Earth changes

Volcanic tremor amplitude rising, Mount Etna

Over the past couple of days, the seismic activity under Italy's Mount Etna is rising. There is no visible activity at the summit, however, the current situation suggests we might see it in the near future. After May 2016 eruptions, things have been calm at...

June 28, 2016

Erskine fire California's most destructive this year, fire potential expanding to Sierras and central coast

The "Erskine fire" started on June 23, 2016, northeast of Bakersfield, California due to a yet-unknown cause. By June 27th, it grew into the state's largest and most destructive wildfire this year. As the summer progresses, above-normal fire potential...

June 28, 2016

Sierra Nevada not expected to restore its snowpack to pre-drought levels before 2019

A new research, resulting from the analysis of a 31-year span of NASA's Landsat satellite data, suggests the snowpack of Sierra Nevada will not return to its pre-drought levels before 2019. The datasets from the period between the 1985 and 2015, have resulted in...

June 27, 2016

Very strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Kyrgyzstan

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) as M6.7 hit Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-China border region at 11:17 UTC on June 26, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of...

June 26, 2016

New eruptions at Costa Rica's Turrialba and Guatemala's Fuego

A new eruption of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano took place at 03:37 UTC on June 25 (22:15 on June 24, local time). Dense fog is preventing estimation of volcanic cloud height. At the same time, volcanic ash produced by the fresh eruption of Guatemala's...

June 25, 2016

British Columbia expects another drought year, Canada

The British Columbia, Canada is set to experience another year of severe drought. The hot weather conditions have caused the fall of the snow coverage across the mountain regions, and water levels have receded well below the average for this time of the year....

June 24, 2016

Significant flooding in West Virginia, state of emergency declared

Powerful storms that swept through parts of the US Midwest starting Wednesday, June 22, have now moved east over the Mid-Atlantic states and caused significant flash flooding in parts of West Virginia. Mudslides, rockslides, and flooding damaged homes, businesses,...

June 24, 2016

Increased activity observed at Calbuco volcano, alert level raised to Yellow, Chile

During the last three days, there has been an increase in seismic activity at Chile's Calbuco volcano. A total of 161 volcano-tectonic (VT) earthquakes was recorded at distances between 1 to 4 km (0.62 to 2.5 miles) NW of the crater and between 8 and 10 km (5...

June 23, 2016

Strongest seismic unrest under the Cayambe volcano since 1995, Ecuador

Ecuador's Instituto Geofisico (IG) reports a sharp increase in seismicity under the Cayambe volcano this month. It became more evident in the middle of June, but at the moment, the seismicity tends to decrease. The last known eruption of this volcano in 1786....

June 23, 2016

Surge of lightning deaths in Bangladesh, 261 so far this year

South Asian country of Bangladesh is experiencing a surge of lightning deaths this year. As of June 22, 2016, 261 people have died from lightning, placing the country on track to beat last year’s 265 deaths. A similar surge is reported in the neighboring...

June 23, 2016

Increased activity at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano, El Salvador

El Salvador's San Miguel volcano is currently experiencing increased seismic unrest and strong degassing. The last major eruption of this volcano took place on December 29, 2013. Seismicity under the volcano sharply increased on June 13, 2016, and was followed...

June 21, 2016

Strong and deep M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of New Ireland, P.N.G.

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea at 17:12 UTC on June 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 365.3 km (227 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 367 km....

June 21, 2016

Intense US heat wave breaks temperature records, sparks violent wildfires

A record-breaking heat wave wrapped large portion of the US Southwest and parts of California over the last couple of days. Numerous new temperature records have been set in San Diego County alone while the hot and dry conditions fueled spreading of several...

June 21, 2016

Record-breaking rainfall triggers deadly landslides across quake-shaken Kumamoto, Japan

Record-breaking rainfall brought by a low pressure front has hit parts of quake-shaken Kumamoto Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan on June 20 and 21, 2016, causing floods and numerous landslides. As of early June 21, four people have been found dead. Meteorologists warn more...

June 21, 2016

Southeast Queensland inundated during torrential downpours

An intense rainstorm triggered severe flash floods in portions of the southeast Queensland on June 19, 2016. The rescue services performed 27 water rescues and received 300 calls for help. No deaths or injuries have been reported so far. The storm system is expected...

June 20, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Vanuatu at 09:47 UTC on June 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.6 km (8.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 0 km. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

June 19, 2016

Severe flash floods, landslides wreak havoc across Central Java, Indonesia

Torrential rainfall since Saturday, June 18, 2016, has triggered severe flooding and mud avalanches across Central Java, Indonesia. At least 24 people have been killed, with 26 still missing, officials said Sunday. Thousands of homes have been inundated in Central...

June 19, 2016