Archive | January 4, 2015


Depth: 33 km

Distances: 3022 km SE of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 381,900 / local time: 03:35:33.3 2015-01-05
4033 km S of Avarua, Cook Islands / pop: 13,373 / local time: 04:35:33.3 2015-01-04
4368 km S of Papeete, French Polynesia / pop: 26,357 / local time: 04:35:33.3 2015-01-04

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Potential Deadly Ebola Virus case has been rushed to isolation unit in Berlin, Germany

Ebola Virus

Doctors in Berlin are keeping watch over a South Korean medic who was exposed to the Ebola virus while treating a patient in Sierra Leone. The medic had suffered an injury with a hypodermic needle.
The South Korean arrived on a special flight in Berlin Saturday to be monitored for symptoms of Ebola, doctors at the German capital’s prominent Charité hospital said.
“The person wasn’t flown to South Korea because the Korean government asked Europe to step in,” Dr. Frank Bergmann, who oversees the hospital’s treatment of highly infectious patients, said. “First of all it’s good from a transportation point of view to come here and secondly it’s better for the person’s anonymity to be treated here in Europe,” Bergmann added.
He said both the medic and the government of South Korea had requested as few details as possible be released, so declined to give the medic’s age, gender, profession or employer.
On Monday, the medic had been treating an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone when the patient jolted, causing the needle on a syringe filled with blood to pierce the three plastic gloves the medic was wearing.
“The patient had a very high viral load and died the next day, which means that there was a very high risk of infection,” Bergmann said, although adding that the medic did not currently show any symptoms of Ebola. They will remain under close medical supervision until the end of the three-week incubation period for Ebola. Bergmann added that should the medic develop symptoms, doctors could use experimental drugs.
“With our European standards there should be a good prognosis,” he said.
Previously, three medical workers have been treated for Ebola in Germany – a Senegalese doctor who had been infected in Sierra Leone was treated in Hamburg and survived, as did a Ugandan doctor also infected in Sierra Leone who was treated in Frankfurt. In Leipzig, a United Nations worker from Africa died from the disease after contracting it in Liberia.
Courtesy of DW

Patient Exposed to Deadly Ebola Virus is rushed to isolation unit in Nebraska, USA

Ebola Virus

An American health care worker who experienced high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has arrived at a Nebraska hospital for observation.
The patient landed in Omaha Sunday afternoon. Paramedics wearing full-body protective gear drove the patient to the Nebraska Medical Center, which has a specialized bio-containment unit.
Dr. Phil Smith, who leads the unit, says the patient is neither ill nor contagious, and that “all appropriate precautions” will be taken.
“This patient has been exposed to the virus but is not ill and is not contagious,” said Phil Smith, M.D., medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at Nebraska Medicine. “However, we will be taking all appropriate precautions. This patient will be under observation in the same room used for treatment of the first three patients and will be carefully monitored to see if Ebola disease develops.”
The patient will be observed for any signs of Ebola throughout the virus’ 21-day incubation period.
Three Ebola patients have been treated at the Omaha hospital. 
Dr. Richard Sacra was treated and released in September, NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo was treated and released in October and Dr, Martin Salia, who was gravely ill upon arrival, passed away from the virus after less than two days of treatment in November.
The World Health Organization says more than 8,000 people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that began about a year ago.
Dr. Smith, also a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, says the same expert team that cared for the other patients here will care for this patient. “This patient will be observed for development of infection during the 21-day incubation period of the disease, both by monitoring for symptoms and through blood tests.”
Courtesy of 1011 Now

Landslide closes road in Fiji

A LANDSLIDE which occurred yesterday in Namosi has resulted in the Namuamua Rd being closed today and possibly throughout the coming week.
Confirming this in a statement yesterday, Fiji Roads Authority, stipulated the landslide had “taken out half the width of the road”.
“FRA contractors, Fulton Hogan Hiways Joint Venture (FHHJV) and engineers from MWH Global have visited the site and have drawn up temporary and permanent solutions for this site.
“The crew from FHHJV will commence temporary reinstatement work in the coming week,” the FRA reported.
Courtesy of The Fiji Times Online

AirAsia plane engine makes a loud noise and cuts out minutes before takeoff in Indonesia

Aviation Alert

In the latest in a string of incidents, an engine of an AirAsia aircraft with 120 passengers onboard cut out during taxiing before takeoff from Juanda International Airport in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, and passengers were forced to disembark.
The plane, scheduled to fly to Bandung, also on Java, at 9pm local time Saturday, was taxiing for a couple of minutes when suddenly one of its engines cut out with a loud noise, Indonesia’s Metro TV reported.
“The plane was ready and moved, but suddenly a loud sound was heard, the sound of the engine disappeared and the plane moved backward. We were shocked and panicked. The plane was then pulled back to where it parked and we were asked by the stewardess to leave the plane,” passenger Yusuf Fitriadi was quoted as saying.
Some time later, a man in a pilot’s uniform came out to the passengers waiting at the terminal and told them that the plane’s starter monitor had malfunctioned.
Fitriadi told Metro TV that when the airline announced later that the flight would be resumed once the malfunction was repaired, some 90 percent of the passengers refused to get back on the plane.
Those passengers who declined to take the flight were refunded in full by the airline, the report said.
There were three more minor incidents with AirAsia flights last week, on December 28 and 30.
Last Sunday, an AirAsia flight FD3254 bound for northeast Thailand’s Khon Kaen had to return back to the capital Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport soon after departing at 11:10 am due to an “irregularity” detected by pilots in the storage compartment.
In a separate incident later Sunday, AirAsia flight AK6242, with over 150 passengers aboard, experienced a technical problem about 10 minutes after taking off from Penang, Malaysia, and had to return to the airport. The malfunction was soon corrected and the flight safely reached its short-haul destination of Langkawi Island.
An AirAsia Zest plane from Manila on December 30 rolled off the runway in bad weather conditions on arrival at the popular Philippines resort island of Boracay. All 153 passengers and crew of the Flight Z2272 were safely evacuated from the aircraft at Kalibo airport, but the small airport was shut down for some time.
AirAsia’s flight QZ8501, which crashed last Sunday, also took off from the Surabaya airport.
Bound for Singapore, flight QZ8501 crashed in the Java Sea. All 162 passengers and crew of the A320-200 are believed to be dead, and large pieces of debris have already been found on the seabed off the coast of Borneo Island. The bodies of up to 30 passengers have been recovered from the water.
Courtesy of RT


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A large sinkhole has swallowed up an entire section of a street near downtown Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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A large sinkhole swallowed up an entire section of a street near downtown Omaha this week.
The sinkhole, which consumed the width of the two-lane street, was reported New Year’s Day near 20th and Pierce streets.
Lesley Mosley, a resident in the area, told Omaha television station KETV that she heard a loud noise and thought it was a car accident.
The sinkhole is about 25 feet in diameter and about 15 deep, officials said. No injuries or property damage was reported.
“This cave-in is on a much bigger scale than we usually see,” Craig Christians, manager of Omaha’s sewer maintenance division, told the Omaha World-Herald.
The city had blocked off that section of the street on Christmas Day after someone noticed the street sagging, Christians said. Maintenance workers discovered that a century-old brick manhole had collapsed, allowing water to wash out the soil underneath the street.
“The pavement, under its own weight and (with) no support under it, collapsed,” Christians told the newspaper.
Christians said it could take months to repair the street.
It’s at least the third large sinkhole in the area since mid-June. On June 22, one at 22nd Street and Saint Mary’s Avenue swallowed a woman’s car, who suffered minor injuries. In September, another sinkhole opened up nearby at 20th and Farnam streets because of a water main break. No injuries were reported from that incident.
Courtesy of Daily Journal

Plane makes an emergency landing with no landing gear at Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport, Kenya

Passenger plane on the runway in Nairobi
Flights into Kenya’s main airport have been suspended after a passenger plane crash-landed on the runway in the capital Nairobi.
No deaths or injuries have been reported at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Sunday.
The Kenyan Airports Authority said the Fokker 50 turboprop plane carrying six people had touched down on its belly after the landing gear failed.
All flights into Nairobi were being diverted to the port city of Mombasa.
Later on Sunday, airport officials said that the plane had been removed and the runway reopened.
The aircraft had been flying from the north-eastern town of Wajir when it made the emergency landing.
The Jomo Kenyatta airport is one of the busiest airports in east and central Africa, acting as an important transport hub for both passengers and goods across the continent.
It serves a daily average of 19,000 passengers from Africa, Europe and Asia, according to the Kenyan Airports Authority.
A huge fire caused by an electrical fault forced it to close for several days in August 2013.
Courtesy of The BBC


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Depth: 14 km

Distances: 24km (15mi) NW of Saranpaul’, Russia
167km (104mi) ENE of Vuktyl, Russia
177km (110mi) ESE of Pechora, Russia
225km (140mi) SE of Usinsk, Russia
1583km (984mi) NE of Moscow, Russia

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