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Earthquakes of the first 15 years of the 21st century

This animation shows every recorded earthquake in sequence as they occurred from January 1, 2001, through December 31, 2015, at a rate of 30 days per second. This time period includes some remarkable events. Several large earthquakes caused devastating tsunamis,...

December 02, 2016

Impressive tornadic waterspout near Destin, Florida

Around 11:00 local time on November 30, 2016, amidst tornado watches and waterspout reports in the area, a very large waterspout formed off the coast of Miramar Beach near Destin, Florida. It crossed the beach and moved inland, dissolved and reformed again. Winds it...

December 01, 2016

Water on asteroid Psyche baffles astronomers

Scientists today are expressing their astonishment over the detection of water-deposits on an asteroid that is thought to be pure metal. The asteroid is called 16 Psyche, and it’s believed to be on of the ten most-massive asteroids in the asteroid belt. Psyche...

November 30, 2016

Interactively explorable Earth's topographic changes since 1984

In a global, zoomable and interactively explorable timelapse, Google's Earth Engine has finally made available over 5 million satellite images acquired over the past three decades by 5 different satellites. You can search, pan, or zoom around to begin exploring...

November 29, 2016

Car disappears in Ufa sinkhole, Urals, Russia

At least 6 meters (20 feet) deep sinkhole opened up on November 25, 2016 in the city of Ufa, Urals, Russia and slowly swallowed a car. The owner of Lada Kalina called rescuers and frantically waited for them to show up as she watched her car slowly disappear. By...

November 28, 2016

Large waterspout in the Gulf of Valencia, Spain

A very large waterspout, tornado over water, was seen in the Gulf of Valencia, Spain on November 27, 2016 and recorded by numerous witnesses. According to Ametse (Association Meteorologica del Sureste), a severe thunderstorm anchored in the Gulf of Valencia...

November 27, 2016

Gustnados sweep Qatar

Several intense tornado-like occurrences were reported in Qatar on November 23, 2016. Numerous residents reported twisters in Doha, Al Khor, and Mesaieed. Although the sightings were at first considered as tornadoes, experts have explained the phenomena is actually...

November 24, 2016

Rare November snow in Tokyo, the first since 1962

Temperatures in central Tokyo have fallen to near zero °C recently, rare for this time of year, and the city today saw its first November snow in 54 years. According to the JMA, this is the first time the snow had fallen in central Tokyo since 1962 and the first...

November 24, 2016

Bright meteor explodes over the Gulf of Mexico

A bright meteor swept through the night sky above the Gulf of Mexico around 04:19 UTC on November 22, 2016 and exploded about 24 km (15 miles) from the surface, creating a spectacular show. The event was seen from Florida to Alabama and Georgia, and as far away as...

November 23, 2016

Very bright fireball over the Mediterranean Sea

This amazing fireball overflew the Mediterranean Sea on November 18, 2016 at 22:31 UTC and was recorded by the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto and La Sagra, Spain (SMART Project). On the following day, a bright daylight meteor was recorded from Sevilla....

November 22, 2016

Drones capture massive earth changes after Kaikoura Earthquake

GNS scientists made field observations of Kekerengu Fault rupture following the Kaikoura Earthquake and the fault scarp and uplifted coastal platform at Waipapa Bay above the Papatea Fault. The Kekerengu Fault is one of the several faults that ruptured during the...

November 22, 2016

2016 the worst for natural disasters in Indonesia in the last decade

In the period between January 1 and November 11, 2016, 1 985 natural disasters were reported in Indonesia, the highest number seen in the last 10 years, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). According to the agency report, out of 1 985 total...

November 17, 2016

Sabancaya erupting under moonlight

Peru's Sabancaya volcano started a new eruptive phase on November 7, 2016 after 18 years of sleep. The volcano continues with constant emissions of steam and ash, with ashfall reported in the villages of the Colca Valley in the province of Caylloma, as far as 40...

November 15, 2016

Severe wildfires spreading across the Southeast US

Persistent drought conditions in the Southeast US have caused wildfires across the states. Numerous people were forced to evacuate their homes throughout the affected regions. Kentucky and Tennessee reported the highest wildfire numbers. According to the national...

November 15, 2016

Destructive tornadoes hit Johannesburg, South Africa

At least two tornadoes have been reported in South Africa over the past two days. One of them damaged over 50 houses, three of them severe. At least one person was injured. The first tornado ripped through Ennerdale in southern Johannesburg between 18:00 and 19:00...

November 15, 2016

Bright fireball observed over Spain

A very bright fireball swept across the sky over southern Spain at 02:55 UTC on November 15, 2016, and was captured by several meteor observing cameras. The event took place during the Supermoon. The bolide was a part of the Taurid meteor shower and was a remnant...

November 15, 2016

Light pillars and Moon halo over Denmark

Light pillars and halos are formed when the freezing cold atmospheric air is filled with tiny ice particles in suspension. When the wind is low and the sky is clear, you might observe strange beams coming from different sources of light. Ice particles reflect and...

November 09, 2016