Earth changes

2015-16 El Niño ends, tropical Pacific Ocean returns to neutral

The tropical Pacific Ocean has returned to a neutral El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) state, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reports in their May 24 ENSO Wrap-Up. Equatorial sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the eastern Pacific have cooled in...

May 24, 2016

Large sinkhole swallows four cars in downtown Ruijin, southeast China

A large sinkhole opened in a major avenue crossing in downtown Ruijin, southeast China’s Jiangxi Province on May 22, 2016, swallowing four cars and a tree. The hole is 3 meters deep (9.8 feet) and 30 meters (98.4 feet) wide. Nobody was hurt, and an...

May 23, 2016

Nevado del Ruiz eruption closes Manizales airport, Colombia

Seismicity under Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz continues at elevated levels, and the volcano is experiencing frequent ash emissions since May 17, 2016. An eruption at about 10:40 UTC on May 22 sent ash 2.3 km (7 545 feet) above the crater (7.5 km / 24 606 feet...

May 23, 2016

Deadly eruption of Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

Large pyroclastic flows produced by the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung on Saturday, May 21, 2016, claimed lives of 7 people, officials said Sunday. Two other people are in critical condition. National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo...

May 22, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Northern Territory, Australia

​A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as Mwp6.1 hit Central Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia at 18:14 UTC on May 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 9 km (5.6 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2...

May 20, 2016

Powerful eruption at Santa Maria (Santiaguito) ejects ash up to 4.5 km, Guatemala

Two loud explosions occurred at Santa María's Santiaguito lava-dome complex in Guatemala at 15:30 and 15:56 UTC on May 19, 2016. The eruption generated a column of ash that reached an altitude of 4.5 km (14 763 feet) above sea level and drifted south and...

May 20, 2016

India records its hottest temperature ever - 51 °C (123.8 °F)

The city of Phalodi, in India's Rajasthan, has set a new temperature record for the entire country hitting a scorching 51 °C (123.8 °F) on May 19, 2016. According to the IMD, the previous high was 50.6 °C (123 °F), reached in 1956 in the city of...

May 20, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: May 11 - 17, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 2 volcanoes between May 11 and 17, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Awu, Sangihe Islands (Indonesia) | Ruapehu, North Island (New Zealand). Ongoing activity: Aira,...

May 20, 2016

Strong eruptions at Turrialba spew ash over Coronado, Moravia and Guadalupe, Costa Rica

The activity at Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano increased significantly on May 19, 2016, with three strong eruptions and constant ash emissions. Country's National Seismological Network (RSN) registered the first explosion at 21:46 UTC. The eruption lasted...

May 20, 2016

Strombolian eruption at Etna's Voragine crater, Italy

During the afternoon of May 18, 2016, the lava fountaining activity at Etna's Voragine crater passed into a modest Strombolian activity, which continued to feed the lava overflow toward west until the late evening, INGV Osservatorio Etneo reports today. A second...

May 19, 2016

Massive sand influx buries 16 villages, southeastern Iran

According to Amin Baqeri, the governor of Rigan, Iran's southeastern province of Kerman, 16 villages in Rigan were buried in sand and became completely deserted amid consistent sand storms. "Massive sand influx and consistent sand storms have led to the...

May 19, 2016

Pyroclastic flows observed at Fuego, large lahars possible, Guatemala

Guatemala's Fuego volcano produced at least 9 explosions early May 18 that expelled volcanic ash to a height of 4 300 m (14 110 feet) and dispersed at a distance of 7 - 10 km (4.3 - 6.2 miles) to the south. Moderately large pyroclastic flows were observed later...

May 19, 2016

Very strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Ecuador

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit Ecuador at 16:46 UTC on May 18, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 31 km (19.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). After M6.7 at 07:57 UTC, this is a second...

May 18, 2016

Wettest day in history of Vero Beach, Florida

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall swept through Vero Beach, Florida on May 17, 2016. The day was recorded as the wettest day in the history of the city, as two months worth of rainfall was received in one day. The widespread flooding was also...

May 18, 2016

Heavy rainfall causes deadly landslides in Assam, India

Torrential rainfalls that have been sweeping portions of India for the last couple of days triggered deadly landslides in the districts of Karimganj and Hailakandi, Assam in Northeast India on May 18, 2016. Ten casualties have been reported so far. According to the...

May 18, 2016

New eruption starts at Mount Etna, Italy

After a gradual resumption of activity observed at Italy's Etna volcano since early April 2016, the volcano is now exhibiting mild to strong strombolian activity accompanied by dense smoke. The Aviation Color Code is Orange. During the night of May 16, 2016,...

May 18, 2016

Very strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hits Ecuador

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.7 hit Ecuador at 07:57 UTC on May 18, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 32.4 km (20.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.7 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

May 18, 2016