Earth changes

Atacama Desert flooded after 7 years of rain fell in just 12 hours

At least 10 people have been killed by catastrophic floods in northern regions of Chile after thunderstorms brought the equivalent of 7 years of rain in just 12 hours on March 26. Search and rescue operations are still in progress and authorities fear the number of casu

March 28, 2015

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake registered near Calama, Chile

A strong earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.0 5.6 (USGS) was registered near Calama, Chile at 16:36 UTC on March 28, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 109.3 km (67.9 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 111.7 km (69.4 miles).Epicenter was located 40 km

March 28, 2015

Strong eruption of Colima volcano accompanied by pyroclastic flows, Mexico

Mexico's Colima volcano is still very active with an average of 10 - 15 low to moderate explosions per day. An eruption which occurred at 15:17 UTC on March 27 (08:17 local time) generated ash plume which reached an estimated height of about 3 - 4 km and produced

March 28, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 18 - 24, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 9 volcanoes from March 18 - 24, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Lewotobi, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Moyorod

March 26, 2015

Increased seismic activity at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aleutian Islands

Earthquake activity at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aleutian Islands that began in January continues, and has increased in intensity over the past few days, Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reports.In addition, AVO detected brief periods of seismic tremor, which can indicate

March 26, 2015

Massive landslide buried parts of Chosica, Peru

A massive landslide caused by heavy rains buried parts of Chosica, Peru killing at least 9 people on March 24, 2015.Alfredo Murgueytio, the head of the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci), said yesterday six people were missing and 25 were injured in the disaster

March 25, 2015

Hundreds more starving sea lions continue to wash up on West Coast

According to Shawn Johnson, the director of veterinary science at Sausalito's Marine Mammal Center, for the third year out of five, thousands of sea lion pups have beached themselves in an effort to survive. The sea lions are too young to be without their mothers an

March 24, 2015

Increased seismic activity detected around Ngauruhoe volcano, New Zealand

Seismic activity around Ngauruhoe, the highest peak of the Tongariro volcanic center, has increased above the typical background level, indicating minor volcanic unrest, GNS Science reports. The agency has raised the Volcanic Alert Level to level 1 (minor volcanic

March 24, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile

A very strong and deep, M6.4 (USGS) earthquake was registered in Tarapaca region, northern Chile on March 23, 2015 at 04:51 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 120.9 km (75.1 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 121 km.Epicenter was located 48 km (30 miles) ESE

March 23, 2015

Massive amounts of fresh water, glacial melt pouring into Gulf of Alaska

Incessant mountain rain, snow and melting glaciers in a comparatively small region of land that hugs the southern Alaska coast and empties fresh water into the Gulf of Alaska would create the sixth largest coastal river in the world if it emerged as a single stream, a r

March 20, 2015

High air pollution currently being measured across England and Wales

High air pollution is currently (March 19, 2015) being measured across a number of regions in England and Wales. This is due to pollution brought in via winds from the continent and particulate matter from a combination of local sources, the Department for Environment,

March 19, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 11 - 17, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from March 11 - 17, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Fuego, Guatemala | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Ruang, Sangihe Islands (Indonesia) | Turrialba, Costa Rica | Ub

March 19, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits off the coast of Concepcion, Chile

A strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake was registered off the coast of Concepcion, Bio Bio region, Chile at 18:27 UTC on March 18, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles).CSN Chile is reporting the same mag

March 18, 2015

Strong M6.6 earthquake registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia

A strong M6.6 earthquake was registered in Molucca Sea (Halmahera), Indonesia at 22:12 UTC on March 17, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 41.7 km. Geoscience Australia is also reporting M6.6, but at a depth of 66 km. Epicenter was located 134 km (83 miles) NW of Kota Ter

March 17, 2015

Strong eruption of Turrialba prompts evacuations, causes flight disruptions, Costa Rica

A new strong eruption of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano started around 16:50 UTC on March 12, 2015. Volcanic material reached some 500 meters above the summit. This is the second major eruption of this volcano in the last five years.Raúl Mora, volcanologist w

March 13, 2015

Massive flash floods hit Angolan city of Lobito

Massive flash floods caused by torrential rains hit Angolan city of Lobito destroying dozens of homes and city structures and causing the death of at least 62 people, according to initial reports from local authorities.The Angop state-run news agency reported that the f

March 13, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 4 - 10, 2015

New activity was observed at 5 volcanoes from March 4 - 10, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Fuego, Guatemala | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Soputan, Sulawesi (Indonesia) | Villarrica, Ch

March 12, 2015

USGS: Reawakened Oklahoma faults could produce larger future events

Reactivated faults that have produced thousands of Oklahoma earthquakes are capable of causing larger seismic events, according to USGS research conducted in cooperation with the Oklahoma Geological Survey.Since late 2009 the rate of magnitude 3 or larger earthquakes in

March 11, 2015

Strong M6.2 earthquake registered in northern Colombia

A strong M6.2 earthquake hit northern Colombia at 20:55 UTC on March 10, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 147.2 km (91.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 124 km (77 miles). Colombian seismological agency is reporting M6.6.Epicenter was located 14 km (9 miles

March 10, 2015

Water levels near Sao Paulo still dropping, Brazil

Southeastern and eastern Brazil is already 100 to 200 millimeters (4 to 8 inches) below normal rainfall for the calendar year, following 400 millimeter deficits for 2014, NASA's Earth Observatory writes. According to news reports, the Cantareira reservoir system, wh

March 09, 2015

Italy sets new world one-day snowfall record

Capracotta and Pescocostanzo, between Abruzzo and Molise in central Italy are officially the snowiest places in the world, Meteoweb.eu writes.While Capracotta, in the province of Isernia, has set the new world one-day snowfall record with 256 cm (8.34 feet) of snow in a

March 09, 2015

Scientists question rush to build controversial Nicaragua canal

A consortium of environmental scientists has expressed strong concern about the impact of a controversial Central American canal to be built across Nicaragua. The 172-mile long (276 km) Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal is suppose to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oc

March 09, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake registered off the coast of New Britain, PNG

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake was registered off the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 22:18 UTC on March 7, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 23.4 km (14.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 59 km (36.6 miles).Epicenter was located

March 07, 2015

Mount Soputan erupts, volcanic ash up to 9.1 km, Indonesia

Indonesian Soputan volcano erupted at 09:09 UTC on March 7, 2015, PVMBG advised.Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.Volcanic ash was first estimated reaching an altitude of 3.6 km and drifting SW, but was later revised to 9.1 km based on MTSAT-2 IR satellite image.#So

March 07, 2015

Record-breaking cold from the US Midwest to the South and the Northeast

As arctic air continues to surge southward behind a cold front sweeping across the Southeast US, forecasters are warning that all-time March record lows are likely to be broken Friday morning.In addition to monthly record lows, dozens of daily record lows will be threat

March 06, 2015

Major eruption of Mount Sinabung sends ash up to 9.1 km, Indonesia

A major eruption of Indonesian Mount Sinabung accompanied by large pyroclastic flows started at 20:45 UTC on March 4, 2015. Darwin VAAC reported ash cloud reached an altitude of 9.1 km at 23:30 UTC, and drifted 231 km (143 miles) to the NW. Aviation Color Code is on Red

March 05, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: February 25 - March 3, 2015

New activity was observed at 6 volcanoes from February 25 - March 3, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ambrym, Vanuatu | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Sa

March 05, 2015

Large eruption of Shiveluch volcano sends ash up to 11.2 km, Russia

Russian Shiveluch volcano erupted at 22:50 UTC on March 3, 2015 sending ash up to 11.2 km (drifting NNE), Tokyo VAAC reported. Aircraft on the North America - Japan routes are advised to avoid the area.The volcano is in an intense phase of activity, characterized by str

March 04, 2015

Amazon deforestation ‘threshold’ causes species loss to accelerate

One of the largest area studies of forest loss impacting biodiversity shows that a third of the Amazon is headed toward or has just past a threshold of forest cover below which species loss is faster and more damaging. Researchers call for conservation policy to switch

March 04, 2015

The end of volcanic eruption in Holuhraun (Bardarbunga), Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun which began on August 31, 2014 came to an end on Friday, February 27, 2015, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection said on February 28 and confirmed today. The Aviation Color Code for Bardarbunga was downgraded

March 03, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake off the coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong and shallow M6.4 (USGS) earthquake was registered off the coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia at 10:37 UTC on March 3, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 37.6 km (23.3 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 25 km (15.5 miles).There are abou

March 03, 2015

Strong eruption of Villarrica volcano, Chile

After a significant increase in seismicity which started in February, Chile's Villarrica volcano violently erupted at 06:46 UTC (03:46 local time) on March 3, 2015 ejecting magma fragments up to 1 km above the crater. Ash column reached an altitude of about 3 km and

March 03, 2015

Jordan and Israel sign historic deal to end the shrinking of Dead Sea

Jordan and Israel signed a historic deal last week to build a pipeline that would link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea in an effort to combat regional water shortages and save the Dead Sea from drying out. The idea of linking the two bodies of water together has

March 02, 2015

Strange behavior of Antarctic noctilucent clouds

The southern noctilucent clouds (NLCs) season is over now, but looking back over the entire season reveals something unexpected.In an 8-year plot of the Antarctic noctilucent cloud frequencies, the 2014/15 season is clearly different from the rest, SpaceWeather reports.

March 02, 2015

Very strong and deep M7.0 earthquake registered in Flores Sea, Indonesia

A very strong and deep M7.0 (USGS) earthquake was registered in Flores Sea, Indonesia at 13:45 UTC on February 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 547.0 km (339 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 586 km (364 miles).Epicenter was located 132 km

February 27, 2015