Earth changes

M4.2 earthquake registered near London, UK

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake was registered by BGS at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles) approximately 7 km (4.3 miles) S of Ramsgate, Kent, UK at 01:52 UTC on May 22, 2015. USGS registered it as M3.7 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).This location is approximately 24 km northeast

May 22, 2015

M4.1 quake hits Napa, California - the strongest since last year's M6.0

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake was registered by the USGS at a depth of 8.9 km (5.5 miles) in Napa County, California at 02:53 UTC on May 22, 2015. It is the strongest earthquake since August 23, 2014 when the region was hit by strong and shallow M6.0.Going back a bit further

May 22, 2015

Heavy flooding in southern and central China: nearly 3 million affected, thousands homeless

Thousands have been forced out of their homes and at least 20 people were killed by heavy flooding in southern and central China since Monday, May 18. Heavy rains that started on May 13 have so far affected nearly 3 million are people.Between May 19 and 20, 173 mm of

May 21, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: May 13 - 19, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from May 13 - 19, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Calbuco, Chile | Chaiten, Chile | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Hakoneyama, Honshu

May 21, 2015

Pacific Ocean off California coast turning into desert-like dead zone

It's anyone's guess why temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are heating up off the coast of Southern California. Is a natural El Niño effect occurring, or is there something more sinister happening under the blue ocean waters?Off the coast of California, dr

May 21, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake registered near Lata, Solomon Islands

A very strong and shallow M7.2 (downgraded to M6.9 at a depth of 33 km/20.5 miles) earthquake was registered by Geoscience Australia near Lata, Solomon Islands at 22:48 UTC on May 20, 2015. USGS registered it as M6.8 at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles).According to the USGS

May 20, 2015

Record breaking rainfall: Extensive flooding ongoing in the southern Plains

The ongoing heavy rainfall all over the southern Plains has caused severe, long-lasting, flooding. Cars and homes have been swamped and at least one person has been reported dead. Late Monday night into Tuesday (May 18/19), 75.94 mm (2.99 inches) of rain fell in only 45

May 20, 2015

Indonesian Mount Lokon erupts, North Sulawesi

Indonesian Mount Lokon, located in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted early Wednesday, May 20, 2015 spewing ash up to 3 km. A 2.5 km no-entry radius around the Tompaluan crater was established.The eruption took place at 07:20 UTC (14:20 local time) on May 20, 2015. At

May 20, 2015

Strong M6.1 earthquake registered near Tonga

A strong and deep M6.1 earthquake at a depth of 200 km (124 miles) was registered by Geoscience Australia near Tonga at 00:30 UTC on May 20, 2015. USGS registered it as M6.0 at a depth of 80.3 km (112.0 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 128km (80mi) WN

May 20, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.7 earthquake hit Pacific - Antarctic Ridge

A very strong and shallow earthquake M6.7 (USGS) hit Pacific - Antarctic Ridge at 15:25 UTC on May 19, 2013. USGS is reporting depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude at a depth of 33 km (20 miles).Epicenter was located 2 151 km (1 337 miles)

May 19, 2015

Massive landslide hits Santa Margarita, northern Colombia

At least 47 people have been killed after a massive landslide buried the small town of Santa Margarita around 08:00 UTC (03:00 local time) on Monday, May 18, 2015. According to media reports, heavy rain caused the river Liboriana to burst its banks setting off the lands

May 18, 2015

Piton de la Fournaise erupts triggering access restriction, Reunion

A new eruption has started from a fissure vent at the southeast slopes of Piton de la Fournaise's Dolomieu crater at 09:45 UTC on Sunday, May 17, 2015. The eruption triggered Alert Level 2 (ongoing eruption) and the restriction of access by the public to the summit

May 17, 2015

Study shows Antarctic ice shelf is thinning from above and below

A decade-long scientific debate about what’s causing the thinning of one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves has now been settled, European Geosciences Union (EGU) reports. The Larsen C Ice Shelf – whose neighbours Larsen A and B collapsed in 1995 and

May 14, 2015

Etna erupting on the evening of May 13, new lava flow

Following almost three-and-a-half months of total quiescence Etna's New Southeast Crater is again in business.Following mild Strombolian activity that started early on May 12, 2015, the activity diminished on the afternoon of the 13th and then became again more

May 14, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: May 6 - 12, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from May 6 - 12, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Calbuco, Chile | Hakoneyama, Honshu (Japan) | Karangetang [Api Siau], Siau I

May 14, 2015

California land mass sinking at record rate as farmers desperately drill new wells to use up ground water

The days of abundant water are a distant memory for farmers in California. For the Central Valley, the wells are about to run dry.California's Central Valley is now reportedly sinking at a rate never seen during the state's historic drought, and farmers are shou

May 13, 2015

Very strong M6.6 earthquake hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A very strong earthquake registered as M6.6 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles) by Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 21:12 UTC on May 12, 2015 (06:12 JST on May 13). USGS is reporting it as M6.8 at a depth of 38.9 km (24.1 miles).

May 12, 2015

El Niño threshold reached in tropical Pacific

Today's update on the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) by Australian Bureau of Meteorology confirms El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.Assistant Director for Climate Information Ser

May 12, 2015

Another massive earthquake hits Nepal - M7.5

A very strong earthquake/aftershock measured as M7.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles) by China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) hit Nepal at 07:05 UTC on May 12, 2015. USGS is reporting it as M7.3 at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles.). EMSC is reporting it as M7.3 at a depth

May 12, 2015

Telica erupts spewing ash on nearby towns, Nicaragua

Nicaragua's Telica volcano, located about 112 km NW of capital Managua, has entered new eruptive phase on May 8, 2015 spewing rocks and gases and covering nearby towns with ash on several occasions.INETER has registered 30 small eruptions by May 11. The strongest

May 11, 2015

Evacuations around Bulusan volcano, Philippines

Authorities have ordered evacuations of around 500 residents of farming villages around Bulusan volcano on Friday, May 8, 2015 in fear of rain-driven mudflows from approaching Typhoon "Noul", locally know in the Philippines as Dodong.On May 1, 2015 Bulusan pro

May 08, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: April 29 - May 5, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 8 volcanoes from April 29 - May 5, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Axial Seamount, Juan de Fuca Ridge | Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Calbuco, Chile | Dempo, Indonesia

May 07, 2015

Very strong and shallow M7.1 earthquake hit off the coast of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 23 km hit off the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea and Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands at 07:10 UTC on May 7, 2015. USGS is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 22.1 km (13.

May 07, 2015

Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai connected by volcanic eruption

An undersea volcanic eruption started mid-December 2014 near Tonga, South Pacific Ocean and eventually created a new island which was recently captured by Landsat 8 satellite, the first time it got a cloud-free view. This new island received its first visitors in March

May 06, 2015

Earthquake swarm recorded under Hakoneyama volcano, Japan

A rise in the number of volcanic earthquakes is being recorded at Hakoneyama volcano, 90 km SW of capital Tokyo, prompting officials to raise volcanic eruption warning to Level 2 on May 6, 2015. This warning means people should stay clear of craters.The increase in freq

May 06, 2015

Landslide in Langtang Valley, Nepal

The small village of Langtang, which was located along a popular trekking route near the base of Mount Langtang, was completely buried by ice and rocks shaken loose by devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. At least 200 people died in this disaster.

May 05, 2015

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