Wildfires

Fire crews battle blazes in north, north-west and south-east of Queensland, Australia. Bushfires are threatening homes near Cairns and closing down highways in the state’s northwest.

Residents were evacuated from six villages northwest of Valencia, Spain on Monday. About 500 firefighters using 14 aircraft were battling the flames, which were approaching the villages of Chulilla and Gestalgar.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Miriam, churning far off the Mexican coast in the Pacific Ocean, strengthened to a Category 2 hurricane early Monday.

Heavy rain has led to flooding and travel disruption in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol in England. Flood warnings issued in Wales.

At least 120 houses were damaged in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, in the Philippines after a tornado tore through the community.

Earthquakes

5.5 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.5 Earthquake hits south of the Mariana Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Ascension Islands region.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands region.

Wildfires

Forest fires devastating Ecuador have left five people dead and 73 injured, consuming more than 17,600 hectares of woodland and crops.

 

Disease

The World Health Organization is keeping a close eye on a disease outbreak in Saudi Arabia caused by a new virus in the same family as the one that caused the SARS outbreak that killed 800 people worldwide in 2002.

About 20 cows owned by villagers in Karisalpatti in Rediyarchathiran union in Dindigul district, India have succumbed to a suspected outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the past week causing panic among the people, who are dependent on the animals for subsistence.

The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning consumers not to eat Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter because it is “possibly linked” to a salmonella outbreak.

Storms and Floods

Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in northeast India have claimed at least 26 lives, with eight other people missing. Nearly one million people have been displaced in Assam state alone, many sheltering in camps or beside roads.

As River Niger continues to overflow its banks due to the release of dam water from Cameroon, farmlands in Ibaji and other communities in Kogi East senatorial districts of Kogi state, Nigeria have been submerged.

Earthquakes

5.3 Earthquake hits the Fiji region.

5.2 Earthquake hits the New Britain region, Papua New Guinea.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Philippine Island region.

4.9 Earthquake hits the southern Mid-atlantic ridge.

Avalanche

An avalanche hit a team of climbers on a high Himalayan peak Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, in northern Nepal on Sunday, leaving at least nine dead and six others missing. Ten other members of the team survived the avalanche but many were injured and were flown to hospitals by rescue helicopters.

Disease

Biologists are working to contain an outbreak of avian botulism that has killed at least 2,000 birds in the North Portland wetlands, Oregon, USA.

100 whitetail deer have died near Janesville, in southern Wisconsin, USA in recent weeks from epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

Health officials in northern India report that a serious outbreak of Japanese encephalitis has infected hundreds of children. The viral brain disease, which can cause permanent disabilities and sometimes death, is a common seasonal disease in Asia.

Wildfires

Three wildfires have caused havoc this week in western North Dakota, burning more than 6 000 acres.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Miriam has formed over the eastern Pacific, but it remains well offshore and does not pose a threat to land.

A severe weather watch is in place for much of England as ex Hurricane, now extra tropical storm Nadine edges closer to the UK. It’s not Nadine that is affecting the UK directly, she has spawned a very deep secondary low pressure system.

Public storm warning signals were hoisted over six provinces in the Philippines on Saturday as Tropical Storm “Lawin” (international name: Jelawat) intensified slightly as it moved slowly over the Philippine Sea.

The flood situation in the Assam, India worsened further on Saturday as heavy showers continued in Arunachal Pradesh. A population of nearly five lakh (500 000) in 14 districts has been hit.

A fierce storm, described as an extra-tropical cyclone, ripped across South America Wednesday. The storm, packing 140-kilometre (87-mile) an hour winds tore across the heart of South America on Wednesday, killing five people in Paraguay and wreaking havoc in Argentina and Uruguay and Bolivia.

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Earthquakes

5.6 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.4 Earthquake hits near the coast of Guerrero, Mexico.

5.2 Earthquake hits Sakhalin, Russia.

5.1 Earthquake hits Greece.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Greece-Albania border region.

Drought

The worst drought to hit the United States in a half century expanded in the upper Midwest and northern Plains States in the past week due to warmer and drier-than-normal weather, but loosened its grip on some central and southern areas of the country.

A lack of rain in Ghana’s cocoa-growing regions is curbing prospects for the 2012-13 crop harvest as drought is causing budding cocoa pods to wither.

Storms and Floods

Rescue teams were deployed in India’s upper Assam on Friday to rescue thousands of people marooned by flood waters as the overall flood situation turned critical in the State following incessant rain for past more than a week in the Tinsukia and Dhemaji districts.

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Earthquakes

5.7 Earthquake hits the Fiji Islands region.

5.4 and 4.8 Earthquakes hit Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.3 Earthquake hits Tarapaca, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Batu in Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern Molucca Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the central Mediterranean Sea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the New Britain region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Philippine Islands.

4.9 Earthquake hits the Solomon Islands.