Earth changes

Very strong M6.8 earthquake hits Myanmar

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit Myanmar at 10:34 UTC on August 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 84.1 km (52.2 miles). The epicenter was located 25 km (15.5 miles) W of Chauk (population 90 870), 58.8 km (36.5 miles) NNW of...

August 24, 2016

Extremely dangerous M6.2 earthquake hits central Italy, massive damage, numerous aftershocks

A severe earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.2 hit central Italy at 01:36 UTC on August 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 4 km (2.48 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The tremors lasted for about 20-30 seconds,...

August 24, 2016

Deep M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Palau Flores, Indonesia

A very deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Nebe, Palau Flores, Indonesia at 19:39 UTC on August 23, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 528.2 km (328.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.0 at a depth of 465 km (289 miles)....

August 23, 2016

India witnessing multiple severe flooding situations

After another period of heavy rains over the past couple of days, India is again witnessing multiple flooding situations in various places. The worst affected states are currently Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. At least 35 deaths...

August 23, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near South Georgia island, South Atlantic Ocean

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit east of South Georgia island, South Atlantic Ocean at 03:45 UTC on August 21, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This is the 24th moderate to strong earthquake in this region...

August 21, 2016

Shallow M5.9 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M5.9 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 15:58 UTC on August 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS registered it as M6.0 at the same depth. According to the USGS, this is the sixth...

August 20, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A shallow earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M6.0 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 09:01 UTC on August 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting the same magnitude and depth. According...

August 20, 2016

Louisiana floods - The worst natural disaster in US since Hurricane "Sandy"

At least 13 people have died and more than 30 000 have been rescued from water-logged homes and cars by August 19, 2016, after extreme amounts of rain dumped by a very slow-moving storm caused historic flooding in Louisiana. Although some regions are still under...

August 19, 2016

Very strong and shallow M7.4 earthquake hits South Georgia island region

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.4 hit South Georgia island region at 07:32 UTC on August 19, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located about 261 km (162 miles) W of South Georgia, 293 km...

August 19, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: August 10 - 16, 2016

​New activity/unrest was observed at two volcanoes between August 10 and 16, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia). Ongoing...

August 18, 2016

Shallow M5.8 earthquake shakes Queensland, the strongest in 20 years, Australia

A shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as Mwp5.8 hit near the coast of Queensland, Australia at 04:30 UTC on August 18, 2016 (14:30 local time). The agency is reporting a depth of 0 km. USGS registered it as Mb5.7 at a depth of 7.8 km (4.8...

August 18, 2016

Bluecut Fire: Rapidly spreading wildfire forces 82 000 to evacuate, California

The Bluecut Fire in California's San Bernardino National Forest was first reported at 17:36 UTC on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The fire has rapidly spread to over 30 000 acres (12 140 hectares / 121.4 km2) by 15:00 UTC on Wednesday, August 17. More than 80 000...

August 17, 2016

Powerful explosion at Santiaguito produces massive mushroom-shaped ash plume, Guatemala

A powerful vulcanian explosion occurred at Santiaguito's Caliente lava dome at 12:58 UTC on August 16, 2016. The eruption produced a massive mushroom-shaped ash plume that eventually reached an estimated altitude of 6 km (20 000 feet). The explosion showered the...

August 16, 2016

Heavy floods in Sudan destroyed over 14 700 houses, claimed 114 lives since early June

As of August 16, 2016, heavy rains and severe flooding since early June have completely destroyed 14 713 houses and claimed the lives of at least 114 people in the African country of Sudan. The affected states include Kassala, Sennar, South Kordofan, West Kordofan...

August 16, 2016

Record-setting rainfall and flooding in southern Louisiana calculated with satellite data

An extremely severe rainfall event hit the states of Louisiana and southern Mississippi between August 8 and 15, 2016, when a very slow moving low pressure system continuously pulled tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. This record-setting rainfall and...

August 15, 2016

Deadly M5.4 earthquake hits southern Peru

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.4 hit southern Peru at 02:58 UTC on August 15, 2016, killing at least 8 people. The quake hit near the town of Chivay, Colca Valley at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). More than 80 houses were severely damaged. ...

August 15, 2016

Strong explosion, pyroclastic flows observed at Santa Maria's Santiaguito, Guatemala

A strong eruption occurred at Santa Maria's Santiaguito lava-dome complex in Guatemala at 12:29 UTC on August 14, 2016 (06:29 local time). The eruption generated a column of ash and smoke that rose up to 6 km (19 685 feet) above sea level, according to CONRED....

August 14, 2016