Earth changes

Telangana floods turn deadly after a week of widespread rain, India

After this year's worst drought in living memory, the Indian state of Telangana was battered by a week of flooding rainfall. Heavy monsoon rains started on September 20 and claimed at least 11 lives by September 27, 2016. Neighboring countries of Andhra Pradesh,...

September 28, 2016

27 missing after landslide hits a village in eastern China

27 people are missing after heavy rains produced by Typhoon "Megi" caused a large landslide in east China's province of Zhejiang, the provincial government said. The slide occurred at 09:00 UTC on September 28 (17:00 CST), about 12 hours after Megi...

September 28, 2016

Loma Fire: Growing wildfire in Santa Cruz mountains threatens 300 homes, California

Santa Clara County residents living near the Loma Fire in Santa Cruz mountains, California have been ordered to evacuate yesterday after a dangerous wildfire broke out on September 26, 2016. Firefighters from throughout California are aggressively fighting the fire...

September 28, 2016

Typhoon "Megi" hits China after killing at least four and injuring 527 in Taiwan

Typhoon "Megi" has made its final landfall after hitting the coastal city of Quanzhou in China's Fujian Province at 20:40 UTC on September 27, 2016. Megi was packing winds of up to 120 km/h (74 mph) at the time of landfall and dumping very heavy rain....

September 28, 2016

Large eruption of Mount Barujari, more than 1 100 evacuated, Indonesia

Mount Barujari on the Indonesian island of Lombok erupted at 07:45 UTC on September 27, 2016, spewing ash 2 000 m (6 560 feet) above the crater, 5 726 m (18 790 feet) above sea level. More than 1 100 people have been evacuated. As of early September 28, authorities...

September 28, 2016

Iowa braces for major flooding, more than 10 000 evacuated from Cedar Rapids

More than 10 000 people have been forced to evacuate from Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second-largest city, after days of heavy rain flooded parts of the US Midwest. As it watched the Cedar River rise to historic levels, the city has constructed 16 km (10 miles) of...

September 27, 2016

Volcanic alert level at Mount Bromo raised to 3, Indonesia

The PVMBG has raised the volcanic alert level of Mount Bromo from Level II (Alert) to Level III (Standby) at 11:00 UTC on September 26, 2016, and established a danger zone 2.5 km (1.5 miles) around the active crater. Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation...

September 27, 2016

Swarm of small earthquakes hits Salton Sea, California

Between 11:03 UTC on September 26 and 06:03 UTC on September 27, 2016, USGS registered a total of 143 earthquakes in a remote desert area around the Salton Sea in California. Three of them had magnitudes above 4. The largest was a shallow M4.3 at 14:31 UTC on...

September 26, 2016

Major flooding in Forbes after Lachlan River reaches record levels - NSW, Australia

About 1 000 people have been evacuated on Saturday, September 24, 2016, in the New South Wales town of Forbes as the Lachlan River rose to record levels. The river peaked at 10.67 m (35 feet) between 21:00 and 22:00 local time on Sunday, September 25. It is the...

September 26, 2016

A new round of severe weather to hit flood-affected southeastern Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it is monitoring a complex weather system that has the potential to bring more rain, thunderstorms, winds and damaging waves to southeastern Australia starting Wednesday, September 28, 2016. BOM's National...

September 26, 2016

Landslide destroys a village in China's Yunnan Province

Heavy rains in China's Yunnan Province have triggered a large landslide in a village in Dayao Country on Thursday, September 22, 2016. The slide has torn down the buildings of the village committee, a village clinic, a primary school and 44 other residences,...

September 26, 2016

Days of heavy rain cause major flooding across the US Midwest

Days of heavy rain have caused major flooding in parts of the US Midwest over the weekend, leaving at least two people dead. The governors of Iowa and Wisconsin have declared a state of emergency. NWS said that the 7 day period to September 23 saw rainfall levels in...

September 26, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Ryukyu Islands, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Ryukyu Islands region, Japan at 05:19 UTC on September 26, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 40.3 km (25 miles). JMA is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). According to the USGS,...

September 26, 2016

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