Earthquakes

5.5 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

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

 

Drought

Crops wilt and die in a harsh drought in the Balkans.

Drought cuts the Russian grain crop forecasts after bad harvests from eastern regions.

 

Disease

Legionnaires disease outbreak in Quebec City, Canada. 3 people have died with 40 more infected. It is believed the disease is spread by one or more of the many cooling towers around the city.

 

Wildfires

Firefighters continue to battle wildfires across Spain in sweltering conditions.

 

Storms and Floods

Typhoon Igme brings heavy rains, landslides and flash floods to the northern Philippines. The storm is presently stationary and is expected to batter northern Luzon for at least 24 hours.

 

Earthquakes

6.2 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua New Guinea. No reports of damage.

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

4.9 Earthquake hits off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Celebes Sea.

 

Disease

9 people have now died in the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

224 cases of a new strain of swine flu have now been reported across 9 US States.

 

Wildfires

Bushfire emergency declared in the Clarence Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

Lightning sparks several wildfires across British Columbia, Canada.

New wildfire burning in the forests in northern California. Thousands of rural residents told to evacuate.

Wildfire on the Greek Island of Chios has burned thousands of acres of pristine, old forest.

 

Tropical Storms

Tropical storm Igme forms in the Pacific near the Philippines.

Typhoon Kai-tak claims at least 27 lives in northern Vietnam. Parts of Hanoi remain flooded.

 

Earthquakes

5.9 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 Earthquake hits off the coast of Washington, USA.

5.2 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

 

Tropical Storms

Tropical storm Helene hits the east coast of Mexico and weakens to a tropical depression.

Typhoon Kai-tak strikes Vietnam with high winds and heavy rains. 4 people have been reported dead.

 

Earthquakes

6.6 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia,

5.9 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Vanuatu region.

5.0 Earthquake hits the north east Pacific rise.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

 

Climate

Conditions in the Pacific appear to be shifting towards the emergence of the El Niño phenomenon after a period of neutral conditions. El Niño has implications for drought and flood conditions throughout the world.

 

Wildfires

Wildfires in south-western France amid heat wave warnings.

Wildfires burn in the peat swamp forests of Thailand. Authorities believe the fires were deliberately lit by politicians seeking to expand their palm and rubber plantations.