Earth Changes


Magnitude 3.2 earthquake hits Bárðarbunga volcano, Iceland

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Holuhraun in December 2014.
Eyes are back on Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcano following a magnitude 3.2 earthquake that hit the caldera of the volcano yesterday.

Monitoring by the Icelandic Met Office has recently revealed significantly greater seismic activity than any time since the 2014-15 eruption in the adjacent Holuhraun lava field.

Bárðarbunga is one of Iceland's most powerful volcanoes and is located under the country's famous Vatnajökull glacier.

The Met Office's Einar Hjörleifssonhas indicated that the situation is being monitored closely.

Arrow Down

Video shows giant sinkhole in Bangladesh swallowing house with terrifying speed

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Going...going...gone. The house in Bangladesh as it sunk.
This is the terrifying moment a house was swallowed whole by a sinkhole.

Footage of the natural phenomenon shows a home cordoned off by police on a beach shoreline in Bangladesh.

As locals stand beside the property, the ground underneath the house can be seen sliding into the sea with astonishing speed.

Moments later, there is no sign the house was ever there.

No injuries were reported but local authorities are investigating what may have caused the sinkhole to form.

Comment: See the sinkholes topic section for more examples of this escalating phenomena. A few recent incidents include:


Severe thunderstorms bring gigantic hail, flooding rain and a tornado to Argentina

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Infrared satellite image showing the cluster of severe thunderstorms over northern Argentina on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. The most vigorous thunderstorms are indicated by the red cloud tops near Santa Fe and Rosario, Argentina.
Severe thunderstorms tore through parts of northern Argentina and southern Brazil Wednesday into early Thursday, dumping damaging hail, flooding rain, even spawning a tornado.

Hail up to the size of tennis balls pelted parts of Córdoba and Santa Fe provinces, west and northwest of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires on Wednesday.

Comment: Just over one week ago more apocalyptic weather pounded parts of Argentina.


Super rare lancetfish from the deep ocean found on New Plymouth shore, New Zealand

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A rare Longsnouted lancetfish has been found just offshore at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth.
The lancetfish is no Finding Nemo but one has been found a long way from home.

A lancetfish - usually found around 1000 metres deep - has been found just offshore at Fitzroy beach in New Plymouth.

Nik Pyselman was running with his friend Cam Twigley along Fitzroy beach on Wednesday evening when he saw an iridescent blue shape in the water.

"It looked like it had been washed in and was sruggling to swim back out to sea," he said.

"I've heard of people catching them on long lines but I've never seen one myself."

"I've also heard them called cannibal fish before because they eat their own kind."

Comment: See also: Rare, mysterious deep sea fish washes ashore along North Carolina coast


5.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Nepal; epicenter near Kathmandu


A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal with epicentre at Nimlung in Sindhupalchok district of Nepal.
An earthquake measuring 5.0 on Richter scale rattled Nepal once again on Thursday morning with epicentre near Kathmandu.

The tremors were felt at 9:45 am.

According to US Geological Survey, the fresh tremors were felt 25 miles northeast of Kathmandu.

National Seismological Centre (NSC) is reported to have said that the epicenter was at Nimlung in Sindhupalchowk district, The Kathmandu Post reported.

The NSC also said that the fresh earthquake was an aftershock of the 25 April Great Quake of 7.9 magnitude.


Another strange rocket trail caught on camera - this time over southern Siberia (VIDEO)

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Streaking fireball provoked jokes about aliens and Batman's calling card, but no-one could definitively explain a flying object.
Described as 'scary but beautiful', the streaking fireball provoked jokes about aliens and Batman's calling card, but no-one could definitively explain a flying object that was also seen far to the south in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

Footage highlighted by major media outlet LifeNews showed the UFO flashing fast track over the local IKEA furniture store in Omsk, heading in an easterly direction. Yet it is one of a number of recent unexplained flying objects over Siberia - links to others are here.

Astronomers at the planetarium of the Siberian State University of Geosystems and Technologies in Novosibirsk said of the early evening 17 November sightings: 'It is definitely not a comet.'

Their theory was that 'the object was the second stage of intercontinental ballistic missile Topol launched at 15:12 Moscow time (or 18:12 Novosibirsk time) from Kapustin Yar cosmodrome in Astrakhan region.'

Comment: The displays these things produce nowadays as they cross through layers of the atmosphere suggest that the electro-chemical composition of the atmosphere itself has changed in a relatively short period of time. We suspect that this accounts for the 'glowing plasma' effect, where the object's tail fans out spectacularly. ICBMs have been launched into the upper atmosphere for decades, but these eerie trails are a new phenomenon.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills footballer, injures 8 others in Bolivia

A Bolivian footballer has been killed after being struck by lightning.

The incident, which happened during a match last Saturday, injured eight other players in the town of Villazon.

According to reports, a lightning strike hit the ground killing David Alvarez.

Villazon borders Argentina, in south Bolivia.

Local media are reporting eight other players were electrically shocked, although it's unknown how serious these injuries are.

Cloud Precipitation

3 children die in freak hailstorm in Zimbabwe

Three Bulilima District pupils have died following a deadly hailstorm that hit the area on Monday. Many more pupils were stranded and their families searched for them well into the night, leading to their rescue after large hailstones pounded several villages.

Two Early Childhood Development pupils from Sevako Primary School, both girls aged six years, died in the violent weather while a third, a boy from Ndolwane Primary School whose age and grade could not be ascertained, drowned yesterday.

The Bulilima Civil Protection Committee chairperson who is also the District Administrator for Bulilima, Ethel Moyo, said the ECD pupils died on their way home from school while the other pupil drowned in a flooded pit latrine at the school.

Cloud Lightning

El Niño 2015 could be the biggest in recorded history

Sea surface temperature anomalies, Late August 2015
Temperatures in certain parts of the Pacific Ocean are warmer right now than at any time in the last 25 years at least, according to data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The reason: an El Niño, one that scientists say has a chance at being the biggest one ever recorded.

It's a sign that this El Niño could surpass in strength the previous record-setting events of 1997 and 1982. Both of those events were Super El Niños. This year's event looks so much stronger than the 1997 record that a climatologist compared it to an upstart displacing a grand sumo wrestling champion.

El Niño is a weather phenomenon that arises when sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean rise, pushing northward the heavy rains that usually fall on South American rainforests.

It typically results in drought in South America and Australia, mild winters in the northeastern United States, and heavy rain in the southern US.

Comment: For more information on this years El Nino, see:


Twenty cows die of mysterious disease in Chuka, Kenya

Over 20 cows have been reported dead after a mysterious disease hit a village in Chuka Igambang'ombe Constituency.

Villagers, especially farmers in Kiang'ondu, are now a worried lot, claiming the government has done little to help them and are calling on the national and county governments to step in and stop the disease from spreading. Among those affected is Mutwiri Mutegi, a farmer, who claimed that a county livestock department representative had toured the village once but did not enforce quarantine in the face of the deadly disease.

"This disease has been here close to a month now and some symptoms such as the cows legs swelling are easily noticeable," said Mutegi. He claimed that when they reported the matter, the officers demanded bribes, which they could not afford.

On their part, veterinary officers who toured the region said the signs and symptoms portrayed by the animals could be those of ramp skin and anthrax, a deadly disease that is highly contagious. Reports indicated that over the last one week, 20 cows have died and more than 30 households have animals that are already infected.

The farmers are now demanding for an apology from the livestock department due to the loses they have incurred so far, while at the same time urging the county government for assistance following the tragedy that has befallen them.