Unseasonably heavy rain hits Queensland, Australia

Unseasonably heavy rain hits Queensland, Australia

Much of Queensland, Australia experienced unseasonably heavy rain and flooding this week, with parts of the state receiving between 3 to 4 months’ worth of rain in 48 to 72 hours.

Heightened volcanic unrest continues at Ruapehu with high volcanic gas output, strong tremor and steam plumes

Heightened volcanic unrest continues at Ruapehu with high volcanic gas output, strong tremor and steam plumes

High levels of volcanic gas emissions and strong volcanic tremor continue at New Zealand’s Ruapehu volcano. The Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) temperature has risen to 41 °C (105.8 °F) and steam plumes can be observed in cold, still atmospheric conditions. The volcano is still at a heightened level of unrest. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 2, with greater chances of eruption over the next four weeks than at Volcanic Alert Level 1.

Strong M6.8 earthquake hits Argentina at intermediate depth

Strong M6.8 earthquake hits Argentina at intermediate depth

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.8 hit Jujuy, Argentina at 23:06 UTC on May 10, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 193.8 km (120 miles). EMSC is reporting it as M6.8 at a depth of 176 km (109 miles).

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption caused a major space weather event

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption caused a major space weather event

When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai volcano in Tonga erupted on January 15, 2022, it sent atmospheric shock waves, sonic booms, and tsunami waves around the world. Now, new research published in Geophysical Research Letters shows the effects of the eruption also reached space, causing a major space weather event.

Earthquake swarm on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

Earthquake swarm on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland

Earthquake activity is ongoing in the Reykjanes Peninsula, the Icelandic Met Office reports. Distinctive swarms have been located by the Reykjanes Power plant, Eldvörp, Sundhnjúkagígar, Hagafell east of mount Þorbjörn, and lake Kleifarvatn from May 2 to 8, 2022.