Earthquakes

5.5, 5.4 and 5.4 Earthquakes hit the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Tonga.

2 x 5.0 Earthquakes hit Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits north-east of Taiwan.

Wildlife

At least 19 elephants and two rhinos have died of thirst in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

The disappearance of nearly half of South Florida rabbit species’ habitat due to rising sea levels illustrates the mounting dangers of climate change, according to researchers. The Lower Keys marsh rabbit was once abundant along the chain of islands between Miami and Key West. But aerial photos from 1958 to 2006 show that 48 percent of its habitat has been lost due to sea level rise. Only a few hundred of the species survive on a few of the keys.

Environment

The week’s hottest temperature was 113.0 degrees Fahrenheit (51.6 degrees Celsius) at Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 84.1 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 64.5 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Wildfires

An early fall snowstorm plunged residents of northern Minnesota, USA into winter-like conditions on Thursday, slowing travel and causing power outages while also smothering the wildfires burning in the northwest.

Disease

Five people have died and 35 have developed a rare fungal meningitis in a widening U.S. outbreak caused by contaminated vials of injectable steroid medication for back pain, according to the CDC.

Uganda’s Health Ministry has declared that the recent ebola virus outbreak was officially over, 42 days after the last patient who fell ill with the disease was discharged from medical care. This is double the maximum incubation period (21 days) for Ebola as recommended by WHO. A total of 17 deaths were reported in this outbreak.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Oscar, the fifteenth named storm of the season, has formed in the eastern Tropical Atlantic on Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Maliksi brushes past the Tohoku and Hokkaido prefectures of northern Japan, before moving away from land and becoming an extra-tropical [cold core] storm.

Landslide kills 16 students in southwestern Yunnan province, southwest China.