Alongside Chillymanjaro, one of the founding fathers of The Watchers. Researcher, journalist and editor of The Watchers.

Adonai's articles


Record-breaking heat wave sparks fires across Israel

A fierce heatwave accompanied by strong and dusty winds is spreading across Israel. According to media reports, more than 370 people were treated for heat-related conditions, including fainting, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke on May 14 and 15, 2016. Eilat in the...

May 16, 2016


Elevated activity at Guatemala's Santa Maria (Santiaguito) volcano

Elevated activity at Guatemala's Santa Maria volcano continues. Explosions at Caliente cone, part of Santa María's Santiaguito lava-dome complex, over the last couple of days produced ash plumes that rose up to 5 km (16 400 feet). Several pyroclastic...

May 16, 2016


Increased seismicity at Pavlof, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange, Alaska

At about 18:35 UTC on May 13, 2016, seismic activity at Pavlof volcano increased to levels that are typically associated with minor eruptive activity, Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reports. Based on the change and character of the seismicity, it is possible that...

May 13, 2016


Severe Nor'wester leaves dozens dead in Bangladesh

A severe Nor'wester left a large trail of destruction and at least 35 people dead across Bangladesh on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The storm uprooted hundreds of trees and flattened many tin and mud-built houses in at least 15 districts. Most victims died after...

May 13, 2016


Strong eruption of Turrialba sends ash 3 km above summit, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupted at 07:19 UTC on May 12, 2016 (01:19 local time), sending a column of smoke and ash up to 3 km (17 000 feet) above the summit (~6.3 km / 20 800 feet a.s.l.). The eruption lasted between 8 and 11 minutes. Emergency services...

May 13, 2016

4weekly volc report_(1)

Active volcanoes in the world: May 4 - 10, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes between May 4 and 10, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 19 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands (UK) | Nevados de Chillán, Chile | Ruapehu, North...

May 12, 2016


Deadly flooding rainfall in Haiti and Dominican Republic measured by GPM

Extreme rainfall in Haiti caused severe flooding that resulted in the deaths of at least 5 people over the past several days. In the neighboring Dominican Republic, over 3 400 people were evacuated. Both countries have already seen several rounds of severe weather...

May 11, 2016


Gas output increases at Mount Ruapehu, volcanic alert raised

GNS scientists have observed an increase in the output of volcanic gas from Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake on May 10, 2016. As a result, the Volcanic Alert Level was raised to Level 2. The Aviation Colour Code was also changed, from Green to Yellow. New...

May 11, 2016


Heavy rains, deadly floods and landslides hit drought-stricken Ethiopia

Unseasonal heavy rains have affected tens of thousands of people in southeastern Ethiopia over the last couple of days. As of early Wednesday, May 11, 2016, severe weather in the country suffering its worst drought in 5 decades claimed lives of at least 50 people....

May 11, 2016


Deadly tornado outbreak in Oklahoma and Nebraska

Severe storms produced multiple tornadoes across Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa and Ilionis on May 9, 2016. In Oklahoma, the storms killed at least 2 people. A large and extremely dangerous tornado touched down near Wynnewood, south of Oklahoma City, killing an elderly...

May 10, 2016


Heavy rains and landslides kill at least 53, destroy more than 500 homes in Rwanda

At least 53 people have been killed in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains on May 7 and 8 in Rwanda, local authorities reported Monday, May 9, 2016. The worst affected was Gakenke district, in the country's north, where downpours destroyed about 300...

May 09, 2016


Large landslide in China leaves at least 34 people dead, 4 missing

A large landslide triggered by heavy rain hit China's southeastern Fujian province on Sunday, May 8, 2016. As of mid-Monday, May 9, the death toll has risen to 34, with 4 people still missing, state media said. Preliminary data showed that 7 people were rescued....

May 09, 2016

wray_tornado_7may2016_by_reedtimmer_via_accuweather com_f

10 must-see videos of Wray, Colorado tornado - May 7, 2016

A series of tornadoes hit eastern Colorado on Saturday, May 7, 2016. One of them touched down at the north edge of the City of Wray around 18:00 local time, causing minor injuries to five people and significant damage to four structures. According to Yuma County...

May 08, 2016

probability_of_visible_aurora_08 05_ut_8may2016_f

Strong geomagnetic storms in progress

A G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm conditions were observed beginning 05:59 UTC on May 8, 2016. G2 - Moderate to G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm conditions are expected through the rest of the day and possibly into May 9 and 10. This activity is caused by a recurrent,...

May 08, 2016


Daylong dust storm closes freeway on Arizona-New Mexico border 4th time since late April

For the fourth time since late April 2016, a dust storm has closed a 62-mile stretch (101 km) of a major freeway on both sides of the Arizona-New Mexico border. The latest closure happened on Friday, May 6, after weather front that produced thunderstorms and strong...

May 07, 2016


CVO: Small magnitude earthquake swarm at Mount St. Helens, US

On March 14, 2016, the seismic network at Mount St. Helens, Washington, US began detecting small magnitude volcano-tectonic earthquakes at a depth between 2 and 7 km (1.2 to 4 miles). Earthquake rates have been steadily increasing since March, reaching nearly 40...

May 06, 2016


At least 13 killed in landslide of mining waste in Hpakant, Myanmar

Another landslide of jade mining waste occurred this week in northern Myanmar. The disaster claimed lives of at least 13 people. More are believed to be buried under the waste. The slide occurred late Thursday, May 5, in Hpakant, the center of Myanmar's...

May 06, 2016


Extreme fire event in Fort McMurray continues unabated, Canada

The massive wildfire in the Canadian province of Alberta that entered city limits of Fort McMurray late Tuesday, May 3, and caused mandatory evacuation of the entire city continues to grow in size. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Fort McMurray, Anzac,...

May 06, 2016

himawari_6may2016_au_04 50_utc_f

Significant rainfall forecast for all states and territories this weekend, Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology expects significant rainfall in parts of all states and territories this weekend, extending into early next week. Latest satellite imagery shows an extensive cloud band, with embedded thunderstorms, is extending from the Indian...

May 06, 2016

cleveland_volcano_usgs_landsat 8_29apr2016_f

Seismic activity indicates eruption at Cleveland volcano, Alaska

Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) detected an explosion at Cleveland Volcano at 02:44 UTC on May 6, 2016. The last known eruption of this volcano took place in 2015. The eruption was detected in both infrasound (air pressure) and seismic data. There are no recent...

May 06, 2016

weekly volc report_(1)

Active volcanoes in the world: April 27 - May 3, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes between April 27 and May 3, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kerinci, Indonesia | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Rincon de la Vieja, Costa...

May 05, 2016


Rare transit of Mercury across the Sun on May 9

A rare transit of Mercury across the Sun will take place on May 9, 2016, starting at about 11:12 UTC and lasting about 7.5 hours. This is an extremely rare event that occurs only 13 or 14 times in each century. There will be one other transit of Mercury in 2019 and...

May 05, 2016


No moonlight to interfere with 2016 Eta Aquarids

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will reach its maximum rate of activity this year on the night of May 5 and the morning of May 6. This is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, with most of the activity seen in the...

May 04, 2016


Massive wildfire forces mandatory evacuation of the entire city of Fort McMurray, Canada

The entire population of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray (60 000), Alberta is under mandatory evacuation order amid massive uncontrolled wildfire that entered the city. In the biggest evacuation order in the history of Alberta, the officials appealed for military...

May 04, 2016


Strong explosive activity continues at Santa Maria volcano, Guatemala

Strong explosive activity continues at Guatemala's Santa Maria volcano. New explosions at Caliente cone, part of Santa María's Santiaguito lava-dome complex, generated pyroclastic flows on May 2 that descended east and west of the volcanic complex....

May 03, 2016


New cycle of eruptions closes off Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica

Due to the start of a new cycle of eruptions, access to the Turrialba volcano has been closed off, with a 5-km (3.1 miles) perimeter established, Costa Rica's emergency management office announced on May 1, 2016. After an increase in seismic activity on April...

May 02, 2016


Major sandstorm sweeps through northwest China

A major sandstorm has swept through parts of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on May 1, 2016, and continued into May 2, disrupting traffic and causing severe air pollution. The sandstorm has struck some counties in south Xinjiang since Saturday...

May 02, 2016

sumatra_m5 9_2may2016_f

M6.0 earthquake at intermediate depth hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.0 (downgraded from M6.1) hit southern Sumatra, Indonesia at 04:21 UTC on May 2, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 127 km (79 miles). USGS reports M5.9 at a depth of 132.7 km (82.4 miles). According to the USGS,...

May 02, 2016


Severe spring storm developing over Eastern China to track over Korea and Japan

A spring storm is developing over Eastern China and will track east over Korea and Japan through May 3 and 4, 2016, JMA warns. Heavy rainfall, high winds and thunderstorms are possible. Meteorologist Rober Speta of the NHK and WestPacWx said the storm can bring...

May 02, 2016


G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm

Enhanced solar wind conditions have fueled elevated geomagnetic field activity early May 2, 2016. Geomagnetic storms reaching G2 - Moderate levels have been observed. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm) threshold was first reached at 00:37 UTC on...

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

vanuatu_m6 0_30apr2016_f

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near the coast of Vanuatu

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near the coast of Vanuatu at 08:35 UTC on April 30, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 4.8 km (3.0 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.0 at a depth of 60 km (37.3 miles). According...

April 30, 2016


Increased seismic activity under Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica

The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI-UNA) reported that the seismic activity at the Turrialba volcano has increased on April 28, 2016. The Observatory recalled that last Saturday, April 23, nearly 75 earthquakes took place in less...

April 29, 2016


Floods leave 5 dead, almost 14 000 homeless in eastern Tanzania

Prolonged heavy rains caused floods that claimed lives of 5 people and left 13 933 people homeless in four districts of Tanzania's Morogoro region. According to Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Dr. Steven Kebwe, the rains started in the region on April 10....

April 29, 2016


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 occurred on...

April 29, 2016

n_east_pacific_rise_m6 6_f

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

vanuatu_m7 0_28apr2016_f

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

17weekly volc report_(1)

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

m5 2_4 8_france_28apr2016_f

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