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Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near Macquarie Island, Australia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 (downgraded from M6.7) hit near Macquarie Island, Australia at 21:46 UTC on September 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0...

September 08, 2016

Alarming decline in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years

A new study published today in the Cell Press journal Current Biology shows a catastrophic decline in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years. Researchers demonstrated alarming losses comprising a tenth of global wilderness since the 1990s, with the...

September 08, 2016

Heavy rain causes severe flash flooding in Greece, claims 4 lives

At least 4 people have died and one is missing after heavy rains caused heavy flooding in southern and northern parts of Greece on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The floods destroyed homes and swept cars out to sea. The flooding hit towns and cities from...

September 08, 2016

Alert status of Mayon volcano raised, 'big' eruption possible, Philippines

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert status of Mayon volcano from Alert Level 0 to Alert Level 1. This means that the volcano is in an abnormal condition and has entered a period of...

September 08, 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

USGS upgrades Pawnee earthquake to M5.8, making it Oklahoma’s largest earthquake ever

The U.S. Geological Survey has updated the official magnitude of the September 3, 2016 Pawnee, Oklahoma earthquake to Mw5.8 (from 5.6), making it Oklahoma’s largest recorded earthquake to date. "The magnitude revision is based on further in-depth analysis...

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

After two landfalls in Mexico, Newton moves into Arizona as a post-tropical cyclone

After hitting Baja California and Sonora, Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane, Newton is now a post-tropical cyclone located over Arizona, United States. There was no major damage in Baja California, but the storm killed at least 2 people when a fishing boat capsized...

September 07, 2016

Deadly landslide hits Villa Nueva, south of Guatemalan capital

At least nine people have been killed and one is missing after a landslide triggered by torrential rain hit a poor shantytown in Villa Nueva municipality, just south of the Guatemala City. The landslide hit Tuesday night local time, September 6, 2016. David de Leon,...

September 07, 2016

Klyuchevskoy erupts spewing ash up to 11.2 km a.s.l., Aviation Colour Code raised to Red

Klyuchevskoy volcano, located on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, erupted at 20:30 UTC on September 6, 2016, spewing volcanic ash up to 11.2 km (37 000 feet) above sea level. Ash cloud was moving to the southeast at 9.3 km/h (5.7 mph), the Tokyo VAAC said. In their...

September 07, 2016

Asteroid 2016 RB1 to flyby Earth at 0.1 LD on September 7, 2016

Newly discovered asteroid 2016 RB1 will make a very close flyby of Earth on September 7, 2016, passing at 0.1 LD (38 400 km / 23 860 miles) from the surface of our planet. The size of 2016 RB1, based on absolute magnitude, is estimated to be between 7.3 and 16 m (24...

September 06, 2016

Tropical Storm "Malou" hits Okinawa, heading toward Tokyo, Japan

Tropical Storm "Malou" has formed early Tuesday, September 6, 2016, following the gradual development of a low pressure area off of the monsoonal trough northeast of Luzon, Philippines. The system is already bringing flooding rain to Okinawa. "This...

September 06, 2016

Winter returns to New Zealand, arctic blast to reach the country Wednesday

Starting Wednesday, September 7, 2016, winter is set to return to New Zealand. Despite it being spring according to the calendar, one more big winter push is on the way late this week, bringing everything from cold temperatures and gusty winds to even low elevation...

September 06, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia at 22:54 UTC on September 5, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 12.3 km (7.6 miles). The same area was hit by a shallow M4.3 earthquake at 23:38 UTC....

September 05, 2016

Newton to hit Baja California as a hurricane, reach Arizona on September 7

Tropical Storm "Newton" (15E) has formed near the west coast of Mexico on September 5, 2016. The system is strengthening and is expected to make landfall over the southern tip of Baja California early Tuesday (UTC), September 6. A dangerous storm surge is...

September 05, 2016

Javea fire: Dangerous wildfire near Spain's Valencia forces thousands to evacuate

A dangerous wildfire is raging on Spain's Costa Blanca, some 120 km (75 miles) southeast of Valencia, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. It is believed to be started deliberately, on one of the hottest days of the year. The fire started on Sunday,...

September 05, 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