Archive | February 15, 2020

MAGNITUDE 5.1 TAIWAN #earthquake #Taiwan

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 101 km E of Taichung, Taiwan, Province of China / pop: 1,041,000 / local time: 19:05:00.8 2020-02-15

15 km S of Hualian, Taiwan, Province of China / pop: 351,000 / local time: 19:05:00.8 2020-02-15

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MAGNITUDE 5.2 TAIWAN #earthquake #Taiwan

Subject to change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 105 km SE of Taichung, Taiwan, Province of China / pop: 1,041,000 / local time: 19:00:05.3 2020-02-15

22 km S of Hualian, Taiwan, Province of China / pop: 351,000 / local time: 19:00:05.3 2020-02-15

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MAGNITUDE 3.6 ICELAND #earthquake #Iceland

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Depth: 4 km

Distances: 223 km E of Reykjavík, Iceland / pop: 114,000 / local time: 05:57:02.0 2020-02-15

117 km S of Akureyri, Iceland / pop: 16,600 / local time: 05:57:02.0 2020-02-15

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA #earthquake #xinjiang #china

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 260 km SE of Almaty, Kazakhstan / pop: 2,001,000 / local time: 09:31:56.4 2020-02-15

116 km SE of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 70,200 / local time: 09:31:56.4 2020-02-15
102 km NW of Aksu, China / pop: 341,000 / local time: 09:31:56.4 2020-02-15

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Sixth Brit who visited French ski chalet tests positive for coronavirus #nCoV2019 #COVID19 #coronavirus #france #British #wuhan #china #emergency #quarantine #LesContaminesMontjoie #Savoie

Coronavirus Alert

Another British national who stayed at a chalet in the Les Contamines-Montjoie resort has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Last week five UK citizens, including a nine-year-old child, were diagnosed with the airborne disease, having stayed at the same lodge in the French Alps. It is thought they contracted the Sars-like virus from British businessman Steve Walsh, who picked it up at a conference in Singapore. As the first handful of British chalet guests were diagnosed with the disease, another six were also taken to hospital and put into isolation – one of whom has now tested positive.

In a statement the French Ministry of Health said the man’s condition is not thought to be serious. France has now recorded 12 cases of the coronavirus strain – named Covid-19 – one of which was of a Chinese tourist who died in a Paris hospital. Four patients have since recovered and have been discharged from hospital and the rest are still receiving treatment. Meanwhile in the UK, eight of nine people who tested positive for coronavirus have been given the all-clear and released from medical care. The 94 people who were isolated at Arrowe Park Hospital, the Wirral, Merseyside have also been discharged. They all spent 14 days in quarantine after being flown home on UK Government chartered flights from Wuhan, China – the epicentre of the outbreak.

Only one person now remains in hospital while a further 100 people are in quarantine in Milton Keynes. So far more than 1,500 people have died in China as well as four others in the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong and France, respectively. Today the French health minister confirmed an 80-year-old Chinese man had died in a Paris hospital after succumbing to ‘to a pulmonary infection with coronavirus’. Agnes Buzyn said the tourist had been in isolation at the Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in the north of the capital since falling ill on January 25. He was thought to have arrived in France nine days earlier from Hubei province – of which Wuhan is the regional capital.

The total number of confirmed cases globally now stands at more than 67,000 across 27 countries. Fears are mounting over the bug quickly spreading through London after it was revealed a Chinese national diagnosed in the capital had taken an Uber to a hospital in Lewisham. A previous UK coronavirus patient was one of 250 delegates at the UK Bus Summit at the QEII centre in Westminster on February 6. The conference’s attendees included high profile people from across the country including bus minister Baroness Vere of Norbiton.

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STORM DENNIS UPDATE: Flood alert issued for parts of Greater Manchester as Storm Dennis hits #StormDennis #SevereAlert #Flooding #GreaterManchester #Lancashire #uk

Severe Flood Warning

A flood alert has been issued for parts of Greater Manchester and Lancashire as Storm Dennis hits.

The alert covers parts of Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Haslingden, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.

The area is known as the ‘Upper River Irwell Catchment’.

“Flooding of low lying land, roads and farmland is expected this evening and tomorrow morning,” according to the Environment Agency.

There is a possibility of flooding on ‘land and roads’ around the rivers Beal, Roch and Croal and Limy Water.

“Our incident response staff are closely monitoring weather forecasts and river levels and will issue flood warnings if necessary”, the government website warns.

The alert was issued just before 7pm tonight (Saturday).

In Lancashire, a flood warning has been issued for Waterfoot, a small town between Rawtenstall and Bacup.

There is risk of the River Irwell flooding as a result of heavy rain caused by Storm Dennis.

“We believe there is a possibility of flooding for properties adjacent to the A681 Bacup Road. We expect river levels to remain high throughout the weekend”, the government website says.

A yellow weather warning for wind and rain is in place from tonight until Sunday afternoon in Greater Manchester.

There is an amber weather warning for rain in place in parts of Lancashire including Bacup and Burnley.

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STORM DENNIS UPDATE: Warning as part of the cliffs collapse in Newquay during Storm Dennis #StormDennis #SevereAlert #CliffCollapse #Protectnewquaycliffs #Newquay #Cornwall #uk

Debris has fallen from the cliffs at Newquay on to the beach below

Debris has fallen from the cliffs at Newquay on to the beach below

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Part of the cliffs above a beach in Cornwall has collapsed during Storm Dennis.

Guardians who look after the coastline say that debris has crumbled in Newquay – and they have warned people to stay away.

Protectnewquaycliffs, a local group of residents seeking to protect and preserve the shore, tweeted these dramatic pictures as the county was lashed by heavy rain and strong winds.

Storm Dennis has caused chaos across Devon and Cornwall, with fallen trees blocking several major routes, including the A30. Other routes have been hampered by standing water.

The group has reported the slippage to Cornwall Council but has asked people to avoid the slip road at Great Western Beach over safety concerns.

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STORM DENNIS UPDATE: 91 mph wind gusts recorded in Aberdaron, Wales #StormDennis #SevereAlert #Aberdaron #wales #uk

Storm Alert
91 mph wind gusts recorded in Aberdaron,