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.

 

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.