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…

341 people missing afters heavy dust storm hits Mongolia

341 people missing afters heavy dust storm hits Mongolia

A heavy dust storm hit the southern Mongolian province of Dundgovi on Sunday, March 14, 2021, leaving at least 341 people missing, according to the Dundgovi emergency management department. The department said most of the missing people are nomadic herders, adding…

Mekong River drops to critically low levels

Mekong River drops to critically low levels

The Mekong River water levels in Thailand have fallen to critically low levels, posing a serious threat of severe drought during the dry season. The water levels are dropping faster than in previous years due to the construction of dams in Laos, as well as low…

Elevated activity at Raung volcano, Indonesia

Elevated activity at Raung volcano, Indonesia

Eruption at Raung volcano continues at elevated levels, with several strong explosions ejecting ash up to 5.5 km (18 000 feet) above sea level over the past 3 days. Raung Volcano Observatory said non-harmonic tremors are present at the volcano since January 20, when…

Daylight fireball explodes over New York, creating a bright flash, U.S.

Daylight fireball explodes over New York, creating a bright flash, U.S.

A bright daylight fireball exploded over northern New York, U.S. at 17:10 UTC on December 2, 2020, creating a bright flash in the middle of the day. Witnesses from parts of upstate New York said the visual event was followed by a sonic boom. The American Meteor…

Massive wildfire scorches half of Fraser Island – Queensland, Australia

Massive wildfire scorches half of Fraser Island – Queensland, Australia

A massive bushfire is burning across Fraser Island off Queensland's coast, scorching up to 74 km (46 miles) as of November 23, 2020– it has covered more than half of the 122 km (76 miles) long island since it was first reported in mid-October. Firefighters have…