Earth changes

Volcanic earthquake swarm and lake heating observed at Ruapehu, New Zealand

A volcanic earthquake swarm is being recorded beneath the Crater Lake of Mount Ruapehu since April 26, 2016, GeoNet reports. Swarms of volcanic earthquakes like these are uncommon on Ruapehu in recent years. The most recent eruption of this volcano occured on...

April 29, 2016

Very strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits northern East Pacific Rise

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit northern East Pacific Rise at 01:33 UTC on April 29, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 at the same depth. According to the USGS, the epicenter...

April 29, 2016

Massive M7.3 earthquake hits Vanuatu, tsunami warning issued

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M7.3 hit Vanuatu at 19:33 UTC on April 28, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles). USGS is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 27.2 km (16.9 miles). EMSC reports M7.0 at a depth...

April 28, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: April 20 - 26, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 9 volcanoes between April 20 and 26, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Kerinci,...

April 28, 2016

Mount Karangetang erupts sending lava flows 2 km from crater, Indonesia

North Sulawesi's Mount Karangetang, Indonesia erupted around 09:00 UTC on April 27, 2016, and continued emitting ash on April 28. Head of Sitaro Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Bob Chalton Wuaten, said the lava from the volcano started flowing at around 17:00...

April 28, 2016

Shallow M5.2 earhquake hits near La Rochelle, France

A shallow earthquake registered by French central seismological office (BCSF) as M5.2 hit near the coast of La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime region), France at 06:46 UTC on April 28, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth 17 km (10.5 miles). EMSC is reporting ML5.0 at...

April 28, 2016

Minor eruption at White Island, alert level raised, New Zealand

A minor eruption occurred at New Zealand's White Island (Whaakari) about 09:50 UTC on April 27, 2016 (21:50 NZST), GeoNet reports. As a consequence of this activity, the Volcanic Alert Level was raised to Level 3 (out of 5 / Minor volcanic eruption) and lowered...

April 28, 2016

Unusually strong 'whiting event' in progress at Lake Kivu, Africa

Lake Kivu, one of Africa's greatest lakes, suffered an unexpected change in coloring during April 2016. The usually blue waters became milky, a phenomenon which attracted a lot of attention as the lake is known for storing potentially deadly amounts of gas....

April 27, 2016

Severe flooding leaves 4 dead, 300 affected in Ecuador

Following heavy rainfalls, two rivers overflowed their banks in Ecuador's Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province on April 26, 2016, causing severe flooding. At least 4 people have lost their lives while another 4 remain missing, Ecuador's Risk...

April 27, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Mexico

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Mexico's SSN as M6.0 hit off the coast of Mexico at 12:51 UTC on April 27, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 60 km (37.3 miles) while the USGS reports...

April 27, 2016

White Island Crater Lake drops 2 m, unrest continues, New Zealand

Over the last couple of weeks, GNS scientists have observed a fall of 2 meters (6.5 feet) in the water level of the Crater Lake at White Island (Whakaari), New Zealand. However, they have not noted any changes in other monitored parameters like the amount of...

April 27, 2016

The world is unprepared for impending natural disasters

For a long time, preppers and survivalists were ridiculed and called lunatics who just want the world to come to an end. However, as our planet entered a realm in which major natural disasters became a norm and officials finally admitted the world is heading into an...

April 26, 2016

The 2015–16 El Niño in its last stages, BOM at La Niña Watch

The 2015–16 El Niño is in its last stages, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports. Recent changes in the tropical Pacific Ocean and atmosphere, combined with current climate model outlooks, suggest the likelihood of La Niña forming...

April 26, 2016

An outbreak of Arctic air set to bring unseasonal chill across the UK

A blast of Arctic air is expected to cause an outbreak of icy weather across the UK throughout this week. Most areas will experience temperatures about 4°C (39.2 °F) lower than average for this time of the year. The cold will be locally accompanied by heavy...

April 25, 2016

Strong explosions at Klyuchevskoy sent ash up to 9 km a.s.l., Russia

Strong explosions at Russia's Klyuchevskoy volcano sent ash up to 9 km (29 527 feet) above sea level around 13:40 UTC on April 23, 2016, KVERT reported today. The Aviation Color Code was increased to Orange. As of 02:28 UTC on April 24, ash cloud continues to...

April 24, 2016

Current eruptions at Santa Maria (Santiaguito) the strongest in recent years, Guatemala

In a special report published 15:40 UTC on April 23, INSIVUMEH reported that Santa Maria (Santiaguito) volcano is experiencing the highest level of explosive activity observed in recent years, with violent eruptions accompanied by ash columns reaching 4.5 - 5 km (14...

April 23, 2016

Strong eruption of San Cristobal volcano, Nicaragua

A new eruption of San Cristobal volcano, Nicaragua started at 16:20 UTC on April 22, 2016. Over the next 2 hours, 10 explosions were observed. The last time this volcano erupted was on June 12, 2015. Yesterday's explosion expelled columns of ash, gas and rock...

April 23, 2016