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.

 

Earthquakes

7.7 Earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk. No tsunami warning issued.

5.4 Earthquke hits Pakistan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Bonin Islands off Japan.

5.2 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands region.

5.1 and 4.8 Earthquakes hit Taiwan.

 

Volcanos

A swarm of more than 150 earthquakes caused an underwater eruption of a previously dormant volcano ‘Havre’ situated in the Pacific halfway between New Zealand and Tonga. The 4 000 square mile island of floating pumice was observed by a New Zealand navy ship last week.

 

Disease

Anthrax outbreak in Jiangsu Province, China.

Mysterious cattle disease has killed 68 cattle in Cholistan, Pakistan.

 

Wildfires

At least 1 000 people have been evacuated from the Canary Island of La Gromera to escape the wildfires burning on the island.

2 people have died in the wildfires raging in Alicante, Spain.

In northern California, 480 homes have been evacuated due to spreading wildfires.

 

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Kai-tak [Helen] is expected to bring more rain to an already drenched Philippines before heading towards China.

At least 28 people have been killed in floods in Nigeria’s Plateau State.

Tornado hits Riverside County, Southern California, USA.