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.

 

Disease

Ebola outbreak in Isiro, Orientale, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 1 person is dead with 3 other infected. This is a different strain of the virus to that found in the Uganda outbreak.

Thousands of people flee Syria to escape a massive diarrhoeal outbreak.

 

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.