6.0 Earthquake hits the Irien Jaya region, Papua, Indonesia.

5.7 and 5.0 Earthquakes hit the Marianas Islands region.

5.4 Earthquake hits south of Java.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands region.


Floods displace more than 15 000 people in northern Uganda.

Tens of thousands of people have been affected by floods in central, eastern and southern Chad. Thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed as well as hundreds of houses.

Drought gives way to floods in Gujarat, India as the monsoon rains finally arrive.


5.7 Earthquake hits the central eastern Pacific rise.

Two 5.6 Earthquakes hit Yunnan, China. Several thousand buildings have been damaged. At least 50 people have died in the quakes.

5.3 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Chagos Archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

5.1 Earthquake hits Nicaragua.

5.0 Earthquake hits Antofagasto, Chile.

4.9 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

4.9 Earthquake hits Yunnan, China.


Anak Kraktoa volcano in Indonesia erupts. Lava flows extend the shoreline by 100 metres.


Wildfires in south central Washington, USA. Several homes threatened.

Wildfires scorch more than 30 000 hectares in Algeria.


The ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo claims three more victims, raising the death toll to 14.

Kala azar disease outbreak in the southern Sudan. More than 200 people admitted to hospitals.

Storms and Floods

Hurricane Leslie is expected to hit Bermuda squarely Saturday night, before heading towards Canada. Hurricane watch is in effect.

Hurricane Isaac produced 9 tornadoes in Illinois during the period 31 August – 1 September.


The outbreak of West Nile virus in the USA is the worst since the illness was first observed in the US in 1999. The number of confirmed cases rose by 25% last week to 1,993.

The number of deaths rose to 87, up from 65 a week ago. The death total seems unlikely to break the record of 260 set in the 2002-03 season.


5.4 Earthquake hits Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

5.3 Earthquake hits Talaud Islands, Indonesia.

5.1 and 4.9 Earthquakes hit southern Iran.

5.1 Earthquake hits the western Gulf of Aden.

4.9 Earthquake hits south of Fiji.


Bushfires burn across New South Wales, Australia. A burn prohibition is in effect amid extremely dry and hot conditions.


Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts.

New Activity/Unrest was observed at the following sites during the past week:

Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Grozny Group, Iturup Island | Krakatau, Indonesia | Little Sitkin, Aleutian Islands | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat | Tiatia, Kunashir Island | Tungurahua, Ecuador.

Ongoing Activity:

Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia | Popocatépetl, México | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Santa María, Guatemala | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia).

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Leslie strengthens to become category 1 hurricane and continues on it path towards Bermuda and possibly Nova Scotia.

3 people have died and 9 are missing in flash floods in Pakistan’s Kashmir region.

Floods displace thousands and destroy crops in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province.

Tornadoes hit south-western Wisconsin and Camden County, New Jersey, USA.