Volcanos

New Activity/Unrest has been reported at the following volcanos:

Havre Seamount, SW Pacific | Grozny Group, Iturup Island | Soputan, Sulawesi | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat | Tangkubanparahu, Western Java (Indonesia) | Tungurahua, Ecuador.

Ongoing Activity:

Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island | Fuego, Guatemala | Galeras, Colombia | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia | Popocatépetl, México | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia).

Earthquakes

5.7, 5.6, 5.3, 5.3, 5.1, 5.1, 5.0, 5 x 4.9 Aftershocks continue to rattle the Philippine Islands following yesterday’s major Earthquake.

5.5 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits Chiapas, Mexico.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

5.2 Earthquake hits the New Britain Region, papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Colombia.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of central Chile.

4.9 Earthquake hits south east of the Loyalty Islands.

Drought

Global food prices rose 10% in July according to the World Bank’s food price index due to the drought across the USA midwest, Russia and Europe.

Maize and wheat prices rose 25% and soybean prices 17% during the period June – July.

The highest price increases were seen in Africa with maize rising 113% in Mozambique and sorghum rising 220% in southern Sudan.

Despite the rising prices, the organization said it does not predict people will riot as they did in 2008 when food prices last spiked to record levels.

Disease

An outbreak of Newcastle disease in southern Minnesota, USA has prompted the closing of islands in Minnesota and Pigeon Lakes.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms Kirk and Leslie in the Atlantic are not expected to impact on land at this stage.

Tropical Storm Ileana remains far off Baja California and is also not expected to make landfall.

Flooding in northern Cameroon kills at least 14 people, displacing 22 000.

Flooding and locust swarms in Chad add to the region’s food crisis.