Earth changes

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Shemya Island, Alaska

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Shemya Island, Alaska at 09:23 UTC on December 3, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 26.9 km (16.7 miles). The epicenter was located 46.1 km (28.6 miles) ESE of Siksatok (population 0),...

December 03, 2016

River Cali bursts its banks, six people dead, Colombia

Severe flooding in the Cali city, Colombia, caused at least six deaths, as of December 1, 2016. The flooding in the Siloé district, Cali, in the Valle del Cauca was reported by the National Unit for the Management of Disaster Risk (UNGRD) on December 1, as...

December 02, 2016

150 landslide dams, up to 100 000 landslides after Kaikoura earthquake

New Zealand's GeoNet said today they have identified 150 landslide dams after M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake and an estimated 80 000 to 100 000 landslides triggered by the main event and its aftershocks. "With the M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake, landslides and land...

December 02, 2016

Silent earthquakes follow major Kaikoura event, caution advised

The GNS Science, New Zealand has detected a series of 'slow slip' motions between tectonic plates in the lower North Island. The experts warn this may mean the chances for future large earthquakes have increased, despite the lower number of aftershocks which...

December 02, 2016

Very shallow M6.3 earthquake hits southern Peru

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Peru at 22:40 UTC on December 1, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 3.6 km (2.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located...

December 01, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: November 23 - 29, 2016

New activity was reported for 4 volcanoes between November 23 and 29, 2016. Ongoing activity was reported for 7 volcanoes during the same period. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Rotorua, North...

December 01, 2016

Winter chill to spread into the US over the coming week

A cold winter chill finally engulfed Alaska, after almost two years of warmer than usual weather conditions. The cold will likely settle the western US over the coming week. -35 °C (-31 °F) was recorded in Fairbanks on the morning of November 21 (local...

December 01, 2016

Severe floods and landslides ravage the Eastern Caribbean

A slow-moving low pressure field brought heavy rainfall to the islands in the Eastern Caribbean since November 28, 2016. The rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected regions. St Vincent and the Grenadines have suffered the worst severe...

December 01, 2016

Above-normal 2016 hurricane seasons

The Atlantic, eastern Pacific and central Pacific 2016 hurricane season have officially ended on November 30, and NOAA scientists said all three regions saw above-normal seasons. For the Atlantic, this was the first above-normal season since 2012 with 15 named...

December 01, 2016

West Antarctic Ice Sheet breaking apart from the inside out

A new study has found the glacier bounding the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is breaking apart from the inside out. The Pine Island Glacier, one of the glaciers which will probably rapidly retreat, forms an important part of the ice shelf of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet....

November 30, 2016

Saudi Arabia deserts covered in snow, followed by deadly floods

The deserts of Saudi Arabia were covered in snow at the end of November 2016, bringing joy to surprised Saudis who marked the occasion building snowmen. However, the weather soon turned very serious, and deadly. The first snowfall in northern parts of the country...

November 30, 2016

8 killed after M4.4 earthquake hits near Rudna mine, Poland

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M4.4 hit southwestern Poland at 20:09 UTC on November 29, 2016, killing 8 people in a nearby Rudna mine. USGS said the quake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting mb 4.4 at a depth of 1 km (0.62...

November 30, 2016

Another hydrothermal eruption in Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

Another hydrothermal eruption occurred in New Zealand's Lake Rotorua on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, following the first one on Monday, November 28. This eruption was, however, caught on camera. Today's eruption also occurred in the village of Ohinemutu. It...

November 30, 2016

Severe-to-extreme heatwave to hit Queensland and NSW

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe-to-extreme heatwave warning for central and southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, with temperatures forecast to pass 40 °C (104 °F) in some areas over the weekend. Temperatures are...

November 29, 2016

Massive wildfires burning around Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Massive wildfires fueled by strong winds and the Southeast's worst drought in nearly a decade are burning around Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, forcing evacuations. Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) said at 08:00 UTC (02:00 local time) today there are...

November 29, 2016

Car disappears in Ufa sinkhole, Urals, Russia

At least 6 meters (20 feet) deep sinkhole opened up on November 25, 2016 in the city of Ufa, Urals, Russia and slowly swallowed a car. The owner of Lada Kalina called rescuers and frantically waited for them to show up as she watched her car slowly disappear. By...

November 28, 2016

Record early start of southern hemisphere NLC season

The southern hemisphere noctilucent clouds (NLC) season has started early this year and tied with 2013 for the earliest southern hemisphere season on record. The 2016/17 southern hemisphere noctilucent clouds season started on November 17 and tied with 2013 for the...

November 28, 2016