Earth changes

Six undersea volcanic structures discovered near Mount Vesuvius, Italy

Researchers from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the University of Naples Federico II and the National Research Council have discovered six undersea volcanic structures in the Gulf of Naples, near Mount Vesuvius in Italy. The structures...

October 01, 2016

Increased risk of a major earthquake on San Andreas fault, California

Although the swarm of over 300 earthquakes under the Salton Sea in southern California seems to be over, seismologists are warning there still remains an increased risk of a big earthquake on the San Andreas fault. Experts said it’s important to understand...

October 01, 2016

Iya volcano awakens after 47 years of rest, Indonesia

After a sharp increase in seismic activity detected on September 29, 2016, Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level of Iya volcano on the island of Flores from 1 (normal) to 2 (watch). A 2 km (1.2 miles) exclusion zone around the crater was established....

October 01, 2016

Increased activity at Colima volcano, exclusion zone expanded, Mexico

A new phase of increased activity has started at Mexico's Colima volcano on September 26, 2016. The volcano is producing lava flows, frequent strong explosions and near-constant ash emission. On September 30, authorities expanded the exclusion zone in the state...

September 30, 2016

Intense seismic swarm at Katla volcano, aviation color code raised, Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) has raised the aviation alert status at Katla volcano from green to yellow after a swarm of earthquakes started on September 29, 2016, and intensified today. An intense seismic pulse started today at 12:02 UTC with several earthquakes...

September 30, 2016

Roads washed away, dams critically high after drenching rain soaks North Carolina

Over 228 mm (9 inches) of flooding rain fell in parts of eastern North Carolina on September 29, 2016, washing away roads and causing numerous water rescues. The hardest hit was the city of Fayetteville in Cumberland County where 25 water rescues were performed and...

September 30, 2016

Heavy rainfall floods Detroit-Windsor region, US-Canada

In a very short period of time on September 29, 2016, a strong and slow-moving weather system dumped heavy rain on Detroit-Windsor region, international transborder agglomeration between the United States and Canada. Roads and houses were flooded in a matter of...

September 30, 2016

Perfect storm creates weather events never seen before in South Australia

A deep low pressure system hit parts of the southeast Australia on Wednesday, September 28, unleashing widespread heavy rainfall and unprecedented winds to South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. A line of severe storms first marched into South...

September 30, 2016

Popocatépetl spews volcanic ash up to 7.3 km (24 000 feet) a.s.l., Mexico

Volcanic ash produced by the eruption of Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano has reached 7.3 km (24 000 feet) above sea level at 14:37 UTC on September 29, 2016. According to the Washington VAAC, ash cloud is moving to the west and northwest of the summit. At...

September 29, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: September 21 - 27, 2016

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between September 21 and 27, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Rinjani, Lombok Island (Indonesia) | Tengger...

September 29, 2016

Summer 2016 sets new temperature records in New Orleans, Louisiana

Summer 2016 was one of the hottest recorded in the state of Louisiana. In New Orleans, the temperatures hadn't dropped below 26.7 °C (80 °F) for 43 nights, smashing the previous records set in 2010, when such a situation was reported for only 10 nights. ...

September 29, 2016

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