Earthquakes

5.8 and 5.2 Earthquakes hit south of Java, Indonesia.

5.5 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Costa Rica.

5.0 Earthquake hits Irian Jaya, Papua, Indonesia.

4.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of northern Sumatra.

Drought

Despite rain in some areas, the drought in the US continues to cause concern for farmers and food production. Over a recent six-week stretch, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 1,692 counties as disaster areas due to the drought. About 80% of agricultural land in the country is affected. The summer’s extreme drought is on track to being one of the nation’s costliest natural disasters since 1980.

Disease

Foot and Mouth disease claim livestock in Tibet. The highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease has been traced to livestock in the Nyingtri region of central Tibet. According to the regional agricultural ministry, a total of 123 live head of cattle and 108 pigs have showed symptoms associated with FMD.

The UN health agency says the Ebola death toll stands at 31 in DR Congo. The outbreak cannot be considered to be under control.

The number of swine-origin H3N2 (variant H3N2, or H3N2v) influenza cases in the United States has climbed by 9 in the past week, to 305.

Wildfires

Officials say that they are unable to contain the wildfires that have been raging inside Wae Wuul National Park in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) in Jakarta, Indonesia for several days. The blaze has destroyed about half of the 1,484-hectare park.

Wildfires are also burning on Sumatra.

Firefighters continue battle against the E. Washington wildfires, USA.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Lane forms far out in Pacific, poses no land threat.

Nadine becomes Hurricane in Atlantic, moving away from USA, may hit the Azores next week.

Powerful Typhoon Sanba has hit the Japanese island of Okinawa. 74,500 homes left without power. The powerful typhoon passing over southwestern Japan has brought transportation in the region by sea and air to a standstill. Several flights were cancelled. Typhoon Sanba was aiming squarely at South Korea today and was located approximately 485 nm south of Busan, South Korea. Sanba is expected to make landfall west of Busan.

Flooding in the province of Balochistan in Pakistan has left at least half a million people marooned, besides destroying over 2,000 houses. The flood-affected people of Balochistan are fighting yet another menace after flooding which is the unavailability of clean drinking water and the resultant waterborne diseases which are affecting women and children in particular.

PakistanFloods

Parts of Metro Manila experienced intense and torrential rainfall early yesterday due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon “Karen” (international name “Sanba”), causing floods in some parts of the metropolis. At least nine people have been reported dead.

One person was injured and several buildings were damaged when a tornado hit a town in Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines.

Alaska – A series of extremely powerful fronts that moved across Southeast Alaska this week brought record level amounts of rainfall for the area accompanied by high winds.