Editors' picks

Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, the place of highest lightning activity on Earth

Researchers have utilized the observations from the Lightning Imaging Sensor onboard NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission to investigate which location has a maximum lightning activity on Earth. According to data analysis, Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela is...

May 03, 2016

Widespread flooding in Kenya, massive building collapse in Nairobi kills 16 people

Torrential downpours over the last couple of days have caused severe flooding across parts of Kenya. The floods have affected more than 2 000 people across several counties and led to a major collapse of a residential building in Huruma, Nairobi, where 16 people...

May 02, 2016

Night sky guide for May 2016

May hosts an above average meteor shower - the Eta Aquarids - with its peak on the night of May 5 and the morning of May 6. This will also be the best time of the month to observe faint objects in the night sky because there is no moonlight to interfere. A rare...

May 01, 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

Bright green fireball streaks across the skies of Southern California, US

A bright green fireball was recorded streaking across the skies of Southern California at 04:40 UTC on April 27, 2016 (21:40 PDT on April 26). American Meteor Society received more than 65 reports and is investigating the case. According to witness reports, the...

April 27, 2016

Earthquake-induced distant volcano eruptions

A team of volcanologists, from the Hiroshima University in Japan, proposed how earthquakes can act as triggers for distant volcano eruptions. The trigger mechanism in question is the sloshing of the bubbly magma. The scientists have simulated the effect of...

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

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

Volcanic activity related to Earth's historical climate shifts

A new study, conducted by scientists from the University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, suggests the volcanic activity related to the plate-tectonic movements could have triggered climate changes in Earth's history. The research has...

April 22, 2016

Tliapa and Tlacuapa rivers disappear into sinkholes, Mexico

After Atoyac River that disappeared when a huge sinkhole opened up on February 28, 2016, two more rivers in the mountains of the Mexican state of Veracruz are suffering the same fate. This brings the number of rivers in the region that have drained into subsoil in...

April 22, 2016

Drone footage shows very large earth crack on Britain's Jurassic Coast

A very large earth crack opened on Britain's Jurassic Coast after heavy rains caused thousands of tons of earth to give way on April 13, 2016. The crack, measuring about 274 meters (900 feet) as of April 19, emerged in the land's edge at Bowleaze Cove near...

April 21, 2016

13 000 liters of nuclear waste leak from double-shell tank at Hanford, US

The amount of radioactive waste that has been leaking between the two walls of one of the underground tanks at Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State for several years grew dramatically on Sunday, April 17, 2016, with up to 13 000 liters (3 500 gallons) of...

April 20, 2016

CATDAT: Natural disasters caused over 8 million deaths and $7 trillion USD of damage since 1900

According to the CATDAT database, over 8 million deaths have been caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, storms, bush-fires and volcanoes since the beginning of the 20th century. The highest amount of damage has been caused by floods while the...

April 19, 2016

2014 record Balkan floods linked to jamming of giant airstreams

Disastrous floods that hit the Balkans in 2014 are likely linked to the temporary slowdown of giant airstreams, according to a recent study published in Science Advances. The study adds evidence that so-called planetary wave resonance is a key mechanism for causing...

April 18, 2016

Powerful Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" to make a U-turn just north of Madagascar

Powerful Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" strengthened to 240 km/h (149.6 mph) on April 17, greater than what was previously forecast. The storm is about to make a U-turn toward the southeast and slowly weaken. Strong wind warnings are in effect for Rodrigues,...

April 17, 2016

3 million without drinking water after landslides contaminate rivers, Chile

About three million people were left without drinking water in Santiago metropolitan area, Chile on April 16 after heavy rain caused landslides that contaminated rivers supplying the city. Officials declared a red alert in the city. Severe weather in the Andean...

April 16, 2016

More than 800 000 animals perished by dzud conditions in Mongolia

While spring conditions slowly set in Mongolia, 20% of the country is still left under a snow blanket, and 23 districts are experiencing white dzud (extremely snowy winter) or very similar circumstances. Because the conditions are unseasonably cold, there are...

April 15, 2016