Earth changes

Active volcanoes in the world: September 24 - 30, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from September 24 - 30, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bardarbunga, Iceland | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Ontakesan, Honshu (Japan)

October 01, 2014

Observing temperature variability across the world

Daily and nightly differences in temperatures worldwide are fast approaching yearly differences between summer and winter temperatures, according to the new study published in Nature Climate Change.George Wang (Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biol

October 01, 2014

Large sinkhole opens near the Crimean capital of Simferopol

A huge sinkhole opened up in the middle of the highway near the Crimean capital of Simferopol on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The hole appears to be 6 meters deep and 8 meters wide.Emergencies Ministry’s press service in Crimea said the car with eight passengers

September 29, 2014

The Aral Sea disaster - South Aral Sea loses its Eastern lobe

Summer 2014 marked the first time the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried. The once-extensive lake in Central Asia has been shrinking markedly since the 1960s. The main causative factor until the 1960s was the periodic westward diversion of the Amu

September 29, 2014

Deadly M5.1 earthquake hits central Peru, leaves 60 collapsed houses

A very shallow earthquake measuring M5.1 (IGP) on the Richter scale hit central Peru on September 28, 2014, at 02:35 UTC (September 27 at 21:35 local time). Peruvian Civil Defense service said the quake struck at depth of 8 km (INDECI) . USGS is reporting M4.9 at depth

September 29, 2014

Large earthquake swarm rattles Long Valley caldera, California U.S.

A large earthquake swarm is currently underway in Long Valley caldera, Mammoth Lake region of California U.S., east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The swarm started on Thursday, September 25, 2014, and it is one of the largest earthquake swarms in this region in the pa

September 29, 2014

Powerful and deadly eruption of Mount Ontake, Japan

Japan's Mount Ontake volcano suddenly erupted shortly before noon local time today (03:00 UTC) spewing ash high into the sky and down the mountains' slope for more than 3 km. Tokyo VAAC reported ash plume rising up to 11 km (37 000 feet) and drifting East at 03:

September 27, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: September 17 - 23, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from September 17 - 23, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bardarbunga, Iceland | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Rabaul, New Britian (Papua New Guinea) | Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Ric

September 25, 2014

Very strong earthquake M6.2 rattles Alaska, USA

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Cook Inlet region of Alaska​, USA at 17:51 UTC (09:51 local time) on September 25, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 101.7 km (63.2 miles).Epicenter was located 95 km (59 miles) WNW of Willow, 130 km (81

September 25, 2014

Shallow M6.0 earthquake registered off the coast of Solomon Islands

A shallow earthquake measuring M6.0 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Solomon Islands at 09:13 UTC on September 25, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC reported M6.0 at depth of 15 km.Epicenter was located 160 km (99 miles) SSW of

September 25, 2014

Mount Sinabung erupts again, Indonesia

After 3 months of being relatively quiet Indonesian Mount Sinabung erupted again on September 23, 2014, spewing hot ash up to two km to the southeast, official said. The eruption started at 18:43 UTC (01:43 local time on September 24) and lasted for a full 907 seconds,

September 25, 2014

Powerful eruption observed at Shiveluch, Kamchatka - Russia

A powerful eruption was observed at Russian Shiveluch volcano at 00:41 UTC on September 24, 2014. Ash plume rose up to 11 km (38 000 feet) altitude.The eruption generated several pyroclastic flows, some of which surpassed the 350 m high western caldera wall.The explosio

September 25, 2014

The statistics of natural disasters: A 2013 review

According to the "Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013" published this month by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 2013 is a year with 330 registered natural disasters. This is less than the average annual disaster frequency ob

September 24, 2014

Strong and deep M6.2 earthquake hits Argentina

A strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Argentina-Chile-Bolivia border region at 11:16 UTC on September 24, 2014 (08:16 local time). Preliminary USGS report mentions depth of 189.3 km (117.6 miles).EMSC also reported M6.2 but at depth of 179

September 24, 2014

Sunkoshi landslide a continuous disaster, Nepal

Nearly 2 kilometers of hillside collapsed in rugged northern Nepal at 20:51 UTC on August 1, 2014 (02:36 local time on August 2) causing a massive landslide which buried dozens of homes in the village of Jure and killed 156 people. Some 5.5 million cubic meters (194 mil

September 23, 2014

Another round of heavy rains, floods and landslides hits Assam, India

The second round of heavy monsoon rains, floods and landslides to hit northeastern India this month already claimed lives of at least 22 people, Assam state officials said on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.The government rushed personnel of the National Disaster Response F

September 23, 2014

New toxic spills confirmed in Sonora, Mexico

After a massive toxic leak from Mexico's Buenavista del Cobre mine on August 6, 2014, three new toxic spills have appeared in Sonora, northwestern Mexico on September 18, 2014.PROFEPA, an environmental protection agency said late Sunday, September 21, that the new s

September 22, 2014

Costa Rica's Rincón de la Vieja shows signs of increased activity

Costa Rica's Rincon de la Vieja volcano is showing signs of increased activity since September 17, 2014. Phreatic explosions have regularly occurred from the main crater which contains an acid lake. An aerial survey on Friday showed no fresh deposits, which suggests

September 22, 2014

Extensive scorching of Amazon forest for agriculture still continues

The International Space Station (ISS) flew over several Amazon forest fires following the major highway BR 163. Those fires are used to clear patches of forest for agricultural purposes. This process is used to grab rich red-brown soil from forest for agriculture.Fires

September 22, 2014

Shallow M5.2 earthquake hits North Cotabato, Philippines - 17 houses destroyed, 66 damaged

A shallow earthquake measuring M5.2 on the Richter scale was registered in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, Philippines on September 20, 2014, at 04:26 UTC. PHIVOLCS reported depth of 11 km. USGS is reporting depth of 18.5 km (11.5 miles).Epicenter was located 10 km (6 m

September 21, 2014

Four dead as "Super Mario" (TS Mario/Fung-Wong) plays in the Philippines

As Tropical Storm Mario/Fung Wong is leaving Philippine area of responsibility, it left a wake of devastation and four dead victims. The storm has intensified slightly as it moves towards Southern Taiwan.​In its 10 p.m. update (14:00 UTC, September 19), the The Nation

September 20, 2014

New approach to estimate 15 years of CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels

A new system, called the “Fossil Fuel Data Assimilation System,” (FFDAS) has been used to quantify 15 years of CO2 emissions, every hour, for the entire planet – down to the city scale.An international research team led by ASU scientists has developed

September 19, 2014

Kilauea lava flow advances toward populated areas, Hawaii

Hawaii issued a state of emergency for its Kilauea Volcano on September 4, 2014. As the lava flow that started during the June 27th eruption continues to advance toward populated areas residents are urged to finalize their evacuation plans.Potentially-lethal concentrati

September 19, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: September 10 - 16, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from September 10 - 16, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 17 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Askja, Iceland | Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Bardarbunga, Iceland | Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Kusatsu-Shira

September 18, 2014

The rumbling beauty, Mayon Volcano of Philippines sent thousands fleeing

As the lava started to drip down the slopes of Mayon Volcano and PHIVOLCS raised the alert level to three (3) out of five (5), 10 000 people were ordered to evacuate on September 16, 2014. No exemption nor extension of time were given to stubborn and defiant residents l

September 17, 2014

Very strong and deep earthquake M6.7 hit Guam

A very strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.7 on the Richter scale (downgraded from M7.1) was registered just off the coast of Guam on September 17, 2014, at 06:14 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 136.7 km (84.9 miles).Epicenter was located 45 km (28 miles) NW of Piti

September 17, 2014

Mayon volcano, Philippines: eruption warning issued

After a series of small earthquakes and rockfalls observed on September 15 at the Mayon volcano scientists warned a new eruption could happen within few weeks. Magma is now observable in the crater and authorities said evacuations will be ordered.According to PHIVOLCS r

September 16, 2014

Strong M5.6 earthquake registered 44 km NNE of Tokyo, Japan

A strong earthquake registered as M5.6 on the Richter scale shook eastern Japan on September 16 at 03:28 UTC (12:28 local time). JMA reported depth of 50 km. USGS reports the same magnitude and depth of 53.9 km (33.5 miles). Widespread minor damage has been reported.Acc

September 16, 2014

Increased SO2 emissions from Holuhraun eruption site can pose health risk and affect global climate change

Earth has split open between the Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes in Iceland and spewed lava and hot gas. According to the University of Iceland, as of September 9, 2014, the new lava flow was 16 kilometers (10 miles) long and covered about 20 square kilometers (8

September 12, 2014

Intense hailstorm and flash flood hit Teruel, Spain

Short but intense hailstorm flooded the Spanish city of Teruel on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.Heavy downpour lasted only about 20 minutes but the amount of devastation it caused is still surprising. About 1 000 people were left without power, cars were washed away and cr

September 11, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: September 3 - 9, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from September 3 - 9, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Bardarbunga, Iceland | Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) |

September 11, 2014

Sadal village completely submerged by a landslide, Jammu and Kashmir

Landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains has completely submerged Sadal village in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Udhampur, Khalil Ahmed Poswal said around 22 to 23 houses were buried in the de

September 10, 2014

British weather set to become more unsettled

British winters are becoming increasingly volatile due to extreme variations in pressure over the North Atlantic according to scientists from the University of Sheffield.The new research, published on September 9, 2014, in the International Journal of Climatology,

September 10, 2014

Strong earthquake M6.2 registered off the coast of Modayag, Indonesia

A strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Modayag, Indonesia on September 10, 2014, at 02:46 UTC. USGS reports depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). Australia Geoscience is reporting preliminary magnitude of M6.6 at shallow depth of

September 10, 2014

Remnants of Hurricane "Norbert" produced record breaking rainfall in U.S. Southwest

Record breaking rainfall produced by the remnants of former Hurricane "Norbert" drenched much of the U.S. Southwest on September 8, 2014. Flash flooding in southern Arizona resulted in deaths of two people. Massive rainfall and flash flooding was also seen in

September 09, 2014