Archive | September 25, 2014

Deadly Ebola Virus; 1.2 million people quarantined in Sierra Leone, Africa

Ebola Virus

Sierra Leone has quarantined more than 1 million people in the largest lockdown in west Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak
 
Three new districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms have been restricted with immediate affect after a lockdown last week helped health officials identify challenging areas.
 
“The isolation of districts and chiefdoms will definitely pose great difficulty but the lives of everyone and the survival of our country takes precedence over these difficulties,” president Ernest Bai Koroma said.
 
“These are trying moments for everyone in the country.”
 
The northern districts of Port Loko and Bombali are to be closed off along with the southern district of Moyamba – effectively sealing off about 1.2 million people.
 
Only health workers and people delivering essential items can move within the new quarantine zones.
 
The worst ever outbreak of Ebola has killed almost 3,000 people in West Africa, including nearly 600 in Sierra Leone.
 
The World Health Organisation warned the number of cases could triple unless more was done.
Obama says world not moving fast enough
Its call was backed by US president Barack Obama, who told a crisis meeting at the United Nations that world powers were “not moving fast enough”.
 
Mr Obama has already dispatched 3,000 troops to Liberia to set up facilities and form training teams to help treat Ebola victims.
 
Congress has also approved the use of money leftover from the Afghanistan war to begin funding the president’s $US1 billion request to help fight the outbreak.
 
But Mr Obama warned other nations the US did not have the capacity to fight the epidemic on its own.
 
“I hope that I’ve properly communicated a sense of urgency here,” he said.
 
“Do not stand by thinking that because of something that we’ve done that it’s taken care of because of what we’ve done. It’s not.
 
“Everyone has the best of intentions but there is still a significant gap between where we are and where we need to be.”
 
The UN meeting was called by secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to ramp up the international response after the Security Council last week declared the outbreak a threat to world peace and security.
Liberia ‘fighting back’, president says
Liberia is now the country hardest hit by the outbreak. The country says it has secured imports of basic food staples until December, but the disruption caused to its mining sector could trigger a recession next year.
 
Airlines have suspended flights while expatriate workers have fled.
 
Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, told the meeting by video link that her country was facing perhaps its greatest challenge, and while the world had taken some time to adequately respond, “We are fighting back”.
 
The Canadian government says poor global coordination has bogged down efforts to deliver its Ebola vaccine to Africa.
 
The experimental vaccine remains in a government laboratory, six weeks after Canada promised to make it available to fight the deadly outbreak.
 
Foreign minsters of the G7 group of countries pledged to keep open air and sea links with Ebola-hit countries.
 
“We warn that although the spread of Ebola must be contained, affected countries must not be isolated,” the group said in a statement.
 
“We underline the necessity to enhance the ability of the countries concerned to fight the disease themselves.”

Deadly Horse Virus strikes Ohio, USA

Horse Virus Alert

A warning from veterinarians tonight after four Ohio horses die of a mosquito-borne illness. It’s a virus that can also affect other animals and humans. It is called Eastern Equine Encephalitis or Triple E. There are no cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in our area. Four horses died of the virus in Northeastern Ohio and the people we spoke with today take steps every year to make sure this virus and a number of others don’t hit our area. 
 
There are thousands of horses in our area and after the deadly outbreak in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties the Ohio Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian is urging horse owners around Ohio to make sure their animals are up to date on their shots. Triple E is an easily preventable disease if your horse gets the vaccine for it on a regular schedule. 
 
Dr. Diane Troyer has been a vet for nearly two decades, “It is not a common disease but it is certainly one that is always on our radar.” Because the horses Dr. Troyer works with are all vaccinated she has never treated a case of  Eastern Equine Encephalitis. She says the disease is often fatal in horses. Symptoms come on quickly and include erratic behavior, loss of coordination and seizures. If your horse gets the virus Dr. Troyer says there is not much that can be done, “The only thing you can do is supportive care. You would need to get them to an equine hospital for things like IV fluids but there is no specific medicine for it, just prevention which is the vaccine.”
 
Meg Howard- Fuleky is a third generation horse trainer at her family’s Fox Meadow Farm, “We have all of our horses on a strict schedule to get their shots every year to prevent any diseases” 
 
Other animals and people who are bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus can also become seriously ill. The disease is extremely rare in people with only a couple cases in the United States each year. However, vets like Dr. Troyer warn that if the virus is showing up in horses, people should also take steps to protect themselves, “Be sure to use mosquito repellents, wear long sleeve clothing and get rid of any standing water on your property.”
 
The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Health will continue to monitor the deadly Northeastern Ohio outbreak.

Massive landslide strikes a railway tunnel and strands 1000’s in Tripura, India

Landslide Alert

Train services have stalled in the Agartala-Lumding route after heavy downpour triggered massive landslides on a tunnel at Baramura yesterday that stuck up thousands of passengers in the most difficult hill-lock. The Lumding bound down train was encountered by massive landslides at the tunnel. It blocked the railway line and prevented the movement of trains. A relief team was deployed by the local authorities of the Northeast Frontier Railway from Ambassa. Reportedly, the other side of the tunnel was not blocked by the landslides. NFR sources said the debris clearing effort has been hampering due to the rains. In fact, the rail track went on mud and sand has almost filled the tunnel.

Massive landslide kills 8 bringing flood toll to 34 in Shillong, India

Landslide Alert

Eight people, including a pregnant woman, were buried alive under the debris following a massive landslide in the Mawbah area of Shillong on Tuesday morning.

MAGNITUDE 2.4 LONG VALLEY AREA, CALIFORNIA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=401504

Subject To Change

Depth: 6 km

Distances: 403 km N of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 15:55:34.4 2014-09-25
186 km SE of Carson City, United States / pop: 55,274 / local time: 15:55:34.4 2014-09-25
99 km S of Hawthorne, United States / pop: 3,269 / local time: 15:55:34.4 2014-09-25
11 km E of Mammoth Lakes, United States / pop: 8,234 / local time: 15:55:34.4 2014-09-25

Global viewRegional view

Massive landslide destroys a road in Nepal

Landslide Alert

A landslide has obstructed north-west Talamarang Bazaar-Batase road stretch which is seven kilometers away from district central hub Melamchi.
 
The mudslide occurred at Jagarkot of Sindhupalchowk has brought the vehicular movement to grinding halt. The landslide has swept away 400 metres of road somewhere 300 metres ahead of Manebhanjyang school.
 
With great festival Dashain coming near people here are not being able to bring daily essential goods, said Chairperson of Road Construction Committee, Tej Bahadur Tamang.
 
He informed that the landslide has put at least 14 houses of Jagarbot at risk and four among them are on verge of collapse.
 
As the landslide blew away the road it is even difficult for pedestrians to cross the road section so locals have demanded opening of alternative route.

PROTON PARTICLES HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED

**URGENT PROTON ALERT**

PROTON PARTICLES HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Proton Alert 25.09.14 22.13 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 3.8 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 10 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.681  -17.498
(4.7 km NNE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   25 Sept 21:40 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   25 Sept 21:40 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 4.3 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 3 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.678  -17.460
(5.2 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   25 Sept 21:40 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   25 Sept 21:40 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 3.8 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 8.6 km
 
Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.682  -17.476
(5.3 km NNE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   25 Sept 21:40 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   25 Sept 21:40 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude