The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on Friday, 24 July, to mitigate the potential impact that the Kick 'em Jenny underwater volcano could have on Grenada, island country in the Caribbean Sea. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) sent the request to activate the mechanism on behalf of Montserrat Volcano Observatory and Government of Grenada.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced that improved global topographic data are now publicly available for most of Asia (India, China, southern Siberia, Japan, Indonesia), Oceania (Australia, New Zealand), and western Pacific Islands.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) of the Department of the Interior provided significant information on the characteristics and trend of earthquakes in 2014.
USGS estimated that the number of large earthquakes decreased from 19 in 2013 to 12 in 2014 but that moderate seismic activity was registered in areas relatively new to seismicity. Worldwide, 11 earthquakes reached magnitude 7.0-7.9 and one registered magnitude 8.2, in Chile, on April 1.
The United States Earth Observationsatellite Landsat 8 has recently seen a high increase in acquisition rates. On average, 700 scenes per day have been acquired (compared to 550 images per day before June 2014).