5.3 Earthquake hits Nias region, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the west Chile rise in the Pacific.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

4.9 and 5.0 Earthquakes hit near the coast of Nicaragua.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Kenai peninsula, Alaska.

4.7 and 4.8 Earthquake hit the Solomon Islands.

4.7 Earthquake hits the Mozambique Channel.



White Island volcano in New Zealand erupts, sprinkling nearby communities with ash.

Galeras volcano in Columbia has new eruption.

Ongoing activity at the following volcanos:

Bagana, Bougainville | Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia | Popocatépetl, México | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Tungurahua, Ecuador | Tongariro, North Island (New Zealand)



Anthrax outbreak on a ranch in Colorado, USA kills cattle. It is the first anthrax outbreak in Colorado in 31 years.



Wildfires in Bosnia-Herzegovina set off explosions in a Bosnian minefield left over from the 1990’s war.

Wildfire rages through 1 000 year old monastery in Mount Athos, northern Greece. Hundreds of residents and tourists flee.


Storms and Floods

The first week of August 2012 saw Hurricane Ernesto push into the Yucatan Peninsula and Tropical Storm Haikui push just south of Shanghai, China. Neither system was too strong, but both provided heavy rains and strong winds in these regions.

Tropical Storm Ernesto brings heavy rains to El Salvador and is expected to make a second landfall in Mexico.