Scientists have identified at least 150 000 sites in the Arctic (Alaska and Greenland) where methane gas is actively bubbling to the surface, mainly along the edges of lakes where the ice margins are retreating due to the melting ice. The Arctic is the fastest warming region on the planet, and the release of this gas which has been trapped for millennia beneath the ice, together with the methane being released across Siberia due to the melting of the permafrost layer may significantly affect the rate of global warming.
Karthala volcano on Grand Comore Island in the Indian Ocean becomes active.
Ijen and Sirung volcanos in Indonesia also show activity.
A spate of 5 magnitude 5.0 and greater Earthquakes hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.
5.3 Earthquake hits the Ryukyu Islands off Japan.
5.1 Earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua New Guinea.
5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu in the Pacific.
At least 21 people die in flash floods in northern Afghanistan, with more than 56 still missing. Thousands of home have been destroyed, leaving their occupants homeless.
Tainan in Taiwan hit by floods. At least one person dies.