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
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
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.
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.
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.