A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit the South Sandwich Islands at 16:14 UTC on April 5, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 58.4 km (36.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 80 km (50 miles). The epicenter was located 44 km (28 miles) N of
A tropical low continues to strengthen over the Timor Sea, north of Western Australia today and is expected to become Tropical Cyclone “Wallace” Friday night or early Saturday, April 6, 2019 (AWST). Outer bands will bring rain and gusty winds to the Kimberley coast of Western Australia this weekend. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology continues
A national emergency was declared after a series of wildfires in South Korea’s Gangwon Province, northeast of capital Seoul, destroyed 300 homes, warehouses and other buildings, and left at least 1 person dead since it started late April 4, 2019. The main fire has been brought under control today, but other fires are still burning. The fire was likely
President Donald Trump of the United States of America has made quite the claim. At the National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising dinner earlier this week, he took a tilt at ‘windmills’. “If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value,” he said. “And they
There are a lot of different ways to look at our planet’s warming climate – such as more extreme weather events, increasing levels of vegetation in the Arctic, and even shifting seasons. Now we just got a new metric showing the severity of the situation. A group of scientists have came together to discuss
Heavy rain and floods affecting Iran since March 19, 2019 caused massive damage to the country’s agricultural sector, damaged 36% of the entire road network and left at least 62 people dead, as of April 4, 2019. According to information provided by official sources, flooding has caused at least 47 trillion rials (about $350 million
Severe storms have been affecting multiple governorates of Iraq since March 23, 2019. On April 3, two large tornadoes reportedly formed west of Mosul after a storm swept through the region. The storms were recorded in multiple governorates, including Anbar, Basra, Dahuk, Diyala, Kirkuk, Missan, Muthanna, Ninewa, Salah al-Din, Sulaymaniyah, and Wassit; however, the harshest
New activity was reported for 2 volcanoes from March 27 to April 2, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Popocatepetl, Mexico | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia). Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Ebeko, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kerinci, Indonesia | Krakatau, Indonesia | Manam, Papua New Guinea
A daylight fireball streaked through the sky over North and South Carolina at around 10:50 UTC (06:50 on April 4, 2019. The event lasted up to 10 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 375 reports by 14:08 UTC. The event was seen from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North and South Carolina and Virginia. Heatmap
It could be a landscape on an alien world. Strange optical effects and dazzling mineral formations bloom on the edge of water so hot it would be steam if not for the pressure of all that deep ocean above it. Researchers on board the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor recently captured some amazing
Indonesian Mount Agung erupted again at 17:31 UTC on April 3, 2019, ejecting volcanic ash up to 6 km (20 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code remains Orange and Alert Level at 3 of 4. Seismograph recorded and eruption amplitude of 25 mm and a duration of 3 minutes and 58 seconds, Mount
When it comes to the weather systems controlling rain and shine across the planet, nothing happens in isolation – everything plays into everything else. Now, for the first time, scientists have explained how volcanic eruptions can influence the formation of hurricanes. Investigating this mechanism has been tricky until now, because in the age of
“With full reservoirs and a dense snowpack, this year is practically a California water supply dream,” California DWR Director Karla Nemeth said April 2, 2019, after latest Sierra snowpack measurement. California state officials made their monthly snowpack measurement at Phillips Station in the Sierra and confirmed there will be no lack of water this year.
A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo, Brazil at 06:16 UTC on April 3, 2019, and was registered by 4 Exoss stations. The closest station was Observatório do Pico dos Dias (OPD-LNA) while EPS stations of Eduardo Santiago and the Municipal Observatory of Campinas recorded its complete trajectory. Fireball over Brazil on
A new round of heavy rain has been affecting several regions of Peru over the past couple of days, causing floods and mudslides that resulted in fatalities and damage across the country. A state of emergency has been declared in the province of Chanchamayo, in the district of Palca, Tarma Province and Ulcumayo, Junin Province. As
A sudden hail and snow storm caused a multi-vehicle collision in Lancashire, NW England, U.K. shortly before 21:00 UTC on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. According to Lancashire Police, 24 vehicles were involved in the pile-up which took place on M55 shortly before 21:00 UTC (22:00 BST) on Tuesday due to a ‘sudden microburst’ of hail and
Rare snow fell over parts of the Carolinas including Charlotte, NC on April 2, 2019, making it only the second time in over 100 years that snow fell there during the month of April. Snow came along the western edge of a rapidly deepening nor’easter moving up the East Coast and was seen over a
Denali National Park in Alaska is home to North America’s highest peak, attracting long queues of humans who are keen to commune with nature. Unfortunately, nature’s call doesn’t always align with convenient amenities, and decades of toilet breaks have added up. Now hiking companies are making it their business to fix the peak’s poo problem.
A non-tropical cyclone/nor’easter offshore South Carolina / North Carolina has rapidly deepened, with central pressure down 20 hPa in just 9 hours. Hurricane-force winds have been near its center since 18:00 UTC, April 2. Radar-derived winds aloft have been close to 185 km/h (115 mph). The low pressure system is expected to develop further overnight as it moves
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit Rat Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska at 21:35 UTC on April 2, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 19.1 km (11.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake was followed by several moderate to strong
Alaska just finished one of its most unusually warm Marches ever recorded. In its northern reaches, the March warmth was unprecedented. Part of a rapid and troubling warming across the Arctic, the month concluded feverishly in the northern part of the state, with widespread temperatures 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit above normal. Many areas
Heavy rain and floods continue across Iran, with 25 of its 31 provinces affected since March 19, 2019. The worst-hit provinces in recent days are Golestan in the north, Fars in the south and Lorestan in the west. As of April 2, the death toll stands at 45, with 19 in the city of Shiraz. Tens
A very large waterspout formed near the coast of Tanjung Tokong, Penang, Malaysia on April 1, 2019, and made landfall after about 5 minutes, severely damaging at least 50 buildings. The twister touched down around 13:36 LT, ripping off roofs and downing trees but there were no reports of injuries, the Penang Civil Defence Force spokesman
Spring snowfall turned mountains of northwestern Saudi Arabia into white on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Clouds began to form early Sunday over Jabal Al-Lawz in Tabuk Province and by sunset, snow covered all the area, Arab News reports. Authorities sent security patrols, civil defense and ambulances to the area as visitors rushed to witness the conditions.
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Mauritius – Reunion region, Indian Ocean at 18:39 UTC on April 1, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The quake was initially reported as M5.5. According to the USGS,
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 FV1 flew past Earth at 0.87 LD / 0.00223 AU (333 603 km / 207 291 miles) on March 31, 2019. This is the 15th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and 7th this month. 2019 FV1 was first observed at
April 1 – M104 well placed for observation. The Sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time. At a declination of -11°37′, it is easiest to see from the southern hemisphere; it can be seen at latitudes between 58°N and
A severe thunderstorm swept through parts of southern Nepal on Sunday night, March 31, 2019, leaving at least 35 people dead and over 600 injured. Search and rescue operations are still in progress and the death toll could rise. The rain was accompanied with strong winds that destroyed homes, downed trees and powerlines and overturned cars.
Since 1978, Garfield the lazy, lasagna-loving feline has been one of the world’s most recognised and iconic comic strip characters. But for almost as long as the comic has been in print, a bizarre environmental mystery featuring the cantankerous cat has been polluting the shorelines of western France, and finally we have an explanation for
A bright fireball was seen and recorded streaking through the night sky over Florida at 03:52 UTC on March 31, 2019. The event lasted several seconds before the object disintegrated. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 248 eyewitness reports by 10:00 UTC on April 1. Most of the reports came in from Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and
A relatively large asteroid designated 2019 FC1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.27 LD / 0.00069 (103 222 km / 64 132 miles) on March 28, 2019. This is the largest known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance so far this year. Asteroid 2019 FC1 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids.
18 children were injured after a strong dust devil hit a playground and blew away a trampoline in Yucheng County, China’s central Henan Province. The twister touched ground around 15:00 LD, March 31, 2019. All injured have been rushed to a hospital. Featured image credit: CCTV Register/become a supporter Your support is crucial for our survival.
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit near the coast of Ecuador at 07:04 UTC on March 31, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 18.5 km (11.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth 40 km (24.8 miles). IGEPN is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 3
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 11:20 UTC on March 30, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 57.2 km (35.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 65 km (40.4 miles). The epicenter was located 106 km (66 miles)
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised the alert status of Taal volcano from Alert Level 0 to Alert Level 1 (abnormal) on March 28, 2019. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1977. Powerful pyroclastic flows and surges from historical eruptions have caused many fatalities. There has been a recent change in
We just got some massive news in the ongoing drive to switch to renewable energy: scientists have identified 530,000 sites worldwide suitable for pumped-hydro energy storage, capable of storing more than enough energy to power the entire planet. Pumped-hydro is one of the best technologies we have for storing intermittent renewable energy, such as
A bright fireball was seen above Ashokan Reservoir, NY at 10:13 UTC on March 28, 2019 (18:13 EST). The event lasted several seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 261 reports by 12:00 UTC, March 29, mainly from Connecticut and Pennslyvania. Eyewitness reports also came from Washington DC, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York,
Mount Agung in Karangasem regency, Bali, Indonesia erupted at 10:25 UTC on Thursday, March 28, 2019 (18:25 LT). PVMBG maintains alert status at level 3. The eruption lasted 2 minutes and 32 seconds and ashfall was reported on villages located on the slopes of the volcano. The Darwin VAAC said volcanic ash reached 5.5 km (18 000
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit east of Kuril Islands, Russia at 22:06 UTC on March 28, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 9 km (5.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 267 km (166 miles) ESE
It started off as an enigma. Biologists at field sites around the world reported that frogs had simply disappeared. Costa Rica, 1987: the golden toad, missing. Australia, 1979: the gastric brooding frog, gone. In Ecuador, Arthur’s stubfoot toad was last seen in 1988. By 1990, cases of unexplained frog declines were piling up. These
Mexican authorities have raised the alert level for Popocatepetl volcano from Yellow Phase 2 to Yellow Phase 3 on March 28, 2019. The decision was made due to increased activity observed in recent days, possible magma expulsion and explosions of increased intensity. Over the past 24 hours, Popocatepetl monitoring network detected 61 exhalations, accompanied by water
New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes from March 20 – 26, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Villarrica, Chile. Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Ebeko, Paramushir Island
Wildfires are burning in northern Portugal fueled by strong winds and unexpectedly high temperatures (28 °C / 82.4 °F) several months before expected. Wildfire alert was issued Tuesday evening, March 26, prohibiting farmers from using slash-and-burn methods, requiring employers to authorize absences for workers who serve as volunteer firefighters, and placing more police forces on standby to act
10 million people in Afghanistan (population 35 million) are facing severe acute food insecurity following 3 years of drought and recent floods. Three years of drought have contributed to massive crop failure, economic hardship, hunger and loss of life, forcing 266 000 people from their homes, Afghan Red Crescent Society and the International Federation of Red Cross
An earthquake swarm that started in Tjörnes Fracture Zone on Saturday, March 23, 2019 is still ongoing and the number of earthquakes has increased on March 27, the Icelandic Met Office reported 22:40 UTC, March 27. The quakes are located 6 km (3.7 miles) southwest of the town of Kópasker. A magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported at
Few places have served as a locus for the public’s anxiety about climate change as much as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The global seed ark, popularly known as the “Doomsday Vault”, is embedded deep in the permafrost of a northerly Norwegian island and stores nearly a million samples from around the world for safekeeping
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2019 FQ flew past Earth at 0.86 LD / 0.00220 (329 115 km / 204 502 miles) on March 23, 2019. This is the 13th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and 5th this month. The object belongs to the Apollo
The center of Tropical Cyclone “Joaninha” passed very close to Rodrigues Island, Southwest Indian Ocean on March 26 and 27, 2019, producing strong southerly winds, heavy rain and large swells. This is the 13th named storm and 9th intense tropical cyclone of the record-breaking 2018/19 Southwest Indian Ocean tropical cyclone season. At 12:00 UTC on March 26, Joaninha’s center was