Earth changes

Heavy rain triggers deadly floods and landslides, more than 30 missing in Uttarakhand, India

Heavy monsoon rains have triggered deadly floods and landslides in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, neighboring Nepal, on July 1, 2016. According to media reports, 18 bodies have been found so far. The number of casualties is expected to rise. The Press Trust of...

July 01, 2016

Beijing sinking more than 10 cm (4 inches) per year, China

According to a new study published in MDPI's open access journal Remote Sensing, the maximum subsidence in parts of China's Bejing is greater than 100 mm (4 inches) per year. Beijing is one of the most water-stressed cities in the world. Due to...

July 01, 2016

Antarctic ozone hole shows signs of healing

An international team of scientists has observed first clear signs that the hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close. Led by Professor Susan Solomon of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the team found that the September ozone hole had shrunk...

July 01, 2016

20 missing after landslide hits southwest China's Guizhou Province

A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried 29 people in southwest China's Guizhou Province. According to the local government, the landslide happened around 05:30 local time on Friday, July 1, 2016 (21:30 UTC on June 30) in Pianpo village, near the city of...

July 01, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: June 22 - 28, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes between June 22 and 28, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Pacaya, Guatemala | Santa Maria, Guatemala...

June 30, 2016

Treasure Coast algal bloom prompts state of emergency, Florida

Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida's Martin and St. Lucie counties following the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. The executive order was signed Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It allows state and local governmental agencies...

June 30, 2016

Thunderstorms spark new wildfires in southeastern Siberia, Russia

Large wildfires are raging in Russia's Krasnoyarsk province since June 28, 2016. Most of them were sparked by recent thunderstorms, the initial investigation revealed. Satellite observations also confirm new wildfires near Lake Baikal, Irkutsk province. As of...

June 30, 2016

Downpour breaks Auckland's June record, New Zealand

At least 80 homes have been flooded after several rounds of heavy rainfall hit the New Zealand's city of Auckland on June 29, 2016. Between 01:00 and 02:00 UTC (13:00 - 14:00 NZST), the country's NIWA agency recorded 25.4 mm (1 inch) of rain, making it the...

June 29, 2016

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