Earth changes

Active volcanoes in the world: June 24 - 30, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from June 24 - 30, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cereme, Western Java (Indonesia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Colo, Sulawesi (Indonesia) | C

July 02, 2015

Cameroon's economic capital, Douala, devastated by heavy flooding

Severe flooding caused by tropical monsoon rains have devastated the Cameroon's economic capital, Douala. At least 4 people were killed, 2 000 displaced, and over 30 000 citizens were directly affected by July 1, 2015, after more than a week of heavy rainfall.Much o

July 02, 2015

Intense heat wave brings record breaking temperatures to central Asia

The hottest June in recorded history was reported on Wednesday, July 1, 2014 in Turkmenistan, as strong heat wave spread across the central Asia. On Tuesday, June 30, the temperature in the capital city Ashgabat reached 47.2 °C (116.96 °F) , setting a record for

July 02, 2015

Significant increase in radiation in Chernobyl exclusion zone, heavy wildfires still raging

Nuclear inspectors in Ukraine have measured a significant increase in radiation in the Chernobyl exclusion zone as a result of heavy wildfires raging in the close proximity of crippled nuclear power station.Radioactive element cesium-137 in the air has reached a level c

July 02, 2015

Heavy floods continue to sweep China: at least 20 people dead, nearly 4 million affected

Heavy rainfall, starting June 25, 2015, has caused severe floods and landslides in several provinces across the northwest and central-east China. At least 20 people are reported dead, 17 are missing. Sichuan province is currently experiencing its worst flood since 1949

July 01, 2015

Intense heat wave spreading through Europe, temperatures rising above 40 °C

A record breaking heat wave is sweeping across western Europe and is expected to spread through the entire continent by the end of the week. Warnings to remain indoors have been issued, especially for elderly people and children, as temperatures are rushing well above

June 30, 2015

Hakoneyama volcano activity rises to a new level, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the eruption warning of Hakoneyama volcano from level 2 to 3 on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 following a small scale eruption. Authorities evacuated about 40 people from nearby hot spring tourist resort and further limited acce

June 30, 2015

Costa Rica floods continue: 1 585 houses heavily damaged or destroyed

Over 740 people were evacuated from their homes and 19 communities are left isolated, as another round of heavy rainfall continues to sweep Costa Rica.#Sarapiquí Cerrado el paso por el cruce de Río Frio hacia ruta 32. #traficocr @rutaalterna @iqradio pic.t

June 30, 2015

Alert level raised after Raung volcano erupts, Indonesia

After an increase in volcanic activity which started on June 21, Raung volcano in East Java, Indonesia erupted late Sunday, June 28, causing ash to land in villages about 10 km away from the crater.Authorities raised the alert level from 'waspada' (alert) to 

June 29, 2015

Death toll from heat wave in Pakistan hits 1 200

According to local media reports, a severe heat wave has claimed over 1 200 people in Pakistan by June 25, 2015. Pakistan's worst heat wave in decades started on June 20, 2015 when southern port city of Karachi saw temperatures reach as high as 45 degrees Celsius.Th

June 26, 2015

UK Met Office: The return of 'grand solar minimum' could affect European and eastern US winters, but wouldn't halt global warming

A return to low solar activity not seen for centuries could increase the chances of cold winters in Europe and eastern parts of the United States but wouldn't halt global warming, according to new research led by UK's Met office and published recently in Nature

June 26, 2015

Typhoon "Kujira" brings deadly flash floods to Vietnam

Typhoon "Kujira" hit northeastern Vietnam on Wednesday, June 24, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall which claimed lives of at least 9 people and injured six others, local authorities said on Thursday, June 25.Kujira has dumped nearly 200 mm (8 inches)

June 26, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: June 17 - 23, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from June 17 - 23, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA | Concepcion, Nicaragua | Sinabung, Indo

June 25, 2015

The 2015 El Niño continues to strengthen, could become one of the strongest ever recorded

The 2015 El Niño continues to strengthen, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said in their June 23, 2015 update. International climate models surveyed by BOM indicate further consolidation is likely. Central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean sea surface temp

June 25, 2015

Lake Powell drying out

Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Colorado river, situated on the border between Utah and Arizona is drying out. It is currently at 45 percent of its normal capacity and at a risk of falling below 1075 feet (327.6 m) above sea level by September 2015. If this happens, it

June 24, 2015

Very strong and deep M6.9 earthquake registered near Bonin Islands, Japan

A very strong and deep earthquake registered by JMA as M6.9 at a depth of 480 km (298 miles) hit near Bonin Islands (Ogasawara Islands) at 12:18 UTC on June 23, 2015. USGS is reporting it as M6.3 at a depth of 455.9 km (283.3 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was

June 23, 2015

Video animation of landslide dam-break and catastrophic flood / debris flow through Tbilisi, Georgia

A huge landslide blocked the Vere River on June 13, 2015 creating a natural dam which collapsed the following day and sent huge fast moving stream of water toward capital Tbilisi, Georgia severely flooding the city. The flood caused extensive damage to the city and left

June 23, 2015

Intense heatwave claims over 800 lives, Pakistan

An intense heatwave that started on Saturday, June 20, 2015 has claimed over 474 lives in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, and other districts of Pakistan's southern Sindh province, state television reported early Tuesday, June 23.Province's Health Secretar

June 23, 2015

Deep M6.5 earthquake registered near Ndoi Island, Fiji

A strong and deep earthquake registered as M6.5 by USGS hit near Ndoi Island, Fiji at 21:28 UTC on June 21, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 563.5 km (350.1 miles.). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude at a depth of 553 km (343 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter w

June 21, 2015

Severe thunderstorms continue to sweep China: 18 people dead and four missing

Strong thunderstorms which swept through several provinces, in southern China, in the past week, have continued to battle the area. 18 people have died due to house collapses, landslides or lightning, and four more are currently missing.BBC News - 9 inches of rain overn

June 21, 2015

Unprecedented eastern Pacific harmful algal bloom

NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle has mobilized extra scientists to join a fisheries survey along the West Coast to chart an extensive harmful algal bloom (HAB) that spans much of the West Coast and has triggered numerous closures of im

June 20, 2015

Above-average monsoon season: over 300 mm of rain in 24 hours floods Mumbai, India

A strong monsoon brought heavy rainfall to Mumbai, India this week flooding the city on Friday, June 19, 2015. City roads and rail service have been interrupted, flights have been delayed, schools closed and even some power plants have been shut down by Mumbai electrici

June 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hit near the coast of Conception, Chile

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by USGS as M6.4 hit near the coast of Conception, Chile at 02:10 UTC on June 20, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.6 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). CSN Chile registered it as Mw6.4 at a

June 20, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows at Mount Sinabung on June 19, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows have again been observed at Mount Sinabung, Indonesia early June 19, 2015. There are no confirmed historical eruptions of this volcano recorded prior to explosive eruptions during August - September 2010 that produced ash plumes to 5 km above

June 19, 2015

US mid-continent seismicity linked to high-rate injection wells

A dramatic increase in the rate of earthquakes in the central and eastern US since 2009 is associated with fluid injection wells used in oil and gas development, says a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder and the USGS.The number of earthquakes associated wit

June 19, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: June 10 - 16, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from June 10 - 16, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asamayama, Honshu (Japan) | Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Concepcion, Nicaragua | Cotopaxi, Ec

June 18, 2015

Severe rain brings flash floods to eastern China

Heavy rainfall flooded parts of eastern China on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 when over 200 millimeters of rain was reported in parts of Shanghai and Jiangsu Province. Nanjing and Changzhou were also flooded, while Wuxi and Suzhou received 70 and 50 cm of rainfall.The rain

June 18, 2015

North Korea hit by the worst drought in a century

North Korea is facing its worst drought in a century, according to state media. South Hwanghae, North Hwanghae, South Pyongan and South Hamgyong, the country's main rice growing provinces are already heavily affected, and the fear of food shortages is increasing.&qu

June 18, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake - southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

A very strong and shallow earthquake M7.0 was registered at southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge at 12:51 UTC on June 17, 2015. USGS reports depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC reports Mw6.9 at a depth of 10 km.According to the USGS, epicenter was located 495 km (308 miles) WNW of

June 17, 2015

California property values collapse as water shut-offs begin... wealthy community to go dry in days... real estate implosion now inevitable

Water shut-offs have now begun in California, where government-ordered restrictions are starting to leave large communities high and dry. As CBS News is now reporting, the Mountain House community of 15,000 residents will run out of water in just a matter of days."

June 17, 2015

Japan's Asamayama volcano erupts, alert level remains at 2 of 5

​A small-scale eruption took place around 00:20 UTC on June 16 (09:20 JST) at Asamayama volcano located 140 km NW of capital Tokyo, Japan. Alert level remains at 2 since Thursday, June 11, as well as a 2-km exclusion zone around the crater. The Japan Meteorological

June 16, 2015

Landslide dam collapse causes catastrophic floods in Tbilisi, Georgia

19 people have died and 474 were injured after catastrophic flood/debris flow, caused by natural dam collapse, rushed through capital Tbilisi, Georgia on June 14. Update: Read more about this event here.The local zoo was flooded and at least 30 animals, including tigers

June 15, 2015

Large pyroclastic flows at Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

A new set of moderate eruptions at Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano produced large pyroclastic flows on June 12 and 13, 2015, ten days after authorities raised the alert level to highest (4/4) and ordered evacuation of all people living within a 7-km radius.

June 13, 2015

Heavy rainfall affects 700 villages in Assam, India as Brahmaputra levels rise

Heavy monsoon rains are continually falling in Arunachal Pradesh and upper Assam in northeast India. Yesterday, water levels of the Brahmaputra river were above the red mark in Jorhat and Dhubri, and are still expected to rise further in the next few days. According to

June 12, 2015

Shallow M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Hihifo, Tonga

A shallow M6.1 earthquake was registered by Geoscience Australia off the coast of Hihifo, Tonga at 11:07 UTC on June 12, 2015. The agency is reporting depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). Preliminary report by USGS mentions M6.3 at a depth of 28.6 km (17.8 miles).According to t

June 12, 2015