Earth changes

Massive landslide in Guatemala leaves 600 people missing

A huge landslide, triggered by heavy downpours, collapsed onto Santa Catarina Pinula town, Guatemala on October 2, 2015. 30 people have been reported dead so far, and hundreds have gone missing. Rescue teams are actively sweeping the grounds in search of survivors.Heavy

October 03, 2015

Category 1 medicane system brings landslides and violent floods to Italy and France

Heavy rainfall and winds affected the islands of Sardinia in Italy and Corsica, France as the intense low pressure system moved over the Mediterranean on October 1 and 2, 2015. Landslides and violent floods have been reported across the affected areas.An intense low pre

October 02, 2015

Manmade aerosols significantly affecting South Asian summer monsoon winds

A new study conducted by a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shows the South Asian summer monsoon wind complex has changed considerably, due to the presence of manmade aerosols in atmosphere. A widespread burning of firewood, coal,

October 02, 2015

Almost 3 million people at risk of facing hunger in the next few months in Malawi, Africa

Almost 3 million people are in danger of facing hunger and severe shortage of food supply in Malawi in southeast Africa over the next couple of months, the Christian Aid reported on September 30, 2015, as the country faces its most severe food crisis in the last 10 year

October 02, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: September 23 - 29, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from September 23 - 29, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island (France)

October 01, 2015

A giant sinkhole opens in North London, 58 homes affected

A massive sinkhole opened up on a street in St Albans, North London, UK, in the middle of the night of October 1, 2015, media reports.The huge crater, which started as a small hole on the road only a couple of days ago, is now 20 meters (66 feet) wide and 10 meters (33

October 01, 2015

Wildfires continue to burn across the West US

Kaniksu, the Grizzly Complex and the Little Joe wildfires continue to burn across several states across the West US. NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, onboard Aqua satellite, captured the fires across across Washington, Idaho a

September 30, 2015

Floods and landslides affecting Sri Lanka leave 7 people dead

Heavy rains that were sweeping Sri Lanka since September 25, 2015, caused landslides and floods across the affected areas. At least 7 people were reported dead and 286 displaced, as of September 26, according to the national authorities.A significant part of Sri Lanka h

September 29, 2015

Major sinkhole opens up at Inskip Point, Queensland, Australia

A major sinkhole has opened up at Inskip Point in Queensland, Australia around 13:00 UTC on Saturday, September 26, 2015 (23:00 local time).Police and SES crews were quickly on site, helping those in the immediate vicinity to leave, ABC reported. "A car, caravan an

September 26, 2015

Over a million liters (264 000 gallons) of toxic cyanide leaked into Potrerillos River, Argentina

Over a million liters (264 172 gallons) of toxic cyanide solution has leaked from Barrick Gold's Veladero mine in western San Juan province, Argentina, newest estimation shows. Despite this being about five times higher amount than previously thought, federal judge

September 25, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: September 16 - 22, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from September 16 - 22, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Cotopaxi, Ecuador | Mauna Loa, Hawaiian Islands (U

September 24, 2015

Strong M6.1 earthquake registered near the coast of Solomon Islands

Geoscience Australia registered a strong M6.1 earthquake at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles) near the coast of Solomon Islands at 15:56 UTC on September 24, 2015. USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 23.4 km (14.5 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 98 km (

September 24, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits near the coast of Papua, Indonesia

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered as M6.9 by Geoscience Australia hit near the coast of Indonesian West Papua Province at 15:53 UTC on September 24, 2015. The agency is reporting a depth of 46 km (28.6 miles). USGS reports M6.6 at a depth of 24.1 km (15.0

September 24, 2015

Heavy flooding and landslides sweep numerous regions across Panama

Heavy rainstorms have been continually affecting numerous regions of Panama over the last couple of weeks, causing heavy floods and landslides. No deaths have been reported so far, however over 3 000 people were affected by severe weather conditions, as of September 23,

September 24, 2015

Nicaraguan Telica volcano erupts, blankets surrounding communities with ash

Nicaraguan Telica volcano started erupting at 14:00 UTC on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. INETER reports copious ash and volcanic gas emissions initially rose about 400 meters (1 300 feet) from the summit. Civil Defense reports abundant ashfall in Chinandega. According

September 23, 2015

Disastrous flash flood ravages the streets of Bodrum, Turkey

A disastrous flash flood hit the Bodrum town in Turkey on the evening of September 22, 2015. An unprecedented event inundated the streets as strong flood waters came rushing down the adjacent mountains. 8 people were injured and at least 40 were rescued from their homes

September 23, 2015

Southern China and Hong Kong hit by severe floods

Heavy rainfalls affecting the southern China since September 15, 2015 caused severe flooding and landslides across the country, claiming 11 lives and leaving 12 people missing, so far. A high-risk flash flood warnings were issued across parts of New Territories in Hong

September 21, 2015

Deadly flash flood in Iran claims 11 lives

Heavy rains that battered Iran over September 17 and 18, 2015, have triggered deadly flash floods across 13 of the country's 32 provinces. As of September 20, at least 11 people have been reported dead in the provinces of Tehran and Hormozgan.6 people have been

September 21, 2015

California wildfires leave 6 people dead, nearly 1600 homes destroyed in two of the biggest

Nearly 1 600 homes have been destroyed in two of the biggest wildfires in California - Butte and Valley fires - making them among the worst ever in state's history, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Sunday, September 20. At the same day,

September 21, 2015

Strong, persistent rains flood Sierra Leone

Heavy rainfall was battering Sierra Leona over the last couple of weeks, saturating the grounds with abundant precipitation and causing deadly floods. At least 9 people have died so far while thousands have been rendered homeless, media reported on September 17, 2015.St

September 18, 2015

Aftermath of devastating M8.3 Chile earthquake: 12 dead, 1 million evacuated, more aftershocks expected

A powerful M8.3 earthquake hit near the coast of central Chile at 22:54 UTC on Wednesday, September 16 and produced a tsunami which affected the entire Pacific basin. Tsunami warnings have been issued along the coasts of Chile, State of California, Hawai'i Island, N

September 18, 2015

Alert level increased for Mauna Loa volcano, Hawai'i

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) announced on September 17 they are elevating the Mauna Loa volcano alert level to Advisory and the aviation color code to Yellow due to elevated seismic activity under the volcano. This increase in alert level does not mean that

September 18, 2015

Massive M8.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Chile, tsunami observed, strong aftershocks reported

A massive earthquake registered as M8.3 by USGS hit near the coast of Chile at 22:54 UTC on September 16, 2015. The ageny is reporting a depth of 25.0 km (15.5 miles). CSN Chile is reporting M7.8 at a depth of 11.1 km (6.9 miles). Tsunami waves have been observed. Stron

September 16, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: September 9 - 15, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from September 9 - 15, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Cotopaxi, Ecuador | Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia.Ongoing activity: Batu Tara,

September 16, 2015

Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits New Britain region, Papua New Guinea

Geoscience Australia registered M6.3 earthquake at a depth of 35 km (21.8 miles) at 14:03 UTC on September 16, 2015. USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 6.3 km (3.9 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 153 km (95 miles) ESE of Kimbe, 203 km (126 miles) S

September 16, 2015

Torrential downpours sweep southern California

Severe rainfall battered West Hollywood in southern California, US, on September 15, 2015. Substantial amount of precipitation triggered strong floods in the area, which prompted evacuations of over 100 residents, although no casualties were reported so far.Torrential d

September 16, 2015

M6.5 earthquake registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia

Geoscience Australia registered M6.5 earthquake at a depth of 100 km (62 miles) at 07:40 UTC on September 16, 2015. USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 52.7 km (32.7 miles). According to the USGS, epicenter was located 140 km (87 miles) ENE of Bitung, 161 km (100 miles

September 16, 2015

2015 Arctic sea ice minimum extent fourth lowest on record

Satellite data show the Arctic sea ice minimum extent of the year 2015 is the fourth lowest recorded since the beginning of the observations from space.Researchers from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder have

September 16, 2015

The deadliest single flash flood event in Utah in 92 years: 8 people dead, 5 still missing

A violent flash flood swept the Hildale community on the border between the US states of Utah and Arizona on September 14, 2015, claiming at least 8 lives and leaving 5 people missing.Heavy rainfall have triggered severe flooding, as they pushed waves of water through c

September 15, 2015

Sierra Nevada seasonal snowpack lowest in the last 500 years

A new study, published in Nature Climate Change on September 14, 2015, shows the spring amount of snow on the Sierra mountains has sunk to its lowest levels in the last 500 years. The current circumstances of exceptional drought across the state of California thus repre

September 15, 2015

Violent weather conditions across northern Italy leave 1 dead and 2 missing

Heavy rainfalls and hail brought by severe thunderstorm swept northern Italy on September 13 and September 14, 2015. Torrential rains caused floods and landslides, and left at least one person dead and 2 more missing.Severe flooding heavily affected areas along the Po r

September 14, 2015

Catastrophic flooding devastates eastern Japan

Tropical Storm "Etau" made landfall in central Japan around 01:00 UTC on September 9, 01:00 UTC and brought torrential rains that triggered disastrous flooding and landslides. As of September 13, 7 people have been reported dead, 15 are still missing, and at l

September 14, 2015

Mount Aso (Asosan) on Japan's Kyushu island erupted early Monday, September 14

Japan's Asosan volcano erupted about 00:43 UTC on Monday, September 14, 2015, sending a plume of thick black smoke and ash about 2.1 km (1.2 miles) into the air and disrupting flights.According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Asosan erupted without warning in on

September 14, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Gulf of California

A strong and shallow earthquake registered as M6.6 by USGS hit Gulf of California at 08:14 UTC on September 13, 2015. The agency is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Epicenter was located 59 km (37 miles) SSW of Topolobampo, 79 km (49 miles) SSW of Los Mochis, 85 km

September 13, 2015

65 000 acres burned down in only a few days, as wild fire blaze spread across northern California

An explosive wildfire which started on September 8, 2015, has forced 2 700 residents across the northern California to evacuate by September 11. A state of emergency was declared by California Governor Jerry Brown, as more than 1 500 firefighters have been dispatched ac

September 12, 2015