Climate Change

As expected, the amount of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen to the lowest level on record.

Satellites tracking the extent of the sea ice found over the weekend that it covered about 1.58 million square miles, or less than 30 percent of the Arctic Ocean’s surface, scientists said. That is below the previous record low, set in 2007, but with weeks still to go in the summer melting season, it is clear that the record will be beaten by a wide margin.

Earthquakes

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.4 Earthquake hits off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Talaud Islands, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquke hits the Gulf of California.

5.0 and 2 x 4.8 Aftershocks hit off the coast of Central America.

4.8 Earthquake hits off the coast of central Chile.

Disease

Measels cases continue to be reported in New South Wales, Australia where 78 cases have occurred this year. Communities have been urged to immunise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to make landfall in New Orleans Tuesday night, nearly 7 years to the day after the ill-fated hurricane Katrina.

Typhoon Tembin causes widespread damage in Taiwan.

Typhoon Bolaven moves slowly across South Korea, bringing heavy rains, cancelling flights and closing all schools in Seoul.

Tornado reported near Vero Beach, Florida, USA.