A waterspout came ashore in Duluth, Minnesota, USA to become that State’s first tornado on record.


Arctic Warming

A rare summer storm blasted the Arctic this week, beginning off the coast of Alaska, and moving over much of the Arctic Sea for several days before dissipating.

Nasa reports that Arctic storms such as this one can have a large impact on the sea ice, causing it to melt rapidly through many mechanisms, such as tearing off large swaths of ice and pushing them to warmer sites, churning the ice and making it slushier, or lifting warmer waters from the depths of the Arctic Ocean.

“It seems that this storm has detached a large chunk of ice from the main sea ice pack. This could lead to a more serious decay of the summertime ice cover than would have been the case otherwise, even perhaps leading to a new Arctic sea ice minimum,” said Claire Parkinson, a climate scientist with NASA Goddard. “Decades ago, a storm of the same magnitude would have been less likely to have as large an impact on the sea ice, because at that time the ice cover was thicker and more expansive.”



300 people have been killed and more than 2 000 injured in the series of earthquakes that hit northern Iran Yesterday.

6.3 Earthquake hits Xinjiang-Xizang border region, China.

5.3 Earthquake hits Reykjanes Ridge in the northern Atlantic.

5.1 and 5.0 Aftershocks hits Northern Iran.



15 large wildfires burn across Nevada.

Wildfires in Spain threaten world heritage ancient forest.



West Nile virus outbreak in the Dallas area, Texas, USA. 8 people have died with more than 120 cases reported. The virus is transmitted by mosquitos and the authorities are spraying against the spread of the insects.

Hundreds contract gastroenteritis in Kashmir, India after drinking contaminated water.


Floods and Storms

Tropical Storm Hector forms in the Eastern Pacific. The storm is moving away from land.

The death toll in the recent floods that hit Manila in the Philippines has risen to 85.

Floods in the eastern Sudan. 1 000 families lose their homes.

Tornado confirmed on east Long Island, New York, USA.



Earthquakes of 4.8; 4.8; 6.3 and 6.4 rock north-western Iran on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.

6.2 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands, in the Aleutian Island chain off Alaska.

5.3 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.



A mass of golf ball sized volcanic rocks has been found floating off the coast of New Zealand, indicating a submarine eruption co-inciding with the eruptions at Mount Tongariro and Mount White.


Bushfires west of Brisbane, Australia.

Wildfires in Palo Pinto County and in the McFaddin National Wildlife Reserve, Texas, USA.



5.3 Earthquake hits Nias region, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the west Chile rise in the Pacific.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits Halmahera, Indonesia.

4.9 and 5.0 Earthquakes hit near the coast of Nicaragua.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Kenai peninsula, Alaska.

4.7 and 4.8 Earthquake hit the Solomon Islands.

4.7 Earthquake hits the Mozambique Channel.



White Island volcano in New Zealand erupts, sprinkling nearby communities with ash.

Galeras volcano in Columbia has new eruption.

Ongoing activity at the following volcanos:

Bagana, Bougainville | 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 | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Tungurahua, Ecuador | Tongariro, North Island (New Zealand)



Anthrax outbreak on a ranch in Colorado, USA kills cattle. It is the first anthrax outbreak in Colorado in 31 years.



Wildfires in Bosnia-Herzegovina set off explosions in a Bosnian minefield left over from the 1990’s war.

Wildfire rages through 1 000 year old monastery in Mount Athos, northern Greece. Hundreds of residents and tourists flee.


Storms and Floods

The first week of August 2012 saw Hurricane Ernesto push into the Yucatan Peninsula and Tropical Storm Haikui push just south of Shanghai, China. Neither system was too strong, but both provided heavy rains and strong winds in these regions.

Tropical Storm Ernesto brings heavy rains to El Salvador and is expected to make a second landfall in Mexico.



5.6 Earthquake hits Revilla Gigedo Islands region. [Off the Pacific coast of Mexico].

5.4 and 5.3 Earthquakes hit the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Lombok region, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic Ridge.

4.9 Earthquake hits the south Atlantic ocean.

4.9 Earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon.

4.9 Earthquake hits off the west coast of South Island, New Zealand.

A second 4.5 Earthquake hits southern California, USA [Orange County].