Archive | September 21, 2014

MAGNITUDE 3.7 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 5.7 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.616  -17.405
(6.4 km ESE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   21 Sept 22:20 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   21 Sept 22:20 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 3.5 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 3.5 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.622  -17.469
(3.5 km SE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   21 Sept 22:20 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   21 Sept 22:20 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

Congo virus may become epidemic in Pakistan

Epidemic Alert

Renowned Haematologist Dr Saqib Hussain Ansari has expressed fears that Congo virus might take epidemic shape in upcoming weeks in Karachi if the provincial authorities concerned could not impose ban of the entry of infected animal from specific areas of Baluchistan province.
 
Talking to PPI , Dr Saqib Ansari said  Congo is deadly viral disease spread through a tick-bite found on animals and people who deal with dairy farming and livestock is the most likely to catch the deadly virus. He said Congo virus is new disease in Pakistan and its neighboring countries. He suspected that Congo virus disease spread in country through travelers. 
He said Congo Crimean Haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is common in African countries and significant number of people had  died due to Congo virus in these countries so far. He said England had culled million of animals over suspicious of mad cow disease in past.   
 
Dr Ansari said prevention and management of Congo virus was difficult due to lack of blood bank system in Sindh province and also in Karachi in public sectors hospitals.
 
He expressed fears that Congo viral disease might take epidemic shape in upcoming weeks as big number of sacrificial animals would be brought in Karachi for Eid-ul-Azha. He said authorities concerned could not devise any strategy for screening and vaccination of animals so far. He said authorities should impose ban on entry of infected animals coming from specific areas of Baluchistan under precautionary measures. He said Congo viral disease could be transformed into human by eating meat of infected animal.  
 
He stressed the need of launching of an awareness campaign about the mode of transmission from animals to humans as thousands of people earned their livelihood through dairy and livestock farming. He said people needed to be informed about precautions that could be taken to protect them from the condition. He said ten Congo virus cases were reported from Baluchistan province and two from Karachi in 2014 so far.
 
He advised people to avoid purchasing animals  suffering from flu and any other kind of illness from cattle markets. He said properly cooked meat decreased the risk of catching Congo viral disease so people should adopt precautionary measures to prevent from this disease.
 
On other hand, Joint Executive Director, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Dr Seemi Jamali, said a teenage boy was brought to the hospital in a very critical condition with Congo viral fever. She said that the boy was being kept in the isolation ward.  It was the first case in one of the city’s biggest health facilities where a patient with Congo virus was said to be in stable condition, she said. 
 
She said boy used to play in animal pens where he contracted this viral disease. She said body is recovering. She said staff and family members also provided anti-viral medicines to prevent them from contracting the Congo disease.
 
Earlier, 24-year-old Muhammad Kashif, the city’s first case of the year, died in a private hospital in August. Kashif was a resident of Gulberg town, Federal B Area. Kashif was a butcher by profession.

Yellow Alert issued in Malaga, Spain

Yellow Alert

MALAGA is on yellow alert, with heavy rains and storms forecast. The warning from the website Aemet, says the alert will remain active until Monday morning.
 
There is precipitated to be 20 mm of rain per hour in Ronda, Antequera, Costa del Sol, Axarquia and Guadalhorce.
 
Most of the rain will subside by Monday afternoon according to the Meteorological site.

Tornado devastates 7 villages in Jamalpur and Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh

Tornado Hampton 02.06.12

Tornado ripped into seven villages of Jamalpur and Lalmonirhat district yesterday, damaging over 200 dwelling houses.
 
Our Jamalpur correspondent reported that at least 100 houses were damaged as a tornado lashed Lauchapra village under Kamalpur union of Bakshiganj upazila in the morning.
 
Local administration sources said the storm hit the village at around 7:00am and lasted one minute. At least 60 houses were razed to the ground while 40 others partially damaged, sources added.

Houses lie ravaged as a tornado hit Lauchapra village in Bakshiganj upazila under Jamalpur district yesterday morning. PHOTO: STAR

Locals said around 800 trees were uprooted and three people injured by the violent storm. The injured are Ilias, his daughter Sathi and their neighbour Rabbani. They are undergoing treatment at a local medical centre.
 
Nazrul Islam, a member of Kamalpur Union Parishad (UP), said over 150 families of bordering Lauchapra village were badly affected as their houses were completely destroyed by the tornado.
 
Two of the five houses of Golam Mostafa, former chairman of the union parishad, were completely damaged, the UP member said.
 
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Ershad Hossain Khan visited the tornado-hit village. He said the local administration will give 20kg of rice, dry food and Tk 1000 to each of the affected families. “After proper assessment, the administration will give financial for the affected families to rebuild their houses,” The UNO said.

Another area lashed by tornado in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila the same day. PHOTO: STAR

In Lalmonirhat, over 100 dwelling houses were damaged and a good number of trees uprooted by a tornado that lashed six villages in Sadar upazila of the district yesterday noon, according to our correspondent.
 
The affected villages are Roypara, Uttar Saptana, Khorarphul, Fulgachh, Shahitari and Shaheed Shahjahan Colonypara.
 
Locals said the violent storm hit the villages at around 12:00noon noon and lasted for 35 to 40 seconds.

Emergency evacuation alert sparks panic as Tropical Storm Fung-Wong heads for Taiwan

Emergency Evacuation Alert

Taiwan evacuated almost 1,000 people from endangered areas as Typhoon Fung-Wong, which left at least 10 dead in the Philippines and caused Manila’s worst flooding in two years, approached packing wind gusts as strong as 120kph.
 
Fung-Wong, Phoenix in English, was centered about 426km south-southwest of Taipei this morning, moving north-northeast at 7 knots according to the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Centre.
 
It will probably pass over western Taiwan today before tracking northward toward China’s east coast, the centre forecasts.
 
There were no reports of casualties in Taiwan as of last night, although 986 people in southern and central regions were evacuated as a precaution, the National Fire Agency said in a statement on its website. Flights between Kaohsiung and Hong Kong were canceled, it reported.
 
Almost 200,000 people remain in evacuation centers in the Philippines as the death toll from Fung-Wong rose to 10 with seven others injured, according to the latest statement from the national disaster-management agency.
 
The storm submerged as much as 25 per cent of Metro Manila in floods, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino said. ABS-CBN showed footage of people wading through chest-high waters and residents trapped on the upper floors of their homes, while many were being rescued by boats.
Farm Losses
Typhoons Fung-Wong and Kalmaegi, which struck a week earlier, will cost the Philippines 1.14 billion pesos (RM77.616 million) in farm output, according to preliminary estimates by the Department of Agriculture.
 
Monsoon rains intensified by Fung-Wong dumped 268 millimeters (10.6 inches) of water over the northern Philippines in 24 hours, equivalent to half a month’s rain, the weather bureau said yesterday.
 
Provinces north of the capital, including Nueva Ecija, Zambales and Tarlac, are still at severe risk of floods, it said.
 
Typhoon Ketsana, which killed more than 400 people in the capital five years ago, brought 455 millimeters of rain in 24 hours and inundated 60 per cent of Metro Manila.
 
Super Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever to hit land, killed more than 6,200 people in the Philippines and left more than a thousand missing in November 2013.

Massive Landslide Ravages Bulambuli in Uganda, Africa

Disaster Alert

A fresh landslide has ravaged Bulambuli district washing away several acres of crop gardens and killing several livestock leaving several people at death threats.

MAGNITUDE 5.2 EASTER ISLAND REGION

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000serf#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 478km (297mi) W of Hanga Roa, Chile
3762km (2338mi) ESE of Papao, French Polynesia
3766km (2340mi) ESE of Mahina, French Polynesia
3768km (2341mi) ESE of Paea, French Polynesia
1599km (994mi) E of Adamstown, Pitcairn  


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MAGNITUDE 5.2 OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, N.Z.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000serd#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 252km (157mi) NNE of Whakatane, New Zealand
273km (170mi) NE of Tauranga, New Zealand
298km (185mi) N of Gisborne, New Zealand
305km (190mi) NE of Rotorua, New Zealand
667km (414mi) NNE of Wellington, New Zealand

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MAGNITUDE 5.3 OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, N.Z.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000ser4#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 17 km

Distances: 214km (133mi) ENE of Tairua, New Zealand
224km (139mi) NNE of Whakatane, New Zealand
237km (147mi) NE of Tauranga, New Zealand
272km (169mi) NE of Rotorua, New Zealand
639km (397mi) NNE of Wellington, New Zealand

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