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.



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.