Earth changes

Strong hail hits parts of South Dakota: 15 cm (6 inches) of hail in Custer

A strong hail event hit Custer, South Dakota, on Monday, July 27, 2015. The area was covered with 15.23 cm (6 inches) thick layer of hail balls, the size of which measured about 2.54 cm (1 inch) in diameter.Mammatus clouds, prior to hailstorm. Image credit: Marcia Samul

July 30, 2015

Severe flooding continues across western India: At least 26 people dead, over 2 000 villages affected

Severe rainstorms continue to batter western India, causing floods and damage across the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.2 000 villages were affected in the Gujarat state, 12 villages have been flooded in the Jalore district, while 53 helicopter rescue o

July 29, 2015

Greatest rainfall in 40 years brings Vietnam flood death toll to 11

Floods triggered by heavy rains in northern Vietnam have claimed 11 lives, damaged nearly 3 000 houses and made thousands to fled to safety, authorities said on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.Quang Ninh province received more than 100 mm (3.93 inches) on Monday, July 27,

July 29, 2015

Destructive glacier lake outburst flood near Almaty, Pakistan

A warm spell triggered a destructive glacial lake outburst flood along the Kargalinka River threathening residents of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, earlier this month. A state of emergency has been declared across the affected areas of Almaty.NASA's Earth

July 29, 2015

Strong earthquake M6.3 registered near Iliamna Volcano, Southern Alaska, US

A strong earthquake registered as M6.3 hit Southern Alaska, US at 02:35 UTC on July 29, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 116.6 km (72.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 103 km (64 miles).Epicenter was located, 15 km (9 miles) SSW of Iliamna Volcano, 68 km (4

July 29, 2015

A rare July weather phenomena: Freak cold front blankets Northern Rockies

The freak cold front, an unusual meteorological phenomena, swept the Northern Rockies this Monday, July 28, 2015 bringing snow and record-low daytime July temperatures to Idaho.Late July is usually hot and dry for Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, however, this year, the last

July 29, 2015

Swarm of shallow earthquakes registered under Meakandake volcano, Hokkaido - Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the Volcanic Alert Level of Meakandake volcano to 2 of 5 (do not approach the volcano) on July 28, 2015. The last eruption of this volcano took place on November 28, 2008.The decision to raise the alert level was made

July 28, 2015

California water agencies don’t know how much their pipes leak

With California homeowners taking steps to save water during the drought, they may be dismayed to hear that a new UCLA report found that water agencies are unable to keep close track of how much their own pipes are leaking.The report is particularly timely due to a new

July 28, 2015

Pyroclastic flow on Mount Sinabung, Indonesia - July 27, 2015

Effusion of viscous lava continues at slow pace to feed the lava dome with two active lobes on the SE and E upper flanks of Indonesian Sinabung volcano.At 12:22 local time today, a small part of the eastern lobe collapsed into a medium-sized pyroclastic flow that

July 27, 2015

Very strong M7.0 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake M7.0 hit Papua, Indonesia at 21:41 UTC on July 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 52.9 km (32.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles). According to the USGS, epicenter was located 234 km (145 miles) W of Abepura and 247

July 27, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Fox Islands, Alaska

A very strong and shallow earthquake, M6.9 hit off the coast of Fox Islands, Alaska, US at 04:49 UTC on July 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 27.1 km (16.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 earthquake at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles).Epicenter was located 73 km (45 mil

July 27, 2015

Millions of people affected by severe flooding across eastern and southern China

Heavy rainfall hit parts of eastern and southern China, causing severe flooding in the area. The floods started on Wednesday, July 22 and affected millions of people; 6 citizens died and 5 went missing. Strong storms have cut off power supplies, inundated streets across

July 27, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny activity decreases, alert level lowered to Yellow - Eastern Caribbean

Seismic activity at underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny near Grenada, Eastern Caribbean is decreasing, the Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies reported on July 25. Increased activity at the volcano started on July 11, 2015 and was follow

July 26, 2015

Inside mysterious Siberian sinkholes

Giant sinkholes which started appearing in Yamal Peninsula, Russia last year remain a mystery to scientists investigating this phenomena around the world.Theories about what's causing them are numerous... from UFO's to natural gas which is abundant in this regio

July 26, 2015

M6.1 earthquake registered south of Java, Indonesia

Geoscience Australia registered M6.1 earthquake at a depth of 51 km (31.7 miles) south of Java, Indonesia at 07:05 UTC on July 26, 2015. USGS registered it as M6.0 at a depth of 59.2 km (36.8 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 93 km (58 miles) S of Kraj

July 26, 2015

Heavy rains sweep Taiwan: Taipei City overwhelmed by flooding waters

Heavy rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms and hail hit Taiwan, causing massive flooding across the Greater Taipei region on Thursday afternoon, July 23, 2015. 143 areas of the metropolis were overwhelmed by the flood waters, and all traffic was suspended across affe

July 25, 2015

Uranium mines behind Kazakhstan villagers' mysterious 'sleeping sickness'

Mysterious "sleeping sickness" that baffled doctors and researchers since it's first known attack in March 2013, affected more than 140 people in Kalachi and Krasnogorsk, two villages in northern Kazakhstan, with a total of 810 people, mostly ethnic Russia

July 24, 2015

Almaty region in southern Kazakhstan hit by floods and mudslide, state of emergency declared

Three areas in the Almaty region of southern Kazakhstan have been affected by the mudflow outbursts of the Kargalinka river, July 23, 2015. Local media reported 5 injuries and 900 people evacuated from their homes. A state of emergency has been declared across the affec

July 24, 2015

Volcanic ash blankets the skies over Indonesian archipelago: Simultaneous eruption of 5 volcanoes

Five volcanoes of the Indonesian archipelago simultaneously erupted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The spewing ashes clouded the skies over the islands, suspending the flights on three airports in the area. Since last month, 13 000 people have been evacuated due to volcan

July 24, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny underwater volcano on Orange alert, imminent eruption possible - Eastern Caribbean

The Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies has issued an Orange alert (3 of 4) for the underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny on July 23, 2015, due to strong and continuous seismic signals recorded from 05:25 to 07:00 UTC today. Grenada, as we

July 23, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: July 15 - 21, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from July 15 - 21, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Colima, Mexico | Gamalama,

July 23, 2015

Severe hailstorm with golf ball-sized hail wreaks havoc on parts Saskatchewan, Canada

Severe hailstorm swept through parts of southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. According to media reports, the hardest hit was the town of Kerrobert, where dozens of buildings and wehicles were damaged by golf ball-sized hail. About two-thirds of

July 23, 2015

Myanmar still under water: 7 people dead, over 57 000 affected

The thunderstorms which started on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, still didn't ease in some parts of Myanmar. Heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Sagaing and Kachin region, at least 7 people were reported dead, 500 homes were damaged and car and train transport has

July 23, 2015

Severe floods continue to affect southern Brazil: Death toll rises to 45

Severe rainstorms and strong winds have continued to batter southern Brazil since last week, causing more floods and damage across the States of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. Around 140 states are on state of alert, and several have declared a sta

July 22, 2015

Monsoon showers bring flash floods to Pakistan: 12 people dead, 200 000 displaced

Seasonal monsoon heavy rainfall has caused severe flash floods across Pakistan, starting July 16, 2015. The authorities issued flood warnings and declared a state of emergency, as a number of villages and cities across the country were hit by the bad weather conditions.

July 21, 2015

Record rainfall: Over 268 mm (10.6 inches) of rain floods drought stricken California

Remnants of Hurricane "Dolores" reached southern California on July 19, 2015 dropping record breaking rainfall and causing heavy flooding. Los Angeles, San Diego and over a dozen other California cities set all-time rainfall records for the month of July.The

July 21, 2015

Severe flooding in Ohio, US: 3 people die as their mobile home is swept away

Strong flash flood event hit Ohio region late Saturday, July 18, 2015. Three people died, as their home was swept away in the Brown County, after the nearby creek flooded. A severe rainfall drenched the Brown County in Ohio on Saturday evening. When the waters of Redoak

July 20, 2015

Flash floods across northern Iran kill 20 people, 12 remain missing

A severe thunderstorm brought heavy rainfall, flash floods and strong winds to northern Iran on Sunday, July 19, 2015. Resulting flash floods and landslides have caused damage to infrastructure and power cutoff. 20 people were reported dead and at least 12 missing in th

July 20, 2015

People near fracking wells show higher hospitalization rates

Over the past ten years in the United States, unconventional gas and oil drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has experienced a meteoric increase. Since well drilling requires an influx of water, materials and workers into yotherwise rural and remote

July 20, 2015

Over 25 000 people affected, 7 900 houses damaged by the floods in western Indonesia

Heavy rainfall on July 14 and 15, 2015 has caused several rivers to overflow simultaneously in the Aceh disctricts of western Indonesia.According to Indonesia's disaster management agency (BNPB), no fatalities have been reported, although 25 765 people were affected

July 18, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.3 earthquake registered near Santa Cruz Islands

Geoscience Australia recorded a very strong earthquake measuring M7.3 at a depth of 4 km (2.5 miles) off the coast of Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands, at 02:27 UTC on July 18, 2015. USGS is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Accord

July 18, 2015

State of the climate in 2014

The key parameters which indicate the Earth's changing climate, including land and ocean temperature, sea level and greenhouse gases, have set new records in the year 2014, according to "State of the climate in 2014" - Special Supplement to the Bulletin of

July 18, 2015

Australia covered in white: The biggest snow fall since 1984

Areas of southern Queensland, New South Wales, west and northwest area of Sydney, Australia, were completely wrapped in a snow blanket on Thursday, July 16 and Friday, July 17, 2015. This rare event was considered by some to be the country's most significant snow fa

July 18, 2015

Nepal floods leave 2 people dead and hundreds displaced

Heavy rainfall, across Nepal, triggered floods and landslides in Kathmandu on July 16, 2015. So far, two young people fell victims to the floods, hundreds of families were displaced, and several roads were heavily damaged. Two children, aged 11 and 12 were swept away by

July 17, 2015

Huge wildfire breaks out near Athens blanketing it in thick smoke, Greece

A huge wildfire has broken out on the outskirts of Mount Hymettus, near capital Athens, Greece on Friday, July 17 rapidly spreading over mountainsides overlooking the city and blanketing it in thick smoke.The fire started around 09:00 UTC (12:00 local time) and grew mas

July 17, 2015