5.5 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Ascension Islands region.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands region.


Forest fires devastating Ecuador have left five people dead and 73 injured, consuming more than 17,600 hectares of woodland and crops.



The World Health Organization is keeping a close eye on a disease outbreak in Saudi Arabia caused by a new virus in the same family as the one that caused the SARS outbreak that killed 800 people worldwide in 2002.

About 20 cows owned by villagers in Karisalpatti in Rediyarchathiran union in Dindigul district, India have succumbed to a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the past week causing panic among the people, who are dependent on the animals for subsistence.

The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning consumers not to eat Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it is “possibly linked” to a salmonella outbreak.

Storms and Floods

Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in northeast India have claimed at least 26 lives, with eight other people missing. Nearly one million people have been displaced in Assam state alone, many sheltering in camps or beside roads.

As River Niger continues to overflow its banks due to the release of dam water from Cameroon, farmlands in Ibaji and other communities in Kogi East senatorial districts of Kogi state, Nigeria have been submerged.