Earth changes

Very strong and deep M6.9 earthquake hits between Fiji and Tonga

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit between Fiji and Tonga at 21:28 UTC on September 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 596.3 km (370.5 miles). The quake was preceded by M6.4 at 21:07 UTC at a depth of 183.4 km (114...

September 24, 2016

Strong M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 22:53 UTC on September 23, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 65 km (40.4 miles). EMSC registered M6.4 at a depth of 52 km (32.3 miles). PHIVOLCS is reporting...

September 23, 2016

Maharashtra gets 529 mm (20.8 inches) of rain, shatters 58-year record

The city of Dahanu in Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, received a record-breaking rain on September 21, 2016, shattering city's 58-year record by a long way. In a 24-hour period ending 08:00 local time on Wednesday, September 21, Dahanu received...

September 23, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.5 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 00:14 UTC on September 23, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km. EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a...

September 23, 2016

Widespread flooding continues to ravage New South Wales, Australia

Floodwater continues to ravage Australia's New South Wales and meteorologists warn more rain is on the way. Since the flooding started three weeks ago, there have been 81 flood rescues and 1 811 calls for assistance to the SES. Widespread overnight rainfall of...

September 22, 2016

Heavy rainfall floods drought-stricken Telangana

Telangana, the youngest state in India, was hit by two consecutive years of extreme drought, with this year being the worst in living memory. Drought brought severe water crisis, with scarcity hitting not just its villages and towns but even the capital Hyderabad,...

September 22, 2016

Major fire event in Peruvian Amazon threatens natives and wildlife

A major fire event is threatening natives and wildlife in the central Amazon region of Peru. According to the National Civil Defense Institute, the fire broke out on September 10 in an indigenous community called Pitsiquia, in the heart of Peruvian Amazon, and is...

September 22, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: September 14 - 20, 2016

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between September 14 and 20, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 9 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Piton de la...

September 22, 2016

Mercury contamination widespread across western North America

An international research team has found that mercury contamination is widespread across western North America in the air, soil, lake sediments, plants, fish and wildlife. The team, led by researchers from the USGS, evaluated potential risks from mercury to the...

September 21, 2016

Deadly floods and landslides hit West Java overnight, Indonesia

Massive floods and landslides caused by several days of heavy rain have claimed lives of at least 19 people in Indonesia's province of West Java on September 20, 2016. Nine people are still missing in its Garut and Sumedang districts, said National Disaster...

September 21, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits off the coast of Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.3 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 16:22 UTC on September 20, 2016 (01:22 JST on September 21). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.0 at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles)....

September 20, 2016

Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" hits Kyushu with record-breaking rain, heading toward Tokyo

Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" has made landfall over Kyushu, Japan on September 19, 2016, dumping record-breaking rain and causing widespread disruption. Heavy flooding was reported and dozens of flights were canceled. Around 7 000 homes have already suffered...

September 20, 2016

Significant landslide on Piz Cengalo, Swiss Alps

A significant landslide event occurred on the Piz Cengalo, a mountain in the Bregaglia range of the Alps on the border between the Swiss canton of Graubünden and Italy, on September 11, 2016. This is the same mountain where approximately 1.5 million m2 (4.9...

September 19, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu

A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as Mwp6.0 hit near Norsup, Vanuatu at 02:31 UTC on September 17, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 36.8 km (22.9 miles). The epicenter was located 6.8 km (4.2 miles) NNE of Norsup (population 2 998), 9.7 km (6.1...

September 17, 2016

2016 Arctic sea ice minimum the second-lowest on record

The Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its seasonal minimum for 2016 on September 10, the NSIDC said yesterday in a preliminary announcement. A relatively rapid loss of sea ice in the first ten days of September has pushed the ice extent to a statistical tie...

September 16, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: September 7 - 13, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes between September 7 and 13, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Piton de la...

September 15, 2016

Wettest September 3-day stretch for parts of Victoria in over 100 years, Australia

Continuous heavy rainfall in southeast Australia over the last couple of days is causing widespread disruption. Severe thunderstorms first rolled through South Australia and Victoria on September 8 and 9, producing heaviest rain in six years, and continued this...

September 14, 2016