Archive | September 1, 2014


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Depth: 60 km

Distances: 402 km SE of Lima, Peru / pop: 7,737,002 / local time: 17:55:22.3 2014-09-01
138 km SE of Ica, Peru / pop: 246,844 / local time: 17:55:22.3 2014-09-01
22 km NE of Minas de Marcona, Peru / pop: 15,478 / local time: 17:55:22.3 2014-09-01  

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Ebola Virus

A doctor in Nigeria’s oil hub of Port Harcourt has died from Ebola after treating a contact of a Liberian-American man who was the first recorded case of the virus in Africa’s most populous country, the Health Ministry has said. The death in Port Harcourt brings the number of Ebola fatalities in Nigeria to 6, all of whom were direct or indirect contacts of Sawyer. Port Harcourt lies at the heart of Nigeria’s two million barrels per day oil industry. 

Deadly Ebola Virus: Six ‘high risk’ passengers from West Africa quarantined at Delhi airport

Ebola Virus

Six people deemed “high risk” Ebola suspects were on Monday admitted to a quarantine facility at Delhi airport, health ministry said. The suspects were among 181 passengers who arrived in India from the affected western African countries.
As of Monday, the ministry said, as many as 816 passengers were being tracked by authorities under Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme. These passengers are those who carried certain risk because of suspicion that they might have come in touch with Ebola victims and are being monitored to ensure that they are attended to in case they develop symptoms of the dangerous disease.
“Report has been received from state IDSP units of 18 of the 20 states about 80 passengers being monitored. One passenger, who is being tracked and monitored in West Bengal has confirmed to be having Malaria…,” it said.
The control room in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has received 706 calls since its inception on August 9 and only five calls were received in the past 24 hours, it said. Most of the callers have sought information on signs and symptoms of the disease and travel related risk of acquiring the infection.
More than 1,500 people have died across West Africa from Ebola. Liberia has suffered the most deaths in the outbreak that has hit five West African countries.

Tungurahua Volcano increases activity in Ecuador

Volcano Alert

Explosions and emissions increased during the early hours of Monday in Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano, local media reported, citing the country’s scientific institute.

The 5,023-meter (16,575-foot) volcano Tungurahua, located in the central Andes region and 87 miles (140 km)south of the capital Quito, remained in “high activity,” according to Edwin Viracucha, seismologist from the country’s Geophysical Institute.

“This morning the volcano was partially cloudy but at 8:30 local time (1330 GMT) it cleared and we were able to observe vapor emissions headed towards the northwest and then north. They reached an altitude of 1 kilometer and made loud noises,” added Viracucha.

Experts are monitoring the Tungurahua volcano after an eruption last week. Ash was then blown five miles (8 km) into the air and was reported to be drifting west. The increase of explosions has led Ecuadorian authorities to reactivate alerts and emergency plans in nearby populations.

The eruption was the latest in a series of moderate to strong explosions at the volcano after a period of relative calm. The first was on July 29, then on Aug. 4, Aug. 19 and Aug. 27.

Tungurahua, which means “Throat of Fire” in the local Quechua language, has been classified as active since 1999. As one of South America’s most active volcanoes, it started an eruption process in 1999 and in 2010 its increased activity forced authorities to declare a red alert and temporarily evacuate residents and tourists from the region.

Plane crashes at Greene airport, New York, USA

A small plane crashed at the Greene Airport in Chenango County Monday. According to investigators, the pilot was the only one on board.

Officials said the plane caught on fire and the pilot was pulled from the wreckage. Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened.
“At this time, we don’t know. We’re still waiting to talk with the pilot and obviously we still need the FAA to come in and help us determine what the cause of the crash might have been,” said Ernest Cutting Jr., the Chenango County sheriff.

Due to burns and the crash’s impact, the pilot was taken to a nearby hospital. There’s no word on his condition.

Severe Thunderstorms Bring Wind Damage and Large Hail to Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, USA

Severe Weather Alert

“This is the worst storm I’ve seen in 40 years here,” said Mayor Pro Tem Ron Hanson

Greg Miller, the Emergency Management Coordinator for Crawford County, Iowa, said five campers were blown over in Yellow Smoke Park. Several roads were flooded and closed in the area and one dam on farmland had failed. Over six inches of rain had drenched Crawford County, according to Miller.
The National Weather Service received a report of one person injured by lightning, but details about the severity were not available, the Des Moines Register reported.
Mid-American Energy said more than 6,000 customers across the state had lost power.
In Sergeant Bluff, Fire Chief Anthony Gaul said the winds had sent trees falling onto homes and pulled down power lines, while the rain caused street flooding, the Sioux City Journal reported. Several people were treated for minor injuries, he said.
“This is the worst storm I’ve seen in 40 years here,” said Mayor Pro Tem Ron Hanson.
Damaging winds destroyed a garage in Harcourt, Iowa, and snapped power poles in half near Dallas Center, Iowa. Wind gusts as high as 70 mph were clocked into the evening from central Iowa to central Kansas. 
Hailstones up to tennis-ball size were reported near Beloit and and Shaffer, Kansas, Sunday evening.
The Omaha World-Herald reported that I-29 was closed when the roof and sidewall blew off a building and into a pickup pulling a trailer. Sioux City Police Sgt. Dane Wagner said the truck toppled, but no one was injured.
In the Omaha metro area, the newspaper reported, at least eight people were rescued Sunday evening on the Elkhorn River.
In Kansas City, the Indians-Royals game was suspended due to rain.
Sunday featured the most reports of severe weather in the nation since Aug. 20, with roughly 140 reports of damaging winds, hail, and one tornado in Massachusetts.

Severe storm Yellow Alert raised for North China

Yellow Alert

China’s top observatory has issued a storm alert for north China, as some parts of Beijing and Hebei Province will be hit by heavy rainstorms on Tuesday.
The National Meteorological Center (NMC) raised the alert from blue to yellow late Monday. China has a four-tier warning system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
It forecast that storms in Hebei, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Tianjin and Beijing, with the western and northern parts of Beijing and central Hebei to see downpours from 100 to 180 millimeters.
The NMC advised precautions against waterlogging and floods.
During the same period, provinces of Sichuan and Hubei and Chongqing municipality will also see heavy rain, the center added.



***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 01.09.14  21.48 hrs UTC

Subject to change

Depth: 7 km

Distances: 222 km E of Reykjavík, Iceland / pop: 113,906 / local time: 11:41:10.6 2014-09-01
106 km S of Akureyri / pop: 16,563 / local time: 11:41:00.0 2014-09-01

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Subject to change

Depth: 8.6 km


Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.661  -17.538 
(2.4 km NNW of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   01 Sept 11:50 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   01 Sept 11:50 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude