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11 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA
Flash Flood - Asia - South Korea
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Epidemic Hazard - Asia - China
Tornado - Australia - New Zealand
Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland
Cold Wave - - MultiCountries 



Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 09 Jul 2011 07:57 PM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110710-31475-USA
Date / time: 10/07/2011 02:56:43 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Nevada
Location: [Nevada National Security Site]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

A wildfire at the government’s former nuclear testing area in southern Nevada poses no threat of kicking up radiation, federal officials said Saturday. National Nuclear Security Administration spokeswoman Kelly Snyder said the lightning-caused blaze was not burning near any site where 100 above-ground tests left radiation in the soil. “We have all the locations mapped and know where the contaminated areas are and this fire is not burning near them,” she told the Associated Press. “It’s further than two miles from the nearest impacted soils.” More than 900 other tests were conducted between 1951 and 1992 at the former Nevada Test Site, about 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, but the fire would not affect other sites because the tests took place underground, she said. “Our underground range starts from 90 feet down and obviously fire won’t impact something that far below ground,” she said, adding officials were keeping an eye on radiation levels as a precaution. No injuries were reported, and no structures were threatened at what now is called the Nevada National Security Site. Federal officials were unable Saturday to provide any updated figures for the blaze, which was 60 percent contained after burning about 5 square miles Friday night. But Snyder said ground and air crews were still trying to contain the blaze Saturday and there was no estimated containment time. The fire was burning brush as well as pinon-juniper woodlands. “This is an active fire. We have a variety of aircraft dropping water on the fire,” she said. A separate 2-square-mile fire and another smaller blaze have been contained. The fires were sparked by lightning Monday in a remote restricted area east of Beatty.


Flash Flood - Asia - South Korea

Posted: 09 Jul 2011 07:54 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110710-31474-KOR
Date / time: 10/07/2011 02:52:56 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Asia
Country: South Korea
State/County: Province of South Gyeongsang
Location: Miryang
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Heavy monsoon rains and floods hit southeastern parts of South Korea, leaving four people dead and two others missing, emergency officials said Saturday. Since early Saturday, torrential rains have fallen in South Gyeongnam province and the heavy downpour has caused flooding and property damage. A 68-year-old woman and two of her grandchildren were killed when a landslide destroyed their home in Miryang, a city 386 kilometers southeast of Seoul. The grandchildren, aged 15 and 4, lived in Busan and were visiting their grandmother. Authorities also said a 72-year-old woman who lived near the destroyed house has been reported missing after being swept away in the floods. In addition, in Uiryeong, a 73-year-old woman was found dead, apparently a victim of the flash floods, and emergency crews are trying to find another elderly woman in the same region. Local government officials and firefighters said a road has been lost near a dam in Hadong with around 3,000 hectares of farmland inundated due to the heavy precipitation that reached over 20 centimeters in some areas. Besides the heavy rain that hit the southeastern part of the country, Jeolla province said over 30 centimeters of precipitation were reported in Gwangyang, 423 kilometers southeast of Seoul and home to one of the country's largest steel mills. Emergency workers in Gwangju, Jeolla's largest city, said over 60 homes have been flooded and area residents have been evacuated throughout the province. Numerous avalanches have also been reported in many areas. They also said that roughly 3,047 hectares of farmland have been flooded so far, although the exact extent of damage needed to be assessed later on. Authorities, however, said that throughout the Jeolla region no fatalities have been reportedly caused by the latest downpour.


Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 09 Jul 2011 12:05 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110709-31473-USA
Date / time: 09/07/2011 19:04:02 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Oklahoma
Location: [Keystone Lake]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Two major outbreaks of blue-green algae have been reported at Keystone Lake near Mannford and Cleveland, according to federal authorities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is posting warning signs in the area asking people not to wade, swim or come into contact with the water, Corps spokesman Nate Herring said. Herring said that Corps biologists will not have confirmation that it is a toxic strain of blue-green algae that can cause nausea, rashes and respiratory illnesses in people and pets until next week. On-site biologists familiar with blue-green algae, however, are tentatively identifying it as harmful, Herring said, noting that the outbreak occurred Friday evening. Recreation areas are not closed despite the warnings.


Epidemic Hazard - Asia - China

Posted: 09 Jul 2011 06:00 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110709-31472-CHN
Date / time: 09/07/2011 12:59:14 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Zhejiang
Location: Xiaoshan
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 42 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

As many as forty two kindergarten children in China''s Zhejiang Province have fallen ill in a suspected case of food poisoning. Students at a kindergarten in Xiaoshan district began to vomit and complained of abdominal pain on Friday, according to officials from the district''s Communist Party of China (CPC) committee. The children were rushed to local hospitals, where their vital signs were found to be stable, the officials said. "From the children''s symptoms, we believe it is probably a case of food poisoning," said Shao Jiwei, vice president of Xiaoshan People''s Hospital. Most of the students at the school are children of migrant workers. Ying Jinfeng, the mother of a five-year-old who had fallen ill, said that she found the school cordoned off by police when she came to pick up her child on Friday afternoon. "Both my husband and I have to work for 12 hours a day, even on weekends, so we don''t have the time to take care of our child," Ying said. The cause of the incident is unknown and officials are probing into it.


Tornado - Australia - New Zealand

Posted: 09 Jul 2011 04:04 AM PDT

EDIS Number: TO-20110709-31471-NZL
Date / time: 09/07/2011 11:03:41 [UTC]
Event: Tornado
Area: Australia
Country: New Zealand
State/County: North Island
Location: [Kapiti coastal region]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A tornado has torn through the Kapiti Coast putting a person into hospital, damaging houses and causing chaos on roads. Several other people were wounded with lacerations and blood visible. The twister and a hail storm hit at around 4pm just north of Waikanae, inflicting most damage on three rural houses on Huia Road Extension. In one home seven people were briefly trapped when the storm sent a tree crashing across it. The injured person, believed to be a woman, was in a caravan knocked over by the tornado. Vehicles on nearby State Highway One were knocked about by the tornado. Acting Sergeant Nathan Dickey, of Kapiti Police, said a young man in the second car suffered cuts and was in shock. He said cars were "sledging all over the place''. Firefighter John Arthur told Radio New Zealand he saw a large amount of damage. "There was one car on its side lying in a ditch and there were three other cars which had a fair bit of damage. "The big, historic woolshed was quite badly damaged and I could see another building, possibly a shed, had been demolished." Local Hector Sharp said it was “bloody scary” with at least 20 trees knocked down.

"One van picked up and thrown five metres into paddock, two or more sheds taken out and one house all windows smashed, corrugated iron sheets flying 20 metres in air missing cars narrowly.'' Waikanae resident Joshua Tabor said the weather bomb came in from the south. "It sounded like an explosion as it hit the house. My wife got the kids in the centre of the room away from the windows while I closed the blinds. With the hail, rain, and high wind we were afraid the windows were going to shatter. ''It sounded like machine gun fire.'' Dickey said power lines came down. Power has since been restored. Another local who preferred to remain nameless said it was all "bloody terrifying". Radio New Zealand said the tornado crossed the highway, blowing a van on to its side, injuring the driver. It then roared up a nearby hill, stripping trees bare, overturning residents' cars and tearing roofing iron from barns, throwing it around Huia Street. MetService says tornadoes are not unusual during thunderstorms, with stormy weather hammering the Kapiti Coastline for most of today.


Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland

Posted: 09 Jul 2011 12:06 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VA-20110706-31429-ISL
Date / time: 06/07/2011 03:20:17 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Activity
Area: Europe
Country: Iceland
State/County:
Location: [Mt. Hekla Volcano]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Meters around Mt. Hekla in southern Iceland have shown “unusual activity” in recent days. The Public Safety Commission has been alerted. According to RÚV Public Radio there is no reason for action as of now. The movements have been recorded in five very precise meters that have been placed around Mt. Hekla in recent years. Professor Páll Einarsson says that these movements are seen in all five meters and even though the evidence is not conclusive they are thought to show magma movement under the volcano. It has now been eleven years since Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most famous volcano, erupted. In the years since then the mountain is said to have slowly expanded because of magma buildup. The last eruption in Hekla came on February 26 2000 and then earthquakes started an hour and a half before the outbreak of the magma. As of now there is no cause for any activity on behalf of the Public safety commission.


Cold Wave - - MultiCountries

Posted: 09 Jul 2011 09:12 PM PDT

EDIS Number: CW-20110629-31346-MLC
Date / time: 29/06/2011 06:32:16 [UTC]
Event: Cold Wave
Area:
Country: MultiCountries
State/County:
Location: [Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia]
Number of Deads: 80 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

Five of South America’s major fruit-producing countries have witnessed an historic cold snap over the last week, including a snowstorm in the Argentine citrus region of Tucumán. Low temperatures were registered in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Bolivia. The blizzard hit Tucumán on Friday in conditions not seen since 1920, while the Brazilian state of Santa Caterina recorded a wind chill of -25°C (-13°F). It will take time before the full consequences for crops can be seen across the continent, but Brazilian press reported Santa Caterina’s agriculture and livestock were seriously affected and 80 people have died.

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