Archive | June 21, 2014

Severe flooding kills at least 12 in Bulgaria

People try to protect themselves from floodwater in the Black sea town of Varna

At least 12 people have died and several are missing after torrential rain and heavy floods hit eastern Bulgaria, officials say.

Floodwaters in the Black Sea port city of Varna surged up to 1m (3.2ft).

Many residents had to be rescued as cars were swept away. Hundreds have been left without electricity or food.

There have been hailstorms and heavy rain in several parts of Bulgaria in recent days. Forecasts say the extreme weather is set to continue.

Ten people died in Varna, including two children. There were also at least another two deaths reported a few miles north in Dobrich, where electricity was down and water was said to be flowing through the streets.

Forecasters said that the equivalent of a month’s rain fell in the regions of Varna and Burgas over the past 24 hours.

Partially-submerged caught in heavy flooding in the city of Varna (19 June 2014)

“The tragedy is enormous. I am here on a street in the suburb of Asparuhovo. The street is not here, the houses are not here, there are cars on top of each other,” Varna mayor Ivan Portnih was quoted by the Reuters new agency as saying.

Many residents told how they had to clamber on to their roofs to escape the floods.

In Dobrich, the River Suha burst its banks and there were fears of a flood surge although authorities said water levels were expected to fall in the coming hours.

Helicopters airlifted residents from their homes in the flooded nearby village of Prilep.

A state of emergency has been declared in parts of central and north-eastern Bulgaria, Novinite news agency reports.

A man walks past a damaged car in a flooded street of a suburb of the Black Sea port of Varna (AFP)

Damaged cars in Varna (19 June 2014)

Fire-fighters in the town of Kilifarevo in central Bulgaria rescued 11 people from the tops of their houses, police said.

Last month nearby Serbia and Bosnia were hit by the worst flooding since modern records began.

MAGNITUDE 2.4 SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI, USA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=386592

Subject To Change

Depth: 8 km

Distances: 669 km S of Chicago, United States / pop: 2,695,598 / local time: 17:39:35.0 2014-06-21
267 km NE of Little Rock, United States / pop: 193,524 / local time: 17:39:35.0 2014-06-21
21 km SW of Caruthersville, United States / pop: 6,168 / local time: 17:39:35.0 2014-06-21
2 km S of Steele, United States / pop: 2,172 / local time: 17:39:35.0 2014-06-21

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MAGNITUDE 5.5 SULAWESI, INDONESIA

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Subject To Change

Depth: 115 km

Distances: 62km (39mi) SSW of Bilungala, Indonesia
75km (47mi) S of Gorontalo, Indonesia

92km (57mi) NNE of Luwuk, Indonesia
261km (162mi) SW of Tomohon, Indonesia

973km (605mi) NNW of Dili, East Timor

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DOUBLE CME TO STRIKE THE MAGNETOSPHERE ON 22nd_24th JUNE 2014

***EXTREMELY URGENT***

DOUBLE CME TO STRIKE THE MAGNETOSPHERE

  ON 22nd_24th JUNE 2014

***BE ON ALERT***

CME Double 22nd_24th June 2014

New Virus Spikes in the Caribbean Islands

Chikungunya Virus Alert

The number of chikungunya cases in the Caribbean has more than tripled in a month.

As of this week, the region is reporting 4,576 confirmed and 165,990 suspected cases of the virus, for a total of 170,566, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

That’s up dramatically from the 55,992 confirmed and suspected cases the agency reported May 16.

In the U.S., the CDC is reporting that 80 chikungunya cases have been reported to ArboNET, the national surveillance system for arthropod-borne diseases, from U.S. states and territories.

Puerto Rico has the largest number of cases, with 23, all a result of local transmission. Travelers returning from the Caribbean imported the other 57 cases reported by the agency.

Florida has 34 of those cases and Virginia six, but no other state has more than three.

The total doesn’t include a case reported by Tennessee and two reported by Rhode Island.

The virus — pronounced chik-un-GUHN-ya — is carried by mosquitoes, mainly Aedes aegyptiand Aedes albopictus, which are widespread in the U.S.

Nevertheless, there is no indication yet of local transmission in the U.S., other than the cases in Puerto Rico. The virus is not a national notifiable disease but can be reported to ArboNET, although not all cases are.

Chikungunya is widespread in Asia and Africa, but until late last year, cases in the Americas were imported by travelers to those regions, rather than being homegrown infections.

That changed in December, when the World Health Organization reported that an investigation into possible dengue fever in St. Martin turned up two confirmed, four probable, and 20 suspected cases of chikungunya.

The patients had not traveled, suggesting they had been infected locally.

The PAHO defines a suspected case as a patient with acute fever greater than 38°C, severe arthralgia or arthritis that isn’t explained by other conditions, and who lives in or has recently visited an epidemic or endemic area.

Cases are said to be confirmed if there is also a positive lab test for the virus using any of several methods, the agency said.

In its most recent report, the agency said the French- and Spanish-speaking islands in the Caribbean had 163,072 suspected cases and 4,129 confirmed cases.

The English- and Dutch-speaking islands had 2,918 suspected cases and 447 confirmed.

There have been 14 deaths, all in the French- and Spanish-speaking islands.

The CDC is recommending that travelers to the Caribbean protect themselves from mosquito bites.

MAGNITUDE 5.1 TONGA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=386515

Subject To Change

Depth: 267 km

Distances: 383 km N of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 02:24:20.7 2014-06-22
172 km NW of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,320 / local time: 02:24:20.7 2014-06-22

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MAGNITUDE 4.3 CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=386513

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 51 km S of George Town, Cayman Islands / pop: 29,370 / local time: 07:52:57.8 2014-06-21
482 km S of Havana, Cuba / pop: 2,163,824 / local time: 08:52:57.8 2014-06-21
509 km W of Kingston, Jamaica / pop: 937,700 / local time: 07:52:57.8 2014-06-21

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=386503

Subject To Change

Depth: 15 km

Distances: 3694 km SW of Maseru, Lesotho / pop: 118,355 / local time: 13:08:25.7 2014-06-21
3726 km SW of Windhoek, Namibia / pop: 268,132 / local time: 12:08:25.7 2014-06-21
4003 km SW of Gaborone, Botswana / pop: 208,411 / local time: 13:08:25.7 2014-06-21

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PRESSURE HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE

**URGENT MAGNETOSPHERE ALERT**
PRESSURE HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 21.06.14  10.29 hrs UTC