Earth changes

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Severe flooding hits Brazil as Amazon rivers rise to near-record levels

Heavy rains in Brazil's Amazon rainforest have triggered the rise of rivers to near-record levels, flooding towns and threatening Manaus City. According to authorities, the water level at the Rio Negro is the third-highest in history and may surpass the record...

May 18, 2021

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California - Oregon border faces 'catastrophic' water crisis, irrigation water to farmers shut off

The water crisis along the California - Oregon border has reached catastrophic levels, on course to becoming the worst in generations amid historic drought in the area. Federal regulators have shut off irrigation water to farmers, severely impacting the agricultural...

May 18, 2021

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Shallow M5.4 earthquake hits Iran - Turkmenistan border region, injuring 25 people

A shallow earthquake registered by the Iran Seismological Center (IRSC) as M5.4 hit North Khorasan Province, Iran at 00:54 UTC (05:24 LT) on May 17, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M5.4 at a depth of 10 km; EMSC M5.3 at...

May 17, 2021

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Heavy rains trigger deadly floods and landslides in Sri Lanka

At least four people lost their lives while more than 44 153 others have been affected by heavy rains in Sri Lanka since May 10, 2021. The severe weather has resulted in flooding and landslides that damaged properties in many parts of the country. Days of heavy rain...

May 17, 2021

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Two huge earth cracks open up in Jalisco, Mexico

The Municipal Unit of Civil Protection and Firefighters of Sayula reported two giant fissures extending from the Sayula lagoon to the Guadalajara-Colima Freeway in Jalisco, Mexico on May 10, 2021. The Civil Protection staff and firefighters went to the scene to...

May 17, 2021

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Major damage after worst flooding in 11 years hits Cuenca, Ecuador

Severe floods swept through Cuenca, capital of Azuay Province in Ecuador on Saturday, May 15, 2021, resulting in major damage that affected around 500 people. According to authorities, it was the worst flood the area has seen since 2010. Nearly 70 homes were damaged...

May 17, 2021

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Significant eruption at Sangay volcano with ash to 12.2 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l., Ecuador

A significant eruption took place at Sangay volcano, Ecuador at 09:40 UTC on Sunday, May 16, 2021, with ash moving north to an estimated height of 12.2 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l., according to the Washington VAAC. The farthest volcanic ash at 11:00 UTC was 55 km (35...

May 16, 2021

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Severe storms claim 16 lives, affect 70 000 people across Ethiopia

Severe weather affecting Ethiopia since late April 2021, has left at least 16 people dead and 70 000 affected in the regions of Afar, SNNP, and Somali. Around 27 400 people were displaced in Afar Region due to flooding and strong winds in Gulina, Ewa, Beyalo,...

May 14, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia at 06:33 UTC on May 14, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 259...

May 14, 2021

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

A strong earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.0 hit near the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 23:58 UTC on May 13, 2021 (08:58 JST, May 14). The agency is reporting a depth of 40 km (25 miles). USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 32 km (20 miles); EMSC M6.0 at a...

May 14, 2021

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: May 5 - 11, 2021

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from May 5 to 11, 2021. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Nevados de Chillan, Chile | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island...

May 13, 2021

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High-level eruption at Sinabung volcano, ash to 12.9 km (40 000 feet) a.s.l., Indonesia

A high-level eruption took place at Sinabung volcano on May 13, 2021. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Red at 19:35 UTC. According to the Darwin VAAC, the volcanic ash is clearly identifiable on the latest satellite imagery, rising up to 12.9 km (40 000 feet)...

May 13, 2021

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More than 100 homes damaged, 39 destroyed after landslide hits Rwanda's Western Province

A large landslide hit the Nyamasheke district of Rwanda's Western Province after a period of heavy rainfall on May 9, 2021, forcing hundreds of people from their homes. According to provincial officials, the landslide damaged more than 100 homes and completely...

May 13, 2021

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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Panama

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Panama, Pacific Ocean at 09:42 UTC on May 13, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located...

May 13, 2021

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Elevated temperatures and gas emissions at Great Sitkin volcano, Alaska

Above-background activity has been observed at the Great Sitkin volcano in Alaska, prompting the Alaska Volcano Observatory to raise the Aviation Color Code to Yellow and the Volcano Alert Level to Advisory on May 13, 2021. Elevated surface temperatures have been...

May 13, 2021

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Large landslide blocks Colca River in Arequipa, Peru

A large landslide hit the Caylloma Province, Peru at around 07:30 LT on May 9, 2021, blocking the Colca River in the district of Chivay and forming a natural dam. The landslide took place close to the city of Chivay and is about 300 m (985 feet) long. Authorities...

May 13, 2021

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Worst drought in 40 years hits southern Madagascar

Parts of southern Madagascar are under the worst drought conditions since at least 1981. The region is now in its fifth year of drought which wiped out harvests and hampered access to food. In three months to January 2021, there was less than 50% of the normal...

May 12, 2021