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MAGNITUDE 2.0 AUSTRIA #earthquake #austria

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Depth: 8 km

Distances: 50 km N of Ljubljana, Slovenia / pop: 256,000 / local time: 09:10:12.5 2020-03-30

15 km S of Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria / pop: 90,700 / local time: 09:10:12.5 2020-03-30

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2 trains collide at station injuring 9 in Vienna, Austria

Two trains collided at a station in Vienna on Saturday, leaving nine people with largely light injuries, authorities said.
The accident happened at Meidling station, near the center of the Austrian capital, on Saturday afternoon. A Railjet intercity train headed for Villach in southern Austria with 30 people on board hit an empty regional train.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the accident, which resulted in part of the Railjet train derailing and tipping over. Nine people were hurt, though the most severe injury was a hand fracture, the Austria Press Agency reported.
Roman Hahslinger, a spokesman for railway company OeBB, said that a technical problem and human error were both possible causes. Investigators planned to question both train drivers, neither of whom was injured, as well as dispatchers.
Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

Heatwave of 38C (100.4F) to strike Austria

Heatwave Warning

Following the below average temperatures of the last week, the heatwave is set to return to Austria from Tuesday.
July was the hottest since records began, with a high of 38.6C, and August is not set to disappoint. 
Forecasters are predicting the hottest weather on Saturday in the east of the country, with temperatures over 35C from Tuesday. The heat will bring more hot summer nights with it, with temperatures not set to fall below 20C at night for at least the next nine days.
The west of the country can expect small, localised thunderstorms on Tuesday afternoon, but there will be no relief from the heat for the rest of us – forecasts are currently pointing to stable, hot, and sunny conditions for the coming week for most of the country.
The hot weather has led to concerns for drought-stricken fields and hills. Many in the agricultural sector are afraid there will be crop losses for corn, sugar beet, sunflowers and grapes after a lack of summer rain, which will affect local farmers.
UBIMET weather experts have yet to give an end date for this current hot spell, which is the fourth heatwave Austria has experienced this year.
Courtesy of thelocal.at

Freak storms cause major damage in Carinthia, Austria

Freak storms cause damage in Carinthia
Trees were uprooted in Klagenfurt. Photo: Hiebaum/ORF
Parts of Carinthia in the south of Austria were hit by freak thunder and hail storms on Wednesday night, exactly a week after massive hailstones injured several people in the province
In Gegendtal several cars were buried under fallen trees. An entire forest clearing was uprooted close to the Kastral Landstrasse (L38). One 47-year-old woman who was caught in the storm and parked her car at the side of the road was lucky to escape uninjured after several trees fell on her vehicle.
A family of four who were driving towards Puch were also hit by fallen trees but were not injured. The L38 road was later closed to traffic to avoid any accidents.
Power lines were downed by falling trees around the village of Kras. The roof of an apartment building in Maria Saal was struck by lightning and caught fire. Firefighters said that all 11 residents were evacuated to safety and the fire was extinguished within half an hour.
Courtesy of thelocal.at

Train crash kills one, 8 injured in Austria

Two local trains collided head-on near Uebelbach, Austria, on May 6, 2015, killing one of the drivers -© APA/AFP
Two local trains collided head-on in Austria on Wednesday, killing one of the drivers and injuring eight people, including two who were in a critical condition, emergency services said.
The accident, near the southern city of Graz, occurred after one of the trains apparently failed to observe a stop signal, said Helmut Wittmann, chairman of local train operator Steiermaerkische Landesbahnen.
“Today we lost one of our colleagues,” the Austria Press Agency quoted him as saying.
The driver had remained stuck inside his cabin after the crash and died at the scene after “fighting for his life”, the Red Cross said.
The other driver and a 60-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries and were airlifted to hospital.
Regional authorities have opened an investigation into possible involuntary manslaughter, APA reported.
Six other passengers sustained injuries in the accident, which took place near the train station of the village of Waldstein, 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of Graz, at around 10:20 am (08:20 GMT).
“The damage is considerable so we think the trains were travelling at average speed for this stretch of track. We assume though that the brakes were applied,” a fire brigade spokesman told AFP.
Courtesy of theborneopost.com

Deadly Ebola Virus; British-Nigerian woman found dead with symptoms of Ebola Virus in Austria

Ebola Virus

A 48-year-old British Nigerian woman is feared to have died of the deadly Ebola virus in Austria.

The woman’s body was found at her apartment in Vomp, in the Tyrol, at the weekend after she returned from a trip to Nigeria.

Blood, hair and urine samples have been sent to a tropical disease centre in Hamburg for urgent tests.

The woman, who has a British passport, had travelled from Nigeria to Germany where she then flew back to her home in Vomp. Her body was discovered in her flat on Saturday.

Ebola Virus

Austrian officials confirmed today they implemented emergency measures following the suggestion that she might have died from the Ebola virus.

Results from the Centre for Tropical Diseases in the northern Germany city of Hamburg are expected sometime today.

The doctor who attended the scene where the body was found gave the cause of death as a viral infection.

Police confirmed that they had already ruled out violent crime for her death.

They were alerted to the fact that there might be a problem when a relative had called them to say they could not contact the woman.

Head of the regional health board Franz Katzgraber said that he regarded the risk that the woman had died from the Ebola virus as being at the lower end of the scale.

However he confirmed it was nevertheless vital to implement emergency measures even when there was just a suspicion.

He said only one person has died from the virus in Nigeria and the risk of catching it from a trip to the country was low, and much more likely if somebody had come in from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.

The woman’s home has been sealed off and emergency services staff including medics who found the body have been quarantined.

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A spokesman for the Austrian Health Ministry confirmed that even before the body had been found the staff been wearing protective clothing.

They added that even if the woman did turn out to have died from Ebola, it was unlikely that it would be passed on to anyone else as the infection is transmitted through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person.

Although a British citizen, the woman appears to have had a property in Austria although it was not explained whether it was a holiday home or whether she lived in the Alpine Republic.



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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 77 km SW of Vienna, Austria / pop: 1,691,468 / local time: 03:15:29.0 2014-04-21
59 km SW of Eisenstadt, Austria / pop: 12,190 / local time: 03:15:29.0 2014-04-21
46 km W of Mattersburg, Austria / pop: 6,448 / local time: 03:15:29.0 2014-04-21

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