August 2014 Current Events: Disasters & Science News

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here are the key events in Science and Disasters news for the month of August 2014.

  • Ebola Outbreak Continues to Spread (Aug.): The outbreak of Ebola continues to spread through West Africa. By the end of summer, it has become the worst single Ebola outbreak in history. It is also the deadliest. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1,500 people have died from the outbreak. The total number of suspected and confirmed cases is at least 3,000, including the more than 1,500 deaths.

  • 6.1 Earthquake Hits China (Aug. 3): A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Ludian County, Yunnan, China. At least 617 people are killed and 2,400 others are injured. More than 12,000 houses are destroyed, while another 30,000 are damaged.

  • Floods and Landslides Kill Dozens in Nepal and India (Aug. 18): At least 160 people are killed in floods and landslides after days of heavy rain in Nepal and northern India. The landslides and flooding destroys rural villages and cuts off transportation. Nepal health officials fear an outbreak of cholera.

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