Earthquakes

5.4 Earthquake hits the New Britain region, Papua New Guinea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Kodiak Islands region, Alaska.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Talaud Islands, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits south-west of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the northern Molucca Sea.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Loyalty Islands off New Caledonia.

Environment

Many of the world’s glaciers and ice sheets are retreating in the face of global warming, but a few are stable or growing — including glaciers in the western Himalaya Mountains, according to a new report. The mountains in the region form the headwaters of several major river systems — including the Ganges, Mekong, Yangtze, and Yellow rivers — which serve as sources of drinking water and irrigation supplies for about 1.5 billion people.

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The US National Weather Service in Los Angeles released two notices of triple-digit record-breaking temperatures in Long Beach over the weekend. On Friday, a high of 104 degrees was recorded, breaking the old record of 96 set in 1979.

Drought

Severe drought in Poland reveals 400-yr-old sunken treasures. A huge cargo of elaborate marble stonework that sank to the bottom of Poland’s Vistula river four centuries ago has re-appeared after a drought and record-low water levels revealed the masonry lying in the mud on the river bed.

Volcanos

Indonesia’s Mount Gamalama volcano Molucca Islands unleashed two strong eruptions over the weekend, sending volcanic ash as high as 1 kilometer, showering nearby Ternate with ash.

It has been reported that another Indonesian volcano, Mt Lokon has erupted, sending ash plumes up to 1,500-meters.

Offshore volcanic activity on Spain’s El Hierro island has resumed far below the Earth’s surface in a similar manner to last July, but on a somewhat stronger scale.

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Disease

Legionnaires outbreak in Carmarthen, Wales. Three confirmed cases have been linked to the area. Legionnaires’ disease is contracted by breathing in droplets from contaminated water sources. Symptoms include breathlessness, chest pain and a dry cough, as well as fever, muscle aches, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhoea. Legionnaires’ disease can lead to pneumonia and can be fatal.

Cholera Outbreak: Six dead in the Volta Region, Ghana.

A cumulative total of 18,508 cases including 271 deaths (with a case fatality ratio of 1.5%) has been reported in the ongoing cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone since the beginning of the year.

46 cases of Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) have now been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Wildfires

Firefighters continue battle against the E. Washington wildfires, USA. More than 240 wildfires are now burning in Washington. The Yakima complex fire is burning at about 6,000 acres, and Kittitas was at 3,500 on the last update. Officials are now calling in Canadian fire crews to assist with Washington and Oregon fire fighting. About 3,500 crews from both states are fighting five large fires in Washington.

The Sheep fire burning seven miles north of Riggins, Idaho, is 24 percent contained and had burned a total of 29,171 acres.

A 100-foot-high (30-meter) whirlwind of fire tore around a patch of Australian Outback on Tuesday near Alice Springs.

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Storms and Floods

Floods in northern Cameroon kill at least 30 people, affect more than 26000.

Massive Floods Kill At Least 70 in Nigeria. About 12,000 people have been displaced by flood disaster that ravaged many communities in Kano and Jigawa states where no fewer than 400,000 farmlands and 36,000 houses have been destroyed by the floods.

Tropical storm Nadine was located about 490 mi. [790 km] WSW of the Azores.

Category 1 Hurricane Lane was located about 1180 mi. [1895 km] WSW of the southern tip of Baja California. Lane should weaken into a tropical storm today and further weakening is expected on Wednesday. No threat to land.

Typhoon Sanba Reaches Vladivostok, Russia, floods the city’s streets.