Earth changes

Thousands displaced by severe floods in Malaysia

Severe floods, resulting from torrential downpours over the last 4 days, have hit the states of Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak in Malaysia. Two deaths have been reported so far, and at least 1 600 people have been displaced. Disaster management...

February 09, 2016

Satellites observe Lake Poopó evaporate, Bolivia

ESA's Proba-V satellite and NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat-8 have collected series of images of Lake Poopó, once the second largest lake in Bolivia, declared fully evaporated in December 2015. Proba-V is a small ESA's satellite...

February 09, 2016

Persistent droughts and heightened risk of floods in southern Africa

Continuous lack of rainfall since October 2015 caused a severe drought across the affected portions of southern Africa while persistent heavy precipitation in other areas continues to threaten with flooding, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)...

February 08, 2016

Large sinkhole almost swallows a family in Peru

A large sinkhole almost swallowed an entire car with a three-member family in the northwestern Trujilo city in Peru, on February 4, 2016. The 5-m (16.4 feet) void opened up underneath the family car as they were driving along a road, media reported. The locals...

February 08, 2016

Very strong M6.8 earthquake hit near the coast of Bougainville Island, P.N.G.

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.8 hit near the coast of Bougainville Island, P.N.G. at 16:19 UTC on February 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 33.0 km...

February 08, 2016

Fatal flooding and landslides hit Indonesia

Heavy rainfalls, continuously lashing parts of Indonesia since February 5, 2016 has now triggered flooding and landslides across the affected areas. 9 people have been reported dead so far, and 4 missing while 4 000 people have been evacuated from their homes....

February 08, 2016

High-level eruption of Soputan volcano, Indonesia

A high-level eruption occurred at Indonesian Soputan volcano (North Sulawesi) around 10:15 UTC on February 6, 2016. Aviation color code was set to Red. The peak of the volcano was not visible due to clouds and fog. According to the Darwin VAAC report issued 10:45...

February 06, 2016

Second sinkhole opens along the Beach Boulevard, California

A second sinkhole opened along the promenade of Beach Boulevard, Pacifica in California, US, local authorities reported on February 4, 2016. The new void, located near the intersection of Paloma Avenue, is 7.6 m (25 feet) long, 0.9 m (3 feet) wide and 1.2 m (4 feet)...

February 06, 2016

Destructive M6.7 earthquake hit southern Taiwan

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the CENC as M6.7 hit southern Taiwan at 19:57 UTC on February 5, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 23 km (14.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth...

February 05, 2016

Sakurajima volcano eruption level intensifies to moderately strong

A moderately strong explosive eruption was observed from the Showa crater of Sakurajima volcano, 50 km from the Sendai nuclear station in Japan on February 5, 2016. An ash plume rose to approximately 3 km (10 000 feet) altitude. The explosive eruption occurred at...

February 05, 2016

Ozone hole behind colorful nacreous clouds over the UK and Ireland

Polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) are appearing over the United Kingdom and Ireland since January 31, 2016. An extremely rare occurrence for this area, usually restricted to the Arctic Circle, has been photographed by numerous skywatchers. According to experts, the...

February 05, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: January 27 - February 2, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from January 27 - February 2, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Egon, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Heard, Kerguelen Plateau | Masaya, Nicaragua | McDonald...

February 05, 2016

Torrential rainfalls trigger flooding and landslides in Ecuador

Torrential rainfall during late January 2016 triggered severe flooding and landslides in parts of Ecuador. 9 people have lost their lives in weather-related incidents, and numerous homes and infrastructure suffered extensive damage. The worst affected areas,...

February 04, 2016

Big sinkhole forms in Wildwood, Missouri

A huge sinkhole opened on the late afternoon of February 2, 2016 (local time) in Wildwood, Missouri, US. The void is approximately 6 m (20 feet) wide and up to 12.2 m (40 feet) deep in places. "Safety is the biggest concern. It’s a rural road. It just...

February 04, 2016

Record high temperatures in Akron, Ohio after 126 years

While other parts of US are covered in a thick snow blanket, record warmth wrapped the city of Akron in Ohio. The winter, in general, appears to be milder than usual with thinner layers of snow making it seem rather wet, according to local residents. Temperatures of...

February 04, 2016

Heavy flooding hits Tanzania

Heavy rainfalls that have been battering Tanzania since January 14, 2016, have caused flooding across a few regions of the country, including Morogoro, Katavi and Dar es Salaam. 6 people died on January 28 alone, in a flood-related incident, while thousands have...

February 03, 2016

Millions of people in urgent need of food as persistent drought continues, Ethiopia

The worst drought in the last 30 years continues affecting Ethiopia and millions of people are currently in urgent need of food aid, General Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary announced on January 31, 2016. According to UN figures, at least 10.2 million people require food...

February 02, 2016

Rare video footage of the Big Ben eruption, Heard Island

A group of geoscientists onboard Investigator, the CSIRO's research ship, managed to capture a rare video footage of the Big Ben volcano eruption in the sub-Antarctic. Because of its extensive ice coverage, very little is so far known about its structure. Heard...

February 01, 2016

Strong and deep M6.6 earthquake hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand

A strong and deep earthquake registered by New Zealand's GeoNet as M6.6 hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 19:00 UTC on February 1, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 366 km (227 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 382 km (237 miles)....

February 01, 2016

Massive sinkhole closes coastal highway in southwest Oregon

A massive sinkhole, the largest in the last 20 years, formed in a parking lot between the Fireside Diner and a Chevron gas station along US 101 in Harbor, Oregon, and caused a part coastal highway in the area to close down during the last week. The hole, caused by...

February 01, 2016

Very shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Balleny Islands region, Antarctica

A very shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Balleny Islands region, Antarctica at 17:39 UTC on January 31, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 40 km (25 miles). According to the USGS, the...

January 31, 2016

Very strong M7.2 earthquake hit Kamchatka, Russia

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 hit Kamchatka, Russia at 03:25 UTC on January 30, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 161 km (100 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 158 km. CENC is reporting M7.0 at the same depth. According to...

January 30, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: January 20 - 26, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from January 20 - 26, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Masaya, Nicaragua | Planchon-Peteroa, Zhupanovsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia). Ongoing activity:...

January 29, 2016

El Misti volcano officially confirmed awake, Peru

New studies conducted by the Southern Volcano Observatory (OVS) show the El Misti volcano in Arequipa, Peru, is awake and emitting gases, not asleep as previously thought. Its activity is not a cause for alarm, though, as there are no signs of hazardous eruption at...

January 28, 2016

Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides hit Nariño, Colombia

Heavy rainfalls that have been battering western Colombia since January 25, 2016, have caused severe floods and landslides in the Nariño region, on the border with Ecuador, Colombia Civil Defense reported. At least 8 provinces in the area reported flooding. ...

January 27, 2016

Intense storms cause sinkholes to form in Santa Cruz, California

The stormy weather brought huge tides to Santa Cruz County in California over the last three months, causing two sections of the coast to crush. Some of the swells that hit the coastline last week were between 2.7 and 4.6 m (9 and 15 foot) high, according to media...

January 27, 2016

Remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" bring coastal flooding and strong winds to parts of Ireland

The remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" which wreaked havoc across the US East Coast have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and slammed into Ireland on January 26, 2016. The strong Atlantic low brought rainstorms accompanied with strong gales and caused coastal...

January 26, 2016

Akhtarma-Pashali mud-volcano, one of the largest in Azerbaijan, erupts

Akhtarma-Pashali mud volcano in Hajigabul district, one of the largest in Azerbaijan erupted on January 25, 2016. The eruption started at 23:00 UTC (03:00 local time on January 26) and lasted until the morning. The heights of the volcano were between 30 and 35 m...

January 26, 2016

Another landslide hits the jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar

Another landslide hit the Hpakant jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar on January 25, 2016. The number of missing people is not known yet, and local authorities are currently engaged in a search and rescue operation in the area. The latest landslide is...

January 26, 2016

Live stream: Popocatépetl volcano erupts in a series of explosions, further ashfall expected

The Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico, erupted in a series of explosions on January 25, 2016, following a couple of days of heightened activity, Mexico's Center for Natural Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) reported. Ashfall has been reported in Puebla city,...

January 26, 2016

Large and growing earth crack causes severe damage to Aponte, Colombia

A giant earth crack in the Aponte village in Nariño, Colombia has caused huge damage to local roads and houses and affected at least 210 families so far. The crack in the earth is an unexplained geological phenomenon which first occurred in the area in early...

January 26, 2016

Blizzard 2016 claims at least 30 lives across the US East Coast

Although the massive Winter Storm "Jonas", that was battering the US East Coast since January 23, 2016, is now over, its effects are still felt. Some areas are still buried under large amounts of snow, and residents are unable to leave their homes. At...

January 25, 2016

Extremely cold air mass brings heavy snowfall to Japan, China and Taiwan

An extremely cold weather system brought chilly temperatures and record amounts of snowfall across parts of China, Taiwan and Japan over the weekend of January 23, 2016. 2 people died and Japan and 85 in Taiwan due to severe weather conditions. Record-breaking...

January 25, 2016

Very shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Morocco

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.2 hit near the coast of Morocco at 04:22 UTC on January 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (62 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at the same depth. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

January 25, 2016

Very strong M7.1 earthquake hits near Anchor Point, Alaska, US

A very strong earthquake, registered by the USGS as M7.1, hit near Anchor Point, Alaska, US at 10:27 UTC on January 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 127.8 km (79.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the USGS,...

January 24, 2016