CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 171

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“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32


By Johanna

A few definitions on judgment according to – an act or instance of judging; the ability to judge, make decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, esp. in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion: a man of sound judgment.

Famine as judgment.

2 Samuel 21:1 Justice for the Gibeonites
During David’s reign there was a famine for three successive years, so David inquired of the LORD. The LORD answered, “It is because of the blood shed by Saul and his family when he killed the Gibeonites.”

Let Father be judge.

Job 32:13 So do not claim, “We have found wisdom; let God deal with him, not man.”

There is a time set for judgment.

Psalm 75:2 “When I choose a time, I will judge fairly.

Father withheld judgment.

Psalm 78:38 Yet He was compassionate;
He atoned for [their] guilt and did not destroy [them]. He often turned His anger aside and did not unleash all His wrath.

Father is an all-seeing judge.

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good.

The Time for Wrath

By Regina

The definitions for the word Time are numerous; 64 in all according to And the one that stood out to me most as I read them was: “an appointed, fit, due, or proper instant or period: a time for sowing; the time when the sun crosses the meridian; There is a time for everything.”

As it says in the above definition as well as in the Word at Ecclesiastes 3:1 [ The Mystery of Time ] “There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven:”, in all things, there is a time for everything. Time is something that we cannot escape. It is there here and now, the past, and the future.

Never were we promised a life without pain, happiness without sadness, reward without work, or love without loss. So just as there is a proper time to plant and to sow, also there is a proper time for wrath.

Yahweh, in all His wisdom appoints the proper time for all things and this includes the time for wrath.

Ezekiel 7:12 The time has come; the day has arrived. Let the buyer not rejoice and the seller not mourn, for wrath is on all her multitude.

Daniel 8:19 and said, “I am here to tell you what will happen at the conclusion of the time of wrath, because it refers to the appointed time of the end.
Daniel 11:36 “Then the king will do whatever he wants. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god, and he will say outrageous things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, because what has been decreed will be accomplished.

Revelation 11:18 The nations were angry, but Your wrath has come. The time has come for the dead to be judged, and to give the reward to Your servants the prophets, to the saints, and to those who fear Your name, both small and great, and the time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth.

The time for wrath has come.

Present Fury

By Deborah

–noun, plural -ries.

1.unrestrained or violent anger, rage, passion, or the like

2.violence; vehemence; fierceness

3.a fierce and violent person, esp. a woman

Yahweh’s fury is expressed many times in The Word. Keeping in mind that The Word is a Jigsaw Puzzle, the pieces or scriptures fit together to provide guidance and warnings if you seek Father with a humble heart.

We are experiencing this now in the Tribulation. The events we are experiencing are indeed messages from God.

Psalm 78:49 He sent His burning anger against them: fury, indignation, and calamity— a band of deadly messengers.

Throughout the ages, Yahweh has sent His prophets to deliver messages. Many times it was a message of anger and fury. We should all listen and heed The Word of the LORD.

Isaiah 30:27 [ Annihilation of the Assyrians ] Look, Yahweh comes from far away, His anger burning and heavy with smoke. His lips are full of fury, and His tongue is like a consuming fire.

This speaks of the crafts piloted by the Lions of Zion.

Isaiah 66:15 Look, the LORD will come with fire — His chariots are like the whirlwind — to execute His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire.

Father uses nature to express and bring about Her condemnation of the unfaithful.

Ezekiel 13:13 “So this is what the Lord GOD says: I will release a windstorm in My wrath. Torrential rain will come in My anger, and hailstones [will fall] in destructive fury.

Each of us has no one to blame but ourselves for our conduct.

Ezekiel 22:31 So I have poured out My indignation on them and consumed them with the fire of My fury. I have brought their actions down on their own heads.” [This is] the declaration of the Lord GOD.

We would like to announce the arrival of Book Two, the continuation of Chosen: End Times Truths Revealed.

Book Two starts where the first book left off and includes accounts from ministers Regina, Johanna, Deborah, and Elisha, describing their individual journeys and experiences in their service to Yahweh and Christ over the past several years in autobiographical form.

It is available in .pdf form for free via and will be updated monthly.

The Journey Continues

Below is a sneak-peek of each of the books included in Chosen, Book Two


There are many days in which I feel as though I must stop and focus and just try to get through the next 24 hours, some days even just the next hour, and then that day passes and the next arrives and passes, and arrives until all of a sudden a year has passed, and then two and four and now five. It’s odd how time can seem to pass so slowly and quickly at the same time. Many of these days, the good and the not-so-good, I will recount here and many have receded to the deeper recesses of my mind but what I’m able to remember, I share with you here honestly and openly…


On October 2nd or 3rd of 2005, I was on this website were there were camera’s placed through out peoples homes who claimed that they were being haunted. I have always liked supernatural things. I believed in ghost, angels and demons. I started talking to this woman and asked her how she see’s the things that she does. I also told her that I believed in spirit guides. She told me that she couldn’t help me with the guides but that she knew of a website where I could find some answers. She sent me the link to a forum by the name of “Beyond This World”. After looking at a few things and noticing that they had psychic exercises I decided to sign up to become a member…


Word came to us toward the end of May 2010 that we were to begin documenting our experiences ending where Chosen left off. Each Minister is to produce a “book” of our own that will be incorporated into Chosen. Its a little daunting to say the least. I have not been journaling as Regina has been (it isn’t something I naturally do). Also, I actually do not have a very good memory. But I trust that those things that Father wishes us to recall we will. We have been guided by Michael to read the book of ACTS to guide us. It seems to focus on events that show times of strong guidance from/interactions with Holy Spirit…


In 2006, I was able to reconnect with a long time friend. I found out she had co-authored a book. Considering how we had grown up together I was interested in the fact that she had written one and wanted to read it myself. She, Regina, sent me the book and some more details about it. I found out it was a lot to take in and did so in baby steps with much prayer and guidance from Father. I was blessed to freely ask any question of Regina and felt comfortable in doing so. I read the book with an open mind and while some of it confirmed my deepest suspicions other information provided was such an eye-opener…

Nourishment from the Throne

“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Christian Conduct – Part Two

Alderra: Joe, Thank you for the information on conduct.

I have a question for you.

The scripture at 2 Corinthians 4:4

“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

Consider the words used here



unable to see

unable to understand

How can one preach to such persons who do not believe, see or understand? How can their conduct be accurately described as “free will” if they do not understand that their situation is preventing them from seeing?

In my former affiliation, it was easy to dismiss those that did not believe as simply “goats” – I mean, it didn’t matter what their circumstances were, they were simply goats because they didn’t believe.

Is this perhaps why the veil might be lifted, so that those who don’t see or understand can at last see and understand and then make their freewill choice as to whom they want to serve – Satan or Yahweh.

Perhaps this is what is referred to as the 11th hour worker, that right up to and including the beginning of the tribulation, those who were blind can now see and make a conscious decision.

Joe: You are correct The lifting of the veil is to reveal the other side. And in doing so it speaks truth of the situation mankind finds themselves in. Then they can see accurately what is going on.

Luke 22:53 “Every day while I was with you in the temple complex, you never laid a hand on Me. But this is your hour —and the dominion of darkness.”

Satan had his hour. Soon our Mother will have Her hour also. Whatever is to do with Her is to do with Her’s and Christ’s flock.

The eleventh hour of grace is symbolically entwined within the Word:

Luke 24:32-34 “So they said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts ablaze within us while He was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?”

That very hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and those with them gathered together, who said, “The Lord has certainly been raised, and has appeared to Simon!”

“talking with us on the road” is symbolic of the path to the kingdom. Who do you find on the path that is your example? It is of course our Lord the Christ Jesus. The Word is the Living Word or mind-set of Christ and our Mother Yahweh. In effect, it is alive. It is a heart motivator for those that accept the truth with an open and loving heart, and a closed topic to those that refuse to accept it. The question is: Will they change their attitude or ill mind-set when Christ reveals himself at the lifting of the veil, and exposes Satan’s presence to the masses?” The eleventh hour as a revelation is symbolic of this: “That very hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and those with them gathered together, who said, “The Lord has certainly been raised, and has appeared to Simon!” The eleventh hour is composed of those that are faithful (symbolic of “They found the Eleven”), like this ministry, and others spread out around this planet, “and those with them gathered together. ” Those with them are actually all those on this earth that will see the revelation. Everyone on this planet will then know in their hearts that “”The Lord has certainly been raised,” and it will then be a determination of the heart. And on the “Eleven,” please keep in mind that they are minus being complete at that time. 12 plus Christ makes the complete number in symbolism. So, one must be added to the equation.

John 11:9 “Aren’t there 12 hours in a day?” Jesus answered. “If anyone walks during the day, he doesn’t stumble, because he sees the light of this world”

That one is the symbolism of “the light of this world” that being Christ, lighting the Way to those given the opportunity to see what was hidden and then quickly make a decision, just like those that pass over. They see and realize this is truth, so at that time a decision of the heart must be made.

The message will be: John 4:23 “But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father ”

A double meaning. The hour has already been in progress for this ministry. But an hour is also coming for those yet in the dark. So, our Mother Yahweh whom is also our Father “wants such people to worship Him.” As Jesus taught by not only words, but also action, this set an example of what he would do in the end times. Revealing the expulsion of Satanic influences over the people that took note of him, and even raising those deceased that did not yet know him. So, people of this world are generally dead in the sense that unless they alter their thinking and inner feelings to comply with Christ’s Ruler-ship, they remain dead in his eyes and our Mother’s eyes at the Eleventh hour. However, the fact that he raised from death those that had not yet come to know him corresponds with those that pass over and and are given the opportunity to hear the truth and make a free will decision one way or the other. In further symbolism, those of the Eleventh hour that accept the truth, they are compared to those that also then cross over from death to life.

John 5:25 “I assure you: An hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”

Mother is the One that actually gives life, so hearing Christ’s voice the Eleventh hour is what can bring them over to Mother’s family and can live without experiencing the wrath of Mother’s judgment for the remainder of mankind.

The symbolism of the Word is deep and well hidden, but as your mind opens up to the things interconnected, you come to realize that all is finely threaded together like the garment Christ is girded within. That garment is the TRUTH. For example, Mary his earth Mother represents Yahweh. Here is part of the puzzle:

John 19:27 Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”

Christ’s disciples are taught that Yahweh is also a woman. She gave birth to Christ the same way Mary did. Without aid of another father, because Mother is also Father. Mary’s human vessel served to make Jesus human in the Jewish line of decent, but Yahweh gave him hack all of his original attributes he possessed in Heaven. Therefore Christ entered the Adamic line, but at his reanimation he was restore with the second half he had had in Heaven, which was his spiritual body. He was no longer of Jewish decent because that former trait of mankind that was necessary to fulfill the sacrifice also died with his human vessel on the Cross of Salvation. He had passed into death as a perfect Jewish descendant of mankind, and was raised back to life as not only Michael the Word, but also the Anointed King Christ Jesus chosen by his original Mother.

When working out the jigsaw puzzle, you must have a broad knowledge of the Word. For example, we learned, and therefore we know Christ is the Shepherd of all of Mother Yahweh’s flock. So, we look for the puzzle pieces:

Genesis 4:2 “Then she also gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel became a shepherd of a flock, but Cain cultivated the land.”

Here, Able represents Jesus Christ. If I break the code it goes like this: ” Then Mary also gave birth to his brother Jesus. Now Jesus became a shepherd of a flock, but Dawn cultivated the land.”

“cultivate >verb 1 prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening. 2 raise or grow (plants or crops). 3 grow or maintain (living cells or tissue) in an artificial medium containing nutrients. 4 try to acquire or develop (a quality or skill). 5 try to win the friendship or favor of. 6 [cultivated] refined and well educated.
-DERIVATIVES cultivable >adjective cultivatable >adjective cultivation >noun.”
-ORIGIN Latin cultivare, from cultiva terra ‘arable land’.

Dawn prepared to use Mother’s property (the earth) for growing his own crop in his own garden – verses the Sacred Garden of Eden – the crop being mankind. Then, they cause the fall of many of his brethren from Heaven by having them materialize in the pre-flood era, so: “grow or maintain (living cells or tissue) in an artificial medium containing nutrients” The fallen angels bodies were counterfeit, and therefore they were considered artificial even though they flourished by taking in essential nutrients for their foreign flesh. They were considered freaks by Mother because they were not of the Adamic line She started humankind off as. However, and most importantly, other flesh can exist, so they flourishes just like the animal kingdom because they are not humans either, and neither were those fallen angels. To be human one must be complete in the creation process that involved making Adam from the dust of this planet, and they simply put on flesh and blood clothing over their spirit bodies. This was an abomination in Mother’s sight, and She considered them the same as if they were from the animal kingdom, because She compares them to beasts:

Job 41:34 “He surveys everything that is haughty; he is king over all the proud beasts.”

From there, you can puzzle together that Satan is proud, and is called a dragon and serpent – both meaning a proud beast. No less are the other fallen angels considered in the same way:

Daniel 7:12 “As for the rest of the beasts, their authority to rule was removed, but an extension of life was granted to them for a certain period of time.”

At Armageddon their authority to serve as rulers under Satan will be terminated, but at the end of the Millennium they will be reanimated – “an extension of life was granted to them” and Satan as well,”for a certain period of time.” That will be the final test of having tempters. Please note that they are granted life for a predetermined length of time. This part of the puzzle ties in with Revelation 20:7 “[ Satanic Rebellion Crushed ] When the 1,000 years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth,”

“4” also represents squared justice. So, squared justice will be brought to the entire earth to rid the final rebels from creation.

Jeremiah 8:20 “Harvest has passed, summer has ended, but we have not been saved.”

The harvest is the Rapture. The end of summer is the opportune time that was being given, as is at present, but will soon end. Those that realize they have not been saved, they stand a second chance to be redeemed.It is Mother’s final attempt at giving the stragglers a chance at Salvation. But there are no guarantees, and is why the first Rapture is so very important. Any stragglers must be found if they are to be uprooted and survive through an in-gathering:

Exodus 23:16 “Also [observe] the Festival of Harvest with the first-fruits of your produce from what you sow in the field, and [observe] the Festival of In-gathering at the end of the year, when you gather your produce from the field.”

Festival of Harvest signifies the first Rapture. The end of the year signifies the final gathering of any mandrakes. The mandrakes are the ones that are uprooted from Satan’s empire by giving up Satan’s bad medicine (lies) and magic (mixed with deception) he had used to entrap them and keep them blinded.

mandrake >noun a plant with a forked fleshy root supposedly resembling the human form, used in herbal medicine and magic.
-ORIGIN Latin mandragora; the form mandrake developed by association with man, because of the forked shape of the root (formerly believed to shriek when pulled from the earth), and with drake in its Old English sense ‘dragon’.

Genesis 30:14 “Reuben went out during the wheat harvest and found some mandrakes in the field. When he brought them to his mother Leah, Rachel asked, “Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.”

During the first Rapture the mandrakes will be sought for later removal if they accept Christ and are of good heart. They are the ones that are like the fallen angels that resembled humans in their form they took on. They will be given the opportunity to be uprooted from this dying world and receive Salvation, but the time for uprooting could run short, so there’s no guarantee you will receive the second Rapture. “”Please give me some of your son’s mandrakes.” Some will undoubtedly make it, but “some” is not all. These mandrakes are people you all might personally know children, and you feel if they saw the veil lifted they would believe and become uprooted from Satan’s clan. They could become a small harvest of new wheat, or they might remain chaff. Only time will tell.

This is also a tie-in with the other I’ve already shared.

Jeremiah 50:6 “My people are lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray, guiding them the wrong way in the mountains. They have wandered from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place.”

Luke 15:6 “and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’?

Lifting the Veil

Learning How to See and Decipher Spiritual Photos

The Hives of Creation Part One

Joe: Children, this thread will teach you about the hives of creation. Mother’s hive that has many offshoots on other branches throughout the expanse, because the expanse contains the heavens. And the hive of Satan that also has its other branches connected to his own tree trunk.

To understand how the hive concept works, you must understand how spirits function.

The Gang-Effect

It will be done mostly in pictorial form. This pic I’m about to post, it is comprised of many small spirits that are casting in a ganged effect to create the faces and other things, such as writing that is manifested by both sides in the spirit realm. In this pic, converts are forming the casts. The shots are taken from the TV of a ghost hunter trio that are on the Travel channel. We chose it at random, but it should prove a good learning experience. I have not yet marked the smaller gang of spirits that form the larger casts. But in nearly all casts by either side, this is the normal way it is done. The reason will be revealed in the posted pics. I will be back on another time with marked pics of the gang of spirits that composed these casts. You are free to mark and post what you also see. But the lesson is to learn to see the many small spirits that make up the conglomerate of the casts that are manifested. Look beyond the faces and lettering and all else they cast to see who is creating the visual effects.





I marked some of the larger casts, because that is what stands out, and is what is meant to be conveyed. But how it’s done in unity like bees of a hive that are working together, this is the key to understanding the unities of the spirit realm, regardless of which side spirits are on. They – both sides – work in a unified swarm of activities for their own respective hives.

I’ll be back another time to show you the smaller spirits.

Of a number of messages cast, one was directed to demons who were also watching the converts and responded with a visual message back to them. I’ve not tried to decipher all of the messages. Next time I post we will be looking at the gang-effect on crops of this pic.


Here it is reversed:


Altered to Sepia in color for easy identification of casts:


Here it is sharpened children with the RELIEF setting. This brings the lettering to the surface and makes it more defined:



I thought I might make mention of this before I work on the crops. In the episode the pics were taken from, the ghost hunters had a device that was used to allow the spirits to audibly communicate back to them on questions they asked. The device went through a number of radio wave frequencies that the spirits utilized to communicate a single sentence by utilizing that technology. That was the gang-effect in operation. The sentence was actually a composite of a group of converts or demons, or combination thereof that put that sentence together. Each spirit chose an individual frequency to resonate the words that were appearing to be spoken over that unique device. It works on the same principle that spirits resonate off of of other sounds. Like an air conditioner that’s running, or even running water. Anything that makes a sound can be used to resonate their voices. As that device went from frequency to frequency to different radio stations, the spirits resonated off the sounds generated. To experience what the device did, all you need do is take any radio and quickly turn the dial through the stations. Since each station is off a degree or more on each of the frequencies it enables the positioning of each one on the air waves. The air waves are part of the natural order, and spirits make use of all of the natural order.

Signs From Above

“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27

Interesting videos of UFO Activity in North America

Interesting Videos of UFO Activity in Europe

Live Web Cam Shuts Down, Leaves Up Photo of Giant ‘UFO’ on Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano

Interesting Videos of UFO Activity in Russia and Australia

Most remarkable UFO sightings in December 2010

Signs Down Below

But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Your Medicare taxes won’t cover what you’ll cost

Oil’s surge in 2010 paves the way for $4 gasoline

The Shadow Banking System: A Third Of All The Wealth In The World Is Held In Offshore Banks


US dollar seen rising in 2011 after rough 2010

Signs in Humanity

Man Arrested at Miami Airport After Bullet Parts Found in Bag

Man, 92, Tied Up During Home Robbery, Chews Through Tape To Free Himself

All Hostages Freed in Texas Bank Standoff

Daughter, wife of AZ official accused in sex case

Teens Accused of Sex Crimes at House Party


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Signs in Natural Disasters

“You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:6-7


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A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the western Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, triggering a small tsunami exactly six years after giant waves killed 220,000 people around the Indian Ocean. The shallow quake generated a tsunami, but it cancelled a regional warning after the wave measured only 15 centimetres (six inches) higher than normal in Vanuatu. The quake struck at 12:16 am on Sunday (1316 GMT Saturday), and the initial tsunami warning covered Vanuatu, Fiji and the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia. There were no reports of damage or casualties. At least a dozen aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 or greater hit the area in the hours after the main tremor.

Vanuatu, which lies between Fiji and Australia and north of New Zealand, is part of the “Pacific Ring of Fire” – an ocean-wide area alive with seismic and volcanic activity caused by the grinding of enormous tectonic lates. Sunday’s quake came on the sixth anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters of modern times, when a huge tsunami triggered by an undersea quake off Indonesia killed more than 220,000 people around the Indian Ocean. In August, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake off Vanuatu generated a small tsunami and sent thousands of frightened people running for the hills. In September last year, Samoa in the Pacific suffered its worst natural disaster when three rapid-fire quakes of up to 8.1 magnitude unleashed waves as high as 15 metres (50 feet) that flattened villages and tourist resorts. The seismic catastrophe claimed 143 lives in Samoa, 34 in the US-administered territory of American Samoa and another nine in Tonga. Vanuatu lies between Australia and Fiji and has a population of 220,000 scattered across several islands.

NEW ZEALAND – A series of strong aftershocks from a September earthquake has rattled Christchurch in New Zealand on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The most powerful tremor was 4.9 magnitude and its impact was magnified by its proximity to the city centre. Buildings were damaged, power supplies temporarily cut and a large shopping centre was evacuated. The city of 370,000 people was hit by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake three months ago, causing widespread destruction. Two people were seriously injured in that quake, and older buildings including some landmarks were destroyed. Scientists say the tremors which continue to shake the area are related to the September quake and warn they could continue for some time. On Saturday, a 7.3 magnitude quake struck under the sea off Vanuatu, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

Correspondents say it was a remarkable stroke of luck that no-one was hurt in Sunday’s tremor. It struck at 1030 (2130 Saturday GMT) within 5km (three miles) of Christchurch at a depth of 12km. Shop fronts were shattered and in some places masonry could be seen littering the streets. Large parts of the central business district were cordoned off as police assessed damage to buildings. “To witness that first hand, it really scared the living daylights out of me. Buildings were exploding, and I thought it was glass but it was rock!”

ALASKA – A series of temblors has struck near an earthquake-prone region in the Aleutian Islands. The quakes all struck on Saturday and all were centered 30 to 50 miles off Adak Island, about 1,200 miles west of Anchorage. A 5.3-magnitude quake struck 11:45 a.m. That was followed by a 5.2-magnitude temblor at 12:20 p.m., and a 5.0 at 8:32 p.m. A smaller 3.3 quake also hit 60 miles south of Atka in the afternoon. The region is frequently hit by quakes, but monitoring agencies say they rarely receive reports of anyone feeling them.

NEW ZEALAND – Latest shaking worse than the big quake. As engineers continue to assess the damage caused by the latest swarm of aftershocks to hit Christchurch, it has been revealed that shaking in the central city caused by the biggest tremor in the swarm exceeded the devastating September 4 quake. The largest aftershock measuring magnitude 4.9 shook the city at 10.30am on Sunday, causing Boxing Day shoppers to flee as bricks and mortar crashed from buildings. Around two dozen aftershocks were felt within the space of 36 hours.

Strong motion sensors at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. showed that peak ground movements – from side to side or up and down – during Sunday’s quake reached 48% of the acceleration of gravity. This compares with the shaking recorded during the magnitude 7.1 quake on September 4, where peak ground acceleration levels recorded in the cental city reached between 15% and 20%. The reason there had been more damage in the September 4 quake was because the shaking lasted longer.

Southern California quake swarm increasing – Earthquakes are increasing again near the Salton Sea. The area has had a lull in quakes for quite a while, however it is becoming active again. Two near magnitude four quake struck the area on Monday. These quakes were in a known seismic zone, near the San Andreas Fault.

Indiana earthquake strikes in RARE location – Thursday’s 3.8 earthquake was felt in four states beyond Indiana. At Indiana University’s Seismic Station, the phones were ringing off the hook. It’s an earthquake scientists describe as RARE, UNUSUAL and UNPRECEDENTED as far as its location in Indiana. Scientists say vibrations continued for 13 minutes. Although the quake was originally reported as 4.2 magnitude, the US Geological Survey downgraded it to a 3.8. Scientists say that’s because more information came in from recording stations around the world. Indiana has had earthquakes in the past, the most recent in April 2008. But most of them over the years have been centered around the Wabash Valley fault in southwestern Indiana. This time the location is rare. It’s only the third earthquake of note to hit north of Indianapolis in 175 years. Scientists scoured their maps for fault lines nearby and say it was likely triggered by the Sharpsville fault, a little-known fault Near Kokomo.

“We know so little about it simply because it’s deep within the earth and we haven’t experienced any seismic in this part of the state in our historic records. This earthquake was in an area with relatively low previous seismic activity. It’s kind-of a reminder that earthquakes can happen almost anywhere in the midwest and every once in awhile they surprise us.” Although there are no injuries reported and no significant damage, the Geological Survey has been in touch with the US Department of Transportation. They will likely want to check overpasses and bridges to make sure there is no danger there.

Indiana earthquake causes cornfield to crack – An earthquake below the ground left a couple with a cracked cornfield and rattled nerves. The couple live in a rural area 5 miles east of Greentown — near the 3.8 magnitude quake’s epicenter — and were milling about in their 1920s farmhouse this morning. They heard what sounded like an explosion. “I thought the whole house was going to blow up. It shook. It just shook and shook, and it scared me. I thought the house was going to go in.” Experts say the area that was hit was an unprecedented site for seismic activity. But he experienced a quake before in the same town when he was a teenager. He said there’s a fault line that runs under the field. The couple’s residence is north of U.S. 35 almost halfway between Kokomo and Gas City.


RUSSIA – Karymsky volcano erupted on Sunday, spewing out hot ash clouds rising up to 4.3 kilometers (2.67 miles) high. Karymsky – which is located in the country’s Kamchatka Penninsula – is the most active volcano of the region’s eastern volcanic zone. Twenty-nine of the over 150 volcanoes in the region are active. In 1996, Karymsky’s activity drastically increased and continues with periodic eruptions until the present. Around 20 tremors in the vicinity of the volcano were felt in the past day. Despite the eruption, there is no immediate threat to local residents or air traffic.

Volcano after volcano erupted in 2010. Take a look back at some of the best photos.


Cook Islands – population 19,000, in the South Pacific, northeast of New Zealand are experiencing climate change. Waves from sea surges are now breaking in front of homes and on roadways; More frequent and more powerful typhoons have destroyed or damaged many island buildings and scoured away beaches; The 15-island nation’s first-ever water rationing occurred last year; Soil erosion from unprecedented flooding has been harming fish populations; and Rising water temperatures are killing parts of the coral reef which provide fish with food and shelter. “In the islands, there is a lot of fear among the people.That these things are happening, and the frequency and consistency of them.” Anxiety is shared throughout island nations and in low-lying countries like Bangladesh, as they begin to cope with the effects of 1.8 degree F rise in average global temperatures in the 20th century.

Cook Island leaders are working to adapt to changing weather and sea conditions. Still, after witnessing increasing number of devastating cyclones in recent years that destroyed and damaged many structures and beaches in the Cook Islands, it’s not certain how easily the country can adapt. “If the current weather we’re experiencing now is going to continue for the next 20 years, it doesn’t look very bright for the small island nations.”


MONTANA – 12/25/10 – A rumbling sound followed by an earth-shattering boom and flash of light over Troy caused concerned locals to dial 911 at 8:07 on Christmas night. As of Monday, there had been no confirmed explanation for the phenomenon that shook houses in all ends of Troy proper and was heard three miles south of town.

“There have been a lot of different theories, but no one theory seems to fit the bill. Sounds like whatever it was was right over the top of Troy.” A meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Missoula said it is possible Troy witnessed its own personal Christmas meteor. “Meteors definitely generate a lot of light and heat. If they are low enough in the atmosphere you can definitely hear those bangs.”

Two people in a home witnessed the light that accompanied the blast. One person described seeing a flash through a curtained window as though from the lights of an emergency response vehicle outside the house. “The other person was looking out the big picture window when it happened. It looked like somebody set off a camera flash in the sky.”

Three people were outside their house about three miles south of town. They didn’t witness the light, but the noise was so startling that it caused their horses to take off. “They have guns and fireworks go off next to them and they don’t even snort, but this caused our horses to bolt through the electric fence.” Seconds before the blast, the three could hear a sizzling sound, and they had thought maybe a power box was going out. A police officer who was on duty at the time also heard something in the seconds leading up to the blast. “It sounded like something roaring through the valley, like a train approaching, but quicker and louder.” One powerful blast echoed through the valley. From inside his home,a resident heard a rumbling boom like thunder. Others, including the Chief of Police, described the sound as three booms in rapid succession. “It sounded like someone took their fist and just went bang, bang, bang on the outside of my house.” They immediately searched the area, looking for signs of a car accident, the remnants of a sparkler bomb or a blown-up electrical transformer. They found nothing. A jet flying overhead and breaking the sound barrier could explain the boom, but not the flash of light. It appeared too powerful to be a bomb or fireworks, officials agreed. “The more I think about it, it seemed like a lightning flash followed by a thunderclap. Of course, it was 25 degrees out and no clouds out that night that I saw.”


AUSTRALIA – A category one cyclone crossed the far north Queensland coast, bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 105 kilometres an hour. Rainfall of about 100 millimetres was been recorded in the space of an hour. Forecasters say the winds dropped in intensity as Cyclone Tasha crossed the coast, and heavy rain is now the main concern. Hundreds of emergency workers and volunteers in Queensland put their Christmas plans on hold to prepare for the cyclone. A severe weather warning was been issued for much of the state. Flooding is causing major problems in many parts of the state, cutting off some roads and rural communities.

More rain forecast for Qld’s sodden tropical north – North Queensland will have a brief reprieve from torrential rain this evening as ex-tropical cyclone Tasha bears down on the south-east corner. Torrential rain lashed Queensland’s far north and central coast yesterday, even after tropical Cyclone Tasha ran out of puff between Cairns and Innisfail early in the morning. The category one cyclone was quickly downgraded to a low after it hit land just south of Cairns, but a low pressure system delivered a torrential downpour to areas from Cairns to Rockhampton, causing widespread flooding. About 7000 properties lost power, the roof was ripped off a house at Mission Beach, and the State Emergency Service responded to more than 150 calls for help, in addition to 417 calls throughout the state on Christmas Eve.

The heaviest falls were recorded near Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton yesterday. The Goldsborough Valley, south of Cairns, has received 279 millimetres of rain in the past 48 hours, while Corsis cattle station has received 277 millimetres and Topaz station has received 276 millimetres. Thunderstorms will continue to plague the state’s north during the holiday period. ‘‘Without the low pressure system at work conditions will revert back to seasonal thunderstorms and showers in the north.” The rain will continue to cause minimal flooding in the already sodden region. Brisbane is expected to be hit with torrential rain overnight.

It is unlikely that a third monsoonal low brewing off the Queensland coast will develop into a tropical cyclone. The low pressure system will deliver more rain, but will not have time to intensify to form a cyclone. “It hasn’t quite formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria at the moment, but it will become more obvious on Tuesday. It doesn’t look like a major threat at the moment, unless something happens at the very end there.” The chance of a second cyclone crossing the coast before the new year is less than five per cent. However the tropical low will continue to lash the state’s waterlogged north and central coast this week. The bureau has issued a severe weather warning for coastal areas between Mackay and the New South Wales border.

AUSTRALIA – A tropical cyclone is expected to develop off Western Australia’s northwest coast on New Year’s Day. A tropical low over the Northern Territory was likely to move west then offshore and may develop into a cyclone tomorrow or New Year’s Day off the Pilbara coast after moving quickly west southwest. Heavy rain could be expected in the north Kimberley over the next two days.

“We’re not anticipating at this stage a severe tropical cyclone. But people need to be aware, particularly over the holiday time.” Gales may develop along the Pilbara coast on Saturday as the system moves along the coast but it was unlikely to cause flooding in the Kimberley or Pilbara because of its steady movement.

Cyclone on the horizon – Floods devastating large areas of Australia’s Queensland state will worsen in the coming days, with more damage expected across the continent due the rains from the cyclone. Heavy rains and flooding in central Queensland have cut coal production and exports from the region. The floods have forced many of the biggest miners including BHP Billiton Ltd., Rio Tinto Ltd. and Anglo American PLC to stop production and cancel deliveries. Oil and iron-ore facilities on the northwest coast scrambled to shut down ahead of the tropical cyclone due over the weekend.


AUSTRALIA – The federal government has been asked to send in Black Hawk helicopters to help rescue people from the flooded inland town of Theodore. Authorities were struggling with the task of evacuating most of Theodore’s 300-plus population after flood waters from the Dawson River covered most of the town. The town’s airport was closed due to tarmac damage. The scale of Queensland’s flood crisis was slowly revealing itself, with 1000 people across the state in need of emergency housing.

People in Brisbane are being urged to prepare for possible flooding as wild weather continues to plague the state. Brisbane City Council issued a warning to residents late on Monday, with more rain predicted for the coming days. Sandbags are being offered to those in low-lying areas and the council is also advising that possessions and equipment be moved off the ground. It also recommends downloading a flood map for their suburb from to see how individual properties may be affected. “More rain (is) expected overnight and tomorrow to already sodden catchments.” Localised flooding has occurred over the past few days on a number of roads across Brisbane, many of which remain affected. At least three people were rescued from trapped vehicles across the state within a matter of hours on Monday night. There have also been instances of retaining and rock walls on private property failing because of the saturated ground. Flash-flooding is affecting a large swathe of central, southeast and southwest Queensland and a severe weather warning remains in place, with heavy falls expected to drench southern and inland areas over the next few days. The immediate concern is for Chinchilla in the state’s southwest, Dalby, Warwick and further north at Theodore and Rockhampton in central Queensland. Residents in some of those rural areas are on evacuation alert and towns have been cut off by near record-breaking flood levels.

Floodwaters have inundated businesses in Chinchilla, with the Queensland town braced for what could be its WORST FLOOD IN MORE THAN A CENTURY.

AUSTRALIA – More Queenslanders are fleeing their homes as the state’s flood crisis continues, with two new disaster areas declared today. Evacuations are underway in the inland town of Emerald, west of Rockhampton, and in the coastal city of Bundaberg. While the rain has eased, river levels continue to rise in many locations as the deluge that’s hit southern and central Queensland makes its way towards the sea.

Downstream communities, particularly Bundaberg and Rockhampton, face days of uncertainty. Many residents have already left low lying areas as the city braces for the HIGHEST FLOOD PEAK IN 50 YEARS. The Burnett River is expected to reach 7.5 metres later today, well above the 1954 record of 7.2m.

Residents are also being evacuated from low lying parts of Emerald after the Department of Community Safety said flood levels would equal or exceed those seen in 2008. The January 2008 floods saw 2700 people evacuated and left a damage bill of more than $50 million. The Nogoa River, which flows through Emerald, is at major flood levels and is expected to peak on Friday about 0.3 metres higher than the 2008 flood, which reached 15.36 metres. Fairbairn Dam was expected to peak overnight tomorrow. “In 2008, the water was coming over the spillway at Fairbairn Dam at 4.4 metres. This time you’re looking at five metres. But it can handle 10 to 12 metres. So there’s no risk to the dam itself.” The area around the town resembled a huge inland delta. “All the river systems are full, the farmland has all been washed away and the crops have all been destroyed…I’ve never seen water laying in that country like it is now – never. It’s like a delta system draining, and you’ve got to see it to believe it.”

Meanwhile, evacuations are continuing in the devastated town of Theodore, with authorities hopeful the town will be empty come nightfall. Theodore, which has been completely inundated, will be hit again when water at nearby Taroom flows downstream. The Dawson River had reached a record height of 10.28 metres at Taroom this morning – a metre higher than the 1956 record of 9.27m. “This is way out of the scheme of thing.” The river at Taroom was still rising. To the south, the town of Dalby has just two days of drinking water left after its water treatment plant was damaged. The likely damage bill is in excess of $1 billion. “Rockhampton experiences the flooding from the weather events usually about a week after the rain stops falling in the catchment. Even just one of the tributaries of the Fitzroy system is 5000 square kilometres…A lot of that (crop damage) we won’t know until the water has gone down and receded.”

AUSTRALIA – Consumers may face fruit and vegetable supply shortages due to the Queensland floods and heavy rain, but farmers say it’s too early to predict how bad they will be. It’s not necessarily “all doom and gloom”, with supplies depending on “how the weather pans out”. While floodwater may have destroyed some crops, others may just be affected by rain water and may recover after a few sunny days. But there will be transport problems, with a lot of roads cut off and other infrastructure issues affecting the supply of goods to retailers. “There are issues with dairy cattle being milked and trucks not being able to pick it up. The floods are still very much in action and the main thing now is to try and make sure people are safe.” The fruit and vegetable crop situation will become clearer within the next week or so.

“There may not be the full range and supply (of products) which Australian customers are used to.” Any price hikes would be in the hands of retailers, responding to supply and demand.

North-eastern Australia’s WORST FLOODING IN DECADES is continuing to cause chaos across the region. About 1,000 people in Queensland have been evacuated, including the entire population of the town of Theodore. The floods have not yet peaked. The cost of the damage is expected to top AU$1bn (£650m), including massive losses of sunflower and cotton crops. Army Black Hawk helicopters evacuated the 300 residents of Theodore, where every building in the town apart from the police station has been flooded. “Certainly the water is still rising. The heights are at SUCH A NEW RECORD IT’S NOT KNOWN WHAT IT IS GOING TO DO.” The town’s river has risen more than 50cm (1.6ft) above its previous recorded high. Vast areas of farmland were under water.

In the city of Bundaberg, residents in some areas were being advised to leave their homes as the Burnett River rose to danger levels. The river was expected to reach 7.5m – about 0.3m more than the previous high water record of 1954. In the Central Highlands town of Emerald, flooding forced the closure of the main bridge, cutting the town off. Rockhampton more remote surrounding communities could be cut off by the weekend. The floods are also hitting businesses in Queensland, which is Australia’s key coal-producing state. .”The floods would have a huge economic impact on agricultural areas. There will be many, many cattle drowned. It will be devastating, fences are down on properties as well as farming land. Cotton… and lots of other crops will be affected.”

Inland towns such as Chinchilla and Dalby are all under water; the nearby town of Warra, and the towns of Alpha and Jericho, west of Emerald, have also been declared disaster zones, with hundreds of homes flooded or at risk. “Some communities are seeing floodwaters higher than they’ve seen in decades, and for some communities FLOODWATERS HAVE NEVER REACHED THESE LEVELS BEFORE [in] the time that we have been recording floods. For many communities we haven’t even seen the peak of the floodwaters yet, that’s a number of days away.” The state capital, Brisbane, has recorded its WETTEST DECEMBER IN MORE THAN 150 YEARS. Cyclone Tasha, which hit Queensland on Saturday, also brought torrential rain to the state.

While the rain is now easing, water is continuing to flow from sodden land across central and southern Queensland into already swollen rivers. “Over the next 48 hours rain will be easing but the real impact in some communities won’t be felt for a couple of days when floodwaters begin to recede. Once the rain finishes there will still be significant flooding impacts over the next few days.”

Entire town to be airlifted from floods – The entire Queensland town of Condamine is being evacuated by air amid the flood crisis. Helicopters have started moving all 100 residents to nearby Dalby after the Condamine River reached 14.25 metres. It’s expected to peak at more than 15 metres. “What we flew over today is quite astounding – what’s there and also what is coming.”

CALIFORNIA – Experts say the ground is so saturated now that the danger of flooding and debris flow will remain heightened through the rest of the rainy season. The WETTEST DECEMBER SINCE 1889 has left hillside areas across Southern California dangerously saturated, bringing a heightened risk of landslides and further flooding in the next few months. More than 14 inches of rain has fallen in some hillside areas in just the last two weeks. The saturation levels could intensify in January and February, when Southern California typically gets most of its rain for the year. Engineers are using helicopters to fly over some hillside areas hit by recent fires, looking for signs of fissures or earth movement.

“It gets to the point where the water that’s falling is no longer even going into the ground – it’s just skipping off the ground. A lot of residents are under the false impression that once the sun comes out, everything is fine. That’s not the case. The soil beneath the surface can take months to completely dry out.”

So far this winter, sections of Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta threatened by mud cascading off the burned slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains have seen no major flooding, in large part because officials have managed to keep debris basins in the hills clear. But the major danger through the rest of the winter will be the ground itself giving way amid more rain. “With every storm that comes in, it increases the risk of potential mudslides and debris flows. The risk is there now, and it is going to remain there throughout the winter season.”

In areas burned by recent fires, as little as a quarter-inch of rain can begin to cause slopes to slide. In areas with more vegetation, debris can begin to flow after about 10 inches of rain.

Geologists were sent into the mountains this week to determine how much mountain roads have been compromised. Although these roads can withstand big accumulations of snow, last week’s warm front instead brought large amounts of rain, which undermined the roads. “We’ve had some storm damage in the last several years, but that was nothing compared to the damage we have now.” In the Angeles National Forest, the saturated ground has increased the likelihood of falling rocks and toppling trees, especially in combination with the high winds forecast for the region during the next two days.

The latest rainstorm moved through the region Wednesday, dumping more than 0.8 inches in downtown Los Angeles, where more than 10 inches of rain has fallen so far this month. The rain gave way to gusty winds and dropping slow levels, which could cause problems in the Grapevine and other key mountain passes. Another storm is expected to hit Saturday night. A climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said there’s ominous similarity between this early winter and that of 2004-05: Both brought eye-popping amounts of rain. In fact, December 2004 brought so much that it set a record for December rainfall for the 20th and 21st centuries – but this month’s more than 10 inches of rain topped even that. During that memorable winter six years ago, the rains kept coming, fueled by an El Niño that pounded the region into the new year, provoking destructive debris flows, floods and landslides across the region. Downtown L.A. saw more than 37 inches of rain that year, well above its average of 15. But this year, the opposite of El Niño – a La Niña, or a cooling of waters in the central Pacific – could assert itself and bring drier conditions in January and February. “The bottom line is, something is imminent if the rains continue like this.”

AUSTRALIA – Dire flood crisis in Emerald with the army evacuating people and building makeshift emergency accommodation outside the town. The Nogoa River is at 16 metres and rising and more than 1200 residents have registered as evacuees, with more than 500 put up in evacuation centres.

More evacuations are expected. “Authorities think there will be a very large group of people who will be homeless in the next 24 hours.”

The dirty tide has spared little, with Emerald now an island in an inland sea. Water is lapping at the windows of scores of homes and nearby cane and citrus farms are submerged. The Fairbairn Dam is holding back an immense body of water – it’s now at 175% CAPACITY with 5.6 metres of water pouring over the spillway, well beyond the 4.4 metres recorded during the 2008 flood. Authorities were still trying to determine how many homes and businesses had been flooded. The flood should peak some time on Friday afternoon and efforts were underway to resupply the town and outlying communities. It will be some time before Queensland can enter full recovery mode after the state’s WORST FLOODS IN RECORDED HISTORY.

Supermarkets in Rockhampton run out of food; more than 4000 Queenslanders evacuated as floodwaters rise. Authorities are racing to truck in food to the Queensland city of Rockhampton before roads are cut by floodwaters after local supermarkets ran out of food. Flood waters are expected to sever road and rail links to the central Queensland city as early as tomorrow, and the airport is also expected to be shut down this weekend. The Fitzroy River is expected to reach the 9m-mark by Sunday, a level that would see 200 homes inundated and 4000 parcels of land affected by flooding. It’s tipped to rise to 9.4m, and possibly beyond, on Tuesday and essentials, including bread, milk and fresh meat, have already sold out in many stores in the town. There is a small window of opportunity to get new stock in before the roads closed.

Earlier today Black Hawk helicopters evacuated Condamine residents who had resisted attempts to leave the town. Many residents in the flood-stricken Queensland town of Condamine were refusing to leave their homes, although half of the town was expected to be underwater by midnight. A compulsory evacuation took place in the town yesterday, with all 100 residents expected to be flown out by early evening. However, only 25-30 residents had been flown to evacuation centres at the nearby town of Dalby by 8.30pm. Some residents had evacuated by boat but an unknown number of people were refusing to leave, but there was little choice. “The whole town was without power. Yes, we understand the emotions when you have to leave …” Three Black Hawk helicopters were tasked with emptying the town yesterday after the Condamine River reached a RECORD PEAK of 14.25m in the afternoon. It was due to reach 14.5m by midnight, inundating half the town.

It was the second Queensland evacuation of a town in as many days after Theodore’s 300 residents were evacuated – an event UNPRECEDENTED until this week. In all, there were 1206 emergency callouts across the state yesterday. The number of Queenslanders displaced by floods is nearing 4000. Severe water restrictions are now in place in the town of Chinchilla, after water lines broke. More military assistance was called in last night, amid estimates the damage bill for public infrastructure alone could top $2 billion. “As we look across Queensland and see the communities affected by the scale of the disaster, it’s fair to say that Queensland is facing its toughest hour.” In Emerald, authorities were preparing for the possibility that up to 13,000 people living in the town might have to be evacuated because emergency centres are filling up. Late last night, it appeared Emerald’s Nagoa River would peak early at 16m, slightly less than initially expected, potentially saving the town from the worst-case scenario. But at 16m, the peak still BROKE ALL RECORDS and was 0.6m above the devastating 2008 flood level. About 2500 people were expected to leave Emerald today and yesterday three military Black Hawk helicopters aided evacuation efforts and food drops. Extra police were deployed to guard against looting.


AUSTRALIA – Adelaide is set to have its HOTTEST NEW YEAR’S EVE IN MORE THAN A CENTURY amid potentially catastrophic fire danger. Revellers are likely to head for water with weather forecasters tipping a 43C (109.4F) scorcher – the warmest New Year’s Eve since 1904’s 44.2C.

Strong winds and sweltering temperatures in the 30s and 40s across the state could result in a catastrophic fire risk in some areas..Most people are likely to head for the coast. The emergency services warn that people should check their fire plans, remember that private use of fireworks is prohibited at all times and the reckless disposal of cigarettes could result in a fine of up to $5000.

AUSTRALIA – CATASTROPHIC bushfire conditions have been declared in six districts in South Australia tomorrow as high winds and temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s combine to see out 2010. A total fire ban has been declared in all but the Adelaide, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral districts. A hot, dry and strong northwesterly wind will blast SA on New Year’s Eve ahead of a moderate southwesterly change that will move across the state in the afternoon. Extreme bushfire conditions are forecast in the Flinders, mid North and Riverland districts, while the West Coast, Lower Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island regions are expecting severe conditions. People in areas with catastrophic conditions were warned to leave tonight or tomorrow morning.

Scorching temperatures have melted bitumen on roads and sparked grass fires, with fears New Year’s Eve fireworks could be delayed by storms. Melbourne hit 40C at 3.30pm, with temperatures in the suburbs climbing to 39C in Scoresby, 41C in Geelong and 41C in Avalon. Across the state, Ouyen in the Mallee and Longerenong in the Wimmera both hit 42C (109F).


U.S. – THIRD WEEK IN A ROW that the Minnesota Vikings game has been moved due to extreme weather! A swathe of the US eastern seaboard is being engulfed in a winter storm that is dumping heavy snow as it sweeps north. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and severe weather warnings are in place from Georgia to Vermont as temperatures continue to plummet. Blizzards dropping up to 1ft (31cm) of snow are hitting New York and parts of New England. South Carolina had its FIRST CHRISTMAS SNOW SINCE RECORDS BEGAN in 1887. The football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings was postponed until Tuesday in Philadelphia because of the blizzard. (Two weeks ago the game was moved out of Minneapolis due to the Metrodome collapsing in heavy snow and last week the game was moved to the University of Minnesota outdoor stadium due to the collapsed dome.) Up to 20in of snow were expected in some areas, including Philadelphia.

Blizzard warnings were in effect for Rhode Island and most of eastern Massachusetts including Boston. Forecasters were predicting more than 1ft of snow from midday on Sunday until late afternoon. The MONSTER STORM was the result of a low pressure system off North Carolina’s coast which was moving north-east and intensifying. Snow began falling around New York City late on Sunday morning and up to 18in was predicted to fall on the New Jersey coast, with wind gusts of more than 40mph (64km/h). Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina had declared states of emergency by early Sunday. As conditions worsened on Sunday, transport services were being cancelled.

A band of frigid weather was snaking up the East Coast on Sunday, promising blizzards and a foot of snow for New York City and New England. Travel misery began a day earlier in parts of the South, where a RARE Christmas came with reports of dozens of car crashes. The Northeast is expected to get the brunt of the storm. In London, Heathrow Airport was open Sunday, but warned on its website of flight cancellations and delays due to bad weather in the U.S. In Paris, five flights leaving for JFK from Charles de Gaulle airport were canceled Sunday.
The white Christmas in the South was one for the record books. Atlanta, Georgia had just over an inch of snow – THE FIRST MEASURABLE ACCUMULATION SINCE THE 1880s on Christmas Day. 8.5 inches of snow fell in Franklinton, North Carolina.

IRELAND – Northern Ireland’s councils are preparing emergency shelter for those severely affected by the extreme weather. The RECORD-BREAKING CONDITIONS have resulted in frozen and burst pipes and many people in the province have been left without heat, electricity or running water. Plans include opening council properties as emergency reception facilities for those in need. “Many people, including senior citizens and families with small children, are facing Christmas without any heat or running water. They can’t live in those circumstances for days while they wait on a thaw. I have therefore requested that councils be prepared to open humanitarian centres, if required, to cater for the needs of these people over the Christmas period and beyond.”

There was also concern over very high levels of air pollution across Northern Ireland. The minister said that freezing weather been a factor in the rise in levels of air pollution. Emissions from vehicles and home heating systems had built up in the air during the calm, cold weather conditions across Northern Ireland. These conditions are forecast to continue until Boxing Day. Areas which are particularly bad are Londonderry, Cookstown and Armagh. High levels have also been recorded in Newry, Lisburn and Belfast. These areas are being monitored on a regular basis. Those with heart or lung diseases, including asthma, may be affected by the increased air pollution but healthy people are unlikely to experience any ill-effects.

RUSSIA – Freezing rain shuts Moscow’s airport and cuts power. Freezing rain has badly disrupted air traffic at Moscow’s airports and left more than 400,000 people in and around Russia’s capital without electricity. Rain that immediately turned into ice on the ground caused power failures, shutting Domodedovo airport for hours and stranding thousands of people. The power was later restored. Dozens of flights to and from other Moscow airports were cancelled. Bad weather also turned many streets in the city into ice rinks. More than 60 flights were also cancelled at other Moscow airports because of bad weather. In the city itself, freezing rain damaged power supplies to trams and trolley buses and caused huge traffic jams. Health officials urged residents not to risk walking on the icy streets and stay indoors.

A strong cyclone was raging over the southern districts of Kamchatka on Saturday. Flights on the local airlines were suspended. The Kamchatka residents were recommended to be careful in the streets. The southern Ust-Bolsheretsk district was the hardest hit of the cyclone overnight to Saturday, when the hurricane winds reached 46 meters per second. The gusts of wind reached 32 meters per second in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. No snow blizzards were reported on the peninsula. The storm is raging in the Northwest Pacific off the Kamchatka coast with the waves six meters high. The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport is open, but the air traffic situation is complicated by high winds. The gusts of wind reach 28 meters per second. A high avalanche hazard was announced in the territorial highlands.

Blizzard moves from US to Canada – The US northeast has begun to dig out from a powerful blizzard that has shut down New York airports and crippled ground transport relied on by millions of holidaymakers and commuters. The storm that started early on Sunday began to abate on Monday afternoon as blue skies finally reappeared, revealing a snow-and-ice encrusted region, deserted highways, stranded cars and still stuttering public transport. Although the National Weather Service lifted its blizzard warning for the US northeast, the storm funnelled into Canada, dealing the Atlantic coast a dose of the same snow and gale-force winds.

In the hard-hit New York metropolitan area, businesses, home-owners and municipal services slowly got back on track and after almost 24 hours of being shut down, the three big area airports were struggling to their feet.

Even after reopening, huge delays were expected as airlines worked their way through the aftershock of thousands of cancelled flights. The Amtrak rail network said it was resuming limited service between New York and Boston after blizzard conditions halted trains along the heavily used corridor for 13 hours. New York commuter routes and bus services were crippled, while roads made hazardous going for the few drivers who’d actually been able to escape their snow-clogged parking spaces. The commuter train line between the NEw York City and Long Island was paralysed, as were portions of the city bus and subway systems, with ice and snow blocking tracks, and sometimes even collecting inside underground stations.

In six states – Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia – governors called up a total of 430 National Guard troops to help authorities get life back to normal. Officials in eastern Canada said the blizzard was already dumping heavy amounts of snow and forcing the cancellation of flights from Fredericton and Moncton. Some 40,000 homes lost electricity. The weather service said winds with gusts upwards of 90km/h would cause widespread blowing snow, reducing visibilities to near zero in these regions. Some areas risked seeing ferocious winds of up to 150km/h. Americans in the southern United States were meanwhile treated to a rare white Christmas, with light to moderate snow blanketing communities in Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina. Atlanta, Georgia enjoyed its first white Christmas in 128 years.

NEW YORK – The total snowfall for Greenwich is 18 inches. Wilton also got 18 inches, followed by Stamford and Norwalk with 16 inches, Danbury with 14 inches and Bridgeport with 12 inches. As far as December storms go, “It’s got to be top-10.” The storm dumped an estimated 2 to 3 inches an hour from 4 to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Wind gusts measured up to 67 mph for coastal Fairfield County. “That’s TROPICAL STORM FORCE. That’s only 7 miles away from being hurricane force.” A ridge of high pressure entering the area on the back side of the low pressure storm is the cause of the winds, which will be sustained around 20 to 35 mph today and under 20 mph on Wednesday. “We’re barely a week into winter.”

Britain and Europe have been hit hard for the THIRD STRAIGHT RECORD-BREAKING WINTER season. Labeled by experts as the COLDEST WINTER IN 100 YEARS and set to blow well into 2011. The UNUSUAL Arctic conditions are set to last through the New Year bank holidays and beyond and temperatures plummeted to -10c (14f), prompting the UK’s Met Office to state that this December 2010 was ‘almost certain’ to become the coldest since records began in 1910.

RUSSIA – Thousands of passengers remain stranded at the Moscow major airports of Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo following an ice storm that hit the entire territory of Central Russia over the weekend. Hundreds of flights have been canceled and delayed as severe freezing rain caused serious power outages. Some 20,000 passengers have been affected by the weather. Lawyers of the stranded passengers are preparing a multimillion-ruble class action suit against the airports. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has warned of possible emergency situations as another snow cyclone is approaching the country’s central and Volga regions. The cyclone that was due to come from the south on December 28 through 30 will bring heavy snows, sleet, rains and fog that might cause ground surface icing, ice crusting, and snowdrifts.

FLORIDA – RECORD-BREAKING LOW TEMPERATURES across central Florida are threatening crops in the region.

NEW YORK struggles to dig out; passengers still stranded – Hundreds of airline passengers were stranded for up to 10 hours on the tarmac at overworked Kennedy Airport. Ambulances struggled to get patients through unplowed streets.

IRELAND – This year was a RECORD-BREAKER FOR COLD. As 2010 draws to a close, figures show that Ireland experienced NEW LOWS of temperature over the past 12 months. But surprisingly it was also one of the DRIEST AND SUNNIEST YEARS IN MODERN TIMES. Although there are still a number of days left, this DECEMBER WILL GO DOWN AS THE COLDEST MONTH SINCE MODERN TEMPERATURE DATA WAS FIRST COLLECTED in Ireland 130 years ago. 2010 was the COLDEST YEAR ON RECORD in Dublin, Mullingar and Knock. And records were set elsewhere – in Co Mayo, a temperature of -17.2C was recorded on December 20, the coldest ever experienced in Ireland during the month of December. Even forecasters were surprised with the conditions. “I wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it. We’ve had almost 30 years of relatively mild runs up to Christmas. We saw this cold snap coming in the middle of the month but you can’t tell people how cold it’s going to be, they wouldn’t believe you.”

This year was also one of the driest ever, with new minimum rainfall values being recorded at weather stations in Cork and Knock airports. “A cold winter is a dry winter. Basically, you need heat to retain moisture as a rule of thumb, so a mild winter is a wet winter. We’ve had 90% of our rainfall totals for the year, it’s also been a very sunny year.” The reason for the UNPRECEDENTED weather has been a change in the behaviour of the jet stream. “The jet stream is the carrier of weather to much of Europe and across Ireland. Conventionally, it brings us mild and moist Atlantic weather – 2010 has been characterised by a jet stream which is much more loopy and wave-like and when that happens we tend to get a lot of anomalies so we’ve been having EXTREMELY STRANGE CONDITIONS. It really just depends on which side of the jet stream loop you’re located at and we’ve been located unfortunately at a place which has enabled Arctic air to dominate this month.”

Looking back at 2010, the year began with a big freeze similar to the one just ending now. The first 10 days of January were the COLDEST SPELL Ireland had experienced in almost 40 years and things scarcely improved the following month, with February also BREAKING RECORDS. Summer 2010 was actually better than average. June and July were both sunnier and warmer than normal but August was a disappointment as temperatures failed to rise above 20C at all in the west and southwest.

The western United States is bearing the brunt of new winter storms, with heavy snow blanketing an area from New Mexico to Minnesota [Not exactly true in Minnesota – yet. We had a day of rain on Thursday – RARE in December. Snow later today.] Snow and ice have closed a number of major roads, with Arizona particularly badly hit. Forecasters have predicted as much as 18in (46cm) of snow in some parts. Ice and snow forced the temporary closure of Interstates 40 and 17 in northern Arizona, with a traffic hotline in the state taking more than a million calls on Thursday. Phoenix was braced for RARE freezing temperatures. Many drivers were stranded near the Grand Canyon as all the lanes of Interstate 17 were closed overnight. In Colorado, the Silverton Mountain resort reported huge snowfall and closures for avalanche control. Denver was expecting heavy falls – United Airlines cancelled 32 flights from the city on Thursday. Wyoming, Montana and Nevada suffered serious road closures, while a sudden blizzard combined with winds of up to 65mph (105km/h) caused havoc in southern New Mexico. A massive rockfall closed one key road into the Yosemite National Park in California. Blizzards in Fargo, North Dakota, led to a pile-up of 100 vehicles, with at least two people taken to hospital. “We’re expecting almost a one-two punch across the middle part of the country over the next two days. Once the large-scale pattern sets up you can be very stormy and have one after another.”
The eastern seaboard is just recovering from a winter storm that paralysed transport, bringing an apology from New York’s mayor over clean-up efforts. Snow remains on New York’s pavements and rubbish has yet to be cleared. Snow was not cleared from large parts of New York for days after the storm. New Yorkers appeared particularly outraged by stories of ambulances unable to come to the aid of sick residents, which led to the death of a newborn baby in one case. At one point, 600 city buses became stuck in the snow, blocking streets, but they had all been cleared by Thursday. New York’s three airports were back to operating on regular schedules, but airlines warned that it would be some time before the backlog of stranded passengers has cleared.

Russian authorities on alert amidst chaos caused by extreme weather – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday banned government officials on all levels from leaving for the New Year vacations until his special notice, because of the heavy snowfalls and ice rains that have caused blackouts in Central Russia. Until Wednesday, thousands of desperate passengers were still stuck in two main airports in Moscow, while more residents of the Moscow region suffered blackout. The prime minister stressed that the weather conditions would remain severe in the following days and ordered the Emergency Ministry to monitor the situation closely not to let the country’s households freeze. He reiterated the need to continue working to restore grid operation, asking officials to pay attention to populated areas and residential buildings, to put medical services on high alert, as well as to ensure the provision of food and drinks to needed people. Putin also pointed out the grave situation in many Russia’s regions where many airports remained closed and highways clogged. He criticized the airports and the Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot management for not paying due attention to the needs of passengers who have been stranded in the terminals in the last few days. “How did you work with people? Not at all. Domodedovo airport was actually left without electricity, but people continued to come to the airport. Where was the alert? ”

Some 20,000 passengers have been affected by the flight delay chaos caused by the freezing rain over the last weekend. The passengers’ problems have been aggravated by the failure of the airport authorities to provide even basic assistance or information about flight delays. Extra police forces were deployed in the capital’s airports Wednesday to prevent the bursts of violence against airlines employees after several Sheremetyevo airport workers were attacked by exasperated passengers on Tuesday. Railway tickets have been difficult to buy, too, because the organized touts have bought them in bulks for reselling in higher price. Some 7,500 electric power substations have been cut off the grid in the Moscow region, where over 160 towns with 44,000 people remain in blackout. In these towns the local authorities opened warming centers for the residents to spend the harsh nights.

2010 UPDATE-

The weather in 2010 was especially dramatic. In the U.S., the year started with widespread cold and ended with a massive Eastern blizzard, with ALL-TIME RECORD-BREAKING HEAT, devastating flooding and an active hurricane season in between. Here are the top 10 U.S. weather events of a very memorable weather year:

1) RECORD-BREAKING COLD in January – An outbreak of Arctic air brought intense and widespread cold from the Northern Plains to Florida during the first half of January. Hundreds of records were broken, and it was the coldest 12-day span in parts of Southern Florida in at least 60 years.

2) A RECORD-SMASHING SNOWFALL – occurred in the mid-Atlantic region during the winter. The snow in 2010 was highlighted by back-to-back monster snowstorms in February, on Feb. 5 and Feb. 9. These two storms were followed by a full-fledged blizzard for the Northeast on Feb. 25. Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington were among the cities that finished with their SNOWIEST WINTERS ON RECORD.

3) Major April Tornado Outbreak – nearly 600 reports of tornadoes, wind damage and large hail in the three days.
4) THOUSAND-YEAR FLOOD in Tennessee – Massive flooding that stretched from northern Arkansas to central Tennessee on May 1 and 2 has been rated a thousand-year flood (a flood given 0.1 percent chance of occurring) by the National Weather Service. In Nashville alone, which received roughly 40 percent of its average annual rainfall during the two-day span, damages are estimated to have approached $2 billion.

5) Deadly Arkansas Flooding – Flash flooding caused by rainfall rates of 2 to 3 inches of rain per hour killed 20 campers at the Albert Pike Recreation Center in Arkansas during the early-morning hours of June 11.

6) HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD in South and East – A stubborn weather pattern resulted in intense and persistent heat in the South and East during the summer. Summer 2010 was the hottest on record for 11 states, from Mississippi to Rhode Island, including most of the major cities along the Eastern Seaboard.

7) Los Angeles All-Time RECORD HEAT – an intense early-fall heat wave baked Southern California in September. On the 27th, the temperature soared to 113 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, an all-time record. More than a dozen locations in the basin had a high temperature of at least 110 degrees that day.

8) Strongest U.S. Non-Tropical Storm – A powerhouse storm SET THE RECORD FOR THE LOWEST ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE (28.21 inches) FOR A NON-TROPICAL STORM in U.S. history, on Oct. 26.

9) One of the Most Active Hurricane Seasons on Record – The Atlantic hurricane season, with 19 named storms and 12 hurricanes, including five major hurricanes, was the third most active since records have been kept, but the season had little direct impact on the U.S.

10) Powerful California Storms/East Coast Blizzard – The last storm in a week-long December deluge inundated Central and Southern California, brought Christmas snow to the Deep South and produced the post-Christmas whiteout along the East Coast. Long Beach, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara were among the locations with a RECORD WET DECEMBER.

Climate is warming despite recent weather – Snow storms in the northern hemisphere and torrential rainfall in parts of drought stricken Australia could have you wondering whether there’s been a permanent shift in average temperatures. According to the CSIRO, the recent extreme weather in both northern and southern hemispheres reflect short-term variability’s in climate. They say periodic short-term cooling in global temperatures should not be misinterpreted as signalling an end to global warming. “Despite 2010 being a very warm year globally, the severity of the 2009-2010 northern winter and a wetter and cooler Australia in 2010 relative to the past few years have been misinterpreted by some to imply that climate change is not occurring. Recent wet conditions in eastern Australia mainly reflect short-term climate variability and weather events, not longer-term climate change trends. Conclusions that climate is not changing are based on a misunderstanding of the roles of climatic change caused by increasing greenhouse gases and climatic variability due to natural processes in the climatic system.” In addition to climate change being linked to human activity, natural variability produces periods where the global climate can be either cooler or warmer than usual.

MINNESOTA – Tornadoes, flooding, snow, no snow – 2010 is likely to stick in the minds of Minnesota climatologists for its extreme events. It’s been a wild – and deadly – year for weather in Minnesota. 2010 likely will be remembered for records that stand for years.

Snowless March: Not a flake of snow fell at the airport in March, making it THE LEAST-SNOWIEST MARCH IN MODERN RECORDS.

June 17 tornadoes: Minnesota saw 48 twisters, a state RECORD FOR ONE DAY. Three were rated EF-4 – THE GREATEST SINGLE-DAY NUMBER OF TORNADOES RATED THAT STRONG SINCE APRIL 30, 1967. The outbreak “will remain for some time one of the region’s most widespread, numerous and destructive outbreaks.”

104 tornadoes for the year: The June 17 outbreak helped make 2010 a RECORD YEAR, exceeding the 74 tornadoes recorded in 2001. Minnesota is poised to have THE HIGHEST TORNADO COUNT IN THE COUNTRY FOR 2010.

Heavy rain and flooding Sept. 22-23 in southern Minnesota: The rain, which measured 10.68 inches at Amboy, fell on saturated soil. Homes and businesses flooded, and roads became impassible as many rivers and streams reached RECORD-HIGH LEVELS.

State RECORD FOR LOW PRESSURE Oct. 26 in Bigfork: Barometric pressure was recorded at 28.21 inches, something more likely over an ocean. The previous record was 28.43 inches Nov. 10, 1998, in Albert Lea. High winds accompanied the low pressure, with 65 mph gusts recorded.

The Dec. 10-11 snowstorm: The fifth-largest snowstorm on record for the Twin Cities dropped 17.1 inches at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, clogging roads, grounding planes and collapsing the Metrodome roof.
“We had the summertime big events, and we had the wintertime big events. It was a very active year all around, and that stands out.” There isn’t a single explanation for the year’s extreme weather — it was just a number of different patterns that occurred over time. And while 2010 had more-active weather than the past few years, there’s no telling what next year will bring. “I would hope we don’t have quite as extreme weather in 2011. I wouldn’t think we’d have as many big events happen in a year, but who knows?”


GEOMAGNETIC STORM: High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. During the early hours of Dec. 28th, the sun’s magnetic field near Earth tipped south, opening a crack in Earth’s magnetosphere. Solar wind poured and sparked a G1-class (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm. Observers are reporting ground currents and intensifying Northern Lights in Scandinavia.

GIANT STORM ON SATURN: A giant storm even brighter than Saturn’s rings is raging through the planet’s cloudtops. “I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s possible that this is tTHE BIGGEST STORM ON SATURN IN MANY DECADES.” Instruments on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft are picking up strong bursts of radio static. Apparently, lightning is being generated in multiple cells across the storm front. (photo at above link)


Chupacabra? – Has a mythical creature made its way to Kentucky? Some people seem to think so, after a Nelson County man came across a creature with grayish, wrinkly skin and no fur. He shot and killed an animal on Dec. 18 because he said he feared what it was, since he did not recognize it. He said the animal walked from the woods onto his front yard around 3 p.m. “I was like: ‘every animal has hair, especially this time of year!’ What puzzled me is how something like that could survive through a winter with no hair. Everybody is getting very curious, you know. [The] phone is ringing off the hook. It’s kind of a mystery right now.” He described the creature as having large ears, whiskers, a long tail, and about the size of a house cat. He says many people have tried to guess what the animal may be. He said he’s heard anything from raccoon to a dog to the legendary Chupacabra.

“Everybody is leaning kind of toward that – it’s the Chupacabra! People have come up to me [saying] ‘that’s what the thing is ’cause I pulled it up on the Internet’.” Legend has it the Chupacabra – also known as the “Goat Sucker” – kills goats and sucks their blood. The fabled creature has supposedly been spotted in South America, Mexico, Puerto Rico, as well as Texas and Oklahoma. “It’s hard to judge what an animal is from just a photograph,” said the Louisville Zoo. They would have to see the animal in person to study it and determine its species. At first glance, they believed the animal could be a raccoon or a dog, but not a mythical creature. “This is an animal that’s native to our area, most likely that is suffering from some type disease.” It isn’t uncommon for an animal with a severe disease to lose fur and look unrecognizable.


Swine flu sweeps through the United Kingdom, sparks fear of epidemic – The flu season has kicked off and it is the swine flu strain of the disease that is leading the way as the flu continues to sweep through the UK. The UK is under a great deal of fear heading into the new year as there have been dozens upon dozens of deaths as a result of the flu since the end of October. There have been reported cases all over the UK for the past few months, sparking fear that an epidemic will be looming. The UK is not alone, as all members of the European Union are seeing a steep rise in flu cases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that flu activity is on the rise, but in the U.S. the belief is that the risk is still fairly low. That has not stopped the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control to send out a warning for the rest of Europe – It is more important than ever to take precautions and get vaccinated, and to be on notice for symptoms related to the flu.

Northern hemisphere countries are being told by health experts to brace themselves for flu outbreaks. There has been a surge of cases in the UK during December with swine flu appearing to be the dominant of the three strains circulating. But the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control warned much of the rest of Europe was also beginning to see increases too.

Many of those being infected are younger age groups. This is because elderly people have some immunity to swine flu, most probably because of exposure to a similar strain many years ago. In the UK, the number of people who have died with all types of flu this winter hit 27 this week after another 10 deaths. The volume of patients going to their doctor with flu-like illnesses also rose, more than doubling to 87.1 per 100,000 in the past week. Cases have been highest in children aged between five and 14, followed by children under four and then those aged between 15 and 44. But the UK’s Health Protection Agency said a very large outbreak was “not likely”. “Recent research conducted by the HPA has suggested that a very substantial wave of activity associated with the pandemic strain is not likely.” Health experts said most people with flu would be able to “self-care” by taking plenty of rest, drinking fluids and taking pain relief. The numbers getting immunised are still too low, doctors have said. The rates being seen elsewhere in Europe are not as high as in the UK, but the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said there was evidence that the winter flu epidemics were “starting”. Russia and the Ukraine are thought to be the worst hit outside the UK.

Swine flu in Sri Lanka has killed 22 people and infected more than 300 during the past two months. Since October 25 , 342 cases were reported. “The strain of influenza affects peoples’ lungs and triggers off a strain of viral pneumonia. The heavy rains and the cold weather helped spread the virus.” The ministry urged people to avoid crowded places and ordered those managing public phone booths to disinfect them at least eight times daily. The World Health Organisation declared the swine flu pandemic over in August, more than a year after the new virus spread across the world, sparking panic and killing thousands before fizzling out.

Salmonella found in U.S., Canada prompts cilantro, parsley recall – The latest recall comes days after dozens of people fell sick after consuming bacteria-tainted alfalfa sprouts in an apparently unrelated situation. Health officials said those first cases became known November 1, with many getting ill after eating alfalfa sprouts in products from Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches outlets. Those vegetables came from Tiny Greens Organic Farm.

The “precautionary, voluntary recall” for cilantro and parsley from J&D Produce, Inc.was announced Monday. No one has reported getting sick from eating the vegetables. In addition to a variety of sprouts, the Urbana, Illinois, produce company distributes arugula, broccoli, fennel, cauliflower, onion, radish and other items. Jimmy John’s pulled sprouts from all its Illinois establishments after store locations came up negative for the bacteria.

About 23% of those sickened in that outbreak were hospitalized. The sprouts were distributed in Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and possibly other Midwestern states, with roughly half the illnesses occurring in Illinois.

The separate J&D Produce recall, meanwhile, came after independent tests found salmonella on the company’s parsley in Quebec and its cilantro in Detroit, Michigan, both of which came from the same processing line in Texas. The company’s products are sold retail as well as to wholesalers, who may then distribute them to restaurants and other establishments. The recall for parsley went out to the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and the U.S. states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. The recalled cases of cilantro were distributed in Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin as well as Quebec and Ontario
Salmonella is a bacterial infection that usually lasts four to seven days. About 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported each year in the United States. Those who get it typically develop fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea between 12 and 72 hours after becoming infected. Most people recover on their own, without needing significant treatment. But salmonella in very young and very old people, as well as those with weakened immune systems, can lead to severe illness and even death.

Pastries blamed for 100 staph cases in 2 states – An outbreak of about 100 illness cases in Illinois and Wisconsin has been attributed to pastries from an Illinois bakery that were tainted with Staphylococcus aureus. The outbreak prompted Rolf’s Patisserie, a European-style bakery in Lincolnwood, Ill., to recall all desserts made after Nov 1. The illnesses stemmed from four events in November and December, including a company function, a catered party, restaurant dining, and a holiday party. Three events accounting for 30 cases were in Illinois and one event blamed for 70 cases was in Wisconsin. Rolf’s Patisserie is recalling tiramisu, cakes, cobblers, decorated cookies, tarts, pastries, and pies. Because the business sells to retail and wholesale outlets, institutions, and online customers, the products may not carry a company label when they reach consumers. The outbreak also caused the national retail chain Whole Foods Market to recall gingerbread houses from Rolf’s Patisserie. The houses were sold in 22 states.

Foods that are made by hand and require no cooking are at highest risk for S aureus contamination, according to the CDC. Examples of foods linked to S aureus cases include sliced meats, puddings, pastries, and sandwiches. Sick people are not contagious, as staphylococcal toxins don’t spread from person to person. Although S aureus is not known primarily as a foodborne pathogen, food-related outbreaks are fairly common. 21 outbreaks of illness from foodborne staphylococcal toxins were reported in 2007, with 286 cases. The average annual number of such cases from 2002 through 2006 was 554.

HAITI’s cholera death toll has soared in recent days with 3,333 people dead. The figures, released yesterday, included a ONE-DAY RECORD HIGH for the daily number of fatalities since the outbreak erupted in mid-October. The new data up to December 26 of 432 more recorded deaths marked a major jump in fatalities, although it was unclear exactly when they occurred. The number of confirmed cholera deaths on December 19 alone was just over 100, far higher than previous peaks around 80 in mid-November.

More recently, the death tolls have returned to previous averages of around 50 new reported deaths each day. The total number of infections soared towards 150,000 in Haiti and authorities in neighbouring Dominican Republic said yesterday there have been 139 cases there, none of them fatal.

Haiti’s FIRST CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN MORE THAN A CENTURY has poured further misery on a poor and politically dysfunctional country trying to recover from a devastating January earthquake that killed some 250,000 people. The epidemic, which began in October, spawned deadly anti-UN riots last month as some turned their anger on peacekeepers from Nepal accused of bringing the disease into the country. Experts say the outbreak was likely sparked by a human source from outside the region and the United Nations has promised a thorough investigation into the origin of the epidemic. Angry mobs in the deeply superstitious nation have stoned or hacked to death at least 45 people – most of them voodoo priests – accusing them of spreading the water-borne bacterial infection. The Pan-American Health Organisation in early December estimated Haiti could see up to 400,000 cholera cases over the next 12 months, half of them within three months alone.


– A Salmonella Montevideo outbreak caused by contaminated pepper used in salami lasted more than 9 months and involved 272 cases in 44 states. The outbreak lasted from July 2009 until mid April 2010. The outbreak was linked to sausages made by Daniele Inc., a Rhode Island company. The contaminated pepper was applied after the salami had undergone microbe-killing processing. “Companies are not required to treat spices, and manufacturers are not required to use treated spices in their products. However, the Food and Drug Administration is working with spice trade groups and with other agencies to develop recommendations on spice safety standards. Store membership and shopper cards proved useful in tracking down the food source of the outbreak.

– Sprouts suspected in multistate Salmonella outbreak.

-JFC International, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling all of its un-eviscerated Frozen Capelin because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

-Whole Foods Market is recalling items (such as Ginger Bread Houses) sold in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin that came from its supplier Rolf’s Patisserie of Lincolnwood, Illinois. The recalled items have been used as an ingredient in prepared food and bakery department products or repackaged and sold under the Whole Foods Market Label.

-Tiny Greens of Urbana, Ill. , is recalling all Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts from November 1st thru December 21st because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Product was distributed thru various distributors in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri and could have ended up in restaurants and supermarkets near those areas.

Signs in Plagues & Pestilence

Numbers 16:46 Then Moses told Aaron, “Take your firepan, place fire from the altar in it, and add incense. Go quickly to the community and make atonement for them, because wrath has come from the Lord; the plague has begun.

ALABAMA 12/23/10


Hempstead County Health Unit Administrator Jeannine Wilson is alerting the county of a county wide outbreak of “Pertussis,” or “whooping cough.” Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and chest). It is caused by a bacterium that is found in the nose and throat of an infected person, according to Wilson and Centers for Disease Control information. Whooping cough begins as a mild upper respiratory infection. Initially, symptoms resemble those of a common cold, including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. Within two weeks, the cough becomes more severe and is characterized by episodes of numerous rapid coughs followed by a crowing or high pitched whoop. A thick, clear mucous may be discharged. These episodes may recur for one to two months, and are more frequent at night, according to Wilson.

Wilson is advising that parents take this seriously and check immunization records for their children to make sure they have had the correct immunizations. Your child’s physician’s office should have this record; and, while schools also have copies, they are currently out for the Christmas holidays, Wilson said. Milller County has had a huge outbreak in adults, according to Wilson, and the adult immunizations are not as easy to track. “If someone is showing any symptoms of this disease, they should see their physician or contact and let them know,” Wilson said. Wilson said those who have been diagnosed with whooping cough (pertussis), those around the person should be treated as well, for preventative reasons. Pertussis can occur at any age. Adults and adolescents have recently been recognized as a major source of pertussis, accounts for more than one-half of the reported cases in the US, according to the CDC. The rest of the cases are in children less than 5 years of age and in infants younger than 6 months. Symptoms appear after exposure within six to 20 days, usually seven to 10, the agency notes. The disease is considered highly contagious because a person can transmit pertussis from seven days following exposure to three weeks after the onset of coughing episodes, according to the CDC. The period of spreading the disease is reduced to 5 days when antibiotic therapy is begun. The most effective way of controlling the outbreak is is maintaining the highest possible level of immunization in the community, according to Wilson. Close contacts younger than 7 years who are not immunized, or who have received fewer than four doses of pertussis vaccine, should have pertussis immunization initiated or continued, according to the recommended schedule. Wilson also stressed there is a pertussis vaccine that is now available and should be given to adolescents and adults.

This immunization will not only help prevent pertussis in adolescents and adults, but will help reduce exposure of the disease from this age group to younger children and infants. The treatment is currently with erythromycin or other appropriate antibiotics which can shorten the contagious period of cases as well as protect close contacts. “Any persons who have been in contact with an infected individual should see their physician if they develop respiratory symptoms for 14 days after the last contact with the infected individual,” Wilson said.

TANZANIA 12/23/10


Authorities in Mbulu District, Manyara Region, are scrambling to contain an outbreak of plague, an infectious disease spread by rodents. Reports say at least 7 people have been admitted to a special center set up specifically to treat people who have contracted the disease. No deaths has been reported so far. The district commissioner, Mr Anatory Choya, said that the outbreak had so far only been reported in areas bordering the government forest reserve at the edge of the Rift Valley, and that it should be contained before spreading to other areas in the district. However, Mr Choya hinted that the situation was worrying because he had been notified that the disaster management unit in the PMO was short of funds. “The outbreak could worsen with the coming of the rainy season,” he said, adding that areas where the disease outbreak has been reported included Tumati in Dong’obesh Division, Murai (Mandisi) and Nandes Ward near the district headquarters. The acting district medical officer, Dr Elirehema Lakey, said plague had been breaking out frequently in the district, adding that this was a matter of “grave concern”. He said experts from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) had been involved in research on rodents in the area where vermin numbers swell before the onset of rains.

AFRICA 12/23/10


Authorities in Mbulu District, Manyara Region, are scrambling to contain an outbreak of plague, an infectious disease spread by rodents. Reports say at least 7 people have been admitted to a special center set up specifically to treat people who have contracted the disease. No deaths has been reported so far. The district commissioner, Mr Anatory Choya, said that the outbreak had so far only been reported in areas bordering the government forest reserve at the edge of the Rift Valley, and that it should be contained before spreading to other areas in the district. However, Mr Choya hinted that the situation was worrying because he had been notified that the disaster management unit in the PMO was short of funds. “The outbreak could worsen with the coming of the rainy season,” he said, adding that areas where the disease outbreak has been reported included Tumati in Dong’obesh Division, Murai (Mandisi) and Nandes Ward near the district headquarters. The acting district medical officer, Dr Elirehema Lakey, said plague had been breaking out frequently in the district, adding that this was a matter of “grave concern”. He said experts from the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) had been involved in research on rodents in the area where vermin numbers swell before the onset of rains.

SYRIA 12/26/10


Syrian Health Ministry announced Sunday that three Syrians have died of H1N1 flu pandemic. The ministry source said that four infections were uncovered earlier this month, three of them have died, whereas the fourth infection is still under medical treatment. H1N1 influenza virus has claimed the lives of 150 among the 100, 000-plus laboratory-confirmed H1N1 cases in the country since 2009 , the report said.

UGANDA 12/27/10


45 people have died as a result of the yellow fever outbreak that struck in 9 districts in northern Uganda, with another 178 others infected with the said disease. The outbreak–which began a month ago–has just been confirmed by health officials in Kitgum to be yellow fever on Christmas Eve. All of the cases that have been reported come from the northern districts of Abim, Agago, Lamwo, Kitgum, Pader, Gulu, Arua, Kaabong and Lira. Arrangements have already been made by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the immediate transport and distribution of yellow fever vaccine vials for the 2.5 million people living in the affected areas to prevent the further spreading of the disease, Bosco Ochola, Chairman of the Kitgum Task Force told BBC News. In addition to this, case surveillance and information dissemination through the use of radio and drama are being carried out by the task forces to educate the people in these districts on how to protect themselves from being infected with this disease. Yellow fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease that is transmitted by the bite of the female Aedes aegypti–a kind of mosquito that is only active during the daytime. Symptoms of the disease include fever, nausea, bleeding, and vomiting. If left untreated, yellow fever may result to a number of complications including kidney failure and death. The last time that Uganda faced such an outbreak was in 1972, almost 40 years ago.

EGYPT 12/27/10


The ministry of health announced that 8 people died from swine flu today in the governorates of Giza, Gharbeya, Sharkeya, Fayyoum, and Assiout. Since October, there have been 1152 cases of swine flu, including 56 deaths. The ministry of health’s spokesman, Abdel Rahman Shaheen, stated that the ministry detected 559 cases of swine flu in the period between 19 December to 25 December. According to the ministry’s lab results, swine flu (H1N1) is spreading at the normal rate for seasonal influenza. The ministry stressed that it is vital for patients to seek medical help, specifically the elderly, children, pregnant women and those who suffer from underlying diseases. The Tamiflu antiviral medication, one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for swine flu, is available to patients for free in government hospitals. It can also be purchased from private pharmacies.

HAITI 12/27/10


Dozens of dead fish were found in recent days on the shores of the “étang Saumâtre”. This water surface, covering an area of 170 sq km, is also known as Lake Azuei and is located about thirty kilometers east of Port-au-Prince, to the southeast of Haiti in the “plaine du Cul de Sac” and adjacent to the border with the Dominican Republic. Alerted to the situation by the people, the Haitian authorities were preparing Sunday to prohibit the consumption and sale of fish and other products from the lake in several riverside towns, said Michel Chancy, the Secretary of State of Haiti animal production. Fish and water samples were sent to the national laboratory but also in Mexico, for analysis to determine the causes of this phenomenon. According to the testimony of residents, other animals have died after eating fish from Lake Azuei.

SRI LANKA 12/27/10


Swine flu in Sri Lanka has killed 22 people and infected more than 300 over the past two months, the island’s health ministry said Monday. Official figures showed that 22 people infected with H1N1 — swine flu — had died since October 25 while 342 cases were reported during this period. “The strain of influenza affects peoples’ lungs and triggers off a strain of viral pneumonia. The heavy rains and the cold weather helped spread the virus,” government epidemiologist Sudath Peiris said. The ministry urged people to avoid crowded places and ordered those managing public phone booths to disinfect them at least eight times daily. The World Health Organization declared the swine flu pandemic over in August, more than a year after the new virus spread around the world, sparking panic and killing thousands before fizzling out.

CROATIA 12/29/10


Health Minister Darko Milinovic said on Tuesday that one person had died from complications caused by the swine flu virus H1N1 and that about 100 people in Croatia were infected at the moment. Those ill are mainly young people, the youngest being a year-old baby and the oldest a 60-year-old man, the one who died from complications, Milinovic told Hina, adding that no person older than 60 had been infected so far. The minister pointed to the serious symptoms of swine flu, saying the consequences of last year’s campaign against swine flu vaccination were now coming to light. “It would be very useful now if people had been vaccinated againstswine flu last year as they would be resistant to the virus.” Milinovic recommended that everyone get vaccinated, notably chronic patients and the elderly. More than 20 people died of swine flu in Croatia last season.

BULGARIA 12/29/10


One person died from swine flu (AH1N1) in Bulgaria 2-3 weeks ago, the national consultant in epidemiology, Mira Kozhuharova, has announced. According to Kozhuharova, three people have been registered with swine flu so far and one of them has died. The two other infected are in good condition. She pointed out that the cases have been confirmed laboratory, but she refused to name the city, in which the person has died. “Bulgaria is so small and we travel so often that it does not matter the city where the dead came from. The fact that the virus has been proved means that it circulates among the Bulgarian society, as everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere,” Kozhuharova said. In her words, there are no reasons for announcing epidemics in Bulgaria and further measures will be taken as soon as this happens. However, she noted that the virus is circulating throughout most of the European countries. Kozhuharova also warned about two other viruses, Brisbane and Perth, which were expected to hit Bulgaria at the end of the year and the beginning of 2011. “There are death cases in every flu epidemics. However, we are not talking about a plague, but rather for a regular human influenza, which carried the same risks as other types of flu,” the consultant said. She has explained that there are enough vaccines in the pharmacies, which cover the three subtypes of the flu. They cost between BGN 12-15. Several people died at the end of last year during the swine flu epidemics in Bulgaria. However, the victims worldwide were thousands.

SOUTH KOREA 12/29/10


South Korea’s farm ministry said Tuesday that it has found 20 dead spectacled teal ducks, apparently affected by the virulent strain of bird flu, and have taken emergency decontamination measures. The discovery of the dead birds in Haenam 430 kilometres south of Seoul is the third such finding this month and is raising concerns among local poultry farmers. The dead birds were found to be carrying the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza, but this does not mean South Korea was affected by the disease since no domestically raised ducks and chickens have become sick, officials said. The latest discovery comes after Seoul reported dead birds affected by bird flu on Dec 7 and Dec 10. Bird flu is an air-borne disease that is usually transmitted between animals. The disease can spread to humans, but no human cases have been reported South Koreas so far. The ministry said despite no domestic birds being affected so far, decontamination will be carried out within a 10 kilometre radius of where the dead teal ducks were discovered. Within the newly designated decontamination area, there are some 43 farms raising 820,000 chickens and other birds, officials said. Frontline quarantine officials said they have stepped up inspections on wild birds that migrate to the Korean Peninsula during the winter months, and have increased the number of birds caught to check the bird flu strains.

Death toll now stands at 2,761 in Haiti cholera epidemic

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The death toll from the cholera epidemic that broke out in Haiti in mid-October now stands at 2,761, according to a bulletin released Wednesday by the health ministry here. According to information posted on the ministry’s Web page, 130,534 people have been infected with cholera, of whom 79,865 have been hospitalized, although 68,932 of those have been released. Cholera, which had been eradicated in Haiti until its reappearance in October, has spread to all 10 of the country’s provinces, but the most seriously affected is the northwestern region of Artibonite, where 813 people have died from the disease.

Two Die in French Flu Epidemic

Source: Herald

To be classed as an epidemic, new cases of influenza recorded by doctors have to number more than 174 per 100,000 people per week. This threshold was breached last week, when there were 280 cases per 100,000 people.

Swine flu epidemic fear as hospital admissions soar by 250% in a week

Source: Daily

Fears of a swine flu epidemic have grown after figures revealed the number of seriously ill patients being treated in hospital for influenza has surged by 250 per cent in a week in the worst outbreak for 20 years.

Emergency Management Fund to Be Used for Livestock Epidemic


Korea is to categorize outbreaks of livestock epidemic as disaster and use the disaster management fund to quickly contain the disease and prevent it from spreading.



More than 8 death cases of a new mysteries disease in al-Hodeidah governorate are currently being investigated. The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia called all its citizen in Jazan, Asir, and Najran to take precaution for the disease in returning from Yemen and to be wary of those entering illegally into Saudi Arabia. Abdul-Karim Ras’e, Minister of Public Health and Population suggested the implementation of the coordination between the relevant sectors to provide outreach and education to cope with infectious diseases and prevention. SEYAJ for Childhood Protection emphasized that this mysteries epidemic is classified by unidentified fever that is sweeping the al-Zahra region in the province of Hodeidah. SEYAJ appealed to authorities in the Ministry of Public Health and Population, National Population Council and the local council in Hodeidah Governorate and the Directorate of al-Zahra to quickly identify the epidemic and the majority of the disease victims are children, and to provide urgent assistance for the affected people. The symptoms of this epidemic are accompanied by a high fever with severe pain and headache for several days and moves quickly said Ahmed Al-Qurashi, Chairman of SEYAJ. SEYAJ confirmed that a statistics of al-Zahra government hospital pointed of the arrival of forty cases on Saturday, while the statistics of al-Shifa recovery clinic reached to 35 cases. According to the tests that were made on a number of people from different villages of al-Zahra area are suffering from the same symptoms. The tests were examined in the laboratories of al-Hodeidah governorate by a committee formed by the Office of Health. The results showed that six out of ten have been testing them are infected with al-Dhanak fever and four of them condition is unknown, said Doctor Hassan Gaish, Manager of Health Office in al-Zahra district. Al-Zahra district is one of the poorest districts in al-Hodeidah governorate that suffer from a severe shortage of health services which makes such disease a real disaster where there are no laboratories able to diagnose such disease and test strips. There are not also laboratories highly qualified persons to respond such exotic diseases. Al-Mukrfess is the popular name of this epidemic and appeared more than a month in the city of Zabid, al-Garrahi, Bet al-Faqeeh and al-Khokha.

CANADA 12/30/10


Three female prisoners at a Metro Vancouver jail have been diagnosed with swine flu. The inmates at the Surrey Pretrial Centre were given the antiviral medication Tamiflu as soon as their symptoms appeared and one has already recovered, a B.C. government spokeswoman said Wednesday. The spokeswoman said it is not unusual to see some H1N1 cases at this time of year in the prison system and, in fact, there had been only a minimal number of cases this winter. The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Swine flu can be especially severe in people with weakened immune systems, where it can quickly lead to pneumonia. In addition to medication for the affected inmates, isolation precautions have been put in place at the Surrey jail and other prisoners are being monitored. Flu shots are also offered to all prisoners when they are admitted to any B.C. jail. When the World Health Organization declared the 2009 swine flu pandemic over, more than 18,000 people around the world had died, including at least 426 Canadians.

VIETNAM 12/30/10


More than 150 tonnes of red tilapias have died en masse in the past week in Cao Lanh District in the southern province of Dong Thap, resulting in losses of VND35 billion (US$1.7 million) for aquaculture farmers. Red tilapias are the world’s most popular farmed fish. They are fast growing and low in mercury. The dead fish were being raised by 41 households along the Can Lo River. It was the first time such a disaster has occurred. “Tests on the fish and water samples reveal the deaths were caused by frequent ebb tides and the high densities of fish kept caged in pens,” said Vu Thi Nhung, head of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s Environmental Protection Division. The tests were conducted by the department and Can Tho University. Nhung added that ebb tides created high amounts of organic substances in the water, which helped make oxygen levels below regulated levels. The density of the fish in pens was 130-200 per square metre, much higher than the 90-150. “The more organic substances deposited, the less oxygen in the water. This is what killed them,” said Nhung. She added that the department did not have any plan to support local farmers who lost their fish. But it will hold training courses to make sure farmers understand the proper technology for raising the fish.

Winter flu death toll revealed 12/30/10

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The number of people who have died as a result of the flu outbreak so far this winter will be revealed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA). The updated figure will come after it was announced on Wednesday that cases of flu rose by more than 40% last week, according to figures released by doctors. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) reported that incidences of flu in England and Wales reached 124 per 100,000 of the population in the week ending December 26. There were 86 per 100,000 cases in the previous week. There has been a general increase across all age ranges apart from children, with the middle-aged being particularly badly hit.

SOUTH KOREA 12/30/10


A patient yesterday died from the H1N1 virus, the so-called swine flu which swept nationwide in 2009, at a hospital in the metropolitan region as concerns grew about the spreading of other viruses, including foot-and-mouth disease and avian flu. According to Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 29-year old man visited a hospital on Monday complaining of a fever and muscle aches. The next day, it found he was infected with the H1N1 virus and sent him home. The hospital prescribed antibiotics. The patient’s symptoms worsened early Wednesday morning and he was hospitalized. He died later that day. You Dong-sook, a 36-year old actress, died from H1N1 in November after being infected while attending a film festival in Rome. Whether Wednesday’s victim traveled abroad has not been confirmed, the center said. The number of confirmed H1N1 cases in Korea stands at 23 out of 1,000 people, a rate only half that of 2009. The Health Ministry says the virus has weakened enough to be considered only as dangerous as normal influenza.



The bug which causes Legionnaires’ disease was found at a Sunderland school. Both the gym and pool at Monkwearmouth Comprehensive School were closed after routine tests showed Legionella bacteria levels were above the accepted level. No one contracted the disease and steps were immediately taken to rectify the situation. Richard Smith, Services Manager for Sunderland Council, said: “Water systems in all schools and public buildings are regularly monitored in line with the approved code of practice for water hygiene management. “This includes routinely monitoring the temperature of the water systems, taking samples for testing, and cleansing and disinfecting water systems. “Legionella bacteria are widely found in natural water sources, and it is not unusual to find low levels in the water systems of buildings, particularly older buildings. “Routine tests recently carried out at Monkwearmouth school showed an increase above accepted levels of bacteria – including Legionella. “The school gym and pool were temporarily closed as a precautionary measure, and there was no further evidence found of any bacterial infection. “The gym and pool will reopen as soon as remedial work to restore the water supply to its normal levels is complete.” Mr Smith added that the council liaised with the Health Protection Agency to make sure that all appropriate measures would be taken and that there had been no cases of Legionella-related illness associated with the school. People catch the Legionella bacteria by inhaling small droplets of water suspended in the air, which contain the bacteria. It can affect anybody, but the elderly and those suffering from illness are most susceptible. Legionnaires’ disease was first identified in 1976 after an unusual outbreak of respiratory illness among people attending an American Legion convention in Pennsylvania. However, it is believed that this bacteria existed, but was unidentified, since 1947. In September, a woman needed treatment at Sunderland Royal Hospital after contracting Legionnaires’ while in the East Willows ward, at Cherry Knowle Hospital, Ryhope.



The number of deaths in Haiti from the cholera epidemic afflicting the poverty-stricken nation since mid-October has risen to 3,333, the health ministry said Friday.



The number of flu cases in the US is on the rise and the proportion of deaths that have resulted from influenza and pneumonia have reached epidemic levels, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday in its weekly report. The data is not unusual for this time of year, with the number of cases typically peaking in January and February, the report said. Influenza cases were reported to be widespread throughout the US, with 13 states and Puerto Rico reporting regional activity, nine states reporting local activity and Washington, D.C., the US Virgin Islands and 23 states reporting sporadic activity.



Experts are fearful of an epidemic among the elephant population of Tamil Nadu after six animals died in 15 days of a bacterial disease. According to Daily News and Analysis (DNA), “shocked” forest officials and experts are concerned that the disease could spread around the 5,630 elephants in the near-10,000 square km area in the state at the southern tip of the Indian Peninsula. BK Singh, the principle chief conservator of forests (wildlife), said that postmortem reports on the bodies confirmed that the animals had died from haemorrhagic septicaemia, an acute form of pasturellosis. In Tamil Nadu, this disease is said to be killing elephants in between three and 36 hours, as they contract a high fever and their vital organs fail. Three of the deaths occurred in the Byilore range of Biligiri Rangawildlife sanctuary, with a further three taking place in Satyamanagala range. Their rotting carcasses were found in the forests.



Mass migrations to cities and stagnating flood waters proved breeding grounds for the spread of diseases. Pakistan faced one of the worst epidemic of dengue fever in late October and November when thousands fell victim to Aedes aegypti. Death toll remained in the low 30s but infestation spread to all parts of Pakistan, triggering fears that the epidemic might be worse next year. Pakistan reported the highest number of polio infections in a decade with 126 new cases; 64 of these were from the lawless tribal areas where accessibility remains a major hurdle.



The sexually transmitted infection which was barely heard about anymore a few short years ago is rearing its head in places all over the globe. Here on this web site, I’ve discussed that dramatic increase in cases of the disease from China to North Carolina to Florida. Now it is being reported in the Global Saskatoon that the Canadian province of Alberta is facing an epidemic of syphilis in numbers that are clearly troubling. According to the report, in 1999, there were 2 cases of the spirochete infection in the province. Now a decade later, Alberta has reported 267 cases in 2009 and the outbreak shows no sign of slowing.



NHS hospitals struggling to cope with the flu outbreak were on “black alert” yesterday, as figures showed that the number of children under five seriously ill with the disease has doubled in a week.



VICTORIAN farmers’ hopes of the locust plague easing following recent cool weather have been dashed with the discovery of second-generation locusts hatching in Katunga, north of Shepparton. With the plague swarming south on hot winds in recent days, adult locust activity is now concentrated in a corridor running from Horsham across the state through Bendigo and Shepparton towards Wodonga. Community meetings are scheduled this week in the Grampians, at Halls Gap on Wednesday and Mirranatwa on Thursday. The Department of Primary Industries has staged about 500 such meetings with more than 10,000 attendees preparing to respond to the threat.

Signs in False Shepherds & False Religion

“For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also.” 2 Timothy 3:6-9

11 faith-based predictions for 2011

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Faith Under Fire

“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:11-12

“You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endured to the end will be delivered.”  Matthew 10:22

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Lao Officials Destroy Rice Paddies, Expel More Christians