Earth changes

Active volcanoes in the world: September 30 - October 6, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from September 30 - October 6, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Alaid, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Grimsvotn, Icela

October 08, 2015

New phase of strongly increased activity at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

In a special report issued October 7, 2015 INSIVUMEH reported that activity at Fuego volcano had been at high level during recent weeks. Strombolian activity increased on October 6 to pulsating lava fountains from two summit vents feeding two lava flows. Gas-and-ash

October 08, 2015

A new sinkhole forms in the Karapınar district, Turkey

A new sinkhole formed on a farmland in the Karapınar district, Turkey a couple of days ago, media reported on October 7, 2015. This is the 13th sinkhole to form in the area in the last 2 years, and 10th that formed since this year's spring. The new sinkhole is 10 m

October 08, 2015

Strong flood inundates streets of Kdz Ereğli, northern Turkey

Heavy rainfalls hit the northern province of Zonguldak's Ereğli district, Turkey on October 7, 2015 and caused severe flooding across Kdz Ereğli. Media reports numerous houses have been inundated and vehicles swept away by the raging waters.The rainfall began in t

October 07, 2015

Major landslide claims 186 lives so far, Guatemala

The number of deaths reported from a major landslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala is still on the rise, media reported, as of October 6, 2015.Video credit: Euro NewsSevere rainstorms that battered the small town in Guatemala, about 17 km (10 miles) east of Guatem

October 07, 2015

Torrential rainfalls set new historic records across Carolinas, US, severe flooding ongoing

Severe rainfalls triggered deadly floods across the South and North Carolina over the weekend of October 3, 2015. At least 9 people have died in flood related incidents in South Carolina, and hundreds of people were left stranded by the raging waters all over the states

October 05, 2015

Raging floods sweep Cote d'Azur, France

Torrential rains swept the Cote d'Azur, southeast France on October 3, 2015, causing heavy flooding across the riviera. According to media reports, 16 people have been reported dead and at least 15 people went missing by the early afternoon of October 4. Strong rain

October 04, 2015

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