Dense clouds of Saharan dust spreading over Europe and Atlantic Ocean

Dense clouds of Saharan dust spreading over Europe and Atlantic Ocean

Earth-observing satellites are picking up two dense clouds of Saharan dust — one moving NE over the Mediterranean Sea into Europe and the other W over the Atlantic Ocean. The European cloud has already reached southern Spain, Corsica, and most of Italy and is…

Increased volcanic activity reported near Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

Increased volcanic activity reported near Fagradalsfjall, Iceland

An increase in volcanic activity was reported near the Fagradalsfjall eruption site in Southwest Iceland on Saturday, June 26, 2021. If the development continues, authorities said lava will flow sooner than expected over Suðurstrandarvegur road, a key road that…

Large Saharan dust cloud moving over the Atlantic Ocean

Large Saharan dust cloud moving over the Atlantic Ocean

A new large Saharan dust cloud is moving over the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to reach the Caribbean by the end of the week. The cloud will remain over the Caribbean until the end of the week and move toward the southeastern US early next week. Saharan dust…

Large landslide blocks Colca River in Arequipa, Peru

Large landslide blocks Colca River in Arequipa, Peru

A large landslide hit the Caylloma Province, Peru at around 07:30 LT on May 9, 2021, blocking the Colca River in the district of Chivay and forming a natural dam. The landslide took place close to the city of Chivay and is about 300 m (985 feet) long. Authorities…

Lake Cuitzeo, the second-largest lake in Mexico dries up

Lake Cuitzeo, the second-largest lake in Mexico dries up

At the end of April 2021, drought conditions were covering 85 percent of Mexico. Numerous lakes and reservoirs have dried up, or are in the process of drying up, including the country's second-largest body of freshwater — Lake Cuitzeo. Before the current…

Earth from Orbit: Volcanic eruption at Soufriere St. Vincent

Earth from Orbit: Volcanic eruption at Soufriere St. Vincent

La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent began erupting on April 9, 2021, spewing ash at least 7.6 km (25 000 feet) above sea level. The volcano continued to erupt over the next several days, with multiple violent explosions, allowing…