Earthquakes

6.6 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia,

5.9 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Vanuatu region.

5.0 Earthquake hits the north east Pacific rise.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

 

Climate

Conditions in the Pacific appear to be shifting towards the emergence of the El Niño phenomenon after a period of neutral conditions. El Niño has implications for drought and flood conditions throughout the world.

 

Wildfires

Wildfires in south-western France amid heat wave warnings.

Wildfires burn in the peat swamp forests of Thailand. Authorities believe the fires were deliberately lit by politicians seeking to expand their palm and rubber plantations.

 

Disease

Ebola outbreak in Isiro, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 1 person is dead with 3 other infected. This is a different strain of the virus to that found in the Uganda outbreak.

Thousands of people flee Syria to escape a massive diarrhoeal outbreak.

 

Storms and Floods

Tropical storm Helene forms off the Gulf coast of Mexico.

Tropical storm Gordon moves towards the Azores.

Tropical storm Kai-tak has left 9 people dead, 17 injured and 2 still missing in the Philippines and is now bringing havoc to southern China.

Floods in Madhya Pradesh, India claim at least 31 lives.