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22 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Biological Hazard - Asia - India
Volcano Activity - North-America - USA
Epidemic Hazard - Asia - Afghanistan
Enviroment Pollution - North-America - Canada
Fire - North-America - USA
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - Canada
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Landslide - Middle-America - Guatemala
Epidemic - Asia - India
Vehicle Incident - Asia - Singapore
Epidemic Hazard - Middle-America - Mexico
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
HAZMAT - Europe - United Kingdom
Earthquake - Asia - Uzbekistan
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA
Epidemic Hazard - Africa - Swaziland
Heat Wave - North-America - USA
Forest / Wild Fire - Europe - Spain
Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - Canada
Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland
Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland
Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland

Biological Hazard - Asia - India

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 09:59 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110721-31683-IND
Date / time: 21/07/2011 04:56:26 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Maharashtra
Location: Prakash Nagar
Number of Deads: 1 person(s)
Number of Injured: 11 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 leopard mauled 11 people as panicked villagers scrambled onto rooftops and vehicles while an alert photographer snapped some stunning images. The attack occurred Tuesday in the tightly-packed Indian slum of Prakash Nagar, when the wild cat vaulted over a short wall and into the streets. According to published reports, the adult male leopard went after villagers at random as policemen and forest guards pursued it, trying to shoot the big cat with a tranquilizer dart. Although leopards are protected in India, when the vicious animal continued its attack, villagers fought back, fatally wounding it with knives, sticks and stones, according to reports. The animal died at a veterinary clinic, Sky News reported, where a necropsy will be performed.


Volcano Activity - North-America - USA

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 08:23 PM PDT


EDIS Number: VA-20110721-31682-USA
Date / time: 21/07/2011 03:22:55 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Activity
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Alaska
Location: [Cleveland 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:

The alert level for an Alaska volcano is being raised after officials say persistent thermal anomalies have been spotted in satellite data. The Alaska Volcano Observatory on Wednesday raised the level Cleveland Volcano to advisory from unassigned. There is no real-time seismic network at the volcano, located 939 miles southwest of Anchorage on an uninhabited island. Officials are not able to track local earthquake activity related to volcanic unrest. Short-lived explosions with ash clouds or plumes exceeding 20,000 feet above sea level are frequent on Cleveland. It last showed signs of unrest last summer, with a small ash emission and lava flows on its upper flanks. The observatory says the last significant eruption of the 5,676-foot volcano began in February 2001 and eventually produced a lava flow that reached the ocean.


Epidemic Hazard - Asia - Afghanistan

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 08:22 PM PDT


EDIS Number: EH-20110721-31681-AFG
Date / time: 21/07/2011 03:21:13 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Asia
Country: Afghanistan
State/County: Province of Baghlan
Location: Baikh [Dahna-i-Ghori district]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 32 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

At least 32 wedding guests, including women and children, were poisoned in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday. Col. Noor Gul, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the incident took place in the Baikh area of Dahna-i-Ghori district in northern Baghlan province on Tuesday night. The victims, including six women and 12 children, were rushed to the hospital. "I felt dizzy and started vomiting soon after taking the wedding supper," one of the victims, Khair Mohammad, 25, said. His wife and two children were also poisoned. According to medical sources, the victims were in stable condition. The cause of poisoning, however, remains unclear. Last week, at least three people were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a wedding party in the same province. In June, at least nine people were killed after a group of gunmen attacked a wedding party in the eastern region of Afghanistan near the Pakistani border.

Enviroment Pollution - North-America - Canada

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 08:17 PM PDT

EDIS Number: ED-20110721-31680-CAN
Date / time: 21/07/2011 03:16:12 [UTC]
Event: Enviroment Pollution
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Alberta
Location: Swan Hills
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:

Another northern Alberta oil pipeline has been shut down after operator Pembina Pipeline discovered a leak in a remote area north of Swan Hills Tuesday. An estimated 1,300 barrels were released from the underground pipeline onto muskeg and into a creek before the Calgary-based company shut down the line, said Pembina spokeswoman Shawn Davis. “We detected a volume imbalance at our control centre and from that we initiated air and ground investigations,” Davis said Wednesday. “And from there we found that there was a leak. The pipeline was shut down around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday when the system showed a dip in volume, and the oil spill visually confirmed in the evening, she said. The Moosehorn gathering system was flowing an average of 5,600 barrels of oil per day prior to the incident. Pembina has arranged for shippers to move volumes by truck to near-by truck terminals, Davis said. Representatives of Alberta Environment, Sustainable Resource Development and the Energy Resources Conservation Board have been on site since early Wednesday to ensure the leak is contained and to start clean up efforts, said Darin Barter with the ERCB. “At this point we don’t know what happened,” he said. “We’re working with the company right now on pure containment and mitigation and cleanup measures.” The board also is following clean up efforts at the Plains Midstream-operated Rainbow pipeline spill which released 28,000 barrels of oil onto sensitive muskeg and into a pond near Little Buffalo in late April.

Both incidents involved pipelines which have been in operation between 30 and 50 years. However, Barter argued existing regulations and requirements should avoid aging pipelines becoming an issue. “Related to these pipeline incidents generally, I think that we are in a situation where we can’t say it’s a trend, we can’t say there is something wrong, it’s just an unfortunate series of circumstances,” Barter said. The spill likely will be immaterial to Pembina’s bottom line and have no short-term impact on producers as they are able to truck out, noted analyst Pat Kenny, with National Bank Financial. The overall trend is expected to unfold differently as maintenance expenses rise and pipeline companies adjust their tolls to cover costs, Kenny said. “They all claim to undertake these extensive maintenance programs and do the proper erosion testing and visual digs and whatnot,” he said. “But they are 50-year -old pipelines which have been experiencing some leaks over the last couple of years.” Enbridge Inc., which ships the bulk of Canadian oil exports into the United States, continues to mop up a May oil spill on its Norman Wells line in the Northwest Territories and the residue of a massive spill last July into Michigan waterways. TransCanada Inc. has faced numerous leaks at pumping stations along its Keystone oil pipeline from Alberta to Oklahoma, “All the spills we’ve experienced over the past couple of years should result in higher maintenance costs for the companies on an annual basis,” he said. “And likely that will result in higher tolls for producers.” In July 2008, a Pembina pipeline rupture spilled up to 200 barrels of sweet crude into the Red Deer River and into the popular recreational site of Gleniffer Lake. Pembina moves approximately 374,000 barrels of conventional crude per day along 8,500 kilometres of pipeline.


Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 08:15 PM PDT


EDIS Number: FR-20110721-31679-USA
Date / time: 21/07/2011 03:14:10 [UTC]
Event: Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of New York
Location: New York City [North River Wastewater Treatment Plant, Hudson River Greenway]
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:

Thousands of people were evacuated from a packed Harlem park Wednesday afternoon after an explosion triggered a roaring fire at a sewage treatment plant that spewed a 30-foot plume of fire into the air, officials said. The ferocious four-alarm blaze, which also snarled traffic on the West Side Highway, broke out in the engine room of the city's North River Wastewater Treatment plant, at 725 W. 135th St., at 11:46 a.m., an FDNY spokesman said. "There was heavy fire, heavy smoke," said FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Joseph Woznica. The cause of the fire, which raged for hours, was not immediately clear, but Woznica said that pressurized fuel helped spark a "30-foot plume of fire." Riverbank State Park, which sits on top of the plant, was evacuated as a precaution, according to the New York State Parks Department. And the West Side Highway was also temporarily shut between 125th Street and 153rd Street, NY1 said. Rachel Gordon, the regional director for the Parks Department, said that several thousand people were inside Riverbank Park at the time, including the elderly and kids going to camp. "There was overwhelming black smoke," she said. "It was quite intense." But workers sprang into action, combing through the park to usher everyone to safety. Plant employees said that they heard what sounded like an explosion, followed by an alarm telling them to evacuate. "There was a lot of smoke," said one, who did not want to give his name. "We smelled it. It was really thick smoke. We couldn't see through it."

Several workers told DNAinfo that they had been having problems with one of the engines on Tuesday. Parkgoer Jonathan Williams, 36, a contractor, was swimming in the park's pool at the time when he smelled smoke. "I was in the pool and then this black smoke started coming out," said the contractor, who had to leave his clothes behind in the rush to evacuate. "I stepped out because I take [asthma] medicine and didn’t want to get sick. "[The smoke] was high up in the air and it smelled terrible." And Patricia Vitucci, who works in PR, said that she had just stepped out of the park's cultural center, near West 145th Street, when she saw smoke. “We heard the fire alarm in the park and then we heard it on the radio," she said. "When I came out, I saw black smoke billowing." "It was in the air and spreading. It smelled like something chemical." VItucci said that there's been concern in the community about Riverbank Park's proximity to the plant. "It’s a concern with the plant here because sometimes the smoke stacks smell and you don’t know what’s going on," she said. Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, the FDNY said. DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway said that the plant was taken offline until repairs could be made. In the meantime, sewage would collect there until it could be processed.

"The plant has [5 to 7] hours storage capacity," he said. "We're not bypassing the intake to the plant." But in the event that the capacity is reached, raw sewage could flow directly into the Hudson. "At this time we don't expect any impact ot businesses or homes," he said. The North River plant was first proposed in 1914, but the Harlem location was not chosen until 1962, according to the city Department of Environmental Protection's website. The 26-acre facility started preliminary treatment of waste water in 1986, stopping the daily flow of raw sewage into the Hudson for the first time, according to DEP. The $100 million Riverbank Park, which has an Olympic-size pool, a skating rink, cultural center, 2,500-seat athletic complex and a restaurant, was a key part Harlem's agreement with the city in accepting the controversial plant. Several other neighborhoods fought against locating it in their areas. In the wake of the 2003 blackout, investigators reportedly found that a lack of working generators at the plant posed the risk for a "catastrophic explosion." The generators powered a flame that burned methane gas produced there. At the time, the DEP denied that there was a danger. Peggy Shepard, the executive director of the Upper Manhattan advocacy group WE ACT for Environmental Justice, sued the city in 1992 to try to stop the plant. "We've been concerned all along about maintenance at the North River property because its operation depends on strong maintenance and a well educated staff," she said.

Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - Canada

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 10:06 PM PDT


EDIS Number: WF-20110721-31678-CAN
Date / time: 21/07/2011 03:10:02 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Ontario
Location: [Thunder Bay, Sandy Lake and Kingfisher 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: 7000 person(s)
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

The fire situation across Northwestern Ontario remains severe. There were twenty new fires reported since yesterday. Across the province the current scope of the area covered by fires is 300,000 hectares. This is a major increase in the scope of fires and sets a new record. Evacuations of communities in the North continue. It is expected that up to 7000 people will be evacuated out of their home communities. There will be people sent, mostly through Thunder Bay to London, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Wawa, Greenstone and other communities with hundreds also expected to stay in Thunder Bay.

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse support the calls for immediate mobilization of resources by all levels of government for the safe evacuation of First Nation communities impacted by forest fires in northwestern Ontario, adding that capacity needs at the community level must be addressed to deal with immediate and long-term emergency response needs. “The safety and security of First Nation citizens and communities is of primary concern and our thoughts and prayers are with the many people affected by the devastating fires in northwestern Ontario, particularly in Nishnawbe Aski territory,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo speaking today from Vancouver, where he’s meeting with provincial and territorial leaders at a meeting of the Council of the Federation. “Too many of our people are already vulnerable and when disasters or emergencies strike, we are hit hardest. The reality is that First Nation citizens and communities are affected by these emergency events to a greater extent because of remoteness, lack of critical security infrastructure, resources and capacity. We need action on a number of fronts, including efforts by all governments to work with First Nations on effective coordination and delivery of emergency services on the short and long term. I am calling for immediate action by the federal government and also raising this issue with premiers and territorial leaders at our meeting today.”

Yesterday, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy called for the mobilization of provincial and federal resources to ensure the safe evacuation of impacted NAN members and communities. As of this afternoon, 19 NAN communities were on high alert, some of which have already been evacuated, including about 2,500 people from Sandy Lake First Nation and 265 from Kingfisher Lake First Nation. Currently First Nation citizens from NAN territory are being housed in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region, Winnipeg and Ottawa. “This situation demonstrates the difficulties associated with being a First Nation citizen and living in a remote location,” said Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse. “What is needed right now is appropriate financial resourcing, for emergency assistance, by the province and the federal government that takes into account the realities and extraordinary challenges of living in the north. This is in addition to a swift response for calls to evacuate citizens.”


Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 08:06 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110721-31677-USA
Date / time: 21/07/2011 03:05:43 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Florida
Location: [Naples coastal area]
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:

U.S. authorities are investigating what could be killing hundreds of fish and other marine animals - including sharks and manatees - which in recent days have been washing up on beaches in southwestern Florida. "High temperatures and cloudy, rainy days can spell trouble for fish in Florida's marine and freshwater habitats. These conditions can cause fish kills, which are natural occurrences that typically do not cause permanent damage to the ecosystem or to fish populations," the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. Even so, the FWC asked in a news release for cooperation from the public in monitoring the deaths of the marine life and determining if the phenomenon is spreading to natural lakes and estuaries in the area "to see if there are problems developing in an ecosystem that might require investigation or restorative measures." The bodies of the dead animals - which include eels, crabs, rays, trout, tortoises and various kinds of tropical fish - have been turning up in recent days on several Florida beaches, among them the one at Naples, which is considered to be among the most beautiful in the United States with 16 kilometers (10 miles) of sand and crystalline waters close to shore. Tests performed to date have detected the presence of two types of algae that, although they are not toxic, could have been responsible for reducing the amount of oxygen in the water to the point that it forced the animals to move toward the coast where they wound up being asphyxiated in the shallower and warmer water.

Landslide - Middle-America - Guatemala

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 07:51 PM PDT


EDIS Number: LS-20110721-31676-GTM
Date / time: 21/07/2011 02:50:54 [UTC]
Event: Landslide
Area: Middle-America
Country: Guatemala
State/County: Capital City
Location: Guatemala City
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:

Here's something you never want to hear: "That loud booming sound is coming from inside the house!" That's what one Inocenta Hernandez from Guatemala City learned after a sudden noise caused her to run outside, thinking there had been an explosion nearby. When she realized the problem was inside her home, she returned to find a gaping, three feet wide, 40 feet deep sinkhole beneath her bed. Hernandez, 65, was relieved that the damage was only to her house, and hadn't harmed her grandchildren, who had been playing near the bed. This was a little too close to home, but she couldn't have been too surprised that a sinkhole had visited her city. Guatemala City is prone to spawning giant pits, which are often caused by tropical rain storms. Sinkholes are natural depressions in the earth that can range anywhere from a few feet to hundreds of acres wide, and measure a shallow foot to 100 feet deep. A massive chasm opened up in Guatemala City back in May 2010; it swallowed up whole buildings and an intersection. No deaths were blamed on the almost perfect cylindrical crater, though. Meanwhile, a Texas-sized pit opened up in Daisetta, Texas in 2008. The sinkhole stretched 600 feet long and 150 feet wide; it sucked down a tractor, several telephone poles and an assortment of oil field equipment. Searches certainly opened up on the Web. Lookups on Yahoo! for "what is a sinkhole" and "guatemala sinkhole" and even "daisetta sinkhole" all grew in the last week.


Epidemic - Asia - India

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 07:47 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EP-20110721-31675-IND
Date / time: 21/07/2011 02:45:35 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic
Area: Asia
Country: India
State/County: State of Jammu and Kashmir
Location: [Baramulla district]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 40 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

At least three dozen children have taken ill due to the outbreak of chicken pox in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, locals said on Wednesday. The outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease- chicken pox has been recorded in Badmulla village of Narwaaw in the district over the last two months. With over three dozen cases as reported by the locals, the outbreak has triggered panic in the village with the families left to take care of their children at their houses instead of hospitals. The locals alleged that the health department demonstrated ‘callous attitude’ to deal with the disease that has gripped the children of the Village, even as the officials were informed on time. Quoting family sources, reports said at least six children identified as Adnan, son of Abdul Hameed Shekh, Tauqeer, son of Mohammad Ramzan Bhat, Zohran, son of Tashok Ahmad Bhat, Danish, son of Abdur Rashid Lone and Aqib, son of Mohammad Ramzan Lone were taken seriously ill due to the disease. Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral illness that is common in children and is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), also known as human herpes virus 3 (HHV-3), one of the eight herpes viruses known to affect humans. The infection is characterized by fever and itchy, red spots usually appearing on the chest and stomach first, and then appears in crops over the entire body. Block Medical Officer (BMO) Sheeri, Dr Mohammad Ashiq said four children have been treated by the doctors, while seven are currently being treated for the viral disease. “We have also stated education programme in the affected village. The parents have been urged not to send their wards infected with the disease to the schools,” he said.

Vehicle Incident - Asia - Singapore

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 07:32 PM PDT


EDIS Number: VIV-20110721-31674-SGP
Date / time: 21/07/2011 02:31:57 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Incident
Area: Asia
Country: Singapore
State/County: Capital City
Location: Singapore [Singapore 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:

A Qantas A380 jet made an emergency landing in Singapore after losing a part of one engine in flight. All of the passengers and crew were safe but fire engines surrounded the plane after it landed. There had been earlier erroneous reports that the plane had crashed after debris was found in Indonesia. Reports from the Batam area indicate that several large pieces of the engine fell to the ground. Qantas has grounded its six A380s while it conducts an investigation. Singapore Airlines has delayed its A380 flights while engine checks are carried out.


Epidemic Hazard - Middle-America - Mexico

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 07:29 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110721-31673-MEX
Date / time: 21/07/2011 02:25:57 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Middle-America
Country: Mexico
State/County: State of San Luis Potosi
Location: [Between Rayon and Tamasopo]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 3 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A

Description:

Three of 6 young Mexican mestizo civil engineers between 19 and 21 years of age remain hospitalized (day +8) due to a febrile illness accompanied by muscle pain and spasms following contact with bats and their guano in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The 6 engineers were reported to have been working for ICA (a private engineering company contracted by the state government of San Luis Potosi, Mexico) cleaning road gullies and drainage channels/tunnels in the highway connecting Rayon and Tamasopo (roughly 21 deg 51'50.74" N, 99 deg 29'34.09" W). 3 of the men are being attended at the Zonal General Hospital IMSS [Mexican Social Security Institute] no 2 in the state capital of San Luis Potosi and maintained in isolation. The whereabouts of the 3 other men has not been disclosed.


Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 08:23 PM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110720-31672-USA
Date / time: 20/07/2011 18:00:50 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of North Carolina
Location: [Ocracoke Island waters]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: 1 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 five-year-old girl is in critical condition after authorities say she was bitten by a shark. The National Park Service says it happened around 5:30 p.m. on Ocracoke Island, just south of ramp 72. The child was bitten on her lower right leg and foot. Authorities say she was swimming with boogie board in shallow water with her two parents. The girl was flown to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where the Park Service says she is in critical condition this morning. The Park Service says the last shark bite on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore was off Avon in 2001 when a man died from his injuries.

HAZMAT - Europe - United Kingdom

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 10:49 AM PDT

EDIS Number: HZ-20110720-31671-GBR
Date / time: 20/07/2011 17:45:00 [UTC]
Event: HAZMAT
Area: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
State/County: England
Location: Milton Keynes
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 people were evacuated, some suffering breathing difficulties, after a mysterious chemical leak at the city’s tax office on Wednesday afternoon. The city went into red alert as more than 100 police, firefighters and ambulance workers rushed to Bowback house in Silbury Boulevard. Workers had complained of an strong ammonia-like smell , causing breathing difficulties and itchy eyes. It is understood the unknown chemical was circulating through the air conditioning system. At first there were fears that a dangerous chemical had been planted into the building in a “grievance attack.” Later it was suspected the cause was natural – but experts were still struggling to identify the problem. Paramedics set up special treatment areas and 20 inland Revenue workers, 16 female and four male, were given oxygen and treated for respiratory problems.

It is understood some needed hospital treatment. The emergency services hastily rigged up a decontamination tent and shelters for frightened workers. Bowback House, which deals with tax demands for thousands of city residents, was sealed off and hundreds of people were trapped in surrounding buildings as the area was quarantined. Eyewitness Lee Knight, who works opposite in Matrix House, was told , along with his 50 colleagues, to remain in their building while tests were carried out. He said: “We were told it was a problem with the air conditioning, but we were told to remain in the building. People were taken away in ambulances. We were told that fire teams were being called in from Aylesbury and that we had to be prepared to evacuate the building quickly.” Firefighters entered the building wearing specialist breathing equipment but it is understood they were unable to identify the fumes. As the Citizen went to press, the fire service specialist detection unit arrived and searches were being carried out in the plant room area of the building. One nearby worker said: “These buildings are built in the modern way with lots of cavities and a huge amount of space in which a chemical can circulate. “It is an incredibly strange situation and I think everybody will feel easier when the fumes are identified and explained.”

A police spokesman said: “Emergency services are at the scene of an incident at the Inland Revenue offices in Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes. Staff working inside the building reported a strange smell earlier this afternoon and subsequently several people developed breathing difficulties. “The building was evacuated and a cordon has been put in place around the building. There are road closures in place to protect the public and allow the emergency services to continue working at the scene. “All three emergency services remain at the scene and investigations are ongoing to establish the cause of the incident.”


Earthquake - Asia - Uzbekistan

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 08:07 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EQ-20110720-31670-UZB
Date / time: 20/07/2011 14:02:54 [UTC]
Event: Earthquake
Area: Asia
Country: Uzbekistan
State/County: Province of Andijan
Location: [Ferghana Valley]
Number of Deads: 14 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:

At least 13 people were killed in Uzbekistan as a result of a powerful earthquake in the Ferghana valley region of Central Asia on Wednesday, the Uzbek Emergencies Ministry said in a statement. "According to preliminary data, 13 people were killed as a result of destruction to houses," the ministry said on its website. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.1 earthquake had its epicentre some 42 km (26 miles) southwest of Ferghana, a city in the east of Uzbekistan close to the Kyrgyz border.


Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 06:51 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110720-31669-USA
Date / time: 20/07/2011 13:50:56 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of New York
Location: Rochester [Finger Lakes region]
Number of Deads: 5 person(s)
Number of Injured: 10 person(s)
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 Amish farmers have been killed and 10 other people injured in a three-vehicle crash in New York's Finger Lakes region, local authorities said. Yates County Sheriff's deputies said the accident happened when the driver of a car attempted to pass a tractor and collided with a van carrying 13 Amish farmers, the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle reported Wednesday. The driver of the car, Steven Eldridge, 42, of Penn Yan was charged with five counts of criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated. Authorities said the Amish group was on a farm excursion organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension. They had stopped at a farm south of Penn Yan to learn about new technologies and were on their way to their next stop when the crash occurred at an intersection in Benton, N.Y.. Tuesday afternoon. The dead farmers were identified as Melvin Hershberger, 42; Sarah Miller, 47; Melvin Hostetler, 40; Anna Mary Byler, 60, and Elizabeth Mast, 46. A press release from the sheriff's office said Eldridge was not injured in the crash.

Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 06:45 AM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110720-31668-USA
Date / time: 20/07/2011 13:44:05 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of California
Location: [Sequoia National Forest]
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:

The Lion Fire burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness of Sequoia National Forest has grown to approximately 3,000 acres. A plume of smoke could be seen east of Porterville again Tuesday afternoon. As the fire grew over the past few days smoke settled into the Kern River Drainage at night, along Highway 395, and into the San Joaquin Valley. Forest officials have met with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and plan to work with them as they monitor the smoke impacts from the fire. Coordination with the Kern Valley and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Districts are also ongoing. Smokey conditions are likely to last over the next few months though the impacts will vary depending upon what the current weather conditions are and how many acres have burned recently. The Lion Fire is following Region 5 Leadership Intent as stated in a March 2011 Forest Service report. “Forests are highly susceptible to severe wildfire, which fragments forests, emits carbon, increases erosion rates and sedimentation, negatively affects water quality and delivery, and damages old-growth forest habitats that sustain important components of the Region’s biodiversity. Dense middle-aged forests are also more susceptible to drought stress, large-scale insect outbreaks and disease epidemics.” However, by managing this natural fire under desirable conditions, the risk of severe fires is reduced.

Evidence indicates that fire has not occurred in the area of the Lion Fire for the last 90 years. The fire was ignited July 8 by lightning. According to forest officials, each year, lightning strikes result in wildland fires that help shape the wilderness vegetation. Naturally occurring fire allows forests to be thinned, opening the canopy and allowing sunlight through which allows for the sprouting and re-growth of plants, shrubs and trees. Fire also allows for the recycling of nutrients to the soil while reducing the amount of dead, woody debris. Trail closures are in effect in and around the Lion Fire in the Golden Trout Wilderness. Those planning a trip should call the Western Divide Ranger District at 539-2607 before obtaining a wilderness permit. The fire is being monitored by 50 fire fighters.


Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - USA

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 06:42 AM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110720-31667-USA
Date / time: 20/07/2011 13:40:33 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Wyoming
Location: [About 10 miles south of Newcastle]
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 federal team has taken over management of a wildfire burning more than 8 square miles in northeast Wyoming. The Whoop Up fire is burning on federal land 10 miles south of Newcastle and has prompted the evacuation of a 14-home subdivision and two homes in South Dakota. Crews have contained about 10% of the fire. No homes have burned, but a small shed, horse trailer and a utility trailer have been destroyed. Crews are also battling with eight smaller, lightning-sparked fires in the area that range in size from less than an acre to 40 acres. Fire managers say the fire started Sunday, possibly by lightning. It's burning in steep terrain and has been fueled by hot, dry weather. Several hundred firefighters are on the scene.


Epidemic Hazard - Africa - Swaziland

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 10:03 PM PDT

EDIS Number: EH-20110720-31666-SWZ
Date / time: 20/07/2011 07:53:25 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: Africa
Country: Swaziland
State/County: Shiselweni Region
Location: [Hlatikulu and surrounding areas]
Number of Deads: 3 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:

Three pupils from different schools in the Shiselweni region died mysteriously, forcing parents to suspect an outbreak of the deadly meningitis disease. However, the ministry of health has allayed fears of the suspected outbreak in Hlatikulu and surrounding areas. The deaths were reported in the past two weeks and the children showed similar symptoms that could be linked to the disease. Such include headaches, fever and vomiting. Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Steven Shongwe advised the public not to panic as the ministry has not yet detected the disease. He said the ministry would inform the nation if there was any outbreak. He said for now, there has been no detection of meningitis outbreak through their system which he said was very up-to-date and, therefore, people should not panic. Teachers in the schools where the children went suspected meningitis. The deceased pupils are all male. Principal of Hlatikulu Central Primary school who preferred to be referred to as Mr. Dlamini, said as a lay person in health issues, he cannot say what caused the death of the boy from his school. He was quick to point out though that the boy was suffering from a headache. He said another pupil of Christ the King died last week and he showed similar symptoms but he could not say exactly what it was. Dr Shongwe said for now there were only suspicions of cholera outbreak but would inform the nation once that was confirmed.

Heat Wave - North-America - USA

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 09:48 PM PDT

EDIS Number: HT-20110720-31665-USA
Date / time: 20/07/2011 06:50:15 [UTC]
Event: Heat Wave
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Kansas
Location: Kansas City
Number of Deads: 13 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:

The brutal heat wave sizzling most of the United States this week is heading toward the East Coast starting Wednesday, bringing with it a possible heat index of more than 100 degrees, the National Weather Service said today. This will be the first deadly heat wave to hit the Bay State this year. Meteorologist Bill Deger said this week's severe heat wave is set to leave its mark in the record books, with numerous high temperature records in jeopardy as the blazing heat expands east through next weekend. Dangerous levels of heat and humidity, topping at some 100 degrees, has scorched at least 14 states from the Dakotas to Texas and eastward into the Ohio Valley during the past week. Forecasters with the National Weather Service said heat index values as high as 131 degrees were reported Sunday and excessive heat watches, warnings and heat advisories are in effect Monday and Tuesday for a large portion of the central U.S. Temperatures in many locations will exceed 90 degrees, but will feel like 100 to 110 degrees or higher with the high humidity factored in. On Monday, heat indexes felt like 120 degrees in many places across the Plains and Midwest. More than 40 states topped 90 degrees. Temperature records were tied or broken Monday across the Midwest, including Ankeny, Iowa, where the mercury hit 102 degrees.

Forecasters said that unless there is a dramatic change in weather conditions, the hot and humid weather could last until Thursday or Friday. By week's end, the mercury in the major cities could approach triple digits, the weather service says. Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski with AccuWeather said the worst of the heat and humidity will be focused across the Plains and Mississippi Valley region through the first half of the week. "The thing about this heat wave is you have the heat you have the humidity and you have no wind," said meteorologist Bernie Rayno. By the end of the week, temperatures in the Northeast will reach 100 degrees and feel hotter, AccuWeather predicted. But a cold front moving into the northern Plains should give Montana, the Dakotas and Minnesota a bit of relief. The soaring temperatures are taking its toll on many U.S. residents. Kansas City health authorities say they are investigating nine deaths that might be related to heat this year. The health department said the suspected death is a man in his early 70s.

The Kansas City Star reported that the city recorded a total of 10 heat-related deaths in the past three years. The health department also said one-third of this year's heat-related deaths has been adults ages 18 to 44, with 28 percent age 65 and older. Nearly 10 percent of the illnesses have been in children age 4 and under. In Louisiana, the Bossier Parish coroner also confirmed this week that an elderly woman was recovered from the Riverview Nursing Home in Bossier City. Dr. John Chandler said her death is currently being labeled suspicious for heat related, but remains under investigation.


Forest / Wild Fire - Europe - Spain

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 10:02 PM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110719-31637-ESP
Date / time: 19/07/2011 03:30:18 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: Europe
Country: Spain
State/County: Valencia
Location: [Millena 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:

The blaze in Millena had a front of 3 kilometres before it was brought under control on Sunday evening A forest fire, which at one point, had a front of three kilometres, has destroyed 20 hectares of land in Millena, in the north of Alicante province. The blaze broke out the near the CV-706 road which links Millena with Cocentaina at around 4pm on Sunday, and was brought under control some four hours later thanks to the rapid intervention of fire fighters, both on land and by air. Several rural brigades remained at the scene on Monday, dampening down the ground to ensure that the flames did not revive. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.


Forest / Wild Fire - North-America - Canada

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 09:08 AM PDT

EDIS Number: WF-20110719-31636-CAN
Date / time: 19/07/2011 03:28:07 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of Ontario
Location: [Greenstone, First Nation]
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: 1500 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

Nearly 1,500 people in northwestern Ontario left their homes Monday as smoke and forest fires spread through the region. Residents in First Nation communities were evacuated or were in the midst of evacuating as thick smoke from the blazes threatened their homes, fire information officer Deb MacLean said. Many were sent east to Greenstone, 250 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, while a destination for others still had to be determined. About 250 other residents were evacuated out of nearby communities last Friday, and more were put on alert. Roughly 94 fires were burning as of Monday night, MacLean said, stretching from about 100 kilometres east of Thunder Bay to the Ontario-Manitoba border in the west, the Canada-U.S. border in the south and the shores of Hudson Bay in the north. "This is definitely an escalated situation," MacLean said of this year's fire season so far, noting she hasn't seen activity this strong since the mid-1990s. A heavy lightning storm last weekend sparked more fires to the south, she said, near Kenora and Thunder Bay. Five hundred firefighters and specialists were expected to fly in from British Columbia and Saskatchewan by Wednesday, as well as aircraft from Alberta, Quebec and Newfoundland. As many as 2,000 firefighters were already on the ground in Ontario Monday, supported by 117 aircraft including 14 heavy water bombers and 80 helicopters. The hot, dry and windy weather forecast for the rest of the week, as well as the intense humidity and rough terrain, won't make things any easier, MacLean said. A travel ban is in place, she added, for a portion of Highway 599 north of Pickle Lake.


Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 11:54 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VA-20110715-31586-ISL
Date / time: 15/07/2011 13:08:09 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Activity
Area: Europe
Country: Iceland
State/County: Vatnajökull glacier
Location: [Unnamed subglacial 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:

Geophysicist Helgi Bj�rnsson said a magma intrusion caused the glacial flood from K�ldukv�slarj�kull, a part of Vatnaj�kull in southeast Iceland, on Tuesday night. It is possible that a minor eruption occurred underneath the icecap. The K�ldukv�slarj�kull flood originated in a previously unknown high-temperature geothermal area in the western part of Vatnaj�kull. Bj�rnsson explained that the magma intrusion occurred near the bottom of the glacier, possibly extending into the ice, and thus furthering glacial melt. He reasoned that it is possible that a minor sub-glacial volcanic eruption occurred, even though it didn’t penetrate the icecap, which is 300 meters thick in this area. Bj�rnsson added it is fairly likely that further seismic activity will occur in the area in the near future—the glacial flood was preceded by tremors—and therefore it should be monitored closely. Earth scientists say both recent glacial floods, from M�rdalsj�kull and Vatnaj�kull, can be explained by volcanic activity and therefore a close eye must be kept on the volcanoes that lie underneath these glaciers, even though there are no indications of imminent eruptions. Not even two months have passed since the volcanic eruption in Vatnaj�kull’s Gr�msv�tn and only one year ago the infamous Eyjafjallaj�kull erupted. Geologist Oddur Sigurdsson at the Icelandic Meteorological Office noted there has clearly been an increase in volcanic eruptions in Iceland since the mid-20th century.


Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 11:54 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.


Volcano Activity - Europe - Iceland

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 10:04 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 R�V 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 P�ll 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.

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