Earth changes

At least 100 tons of dead fish washed ashore in central Vietnam

Since early April 2016, at least 100 tons of dead fish have been washed ashore in an ongoing environmental disaster along the central coast of Vietnam, according to a government official. Fish, apparently killed by industrial effluents, washed ashore in Ha Tinh,...

May 06, 2016

Large and growing crack in mountain causes power shut down in Logan Town, Pennsylvania

A large crack formed in a hillside near the Altoona shopping center in the Logan Town, Pennsylvania, a couple of weeks ago. The crack is steadily growing since and has caused 52 local business in the area to shut temporarily on May 5, 2016. Initially, the crack was...

May 06, 2016

Niigata Yake-Yama showing signs of increased seismic unrest, Japan

Niigata Yake-Yama volcano in Honshu, Japan, has been showing signs of seismic unrest recently, according to JMA. The number of volcanic earthquakes has been at a level of about 4 times the usual background level, and up to 23 earthquakes have been recorded in a 24...

May 06, 2016

At least 13 killed in landslide of mining waste in Hpakant, Myanmar

Another landslide of jade mining waste occurred this week in northern Myanmar. The disaster claimed lives of at least 13 people. More are believed to be buried under the waste. The slide occurred late Thursday, May 5, in Hpakant, the center of Myanmar's...

May 06, 2016

Extreme fire event in Fort McMurray continues unabated, Canada

The massive wildfire in the Canadian province of Alberta that entered city limits of Fort McMurray late Tuesday, May 3, and caused mandatory evacuation of the entire city continues to grow in size. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Fort McMurray, Anzac,...

May 06, 2016

Seismic activity indicates eruption at Cleveland volcano, Alaska

Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) detected an explosion at Cleveland Volcano at 02:44 UTC on May 6, 2016. The last known eruption of this volcano took place in 2015. The eruption was detected in both infrasound (air pressure) and seismic data. There are no recent...

May 06, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: April 27 - May 3, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes between April 27 and May 3, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kerinci, Indonesia | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Rincon de la Vieja, Costa...

May 05, 2016

Bristol Island volcano showing first signs of activity since 1956

Data collected by the Landsat-8 satellite suggests the Bristol Island volcano, which hasn't erupted since 1956, may have entered a phase of increased activity in late April 2016. The clear weather view has shown a plume of gas and steam which may have contained...

May 05, 2016

Massive wildfire forces mandatory evacuation of the entire city of Fort McMurray, Canada

The entire population of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray (60 000), Alberta is under mandatory evacuation order amid massive uncontrolled wildfire that entered the city. In the biggest evacuation order in the history of Alberta, the officials appealed for military...

May 04, 2016

Strong explosive activity continues at Santa Maria volcano, Guatemala

Strong explosive activity continues at Guatemala's Santa Maria volcano. New explosions at Caliente cone, part of Santa María's Santiaguito lava-dome complex, generated pyroclastic flows on May 2 that descended east and west of the volcanic complex....

May 03, 2016

New cycle of eruptions closes off Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica

Due to the start of a new cycle of eruptions, access to the Turrialba volcano has been closed off, with a 5-km (3.1 miles) perimeter established, Costa Rica's emergency management office announced on May 1, 2016. After an increase in seismic activity on April...

May 02, 2016

Widespread flooding in Kenya, massive building collapse in Nairobi kills 16 people

Torrential downpours over the last couple of days have caused severe flooding across parts of Kenya. The floods have affected more than 2 000 people across several counties and led to a major collapse of a residential building in Huruma, Nairobi, where 16 people...

May 02, 2016

M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.0 (downgraded from M6.1) hit southern Sumatra, Indonesia at 04:21 UTC on May 2, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 127 km (79 miles). USGS reports M5.9 at a depth of 132.7 km (82.4 miles). According to the USGS,...

May 02, 2016

Extreme weather floods the US South, tornadoes and large hail wreak havoc

Heavy thunderstorms accompanied with intense hail and tornadoes swept through the portion of the southern United States on April 29, 2016. Severe storms continued across the region on the following day, causing severe flash floods and threatening human lives and...

April 30, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Vanuatu at 08:35 UTC on April 30, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 4.8 km (3.0 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.0 at a depth of 60 km (37.3 miles). According...

April 30, 2016

Thailand suffers strongest heat wave in last 65 years

Thailand is currently experiencing its longest heat wave in the last 65 years as average April temperatures climbed over 40 °C (104 °F). So far, 21 people died of heat-related conditions. Residents are strongly advised to remain indoors as much as possible...

April 29, 2016

Tons of dead fish washed ashore in central Vietnam

Tons of various species of dead fish washed ashore along the central coast of Vietnam over the last couple of days. The fish bodies show signs of poisoning and an investigation is being carried out to investigate the issue. The local authorities claim such an...

April 29, 2016