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16 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Landslide - Asia - Nepal
Vehicle Incident - North-America - USA
Vehicle Incident - North-America - USA
Hailstorm - North-America - USA
Heat Wave - Europe - Romania
HAZMAT - North-America - USA
Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland
Flash Flood - Asia - China
Vehicle Accident - Asia - China
Non-categorized event - North-America - Canada
Vehicle Accident - Asia - Turkey
Heat Wave - Europe - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Epidemic Hazard - North-America - Canada
Tornado - North-America - Canada
Volcano Activity - Pacific ocean - west - Vanuatu
Biological Hazard - North-America - Canada
Epidemic Hazard - Europe - Ukraine
Epidemic Hazard - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines
Flood - North-America - Canada
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Enviroment Pollution - Asia - China
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA
HAZMAT - Middle-East - Iraq
Heat Wave - North-America - USA
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Heat Wave - North-America - USA
Heat Wave - North-America - USA
Biological Hazard - Africa - Ghana
Heat Wave - Europe - Serbia
Heat Wave - Europe - Hungary
Volcano Eruption - Indonesian archipelago - Indonesia
Heat Wave - Asia - Japan
Biological Hazard - Middle-East - Lebanon
Heat Wave - North-America - USA
Epidemic Hazard - North-America - USA
Drought - Africa - Kenya
Drought - Africa - Somalia
Drought - Africa - Ethiopia
Epidemic Hazard - South-America - Chile
Volcano Eruption - Europe - Italy
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Volcano Eruption - Indonesian archipelago - Indonesia
Volcano Activity - Indonesian archipelago - Indonesia
Epidemic Hazard - Australia - New Zealand
Volcano Eruption - - MultiCountries
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA
Nuclear Event - Asia - Japan

Landslide - Asia - Nepal

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 10:05 PM PDT

EDIS Number: LS-20110715-31579-NPL
Date / time: 15/07/2011 05:04:26 [UTC]
Event: Landslide
Area: Asia
Country: Nepal
State/County: Rapti Zone
Location: Purtim Kanda [Rukum District]
Number of Deads: 6 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 10 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Landslides triggered by monsoon rains buried parts of two remote mountainous villages in Nepal on Friday, killing six people, with 10 others believed to be buried in the debris. A landslide buried 10 houses in Purtingkada village, located about 200 miles (320 kilometers) west of the capital, Katmandu, said Krishna Prasad Adhikari, the chief government administrator of Rukum district. Villagers recovered three bodies and dug out five people alive, he said. They were searching for 10 others who were missing and believed to be buried in the rubble. Police rescuers were heading to the village, which is accessible only by foot and is a six-hour trek from the nearest town. Separately, three people were killed and five others were injured in a landslide in Nuwakot Thanksingh village, located 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Katmandu. Police official Anup Rayamajhi said one house was completely buried and several others were damaged. Nepal’s monsoon season began last month and lasts until September. The rains often trigger landslides in mountainous areas and floods in the southern plains.

Vehicle Incident - North-America - USA

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 08:03 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110715-31578-USA
Date / time: 15/07/2011 03:02:44 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Texas
Location: [Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport ]
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: 145 person(s)
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Passengers and crew aboard an American Airlines jet were evacuated on the runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Thursday afternoon after an unexplained odor was detected on board. Airport spokesman David Magaña said Flight 1116 originated in San Diego. American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle said the 140 passengers and five crew members were evacuated because of an unexplained odor on board the aircraft. The pilot decided to stop the plane immediately after landing at 1:19 p.m. Aerial views from the scene showed dozens of passengers standing near the MD-80 jet on a remote taxiway. They were apparently evacuated from the jet using a portable stairway and a built-in rear stairway. Martelle said it was not determined if the smell was from smoke, an electrical problem, or something else. Ambulances and other emergency vehicles surrounded the plane. No injuries were reported. Buses were deployed to transfer the passengers to the terminal. An FAA spokesman said a runway was shut down for about 20 minutes after Flight 1116 landed, resulting in some delays to other flights.

Vehicle Incident - North-America - USA

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 08:01 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VIV-20110715-31577-USA
Date / time: 15/07/2011 02:59:34 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Massachusetts
Location: Boston [Logan International Airport]
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:

Hundreds of passengers had to be evacuated from two Delta jets after they collided on a taxiway at Logan International Airport tonight while they were readying for takeoff, a Massport official tells the Herald. The wing of a large passenger jet, a Delta 767, apparently clipped the tail section of a smaller “regional” Comair jet, operated by Delta, that sustained major damage to the tail fin. The collision occurred just after 7:30 p.m. A passenger aboard the larger Amsterdam-bound jet, Jacob Crane, 30 of Atlanta, said he watched his plane’s wing run into the other plane’s tail ... but wasn’t overly alarmed by the experience. “I saw it coming. We were taxiing pretty quick. I saw the wing and I said we’re not going to clear that. It was like oh, they hit, and that was that. “It was generally pretty calm but there were some people ... a Russian guy was grabbing for the emergency exit,” Crane said. “But it was like no big deal. Nobody was hurt. There was a girl next to me that started crying and bawling but everybody else was pretty calm.” Jay Copan, 59, who was heading home on the smaller Raleigh, N.C.-bound plane, said, “I was half asleep, next thing you know there was a bang. “We all wondered what happened. Next thing you know, the pilot came on and said we’ve been clipped by the plane behind us. It woke me up. It wasn’t that strong, but it was odd. Some people thought we’d run off the runway.” No serious injuries were immediately reported, but Logan spokesman Phil Orlandella said one person is complaining of neck pain. The Delta 767 jet returned to the terminal to unload its passengers, while the Comair passengers were bused back to the terminal.

Hailstorm - North-America - USA

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:32 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HS-20110714-31576-USA
Date / time: 14/07/2011 19:31:55 [UTC]
Event: Hailstorm
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Colorado
Location: Denver
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:

About 1,000 passengers were stranded overnight at Denver International Airport, the fifth-busiest in the country, after a hailstorm forced airlines to cancel flights. United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL), which has the largest share of passengers at the airport, canceled 38 departures and 56 arrivals, Laura Coale, an airport spokeswoman, said in a recorded announcement. Three-quarter-inch hail pelted the airport just after 9 p.m., Wednesday, damaging about 40 planes, Coale said. United, the world’s biggest airline, serves more than 26 percent of Denver, according to data from the Bureau of Transportation statistics. Mike Trevino, a United spokesman, did not know how many of the stranded passengers were from the carrier’s flights. “We are currently inspecting aircraft before returning them to service,” he said. None of the stranded passengers were from Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) flights, said Marilee McInnis, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based carrier. Southwest serves more than 20 percent of passengers at Denver, the second-largest share. Three aircraft were damaged in the storm, McInnis said. Two were pulled from the fleet and the other was repaired and returned to normal operations. Additional planes were ferried to Denver to transport passengers Wednesday night and replace the aircraft undergoing repairs. No damage was reported to the Denver facilities, Coale said.

Heat Wave - Europe - Romania

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 07:56 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110714-31575-ROU
Date / time: 14/07/2011 18:14:22 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Europe
Country: Romania
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
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:

In Romania, French Ambassador Henri Paul fainted while giving a speech at an embassy reception to celebrate Bastille Day in France. As he fell, he was caught by Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc. Paul recovered after drinking a glass of water, and he blamed his collapse on temperatures that reached 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in Bucharest.

HAZMAT - North-America - USA

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 10:56 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110714-31574-USA
Date / time: 14/07/2011 17:55:00 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Alabama
Location: Albertville [Americold Logistics Plant]
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:

Emergency responders are on the scene of an apparent chemical leak at an Albertville plant. Four fire rescue trucks and two ambulances upon arrival at the Americold Logistics plant on Railroad Avenue and George Wallace Drive. Several people who appeared to be employees were standing outside the facility. The leak was contained a short time later and workers were allowed to return to the plant.

Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 10:45 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VA-20110714-31573-ISL
Date / time: 14/07/2011 17:42:01 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Activity
Area: Europe
Country: Iceland
State/County: South Region
Location: [Katla 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:

An eruption registering 2.6 on the Richter scale occurred in the volcano Katla below the M�rdalsj�kull icecap around 4 pm yesterday. The epicenter was at a depth of approximately three kilometers, 7.7 kilometers north of Mt. H�bunga. Scientists are monitoring seismic activity in Katla closely these days and many automatic sensors that pick up earthquakes and other disturbances are located in the volcano’s vicinity. Employees of the Icelandic Meteorological Office have been on watch around the clock to keep a close eye on the sensors sincea glacial flood from M�rdalsj�kull destroyed the bridge across M�lakv�sl, damaging the Ring Road in south Iceland, on Friday night. Earthquakes of this magnitude are not uncommon in Katla and the most recent activity is not necessarily an indication of any volcanic activity; the glacial flood was likely caused by geothermal heat rather than sub-glacial eruptions.

Katla is one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland. It is situated to the north of V�k � M�rdal and to the east of the smaller glacier Eyjafjallaj�kull. Its peak reaches 1,512 metres (4,961 ft) in height and is partially covered by the M�rdalsj�kull glacier. The Eldgj� canyon is part of the same volcanic system. The caldera is 10 km (6 mi) diameter and is covered with 200–700 metres (660-2,300 ft) of ice. Sixteen eruptions have been documented between 930 and 1918 at intervals of 40–80 years. It has not significantly erupted for 92 years, although there may have been small eruptions that did not break the ice cover in 1955 and 1999. The eruptions have had a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of between 4 and 6 (scale goes between 0 to 8). In comparison the Eyjafjallaj�kull 2010 eruption had a VEI4. The bigger VEI6 eruptions are comparable to Pinatubo 1991 eruption.

Flash Flood - Asia - China

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 09:34 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110714-31572-CHN
Date / time: 14/07/2011 16:32:14 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Sichuan
Location: [Sichuan-wide]
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: 632 person(s)
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

Over 600 people have been relocated and about 70 house leveled as more rain-triggered floods and mudslides have hit Southwest China's Sichuan province, local flood control authorities said Thursday. Sichuan's Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Garze has been lashed by heavy rains since Tuesday, the Sichuan Flood Control Office said in a statement. Rainfall in 10 counties has exceeded 25 mm while four other counties have registered a precipitation of over 50 mm, according to the statement. Rain-triggered floods and mudslides have affected six counties in Garze, forcing 632 people to relocate and destroying 73 houses. No casualties have been reported. In Yajiang county, about 1,500 liquefied petroleum gas bottles, 500 of which are filled with gas, were washed into the Nyakchu River Tuesday night. Rescue workers and villagers living downstream of the river have been mobilized to retrieve the bottles. Meanwhile, State Highway 318 was closed as more than 20 sections of the road were damaged by the flood. Continuous downpours have wreaked havoc in Sichuan since the end of last month affecting more than 1.5 million people and leaving at least eight dead. Another highway, State Highway 213, which was referred to as a "lifeline" by rescue workers following the devastating 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, was cut off early this month by mudslide at several sections. At about 5 pm Thursday, the highway was reconnected after a 12-day rush repair, the emergency response office of Wenchuan said in a statement. However, the newly repaired highway needs further reinforcement and will not open to vehicles till next week, according to the office.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - China

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 07:28 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110714-31571-CHN
Date / time: 14/07/2011 14:26:24 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Fujian
Location: Wuyishan
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: 22 person(s)
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 tour bus plunged from a collapsed bridge Thursday in China, leaving one person dead and 22 injured, reported in local authorities. The accident occurred about 8:50 a.m. in the Fujian province city of Wuyishan. The bus was carrying 23 people, a spokesman with the city's committee of the Communist Party of China told the news agency. Images from the scene showed the bus crumpled on the ground, below what looks like nearly a clean break in which half of the bridge broke away from the other half. It's not known what caused the bridge to collapse. The injured were taken to the hospital. The Wuyishan Gongguan Bridge opened in 1999 and cost 17 million yuan ($2.6 million) to build. The accident is being investigated, the news agency said.

Non-categorized event - North-America - Canada

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 07:09 AM PDT

EDIS Number: UEV-20110714-31570-CAN
Date / time: 14/07/2011 14:07:52 [UTC]
Event: Non-categorized event
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Saskatchewan
Location: Regina
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 piece of construction equipment containing radioactive material was stolen from a work site in Regina, Sask., Tuesday. Police said a RoadReader Nuclear Density Gauge was taken in the break-in. It contains americium-241/beryllium and cesium-137 -- two radioactive materials commonly used in construction, agriculture, oil refining and other industrial and household applications. The RoadReader is a piece of equipment that detects the density of the ground and its compactness. Americium-241 poses a significant risk if swallowed or inhaled, according the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "It can stay in the body for decades and continue to expose the surrounding tissues to both alpha and gamma radiation, increasing the risk of developing cancer," says the agency. Exposure to cesium in high levels also increases the risk of cancer. The gauge is safe as long as the unit remains undamaged and everything inside remains intact, police said. Police are urging whoever took the RoadReader not to tamper with it, and are asking for it to be returned -- anonymously, if necessary.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - Turkey

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 07:07 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110714-31569-TUR
Date / time: 14/07/2011 13:35:41 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: Turkey
State/County: Province of Izmir
Location: [Near City of Urla]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 1 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 1 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

The Turkish Air Force says one of its small jet-powered planes has crashed on a training flight in western Turkey. The air force says in a statement on its website that the T-37C light-attack aircraft went down near the town of Urla, after taking off from the Cigli air base on the outskirts of the Aegean port city of Izmir. Cahit Kirac, the governor of Izmir, says the plane crashed into the sea and that the pilots are feared dead. The T-37 Tweet first flew in 1955 and has become a favorite training plane around the world for being agile and responsive. The T-37 got its nickname from the high-pitched shrieking noise made by the aircraft's small jet intakes. Its production ended in 1975.

Heat Wave - Europe - Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 11:15 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110714-31568-BIH
Date / time: 14/07/2011 13:22:25 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Europe
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
Number of Deads: 1 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: Moderate

Description:

Health officials in Bosnia have reported the first victim of a heat wave that is forcing people to lock themselves up at home or seek medical help in overcrowded emergency rooms. Dragoljub Djuric, a doctor at the hospital in the northern Bosnian town of Modrica said Thursday one woman collapsed and died in the emergency room where staff is overwhelmed with the number of patients with problems caused by heat. In the southern city of Mostar, asphalt was melting under 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit). The Health Ministry urged citizens to stay indoors between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Jasmina Hanjalic, a doctor at the emergency room in Sarajevo, said young and healthy people are also seeking help, particularly construction workers.

Epidemic Hazard - North-America - Canada

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 03:30 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110714-31567-CAN
Date / time: 14/07/2011 10:28:18 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Nova Scotia
Location: Dartmouth [Birch Cove Beach, Lake Banook]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 30 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Public health officials are on the case after about 30 people became sick after swimming at Birch Cove Beach at Dartmouth’s Lake Banook. "We’re at 30 right now," said Michaelyn Thompson, a spokeswoman for Halifax Regional Municipality, which supervises the beach. The municipality closed down the beach Tuesday after lifeguards and others who swam there began reporting flu–like symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea. "This is very uncommon. This has never happened before. They may have gotten an incident here or there (in the past) where people weren’t feeling well after swimming," said Thompson. It is suspected the illnesses are linked to the water, but the cause hasn’t yet been pinpointed. Late Wednesday afternoon, E. coli had been ruled out as a cause. Water samples were taken from Birch Cove Tuesday. The results came back Wednesday showing that the E. coli bacteria levels are within normal range at the popular swimming area. According to a release from the city, the beach is going to stay closed for now. The municipality tests the water at all of its beaches for E. coli bacteria once every week.

Birch Cove Beach was previously tested July 5 and those tests results came back normal, said Thompson. Public health officials with Capital Health are now trying to track down the cause of the illnesses. They will be contacting people who have reported their illness to the municipality, said Linda Passerini, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Wellness. "Public health will be calling those contacts to ask them specific questions about specific exposures. . . . We are in the very beginning stages," she said. It is not unusual for beaches in the municipality to be closed temporarily due to high bacteria levels during the summer months. "Every year, we have different beaches that might close due to high E. coli counts. That does happen. I think what is unusual here, until we get to the bottom of it, is possibly how many people are being affected," said John Henry, the municipality’s manager of aquatic services. "In my experience, I’ve never seen anything to this degree." Cameron Deacoff, an environmental officer with the municipality, said an E. coli test is the primary test used for gauging the safety of recreational waters.

"It is not just representing the presence of E. coli but also a family of other coliforms that are potentially infectious to humans," he said. However, other organisms can be present in fresh water, such as viruses, protozoa, blue and green algae, and parasites, which may or may not cause illness, he said. Halifax Regional Municipality provides daily supervision at over 20 lakeside beaches in the municipality, as well as several saltwater beaches and pools during the summer months.

Tornado - North-America - Canada

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 07:58 PM PDT

EDIS Number: TO-20110714-31564-CAN
Date / time: 14/07/2011 06:24:20 [UTC]
Event: Tornado
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Alberta
Location: Calgary [Community of Montreux]
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:

The fire department received numerous reports Wednesday evening of a tornado hitting the community of Montreux in southwest Calgary. Fire spokesman Brian McAsey said shortly before 8 p.m., calls started flooding in with reports that homes were damaged by what appeared to be a tornado, including a call about part of a roof torn off a home. Another house was believed to be hit by lightning, McAsey said, adding there were also reports of flooding and manhole covers being blown off. Area resident Long Ren was home with his wife and daughter when he saw the trees moving around “crazily” in his backyard. “Suddenly I saw a lot of stuff blowing into the sky and realized it could be a tornado,” Ren said. In a panic, his family rushed to the basement where they remained until it appeared the storm had passed. When they emerged, Ren said he saw shed pieces, siding and trees scattered around his backyard. His own shed was “demolished,” he added. Police cars, emergency vehicles and fire trucks quickly arrived, Ren said. Debris also littered the front and backyards of homes in the neighbouring community of Aspen Stone, said resident Richard Daley. “There’s a trampoline from the back of one house that got blown into the front yard of our neighbour’s house,” said Daley, who was walking home when he noticed the community in disarray. “My backyard is an utter mess and there are shingles all over the place.” A meteorologist could not be reached for comment by press time, but the Environment Canada website indicated that the city of Calgary and southwest Alberta was under a severe thunderstorm watch with the potential risk of hail, damaging winds, and more than 50 mm of rain.

Volcano Activity - Pacific ocean - west - Vanuatu

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:02 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VA-20110714-31554-VUT
Date / time: 14/07/2011 03:15:16 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Activity
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Vanuatu
State/County: Aoba Island
Location: [Ambae 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:

Vanuatu's Ambae volcano has begun spewing volcanic gases, and residents could be forced to evacuate part of the island. An expert from the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory has been sent to monitor the volcano, which has been known to trigger earthquakes. They have measured an increase in tremor activity in the area and are expecting more explosions. If the volcano does becomes more active, people living around it will be forced to evacuate. Volcanologist Sylvain Todman, from the Vanuatu Geohazards Observatory, told Pacific Beat they were watching the situation very closely. "At the moment we have sporadic explosions but the explosions are getting bigger and bigger every time," he said.

Biological Hazard - North-America - Canada

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:35 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110713-31551-CAN
Date / time: 13/07/2011 14:04:21 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Saskatchewan
Location: [McFarlane 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:

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) has been found in McFarlane Lake, according to a press release from the Sudbury and District Health Unit. Samples taken from McFarlane Lake contained a species of cyanobacteria that can produce toxins. “Water contaminated with blue-green algal blooms has an unsightly pea soup appearance and foul smell,” Allan McDougall, an environmental support officer with the health unit, said in the press release. “ Visible algal blooms can produce toxins; therefore, using or drinking the water should be avoided.” The highest concentrations of toxins are usually found in blooms and scum on the shoreline. These dense accumulations pose the greatest potential risks to people and pets, the press release said. Toxins can irritate the skin and, if ingested, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. At high enough levels, toxins can cause liver and nervous system damage. Blue green algae might also be observed in other parts of the lake. Because the blooms are not anchored, they can move from one location to another through wind and water action. Also, new blooms can appear. All residents on the lake should be vigilant for blooms in their area, the press release said.

Epidemic Hazard - Europe - Ukraine

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:35 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110713-31549-UKR
Date / time: 13/07/2011 09:53:45 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: Ukraine
State/County: Sevastopol Municipality
Location: [Sevastopol Region]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 84 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Poor-quality food prepared at Ukrainian summer camps left 84 Russian children vacationing there ill, health officials said Wednesday. The mass food poisoning took place at two youth resorts near the port city Sevastopol, in the Black Sea peninsula Crimea. Most of the victims were aged from 8 to 16 and had travelled to the camps from the Russian cities Moscow, Yekaterinburg, and Orekhovo-Zuevo. All but one of the children were suffering from moderate food poisoning and were expected to recover quickly. Eight adults also were treated. Health officials were inspecting the camps' kitchens and managers there would likely face criminal charges, an official at Ukraine's Emergency Situations Ministry said. Group food poisoning most often occurs in Ukraine during the summer months when warm weather and sometimes poor refrigeration cause quick spoilage of foods, which are served to holiday-markers. Dairy, fish, meats, eggs and mayonnaise are the foods most commonly found responsible.

Epidemic Hazard - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:35 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110713-31548-PHL
Date / time: 13/07/2011 06:39:57 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Pacific ocean - west
Country: Philippines
State/County: Province of Quezon
Location: Infanta [Barangay Anoling]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 27 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

At least 27 villagers have been hospitalized in General Nakar, Quezon, due to typhoid fever. According to local health officials, drinking contaminated water could have been behind the sudden increase in typhoid fever cases in Barangay Anoling. The health officials said that 27 residents of Barangay Anoling have been rushed to the C.M. Rector hospital in nearby Infanta town and General Nakar Municipal Health Center since June 31. One person identified as Benny Soliano has also died, but health officials have yet to determine if the victim was suffering from typhoid fever at the time of his death. The local health office has taken blood samples from the victims. The samples have been brought to the Department of Health office in Manila for analysis.

Flood - North-America - Canada

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:35 PM PDT

EDIS Number: FL-20110713-31545-CAN
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:39:41 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Alberta
Location: Eckville
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 rains in central Alberta caused flooding in the town of Eckville Monday. "People are just kind of dumbstruck," resident Sharon Walker said. "We have had washouts of roads. Some people have got 10 to 14 inches of water in their basements ... we've never seen anything like it." Signs of flooding were everywhere Tuesday. Belongings from water-filled basements were out on lawns and there was a sinkhole on the side of a busy road. About 100 houses were flooded in the town and more than 700 customers lost power for about 12 hours. "There's a lot of damage in the basement. Backyard — there's quite a bit of damage," said John Parsons. At one point, the water was up to his hips. His insurance company has told him it could be three to six months before his house is back to normal. The heavy rain also had an effect on roads outside town A portion of Highway 766 west of Rimbey is closed. Drivers using Highway 766 between Eckville and Highway 12 and Highway 53 west of Rimbey are asked to use caution because of water running across the surface of the road. A rainfall warning is in effect for the area Tuesday with amounts expected to exceed 60 millimeters. Heavy rain caused flash flooding to hit the city of Lacombe Monday. Streets were covered with several feet of water for about two hours. City officials said the sewer system wasn't designed to handle so much rain in that amount of time. Mayor Steve Christie said crews worked to clear flooded areas allowing all roads to reopen Tuesday morning. Heavy rain over the weekend has put the Peace River near Fort Vermillion under a flood warning. River levels are expected to peak late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning which could flood the hamlet and the nearby airport.

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:35 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110713-31544-USA
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:35:50 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Arizona
Location: Tucson [Joaquin Murrieta Park]
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 46-year-old man attacked by a swarm of bees Friday night at a west-side park has died from the stings, an official said Tuesday. Oscar Navarro was stung hundreds of times while walking near the Steve Daru Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs at 1375 N. El Rio Drive, which is in Joaquin Murrieta Park. An autopsy Tuesday revealed that Navarro died from “mass envenomation”, which means venom from the bee stings, said Dr. Gregory Hess, Pima County chief medical examiner. Tucson Fire Department firefighters sprayed the bees with a foam before they could get to Navarro and render aid. He was taken by paramedics to St. Mary’s Hospital in serious condition. He arrived at 6:52 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 7:13 p.m., Hess said. “You can be stung so many times that you have difficulty breathing and your blood pressure drops. You die from the massive amount of venom,” Hess said. Navarro was the first death from a bee attack this year in Pima County, Hess said. Last year, there also was one bee attack fatality, and that victim was an undocumented migrant who crossed the border illegally, Hess said.

Enviroment Pollution - Asia - China

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:35 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ED-20110713-31543-CHN
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:33:47 [UTC]
Event: Enviroment Pollution
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Province of Zhejiang Sheng
Location: [Bohai Bay]
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 new oil leak was reported in northern China's Bohai Bay, the third since June. The leak occurred at the Suizhong 36-1 oilfield at 1:30 am on Tuesday due to a malfunction at the central control system, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) Ltd, the field's operator, said in a statement. Technicians managed to seal the leak, which covered one square kilometer. Mats and chemicals were used to disperse the sheen which was likely to be cleaned up by Tuesday evening, the company said. Production at the oilfield was suspended and emergency response procedures were activated immediately after the incident, CNOOC said. The cause of the leak, a control system malfunction, had been repaired, it said. Suizhong 36-1 is the country's biggest independent oilfield, annually producing about 5 million tons. CNOOC's Tianjin branch is responsible for daily operations. The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement on Tuesday that it sent teams to monitor the situation after being alerted by CNOOC and dispatched a helicopter and used satellite remote sensing to monitor the spill. The incident occurred on the heels of two other spills, in June, at the Penglai 19-3 oilfield in Bohai Bay, which polluted more than 840 sq km of coastal waters.

A cleanup operation is under way, according to ConocoPhillips China, the field's operator. The US energy company holds a 49 percent stake in the project, while CNOOC holds the rest. The two companies and the SOA faced widespread public criticism for covering up the Penglai spill for almost a month. Both CNOOC and the SOA responded quickly to the latest incident on Tuesday. The SOA said it will improve monitoring of offshore oil and gas activities and release information "accurately and promptly". CNOOC said it will "continue to closely monitor production operations at all its oilfields" and reinforce procedures following a notice issued by the SOA, which requires offshore oil producers to identify spill risks and review emergency plans. Regarding the Penglai 19-3 oil leak, the SOA said that the spill affected water quality across an area of 3,400 sq km. But it added that the polluted area has "dramatically decreased" during the past week. "The leak at Platform B may continue to have minor residual seepage that we believe should diminish over time," ConocoPhillips China said on Tuesday. "The latest incident at Suizhong oilfield is not as severe as the earlier ones in terms of volume," said Chen Jianmin, a professor at the School of Petroleum Engineering at China University of Petroleum. The company should enhance safety management and inspection procedures, he said. "CNOOC is under comprehensive security checks at the moment after the incidents," said a company official, who declined to be named.

In another incident, a fire broke out at CNOOC's refinery in Guangdong province, located 40 km from the Daya Bay nuclear plant, on Monday. No casualties were reported. CNOOC is the country's biggest offshore oil producer by capacity.

Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:34 PM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110713-31540-USA
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:13:39 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Nevada
Location: [Spring Mountains ]
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 wildfire in the Spring Mountains west of the Las Vegas Valley has burned 39 acres but is contained, officials said Tuesday afternoon. The fire, located about three miles northwest of the Las Vegas Beltway and Summerlin Parkway interchange, was deemed 100 percent contained this morning — meaning firefighters have formed a line around it to prevent its spread, said Robbie McAboy, the National Conservation Area manager for Red Rock. The fire is still burning. The blaze, which officials have named the La Madre fire, is within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It's in a remote area and not threatening any structures, McAboy said. The fire's intensity increased about 11 a.m. today, so officials called in three single-engine air tankers and one helicopter to deploy water from above, McAboy said. It's normal for wildfires to gain momentum in the daylight hours after dying off slightly overnight, officials said. Forty firefighters are battling the blaze, and two Nevada Department of Forestry crews are en route to assist, officials said. Investigators have not determined the cause of the wildfire.

HAZMAT - Middle-East - Iraq

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 10:45 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110713-31538-IRQ
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:10:01 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: Middle-East
Country: Iraq
State/County: Baghdad Governorate
Location: Sadr City
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 700 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Large

Description:

Health officials say hundreds of people have been sickened by a chlorine gas cloud that leaked over Baghdad after an explosion at a water treatment plant. Dr. Ali Bustan al-Fartousi, manager of the Rusafa health office in the capital's east, said no one died in the Tuesday night accident and nearly all of the 700 people treated had been released from hospitals. Al-Fartousi said most of those affected were from the sprawling Sadr City neighborhood where many of Baghdad's poorest Shiites live. Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Ziyad Tariq confirmed the number of people who were sickened from breathing the poisoned air. Security officials blamed the explosion on a mechanical problem at the water plant.

Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:34 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110713-31537-USA
Date / time: 13/07/2011 03:07:28 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Indiana
Location: [Southern Indiana]
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:

The National Weather Service says the heat index has soared to 121 degrees in the Southern Indiana town of Huntingburg. The weather service says the town about 67 miles west of Louisville had a temperature of 97 degrees and a dew point of 82 Tuesday afternoon. Weather service meteorologist Jayson Wilson says that's an unusually high heat index for anywhere outside the Middle East. In Evansville the heat index was down to 110, after hitting 114 earlier in the day. The weather service issued an excessive heat warning Tuesday for parts of southern Indiana, including Vincennes, Evansville, Jasper and New Albany. A heat advisory is in effect for Terre Haute, Bloomington, Columbus and Seymour. The weather service is urging people to cut back on or avoid strenuous activities.

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110711-31516-USA
Date / time: 11/07/2011 13:36:30 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Texas
Location: Galveston
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 65 person(s)
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:

Swimmers at Galveston beaches are being warned to look out for jellyfish after the island's beach patrol reported 65 stings yesterday. The Galveston Daily News reports that the jellyfish arrival is tied to the ocean's current and wind pattern. Officials say that although dozens of stings were reported yesterday, the number is not high enough to post a blue-flag jellyfish warning.

Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110711-31514-USA
Date / time: 11/07/2011 13:09:15 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Tennessee
Location: [Middle Tennessee]
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:

Scorching heat could prove dangerous today and Tuesday with heat indexes as high as 110 degrees in Middle Tennessee. The near-record temperatures can put anyone at risk for dehydration or heat exhaustion, but the elderly, the young and the obese are especially at risk. With the high forecast at 99 degrees - after Sunday’s high of 96 - today could be the hottest day yet in 2011.

Nashville and the surrounding counties are under a heat advisory from noon today through 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Clarksville and the northwest corner of Middle Tennessee are under a heat warning, meaning the heat index is likely to exceed 110. “Certainly you want to drink plenty of liquids and stay in a cool place, stay indoors - common-sense rules,” said Bobby Boyd, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville. Today’s heat won’t break records, but it does follow some of Nashville’s hottest stretches. The first 11 days of June were the second hottest on record, and last summer was the third hottest. The hottest temperature ever in Nashville: 107 on July 27 and 28, 1952. That year was the hottest summer the city has seen.

On Saturday and Sunday, at least 10 people visited Vanderbilt University Medical Center with heat-related conditions. Larry Stack, an emergency physician there, said it’s key to increase fluid consumption. He recommends at least a quart of fluids per hour for the average person, including water and diluted sports drinks to replenish electrolytes. Warning signs for dehydration and heat exhaustion include lightheadedness, general weakness, abdominal pain, nausea and extremely dark urine, he said. Today’s heat is caused by an upper level high moving into the region. As the air falls, it warms, and with little to no wind forecast, it sits stagnant. No air quality alerts had been issued by the state as of Sunday evening.

Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110711-31513-USA
Date / time: 11/07/2011 13:08:10 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Texas
Location: Dallas
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:

Sweltering summer temperatures in Dallas are expected to top 100 degrees for the 10th consecutive day as excessive heat warnings grip many central and southern states. Texas has seen these summers before. Dallas hit the 100-degree mark for nearly three straight weeks as recently as 2006, and meteorologist Jesse Moore says the city isn't even technically under a heat advisory because the area is used to these temperatures.

Biological Hazard - Africa - Ghana

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110711-31511-GHA
Date / time: 11/07/2011 12:57:37 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Africa
Country: Ghana
State/County: Capital City
Location: Accra [Mizpah International School]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 6 person(s)
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 swarm of bees attacked six schoolchildren of the Mizpah International School at Tesano Club in Accra Friday (8th July 2011). The incident occurred about 3:30p.m. when the children from the neighbouring Apenkwa Government School threw stones into the hive harbouring the bees in a house in the vicinity. Provoked by the action of the children, the bees came out of their hive stinging anyone they came across. Three of the children who sustained severe bee stings were rushed to the Hobats Clinic for treatment. They were siblings Michael Nii Odartey Lamptey, 6, and Imagin Naa Korshie Lamptey, 5, and their friend, Vanessa Obeng Nyarko. A taxi driver, Mr Ebenezer Abeiku Sam, who was conveying the children home at the time of the incident, was also treated and discharged from the same hospital for bee stings. Mr Sam, who was oblivious of the bees’ invasion, said after picking the children and driving a short distance from the school, the bees, which had taken over the entire stretch, entered his car and this made visibility difficult, a situation which compelled him to pull up.

In the process, the three children, who were sitting at the back of the vehicle, opened the doors and fled to the opposite direction leading to the school, while the bees chased and stung them. Mr Sam said the three injured children were members of some six children he picked daily from the Mizpah School. A resident of the area, Mr Daniel Nyarko, who attempted rescuing the children, was attacked by the bees which inflicted wounds on his ears. The action of the bees was so disturbing that the residents called for the services of the Ghana National Fire Service. The firemen, who responded to the distress call, had difficulty controlling the bees because they used ordinary water which proved to be ineffective. The owner of the house where the hive was located was said to have travelled abroad at the time of the incident.

Heat Wave - Europe - Serbia

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:36 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110711-31510-SCG
Date / time: 11/07/2011 12:56:36 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Europe
Country: Serbia
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
Number of Deads: 10 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: N/A

Description:

At least ten people have died in Serbia over the past few days amid a searing heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring up to 40 degrees centigrade, local media reported on Monday. Two people collapsed and died in Belgrade's streets on Sunday and medical emergency services said the number of call outs to public places has tripled. With temperatures expected to climb towards 40 degrees again, there were 30 interventions in less than two hours early on Monday and doctors advised people, especially the elderly, to stay indoors and to drink plenty of liquids. High temperatures are expected to prevail throughout this week and police said the number of traffic incidents have also drastically increased due to weather conditions which doctors described as “catastrophic”.

Heat Wave - Europe - Hungary

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110711-31507-HUN
Date / time: 11/07/2011 08:51:18 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Europe
Country: Hungary
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
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 temperature of 39.1C was gauged in T�rkeve, J�sz-Nagykun-Szolnok county on Sunday, shattering the previous daily record of 37.5C measured in Szeged in 1927, national meteorological service official Tam�s Csonka said on Sunday. A 38.4C temperature was gauged in Budapest, beating the previous 36.2C high in 2002. Hungary's highest ever recorded temperature remains the 41.9C measured in Kiskunhalas in 2007, however. Budapest broke the heat record for the day on Saturday with 35.8 degrees Celsius in the shade, exceeding the previous record of 35.2 decrees Celsius measured 84 years ago, the National Meteorological Service said. The service added that the national daily record was also likely to be broken on Saturday afternoon. In 1927 the mercury hit 37.8 degrees Celsius in Szeged in the south.

Volcano Eruption - Indonesian archipelago - Indonesia

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 07:54 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VE-20110711-31503-IDN
Date / time: 11/07/2011 06:46:51 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Eruption
Area: Indonesian archipelago
Country: Indonesia
State/County: Sulawesi
Location: [Mount Lokon 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: 2016 person(s)
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Indonesia on Monday said it would evacuate hundreds of people living near Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island after raising the volcano's alert status to the highest level. "We raised the volcano's status to the highest red alert level last night. There was a significant rise in volcanic activity since July 9. The volcano spewed ash 500 metres (1,600 feet) into the air over the weekend," government volcanologist Kristianto. "Today we will be evacuating people living within a 3.5-kilometre (two-mile) radius around the volcano as a precautionary measure, in case of a bigger eruption which may be accompanied by deadly searing gas," he added. Around 28,000 people live within the evacuation zone but only "hundreds" will be moved Monday, those in the path of the ash, as officials continue to monitor volcanic activity, disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Officials said tourists would also be barred from going on popular day hikes to the 1,580-metre Mount Lokon, one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia and located 20 kilometres away from North Sulawesi provincial capital of Manado. The volcano erupted in 1991, killing a Swiss tourist. Mount Soputan, another volcano in North Sulawesi province, erupted early this month, spewing ash and smoke 5,000 metres into the air. The Indonesian archipelago has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the "Ring of Fire" between the Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, has killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions which started in late October.

Heat Wave - Asia - Japan

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110711-31501-JPN
Date / time: 11/07/2011 06:17:11 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: Asia
Country: Japan
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
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:

Japanese officials have warned residents not to cut back too much on the use of air conditioning, especially for older people and young children. The Japanese government warned of possible heatstroke from setting the thermostat on air conditioners too high -- and of possible food poisoning from raising the temperature in refrigerators. Officials said the temperatures in Japan have risen higher than they have in decades amid a nationwide power-saving drive. The government asked the public to set air conditioners at 82 degrees, but doing so "would make the actual temperature inside reach too high," said Ritsuko Momose, chief of staff at a home for the elderly in Suginami Ward, Tokyo. "Some of the measures run counter to the power-saving drive, but the lives of the elderly are at stake," Momose said. Nearly 7,000 people were hospitalized for heatstroke in June, more than three times the number from a year ago. Fifteen died after reaching the hospital. Weather officials said June's heatwave sent temperatures in parts of Japan to their highest levels since 1961. Temperatures in downtown Tokyo reached 95 degrees on June 29 -- just the third time the temperature has exceeded 95 degrees in June since the Meteorological Agency began compiling comparable records in 1875.

Biological Hazard - Middle-East - Lebanon

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110711-31498-LBN
Date / time: 11/07/2011 03:29:59 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Middle-East
Country: Lebanon
State/County: Liban-Sud
Location: Naqoura
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:

Thousands of jellyfish are invading the country’s southern beaches from Sidon to the town of Naqoura, stinging beachgoers who cross their path. Volunteers and lifeguards have responded by increasing their efforts to gather the jellyfish in a bid to make the public beaches safe for swimmers. At the beach of the southern coastal city of Tyre over the weekend, dozens of beachgoers suffered jellyfish stings, which can cause a burning sensation, itching and intense pain. At Sidon’s public beach, hundreds of jellyfish float near the water’s surface, drifting with the tide toward the shore and threatening swimmers, many of whom have become accustomed to dealing with the sea creatures. Volunteers there are working to pluck the jellyfish out of the sea water. According to volunteer Tarek Samoura, they gather the sea animals using plastic box and throw them onto the shore, taking care not to be stung. Many beachgoers were shocked to see Mohammad Bawji, a Sidon municipality lifeguard, along with his colleague Nabil, plucking jellyfish out of the water and holding them in their hands, indifferent to the stinging tentacles. “These jellyfish invade in the second half of June and remain until the first of half of August, after which they disappear completely,” said Mohammad, who had gathered hundreds of jellyfish and buried them under the sand. “I’m not affected by their stings. I carry them as I like and I kiss them too.” Mohammad explained to the beachgoers, especially the children, the dangers of jellyfish and recommended treating the pain by applying vinegar.

Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:17 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110711-31496-USA
Date / time: 11/07/2011 03:24:55 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Missouri
Location: [St. Louis 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: N/A

Description:

Triple-digit temperatures are expected to make an appearance on Monday with dangerous heat and poor air quality lingering through Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures on Sunday topped out at 97 degrees with a heat index of 111 degrees, but temperatures on Monday are expected to be even hotter. The National Weather Service has issued a heat warning for the St. Louis metropolitan area including St. Louis and St. Charles counties in Missouri and St. Clair and Madison counties in Illinois. The whole News 4 viewing area is under a heat advisory. Temperatures on Monday are projected to reach 101 degrees with a heat index of 115 degrees. Besides the unbearable heat, the air quality will be unhealthy for people with special needs. Also, children and the elderly should limit their outside activity. Area residents are urged to drink plenty of water and limit outside activity to morning and evening hours. Check on elderly relatives and neighbors to make sure they are doing well. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle even if the vehicle is running. The St. Louis area will get a short reprieve from the heat Tuesday evening and into Wednesday, but temperatures will climb to dangerous levels again for the following weekend.

Epidemic Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:16 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110710-31489-USA
Date / time: 10/07/2011 19:30:32 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Arizona
Location: [The area was not definied]
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 10 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Severe E. coli infection has caused the death of one elderly male adult in Arizona and five cases of hospitalization in the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The man who died had recently been to Germany, which has been ravaged by the deadly food poisoning outbreak. Authorities have not released the dead man's name, but say he is over 65 years old and comes from Northern Arizona. The CDC has confirmed that so far there have been six cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 10104:H4, five of whom had recently travelled to Germany. Experts believe the sixth person became ill after close contact with one of the other five in Michigan. Five of the infected Americans, including the one who died, developed HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome), a severe kidney-damaging complication. Illnesses have been reported in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Arizona and Michigan. Public health authorities in Europe believe the most likely source of the E. coli outbreak were fenugreek seeds from Egypt that were imported and then used to grow sprouts in Europe. Fifty infected people have died so far in Europe, only one of them outside Germany. The EU (European Union) has recalled all fenugreek seeds and has also temporarily banned their importation.

Drought - Africa - Kenya

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 05:10 AM PDT

EDIS Number: DR-20110710-31487-KEN
Date / time: 10/07/2011 16:53:45 [UTC]
Event: Drought
Area: Africa
Country: Kenya
State/County: North Eastern Province
Location: [Dadaab 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: Catastrophic

Description:

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing drought in East Africa are walking for days in search of food and water and the situation is now extremely serious, aid agencies say. Many of those fleeing have come to Dadaab, in northeastern Kenya, near the borders of Ethiopia and Somalia. According to doctors in the area, most of the children have severe cases of acute malnutrition and related complications such as anaemia. "The children are presenting with skin complications where their skin is peeling off mainly due to deficiency in micro-nutrients," Milhia Abdul Kader says. "They are coming in a very bad shape." Speaking to Al Jazeera from a refugee camp in Kenya, Antonio Guterres, the head of UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, expressed grave concern and appealed for "massive aid" to provide the basic necessities.

UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres speaks to Al Jazeera from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya "I have no doubt that in today's world, Somalia corresponds to the worst humanitarian disaster. I have never seen in a refugee camp people coming in such desperate conditions," he said. "I saw a mother that had lost three of her children on the way here." The epicentre of the drought lies on the three-way border shared by Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, a nomadic region where families heavily depend on the health of their livestock. Uganda and Djibouti have also been hit. Save the Children says more than a quarter of children in the worst-hit parts of Kenya are now dangerously malnourished, while malnutrition rates in Somalia have reached 30 per cent in some areas. According to UNHCR, Dadaab's three camps now host more than 382,000 people, while thousands more are waiting at reception centres outside the camp. "The people that are arriving are absolutely desperate," Andrew Wander of Save the Children says. "They haven't eaten for weeks, they've been travelling for a long, long time in very difficult situations." He says 1,500 people are arriving in Dadaab every day and that the situation is now "extremely serious".

As well as providing medical help, aid agencies are trying to distribute food and water to the hundreds of thousands of people reaching Dadaab. But UNHCR's Guterres says they are trying to provide aid inside Somalia despite al-Shabab's hold on large areas. "To deliver aid inside Somalia is a very important priority. When we see people in such desperate situation, it would be much better if they could be supported inside the country."

Drought - Africa - Somalia

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 10:06 PM PDT

EDIS Number: DR-20110710-31486-SOM
Date / time: 10/07/2011 16:52:30 [UTC]
Event: Drought
Area: Africa
Country: Somalia
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
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: Catastrophic

Description:

The head of the U.N.'s refugee agency says Somalis fleeing hunger and drought are dying in high numbers in refugee camps in southeastern Ethiopia. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres says 3 out of every 10,000 refugees die each day. Health officer Dr. Dejene Kebede says 58 people died in one week alone in June in the overcrowded camps. Guterres says those death rates are three times the emergency level. He says malnutrition is to blame. UNHCR says up to 2,000 Somali refugees cross into Ethiopia each day. Thousands also seek refuge in neighboring Kenya. Aid agencies are appealing for tens of millions of dollars in emergency funding to fight a drought that has created a triangle of hunger where the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia meet.

Drought - Africa - Ethiopia

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 05:10 AM PDT

EDIS Number: DR-20110710-31485-ETH
Date / time: 10/07/2011 16:49:52 [UTC]
Event: Drought
Area: Africa
Country: Ethiopia
State/County:
Location: [Statewide]
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: Catastrophic

Description:

The United Nations (UN) humanitarian relief coordinator, Valerie Amos says that the world “must take the impact of climate change more seriously”. During a tour of the Somali Regional State, Valerie Amos said: “Everything I've heard has said that we used to have drought every ten years, then it became every five years and now it's every two years. And it you don't have the rains at the beginning of the year or towards the end of one year then you are going to have a problem into the next year." Many of the malnourished have fled to Ethiopia from neighbouring Somalia and this makes the situation much worse said Amos. Children who arrive at the feeding stations are given high protein food substitutes to try to boost their nutrition levels but the sheer number of people arriving threatens to overwhelm relief efforts. "We desperately need more supplies, more money to purchase them, more qualified staff, more of everything really to stop this turning from what is quite a severe crisis into a really major tragedy," said Emergency Response Team Leader for Save the Children, David Wightwick. Rainfall in the area gave some relief in May but drought conditions are expected to return before the rainy season begins in October.

Epidemic Hazard - South-America - Chile

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:16 AM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110710-31482-CHL
Date / time: 10/07/2011 12:03:14 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: South-America
Country: Chile
State/County: Province of Coihaique
Location: Villa Amengual
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 1 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

A 63 year old woman from Cisne Medio was moved to the Coyhaique Regional Hospital, suspected of having a hantavirus infection. The patient felt unwell and consulted the health post in Villa Amengual, an area in Coyhaique, after an explosive increase in rodents in the area. "We had a notice of a suspected hantavirus pulmonary infection in a 63 year old woman and we now know that an explosive increase in rodent populations occurred, so that this case does not surprise us. However, we are on alert and are obliged to intensify our preventive measures and warnings," said the Health SEREMI [Secretaria Regional Ministerial de Salud; Regional Ministerial Secretariat of Health] Claudio Vallejos, who called on the populace to adopt pertinent preventive measures. Alerted by what was occurring in the area, the patient consulted the Villa Amengual health post early on. Given this, the 1st samples were taken and were sent to the Public Health Institute in Santiago in order to confirm or discard the presence of the virus.

Volcano Eruption - Europe - Italy

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 04:16 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VE-20110710-31481-ITA
Date / time: 10/07/2011 11:56:04 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Eruption
Area: Europe
Country: Italy
State/County: Sicily
Location: [Mt Etna 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: Moderate

Description:

A southern Italian airport was on Saturday closed due to ash from Mount Etna, forcing traffic to be diverted to Palermo. Catania airport on the east coast of the island of Sicily was not expected to re-open before Sunday morning while the runway was cleared, the report said. The volcano, which currently does not present any risk to local residents, spewed lava on to its southeastern slopes on Saturday afternoon and winds carried the ash further afield. Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe at 3,295 metres (10,810 feet). The last eruption was in May. A massive flood of meltwater from Iceland's Myrdalsjoekull glacier, meanwhile, has raised fears of an eruption from the powerful Katla volcano there.

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 11 Jul 2011 09:29 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110706-31440-USA
Date / time: 06/07/2011 17:05:04 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Georgia
Location: [Tybee Island]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 894 person(s)
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:

Authorities say 894 people were stung by jellyfish during the Fourth of July holiday weekend on Tybee Island, off the Georgia coast. Tybee Ocean Rescue Lt. Hunter Robinson says he thinks the number of attacks is unusual for this time of year at the popular tourist destination near Savannah. Robinson said the high number of victims might be because the water in the area heated up quickly this year, compared to previous years.

Volcano Eruption - Indonesian archipelago - Indonesia

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 11:44 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VE-20110703-31385-IDN
Date / time: 03/07/2011 03:02:22 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Eruption
Area: Indonesian archipelago
Country: Indonesia
State/County: Sulawesi
Location: [Soputan 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:

A volcano on Indonesia's Sulawesi island erupted Sunday, spewing ash and smoke 5,000 metres into the air. Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi province erupted at around 6:03 am (2203 GMT Saturday) but people living in the sparsely populated area have not been evacuated, Iing Kusnadi, a scientist at the volcano's monitoring post said. "The volcano erupted this morning. Besides spewing ash and dust particles, it also spewed hot gas but that's limited to around its crater," he said. "The recommended evacuation zone is set at a six-kilometre radius around the volcano but there's only forest in that range," he added. "At the moment, it is still a safe distance from people but we'll continue to monitor the activity," he added. The nearest village is eight kilometres away on the western side of the volcano, which towers 1,783 metres (5,800 feet) over North Sulawesi province. Soputan, one of Sulawesi's most active volcanoes, last erupted in 2008 with no fatalities recorded.

Volcano Activity - Indonesian archipelago - Indonesia

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 09:56 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VA-20110620-31226-IDN
Date / time: 20/06/2011 07:21:01 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Activity
Area: Indonesian archipelago
Country: Indonesia
State/County: Bali
Location: Kintamani [Lake Batur]
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 unusual natural phenomenon is causing concern for communities living around the edge of Bali’s Lake Batur at Kintamani. On Sunday, June 19, 2011, the waters of the lake that sits in a volcanioc crater suddenly changed colors to a whitish-blue shade followed by the sudden death of thousands of fish (tilapia) living in the lake. According to NusaBali, villagers for the lakeside community of Lintang Danu recount that the lake suddenly changed color on Sunday (June 19) morning in the areas surrounding the villages of Songan. Batur, Kedisan and Buahan.

Shortly after the color change, thousands of freshwater fish floated to the surface and begin washing up on the lake’s shore. Fish farmed by villages in the shallows of the lake also died with the changing color of the lake. Local fisherman, who traditionally plant local freshwater majiar fish (tilapia) in the lake, scrambled to the location to rescue fish in distress but still alive to place them in fresh water pools ashore. The head of the Wildlife and Fisheries Service for the regency of Bangli, A.A. Ngurah Shamba, said his office was still surveying the situation and trying to understand the natural phenomenon that change the water color and caused the fish die-off. Samples of dead fish have been collected for laboratory analysis.

Local villagers are blaming the situation on an underwater explosion of the volcano concealed by the crater lake. A village chief from the local community of Buahan, I Made Antara, was less certain on the cause of the phenomenon, saying the die-off might be due to a an underwater explosion, a fluctuation in water temperature, a current of acidic water or an unusual particle introduced naturally to the water. Another villager form Songan, also on the lake’s edge, said this is not the first time such an occurrence has taken place. Jro Saba said a similar phenomenon occurred about 3 years ago, but at that time the change in water color was less pronounced that is now the case. Said Saba: “I suspect that there was an explosion in the center of the lake that released sulphur that killed the fish.”

He estimates the losses suffered by local fish farmers is in the billions of rupiah. Saba said the change in the lake’s water might also have a deleterious effect on farmers living near the lake. Farmers who use the lakes water for irrigating their crops of shallots, onions, cabbage and other crops are now concerned the colored water may be harmful to their crops. The chief of the Disaster Alleviation Office for Bali, Putu Anom Agustina, has issued a statement declaring that the change in water color was not tied to volcanic activity. Said Agustina: “this is a natural phenomenon, not due to the volcanic activity of Mount Batur. It is perhaps due to strong winds that blew sulfuric soil into Lake Batur.”

Agustina said the volcanic status of the lake remains unchanged, at a normal “level I” rating. Mount Batur has exploded 26 times since 1804, with the last cataclysmic explosion happening 2,000 years ago. In recent times, the largest explosion occurred on August 2, 1926. That explosion deposited large amounts of lava into the lake from Mount Batur. Mount Batur is located to the west of Bali's sacred Mount Agung, which suffered a major explosion in 1963 claiming between 1,500 and 2,000 lives.

Epidemic Hazard - Australia - New Zealand

Posted: 12 Jul 2011 08:38 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110614-31153-NZL
Date / time: 14/06/2011 18:59:23 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Australia
Country: New Zealand
State/County: North Island
Location: Auckland
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 300 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Sixteen people have contracted measles following the latest outbreak in Auckland, with two hospitalised as a result. The outbreak of the potentially deadly illness is the second in Auckland so far this year, though officials say the cases are all linked to a single case and are confident they have it under control. Quarantines have been imposed on around 140 students from at least two schools. Seventy unimmunised children from Oratia District School were isolated in their homes for a fortnight after an eight-year-old boy was found to have contracted the highly infectious disease. Auckland Regional Public Health Service medical officer Dr Richard Hoskins said seven cases were confirmed there with two people hospitalised. A further two developed serious complications, he said. The unaffected students are due to return to school today.

A further 70 students were excluded from Epsom Girls' Grammar yesterday after a pupil - a house mate of one of the Oratia cases - contracted the illness. Parents were asked to quarantine all unimmunised children until the risk of infection has passed. They will be allowed to return to school on Tuesday next week, Dr Hoskins said. Dr Hoskins said he expected some measles cases to develop as a result but did not think it would not be as many as that in the Oratia school community. "I think the fact that we haven't got any cases outside the contact with the first wave of cases... indicates that we have a good chance of keeping this under control." It was not yet known where the latest strain had come from though there had been five cases of the disease being imported into New Zealand from other countries so far this year. Dr Hoskins reiterated that the disease was highly infectious; when epidemics did strike, most people who were not immune did become ill, he said. "It makes people very sick. It spreads easily through the air, especially from coughing and sneezing," he says.

"These latest measles cases confirm that measles is still circulating in our communities and so it's really important that children are immunised to protect them from needless suffering," he says. Vaccination was the best protection. Along with the 16 confirmed cases so far as a result of this outbreak, more than 40 cases of measles were recorded after an outbreak earlier this year. Those cases were linked to a mid-January flight from Brisbane to Auckland and were confirmed in Auckland, Hawke's Bay, Wellington and Christchurch. According to the Ministry of Health, there were 369 cases of measles in New Zealand between 2005 and 2010.

Volcano Eruption - - MultiCountries

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 12:34 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VA-20110604-31011-MLC
Date / time: 04/06/2011 20:15:23 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Eruption
Area:
Country: MultiCountries
State/County: Chile and Argentina
Location: [Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex (PCCVC)]
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: 3500 person(s)
Damage level: N/A

Description:

According to official reports in recent days, continuous seismic activity observed in the Puyehue Volcano Complex area. Based of report SERNAGEOMIN the National Disaster Management Office Pocura, Pichico, Los Venados, Contrafuerte, El Zapallo en la Regi�n de Los R�os y El Retiro, Anticura, El Caulle, Comaco Forestal, Anticura Pajaritos en la Regi�n de Los Lagos and Con una region ordered the evacuation of the population. The affected population is 700 people present. Strength of the quakes was 3.0 and 5.0 on the Richter scale, the number of quakes was 230. The eruption is expected in the next hours.

Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 09 Jul 2011 09:12 PM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110603-30996-USA
Date / time: 03/06/2011 09:58:40 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: MultiStates
Location: [States of Arizona and New Mexico]
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: 10000 person(s)
Damage level: Catastrophic

Description:

Wildfires burning through tinder-dry brush and timber lands in Arizona forced dozens of evacuations in three small communities, authorities said. The evacuation order for Paradise and East Whitetail Canyon in southeastern Arizona went out Thursday night as strong winds pushed the so called Horseshoe Two fire toward the towns, the Cochise County Sheriff's office said. The nearby Chiricahua National Monument was closed as a precaution. Earlier in the day, people living in or staying in Alpine in eastern Arizona were ordered to evacuate by evening. A shelter was set up at Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop-Lakeside. There was no exact figure on the number of evacuees. Alpine is home to about 250 people, though not all live there year-round. The Alpine blaze, known as the Wallow fire, has burned 63 square miles (40,500 acres) of forest land and is being fanned by strong winds. It's at zero containment, fire officials said. The Horseshoe Two fire has been burning for days and has charred about 135 square miles (86,000 acres) of brush and timber. Officials said it had been 75 percent contained until the winds picked up, dropping containment down to 50 percent. Paradise has about a dozen occupied homes and many other vacation residences, Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's office, told The Associated Press. East Whitetail Canyon has about a dozen homes. The U.S. Forest Service said about 800 firefighters are battling the blaze, and many are involved in protecting structures in the evacuated communities. Meanwhile, a wildfire burning in northern Arizona has threatened the closure of part of Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff, officials said. The Engineer fire has burned about 100 acres near Camp Navajo, an Army National Guard Base in Bellemont.

Nuclear Event - Asia - Japan

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 11:18 PM PDT

EDIS Number: NC-20110311-29877-JPN
Date / time: 11/03/2011 12:38:52 [UTC]
Event: Nuclear Event
Area: Asia
Country: Japan
State/County: Prefecture of Fukushima
Location: [Fukushima I. Nucelar Power Plant]
Number of Deads: 4 person(s)
Number of Injured: 38 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 2 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 240000 person(s)
Damage level: Catastrophic

Description:

Japanese authorities declared a state of nuclear emergency due to malfunctioning at the cooling system at the Fukushima 1 nucelar power plant. No radioactive leaks were reported so far. Officials said there was no immediate danger at the facility. An emergency core-cooling unit had been activated at the power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co., but without further details. All other nuclear power stations in Japan were closed following the major earthquake on Friday.

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