Storms and Floods

Tropical storm Helene forms off the Gulf coast of Mexico.

Tropical storm Gordon moves towards the Azores.

Tropical storm Kai-tak has left 9 people dead, 17 injured and 2 still missing in the Philippines and is now bringing havoc to southern China.

Floods in Madhya Pradesh, India claim at least 31 lives.

 

Earthquakes

5.3 and 5.2 Earthquakes hit the central mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.0 Earthquake hits Kyushu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

4.8 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

 

Volcanos

Ivan the Terrible volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts, spewing noxious fumes.

 

Wildfires

Wildfires sparked by lightning in Canada’s Hudson Bay region are threatening the habitat of polar bears. The fires are destroying old tree roots and frozen soil where females traditionally make their dens.

 

Storms

Tropical Storm Gordon forms in the Atlantic. It is moving across open water and is not threatening landfall at this stage.

 

Earthquakes

5.3 Earthquake hits northern Iran.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore El Salvador.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Fiji region.

4.9 Earthquake hits south-east of Easter island.

4.9 Earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge in the mid-Atlantic.

 

Volcanos

New activity/unrest has been reported at the following volcanos:

Monowai Seamount, Kermadec Islands (SW Pacific) | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat |Tongariro, North Island (New Zealand) | White Island, New Zealand

Ongoing activity:

Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island | Fuego, Guatemala | Galeras, Colombia | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia | Popocatépetl, México | Reventador, Ecuador | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Soputan, Sulawesi | Tungurahua, Ecuador

 

Wildfires

Dry conditions across the USA West continue to torment residents with wildfires burning in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, California and Montana.

 

Rainforests

The rate at which wildlife is dying off in the remaining fragments of rainforests in Brazil is greater than previously thought. What was previously one cohesive area of rainforest where wildlife could roam free has now been cut up and divided by roads, cities, farms, and other forms of deforestation.

In the 196 fragments of forest visited, scientists found only 4 of the 18 mammal species they were looking for.

Among the highly endangered creatures were howler monkeys and marmosets. And species like white-lipped peccaries, which are similar to pigs, have been completely wiped out.

The situation was worse than previously thought. All the charismatic species, the large primates, the large ungulates, brocket deer, tapirs, giant anteaters, jaguars, the large cats have all but disappeared.

Storms

Tropical Storm Kai-Tak brings more heavy rains to northern Luzon in the Philippines. Manila has been warned to expect more floods. The tropical storm will continue to move northwestward today towards southeastern China.

 

Earthquakes

5.3 and 4.6 Earthquakes hit Reykjanes Ridge in the north Atlantic.

5.1 Earthquake hits northern Iran.

4.9 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.

 

Disease

The hand, foot, mouth disease outbreak in Washoe County, Nevada, USA continues to spread with over 400 cases reported.

The disease is spread by direct contact with nose and throat discharges (coughing, sneezing), saliva, or fluid from blisters.

There is no treatment or vaccine for the disease, so the best defense is prevention.

 

Wildfires

Wildfires north-east of San Diego, California.

Wildfire in central Washington burns at least 60 homes. Thousands flee.

Bushfires in forest regions of Sri Lanka.

 

Nuclear Radiation

Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

Scientists found 34 per cent of 3rd generation butterflies had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes.

The findings will raise fears over the long-term effects of the leaks on other species and people who were exposed in the days and weeks after the accident, as radiation spread over a large area and forced thousands to evacuate.