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24 July 2011

RSOE EDIS - Emergency and Disaster Information Events

Biological Hazard - Europe - France
Vehicle Accident - Pacific ocean - east - Micronesia
Flash Flood - Asia - Bangladesh
Flood - Africa - Ghana
Terror Attack - Europe - Norway
Snow Storm - South-America - Chile
Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA
Tornado - Australia - New Zealand
Volcano Eruption - Asia - Russia [Asia]
Vehicle Accident - Asia - China
Biological Hazard - North-America - USA
Epidemic - Asia - India
Volcano Activity - Pacific ocean - west - Vanuatu

Biological Hazard - Europe - France

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 11:31 AM PDT

EDIS Number: BH-20110722-31704-FRA
Date / time: 22/07/2011 18:29:56 [UTC]
Event: Biological Hazard
Area: Europe
Country: France
State/County: Pays de la Loire
Location: [La Baule 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:

Fears in Brittany over the health risks of toxic seaweed have been re-ignited after two wild boar were found dead on a beach and the amount of the foul-smelling green algae collected from western French shores has doubled in a year. Conservationists say that toxic seaweed has now spread to more than 200 sites along the Atlantic coast from southern Brittany to the beaches of Normandy. Bays popular with Britons from La Baule, a top summer beach destination in southern Brittany, to Granville in the Cotentin are now struggling to dispose of thousands of tons of Ulva lactuca – more commonly known as sea lettuce. Experts have warned that the algae poses a health risk as when it rots it produces hydrogen sylphide, which if trapped under a seaweed crust and suddenly released can prove as deadly as cyanide. Anses, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, has just issued guidelines for dealing with the green sludge, saying it must be picked up within 48 hours of reaching the beach before it can start producing gas. If not, in the worst cases, it can cause "loss of consciousness with cardiac arrest or coma". The seaweed has been multiplying abnormally fast due to the use of huge amounts of nitrates in intensive pig and poultry farming that seep into the region's rivers and water tables and end up in the sea. "This year, all the conditions have come together for a growth in green algae," said Alain M�nesquen, expert from the state marine laboratory Ifremer. "The sun and warmth of May have allowed them to carry out photosynthesis, then the June rains brought all the nitrates they need to develop."

By the end of June, some 25,000 square metres of seaweed had been collected from the beaches of Brittany, twice as much as the previous year. The worst affected area is Saint-Brieuc in the C�tes-d'Armor coast of Brittany, where around half of all the seaweed is washed up. Earlier this month, two wild boar were found dead on the beach at Saint-Maurice in Morieux. The beach has been barricaded off ever since, with local authorities saying they had detected dangerous pockets of gas linked to seaweed deposits. The official autopsy on the two animals found that they had died by asphyxiation due to presence of "mud in their airways" and the local government prefect insisted there was "no link" with seaweed. But Andr� Ollivro of the association, Halte aux mar�es vertes (Stop the Green Tides) said he was convinced seaweed was to blame. He said "dozens of dogs" die on this stretch of coast but nobody signals their deaths. Yesterday, he and other anti-algae activists planted a plaque on the beach at Binic near Saint-Brieuc. It was in memory of Thierry Morfoisse who died of a heart attack while transporting rotting seaweed in a lorry in 2009. An investigation is still underway into the cause of his death.

The government launched anti-toxic seaweed plan last year after a horse died from breathing in toxic fumes at the beach in Saint-Michel-en-Grève in 2009 and his rider lost consciousness. Ecologists say intensive pig and poultry farming is the main culprit. In a shock campaign to raise awareness, the group France Nature Environnement, FNE, ran a poster campaign this Spring showing a toddler in armbands paddling in a seaweed-infested beach. The poster squarely blamed intensive pig farmers, who took the group to court and lost. Beno�t Hartmann of the FNE said the only solution was a "change in the agricultural model". The huge concentration of pig and poultry farms in the region had "created nitrate emissions that hugely surpass the absorption capacity of the soil". A reduction in seaweed requires nitrate concentrations to remain at 10mg per litre at the most, say experts. They are currently at between 30 and 40mg per litre in the region's waterways.

But on July 7, President Nicolas Sarkozy visited the area and in a clear display of pre-presidential electioneering, declared it was time to stop "fundamentalist" ecologists "pointing the finger at farmers". He said the best solution for now was to step up seaweed collection and to build a factory to convert pig detritus rich in nitrates into biogas. Mr M�nesquen of Ifremer said he found this approach "astonishing". "This is backward-forward thinking that doesn't attack the source of the evil. There is no scientific reason to think that the phenomenon will stop by simply removing seaweed," he told Le Monde. Besides, he added, the biomass factory would not deal with the nitrates, it would in fact leave them in a more concentrated form. Farmers say they are making huge efforts and have cut the amount of nitrates they spray on the soil by three since 1998. "More needs to be done, but we've done a lot already," said Andr� Sergent, environmental vice president of the agricultural chamber of Finistère. "We (farmers) find it hard to understand. Brittany lives essentially from agriculture. If we enter into a logic of destruction, the young will live on what?"


Vehicle Accident - Pacific ocean - east - Micronesia

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 11:19 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110722-31703-FSM
Date / time: 22/07/2011 18:18:34 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Pacific ocean - east
Country: Micronesia
State/County:
Location: [Fanano island]
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: 15 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

The 28-foot skiff with 15 passengers, missing since Monday, has been located on the beach of an uninhabited Fanano island in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report this afternoon [Friday] that a vessel matching the description of the missing white 28-foot skiff with 15 passengers was found. A vessel leaving Ruo Island, in Chuuk State saw the vessel marooned and overturned. According to the report several people were also on shore. Ruo island was the intended destination of the missing skiff. The mariners were found alive and reportedly in good condition with food. The group consisted of six children and nine adults: 10 males and five females, ages ranging between four and 59 years old. Search assets combed an area approximately 16,200 nautical miles over a time period of 76.5 hours. Coast Guard Cutter Assateague traveled 550 miles from Guam to reach the stranded survivors, and is now making plans to assist them back to Ruo or Weno in FSM.

Sector Guam personnel used the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue system to identify commercial vessels in the area that could assist with the search. M/V H�egh Asia, a Norwegian cargo ship and M/V Southern Explorer a Panamanian ship, both participating members of the AMVER program, responded to the request for assistance. Additionally, a good samaritan vessel on its way to Guam, the M/V Islander, and local fishermen across the region assisted in the search. “U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam did not conduct this successful search alone. A search of this magnitude would not have been possible without the support of U.S. Coast Guard District 14, Coast Guard Airstation Barbers Point, the U.S. Navy, and Captain Thomas Narruhn from the Chuuk Department of Transportation. However, I am most grateful to the patron saint of communications for remote Pacific Islanders, Mr. Bruce Best from PEACESAT. He is the real hero in this case.” said Captain Thomas Sparks, Commander Sector Guam.

He added, “Without Bruce Best and his proficient use of the PEACESAT program, a long range communications network based in Guam that provides emergency information to islands without telephones or other means of communication, the boat that spotted the skiff would probably not have known to be on the lookout for it. Moreover, timely communication with these islands to confirm the status of the passengers on board this missing skiff would not have been possible.” Boaters are strongly encouraged to file a float plan, have basic lifesaving gear on board such as Personal Floatation Devices, and have a means of communications sufficient for the voyage that is being undertaken. In particular, mariners should always have on board emergency signaling devices such as day and night flares. A signaling device can even be something as simple as a mirror and can ultimately make the difference in whether you are rescued.


Flash Flood - Asia - Bangladesh

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 10:04 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FF-20110722-31702-BGD
Date / time: 22/07/2011 17:03:24 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Area: Asia
Country: Bangladesh
State/County:
Location: [Cox's Bazaar Region]
Number of Deads: 4 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: 200000 person(s)
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

At least four people were killed and more than 200,000 stranded after three days of heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides in southeastern Bangladesh, officials said today. The government's flood forecasting and warning centre said more than 49 centimetres (19 inches) of rain had pounded the worst-hit Cox's Bazaar district since Wednesday, flooding at least 200 villages in the hilly region. "One child was buried under mud due to landslide and three more people were washed away in the huge torrents of water," Cox's Bazaar chief district administrator Zainul Bari said. He said two more people were missing and more than 200,000 had been marooned by the floods, forcing 3,200 families to take shelter in schools, cyclone shelters and on high ground. Local authorities have distributed emergency relief to those most in need. Southeastern Bangladesh is prone to deadly flash floods as tens of thousands of people live in makeshift houses on deforested, muddy slopes along the hills. Earlier this month, at least 17 people died in adjoining Chittagong district from a rain-triggered landslide. At least 53 people were killed in June last year when heavy rains caused landslides and flash floods in large swathes of Cox's Bazaar district, home to the world's largest unbroken beach.


Flood - Africa - Ghana

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 09:59 AM PDT

EDIS Number: FL-20110722-31701-GHA
Date / time: 22/07/2011 16:58:33 [UTC]
Event: Flood
Area: Africa
Country: Ghana
State/County:
Location: [Eastern Region-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: N/A
Damage level: Heavy

Description:

The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has dispatched a team to the Eastern Region as more communities get flooded by rivers which have broken their banks following torrential rains. Parts of the Kade constituency have been cut off due to severe flooding. About eight communities have been flooded after the Birim River broke its banks following hours of rainfall last Monday. According to NADMO, about eight hundred people have so far been displaced by the floods. The worst affected communities include Jejeti, Anyinam, and Mampong in the Atiwa district and Osino and Juaso in the Fanteakwa district. Large tracts of farmland have also been submerged. Speaking to Citi News, the Eastern Regional NADMO coordinator, Ransford Boakye, said NADMO has been able to deal with the floods at Fanteakwa district but is struggling to deal with the floods in the Atiwa district. “As for Fanteakwa for now I think it is okay but we have torment at Atiwa District and I have just had reports from my district coordinator that parts of Kade are on the waters…and there is no movement for now”. Mr. Ransford Boakye disclosed that shelter has been provided for the affected victims adding, a team has been dispatched from Accra to the Eastern Region with mattresses and other relief items to cater for the displaced victims. In a related development, the Upper East Region is bracing for the possible spillage of the Bagre and Kompiemga dams in Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso has warned that if the rains fall consistently, there will be the need for spillage of excess water from the dams. NADMO has already issued a flood alert warning in the three northern regions in anticipation of the spillage. Last year’s spillage led to flooding in many communities in the three regions and caused extensive damage to property.

Terror Attack - Europe - Norway

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 08:54 PM PDT

EDIS Number: VW-20110722-31700-NOR
Date / time: 22/07/2011 16:53:03 [UTC]
Event: Terror Attack
Area: Europe
Country: Norway
State/County: Capital City
Location: Oslo [Govermental area]
Number of Deads: 87 person(s)
Number of Injured: 50 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:

A giant explosion rocked government buildings in Oslo, Norway, on Friday, state TV broadcaster NRK said, with at least two people confirmed dead. Several buildings are badly damaged, witnesses say, and the city is reeling. The cause of the blast remains unknown, and no one has claimed responsibility. There are conflicting reports about whether a second blast followed the first, which occurred mid-afternoon in the center of the Norwegian capital near the prime minister's office. A spokesman for Oslo police said: "There has been a bomb explosion in the government area. At least one person is dead, and a number of people are injured. We don't have the exact number yet. "We don't know if this comes from a terrorist action; we don't know yet. We don't know exactly how many explosions (there) were yet. Oslo center has been evacuated." He confirmed that Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was not in his office at the time of the blast. Hans Kristian Amundsen, state secretary of Norway, told CNN he could not confirm that the explosion had been a bomb but said it was a "very serious situation."He added: "I can confirm that the prime minister is safe; he was not at his office, and he is now working." Amundsen said the first priority was helping people still inside the affected buildings and injured people already taken to the hospital. Oslo University Hospital confirmed it had received 10 patients but could not comment on their condition.

"I am not aware whether they are major or minor injuries. We have spoken to the other hospitals in Oslo, and in total, we are sending 22 ambulances and five helicopters. We currently have no confirmation of any deaths," a hospital representative said. A spokesman for Legevakten Hospital said two casualties had been brought in, as of 4.30 p.m. local time. No word was given on their condition. Jon Martin Larsen, head of media for the Norwegian Red Cross, told CNN: "The Norwegian Red Cross has established its own crisis team and is in contact with the municipality of Oslo and the police, ready to assist with whatever they need of first aiders, rescue teams, ambulance or caretakers either in the city center or at the hospitals." Nick Soubiea, an American-Swedish tourist in Oslo, said he was less than 100 yards from the blast, which he described as deafening. "It was almost in slow motion, like a big wave that almost knocked us off our chairs," he told CNN. "It was extremely frightening." He said the streets were crowded with people trying to get away from the center of the city. "There are people running down the streets, people crying, everyone's on their cell phones calling home," he said. Linda Reinholdsen, a reporter for Norwegian state broadcaster NRK, said one explosion happened near the prime minister's office. Another hit near the Norwegian parliament, she told CNN.

Several buildings in Oslo were on fire, she said, and smoke was pouring from them. Walter Gibbs, a journalist with Reuters, said he saw eight injured people, including two or three with serious wounds and one who looked dead. Gibbs said he believes one explosion happened on an upper floor of a main government building. He said it blew out every window on the side of the building. The blast also severely damaged the Oil Ministry and left it in flames, he said. A U.S. official said it was too soon to tell what caused the explosion or whether it was a terrorist attack. The possibility of terrorism is always a concern because of the ongoing threat from al Qaeda to launch attacks in Europe, the official said. Ian Dutton, an airline pilot who arrived in Oslo on Friday, heard a powerful blast and saw the aftermath from his 28th-floor hotel room. "It rocked me out of bed," he said. Dutton, who lives in New York City, said that the scene reminded him of what he witnessed there on September 11, 2001. "Seeing the emergency response gives me that same feeling in my spine of being in someone's crosshairs," he said.

The building that sustained the explosion had a heliport on its roof and now has beams hanging from it, Dutton said. Most of the windows were blown out, and curtains were dangling. "I can see the warped metal of the building," he said. There was a line of yellow ambulances by the scene, and a police cordon kept onlookers back. "I didn't know Oslo had so many ambulances," he said. Sverre Rorvik Nilsen, a journalist with E2, said he was walking to work across the street from the prime minister's building when the explosion happened. He said the blast seemed to originate from the first floor of the lobby of the building, or perhaps from the street right outside. "This square is the most concentration of power right here, the supreme court, the prime minister's office ... and then across the street, the largest newspaper and another political department," he said. A hotel worker at Oslo's Grand Hotel, about a five-minute walk from the government building, said everyone in the hotel felt and heard the explosion, which felt like someone was shaking the entire building. "It's crazy," she said, not wanting to be identified because she is not authorized to speak to the media on behalf of the hotel. "This happens in the big world, not in Oslo. I'm shocked." Vivian Paulsen, media adviser for the Norwegian Red Cross, lives 20 minutes away from the center of Oslo in the northern outskirts of the city. She said she heard a "huge blast." "I heard the big bang, I didn't think it was anything serious. I can still see smoke coming up from the place," she said, watching from her apartment balcony. She also heard sirens and ambulances.

As for Oslo, she said what others have been saying: Events like this don't happen in the northern European capital. "There's occasional arrests of terror suspects we read about in the paper, or people planning something." CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said it was far too early to draw any conclusions on whether it was terrorism and who would carry it out. But, he said, by looking at the extent of the damage, it was plain to see the hallmarks of a major attack. Cruickshank said that in recent months, there had been increased "chatter" about Norway, which had been investigating militants suspected of being linked to al Qaeda. Norway also drew the ire of al Qaeda for publishing the controversial political cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that appeared in a Danish newspaper and sparked outrage in the militant Islamic community. The Scandinavian country also plays a part in NATO's operation in Afghanistan, and now, in Libya. Norway has been largely spared from terrorism. But last December, an attempted suicide bombing in Stockholm shocked neighboring Sweden. In July of last year, Norwegian authorities announced the arrests of three suspects in connection with an investigation into terrorist plots in New York and the United Kingdom.

The three were suspected of plotting terrorist attacks and having connections to al Qaeda, the prime minister's office said at the time. Stoltenberg, who has been prime minister since October 2005, heads a coalition government made up of the Labour Party, the Socialist Left Party and the Centre Party.


Snow Storm - South-America - Chile

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 06:58 AM PDT

EDIS Number: SS-20110722-31699-CHL
Date / time: 22/07/2011 13:54:36 [UTC]
Event: Snow Storm
Area: South-America
Country: Chile
State/County: MultiRegion
Location: [Regions de Araucania, Lonquimay]
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:

Chilean officials declared a "catastrophe" in eight municipalities Wednesday after heavy snow blanketed communities and blocked roads in what the nation's interior minister called a "white earthquake." "It has snowed more than ever," Curacautin Mayor Jorge Saquel told CNN Chile Tuesday. "This is an anomaly. ... This worries us because the meteorologists assure us that new snowstorms are coming." In the city of Lonquimay, officials said snow had piled more than 2.3 meters (7.5 feet) high. Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter on Wednesday called the situation a "white earthquake" and asked the country's military and public works officials to help citizens in some of the hardest-hit areas in the country's central Araucania region. "This storm is strong and it is likely that in the coming days we could suffer from more bad weather fronts, more heavy snowfall, that make the situation even worse," Hinzpeter said. "But of course when this occurs, our government will always be on the side of those who are suffering, using all the tools provided by our legal system." Authorities said they were sending trucks filled with food to the region, along with military helicopters to reach people in remote areas. More than 6,500 people remained isolated Wednesday in Lonquimay, a town with many living in outlying, rural areas, CNN Chile affiliate Universidad Autonoma Television reported. Earlier this week, local officials said federal assistance had not arrived quickly enough. "The settlers and people of Lonquimay are buried undered the snow. There are areas with more than 2.3 meters of snow and we have gone many days without being able to communicate with many of them," Lonquimay Mayor Guillermo Vasquez said in a statement Monday. "The emergency director promised us two bulldozers to clear the roads. We have people who are isolated. ... Touching the snow, it is like glass," Saquel told CNN Chile. "The machines and food should have arrived as soon as possible."


Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 05:38 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110722-31698-USA
Date / time: 22/07/2011 12:37:02 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of New York
Location: Junius [Interstate-90 (Finger Lakes 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: Heavy

Description:

A crash between a bus and a tractor trailer Friday left one person dead and 30 injured in upstate New York, state police said. The incident happened at about 1:20 a.m. ET on the eastbound lane of I-90, officials said, near the town of Junius in New York's Finger Lakes region. "We believe the tractor trailer struck the bus in the rear, but we do not know why that occurred," State Police Maj. Mark Koss said. The driver of the tractor trailer was killed, he said. There were 52 passengers of the bus, including 30 who were injured. Of those injured, two were in critical conditions, 15 suffered minor to serious injuries, and 13 suffered minor injuries and walked away from the crash. The investigation is ongoing, Koss said, but it appeared that the bus had pulled to the side of the road to address a mechanical issue. The tractor trailer appears to have struck it as the bus tried to get back on the road, but police don't know if the bus was in the process of entering the highway or was already in a lane, Koss said. Some of the injured were helped by a soldier who stopped his vehicle and pulled people from the bus, Koss said. Both the bus and the tractor trailer were engulfed in flames. "I'm very surprised there weren't more fatalities," Koss said. The bus belonged to Farr's Coach Lines, based in Dunnville, Ontario.

Tornado - Australia - New Zealand

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 05:36 AM PDT

EDIS Number: TO-20110722-31697-NZL
Date / time: 22/07/2011 12:35:17 [UTC]
Event: Tornado
Area: Australia
Country: New Zealand
State/County: Northland
Location: Waipu
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

A tornado in the Northland town of Waipu has destroyed caravans and sheds in its path.. Heavy rain has also caused flooding in Whangarei. Waipu chief fire officer Trevor Vaile says the tornado came off the sea and struck a property half way between Waipu and Waipu Cove at about 4.30pm on Friday. Mr Vaile says it picked up a caravan and tossed it about 50m, destroying it. He says the tornado went on to take out a shelter belt of pine trees before picking up another caravan and then destroying a third caravan and a cabin.

Mr Vaile says debris were spread across the nearby road and paddocks. He says witnesses told him the tornado was an amazing sight. "They just couldn't believe it, you know, a massive and noise from it as it came across the estuary. The most startling thing I have heard from everybody was how it picked up the swans and was the swans around." Mr Vaile says fortunately no one was injured. Heavy rain in the Whangarei area has caused a series of floods. Whangarei District Council says several traffic problems were reported, including man holes popping open. The council is advising people to take great care on the district's roads over the next few days and to avoid travelling in flooded areas. It says the downpours on Friday afternoon also caused a sewage spill at the Hatea Pump Station in Whangarei.

MetService is warning of severe weather in parts of New Zealand this weekend. It says rivers and streams could rise rapidly as a result of heavy rain in Gisborne and Hawke's Bay. Further heavy rain is expected in the Hawke's Bay ranges until early Saturday. MetService says slips and localised surface flooding are possible. It says strong to gale south easterlies have been affecting exposed areas of Taranaki, Taihape, Wanganui, Manawatu, Nelson and northern Buller. Meanwhile, snow was expected to develop on Friday night to above 400m in northern Canterbury and the southern Marlborough ranges. MetService says while snowfalls are likely to remain fairly light, driving conditions may become difficult about the higher roads. It says farm stock in higher areas may need shelter

Volcano Eruption - Asia - Russia [Asia]

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 03:21 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VE-20110722-31696-RUS
Date / time: 22/07/2011 10:20:44 [UTC]
Event: Volcano Eruption
Area: Asia
Country: Russia [Asia]
State/County: Kamchatka Peninsula (Far-East)
Location: [Kizimen 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:

Plumes of ash and hot gas jetting out of Kizimen volcano on Russian Kamchatka Peninsula have spread more than 15 km eastward as eruption continues. Giant columns of steam and ash shot up to 500 meters above the crater. Ash plumes have spread more than 15 km eastward of the volcano. Ash plumes, poisonous to human and animals, can also pose threats to aviation as fallen ash particles may cause mechanical problems and bring down airplanes. Kizimen is one of 29 active volcanoes in Kamchatka.

Vehicle Accident - Asia - China

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 03:19 AM PDT

EDIS Number: VI-20110722-31695-CHN
Date / time: 22/07/2011 10:18:56 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: Asia
Country: China
State/County: Henan Sheng
Location: Xinyang
Number of Deads: 41 person(s)
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: Heavy

Description:

An overloaded double-decker bus burst into flames on a highway in central China early Friday, killing 41 people on board and injuring six, state media said. The six passengers who managed to escape the blaze in Henan province's Xinyang city were all hospitalized, with one in critical condition. It said the sleeper coach had a 35-passenger limit but was carrying 47 people. Officials said they would have to use DNA tests to identify the bodies because they were so badly burned. It said it was unclear what caused the blaze and an investigation was under way. The Xinhua story included news photos that showed the charred bus frame stopped in a median between two highway lanes. The bunk beds were burnt down to their metal frames. Serious traffic accidents are common in China due to lax driving habits, overloaded vehicles and bad road conditions. Earlier this month, 23 people died when a speeding truck rammed into a tourist bus that was illegally stopped along a highway in central China's Hubei province.

Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 05:53 AM 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.

Epidemic - Asia - India

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 05:53 AM 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.

Volcano Activity - Pacific ocean - west - Vanuatu

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 05:52 AM 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]
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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.

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