Earth changes

kakanj landslide february 2017

Massive mine waste landslide at Kakanj, Bosnia

A massive mine waste landslide from an open pit coal mine occurred at Kakanj in Bosnia and Herzegovina last week, blocking a river and forcing 150 people to evacuate Friday, February 24, 2017. The lake created by the landslide overflowed Saturday morning, February...

February 26, 2017

8fuego eruption guatemala february 2017

Increased activity at Fuego, ash up to 5.8 km (19 000 feet) a.s.l.

The activity at Guatemalan Fuego volcano continues with constant moderate explosions ejecting columns of ash and smoke up to 5 km (16 404 feet) above sea level and traveling more than 25 km to the NE, N, NE and E. Ashfall is reported in areas near Alotenango and San...

February 25, 2017

heavy rain floods south africa february 2017

Deadly flooding hits South Africa in the wake of Dineo

Three people have died and two are missing after heavy rain hit South Africa's North West causing severe flooding in the wake of Tropical Cyclone "Dineo." Major roads in the South Africa's North West province have been temporarily closed due to...

February 24, 2017

fiji tonga earthquake february 24 2017 map

Strong and deep M6.9 earthquake hits Fiji - Tonga region

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit Fiji - Tonga region at 17:28 UTC on February 24, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 396.1 km (246.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 400 km (248.5 miles). According to the USGS, the...

February 24, 2017

colombia flood february 2017

Unseasonal heavy rain strikes Colombia causing severe floods

At least one person is dead, 3 are missing and 2 000 have been displaced after heavy, unseasonal rainfall caused severe flooding in central and western parts of Columbia between February 21 and 23, 2017. More heavy rain is expected over the weekend. According to...

February 24, 2017

slow moving landslide slicing hill abruzzo italy

Slow-moving landslide slicing a hill in Abruzzo, Italy

Like the country didn't have enough natural disasters over the past several months, and years, yet another unstoppable disaster is affecting Italy's central region of Abruzzo, albeit rather slowly. Civil authorities reported a slow-moving landslide is...

February 24, 2017

2weekly volc report_(1)

Active volcanoes in the world: February 15 - 21, 2017

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between February 15 and 21, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Barren Island, Andaman Islands (India) | Krakatau, Indonesia | Lanin, Central Chile-Argentina...

February 23, 2017

san jose flooding california february 2017

Worst flooding in 100 years hits San Jose, California

Some 14 000 residents of San Jose, a large city in California's Bay Area, are under mandatory evacuation orders with another 36 000 in the recommended evacuation area after Coyote Creek, Santa Clara County's longest, overflowed in what officials are calling...

February 22, 2017

fifth world food lost over eating waste study

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Almost 20% of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10% more food than it needs, while almost 9% is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers say. Efforts to reduce the...

February 22, 2017

Visualizing spills data from unconventional oil and gas activity

Study finds 6 600 spills from fracking in just four US states

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a study published yesterday in Environmental Science & Technology. The analysis,...

February 22, 2017

earthquake swarm new zealand february 2017

Earthquake swarm shaking Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

GeoNet's seismometer network between Taupo and the Tongariro National Park has been recording a swarm of small earthquakes since February 13, 2017. The swarm, a very common characteristic of the greater Rotorua-Taupo area, known as the Taupo Volcanic Zone,...

February 22, 2017

floods jakarta indonesia february 21 2017

Thousands of homes flooded after heavy rain hits Jakarta

Heavy rains hit Indonesian capital Jakarta on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, flooding thousands of homes and causing traffic chaos. At least 1 person has been killed and more than 110 displaced. More than 180 mm (7 inches) of rain was reported within 24 hours in...

February 21, 2017

bolivia earthquake february 21 2017

Very deep M6.5 earthquake hits Chuquisaca, Bolivia

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.5 hit Chiquisaca, Bolivia at 14:09 UTC on February 21, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 598 km (370 miles). USGS is reporting the same magnitude and depth. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...

February 21, 2017

summer snow australia hotham february 19 2017

After heatwave, summer snow and coldest February in a decade

An unseasonal cold front, moving north out of the Southern Ocean, brought chilly, squally winds and strong showers to coastal regions of Victoria on February 19 and 20, 2017, and about 5 to 10 cm (2 - 4 inches) of summer snow to the NSW and Victorian High Country,...

February 21, 2017

california flooding february 2017

Mandatory evacuations ordered in parts of California

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of Northern California Monday, February 20, 2017, as another heavy rainmaker slammed the region. Many rivers in Northern California are at or above flood stage after a series of powerful storms hit the state in recent...

February 21, 2017

flash flooding malaga spain february 2017

Severe flash flooding hits Malaga, Spain

An overnight storm dumped heavy rain on southern Spain causing severe flash flooding and widespread damage to buildings, roads and vehicles on February 19, 2017. According to Spain's meteorological office, the port of Malaga recorded 152.6 mm (6 inches) of rain...

February 20, 2017

bogoslof eruption february 20 2017

Explosive eruption at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska

A significant explosive eruption began at Bogoslof stratovolcano at 02:08 UTC on February 20, 2017, and lasted about 37 minutes. Satellite images following the activity showed a volcanic plume extending about 160 km (100 miles) to the southeast over Unalaska Island...

February 20, 2017