Wildfires

Wildfires fuelled by high temperatures rage in Portugal. Authorities have called for aid from European neighbours.

Disease

14 people have now been reported to have died in the ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with 29 confirmed cases.

In Uganda, a man who sneaked into an Ebola isolation ward to steal a mobile phone from an infected patient has fallen seriously ill from the hemorrhagic fever after making calls on the stolen phone.

In Kolkata, India and outbreak of Dengue fever has flooded government and private hospitals with dengue patients. 2 people have died and the government seems unable to handle the influx of patients.

Storms

Tropical Storm John forms in the Pacific near the Mexican island of Socorro far from Baja California.

Some areas in Louisiana, USA still without power from Hurricane Isaac.

Earthquakes

5.8 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Andreanof Islands in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.

5.0 and 4.9 Aftershocks hit the Philippine Islands. A total of 271 aftershocks have hit the region following the major 7.6 Earthquake that hit Friday.

4.9 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

4.9 Earthquake hits south of Java, Indonesia.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Pacific-Antarctic ridge.

Wildfires

The wildfires burring across Nebraska and South Dakota, USA have grown to more than 285 square miles.

3 large Idaho wildfires are resisting containment efforts. The Halstead fire in central Idaho has grown to 194 square miles.

New wildfires are burning in the Angeles National Forest in southern California, USA. Thousands of visitors have been evacuated.

Volcanos

Bezymianny volcano on Siberia’s Kamchatka peninsula has had an explosive eruption, sending an ash plume 34 000 ft into the stratosphere.

Drought

Hurricane Isaac has brought some relief to the drought affecting the US corn belt, but too late to save the current harvest with many farmers losing 80% of their crop.

Millions of migrating ducks, geese and other waterfowl will find fewer rest stops on their way south this fall — more fallout from the US drought that has parched marshes, ponds and wildlife refuges on flyways between North and South America.

Disease

11 people have now died in the Legionnaires disease outbreak in Quebec, Canada. 165 people have been infected.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms Kirk and Leslie weaken in the Atlantic and are expected to remain out at sea and not threaten the US coastline.

Floods hit Aukland New Zealand’s North Shore area after heaving rains.

Disease

Hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite National Park, USA. The rodent-borne lung disease has killed two people and sickened 4. 10 000 tourists are at risk. Park visitors who exhibit strange or flu-like symptoms are urged to seek immediate medical attention.

Earthquakes

The number of large Earthquakes increased in August –

7.7 Sea of Okhotsk on the 14th. 7.3 El Salvador on the 27th. 7.6 Philippines on the 31st.

The last month that there was a magnitude 7 quake was in April.

5.3 Earthquake hits Svalbard in the Arctic off the east coast of Greenland.

5.1 Earthquake hits eastern Iran.

4.9 Aftershock hits the Philippine Islands.

Storms and Floods

The storm surge from Hurricane Isaac made the Mississippi River flow backwards for 24 hours on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Leslie strengthens in the Atlantic and will affect Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands today.

More than 400 000 people have been left homeless and lost their property in widespread floods in Niger.

Volcanos

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

Havre Seamount, SW Pacific | Grozny Group, Iturup Island | Soputan, Sulawesi | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat | Tangkubanparahu, Western Java (Indonesia) | Tungurahua, Ecuador.

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 | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia).

Earthquakes

5.7, 5.6, 5.3, 5.3, 5.1, 5.1, 5.0, 5 x 4.9 Aftershocks continue to rattle the Philippine Islands following yesterday’s major Earthquake.

5.5 Earthquake hits North Island, New Zealand.

5.3 Earthquake hits Chiapas, Mexico.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Gulf of Aden.

5.2 Earthquake hits the New Britain Region, papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Galapagos Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Colombia.

5.0 Earthquake hits off the coast of central Chile.

4.9 Earthquake hits south east of the Loyalty Islands.

Drought

Global food prices rose 10% in July according to the World Bank’s food price index due to the drought across the USA midwest, Russia and Europe.

Maize and wheat prices rose 25% and soybean prices 17% during the period June – July.

The highest price increases were seen in Africa with maize rising 113% in Mozambique and sorghum rising 220% in southern Sudan.

Despite the rising prices, the organization said it does not predict people will riot as they did in 2008 when food prices last spiked to record levels.