding in southern and central China since Monday, May 18. Heavy rains that started on May 13 have so far affected nearly 3 million are people.Between May 19 and 20, 173 mm of

May 21, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: May 13 - 19, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from May 13 - 19, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Calbuco, Chile | Chaiten, Chile | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Hakoneyama, Honshu

May 21, 2015

Pacific Ocean off California coast turning into desert-like dead zone

It's anyone's guess why temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are heating up off the coast of Southern California. Is a natural El Niño effect occurring, or is there something more sinister happening under the blue ocean waters?Off the coast of California, dr

May 21, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake registered near Lata, Solomon Islands

A very strong and shallow M7.2 (downgraded to M6.9 at a depth of 33 km/20.5 miles) earthquake was registered by Geoscience Australia near Lata, Solomon Islands at 22:48 UTC on May 20, 2015. USGS registered it as M6.8 at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles).According to the USGS

May 20, 2015

Record breaking rainfall: Extensive flooding ongoing in the southern Plains

The ongoing heavy rainfall all over the southern Plains has caused severe, long-lasting, flooding. Cars and homes have been swamped and at least one person has been reported dead. Late Monday night into Tuesday (May 18/19), 75.94 mm (2.99 inches) of rain fell in only 45

May 20, 2015

Indonesian Mount Lokon erupts, North Sulawesi

Indonesian Mount Lokon, located in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted early Wednesday, May 20, 2015 spewing ash up to 3 km. A 2.5 km no-entry radius around the Tompaluan crater was established.The eruption took place at 07:20 UTC (14:20 local time) on May 20, 2015. At

May 20, 2015

Strong M6.1 earthquake registered near Tonga

A strong and deep M6.1 earthquake at a depth of 200 km (124 miles) was registered by Geoscience Australia near Tonga at 00:30 UTC on May 20, 2015. USGS registered it as M6.0 at a depth of 80.3 km (112.0 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 128km (80mi) WN

May 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hit Pacific - Antarctic Ridge

A very strong and shallow earthquake M6.7 (USGS) hit Pacific - Antarctic Ridge at 15:25 UTC on May 19, 2013. USGS is reporting depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude at a depth of 33 km (20 miles).Epicenter was located 2 151 km (1 337 miles)

May 19, 2015

Massive landslide hits Santa Margarita, northern Colombia

At least 47 people have been killed after a massive landslide buried the small town of Santa Margarita around 08:00 UTC (03:00 local time) on Monday, May 18, 2015. According to media reports, heavy rain caused the river Liboriana to burst its banks setting off the lands

May 18, 2015

Piton de la Fournaise erupts triggering access restriction, Reunion

A new eruption has started from a fissure vent at the southeast slopes of Piton de la Fournaise's Dolomieu crater at 09:45 UTC on Sunday, May 17, 2015. The eruption triggered Alert Level 2 (ongoing eruption) and the restriction of access by the public to the summit

May 17, 2015

Study shows Antarctic ice shelf is thinning from above and below

A decade-long scientific debate about what’s causing the thinning of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves has now been settled, European Geosciences Union (EGU) reports. The Larsen C Ice Shelf – whose neighbours Larsen A and B collapsed in 1995 and

May 14, 2015

Etna erupting on the evening of May 13, new lava flow

Following almost three-and-a-half months of total quiescence Etna's New Southeast Crater is again in business.Following mild Strombolian activity that started early on May 12, 2015, the activity diminished on the afternoon of the 13th and then became again more

May 14, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: May 6 - 12, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from May 6 - 12, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Calbuco, Chile | Hakoneyama, Honshu (Japan) | Karangetang [Api Siau], Siau I

May 14, 2015

California land mass sinking at record rate as farmers desperately drill new wells to use up ground water

The days of abundant water are a distant memory for farmers in California. For the Central Valley, the wells are about to run dry.California's Central Valley is now reportedly sinking at a rate never seen during the state's historic drought, and farmers are shou

May 13, 2015

Very strong M6.6 earthquake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A very strong earthquake registered as M6.6 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles) by Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 21:12 UTC on May 12, 2015 (06:12 JST on May 13). USGS is reporting it as M6.8 at a depth of 38.9 km (24.1 miles).

May 12, 2015

El Niño threshold reached in tropical Pacific

Today's update on the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) by Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirms El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.Assistant Director for Climate Information Ser

May 12, 2015

Another massive earthquake hits Nepal - M7.5

A very strong earthquake/aftershock measured as M7.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) by China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) hit Nepal at 07:05 UTC on May 12, 2015. USGS is reporting it as M7.3 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles.). EMSC is reporting it as M7.3 at a depth

May 12, 2015

Telica erupts spewing ash on nearby towns, Nicaragua

Nicaragua's Telica volcano, located about 112 km NW of capital Managua, has entered new eruptive phase on May 8, 2015 spewing rocks and gases and covering nearby towns with ash on several occasions.INETER has registered 30 small eruptions by May 11. The strongest

May 11, 2015

Evacuations around Bulusan volcano, Philippines

Authorities have ordered evacuations of around 500 residents of farming villages around Bulusan volcano on Friday, May 8, 2015 in fear of rain-driven mudflows from approaching Typhoon "Noul", locally know in the Philippines as Dodong.On May 1, 2015 Bulusan pro

May 08, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: April 29 - May 5, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from April 29 - May 5, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Axial Seamount, Juan de Fuca Ridge | Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Calbuco, Chile | Dempo, Indonesia

May 07, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hit off the coast of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 23 km hit off the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea and Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands at 07:10 UTC on May 7, 2015. USGS is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 22.1 km (13.

May 07, 2015

Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai connected by volcanic eruption

An undersea volcanic eruption started mid-December 2014 near Tonga, South Pacific Ocean and eventually created a new island which was recently captured by Landsat 8 satellite, the first time it got a cloud-free view. This new island received its first visitors in March

May 06, 2015

Earthquake swarm recorded under Hakoneyama volcano, Japan

A rise in the number of volcanic earthquakes is being recorded at Hakoneyama volcano, 90 km SW of capital Tokyo, prompting officials to raise volcanic eruption warning to Level 2 on May 6, 2015. This warning means people should stay clear of craters.The increase in freq

May 06, 2015

Landslide in Langtang Valley, Nepal

The small village of Langtang, which was located along a popular trekking route near the base of Mount Langtang, was completely buried by ice and rocks shaken loose by devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. At least 200 people died in this disaster.

May 05, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.4 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake measured by Geoscience Australia as M7.4 at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 01:44 UTC on May 5, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M7.5 at a depth of 42 km (26.1 miles). According to Geoscience Australia, th

May 05, 2015