The outbreak of West Nile virus in the USA is the worst since the illness was first observed in the US in 1999. The number of confirmed cases rose by 25% last week to 1,993.

The number of deaths rose to 87, up from 65 a week ago. The death total seems unlikely to break the record of 260 set in the 2002-03 season.


5.4 Earthquake hits Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Talaud Islands, Indonesia.

5.1 and 4.9 Earthquakes hit southern Iran.

5.1 Earthquake hits the western Gulf of Aden.

4.9 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.


Bushfires burn across New South Wales, Australia. A burn prohibition is in effect amid extremely dry and hot conditions.


Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts.

New Activity/Unrest was observed at the following sites during the past week:

Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Grozny Group, Iturup Island | Krakatau, Indonesia | Little Sitkin, Aleutian Islands | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat | Tiatia, Kunashir Island | Tungurahua, Ecuador.

Ongoing Activity:

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 | Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia).

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Leslie strengthens to become category 1 hurricane and continues on it path towards Bermuda and possibly Nova Scotia.

3 people have died and 9 are missing in flash floods in Pakistan’s Kashmir region.

Floods displace thousands and destroy crops in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province.

Tornadoes hit south-western Wisconsin and Camden County, New Jersey, USA.