Earth changes

iran iraq earthquake december 11 2017 location

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Iran - Iraq border region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Iranian Seismological Center (IRSC) as M6.0 hit Iran - Iraq border region at 14:09 UTC (17:39 local time) on December 11, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting it as M5.4 at a...

December 11, 2017

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New eruptive phase starts at Fuego volcano, ashfall reported

A change in the pattern of activity at Fugo volcano, Guatemala has been observed on December 10, 2017, developing into the 12th effusive eruption phase of the year. The Fuego Observatory reports moderately strong explosions which generate ash columns to a height of...

December 11, 2017

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Earthquake swarm under Skjaldbreidur volcano, Iceland

An intense earthquake swarm is in progress at the southern end of Prestahnúkur volcanic system (Langjökull icecap) since early Saturday, December 9, 2017. More than 100 quakes were registered within 40 hours, with 4 above M3.0. There have not been...

December 10, 2017

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3 dead, 480 000 without power, numerous records broken as winter storm hits US South

Nearly 500 000 people were left without power and three have died as a suprisingly strong early winter storm hit the US South on its way toward the Northeast. The storm dumped rare snow on the Deep South, in many places record-breaking for December. Relatively quiet...

December 10, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits State of Yap, 3rd M6+ within 48 hours

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit the State of Yap, Micronesia at 15:14 UTC on December 9, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles). After M6.5 and M6.4 on...

December 09, 2017

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Phreatic eruption, resumption of degassing at Kanlaon volcano, Philippines

A phreatic (steam-driven) eruption started at Kanlaon volcano in Negros Island, Philippines at 01:47 UTC (09:47 local time) on December 9, 2017. The eruption was preceded by resumption of degassing at the summit crater at 22:34 UTC, December 8 (06:34 local time,...

December 09, 2017

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Snow is falling in Houston, TX, last measurable snow there was 8 years ago

Snow is falling across parts of northern Mexico and Texas, US on Friday, December 8, 2017, including Houston where the last measurable snow fell 8 years ago. "What a memorable shift," NWS Houston said. "We measured 1 - 1.5 inches [2.5 - 3.8 cm] of...

December 08, 2017

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Second strong earthquake in Micronesia, shallow M6.4 hits State of Yap

A second strong earthquake of the day hit the State of Yap, Micronesia at 09:51 UTC on December 8, 2017. The USGS registered it as M6.4 at a depth of 20.3 km (12.6 miles). The first one was registered as M6.5 at 00:22 UTC today. EMSC registered the latest one as...

December 08, 2017

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:09 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km. EMSC is reporting...

December 08, 2017

state of yap earthquake december 8 2017 location

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit State of Yap, Micronesia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit the State of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia at 00:22 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.7 km (8.5 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 15 km...

December 08, 2017

alaska snowstorm december 2017

Alaska records one of the most extreme snowfall rates on record

An astonishing 25.4 cm (10 inches) of snow per hour was reported at Thompson Pass near Valdez, Alaska on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. This is extraordinary even by Valdez standards, the snowiest town in the United States. What hit Alaska's North Gulf Coast this...

December 07, 2017

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Öræfajökull caldera deepens 20 m (65 feet), geothermal heat in the area, Iceland

On November 17, 2017, a pilot flying over Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland noticed a new ice-caldron within the volcano's caldera. Now, volcanologists say the situation is far from normal. Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson says that the...

December 07, 2017

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Increased activity at Villarrica volcano, alert level raised, Chile

Chilean authorities have raised the Alert Level for Villarrica volcano to Yellow (the second lowest level on a four-color scale) on December 5, 2017. The last eruptive episode of this volcano started on December 2 (± 7 days), 2014 and ended on October 15,...

December 07, 2017

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: November 29 - December 5, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between November 29 - December 5, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Great Sitkin, Andreanof Islands (USA) | Klyuchevskoy,...

December 07, 2017

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Shishaldin volcano alert levels raised, Alaska

Due to increased seismic and infrasound activity recorded over the past few weeks at Shishaldin volcano, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) raised the Aviation Color Code for the volcano to Yellow and the Alert Level to Advisory on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The...

December 06, 2017

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SoCal Wildfires: Los Angeles, Ventura declare state of emergency as 200 000 evacuate

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in response to several rapidly spreading wildfires. More than 200 000 people in Southern California were forced to evacuate their homes as several wildfires fueled by...

December 06, 2017

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Strong eruption at Sheveluch volcano, ash to 10 km (33 000 feet) a.s.l.

After a long period of relative calm, a powerful explosive eruption occurred at Sheveluch volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 21:00 UTC on December 4, 2017. The eruption lasted about 20 minutes and sent an ash plume to a height of 33 000 feet (10 km) above sea level. The...

December 05, 2017