Archive | July 13, 2014


Subject To Change

Depth: 35 km

Distances: 22km (14mi) W of Iquique, Chile
195km (121mi) S of Arica, Chile

205km (127mi) N of Tocopilla, Chile
248km (154mi) S of Tacna, Peru

475km (295mi) SSW of La Paz, Bolivia

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Magnetogram 13.07.14  21.48 hrs UTC


Subject To Change

Depth: 35 km

Distances: 109km (68mi) W of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
121km (75mi) W of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

178km (111mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
194km (121mi) NE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

735km (457mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Record breaking heat wave expected in British Columbia, Canada

Record Heat Alert

It’s time to get out the water bottles and sunscreen. A province wide heat wave is expected to break records in the south coast of British Columbia this weekend and Environment Canada is urging people to prepare accordingly.

According to the agency, temperatures in this region are 10 to 11 C above normal and averaging 30 C across the province.

It’s important to remember to wear sunscreen, drink lots of water and never leave children or animals in the car, they say.

The Lower Mainland Medical Health Officers for Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health are warning people about heart-related illness.  “Children, seniors and people with chronic health conditions are more vulnerable,” they say.  Symptoms include: thirst, dizziness, confusion, weakness, fainting and collapsing.

They’re telling people to check-in regularly on the elderly and others at risk and stay cool by staying indoors in air-conditioning, using pools and dressing for the weather in light-weight clothing, hats and sunglasses.

The City of Vancouver has set up temporary drinking water fountains in locations that benefit the elderly, young and homeless, according to officials.

With the hot weather, comes an increased risk of forest fires and authorities are asking people to be extra careful.

Plane crashes into Arkansas River at Fort Smith, USA

Plane Crash Alert

Police in Fort Smith say the pilot of a small airplane escaped injury when the aircraft crashed into the Arkansas River.
Police Sgt. Don Cobb says pilot Tim Hazelwood was attempting “touch and go” landings and takeoffs when the aircraft flipped and landed on its top in the river early Saturday evening.
Cobb says pilot Tim Hazelwood was able to escape the craft and was rescued by boaters.
Cobb says the plane was floated down river before being pulled from the water.
Cobb says both the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard have been notified of the crash.

Deadly Ebola Virus has Nigerian authorities on alert

Ebola Virus

Following the alarming increase in the number of cases and deaths occasioned by the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in some of the neighboring West African countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Lagos State Government has stressed the need for members of the public to observe and maintain high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the State.


These measures which include washing of hands often with soap and water, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and ensuring that objects used by the sick are decontaminated and properly disposed are necessary in order to reduce the risk of infection, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has said.


The Commissioner who disclosed this in a statement over the weekend also advised health workers to be at alert; wear personal protective equipment, observe universal basic precautions when attending to suspected or confirmed cases, and report same to their Local Government Area or Ministry of Health immediately. 


Idris explained that Ebola virus disease is caused by a virus which natural reservoir of virus is not completely known, stressing that fruit bats have been considered to be the natural host of the virus. 


“Ebola Virus Disease is caused by the Ebola virus and outbreaks occur primarily in villages of the Central and West Africa. The virus can be spread through, close contact with the blood, body fluids, organ and tissues of infected animals; direct contact with blood, organ or body secretions of an infected person. The transmission of the virus by other animals like monkey and chimpanzee cannot be ruled out”.


Idris noted that those at the highest risk of the disease include health-workers; and families or friends of an infected person who could be infected in the course of feeding, holding and caring for them.


He stressed that Ebola virus disease should be suspected in persons who develop bleeding from the body openings like the mouth, nose, rectum and ear; a close contact of person who is infected; or health worker who had treated either suspected or confirmed infected person.


“Early symptoms of disease include fever, headache, chills, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, backache, and joint pains. Later symptoms include bleeding from the eyes, ears and nose, bleeding from the mouth and rectum, eye swelling, swelling of the genitals and rashes all over the body that often contain blood.  It could progress to coma, shock and death”, Idris explained.


The Health Commissioner noted that presently, there is no specific treatment for Ebola virus disease stressing that infected persons will need to be admitted into the hospital for specialized care and treated in isolation.


“The Government of Lagos State in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health is putting measures in place to prevent its entry and spread in the country.  These measures include sensitization of health workers, active search for cases of the disease and continuous sensitization of the public”, he said. 

Landslide causes carnage; One dead in Switzerland

Landslide Alert

An 82-year-old woman was found dead in a Swiss stream Sunday, police said, as heavy rain and landslides halted train and road traffic near the capital Bern

Police said that the woman died in Thoerishaus, a village southwest of Bern as parts of the country were hit by a deluge.

In the nearby town of Koeniz, 200 firefighters worked throughout the night to deal with flooded streams and landslides, evacuating several homes.

Landslides blocked the railway between Bern and the western city of Fribourg and between Montreux and Zweisimmen, while flooding cut the line between the capital and the town of Thun, Swiss Federal Railways said.

Flooding also forced the closure of several roads in the region, national road company Viasuisse said.

Bern and Fribourg were hit by heavy rain that began on Saturday and continued non-stop until midnight.

Mount Sinabung has erupted in Indonesia

Volcano Alert

Mount Sinabung, one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, has erupted, spewing ash to the sky. No casualty was reported, official said here Sunday.

The volcano located in Karo district of North Sumatra province erupted at 23.05 p.m. Saturday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency, said.

“The height of the eruption could not be determined as it took place at night and there were many clouds,” he told Xinhua by phone.

“Rains of hot ash occurred in several place in Karo district, but it did not trigger further evacuation,” Sutopo added.

The 2,600-metre (8,530-foot) Mount Sinabung last erupted June 29, shooting columns of ash by up to 4,000 metres into the sky.

Landslide buries excavator and kills 3 in Lele quarry, Nepal

Landslide Alert

At least three persons were killed and as many injured after a landslide hit a quarry at Mahadev Khola, Lele-4 on the south-eastern outskirts of the Valley. One person is still unaccounted for after the incident.
Quarry operator Laxman Silwal, 48, of Lalitpur, and workers Shyam Tamang, 46, of Lalitpur and Bhupendra Chalise,26, of Sindhupalchok were killed on the spot.
The victims were buried alive under the boulders as the landslide hit the excavator, DSP Pawan Kumar Giri, spokesperson at the Metropolitan Police Range, Jawalakhel. 
The injured have been identified as Amit Tamang, 19, of Lalitpur, Bir Bahadur Tamang, 20, of Dhading; and Shekhar Mahat, 29, of Lalitpur. 
The Tamang duo are labourers while Mahat is one of the operators of the quarry.
They were digging the quarry with the help of excavator when it caved-in at around 11 am. 
Excavator driver Sunil Nagarkoti, 35, of Lalitpur was buried under the rubble.
A search and rescue team of police had reached the incident site after the incident reported.
DSP Giri said the search and rescue team struggled to clear the pile of rubble burying the excavator and to rescue the trapped Nagarkoti till this evening, but no to avail. 
Among the injured, Amit is undergoing treatment at Gwarko-based B & B Hospital, Bir Bahadur at Tika Bhairav-based Ananda Ban Hospital and Shekhar at Alka Hospital, Jawalakhel.
They have suffered injuries all over, including head and hands, but are said to be out of danger. 
“The quarry has been registered in the name of United Cement Pvt Ltd for collecting raw materials for cement,” DSP Giri said, adding that further investigation was underway to establish the fact behind the mishap.