Category: Disasters

Scottish earthquake tally hits 4,000

There were more than 4,000 earthquakes recorded across Scotland over the past 50 years, including a 4.4 magnitude quake in Knoydart Peninsula in 1974.

Earthquakes in Nevada this morning

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is reporting a series of earthquakes in the sparsely populated state of Nevada this morning (December 28, 2016), beginning with two 5.7-magnitude quakes, which are moderately strong earthquakes.

Ursid meteors are flying

Eliot Herman in Tucson caught this fireball, or exceptionally bright meteor – likely part of the ongoing Ursid shower – on December 18, 2016.

Study offers coastal communities better way to prepare for devastating storms

The historic boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was destroyed by fierce winds that hit during Hurricane Sandy. Image Credit: Liz Roll/FEMA.

With massive coastal storms on the rise, a new study describes a method for stakeholders in vulnerable communities to be involved in preparing for, absorbing, recovering and adapting from devastation.

Hurricane risk to US northeast coast

The northeastern coast of the United States could be hit by more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future, according to research published in the journal Scientific Reports

‘Biblical’ moth influx threatens to devastate crops

Scientists have learned that cabbage and cauliflower crops could potentially be “devastated” by an infestation of moths from continental Europe.

Europe floods: Seine could peak at six metres as Louvre closes doors

Bodies found in France and Germany, villages flooded and roads wrecked amid forecasts of more deluges and rising watersEurope flooding: have you been affected?

California Natural Gas Leak Officially Largest Leak in U.S. History

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360The four-month natural gas leak that sickened hundreds of Los Angeles residents and forced the evacuations of 1,800 homes this winter has officially been deemed the largest methane leak in U.S. history, according to a study in the journal Science. Topic: Disasters

Category 5 Cyclone Winston slams Fiji

Originally Published by EarthSkyThe globe’s strongest tropical cyclone recorded so far in 2016 intensified in the Southern Pacific and made landfall in Fiji Saturday, February 20, 2016. Cyclone Winston, which is the name given by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, was a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 300 kph (185 mph) that produced […]

Northern Forests Emerge As the New Global Tinderbox

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Rapidly rising temperatures, changes in precipitation, and increased lightning strikes are leading to ever-larger wildfires in the northern forests of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, with potentially severe ecological consequences. Topic: Disasters