Earth changes

Costa Rica's Rincón de la Vieja shows signs of increased activity

Costa Rica's Rincon de la Vieja volcano is showing signs of increased activity since September 17, 2014. Phreatic explosions have regularly occurred from the main crater which contains an acid lake. An aerial survey on Friday showed no fresh deposits, which suggests

September 22, 2014

Extensive scorching of Amazon forest for agriculture still continues

The International Space Station (ISS) flew over several Amazon forest fires following the major highway BR 163. Those fires are used to clear patches of forest for agricultural purposes. This process is used to grab rich red-brown soil from forest for agriculture.Fires

September 22, 2014

Shallow M5.2 earthquake hits North Cotabato, Philippines - 17 houses destroyed, 66 damaged

A shallow earthquake measuring M5.2 on the Richter scale was registered in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, Philippines on September 20, 2014, at 04:26 UTC. PHIVOLCS reported depth of 11 km. USGS is reporting depth of 18.5 km (11.5 miles).Epicenter was located 10 km (6 m

September 21, 2014

Four dead as "Super Mario" (TS Mario/Fung-Wong) plays in the Philippines

As Tropical Storm Mario/Fung Wong is leaving Philippine area of responsibility, it left a wake of devastation and four dead victims. The storm has intensified slightly as it moves towards Southern Taiwan.​In its 10 p.m. update (14:00 UTC, September 19), the The Nation

September 20, 2014

New approach to estimate 15 years of CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels

A new system, called the “Fossil Fuel Data Assimilation System,” (FFDAS) has been used to quantify 15 years of CO2 emissions, every hour, for the entire planet – down to the city scale.An international research team led by ASU scientists has developed

September 19, 2014

Kilauea lava flow advances toward populated areas, Hawaii

Hawaii issued a state of emergency for its Kilauea Volcano on September 4, 2014. As the lava flow that started during the June 27th eruption continues to advance toward populated areas residents are urged to finalize their evacuation plans.Potentially-lethal concentrati

September 19, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: September 10 - 16, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from September 10 - 16, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 17 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Askja, Iceland | Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Bardarbunga, Iceland | Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Kusatsu-Shira

September 18, 2014

The rumbling beauty, Mayon Volcano of Philippines sent thousands fleeing

As the lava started to drip down the slopes of Mayon Volcano and PHIVOLCS raised the alert level to three (3) out of five (5), 10 000 people were ordered to evacuate on September 16, 2014. No exemption nor extension of time were given to stubborn and defiant residents l

September 17, 2014

Very strong and deep earthquake M6.7 hit Guam

A very strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.7 on the Richter scale (downgraded from M7.1) was registered just off the coast of Guam on September 17, 2014, at 06:14 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 136.7 km (84.9 miles).Epicenter was located 45 km (28 miles) NW of Piti

September 17, 2014

Mayon volcano, Philippines: eruption warning issued

After a series of small earthquakes and rockfalls observed on September 15 at the Mayon volcano scientists warned a new eruption could happen within few weeks. Magma is now observable in the crater and authorities said evacuations will be ordered.According to PHIVOLCS r

September 16, 2014

Strong M5.6 earthquake registered 44 km NNE of Tokyo, Japan

A strong earthquake registered as M5.6 on the Richter scale shook eastern Japan on September 16 at 03:28 UTC (12:28 local time). JMA reported depth of 50 km. USGS reports the same magnitude and depth of 53.9 km (33.5 miles). Widespread minor damage has been reported.Acc

September 16, 2014

Increased SO2 emissions from Holuhraun eruption site can pose health risk and affect global climate change

Earth has split open between the Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes in Iceland and spewed lava and hot gas. According to the University of Iceland, as of September 9, 2014, the new lava flow was 16 kilometers (10 miles) long and covered about 20 square kilometers (8

September 12, 2014

Intense hailstorm and flash flood hit Teruel, Spain

Short but intense hailstorm flooded the Spanish city of Teruel on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.Heavy downpour lasted only about 20 minutes but the amount of devastation it caused is still surprising. About 1 000 people were left without power, cars were washed away and cr

September 11, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: September 3 - 9, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from September 3 - 9, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Bardarbunga, Iceland | Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) |

September 11, 2014

Sadal village completely submerged by a landslide, Jammu and Kashmir

Landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains has completely submerged Sadal village in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Udhampur, Khalil Ahmed Poswal said around 22 to 23 houses were buried in the de

September 10, 2014

British weather set to become more unsettled

British winters are becoming increasingly volatile due to extreme variations in pressure over the North Atlantic according to scientists from the University of Sheffield.The new research, published on September 9, 2014, in the International Journal of Climatology,

September 10, 2014

Strong earthquake M6.2 registered off the coast of Modayag, Indonesia

A strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Modayag, Indonesia on September 10, 2014, at 02:46 UTC. USGS reports depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). Australia Geoscience is reporting preliminary magnitude of M6.6 at shallow depth of

September 10, 2014

Remnants of Hurricane "Norbert" produced record breaking rainfall in U.S. Southwest

Record breaking rainfall produced by the remnants of former Hurricane "Norbert" drenched much of the U.S. Southwest on September 8, 2014. Flash flooding in southern Arizona resulted in deaths of two people. Massive rainfall and flash flooding was also seen in

September 09, 2014

Flash floods death toll in Pakistan and India keeps rising

The death toll from flash floods in Pakistan and India reached 400 on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Authorities in both countries warned of more flooding in the days ahead. Heavy rain and floods that started on September 3 have also triggered landslides in Kashmir region

September 09, 2014

Zhupanovsky erupts, sends ash plume up to 11.6 km a.s.l. - Kamchatka

The Zhupanovsky volcano in Kamchatka (Russia) erupted several times today and sent ash plume to an altitude of about 11.6 km above sea level. According to Tokyo VAAC, ash plume drifted southeast. Travel firms have been advised not conduct guided tour

September 07, 2014

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hit Easter Island region

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.1 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Easter Island, Chile, on September 6, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 50

September 06, 2014

Bardarbunga eruption intensifies - two new effusive fissures opened up, Iceland

Two new effusive fissures have opened up in the Holuhraun eruption (Bardarbunga volcano), about 2 kilometres north of the Dyngjujokull outlet glacier.  Lava is streaming out of the new fissures, but they are smaller than the one that started erupting last Sunday.&n

September 05, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: August 27 - September 2, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from August 27 - September 2, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 19 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan)  | Bardarbunga, Iceland  | Rabaul, New Britian (Papua New Gui

September 04, 2014

Infrared views of Bardarbunga volcano eruption, Iceland

Satellite imagery of Bardarbunga eruption has been scarce because of persistent cloud cover and a relatively small number of spacecraft that collect images at high latitudes but in the past few days NASA satellites have finally been able to observe the event from orbit.

September 04, 2014

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hit Tonga

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.0 on the Richter scale hit Tonga region on September 4, 2014, at 05:33 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 11.8 km (7.4 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.1 at depth of 9 km. EMSC is reporting M6.0 at depth of 2 km.&nbs

September 04, 2014

Wastewater plants blamed for 3.2 million dead fish in western Mexico

Jalisco state authorities said that the death of 3.2 million fish in western Mexico last week was caused by poorly functioning wastewater treatment plants that failed to filter out untreated material.An analysis of water samples confirmed that at lea

September 03, 2014

More than 53 tonnes of fish turn up dead in Cajititlan lagoon, Mexico

More than 53 tonnes of fresh water fish locally known as “popocha” began to float up in the Cajititlan lagoon last week, Jalisco state, western Mexico, prompting extensive investigations into the cause of deaths. This is the fourth unexpl

September 02, 2014

Bardarbunga volcano - the lava eruption on Holuhraun continues, Iceland

The fissure eruption of Bardarbunga volcano is continuing at a stable level, according to IMO report published at 06:50 UTC today. No explosive activity is observed, the eruption remains an effusive lava eruption. Visual observation by webcam and low level volcanic trem

September 01, 2014

Yellowstone volcano super hoax

The Yellowstone Supervolcano may erupt without warning. An eruption of the massive calderas would effect Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, even potentially having worldwide effects. That being said, there is absolutely no evidence supporting its impending eruption.  Rec

September 01, 2014

Bardarbunga volcano aviation color code raised back to Red, Iceland

Another fissure eruption has started in Holuhraun, an ice-free area north of the Bárðarbunga volcano, on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at around 05:05 UTC. This is the same place as Friday's eruption but today's eruption is far more powerful

August 31, 2014

Major eruption in progress at Tavurvur volcano - Rabaul caldera, Papua New Guinea

A major eruption is in progress at Tavurvur volcano, Rabaul caldera, in Papua New Guinea. The eruption started around 17:00 UTC on August 28, 2014 (03:00 local time on August 29). Darwin VAAC reported ash plume rising up to impressive

August 29, 2014

Bardarbunga volcano erupts - lava flows observed at surface, Iceland

After nearly two weeks of seismic unrest lava flows from Bárðarbunga volcano were finally observed on the surface. The eruption started at around 00:02 UTC today on an old volcanic fissure on the Holuhraun lava field, between Bár&et

August 29, 2014

Widespread natural methane seepage observed on the U.S. Atlantic Ocean margin

According to a new study by researchers from Mississippi State University, the U.S. Geological Survey and other institutions, natural methane leakage from the seafloor is far more widespread on the U.S. Atlantic margin than previously thought. Until this

August 29, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: August 20 - August 26, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 1 volcano from August 20 - August 26, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 20 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bardarbunga, IcelandOngoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan)  | Bagana, Bougainville (Papu

August 28, 2014

Inside the "South Napa" M6.0 earthquake

On August 24, 2014, the northern San Francisco Bay Area was struck by the largest earthquake to impact the Bay Area since the 1989 M6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake. "South Napa" M6.0 earthquake occurred west of mapped traces of the West Napa Fault, the most

August 27, 2014