Volcanos

Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano has registered at least 26 eruptions accompanied by steam and gas, as well as a volcano tectonic quake.

Mount Marapi volcano has erupted on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, spewing thick grey smoke up to 1.5 kilometres into the sky.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Nadine continues to spin in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Nadine just won’t give up. The storm has been spinning in the eastern Atlantic Ocean in varying stages of intensity, since September 11.

In the Western Pacific:

– Super Typhoon Jelawat is located approximately 430 nm south-southwest of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. Expected to make landfall in Honshu, Japan. All models now track across Japan and into the Sea of Japan, but historically storms are not able to cross Japan’s mountainous geography.

– Tropical storm Ewiniar – was located approximately 345 nm south-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan. No threat to land.

A tornado has been reported Tuesday evening near the town of Okawville, just outside Saint Louis, Illinois, USA.

Poachers killed two rhinos and chopped off their horns as they had strayed out of flood-hit Assam’s Kaziranga National Park in northern India to escape floodwaters on Wednesday.

Earthquakes

6.2 Earthquake hits Baja California. The quake was widely felt in Mexico, but apart from people rushing outdoors in panic, there have been no reports of fatalities or serious damage.

5.4 and 5.1 Earthquakes hit the Tonga Islands region.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Fiji Islands region.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands north of New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.

Environment

A study conducted for governments of 20 developing countries suggests that more than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change.

As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organisation DARA.

It calculated that five million deaths occur each year from air pollution, hunger and disease as a result of climate change and carbon-intensive economies, and that toll would likely rise to six million a year by 2030 if current patterns of fossil fuel use continue.

More than 90 percent of those deaths will occur in developing countries, said the report that calculated the human and economic impact of climate change on 184 countries in 2010 and 2030. It was commissioned by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a partnership of 20 developing countries threatened by climate change. Link

Wildfires

Wildfires in Southern California have destroyed 20 homes and threatened several hundred more in rural areas near San Diego.

Storms and Floods

Super Typhoon Jelawat, which has intensified to a Category 5 typhoon with 160 mph winds. Jelawat is Earth’s second Category 5 storm of 2012; the other was Super Typhoon Sanba. Jelawat is approaching China’s east coastal regions, bringing rain and gales.

Typhoon Jelawat

Floods and gale force winds wreak havoc on England and Scotland’s transport routes. Many people are facing a night in temporary accommodation after a second day of heavy rain brought flooding and travel chaos to parts of the UK.

Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless by heavy monsoon flooding in the Pakistani provinces of Balochistan and Sindh. About 120 000 homes have been destroyed and tens of thousands of tents are now being distributed to flood victims.

Earthquakes

5.7 Earthquake hits the Tonga Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits far south of Africa.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Timor region.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan.

Volcanos

Kizimen volcano (Eastern Kamchatka (Russia)) activity update: active lava flow, occasional pyroclastic flows and/or explosions, ash plume to 11 800 ft.

Wildfires

Fire crews battle blazes in north, north-west and south-east of Queensland, Australia. Bushfires are threatening homes near Cairns and closing down highways in the state’s northwest.

Residents were evacuated from six villages northwest of Valencia, Spain on Monday. About 500 firefighters using 14 aircraft were battling the flames, which were approaching the villages of Chulilla and Gestalgar.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Miriam, churning far off the Mexican coast in the Pacific Ocean, strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane early Monday.

Heavy rain has led to flooding and travel disruption in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol in England. Flood warnings issued in Wales.

At least 120 houses were damaged in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, in the Philippines after a tornado tore through the community.

Earthquakes

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.

Wildfires

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

 

Disease

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.

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.