Archive | March 16, 2014





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Depth: 40 km

Distances: 456 km SW of La Paz, Bolivia / pop: 812,799 / local time: 17:26:27.0 2014-03-16
50 km NW of Iquique, Chile / pop: 227,499 / local time: 17:26:27.0 2014-03-16

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 451 km SW of La Paz, Bolivia / pop: 812,799 / local time: 17:16:30.0 2014-03-16
61 km NW of Iquique, Chile / pop: 227,499 / local time: 17:16:30.0 2014-03-16

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Heavy Snowfall Damages 600 Structures In Kashmir

Kashmir Snow Fall

Nearly 600 structures, including dozens of residential houses, have been partially damaged due to the recent heavy snowfall in the Kashmir Valley, Jammu and  Kashmir government said on Thursday.

The government said power supply, which was affected due to the snowfall, had been restored to 60 per cent of the areas.  “Due to heavy snowfall, about 600 structures have been partially damaged in different parts of the Valley and the field functionaries have been instructed to submit the damage assessment report for early relief to the affected families,” a spokesman said after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey.

The meeting was convened on Wednesday to take stock of the situation arising out of heavy snowfall which paralysed normal life with all important services, including power and water, badly hit.

With regard to restoration of power, which was disrupted mainly due to felling of trees under the weight of snow, it was said at the meeting that 60 per cent of power supply had been restored in the Valley while 90 per cent restoration would be done by this evening and complete restoration by tomorrow, the spokesman said.

Emergency services to all hospitals with regard to power and water supply were restored on priority, the spokesman said.

At the meeting, Khandey expressed satisfaction over the restoration works being carried out and issued directions for complete restoration of power supply and ensuring better facilities in all health institutions of the Valley.

The spokesman said 75 dewatering pumps, 45 mobile pumps and 15 fire and emergency tenders were put in service to clear water from various inundated areas of the city.

Besides, snow was cleared from the compounds of various hospitals on priority to ensure hassle-free movement of people for medicare facilities. Later, the Chief Secretary visited various areas of the city, including Rainawari hospital to enquire about the facilities being made available to the patients and also interacted with them.

The government has ordered closure of all educational institutions, including government and private degree colleges till March 15.

“All government and private degree colleges and schools from primary to higher secondary level will remain closed till March 15, in view of heavy snowfall in Kashmir Valley,” the spokesman said, adding violation in this regard should be viewed seriously.

Global Warming Lecture Cancelled Due To Record Snowfall

McGill University biology professor Dr. Catherine Potvin was scheduled to host a lecture on global warming at the University of Windsor on Wednesday, but Mother Nature decided to throw in another hard dose of irony. According to a promotional in The Windsor Star, her discussion was going to focus on “halting deforestation in the tropics – one of the strategies that’s hoped to mitigate the changes that industrialization is wreaking upon the Earth’s climate.” However, the school, located just outside Detroit in Windsor Ontario, Canada, was hit by heavy snowfall, forcing the event’s cancellation. Unfortunately for alarmists, there was another ironic twist: Wednesday’s storm also helped shatter the city’s snowfall record, and guidance suggests more to come in the coming weeks. Mother Nature always gets the last laugh.

Heavy Snowfall In North West China’s Xinjiang

Snow clearers work on a road in Wujiaqu City, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 10, 2014. A heavy snowfall hit the northern areas of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since Sunday night.

Several Feet Of Heavy Snowfall Blocks Roads In Pakistan


Islamabad-Murree dual carriageway has been closed for traffic because of heavy snowfall.

According to Met Office, heavy snowfall has also been recorded in Murree‚ Kalaam‚ Astore and Parachinar.

Islamabad-Murree dual carriageway has been closed for traffic because of heavy snowfall from Hakas camp to Lower Topa.

Traffic has been diverted to old Murree road from Phulgran Toll plaza.

In Hazara Division‚ several feet of snowfall has been recorded in Gallyat of district Abbottabad.

According to Frontier Highway Authority snow sweeping machines have been deployed at different places of Abbottabad-Murree Road to remove snow and land sliding debris.

In Azad Jammu and Kashmir‚ Muzaffarabad-Srinagr Road and roads leading to Neelum and Leepa valleys have been blocked due to landslides and heavy snowfall at various places.

Snowstorm Paralyses Eastern Canada

Snowstorm paralyses eastern Canada

A snowstorm has paralysed eastern Canada, causing car pileups, flight cancellations and school closures.

As much as 40 centimetres of snow fell from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning in parts of the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Maritime, officials say.

The Canadian Weather Office warned of dangerous blizzard conditions, after the region saw a sudden drop in temperatures accompanied by strong winds.

In Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax and Quebec City, nearly all flights were delayed or cancelled, according to airport authorities.

In Quebec and New Brunswick provinces several schools remained closed.

Some 20 cars were involved in a highway crash between Woodstock and Kitchener, Ontario on Wednesday but authorities said there were no serious injuries. Police blamed low visibility and slippery roads.

The Weather Office predicted a gradual improving of conditions on Thursday.

‘An intense low pressure system near Nova Scotia will reach Newfoundland (Wednesday) evening,’ it said.

However ‘very cold temperatures’ were expected in northern Quebec, with wind chills near minus 40 degrees Celsius.


Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 325 km NE of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,366 / local time: 23:15:24.0 2014-03-16
132 km E of Lambasa, Fiji / pop: 24,187 / local time: 23:15:24.0 2014-03-16

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Saudi Arabia Reports 1 More Death From New Virus

MERS Virus

Saudi Arabia says a man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 63 the deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak.

The Health Ministry said Friday the latest victim, a 19-year-old, died in the city of al-Kharj, southeast of Riyadh. Two of his sisters are in hospital on suspicion they have been infected with the virus. If they prove to be positive, it would further raise the number of people infected.

So far, 150 people have been infected in the kingdom since September 2012.

The new virus is related to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. It belongs to a family of viruses that most often causes the common cold.