Earthquakes

5.3 Earthquake hits the Fiji region.

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

4.9 Earthquake hits the Philippine Island region.

4.9 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-atlantic ridge.

Avalanche

An avalanche hit a team of climbers on a high Himalayan peak Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, in northern Nepal on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing. Ten other members of the team survived the avalanche but many were injured and were flown to hospitals by rescue helicopters.

Disease

Biologists are working to contain an outbreak of avian botulism that has killed at least 2,000 birds in the North Portland wetlands, Oregon, USA.

100 whitetail deer have died near Janesville, in southern Wisconsin, USA in recent weeks from epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

Health officials in northern India report that a serious outbreak of Japanese encephalitis has infected hundreds of children. The viral brain disease, which can cause permanent disabilities and sometimes death, is a common seasonal disease in Asia.

Wildfires

Three wildfires have caused havoc this week in western North Dakota, burning more than 6 000 acres.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Miriam has formed over the eastern Pacific, but it remains well offshore and does not pose a threat to land.

A severe weather watch is in place for much of England as ex Hurricane, now extra tropical storm Nadine edges closer to the UK. It’s not Nadine that is affecting the UK directly, she has spawned a very deep secondary low pressure system.

Public storm warning signals were hoisted over six provinces in the Philippines on Saturday as Tropical Storm “Lawin” (international name: Jelawat) intensified slightly as it moved slowly over the Philippine Sea.

The flood situation in the Assam, India worsened further on Saturday as heavy showers continued in Arunachal Pradesh. A population of nearly five lakh (500 000) in 14 districts has been hit.

A fierce storm, described as an extra-tropical cyclone, ripped across South America Wednesday. The storm, packing 140-kilometre (87-mile) an hour winds tore across the heart of South America on Wednesday, killing five people in Paraguay and wreaking havoc in Argentina and Uruguay and Bolivia.

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