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|MAP||4.8||2012/09/29 17:37:41||35.013||140.026||57.2||NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN|
|MAP||4.8||2012/09/29 16:25:42||-7.055||124.158||587.3||BANDA SEA|
|MAP||2.7||2012/09/29 16:21:00||59.676||-153.345||143.2||SOUTHERN ALASKA|
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|MAP||2.9||2012/09/29 10:52:16||19.719||-64.371||43.0||VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION|
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|MAP||4.7||2012/09/29 10:11:15||39.716||144.172||22.6||OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN|
|MAP||2.7||2012/09/29 10:00:45||17.947||-65.368||12.0||PUERTO RICO REGION|
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|MAP||3.3||2012/09/29 09:47:26||19.506||-64.158||72.0||VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION|
|MAP||4.7||2012/09/29 07:34:43||35.546||141.191||34.6||NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN|
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|MAP||4.2||2012/09/29 06:17:08||44.157||-127.750||9.9||OFF THE COAST OF OREGON|
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|MAP||4.5||2012/09/29 05:26:12||7.129||-71.923||38.7||APURE, VENEZUELA|
|MAP||4.6||2012/09/29 05:25:42||35.230||27.816||10.0||DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE|
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|MAP||4.5||2012/09/29 01:26:13||-23.938||-66.754||191.4||JUJUY, ARGENTINA|
|MAP||3.2||2012/09/29 01:14:20||18.174||-68.546||15.0||MONA PASSAGE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC|
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|MAP||2.7||2012/09/28 16:25:56||37.852||-122.249||6.9||SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA|
|MAP||3.5||2012/09/28 16:17:13||19.492||-66.260||83.0||PUERTO RICO REGION|
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|MAP||4.6||2012/09/28 15:24:54||24.636||-110.354||27.7||GULF OF CALIFORNIA|
|MAP||4.8||2012/09/28 14:25:47||13.752||120.770||141.0||MINDORO, PHILIPPINES|
|MAP||2.7||2012/09/28 13:46:01||46.232||-122.112||9.4||MOUNT ST. HELENS AREA, WASHINGTON|
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|MAP||3.3||2012/09/28 10:53:44||48.008||-103.478||0.7||NORTH DAKOTA|
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|MAP||4.2||2012/09/28 10:18:35||-24.136||-66.799||184.1||SALTA, ARGENTINA|
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|MAP||4.3||2012/09/28 04:39:01||-11.854||-76.325||103.0||CENTRAL PERU|
|MAP||2.7||2012/09/28 04:28:25||19.191||-155.603||8.2||ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII|
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|MAP||4.1||2012/09/28 03:11:51||-31.510||-67.919||111.7||SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA|
|MAP||3.1||2012/09/28 01:35:47||18.019||-65.392||24.0||PUERTO RICO REGION|
|MAP||2.9||2012/09/28 01:04:58||19.041||-67.824||17.0||DOMINICAN REPUBLIC REGION|
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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather
10 people killed/Hundreds Evacuated as Extreme Weather/ Floods sweep through Spain
Flooding caused by torrential rain after months of drought leaves several dead and British woman missing
Ten people have been killed and hundreds evacuated from their homes after extreme weather and flash floods hit southern Spain on Friday.
The flooding, caused by torrential rain after months of drought, hit areas around Murcia and Almería in the south-east and Málaga in the south.
A 52-year-old British woman is believed to be missing in Almería, according to a government official. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was looking into the reports as “a matter of urgency”.
The weather brought down a motorway bridge and cars were swept away. Officials in the region said at least 600 people had been evacuated from their homes.
Spanish radio said a young boy and girl who were found drowned in a car in the town of Puerto Lumbreras were among the dead. A middle-aged woman was also killed in Lorca, which was badly damaged in an earthquake last year.
Jackie Broad, 58, said her home in Mojacar, Almería, was too high up to be flooded but she had seen cars get washed away by raging torrents of water. “The river at the bottom of our road has burst its banks. There was a lot of water, in some places up to the roofs of shops and houses.
“The water has run away now but it’s left about a foot of mud everywhere. A lot of the roads are closed so we’re having trouble getting around,” she said.
Five people have so far died in Murcia, three in Almería and two in Málaga. Five people originally declared missing have been found alive.
A tornado that also swept through the town of Gandia on Friday knocked down a ferris wheel, injuring 35 fair workers. The town hall website said 15 of the injured were seriously hurt. Local media reported that the fair had been closed to the public at the time.
The flooding disrupted transport links, with at least two motorways closed and one flight diverted to Seville from Malaga.
Spain’s weather agency said up to 245 litres of water had fallen per square metre in the area on Friday.
In 2011, a British couple died in a flash flood in Finestrat, on the Costa Blanca, after torrential rain caused a river to burst its banks.
The heavy rain is expected to continue throughout Saturday before moving towards the Balearic Islands.
Man in 60s caught by flooded stream in Shropshire as torrential rain shuts main train lines between England and Scotland
A man has died after being swept away by floodwater as heavy rain and thunderstorms continued to batter much of England, Scotland and Ireland.
West Mercia police said the man was overcome by the water in a stream at Bitterley, near Ludlow in Shropshire, shortly after 10.30am on Thursday.
The accident was reported by witnesses and the man’s body was found after an extensive search involving police, fire crews and the Severn Area Rescue Association.
Residents named him as maths teacher Mike Ellis, who lived in the village with his wife.
The West Midlands, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire all suffered heavy flooding during the day.
Later the storm spread north, closing both main rail lines between England and Scotland, with the west coast mainline closed at Tebay in Cumbria and a landslip blocking the east coast line near to Berwick.
At one point the Tyne road tunnel was closed in both directions, and police warned motorists stuck in traffic to stay with their cars until emergency services reached them. Residents in several locations across Tyneside had to be evacuated.
The Environment Agency urged people to be on alert for more flash flooding across the Midlands, northern England and Scotland as the Met Office forecast outbreaks of torrential rain across central and northern parts of the country. There was a continued risk of surface flooding if drainage systems were overwhelmed by rainfall.
The heavy rain could also cause rivers to rise rapidly, the EA warned, and it advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater. It also urged people to check its website and Twitter feed for the latest updates and flood warnings.
There were seven flood warnings in place for the Midlands, two for the north-east, one for the north-west and one for Scotland.
Flooding has also hit Ireland, where more than 50 homes and many businesses were flooded and several thousand left without power after 50mm of rain fell in a seven-hour period across Cork.
There were fears in Northern Ireland that overnight flooding which swamped Belfast could happen again. Further downpours were forecast as thousands struggled to clean up damage caused by flooding across the city and parts of Co Antrim.
Emergency services reported receiving more than 700 callouts linked to flooding in Belfast, while the region’s water authority said it handled nearly 3,000 flood calls, and 1,000 homes were hit by power cuts.
Storms / Flooding
|Active tropical storm system(s)|
|Name of storm system||Location||Formed||Last update||Last category||Course||Wind Speed||Gust||Wave||Source||Details|
|Nadine (AL14)||Atlantic Ocean||11.09.2012||30.09.2012||Hurricane II||340 °||139 km/h||167 km/h||5.79 m||NOAA NHC|
|Jelewat (18W)||Pacific Ocean||20.09.2012||30.09.2012||Typhoon I||35 °||120 km/h||148 km/h||6.10 m||JTWC|
|Norman (EP14)||Pacific Ocean – East||28.09.2012||30.09.2012||Tropical Depression||25 °||46 km/h||65 km/h||3.66 m||JTWC|
台風17号沖縄を直撃 Typhoon Jelawat Slams Okinawa
Published on Sep 29, 2012 by TyphoonHunter
台風17号が強風を伴って沖縄那覇市内を直撃 2012年9月29日 / Breaking news footage of typhoon Jelawat slamming Okinawa, Japan on 29th September 2012. Footage not to be used without my permission. For licensing please email James (at) EarthUncut (dot) tv
NHK – Jelawat moves across Japan (intense tyhoon)
Published on Sep 29, 2012 by NHKReloaded
NHK World News —- Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai
Description — Southern Japan is being battered by a powerful typhoon.
The Meteorological Agency says typhoon Jelawat was 210 kilometers southwest of Tanegashima Island as of 4 AM on Sunday. The typhoon is moving northeast at 40 kilometers per hour.
The agency says the atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm is 945 hectopascals with winds of up to 162 kilometers an hour.
The typhoon is expected to continue northward and approach western Japan with rainfall of 50 millimeters per hour.
At least 85 people have been treated for injuries so far. More than 4,400 households have received evacuation advisories in Kagoshima Prefecture, which will affect about 9,300 residents.
- Flooding in Pakistan has left more than 420 people dead and nearly 3,000 injured, official says
- The floods, which have also displaced some 350,000 people, follow monsoon rains
- Pakistan was also hit by devastating floods last year and in 2010
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Floods resulting from monsoon rains have killed 422 people and left nearly 3,000 injured across Pakistan, a disaster agency spokesman said Saturday.
Some 350,000 people have been forced from their homes and another 4.7 million people affected by the flooding since August 22, Ahmed Kamal of the National Disaster Management Authority said.
More than 15,000 villages have been affected and many houses destroyed or damaged in the past five weeks, he said.
Pakistan has suffered a series of devastating inundations, affecting millions of people, in recent years.
Flooding last year killed 470 people and impacted 9.1 million others, Kamal said.
In the worst-affected area of Sindh province, in southeastern Pakistan, the waters submerged more than 4.5 million acres of farming land, damaging an estimated 80% of cash crops.
Many in the country were at that point barely recovering from massive and deadly flooding in August 2010, which left a fifth of the country submerged by water, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.
Those floods lasted for weeks, affecting more than 20 million people and leaving 1,985 people dead, Kamal said.
Much of the land inundated in 2010 was in Punjab province, Pakistan’s breadbasket, where many people live off the soil and their livestock. Great hardship followed for millions in the wake of the flooding.
by Staff Writers
Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 371 people and affected nearly 4.5 million, the government’s disaster relief agency said on Friday.
Pakistan has suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010, when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.
As in 2010 and 2011, most of those hit by the latest floods are in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 2.8 million were affected, with nearly 890,000 in Punjab and 700,000 in Baluchistan.
Nearly 290,000 people around the country have been forced to seek shelter in relief camps, NDMA said in figures published on its website.
The floods began in early September, with nearly 80 killed in flash floods, mostly in the northwest and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
An NDMA spokesman said the government was not yet appealing for foreign assistance.
“The government’s point of view is that the situation will be handled from own resources,” Ahmad Kamal told AFP.
More than a million acres (400,000 hectares) of crops have been destroyed by the floods across the country, NDMA said, and nearly 8,000 cattle have been killed.
UN children’s agency UNICEF, quoting a separate flood assessment, said at least 2.8 million people had been affected, including 1.4 million children, of whom more than 390,000 are under five.
UNICEF said it was providing 183,000 people a day with drinking water but warned it urgently needed more funds.
“Children from very poor families are among the worst affected by the severe flooding and they need our immediate help,” said UNICEF Pakistan Deputy Representative Karen Allen.
“UNICEF urgently needs $15.4 million to scale up its water, sanitation and hygiene response to reach around 400,000 people over the next three to six months.”
UNICEF said that according to its assessment, more than half of those affected by the floods were concentrated in just five districts, two each in Sindh and Baluchistan and one in Punjab.
It said 360,000 people had been left without shelter and three quarters of children in the five worst-affected districts were unable to go to school, either because the buildings have been destroyed or because they are being used as temporary shelters.
The UN agency voiced particular concern about children forced from their homes, saying loss of access to safe water supplies left them vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria, measles, polio and pneumonia.
More than 20,000 families in Sindh have been provided with hygiene kits including water purification tablets, UNICEF said, as part of efforts to prevent deadly water-borne diseases.
Rabat (AFP) Sept 29, 2012 – Two women and a teenaged boy have died in flooding that has plagued Morocco over the past two days, authorities said on Saturday.
A 50-year-old woman, her daughter-in-law and the 14-year-old boy were swept away by flash flooding on Friday in the western region of Safi.
The younger woman was rescued, but later died in hospital in the Atlantic coastal city of Safi, southwest of Rabat.
The North African kingdom has been inundated by unseasonal rains and hit by heavy winds since Thursday.
In Agadir, south of Safi, authorities said more than 50 millimetres (about two inches) of rain have fallen since then, a fifth of normal annual precipitation.
And the highway linking Safi with Essaouira, further south, was closed to traffic because of the storms.
Breaking News: Spain Tornado Hits Fair As ‘Floods’ Kill 10
Published on Sep 29, 2012 by DynamoMor
Ten people have been killed in flash floods in southern Spain and a British woman is missing, while dozens were hurt as a tornado ripped through a fairground.
A 52-year-old British woman is among those missing after torrential rain hit the Andalusia and Murcia regions, and hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes.
The hardest hit provinces are Malaga in the south and Almeria in the southeast.
Among the dead are seven men, two women and a 10-year-old girl who was found drowned in a car.
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was investigating reports that the unnamed British woman has gone missing in Almeria.
In the region of Valencia, 35 people were reportedly injured after a tornado hit a fairground and flattened a Ferris wheel.
Spain Flooding has hit southern parts of Spain
Local media said all the injured were fairground workers and 15 were seriously hurt.
The twister damaged several other rides and cut electricity in the temporary fairground set up in the town of Gandia.
The funfair was closed to the public at the time because of a thunderstorm, reports said.
On the beach at El Saler, near Valenica, two cargo ships have run ashore and the ports of Valencia and Sagunto were temporarily closed on Saturday.
The flooding has also disrupted high-speed train services between Madrid and Valencia and various regional lines, while some bridges and roads have been made impassible.
Around 500 people have been moved from their homes, although some evacuees have begun to return home to clear up the mess with the help of local authority workers.
Forecasters say the heavy rain, which started on Friday morning, is moving east and will eventually head northwards toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.
The deluge comes after months of virtual drought and soaring summer temperatures all over Spain that triggered thousands of wildfires.
|30.09.2012||Flash Flood||Spain||Andalusia, Alora|
|Torrential downpours in southern Spain have caused flash floods that have killed one person, swamped homes and swept cars down roads transformed into raging rivers. An official in the town of Alora says homes were destroyed and at least one woman was killed. Rescue workers are searching to determine if there are more victims. She did not have more details and spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with town policy. Images in Spanish media showed wrecked cars carried away by flash floods, rivers overflowing their banks and people sweeping muddy water out of their homes. The heavy rains started early Friday morning. The hardest hit area included Alora and other nearby towns inland from the Mediterranean city of Malaga.|
Epidemic Hazards / Diseases
ScienceDaily — An isolated outbreak of a deadly disease known as acute hemorrhagic fever, which killed two people and left one gravely ill in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the summer of 2009, was probably caused by a novel virus scientists have never seen before.
Described this week in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, the new microbe has been named Bas-Congo virus (BASV) after the province in the southwest corner of the Congo where the three people lived.
It was discovered by an international research consortium that included the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of California, Davis (UCD), Global Viral, the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon, the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Metabiota and others.
“Known viruses, such as Ebola, HIV and influenza, represent just the tip of the microbial iceberg,” said Joseph Fair, PhD, a co-author and vice president of Metabiota. “Identifying deadly unknown viruses, such as Bas-Congo virus, gives us a leg up in controlling future outbreaks.”
“These are the only three cases known to have occurred, although there could be additional outbreaks from this virus in the future,” said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF and director of the UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, who spearheaded the UCSF effort to identify the virus. Chiu and his team continue to work on new diagnostics to detect the virus so that health officials in Congo and elsewhere can quickly identify it should it emerge again.
One odd characteristic of the Bas-Congo virus, Chiu said, is that while a number of other viruses in Africa also cause deadly outbreaks of acute hemorrhagic fever — Ebola virus, Lassa virus and Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus to name a few — the new virus is unlike any of them.
Genetically it is more closely related to the types of viruses that cause rabies, which are known to infect people with a very different sort of disease — a neurological illness that is uniformly fatal if untreated but may take months to develop.
An antibody test developed in this study was applied to the one patient who survived and to others who had come into contact with him. It suggested that the disease may be spread from person to person but likely originated from some other source, such as an insect or rodent.
The identity of this animal “reservoir” and the precise mode of transmission for the virus remain unclear and are currently being investigated by Metabiota and the central African members of the consortium through the PREDICT Project of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. (http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ohi/predict/index.cfm)
How the New Virus Emerged
In the summer of 2009, a 15-year old boy in a small rural community called Mangala village suddenly fell ill and developed a bleeding nose, bleeding gums and bloody vomit. He rapidly worsened, dying within three days of the first signs of illness.
A week later, a 13-year old girl who attended the same school and lived in the same neighborhood as the boy came down with a similar, serious illness. She declined just as rapidly and also died within three days. One week after that, the male nurse who cared for this girl began showing the same symptoms, and he was transferred to a hospital in Boma, a nearby port city that sits along the Congo River upstream from Africa’s Atlantic coast.
Members of the consortium, who had initiated a project to diagnose unusual cases of severe hemorrhagic fever, obtained blood samples collected from the nurse by the Congolese doctors and sent them to the laboratory of Eric Leroy, PhD, doctor of veterinary medicine at the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon. There the samples were tested for traces of any known virus, but nothing was found. The Metabiota scientists then solicited the expertise of Chiu at UCSF and Eric Delwart at the Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI) in San Francisco to aid in the diagnosis.
The researchers ultimately identified a completely new virus as the cause of the mysterious illness through a powerful strategy for identifying novel pathogens known as “deep sequencing,” in which millions of DNA sequences are generated from a clinical sample and then pieced together using computer algorithms combined with human analysis.
Distinct Attributes of Bas-Congo
The Bas-Congo virus belongs to a family of viruses known as the rhabdoviruses, a large family of viruses that infect plants, insects and mammals, including humans. The most famous member of this family is the virus that causes rabies. But even among the rhabdoviruses, Bas-Congo is something of an outlier, being very genetically distinct from other members of the family.
What’s most unusual about this virus, though, said Chiu, is what it does to people.
No other rhabdoviruses are known to cause the acute, rapid and deadly hemorrhagic fever seen in the three cases in the Congo. Rabies, for instance, can be a deadly disease if untreated, but the course of rabies in humans is nothing like the rapid and deadly onset seen with the Bas-Congo virus. There is some precedent, however, for hemorrhagic disease from rhabdoviruses in the animal kingdom: fish rhabdoviruses are known to cause hemorrhagic septicemia — acute bleeding and death — in affected fish.
The third patient had enormous amounts of BASV in his bloodstream just two days after he fell ill — more than a million copies in every milliliter of blood.
The BASV sequence was also used to design an antibody test for the virus, an effort led by Graham Simmons at the BSRI, another member of the consortium. Antibodies are blood immune proteins produced in response to an infection. The antibody test allowed the researchers to screen both the third patient with acute hemorrhagic fever and other people who had come into contact with the third patient, including the nurse who cared for him in the Boma hospital. High levels of BASV-specific antibodies were found in the third patient, establishing that he indeed had been infected with Bas-Congo virus. The same antibodies were also found in the second nurse, even though he never actually became sick.
“What this suggests is that the disease may be transmissible from person to person — though it’s most likely to have originated from some other source,” said Nathan Wolfe, PhD, founder and chairman of Global Viral, and a co-author on the paper. “The fact that it belongs to a family of viruses known to infect a wide variety of mammals, insects and other animals means that it may perpetually exist in insect or other ‘host’ species and was accidentally passed to humans through insect bites or some other means.”
The research consortium includes San Francisco-based Global Viral, Metabiota, UCSF, BSRI, as well as researchers with the Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville in Gabon; the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in Montpellier, France; the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford University; and the Howard Hughes Medical Center.
This work was funded by support from Google.org, the Skoll Foundation, the government of Gabon, Total-Fina-Elf Gabon, and the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et Européennes de la France, the U.S. Department of Defense Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, Division of Global Emerging Infections, Surveillance Operations (AFHSC GEIS) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (DTRA-CBEP), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program, PREDICT project. Additional funding was provided by the National Institutes of Health provided via grant numbers R01-HL083254, R01-HL105770, R56-AI089532, and R01-HL105704 and by an Abbott Viral Discovery Award.
* Global Viral was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Initiative.
**Metabiota was previously known as Global Viral Forecasting Inc.
|29.09.2012||Epidemic Hazard||USA||State of Indiana, Riley|
|Riley Hospital for Children is back in operation after a mysterious illness resulted in a lockdown on Thursday. Seven adults got sick and four others were hospitalized Thursday due to an unknown substance they were exposed to inside the emergency room at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. All of those hospitalized have since been relased according to Riley spokeswoman, Abigail Gras. It all started with an odd smell, which Riley staff members confirmed, prompting a call to the Indianapolis Fire Department. At approximately 11:50 a.m., an IFD hazardous materials team responded, along with members of the Department of Homeland Security, to investigate a possible chemical spill inside the hospital’s emergency room. IFD spokesman Lt. Derrick Sayles later said there wasn’t a chemical spill. Crews were still trying to identify the mystery subtance that caused seven adults to fall ill at Riley, even though investigators admit they may never know what made them sick. “At this time, everything we found is inconclusive,” said Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons at a news conference Friday afternoon.Marion County Health Department Director, Dr. Virginia Caine, confirmed the inconclusive findings, “We’ve used the most sophisticated tests that we have already,” she said. “Usually when you get to this stage, it’s very rare that you identify something later.” Riley says its hospital did everything right to respond: a major lockdown and extensive testing by Hazmat, the Health Department, even experts at the National Guard. They ruled out benzene and any gases associated with bio-terrorism. “Our monitors would pick up on any kind of chemical like that,” Coons told reporters. Thankfully, all 7 adults who were sickened reported no additional symptoms hours after exposure to the mystery substance, nor has any one else reported getting sick since it all began. Unfortunately, them may never know what made them sick. As of today, health officials report that we may likely never know what noxious substance triggered the hospital lockdown and caused people to get sick.|
|Biohazard name:||Unidentified illness|
|Biohazard level:||2/4 Medium|
|Biohazard desc.:||Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. “Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures”, see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.|
by Kim Martineau
2MIN News Sept 29. 2012
Published on Sep 29, 2012 by Suspicious0bservers
Pole Shift Video: http://youtu.be/uI10tKuLtFU
More on the Mars Pics: http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2015&category=Science
Arctic Temps: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-high-arctic-tops-year-high.html
More on the Mars Pics: http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=2015&category=Science
Spaceweather: http://spaceweather.com/ [Look on the left at the X-ray Flux and Solar Wind Speed/Density]
HAARP: http://www.haarp.alaska.edu/haarp/data.html [Click online data, and have a little fun]
SDO: http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/ [Place to find Solar Images and Videos - as seen from earth]
SOHO: http://sohodata.nascom.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/soho_movie_theater [SOHO; Lasco and EIT - as seen from earth]
Stereo: http://stereo.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/images [Stereo; Cor, EUVI, HI - as seen from the side]
SunAEON:http://www.sunaeon.com/#/solarsystem/ [Just click it... trust me]
SOLARIMG: http://solarimg.org/artis/ [All purpose data viewing site]
iSWA: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov/iswa/iSWA.html [Free Application; for advanced sun watchers]
NASA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://iswa.gsfc.nasa.gov:8080/IswaSystemWebApp/iSWACygnetStreamer?timestamp=…
NOAA ENLIL SPIRAL: http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wsa-enlil/
US Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/
NOAA Bouys: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/
NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/Default.php
RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php [That cool alert map I use]
JAPAN Radiation Map: http://jciv.iidj.net/map/
Gamma Ray Bursts: http://grb.sonoma.edu/ [Really? You can't figure out what this one is for?]
BARTOL Cosmic Rays: http://neutronm.bartol.udel.edu//spaceweather/welcome.html [Top left box, look for BIG blue circles]
TORCON: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index [Tornado Forecast for the day]
GOES Weather: http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/goes/ [Clouds over America]
EL DORADO WORLD WEATHER MAP: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/satellite/ssec/world/world-composite-ir-…
HURRICANE TRACKER: http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/tracker
INTELLICAST: http://www.intellicast.com/ [Weather site used by many youtubers]
PHYSORG: http://phys.org/ [GREAT News Site!]
QUAKES LIST FULL: http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/seismologist.php
|Object Name||Apporach Date||Left||AU Distance||LD Distance||Estimated Diameter*||Relative Velocity|
|(2012 RH10)||03rd October 2012||2 day(s)||0.1260||49.0||98 m – 220 m||12.90 km/s||46440 km/h|
|(2012 QE50)||09th October 2012||8 day(s)||0.0809||31.5||450 m – 1.0 km||11.47 km/s||41292 km/h|
|(1994 EK)||14th October 2012||13 day(s)||0.1356||52.8||230 m – 520 m||12.22 km/s||43992 km/h|
|(2012 PA20)||15th October 2012||14 day(s)||0.1502||58.5||100 m – 230 m||10.36 km/s||37296 km/h|
|(2012 RV16)||18th October 2012||17 day(s)||0.1270||49.4||310 m – 700 m||16.14 km/s||58104 km/h|
- Written by Administrator
On Tuesday, a 30 x 50 section caved in pulling down more trees and part of an access road.
According to the Advocate, “Other developments regarding the sinkhole emergency have emerged in recent days, state and parish officials said:
- Sonar testing results of a damaged Texas Brine salt cavern and samples of material found in the cavern are being analyzed to better understand what happened to the cavern suspected as the cause of the sinkhole.
- Testing of hydrocarbon liquids from a Texas Brine investigatory well into the cavern may provide a definite link between the cavern and the sinkhole.
- Another location where natural gas bubbles to the surface of area waterways emerged and samples of its gas emissions have been captured for testing.
In announcing their cavern sustained damage, Texas Brine officials said Monday that a tool used to measure the depth of the underground cavern found its floor is 1,300 feet shallower than when it was plugged and abandoned in mid 2011. That new, shallower point is 4,000 feet underground.
The company said the findings indicated “some type of dense material has fallen to the bottom of the cavern.”
Parish and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources officials are trying to get a better idea about the nature and amount of material found Monday inside the 20-million-barrel salt cavern, said Patrick Courreges, DNR spokesman.
The sinkhole has been in existence now since August 3 of this year, prior to Hurricane Isaac.
According to environmental attorney Stuart Smith, something smells. Smith, who has been critical of the state and Texas Brine and others, stated today in a emailer sent to the public:
But the stench from the latest whopper from Texas Brine is more foul than any odor from the growing slurry pit:
The Louisiana Office of Conservation Commissioner James Welsh ordered Texas Brine Co. of Houston Tuesday to turn over all studies and data supporting its claim that tremors caused the failure of the company’s salt cavern in Assumption Parish, the agency said.
The order, which threatens fines or penalties for noncompliance, follows Texas Brine’s statement late Monday night that regional seismic activity damaged an abandoned company salt cavern that has been suspected as the cause of a 4-acre sinkhole erupting near the Bayou Corne community.
You read that correctly. Remember, this is the site were Texas Brine warned state officials more than a year and a half ago that there might be problems with the cavern’s integrity, and then neither the company nor the state lifted a finger this summer when the ground began to shake and gases began bubbling up from underground. And yet now Texas Brine is trying to pull a fast one by claiming the earth tremors caused the cavern to sink — not the other way around.
A federal official called out the company’s claim as preposterous:
But, in Tuesday’s statement from the Office of Conservation, researchers also studying the quakes disputed that claim.
William Leith, U.S. Geological Survey senior adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards, said that the USGS consensus is that the seismic activity detected in the area is a consequence of the cavern collapse, not the cause of the collapse and sinkhole/slurry area, the office’s statement says.
The bottom line just keeps growing bigger in Bayou Corne, and the ultimate bottom line is this: Somebody is going to have to pay for both the environmental carnage and the psychological stresses have been dumped on this small bayou community. Now Texas Brine has the audacity to portray this as an act of God, when clearly this crisis was created by humans acting recklessly. Even if the sinkhole swallows the entire town, it can’t swallow the truth.
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