Earth changes

Powerful eruption of Sakurajima spews smoke 6 km a.s.l. in the first such eruption since August 2013

After 3 calm weeks, Japan's Mount Sakurajima erupted violently at 15:02 UTC on July 25, 2016 (00:02 JST on July 26), spewing ash from its Showa Crater 6 km (20 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Tokyo VAAC. The plume was extending to the SW. It was the...

July 26, 2016

New phenomenon - the 'trembling tundra' of the Yamal Peninsula, Russia

A scientific expedition has witnessed a leaking methane gas surface bubbling phenomenon on Belyy Island in the Kara Sea, off the Yamal Peninsula coastline in Siberia, Russia. Researchers observed 15 regions of about 1 meter (3.3 feet) of trembling ground covered in...

July 26, 2016

Severe flooding continues in China, nearly 300 dead or missing since July 18

Continual heavy rainfall in northern, central and eastern China has caused severe flooding and landslides since July 18, 2016. So far, 164 people died and another 125 went missing while more than 125 000 houses have been completely destroyed. Around 10.5 million...

July 25, 2016

Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake (USGS) was registered near Manus Island, Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea at 19:38 UTC on July 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 7.3 km (4.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.5 at a depth of 0 km. According...

July 25, 2016

M6.1 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Atacama, Chile

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Atacama, Chile at 17:26 UTC on July 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 71.6 km (44.5 miles). CSN Chile is reporting Mw6.1 at a depth of 77.7 km (48.3 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

July 25, 2016

Sand Fire: Major California wildfire explodes over the weekend

A wildfire that started on July 22 in the mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley, Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, California has exploded over the weekend, scorching more than 13 300 hectares (33 000 acres) by early morning UTC on July 25, 2016....

July 25, 2016

Middle East breaks all-time maximum temperature records with 54 °C (129.2 °F)

Maximum daily temperatures across much of the Middle East have reached extreme levels this week, with numerous all-time records broken. On July 21, Kuwait has set the 'most reliable' eastern hemisphere's all-time maximum temperature record at 54 °C...

July 24, 2016

Extreme heat triggers heavy thunderstorms, UK

Colloquially, British summer is described as three nice days then a thunderstorm. It proved so again this week when the UK's hottest day of the year, July 19 (33.5 °C / 92.3 °F in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire), ended in heavy thundery weather in the...

July 21, 2016

First tornado in over 60 years hits Novosibirsk region, Russia

The first tornado since 1954 hit Russia's Novosibirsk region on July 19, 2016. It was Novosibirsk's first tornado in more than 60 years, but the third in Siberia in two weeks. The sudden storm caused flooding in Novosibirsk's metro region, city center...

July 21, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: July 13 - 19, 2016

Ongoing activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes between July 13 and 19, 2016. Ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Pacaya, Guatemala. Ongoing...

July 21, 2016

Widespread, deadly flooding continues across China

Another spell of severe rainstorms, one of the strongest over the last ten years wrapped China this week. Media reports at least 75 people were killed and over hundred missing. Total rainfall accumulation over 800 mm (31.5 inches) was reported since the beginning of...

July 21, 2016

M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits Vanuatu

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Vanuatu at 15:13 UTC on July 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 164.1 km (102 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.2 at a depth of 200 km (124 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

July 20, 2016

Mount Gamalama producing frequent heightened amplitude tremors, Indonesia

Over the last couple of days, Mount Gamalama in Ternate, North Maluku Indonesian province, has been showing signs of increased volcanic activity, including frequent tremors of heightened amplitude. According to Darno Lamane, the Head of Mount Gamalama Observation...

July 20, 2016

NASA: Global temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent continue setting new records

Analysis of climate conditions, conducted by NASA's scientists shows the global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent during the first half of 2016 set new records and are continuing trends of change observed over the last few decades. NASA's...

July 20, 2016

Ice melting 10 000 years ago caused radical climate shift in Europe and Africa

A team of researchers led by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum investigated how the meltwater from the ice sheet in North America produced a massive impact on climate conditions in northwest Europe and northwest Africa by the end of the most recent ice age, about 10...

July 19, 2016

Severe monsoon rains cause floods and landslides across India

Severe monsoon rainstorms wreaked havoc across several Indian states causing floods and landslides on July 17 and 18, 2016. 35 people died in Madhya Pradesh alone while several others went missing. Water, power supplies, and traffic were disrupted across the...

July 18, 2016

Landslide crashes into wooden houses in central China

A ferocious landslide swept through a village in central China's Hunan Province on July 17, 2016. The slide destroyed all 14 houses located at the bottom of the mountain, causing traffic to be shut down. Video released by Chinese state media (CCTV) showed the...

July 18, 2016