Earth ChangesS


Galveston, Texas beachgoers watch enormous waterspout soar to the sky

Joshua Nørregaard spotted the giant waterspout near San Luis Pass Bridge on Monday morning.   Joshua Nørregaard
© Joshua NørregaardJoshua Nørregaard spotted the giant waterspout near San Luis Pass Bridge on Monday morning.
Gigantic, whirling columns of air and water mist were spotted off the coast near Galveston on Monday morning, alarming some Texas beachgoers.

The waterspouts, as they are officially called, could be seen from San Luis Pass Bridge and Freeport.

While local residents said the eerie columns of rotating air are not uncommon, Joan O'Connell, who spotted the giant waterspout from Pointe West Bayside, said it's the largest waterspout she's ever seen.


Section of Wyoming's Teton Pass road collapses

teton pass sinkhole highway closed landslide
© WYDOT Teton County
It's unclear how quickly it can be rebuilt

A large chunk of a twisting mountain pass road collapsed in Wyoming, authorities said Saturday, leaving a gaping chasm in the highway and severing a well-traveled commuter link between small towns in eastern Idaho and the tourist destination of Jackson.

Aerial photos and drone video of the collapse show the Teton Pass road riven with deep cracks, and a big section of the pavement disappeared altogether. Part of the guardrail dangled into the void, and orange traffic drums marked off the danger area. The road was closed at the time of the collapse.

The section that failed first drew attention Thursday when a crack and drop in the road contributed to the crash of a motorcycle.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe flooding hits Laos capital Vientiane after heavy rains

Laos capital Vientian was left grappling with sudden flooding following two days of heavy rain from Sunday, inundating many areas.

Photos shared on Facebook reveal knee-level flooding in Dongdok village, Xaythany district, causing severe traffic congestion. Residents, frustrated and angered, blame poor drainage management.

"I think the problem is not just the rain itself but also the arrangement of drainage pipes," commented one Facebook user. "It always floods in this area whenever there's a little heavy rain."

"Drainage pipes should be installed at a standardized level and cleaned annually," another user remarked.


Heavy June snowfall in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

© Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður
The northern viewing area at Dettifoss waterfall has been closed due to heavy snow accumulation on the trails leading to the falls.

This was announced in a Facebook post by Vatnajökull National Park. The area has experienced significant snowfall over the past few days and the post warns that conditions are extremely challenging, cautioning that hiking to the waterfall is not advisable for just anyone at this time.

After a cold spell in the northern and northeastern regions, caused by a low-pressure front, Iceland's weather appears to be taking a turn for the better, with temperatures in the south expected to reach as high as 15°C this week.

Comment: See also: Winter returns to Iceland - Snowstorm in June

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorm causes major damage to nose, cockpit windows of Austrian Airlines plane

Damage is seen on an Austrian Airlines airplane in Vienna
Damage is seen on an Austrian Airlines airplane in Vienna
An Austrian Airlines flight suffered significant damage from hail, which took off part of the airplane's nose on Sunday, the airline said.

Flight OS434 was flying from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, to Vienna, Austria, when it hit a "thunderstorm cell," Austrian Airlines said in a statement to ABC News. The hail caused damage to the cockpit windows, some coverings and the nose, which photos showed appeared to have broken off.

"I think we were about 20 minutes from landing when we got into a cloud of hail and thunderstorm, and the turbulence started," Emmeley Oakley, a passenger on the flight, told ABC News via text message.

Oakley said that inside the cabin, they could hear the hail as it hit their aircraft.

"We could definitely feel the hail coming down on the plane and it was quite loud and ofc super rocky for a minute," Oakley wrote.


Iceland: Lava flow engulfs road as it advances towards coastal town after volcano eruption

The lava flow from an active volcano in Iceland again engulfed a road leading to the coastal town of Grindavik and the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on Saturday 8 June, with officials closely monitoring its path.

Drone footage captured on the Reykjanes Peninsula shows the steadily advancing flow.

The volcano had stabilised since a 29 May eruption, the fifth and most powerful since the volcanic system reawakened in December after 800 years.

Authorities monitoring the lava flow said it was advancing significantly slower than during the previous two eruptions.

The same section of road, several kilometres (miles) from the town, was previously engulfed in February and March this year.

Cloud Precipitation

Major flood due to heavy rainfall in Maharashtra, India

The city of Pune is facing heavy rainfall that has caused waterlogging in several areas, prompting alerts for the next three hours. The weather department has predicted rainfall in different regions of Maharashtra, and the India Meteorological Department has issued red and orange alerts for various districts in the Konkan and Ghats regions due to expected heavy rainfall.

Shivajinagar has seen the highest rainfall with 67.4 mm, followed by Pashan with 56.8 mm. The heavy downpour has resulted in floods and traffic congestion in some parts of the city. This is only the pre-monsoon period, and rainfall in urban areas is expected to continue, along with suggested actions to minimize risks.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2, injures 12 students in Uganda

A lightning strike killed two pupils of Akorikeya primary school and injured 12 others in Abiliyep sub-county, Amudat district in northern Uganda.

The pupils aged between 13 and 15 were struck on Friday while playing in the school compound during the heavy downpour at around 5:30 pm according to George Owanyi, Amudat resident district commissioner (RDC).

Owanyi said that the injured pupils are currently admitted and are responding to treatment. This incident comes nearly two months after lightning struck a nurse and a cleaner at Kaabong hospital in Kaabong district.

Comment: A day earlier: Lightning strike kills 3 siblings in Uganda


Six-year-old boy dies in dog attack in Telangana, India

A six-year-old boy, Gugulot Sivaram, lost his life in a dog attack in Nunavut Tanda of Chilpur Mandal in Jangaon district.

Sivaram, the son of Gugulot Madhu and Sarita, was alone at home while his parents were working in the field. Upon returning, they found their son missing. Following the sound of barking dogs, the parents discovered Sivaram's lifeless body in the bushes.

The grieving parents and family members were inconsolable as they mourned the loss of their young son.


Shallow 6.2 earthquake on the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

A very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred in the South Pacific Ocean near the coast of n/a in the early morning of Sunday, Jun 9, 2024 at 12.55 am local time (GMT -9). The quake had a very shallow depth of 10 km (6 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).


Date & time Jun 9, 2024 09:55:49 UTC
Local time at epicenter Sunday, Jun 9, 2024, at 12:55 am (GMT -9)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6.2
Depth 10 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 53.8577°S / 133.9892°WInternational Territory (not near any country)
Seismic antipode 53.8577°N / 46.0108°E Russia
Shaking intensity VII Very strong shaking near epicenter
Felt 0 reports
Primary data source USGS (United States Geological Survey)