Editors' picks

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

Prolonged geomagnetic storming, isolated periods of G2 - Moderate levels

Earth is under the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) for several days now. Enhanced solar wind parameters are expected to continue through October 1, with G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm levels possible today. G2 - Moderate...

September 29, 2016

Musk explains how to make humans a multiplanetary species

In a talk at the 67th International Astronautical Congress held this week in Mexico, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk finally unveiled technical details of the space mission architecture that would allow humans to build a permanent, self-sustaining colony of 1 million people on...

September 29, 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

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

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

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

The 2015 Indonesia haze may have caused 100 000 premature deaths

Harvard Univesity researchers and their colleagues estimated that hazardous levels of smoke from agricultural fires across Indonesia in 2015 may have caused upwards of 100 000 deaths across Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. The research is part of a larger effort...

September 19, 2016

Rare hailstorm hits Samoa

On Friday, September 16, 2016, the tropical nation of Samoa, Pacific Ocean experienced their second hailstorm since records began. The first one was in 2011. An unexpected hailstorm, accompanied by heavy rain and strong wind, hit the east side of Samoa on Friday...

September 19, 2016

Penumbral lunar eclipse of September 16, 2016

The Sun, Earth and Moon will align in almost perfect line on September 16, 2016, treating observers in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia with a penumbral lunar eclipse. The eclipse will last 3 hours and 59 minutes and will be the last of three lunar eclipses in...

September 14, 2016

11 earthquakes hit Skopje within 32 hours, over 100 people injured - Macedonia

Between 04:58 UTC on September 11 and 12:19 UTC on September 12, EMSC registered a total of 11 shallow earthquakes under Macedonia's capital Skopje. The strongest was mb5.2 at 13:10 UTC on September 11, 2016. More than 100 people have been injured and sought...

September 12, 2016

New eruption starts at Piton de la Fournaise, La Réunion

A new eruption has begun at La Réunion's Piton de la Fournaise volcano at 04:41 UTC (08:41 local time) on September 11, 2016. An eruptive fissure opened on the upper north side of Dolomieu, generating a curtain of lava fountains along the fissure feeding...

September 11, 2016

Daylight meteor seen over North Carolina, US

A rare daylight meteor was seen over North Carolina around 18:03 EDT on September 8, 2016 (22:03 UTC). At around the same time, a bright meteor exploded over Cyprus and parts of it are believed to have fallen north of the island. The American Meteor Society received...

September 09, 2016

Oklahoma's M5.8 earthquake activated an unknown fault

USGS Geophysicist Daniel McNamara said that September 3, 2016 Mw5.8 Pawnee, Oklahoma earthquake was not on a fault known by the USGS. Instead, it happened on a fault perpendicular which intersected the fault. Based on aftershock patterns, this one is an unknown...

September 08, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: August 31 - September 6, 2016

New activity/unrest was reported only for 1 volcano between August 31 and 6, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Sinabung, Indonesia. Ongoing activity: Colima, Mexico | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) |...

September 08, 2016

37 wastewater wells shut down after M5.8 earthquake hits Oklahoma

Following a shallow M5.8 earthquake on Saturday, September 3, 2016, Oklahoma authorities have shut down 37 wastewater wells used by the fracking industry to extract oil and gas. According to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the decision to shut down the wells was a...

September 05, 2016

Mysterious anomaly interrupts stratospheric wind pattern

For the first time, scientists have observed a deviation from the typical alternating pattern of easterly and westerly winds in the equatorial stratosphere. The weather we experience on Earth typically occurs in the troposphere, the lowest layer of the atmosphere....

September 02, 2016