Earth changes

State of emergency declared in Gaza due to extreme weather and flooding

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, has declared state of emergency in Gaza City, following extreme weather and severe flooding over the past two days. Hundreds of residents in the flooded areas around the Sheikh Radwan storm water lagoon have e

November 28, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: November 19 - 25, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from November 19 - 25, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Fogo, Cape Verde | Pavlof, United States | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Sinarka, Shiashkotan Island (Russia)Ongoing activity: Aira,

November 27, 2014

Asosan - the largest volcano in Japan enters new eruptive phase, Kyushu

Asosan, the largest active volcano in Japan and one of the world's largest volcanoes, started its new eruptive phase this week prompting Japanese authorities to cancel or divert flights on Thursday, November 27, 2014. A column of ash and smoke reached about 2 133 me

November 27, 2014

American Southwest suffers persistent drought conditions

Most of the US Southwest region has been suffering from a persistent lack of rain and snow. More than 64 million people are directly affected by drought in the Southwest and Southern Plains, and far more are indirectly affected, mostly in agricultural sector.Drought

November 27, 2014

Europe's cities suffer from harmful air pollution

Almost all European city dwellers are exposed to pollutants at levels deemed unsafe by the World Health Organisation (WHO) - more than 95 % are exposed to unsafe levels of some types. New annual report by European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals as many as nine in ten

November 26, 2014

Very strong M7.0 earthquake hit Halmahera, Indonesia

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 (PTWC) occurred in Halmahera, Indonesia at 14:34 UTC on November 26, 2014. The epicenter was registered 160 km (99 miles) NW of Kota Ternate, 161 km (100 miles) NW of Ternate, 162 km (101 miles) ENE of Bitung and 165 km

November 26, 2014

How carbon pollution spread across the Earth

New video released by scientists at NASA Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office reveals how the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe in a single year. The results focus on a period between May 2005 and June 2007. At the

November 26, 2014

California's dry, overpopulated situation resembles the collapse of the Assyrian Empire, experts warn

Researchers are pointing to overpopulation and drought - two issues which are very familiar in today's world, especially in California - as the reasons for the collapse of the Assyrian Empire, which used to be a flourishing hub in the 7th century BC. The fall of the

November 25, 2014

Severe weather system floods Morocco, heads toward France and Italy

The heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades caused flash floods in much of the south at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, after three days of intense rainfall. Some areas received around 250 mm (10 inches) of rain in just a few hours.Around 100 homes

November 25, 2014

Fogo volcano erupts after 20 years of sleep, evacuations in progress, Cape Verde Islands

Fogo, a volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago located off the coast of West Aftica, started erupting around 11:00 UTC on Sunday, November 23, 2014, after almost 20 years of calm period. The eruption prompted nation's prime minister Jose Maria Neves to call for evacu

November 24, 2014

Giant sinkhole opened up in Solikamsk, Russia

Giant sinkhole formed in Russian Perm region in the Ural Mountains shortly after a potash mine near town of Solikamsk flooded. The sinkhole, stretching 20 by 30 metres, was found 3.5 km east of the Solikamsk-2 potash mine in Russia's Perm region.The sinkhole was

November 23, 2014

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hit Sichuan, China

A strong and shallow M6.3 (CENC) earthquake struck Kangding County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, China at 08:55 UTC (16:55 local time) on November 22, 2014.Epicenter was located 39 km (24 miles) NW of Kangding at depth of 18 km. This was a

November 22, 2014

Very strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hit Honshu, Japan

Extremely dangerous earthquake measuring M6.8 (JMA) on the Richter scale hit Honshu, Japan on November 22, 2014 at 13:08 UTC (22:08 local time). USGS is reporting M6.2 at depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). JMA is also reporting depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 16 km (10 mi

November 22, 2014

Very strong M6.8 earthquake registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.8 (downgraded from M6.9) on the Richter scale was registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia at 10:10 UTC (18:10 local time) on November 21, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 48.2 km (30 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at de

November 21, 2014

Water supplies dry up in Brazil as droughts continue to affect world's agricultural regions, destabilizing industrial farming

The problem of a diminishing water supply is taking its toll on the residents of Brazil, pointing to the growing issue of a world that is running out of water and as a result, entering a global crisis which will likely have serious agricultural, social and economic cons

November 21, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: November 12 - 18, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from November 12 - 18, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Pavlof, United States | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Sinarka, Shiashkotan Island (Russia) | Turri

November 20, 2014

Polar air brings record low temperatures to US, crazy lake effect snow in the Midwest

A deep low pressure system centered over southeastern Canada will continue to push polar air over the eastern half of the US this week. Well below average temperatures will reach the Gulf Coast, with most of the Mid-Atlantic states barely getting above freezing on Wedne

November 19, 2014

Huge amounts of carcinogenic chemicals contaminate air near fracking sites

It seems as though, with each day that passes, yet another health and environmental hazard is identified as being linked to hydraulic fracking, the process of injecting more than 200 chemicals at high pressure into the ground, shattering rock and releasing one America&#

November 18, 2014

Shallow M6.2 earthquake registered in Prince Edward Islands region

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale was registered in Prince Edward Islands region (Prince Edward Fracture Zone, off the coast of South Africa) on November 17, 2014 at 16:52 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 9.4 km (5.9 miles). EMSC is repo

November 17, 2014

Unprecedented amounts of rainfall devastate parts of France, Switzerland and Italy

Unprecedented amounts of rainfall battered parts of France, Switzerland and northern Italy in the last two weeks causing severe flooding and landslides throughout the region. The second round of powerful storms and widespread flooding hit the region over the weekend wit

November 17, 2014

M6.1 earthquake registered in D'entrecasteaux Islands region, PNG

A strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake was registered in D'entrecasteaux Islands region, Papua New Guinea on November 17, 2014 at 01:06 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 25.2 km (15.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at depth of 45 km.Epicenter was located 245 km (152 mil

November 17, 2014

Strong M6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of North Island, New Zealand

A strong earthquake measuring M6.5 (Geonet) on the Richter scale struck off the East Coast of North Island, New Zealand on November 16, 2014 at 22:33 UTC (November 17 at 11:33 local time). Geonet is reporting depth of 31 km. USGS is reporting M6.7 at depth of 22.0 km (1

November 17, 2014

Pavlof eruption intensifies, ash cloud reaching 9.1 km a.s.l.

The eruption of Pavlof Volcano that began on November 12, 2014 has intensified, Alaska Volcano Observatory reported at 20:35 UTC today. Ash cloud height at 20:00 UTC was estimated at 7 620 meters (25 000 ft) above sea level. Thus, the Aviation Color Code has been raise

November 15, 2014

Very strong M7.3 earthquake registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake measuring M7.3 (Geoscience Australia) on the Richter scale was registered in Molucca Sea, Indonesia on November 15, 2014 at 02:31 UTC. USGS initially reported M7.3 at depth of 35 km (21.7 miles) but later downgraded to M7.1. Geoscience Australia

November 15, 2014

Large quantities of gases emitted to the atmosphere associated with the Holuhraun eruption

Large quantities of gases are emitted to the atmosphere associated with the Holuhraun eruption, Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Among the gases are SO2 that can convert to sulfuric acid causing acid rain.Rainwater samples have been co

November 14, 2014

Intense earthquake swarm in Nevada continues with M4.6 on November 13

An intense swarm of earthquakes that started on July 12, 2014, is still shaking sparsely populated region of northwest Nevada, USA and is intensifying. The latest in series was a shallow M4.6 (USGS) earthquake registered at 06:36 UTC today. Its epicenter was 63 km (39 m

November 13, 2014

Pavlof enters a new phase of eruptive activity, Alaska

According to latest Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) activity update for Pavlof issued 03:57 UTC today, the volcano has entered a new phase of eruptive activity. The Aviation Color Code has been increased to Orange and the Volcano Alert Level to Watch. A ground observer

November 13, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: November 5 - 11, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from November 5 - 11, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Cerro Negro de Mayasquer, Colombia-Ecuador | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Turrialba, Costa Rica

November 13, 2014

"Toxic leak" causes massive cloud covering parts of Moscow

Authorities have urged residents of Moscow to stay indoors with their windows closed, after a smelly noxious fog was reportedly spreading through the parts of the city on Monday, November 10, 2014.The smell has been detected in the south, east, and south-eastern parts o

November 12, 2014

Kilauea's lava flow burns its first house in Pahoa, Hawaii

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense update issued 22:15 UTC on November 10, the front of Kilauea's lava flow remains approximately 150 meters (480 feet) from the Pahoa Village Road. ​An upslope breakout in the area of Apa’a Street near the cemetery had

November 11, 2014

New lobe of lava along Cemetery Road / Apaʻa Street, Pahoa - Hawaii

The leading edge of Kilauea's June 27th lava flow has not advanced since October 30, HVO reported on Monday, November 10. The closest active lava to Pāhoa Village Road is located on the north margin of the flow field between the cemetery and private property. Altho

November 10, 2014

Strong M6.1 earthquake registered east of New Caledonia

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.1 on the Richter scale was registered east of New Caledonia at 10:04 UTC on November 10, 2014. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M5.9 at depth of 59 km.Epicenter was located 74 k

November 10, 2014

Southcentral Europe hit by severe weather, heavy rain and floods

Parts of southern and central Europe were hit by severe weather over the last 5 days. The storm system already delivered heavy rainfall to parts of southern France, southern Switzerland, northern Italy, western Austria, western Slovenia and northwestern Croatia.

November 07, 2014

Very strong earthquake M6.6 hit Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.6 (downgraded from M6.9) on the Richter scale hit Papua New Guinea on November 7, 2014 at 03:33 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 43.2 km (26.8 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.6 at depth of 69 km.Epicenter was located 72

November 07, 2014

Earthquake swarm in northwest Nevada intensifies, USA

An intense swarm of earthquakes is shaking sparsely populated region of northwest Nevada, USA since July 12, 2014. Authorities report the swarm has become much more active in the past few days. During the past three months the Nevada Seismological Laboratory (NSL), in c

November 06, 2014