Earthquakes

5.8 and 5.2 Earthquakes hit south of Java, Indonesia.

5.5 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the coast of Costa Rica.

5.0 Earthquake hits Irian Jaya, Papua, Indonesia.

4.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of northern Sumatra.

Drought

Despite rain in some areas, the drought in the US continues to cause concern for farmers and food production. Over a recent six-week stretch, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 1,692 counties as disaster areas due to the drought. About 80% of agricultural land in the country is affected. The summer’s extreme drought is on track to being one of the nation’s costliest natural disasters since 1980.

Disease

Foot and Mouth disease claim livestock in Tibet. The highly infectious and sometimes fatal disease has been traced to livestock in the Nyingtri region of central Tibet. According to the regional agricultural ministry, a total of 123 live head of cattle and 108 pigs have showed symptoms associated with FMD.

The UN health agency says the Ebola death toll stands at 31 in DR Congo. The outbreak cannot be considered to be under control.

The number of swine-origin H3N2 (variant H3N2, or H3N2v) influenza cases in the United States has climbed by 9 in the past week, to 305.

Wildfires

Officials say that they are unable to contain the wildfires that have been raging inside Wae Wuul National Park in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) in Jakarta, Indonesia for several days. The blaze has destroyed about half of the 1,484-hectare park.

Wildfires are also burning on Sumatra.

Firefighters continue battle against the E. Washington wildfires, USA.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Lane forms far out in Pacific, poses no land threat.

Nadine becomes Hurricane in Atlantic, moving away from USA, may hit the Azores next week.

Powerful Typhoon Sanba has hit the Japanese island of Okinawa. 74,500 homes left without power. The powerful typhoon passing over southwestern Japan has brought transportation in the region by sea and air to a standstill. Several flights were cancelled. Typhoon Sanba was aiming squarely at South Korea today and was located approximately 485 nm south of Busan, South Korea. Sanba is expected to make landfall west of Busan.

Flooding in the province of Balochistan in Pakistan has left at least half a million people marooned, besides destroying over 2,000 houses. The flood-affected people of Balochistan are fighting yet another menace after flooding which is the unavailability of clean drinking water and the resultant waterborne diseases which are affecting women and children in particular.

PakistanFloods

Parts of Metro Manila experienced intense and torrential rainfall early yesterday due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by typhoon “Karen” (international name “Sanba”), causing floods in some parts of the metropolis. At least nine people have been reported dead.

One person was injured and several buildings were damaged when a tornado hit a town in Zamboanga Sibugay, Philippines.

Alaska – A series of extremely powerful fronts that moved across Southeast Alaska this week brought record level amounts of rainfall for the area accompanied by high winds.

Earthquakes

5.3 and 5.1 Earthquakes hit Samar in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands off Alaska.

Environment

Arctic sea ice is shrinking at a rate much faster than scientists ever predicted and its collapse, due to global warming, may well cause extreme weather this winter in North America and Europe.Decades ago, Arctic ice covered about 6 million square miles of sea in the winter, and would shrink to about 3 million square miles in the summer. The rate of summer melt increased enormously around 2005, however, and today scientists say Arctic ice covers only about 1 million square miles.

The loss of Arctic ice has several effects. Ice reflects heat and solar energy back into space. With less ice cover, that heat energy is instead absorbed by the ocean, which warms and melts more ice. Currently, the Arctic region is the fastest-warming region on the planet, and the change in temperature will probably influence weather patterns here and in Europe.

The heating and cooling of Arctic seawater has been affecting the jet stream – the river of air that flows from west to east high above the Earth’s surface – and has slowed it down, Francis said. The jet stream controls the formation and movement of storm systems, so when its movement slows, weather conditions persist for longer periods of time over the same area. They get “stuck.”

Disease

16 refugees killed by Hepatitis E in camps in South Sudan.

There have been additional confirmed and probable cases with Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Exact numbers have not been released.

Storms and Storms

Tropical Storm Kristy is expected to create life-threatening surf and rip currents off the coast of southern Baja California and southwest Mexico over the next few days.

Floods could wipe out most of Niger’s main rice harvest this year as rain-swollen rivers rose to 50-year highs across West Africa, spreading devastation. At least 81 people have been killed in Niger since annual rains caused flooding along the banks of the Niger River, raising its waters to their highest levels since the 1920s.

Super typhoon Sanba is headed for Okinawa and South Korea. The tropical cyclone is currently classed as a super typhoon. The previous super typhoon Bolaven caused widespread damage and fatalities across Japan and the Koreas earlier this year. Sanba is expected to approach Okinawa late Saturday or early Sunday local time before trudging on toward South Korea, according to projections from regional weather agencies. It is forecast to gradually weaken as it moves north.

Disease

Outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) has been reported from remote Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh, northern India.

Earthquakes

6.3 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Mentawai, Indonesia.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

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

5.2 Earthquake hits north of Severnaya Zemlya in the Arctic.

5.1 Earthquake hits northern Xinjiang, China.

2 Earthquakes of 5.1 hit the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

4.8 Earthquake hits the Fiji islands region.

Environment

The week’s hottest temperature was 115.5 degrees Fahrenheit (46.4 degrees Celsius) at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus 112.7 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 80.4 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Volcanos

Long-simmering Fuego volcano has exploded in Guatemala. The series of eruptions on Thursday hurled thick clouds of ash nearly three kilometres high, spewing rivers of lava down its flanks and prompting evacuation orders for more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities.

Fuego

New Activity/Unrest has been reported at the following sites:

Apoyeque, Nicaragua | Grozny Group, Iturup Island | Krakatau, Indonesia | Little Sitkin, Aleutian Islands | San Cristóbal, Nicaragua | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat | Tangkubanparahu, Western Java (Indonesia)

Ongoing Activity:

Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island | Fuego, Guatemala | Gamkonora, Halmahera | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Machín, Colombia | Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia | Paluweh, Lesser Sunda Islands (Indonesia) | Sakura- jima, Kyushu | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Sirung, Pantar Island (Indonesia)

Earthquakes

5.5 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands region.

5.4 Earthquake hits the southern Indian Ocean.

5.2 Earthquake hits Iraq.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Fiji region.