Earth changes

Very strong and shallow M7.4 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake measured by Geoscience Australia as M7.4 at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 01:44 UTC on May 5, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M7.5 at a depth of 42 km (26.1 miles). According to Geoscience Australia, th

May 05, 2015

Catastrophic California drought causing infestation wave of rodents looking for water

As California's climate fades to desert, rats are coming out of their hiding places in search of water. They are coming out to parks to steal water from dog bowls and attacking horse troughs in desperate need of something to drink. They are finding new ways into hom

May 04, 2015

Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand

A shallow earthquake registered by New Zealand's GEONET as M5.8 at a depth of 4 km (2.8 miles) hit South Island, New Zealand at 02:29 UTC on May 4, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M5.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Epicenter was located about 30 km (19 miles

May 04, 2015

Deadly floods hit Queensland - 277 mm of rain in 3 hours, Australia

Queensland felt the full force of the East Coast low on Friday afternoon (local time), May 1, 2015 as the system moved south over the NSW Northern Rivers and Mid North Coasts. Five people have died after being swept away by flood waters. All of them were in vehicles at

May 02, 2015

Bulusan volcano produces steam and ash explosion, Philippines

Bulusan volcano produced a steam and ash explosion at 00:09 UTC today (08:09 local time) which lasted for 5 minutes based on seismic records,​ Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reports. The last eruptive phase of this volcano started on

May 01, 2015

Second very strong M7.1 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea within 24 hours

A very strong and shallow earthquake recorded by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 19 km (11.8 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 08:06 UTC on May 1, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M6.8 (lowered from initial M7.1) at a depth of 57.0 km (35.4 mil

May 01, 2015

Another strong explosive eruption of Calbuco volcano, Chile

After last week's major eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano and a gradual decrease in activity, another strong eruption occured around 16:10 UTC today. This is a third eruption of this volcano since it came back to life on April 22, 2015, after 43 years of

April 30, 2015

Satellite imagery shows Nepal earthquake displacement

A devastating earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 claiming over 5 500 lives and affecting millions of people. China Earthquake Networks Center, the closest advanced seismic network, recorded it as M8.1 at a shallow depth of 20 km while USGS recorded it as M7.8 at a d

April 30, 2015

Discovered deep under Antarctic surface: Extensive, salty aquifer and potentially vast microbial habitat

Using a novel, helicopter-borne sensor to penetrate the surface of large swathes of terrain, a team of researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has gathered compelling evidence that beneath Antarctica's ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys lies a salty

April 30, 2015

Very strong M7.1 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake recorded by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 10:45 UTC on April 30, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M6.8 at a depth of 60.1 km (37.4 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter wa

April 30, 2015

Kilauea activity update: Lava flows on the floor of Halema'uma'u Crater, Hawaii

Beginning at about 07:40 UTC on April 29, 2015, the Overlook crater lava lake overflowed its rim on several occasions, sending short, lobate sheets of pāhoehoe as far as 130 m (142 yds) across the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, HVO reported in their information statem

April 30, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: April 22 - 28, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from April 22 - 28, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 26 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Calbuco, Chile | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Sinabung, Ind

April 30, 2015

Deadly landslide wipes out Jaryo Bala village in northeastern Afghanistan

Almost a year after a massive landslide buried the village of Hobo Barik in northeastern Badakshan province killing an unknown number of people (between 350 and 2 700), another deadly landslide hit the same province on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.Initial reports suggest onl

April 29, 2015

Strong and deep M6.1 earthquake hits off the coast of Ndoi Island, Fiji

A strong and deep earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.1 at a depth of 631 km (380 miles) hit off the coast of Ndoi Island, Fiji at 16:39 UTC on April 28, 2015. USGS is reporting this earthquake as M6.2 at a depth of 579.2 km (359.9 miles).According to th

April 28, 2015

Lava lake rises at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano

The summit of Kīlauea volcano continues to inflate, and the summit lava lake rose to within about 2 meters (~7 feet) of the Overlook crater rim on Monday, April 27, 2015, according to Kilauea activity report issued by Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) yesterday. This

April 28, 2015

Land rises 10 meters out of the sea in Hokkaido, Japan

A 300 meters wide strip of land has risen as high as 10 to 15 meters above the sea level at the town of Rausu, Hokkaido island, Japan, officials said on Monday, April 27, 2015. Media reports say the rise started slowly on the morning of April 24 (local time) and then ra

April 28, 2015

Aerial footage of Chile's Calbuco volcano spewing ash

After 43 years of sleep, Chile's Calbuco volcano experienced a major eruption on April 22, 2015 ejecting ash plume up to 12.1 km. A 20 kilometer exclusion zone was established around the volcano and over 4 000 people within this exclusion zone were evacuated during

April 27, 2015

Ash emissions observed at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea

Darwin VAAC reports an ash plume up to 2.4 km (8 000 feet) was observed above the Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea at 00:30 UTC on April 27, 2015. It extended about 111 km to the west.A pronounced SO2 plume can be seen on satellite data as well, Volcano Discovery reports

April 27, 2015

Heavy rain, strong winds and large hailstones devastate Peshawar, Pakistan

A severe storm tore through Peshawar, Charsadda and their surrounding villages on Sunday, April 26, 2015 uprooting trees, collapsing buildings and killing at least 44 people, officials said Monday. Over 200 people were injured.Director of the provincial meteorological d

April 27, 2015

Twenty-six water districts in California to begin rationing water

California is slowly fading into desert land. The fight to save the state's water resources has begun at the state level. Governor Jerry Brown recently imposed a 25 percent mandatory restriction on urban water use. This takes effect in July 2015.This is only the beg

April 26, 2015

Massive M8.1 earthquake hits Nepal, over 6 720 fatalities - Report and updates

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered as M8.1 (CENC) hit Nepal at 06:11 UTC on April 25, 2015. CENC (China) is reporting depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M7.8 at a depth of 15.0 km (9.3 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located about 35

April 25, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake off the coast of Haida Gwaii, Canada

A strong and shallow earthquake M6.1 was registered off the coast of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Canada at 13:56 UTC on April 24, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EarthquakesCanada is also reporting M6.1.According to the USGS, epicenter was

April 24, 2015

Magma intrusion is likely source of Columbia - Ecuador border quake swarms

The “seismic crisis” around the region of the Chiles and Cerro Negro de Mayasquer volcanoes near the Columbia-Ecuador border is likely caused by intruding magma, according to a report by R. Corredor Torres of the Servicio Geológico Colombiano and coll

April 24, 2015

Huge magma chamber discovered deep beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano

A team of University of Utah seismologists discovered and made images of a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock about 19 to 45 km (12 to 28 miles) beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano, and it is 4.4 times larger than the shallower, long-known magma chamber.The hot rock

April 24, 2015

Strong M6.2 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand

A strong earthquake registered by New Zealand's GEONET as M6.2 hit South Island, New Zealand at 03:36 UTC on April 24, 2015 at a depth of 52 km (32.3 miles). This classes the earthquake as severe but due to the depth of the quake and distance from populated centers,

April 24, 2015

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

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from April 15 - 21, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Raung, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Sinabung, Indonesia | Tongari

April 23, 2015

Massive eruption of Calbuco volcano after nearly 50 years of sleep, Chile

A major explosive eruption started at Chile's Calbuco volcano at 21:05 UTC on April 22, 2015 (18:05 local time). By 22:08 UTC, ash plume rose up to 12.1 km (40 000 feet), Buenos Aires VAAC reported. Aviation Color Code was raised to Red. The last eruption of this vo

April 23, 2015

Strong M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Santa Cruz Islands

A strong earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M6.1 hit off the coast of Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands at 22:57 UTC on April 22, 2015. The agency is reporting depth of 105 km (65.2 miles). USGS is reporting it as M6.3 at a dep

April 23, 2015

Giant sinkhole opens in Novokuznetsk region of Siberia, Russia

A giant sinkhole has appeared in Siberia's Novokuznetsk region recently, some 3 500 km from other craters found in Arctic Russia in recent months. The new crater measures around 20 meters in diameter and around 25 to 30 meters in depth.The Siberian Times reports:Ini

April 21, 2015

Very large and spectacular earthflow in Russia

A very large and spectacular earthflow happened on April 1, 2015 on the road between Novokuznetsk and Bolshaya Talda, about 280 km ESE of Novosibirsk, Russia and was captured on video.According to The Landslide Blog comment posted by Michal, the event took place at 13:0

April 20, 2015

Two new strong and shallow quakes registered off the coast of Taiwan

Two new strong and shallow earthquakes were registered off the coast of Taiwan at 11:45 (M6.2) and 12:00 UTC (M6.5) on April 20, 2015 following a deadly M6.4 quake that struck the same region earlier in a day.USGS reports them as M6.2 and M6.5 at depths of 35.6 km (22.1

April 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Southern Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake M6.0 was registered off the coast of Southern Sumatra, Indonesia at 09:05 UTC on April 20, 2015. USGS is reporting a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting this quake as M5.8 at a depth of 46 km.Epicenter was located about

April 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits off the coast of Taiwan

A strong and shallow M6.4 (USGS) earthquake hit off the coast of Taiwan at 01:42 UTC on April 20, 2015. USGS is reporting a shallow depth of 29 km (18 miles). Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau reports M6.3 at a depth of 17.5 km.Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 a

April 20, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake registered off the coast of Fiji

A very strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake was registered off the coast of Fiji, South Pacific Ocean at 15:52 UTC on April 17, 2015. Geoscience Australia is reporting depth of 0 km. USGS is also reporting M6.5, but at a depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 183 km (114 mi

April 17, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Crete, Greece

Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake was registered off the coast of Crete, Greece at 18:07 UTC on April 16, 2015. EMSC is reporting a shallow depth of 25 km (15.5 miles). USGS initially reported M6.3 and later revised to M6.1 at a depth 20.9 (13 miles). Epicenter was loc

April 16, 2015