Archive | June 19, 2014

Dozens die in heatwave at Pakistan shrine

Heatwave Warning

Dozens of people have died at a religious festival at a shrine in southern Pakistan during a severe heatwave, officials said on Thursday.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees attended the death anniversary of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a 13th-century Muslim Sufi saint, at a shrine in Sehwan, 250 kilometres north of Karachi.

People were arriving for the past five days despite temperatures hovering around 47 degrees Celsius.

District health officer doctor Khalid Arain told AFP that 51 people had died since Sunday, including four women.

“Out of the total deaths 45 died of heatwave and suffocation, three died of heart attack, one drowned and two died in road accidents,” Arain said.

Nearly 650 cases of sunstroke were brought to the local hospital in the same period, he said.

The Edhi Welfare Trust, a charity that runs one of Pakistan’s largest fleets of ambulances, put the death toll at 35.

MASSIVE DIP SPIKE ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:00 hrs UTC

**EXTREMELY URGENT**
  MASSIVE DIP SPIKE ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:00 hrs UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE
***BE ALERT***
Magnetogram 19.06.14  21.08 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 4.6 CYPRUS REGION

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=386208

Subject To Change

Depth: 69 km

Distances: 139 km NW of Nicosia, Cyprus / pop: 200,452 / local time: 23:30:47.9 2014-06-19
116 km N of Paphos, Cyprus / pop: 35,961 / local time: 23:30:47.9 2014-06-19
63 km SW of Gazipaşa, Turkey / pop: 18,371 / local time: 23:30:47.9 2014-06-19

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MAGNITUDE 5.2 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000rh5s#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 16 km

Distances: 80km (50mi) NW of Iquique, Chile
152km (94mi) SSW of Arica, Chile

203km (126mi) SSW of Tacna, Peru
245km (152mi) SSE of Ilo, Peru

456km (283mi) SW of La Paz, Bolivia

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MAGNITUDE 5.7 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000rh54#summary

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 446 km SW of La Paz, Bolivia / pop: 812,799 / local time: 15:54:09.2 2014-06-19
71 km NW of Iquique, Chile / pop: 227,499 / local time: 15:54:09.2 2014-06-19

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MAGNITUDE 6.4 VANUATU

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=386075

Subject To Change

Depth: 60 km

Distances: 488 km N of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 21:17:59.2 2014-06-19
221 km N of Luganville / pop: 13,397 / local time: 21:17:00.0 2014-06-19
83 km NW of Sola, Vanuatu / pop: 1,171 / local time: 21:17:59.2 2014-06-19

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MAGNITUDE 5.7 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000rgrw#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 19 km

Distances: 88km (55mi) WNW of Iquique, Chile
177km (110mi) SSW of Arica, Chile

228km (142mi) SSW of Tacna, Peru
248km (154mi) NNW of Tocopilla, Chile

483km (300mi) SW of La Paz, Bolivia

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Landslide forces 35 families to evacuate their homes in North Cotabato, Philippines

Landslide Alert

The local government unit of Arakan evacuated 35 peasant families away from a hilly district in the municipality where a landslide destroyed houses and crops Wednesday following two days of heavy rains.

Arakan Mayor Rene Rubino, chairman of the municipal disaster mitigation council, said five houses in Barangay Napaliko in the east of the municipality were buried in mud and rocks that cascaded from higher grounds, loosened by heavy rains two days before.

“Fortunately there were no reports of casualties,” Rubino said.

The office of North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza has dispatched relief workers to Arakan to help the local government unit attend to the needs of the evacuees.

The provincial government had also delivered relief supplies to Arakan for distribution to the 35 families now housed in temporary relief sites at the town proper. 

Landslide causes train to derail leaving 5 injured in China

 العرب اليوم - 5 injured in South China train derailment after landslide
Five passengers were slightly injured as their train derailed on Thursday morning in Qingyuan City, in south China’s Guangdong Province, due to a landslide, said the rail authorities.
 
At about 5 a.m. Thursday, the T171 Nanchang-Guangzhou train encountered a rainstorm-triggered landslide near Qingyuan, according to the Guangzhou Railway Group Corporation.
 
The 12th carriage derailed with five passengers found injured due to the accident.
 
The corporation has initiated the emergency plan. The rescue work is under way.

Spectacular volcano eruption: Rivers of lava flow down Mount Etna

Spectacular volcano eruption: Rivers of lava flow down Mount Etna