Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Isaac hits Cuba after killing at least four people in Haiti. Isaac is expected to strengthen and hit the Florida Keys as a hurricane. Storm watches are in effect on the Florida, USA coast.

Powerful Typhoon Bolaven is approaching Okinawa Japan with winds of 250 km/h.

Floods in Myanmar [Burma] have submerged more than 250 000 hectares of rice paddys in the Irrawaddy Delta forcing 85 000 people to flee.

Climate Change

Arctic sea ice is set to reach its lowest ever recorded extent as early as this weekend, signalling that man-made global warming is having a major impact on the polar region.

With the melt happening at an unprecedented rate of more than 100,000 sq km a day, and at least a week of further melt expected before ice begins to reform ahead of the northern winter, satellites are expected to confirm the new record – currently set in 2007.

The ice-free season is now far longer. Twenty years ago it was about a month. Now it’s three months. Temperatures last week in the Arctic were 14 degrees C.

 

Earthquakes

5.8 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

4.7 Earthquake hits off the coast of Central America.

4.7 Earthquake hits off the coast of central Chile.

Disease

The number of cases of swine flu continues to grow in the USA with 289 cases since 2011. The present variant of the disease has the same gene as the H1N1 swine flu virus that was responsible for the 2009 pandemic.

Wildfires

Large wildfires continue to burn in Utah and northern California, USA.

Unprecedented wildfires burn across large parts of Bosnia with 260 fires registered on Friday alone. Temperatures of 40 degrees C and landmines left over from the conflict hamper firefighters.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to head for Florida, USA after soaking Haiti and Cuba.

The monsoon rains, late this year, have finally arrived with full force in India, wreaking havoc in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fata and Azad Kashmir and leaving at least 32 people dead over the last few days.

Flooding in northern Nigeria over the past few days has left at least 11 people dead.

Earthquakes

5.8 Earthquake hits the Kermedec Island region north of New Zealand.

5.7 Earthquake hits south of the Kermedec Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Bellany Island region far south of New Zealand.

5.0 Earthquake hits Nepal.

 

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to reach Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by Saturday morning.

Tropical Storm Joyce forms in the Atlantic.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged in flooding in the Pakistan/India border region. 21 people are reported dead.

New floods in North Korea kill at least 6 people and destroy hundreds of buildings, mostly homes.

John Nelson has compiled a composite map showing every hurricane around the world since 1851. The map can he found here. There are a number of other very cool composite maps on the site as well.

 

Disease

Researchers have identified a mysterious new disease that has left scores of people in Asia and some in the United States with AIDS-like symptoms even though they are not infected with HIV.

The patients’ immune systems become damaged, leaving them unable to fend off germs as healthy people do.

What triggers this isn’t known, but the disease does not seem to be contagious.

This is another kind of acquired immune deficiency that is not inherited and researchers are calling this new disease an “adult-onset” immunodeficiency syndrome because it develops later in life and they don’t know why or how.

Earthquakes

4.7 Earthquake hits Fiji.

4.6 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

No Earthquakes of 5.0 and larger during this period.

 

Wildfires

Several bush fires burn in the northern coastal region of New South Wales, Australia.

Wildfire near Clinton, British Columbia, Canada destroys two homes.

Disease

The death toll in the ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has risen to 10.

A massive cholera epidemic in the coastal slums of West Africa is killing hundreds of people with thousands more infected.

Syphilis outbreak among porn actors in the California porn industry prompts calls for a halt to filming in the multi-billion dollar industry.

Epidemic of PRR [peste des petits ruminants] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a contagious viral disease that has killed tens of thousands of goats and sheep.

Botulism outbreak on a bird farm in Wyoming, USA. 2 700 pheasants have died in the past week.

 

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Isaac enters the Caribbean and heads for the Dominican Republic. Haiti issues hurricane warning.

Typhoon Igme hits Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain.

Thousands of people have been displaced by flash floods in Niger.

Fresh floods have hit the Black Sea region in southern Russia where 171 people died in floods last month. 4 people have been reported dead.

 

Earthquakes

5.3 and 5.1 Earthquakes hit south-west of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits the New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

4.7 Earthquake hits the Caribbean Sea.

 

Volcanos

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador erupts again. 110 families living in close proximity have been evacuated.