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.



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



Wildfires threaten town in north-east Bosnia. State of emergency declared.

At least 50 buildings, many of them homes have been destroyed by the northern California wildfires.


Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Isaac forms in the Atlantic and is heading towards the eastern Caribbean and the Leeward Islands.

Tropical Storm Bolaven forms in the Pacific and may enter the Philippine region as Typhoon Igme exists.

Torrential rains cause massive flooding in the Klang Valley, Malaysia.

Fresh floods reported from Dhemaji, India, affecting 25 000 people in 30 villages.



5.5 Earthquake hits southern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.



Crops wilt and die in a harsh drought in the Balkans.

Drought cuts the Russian grain crop forecasts after bad harvests from eastern regions.



Legionnaires disease outbreak in Quebec City, Canada. 3 people have died with 40 more infected. It is believed the disease is spread by one or more of the many cooling towers around the city.



Firefighters continue to battle wildfires across Spain in sweltering conditions.


Storms and Floods

Typhoon Igme brings heavy rains, landslides and flash floods to the northern Philippines. The storm is presently stationary and is expected to batter northern Luzon for at least 24 hours.



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.



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.



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.



5.9 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 Earthquake hits off the coast of Washington, USA.

5.2 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.