Disease

Hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite National Park, USA. The rodent-borne lung disease has killed two people and sickened 4. 10 000 tourists are at risk. Park visitors who exhibit strange or flu-like symptoms are urged to seek immediate medical attention.

Earthquakes

The number of large Earthquakes increased in August –

7.7 Sea of Okhotsk on the 14th. 7.3 El Salvador on the 27th. 7.6 Philippines on the 31st.

The last month that there was a magnitude 7 quake was in April.

5.3 Earthquake hits Svalbard in the Arctic off the east coast of Greenland.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

4.9 Aftershock hits the Philippine Islands.

Storms and Floods

The storm surge from Hurricane Isaac made the Mississippi River flow backwards for 24 hours on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Leslie strengthens in the Atlantic and will affect Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands today.

More than 400 000 people have been left homeless and lost their property in widespread floods in Niger.