CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 179

Revelations

By Johanna

Revelation 16:1-2

The First Bowl

1 Then I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” 2 The first went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and severely painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

Do you still not believe Father is angry? Do you still believe the Word is false? Father is all powerful while Satan is nothing but a tin god.

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Is Yahweh, Israel?

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The Falsehood of the Trinity: Who Christ Jesus Really Is

The Mark of the Beast

The Beast Revealed

God’s Anger & Wrath

UFOs & Crop Circles

The Signs of End Times

The Kingdom Message

Was Jesus Psychic?

The Rapture & End Times Prophecy Explained

The Spirit Realm

The Cherubic Order of Angels

Are You Ready for Truth?

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Let Go

By Deborah

Do not cling to this world slated for destruction. It and everything upon it is dying and there is nothing mankind nor the ruler of the world, who is Satan, can do about it. Christ is the only hope. He is the only way to be salvaged from what is to come upon this planet.

1 Samuel 2:8  He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the garbage pile. He seats them with noblemen and gives them a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; He has set the world on them.

Isaiah 13:11 I will bring disaster on the world, and their [own] iniquity, on the wicked. I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant and humiliate the insolence of tyrants.

Jeremiah 25:30 [ Judgment on the Whole World ] “As for you, you are to prophesy all these things to them, and say to them: The LORD roars from on high; He raises His voice from His holy dwelling. He roars loudly over His grazing land; He calls out with a shout, like those who tread [grapes], against all the inhabitants of the earth.

1 John 2:15-17

A Warning about the World

15 Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. Because everything that belongs to the world— 16 the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world.17 And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.


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 www.chosen.weebly.com and will be updated monthly.

The Journey Continues

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

Regina

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…

 
Johanna

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…

Deborah

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…

 

 

Elisha

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…

UFOs in Antiquity

Alderra: Like most people, I always associated UFOs with either aliens or the dark side. Media reports of sightings are so common nowadays that I’m very very grateful that I’m no longer in the dark.

“Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by the signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them.” Jeremiah 10:2

Mother is indeed by gracious!!

Now it makes sense why many historical paintings that depict UFOs are related to Christianity. Here’s one of them:

http://www.paranormalstuff.info/videos/v….be_gdata_player

Although there are some Christians who believe that Elijah was taken up by a UFO, many still link UFOs to alien abduction which will help Satan to explain Rapture. Could that also be his reason to completely abolish Christianity during his short reign?

I don’t know why but before learning about the Truth presented by this Ministry, I (like many others) simply couldn’t imagine angels flying an aircraft or using computers or FaceBook or watching TV etc.

In contrast to the orb with a smiley face, the cast of a LOZ as a lion(I just saw it last night) is fierce looking as a warrior should be – they are indeed Mother’s mighty army.

Seraiah: Amen to that. *HUGS*

“many still link UFOs to alien abduction which will help Satan to explain Rapture. Could that also be his reason to completely abolish Christianity during his short reign?”

Yes, because just like now, there are those that do not believe in the existence of a Creator, so Dawn is hedging his bet by covering all bases; those inclined to believe in God will come to realize She is against them if they do not accept Her truth, and the rest will believe it is extraterrestrial in nature. The latter is the deception. Dawn wants to rid the earth of those that do not accept him as their only god; he will take his worship any way he can get it, even by proxy of make-believe alien ruler-ship.

I have a pic to put on for the group as a whole; talk at you another time. Yahweh is happy you are a part of Her Ministry – me too.

Remember kids, the LOZ will search out every crevice, turn over every rock to rid this planet of the vile at Armageddon; there will be no escape for any of them.

Deborah: I see SO much more… but this is just to show the LOZ in training. I’ll mark more and post again later.

Regina: Good eye, Deb.

Alderra: Thank you SO much Seraiah for your kind words!

What a GREAT honor to be a part of the flock! What a GREAT privilege to talk with each of you in this ministry who are being used mightily by YAHWEH!

p/s: I was so overjoyed when I first read this that I said some childish things in my earlier post which has been deleted. What is happening is beyond my wildest dreams so I can’t help feeling overwhelmed…but I apologize if I sounded silly

How the two sides maneuver each other into war board positions

Joe – Satan and his demons fight tooth and nail to protect the United States because of it being his prized child, but a pawn’s move on the war chess board will force his hand. Iran wants Egypt in its family, and it is already taking steps to cement the bond by filling the gap. Israel will soon become involved to break the coupling effect apart. Then Satan’s child will be forced to give Israel support. This is what the holy side is maneuvering Satan and his prized child into position for.

Will the latest pawn-move prove successful? Watch the news and see what develops. The holy side is not always successful in maneuvering Satan into a position they desire, but more often than not, he takes the bait.

But even more interesting, is when Satan is resolved not to act on a move by our side, but his human allies have minds of their own, and he can only try and motivate them one way or the other. He was not successful in keeping his ancient Egyptian Pharaoh from making a fatal mistake that cost him much of his elite military force. History often repeats itself.

Discovery’s Final Launch


Joe: Launch at 5:02 is symbolic. “Beginning of the end…” also symbolic. I believe the LOZ were marking this as the final chapter of mankind’s incursion into Yahweh’s expanse. If the solar flare that is intended to kill the power of the space station and decay the ISS orbit to burn up upon reentry is due to occur in the 5th month, then that will also be encoded within the pics of this launch. It would be symbolic of Satan being kicked out of the heavens and brought down to the earth in a burst of fiery destruction to this planet in reflection of the Siberian event at his ousting and fall.

I also see the cast of a buffalo. And all of you children know what happened to them. Just as the buffalo nearly became extinct, so to shall mankind. Meaning they are to be slaughtered in great numbers with only a remnant left.

Regina: The news story said it’s had 133 missions to date – matches up with the symbolism of 5:02.

UFO Chased By Military Jets in Fresno, California

Two Similar Daytime Sightings in Oregon and Arizona on Feb 24

Washington State Sightings Reported to 911

Large Rod-shaped UFO In Germany

2011 UFO Sightings On The Rise

 

 

Libya: Tripoli Residents Say Civilian Qaddafi Supporters Being Armed

Stocks fall, oil jumps as Libya protests intensify

What Does The Unrest In The Middle East Tell Us About China?

Korean Bank Run Spreading: Eighth Bank Closes Following “Massive Withdrawals”

Freddie Mac posts $1.7B loss for Q4

 

2 Phoenix men accused of arrange for sex with dogs

Massachusetts Couple Accused of Killing 4-Year-Old Girl

Florida Homeless Man Set on Fire During Fight

Pennsylvania Judge Convicted in Alleged ‘Kids for Cash’ Scheme

Disney worker charged with sex assault on guest

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QUAKES –

2/19/11 –

5.1 OFFSHORE O’HIGGINS, CHILE

2/20/11 –

5.3 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA

6.0 NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA

5.1 FLORES SEA

5.0 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION

5.0 MOLUCCA SEA

5.2 SOLOMON ISLANDS

5.2 GULF OF ADEN

2/21/11 –

6.1 OFF E. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.

5.2 SOLOMON ISLANDS

6.5 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS

5.0 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.

5.6 SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO, ARGENTINA

5.0 NEAR S. COAST OF WESTERN HONSHU

5.4 AISEN, CHILE

2/22/11 –

5.6 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION

5.0 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

5.3 RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN

5.1 LOYALTY ISLANDS

5.3 LUZON, PHILIPPINES

5.6 OFF E. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z.

5.5 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

2/23/11 –

5.3 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION

5.4 NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA

2/24/11 –

5.4 FIJI REGION

5.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE

5.5 TONGA

2/25/11 –

None 5.0 or higher.

Tiny energy bursts may foretell massive earthquakes – It happened in Turkey, but other destructive temblors have no ‘foreshocks’. Bursts of energy rocked the Earth in the hour right before an earthquake devastated Turkey in 1999 – a new finding that might one day help researchers predict major quakes. Many large earthquakes are preceded by smaller rumbles known as foreshocks. However, there is apparently no way to distinguish these tremors from other small quakes that don’t portend a larger temblor. At the same time, many large earthquakes do not seem to have any foreshocks.

The magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit near Izmit in northwest Turkey in 1999, killing at least 17,000 people and leaving nearly 500,000 homeless. The calamity was one of the best-recorded large earthquakes to date, since researchers had seismic recording stations very close to the fault. Now, after analyzing the deluge of information from before, during and after the earthquake, they have detected repeated, accelerating blips of seismic activity before the Izmit quake, near the point where the rupture began. Theoretical and laboratory studies of earthquakes suggest they should be preceded by slow slipping along a fault in the Earth. Before the Izmit quake began, the research suggests the fault slipped irregularly but near-continuously for 44 minutes, generating the bursts the scientists detected, as well as increasing low-frequency seismic noise. “This will motivate seismologists to look more for these types of signals before earthquakes. Seismologists have kind of given up finding such signals in the early nucleation phase before earthquakes…What we found is encouraging, but we don’t know how common these signals will be.”

A powerful earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, during the city’s busy lunchtime rush on Tuesday, flattening office buildings, destroying several homes and killing scores of people. At least 65 people were confirmed dead in the 6.3-magnitude quake. The mayor of Christchurch declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of the city’s downtown area. Television footage from the scene showed emergency crews pulling shaken and injured victims from the stricken buildings, including one four-story structure, the Pine Gould Guinness building, that was partially damaged by the temblor. Emergency crews were working to evacuate people from another building that had caught fire shortly after the quake. The search and rescue mission was being further complicated by repeated strong aftershocks to the zone. The Christchurch Airport was closed and will reopen Wednesday morning only for domestic flights.

Christchurch is New Zealand’s second-largest city with an urban area of nearly 400,00 residents. There were people running through the streets, massive landslides pouring rocks and debris into suburban streets and extensive damage to the iconic Christchurch Cathedral. The quake hit the country’s South Island just before 1 p.m. local time. The tremor was just the latest in a series of large earthquakes to strike in recent months. In September, a magnitude 7.1 quake rocked the same area, but caused no casualties. “There is more substantial damage to buildings than there was during the original earthquake.” Tuesday’s tremor was centered about six miles from downtown Christchurch, and was only about three miles underground, possibly making it more destructive.

Several news outlets reported extensive devastation to the nearby town of Lyttelton, nearest the epicenter of the quake, but there were no immediate pictures from the scene. “The earthquake itself was quite violent, a lot of movement. It felt like there were about 10 people shaking the side of it, all at once, it was so much force.” The force of the quake pushed thousands of gallons of water and silt into the streets, and in some places the road appeared to open up and swallow several cars in the beachside neighborhood of New Brighton. “Everything has just changed. What we have now is the clothes that we’re wearing.”

NEW ZEALAND – The magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit Christchurch today is still classed as an aftershock despite the increased damage. Today’s tremor was “definitely connected” to the first magnitude 7.1 earthquake of September 4. “At some point aftershock sequences do end. The rate does diminish but the magnitude doesn’t. Any of them could be quite big.”

Multiple fatalities have been reported after the powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. The tremor, which hit at 1251 (2351 GMT on Monday) only 10km (6.2 miles) south-east of the city at a depth of 5km (3.1 miles), caused widespread destruction. The fire service said numerous people were trapped in buildings, and a state of emergency has been declared. The damage is said to be far worse than after September’s 7.1-magnitude quake. There have been several aftershocks since last September’s quake, with a 4.9 magnitude tremor hitting just after Christmas.

TV pictures of the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake showed several collapsed buildings in the centre of Christchurch. People could be seen wandering the rubble-filled streets in distress. Local police said there were reports of multiple fatalities, including that two buses had been crushed by falling buildings. There were also reports of fires and of numerous people being trapped in collapsed buildings. Witnesses said up to 150 people were feared trapped inside the Pyne Gould Guinness building alone. Local television showed bodies being pulled out of rubble strewn around the city centre. It was not known if they were alive. Christchurch Cathedral, an iconic stone building in the centre of the city, was partly destroyed, its spire toppling into the square below. Concrete in Victoria Square had risen at least a metre in some places and there are signs of liquefaction around the Avon river. “The ground is still like jelly, a low level shake all the time.” (Christchurch is built on silt, sand and gravel, with a water table under it, so that when there’s an earthquake, the water rises and mixes with the sand.)

“When the shaking had stopped I looked out of the window, which gives a great view onto Christchurch, and there was just dust.” Power and telephone lines were knocked out, and pipes burst, flooding the streets with water. There is also a shortage of ambulances, so private vehicles are being used to ferry the injured to triage centres. Initial reports said the main hospital had been evacuated, but this was later denied by the police. Christchurch’s roads were gridlocked with people trying to flee the city as the authorities have instructed.

“The worrying fear, of course, is that this earthquake has taken place at a time when people were going about their business – it is a very populated time, with people at work, children at school. Sadly, I cannot rule out that there have been fatalities.” “Significant” aftershocks should now be expected.

New Zealand lies at the southern end of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, and above an area of the Earth’s crust where the Pacific Plate converges with the Indo-Australian Plate. The country experiences more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, of which only around 20 have a magnitude in excess of 5.0. The last fatal earthquake was in 1968, when a 7.1-magnitude tremor killed three people on the South Island’s western coast.

MISSISSIPPI – Oil well fire caused by earthquake? Several Jones county volunteer fire departments responded to a small fire at an oil well site at about 9:15 p.m. Friday. “Firefighters had the fire at the well head out within 30 seconds after starting the attack,” said McKenna. “It was a pretty minor fire and no one was injured.” Cause of the fire has not been determined. “They apparently loss pressure at the well.”

They couldn’t help wonder if the loss of pressure had anything to do with the minor earthquake that shook southern Alabama Friday evening. TPeople more than 200 miles away reported feeling the tremblor which the U.S. Geological Service says happened at 5:15 p.m. Friday. There was no immediate damage reported from the 3.5-magnitude earthquake. “It’s just one of those funny things that have you wondering, especially when they began to lose pressure around the same time.”

NEW ZEALAND – Many parts of Christchurch were left in ruins after the 6.3-magnitude quake. The Prime Minister has declared a national state of emergency as the death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake in Christchurch rose to 75. Police have said there is “incredible carnage right throughout the city”, with “bodies littering the streets, they are trapped in cars and crushed under rubble.” More than 300 people are still missing. Forty-eight were pulled out from collapsed buildings alive overnight. 100 or more could still be trapped.

The earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 5km (3.1 miles) on Tuesday lunchtime, when the South Island city was at its busiest. It was Christchurch’s second major tremor in five months, and New Zealand’s DEADLIEST NATURAL DISASTER IN 80 YEARS. More than 500 search and rescue personnel, police, fire service staff, soldiers and volunteers worked throughout the night to find survivors trapped under the rubble, many using only their bare hands. “We are getting texts and tapping sounds from some of these buildings and that’s where our focus is. It’s quite amazing, we have some people we’ve pulled out and they haven’t got so much as a scratch on them, we’ve had other people where we’ve had to amputate limbs to get them out.” 22 people alone were missing in Christchurch Cathedral, which lost its spire and a section of roof. Twenty-four others have meanwhile been rescued from the Pyne Gould Guinness building and dogs have detected another seven still alive. The earthquake flattened the four-storey structure where hundreds worked. Rescuers have put a cordon around the city’s second largest building, the Grand Chancellor Hotel, because it is threatening to collapse. Amid scenes of devastation in the Cashel Street Mall, an injured baby was found in its dead mother’s arms. The police are aware several locations, including a bus crushed by debris, where bodies have not yet been removed because their priority is to help those still alive. Emergency shelters have been set up at the city’s Hagley Park, a race course, schools and community halls. The Red Cross has been trying to find accommodation for people sheltering outside in tents or under plastic sheeting.

Tuesday’s tremor in Christchurch is almost certainly related to the much more energetic event that hit the region last September. The critical difference on this occasion is the ground broke almost directly under the country’s second city, and at shallow depth, 5km (three miles) below the surface. Contrast this with September’s magnitude 7 quake: its epicentre occurred some 40km west of the city and at a depth of 10km, and it continued to rupture mainly away from the major built-up areas. New Zealand experiences more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, of which only around 20 have a magnitude in excess of 5.0. Tuesday’s was the country’s worst natural disaster since a 1931 quake in Hawke’s Bay on the North Island killed 256 people.

Yesterday’s earthquake caused 30 million tonnes of ice to break off from the country’s longest glacier – Tourists rode rolling waves on Tasman Lake. Christchurch’s massive earthquake caused a 30 million-tonne chunk of ice (1.2km long, 300m high, 75m wide) to break off from the Tasman Glacier, about 200km away on the West Coast. At Mt Cook village the quake was felt as a minute-long gentle tremor – it did not cause any injuries. There, 16 tourists and two staff members were out on two boats when the quake hit. At the time, they knew nothing of it.

One boat had gone out only 500m from the jetty at the southern end of the lake when the sound of ice splintering startled them. “We heard a loud crack, like a high-powered rifle, looked about, didn’t see much happening. We motored on for three or four minutes around the icebergs at the lower end of the lake, then one of the fellows asked, ‘Well, where is the actual glacier?”‘ The guide pointed to the upper end of the lake 6km away. “At that very moment my wife focused on that area with her camera and the whole front of the glacier cut loose and fell into the lake.” The moment was spectacular. An estimated 250m of the glacier’s terminal wall is below the waterline and the slab – 1.2km wide and 75m-long – that calved its way up out of the lake was like a submarine breaking the surface. “You could see this huge big piece of blue ice coming up out of the water. It was amazing, a whole wall of water, maybe 50 or 60m high came off the ice. All the icebergs started rolling, every single one on the lake was rocking and rolling. They’re exposing their beautiful blue undersides.”

The 1.2km behemoth has since broken up. Yesterday morning there had been only 10 icebergs on the lake and now there are more than 30. Their intense colours, caused by refracted light, stand in sharp contrast to the lake’s sediment-rich water. The tourists felt rolling swells of up to 3.5m. It was safer to keep the boats pointed into the swells rather than try to offload passengers on to the jetty. In all, the group was on the lake for an hour and 15 minutes. After nearly 2m of rain in the past eight weeks, the lake’s temperature had risen, warning lake-users of a coming event. Accordingly, the company boats had been keeping 800m away from the glacier’s terminal face, but “never in a million years” did anyone expect an earthquake – uniquely – to cause the third-largest calving in the lake’s history.

NEW ZEALAND – Rescuers have given up all hope of finding any more survivors in the rubble of Christchurch’s flattened Canterbury TV building where up to 120 people are buried. “At the CTV site there is no chance of survival.” Police confirmed that 76 bodies had been brought to the quake-ravaged city’s temporary morgue. However, the number of dead from Tuesday’s 6.3-magnitude earthquake is expected to skyrocket once recovery efforts get under way in coming days. 238 people are still unaccounted for.

The last person brought out alive was a woman who was pulled from the Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) building at 3pm (1pm AEDT) yesterday. The PGC building remained a rescue site but police were unable to say how many people were believed to trapped inside. Twenty-nine people have been rescued from the site since the earthquake struck. The badly damaged Christ Church Cathedral contains 16-22 bodies, but the landmark building has been deemed too dangerous to clear. At least three people had died when the bus they were in was crushed by falling rocks. There were also several deaths in cars. Engineers were closely monitoring the 26-storey Grand Chancellor hotel, which is tilting to one side and sunk one-and-a-half metres.

NEW ZEALAND – The death toll from Tuesday’s deadly magnitude 6.3 earthquake in New Zealand climbed to 98, with 226 people listed as missing. The “loss of life could be more substantial than any one of us had ever dreamed of.”

NEW ZEALAND – Christchurch earthquake: Deadly tremors rebounded on city. The hard rock near the quake’s epicentre close to Lyttelton may have compounded the effect of the tremor by reflecting greater seismic activity towards the city. Seismologists say the unlikely combination of depth, size and proximity to a populated region all contributed to the devastation. The location of the epicentre close to the Port Hills, which are largely basalt rock, may have also played a role in the catastrophic damage. Seismic activity travels in waves, so it could be compressed, refracted or reflected like an optical waveform. While the waves could be dispersed or absorbed by some properties, they could also rebound off hard surfaces.

“We suspect that the epicentre was probably on the north side of the Port Hills, where a huge amount of energy would have been literally ‘pinged’ off the basalt rock, almost behaving like a mirror. You can imagine an explosion going off and energy going out towards Christchurch city, but a lot of energy also hitting the hard rock at depth, then being reflected, bounced back and compounding the effect.” This event, called seismic lensing, could explain the hotch-potch damage to the city and suburbs. “It’ll partly be why there are some parts of Christchurch bizarrely much worse affected than others. A lot depends on that nature of the ground immediately beneath the building, but you have to remember that these waves can behave in strange ways. It could be that the Pyne Gould building, for instance, might have conformed to all the building standards but was hit by an absolute ROGUE WAVE.” A previous Californian earthquake, which struck inland, mysteriously brought down several buildings in Santa Monica, a huge distance from the original faultline.

Seismologists are still digging through a wealth of seismic data to understand how a magnitude 6.3 quake produced the largest recorded ground-shaking in New Zealand. The quake – which is an aftershock of the September tremor – reached 9 on the Modified Mercalli intensity scale, which runs to 12. This intensity destroys most buildings of a low standard, and even hurts post-1980s buildings which are specially designed to withstand earthquakes. “What the instruments are telling us is that it was a very energetic earthquake for its size.” The previously unknown faultline ran east-to-west from Taylors Mistake to Halswell. It was roughly 3km to 12km deep and 17km long. The aftershocks that were occurring along this faultline were tailing off more quickly than the September quake, but would still continue for months. There have been more than 120 shocks since Tuesday’s tremor, the greatest of which was magnitude 5.7.

A team of scientists failed to find a surface rupture in the hills above the epicentre, which meant it was more difficult to understand the nature of the fault and the size of the “stress drop” – the difference between the stress across a fault before and after an earthquake. One, predicted that the fault had been “well-cemented” after lying quiet for thousands of years. “So when it went, it went with a particularly violent bang.” While the energy of September’s Darfield quake was the equivalent of a car slamming on its brakes sharply, Tuesday’s Lyttelton quake appeared to be a longer, heavier release of tension. Satellite images should soon determine how much the earth moved, and the size of the stress drop.

VOLCANOES –

HAWAII – Lava lake at Kilauea has reached ONE OF ITS HIGHEST LEVELS EVER. Scientists on the Big Island say it’s been an especially active week at Kilauea volcano – as it continues to erupt in two locations: on the east rift zone and at the summit.

The volcanic activity along the summit has died down a little since Monday – when the lava lake at Halemaumau crater reached one of the highest levels ever observed. On Monday, they watched as a number of rocks fell into Kilauea’s summit vent. Sulfur dioxide emissions remain elevated. “Large sections of the rim of the vent fell into the lava lake below. It caused a lot of degassing, and in a few instances, some explosive events that caused a lot of dusty, ashy plumes to rise skyward.”

The lava lake at Halemaumau crater reached one of its highest levels ever this week – indicating an increase in the volume of magma. It’s been rising steadily since last November, but volcanologists aren’t yet sure of its significance. “We’re still seeing these rise fall cycles in the lava lake. Rock falls are still occurring, again not as many as on Monday or Tuesday, but the vent walls continue to break apart, and we expect we’ll continue to see this activity in the foreseeable future.”

The eruption at Kilauea’s east rift zone continues, as well. It’s an area peppered with homes and structures, but right now, no homes are in imminent danger. Kilauea remains the world’s longest, continually-erupting volcano.

CONGO – Goma volcano set for another eruption. Previous eruptions in recent times may be dwarfed by the expected next eruption of Mt. Nyiragongo, which towers over the Eastern Congolese city of Goma. Nine years ago, in January 2002, when the region’s most active volcano erupted, the reportedly rather liquid lava swiftly covered a sizeable part of the city and even brought air transport to a complete standstill, when a portion of the runway was covered by lava, which when finally cooled down, was measured to be 6 and more feet thick and as wide as a kilometer, leaving total destruction in its wake and making over 120,000 residents homeless.

The eruption then reached as far as Lake Kivu and only a major effort supported by the UN and international partners made the airport somehow usable again, albeit with a still shortened runway, which makes the use of larger aircraft impossible and impacts on the operations of the airport even with smaller jets. Accidents have, in fact, been recorded at Goma attributed at the shortened runway making every landing and take off an adventure of sorts. An earlier major eruption in 1977 also caused similar havoc, but population numbers were considerably less back then and the main path of the lava was not directed frontally against Goma. There are reportedly only two main exit routes for the lava, as researchers have established and, therefore, the chance of Goma being hit again during the next eruption is 50/50.

While in the past, ahead of major eruptions, earthquakes and seismic events indicated increased activity of the volcano, the absence of monitoring equipment is hampering the ability of researchers to adequately monitor the mountain and predict imminent eruptions. Neither the volcano operators nor the population at large seems overly concerned at this stage, in spite of recent pictures being taken from aircraft flying over the crater, showing it once again filling up with enormous quantities of lava. A few months ago it was reported here that the lava’s reflections on low clouds could be seen all the way into Uganda, again underscoring that there is indeed now a growing possibility of another upcoming eruption, many of which in the recorded history of the volcano have come at 10-year intervals.

The African Rift Valley, which extends from the Red Sea across much of Africa to Malawi, has always been an active seismological zone – as another active volcano, Mt. Ol Donyo Lengai in Tanzania demonstrates – but of late, disquieting reports have emerged that THE UNDERWATER RIP IN THE RED SEA SEEMS TO BE WIDENING, as minor eruptions have been reported from the border area between Ethiopia and Djibouti. It is there that the ground has also lowered and subsequently seismic monitoring has been substantially increased to provide early alerts of imminent developments. In the Eastern African part of the Rift Valley, and especially for Mt. Nyiragongo, this does not seem to be the case at present, however, leaving the populations near such volcanos at greater risk. With no meaningful evacuation plans in place, the Goma volcano can be considered a disaster in waiting. Should, in fact, the airport during a future eruption be closed again, feasible evacuations and the arrival of supplies and equipment will then only be able to reach Goma by road from Rwanda or else across the lake, where shipping capacity is also minimal.

PHILIPPINES – At least 2,000 people have been evacuated to safer grounds following today’s explosion on Mt. Bulusan in the central Philippine province of Sorsogon. Military trucks started evacuating the residents living at the foot of the volcano soon after they received a report of the explosion. Mt. Bulusan exploded 9:15 a.m., local time. Ash from the steam-triggered explosion hit as high as two kilometers. Mt. Bulusan is the highest peak in Sorsogon and covers a land area of 3,672 hectares. The volcano began spewing ash and steam in December last year.

PHILIPPINES – ‘Strong lahar flow from Bulusan likely’. A resident volcanologist in Sorsogon province on Tuesday warned residents around Mount Bulusan against the possibility of strong lahar flow from the volcano.

Several towns in Sorsogon may be hit by strong flows of lahar from the volcano during heavy rains. They are seeing indications that ash deposits within the Bulusan volcano’s crater have become heavy. People residing near valleys and river/streams are strongly advised to be vigilant against sediment-laden stream flows in the event of heavy and prolonged rainfall. They are seriously looking into the sides of the Bulusan that might have created vents where magma flow could originate. At least 16 tremors were recorded by Phivolcs within the past 24 hours after the explosion on Monday. They are still waiting for the results of the chemical test done in the samples they sent to the Manila office, which would determine what type of ash powder was spewed by the volcano on Monday. Many observed that the ashfall also included sand, and there were no tremors felt prior to explosion. 108,906 individuals were affected by the explosion. 81 baranggays in at least 3 towns of Sorsogon suffered from severe ashfall few minutes after Bulusan spewed ashes.

Scientists say volcanoes produce distinctive tremors (persistent earthquakes called volcanic tremors) minutes, days or even weeks before they erupt, making prediction of events possible.

Child dies under volcanic ash cloud in Philippines – Health authorities handed out face masks to thousands of residents around an erupting volcano on Wednesday after a child died of an asthma attack blamed on falling ash. Bulusan volcano spewed a huge ash column on Monday, sending thousands of people fleeing their homes. More than 700 remained at evacuation centres Wednesday awaiting advice on when it is safe to return. Some 6,000 dust masks were handed out to residents of Irosin, one of three towns affected by the ashfall, including nearly 500 people at an evacuation centre there. The health ministry meanwhile distributed face masks in the nearby town of Bulan, where the two-year-old boy died.

Volcanic ash can cause nose, throat, eye and skin irritation as well as contaminate tap water, while prolonged exposure can cause lung disease. Government volcanologists said they had recorded one volcanic quake in the volcano in the past 24 hours, but thick clouds hampered visual observations of further steam and ash emissions.

Bulusan is among 23 active volcanoes in the Philippines, which is located in the so-called Ring of Fire of volcanic activity around the Pacific. Bulusan, 360 kilometres southeast of Manila, last erupted between March and June of 2006. The volcano also shot ash into the air in November last year, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. However volcanologists said that was not an eruption, but heated ash deposits near the crater mouth that exploded and burst out on contact with rainwater.

Philippine scientists on Tuesday warned of more explosions from the restive Bulusan volcano that has been spewing ash for two days after nearly three months of inactivity.

INDONESIA – The mud volcano that has displaced more than 13000 Indonesian families WILL ERUPT FOR AT LEAST A QUARTER OF A CENTURY, emitting belches of flammable gas through a deepening lake of sludge, scientists reported on Thursday.

PHILIPPINES – Government volcanologists yesterday allayed fears of Sorsogon residents of a major eruption of Bulusan volcano, saying that what was ejected last Monday were merely old deposits and not “fresh ones” as earlier reported.

TROPICAL STORMS –

Cyclone Carlos menacing Western Australia’s far north – As this weekend’s floodwaters continue to recede, the main concern of residents in Carnarvon is ex-tropical cyclone Carlos, which is menacing the far north of Western Australia. Carlos is expected to re-form into a category two cyclone over the ocean west of the Kimberley coast some time tomorrow. “Then it does look that longer term it will move more towards the coast but will more likely cross somewhere near Exmouth, north of Carnarvon. But longer-term they do get a bit unpredictable.” As Carlos moves down the Pilbara coast towards Exmouth and Carnarvon, there is the possibility of destructive winds. Communities in WA’s Kimberley region – including Kuri Bay, Cockatoo Island, Cape Leveque, Derby and Broome – are being told to prepare for wind gusts of up to 100km/h. The weekend’s flood will put back by between two to four weeks the winter harvest of vegetables such as tomatoes, capsicums, cucumbers and pumpkins. Many areas on the outskirts of Carnarvon that were inundated had already been severely damaged by the floods which devastated the region before Christmas.

AUSTRALIA – Communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara are on cyclone and flood alert as tropical cyclone Carlos reforms over the sea west of Broome. After moving over the Top End from the east, the reformed Cyclone Carlos is expected to move west southwest roughly parallel to the Pilbara coast and intensify today and tomorrow. This morning a cyclone warning was current for coastal areas from Cape Leveque to Mardie including Broome, and a cyclone watch was current for Pilbara coastal areas from Mardie to Cape Cuvier. “There is the risk of destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125km/h on Tuesday along the Pilbara coast and very destructive winds with gusts exceeding 165km/h possible west of Mardie later on Tuesday.” The bureau said significant stream rises and widespread local flooding was possible between Port Hedland and Karratha from early on Tuesday.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Atu is continuing to intensify with Fiji’s Meteorological Service now classifying it as a category four storm. It is forecast to strike Vanuatu. While it will brush New Zealand, it will pass there out of harm’s way. However big seas are still a possibility between Northland and East Cape from Wednesday to Friday.

The risk of Cyclone Atu brushing New Zealand increased a little overnight. The storm may come a little closer to eastern New Zealand than was initially thought. It’s expected that Atu will be closest to the country on Thursday but a direct hit still remains very unlikely. The Fiji Met Service said winds near the centre of the category one storm have picked up and the air pressure has fallen further as the cyclone intensifies over Vanuatu.

MADAGASCAR – On a sliding scale of hardship, a cyclone in February has more serious implications for food security than a similar tropical storm slamming into Madagascar in January. Cyclone Bingiza ripped into the northeast of the island on 14 February, killing at least six people as high winds shredded the flimsy homes of subsistence farming and fishing communities. “This is the worst time of year for a cyclone, as even if it comes in January they can restart cultivating with shorter cycle rice varieties, but if it comes in February they can’t restart in time for the April harvest….If water stays on the rice for a week it will be ruined.”

Bingiza made landfall at dawn in the Sava region, also damaging fields of vanilla, a cash crop, and the livelihoods of fishing communities in the Masaola pensinsula. The cyclone crossed the island and went into the Mozambique Channel, then turned back and visited Madagascar’s southern reaches, which experienced flooding in the weeks preceding the cyclone. “All the rice fields are flooded and all the harvests are lost. Damage is much worse to the south than the north, and now Bingiza is coming back this way, which means it will get much worse.”

As far as was known at present, Bingiza had left about 7,500 without adequate shelter. The World Food Programme had prepositioned stocks of rice and canned vegetables, as cyclones are predictable natural disasters in Madagascar’s northern coastal towns. “The damage is much less serious than we expected for a cyclone of this strength, but in the months that follow there could be a negative impact on nutrition, as there has been damage to crops such as cloves and rice.” The rebuilding of houses with easily accessible materials from surrounding forest has begun, but the “most vulnerable, like the disabled, single females and the elderly, do not have the strength or help to go to the forest and chop wood or gather materials needed to rebuild. We have found [in the past] some of these people, months later, living on the ground under just the collapsed roof.”

AUSTRALIA – Residents of Karratha in Western Australia coast are taking shelter in their homes as tropical cyclone Carlos sweeps close by, threatening to bring gale-force winds and flooding.

A high-level red alert is in place for communities in the Pilbara as category two Tropical Cyclone Carlos tracks along the coast. Yesterday a cyclone-fuelled mini tornado ripped through parts of Karratha, damaging cars and buildings and bringing down power lines. A number of roads have been closed while schools in Karratha, Port Hedland and Roebourne will be closed as the cyclone passes. Oil, gas and port installations in the region have also been battened down in readiness for expected heavy weather.

Carlos is expected to continue moving in a general west southwest track, close to the Pilbara coast. Gales with wind gusts to 100km/h are being experienced between Port Hedland and Karratha and they will extend west towards Exmouth later today and towards Coral Bay early tomorrow. There was a risk of destructive winds with gusts exceeding 125km/h . “Damaging waves and flooding of low lying coastal areas are possible particularly on Tuesday’s high tide in the Karratha region.” Elsewhere in Western Australia, flood warnings remain in place for the Greenough, Murchison and Gascoyne River catchments.

Disaster aid needed in over 200 communities – The head of Queensland’s Reconstruction Authority has identified more than 200 towns and city suburbs that need help after the summer of floods and cyclones. A small number of Australia Defence Force crews are still cleaning up in parts of the state, while other regions have progressed to short and medium-term recovery. An “over-arching” plan to rebuild the state is almost complete but the job will take time. “The state is so big. The area that’s been affected by either the cyclone or the floods, there are still some towns that I have not been able to get to.”

NEW ZEALAND – Large swells likely as Cyclone Atu brushes past. The latest cyclone to grow out of the Pacific is forecast to brush past New Zealand, creating a risk of high seas on the North Island’s east coast. Cyclone Atu formed on Saturday, true to its name (“Saturday-born”), and is expected to reach New Zealand waters by Wednesday. Atu is now a category two storm moving southwest from Vanuatu at a speed of 8km/h. The Fiji Meteorological Service has predicted it could turn into a category three cyclone, with winds of around 120km/h. The storm followed a similar pattern to Wilma, and could yet mimic that huge cyclone. “The sea temperatures are favourable, the atmosphere is favourable and Atu will cross the same body of water that saw Wilma go from a category 2 storm to a category 4 storm back on Auckland Anniversary weekend.” There is only a 20 per cent chance of the cyclone hitting New Zealand directly but a close miss could still have some impact. “We’re very lucky, it’s going to be incredibly close, but not quite close enough.” The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre had revised the cyclone’s path to closer to New Zealand but the weather system was unlikely to cause serious damage on the coastline.

The greatest threat was from raised sea levels anywhere between Northland and the East Cape. Atu could create large swells and coastal erosion in Gisborne and Hawkes Bay, the most exposed spots. The cyclone’s arrival in New Zealand waters will also coincide with a 3.5m tide in Auckland and a 3m tide in Coromandel.

“This is the third cyclone to pass us to the east. When we’ve seen what they’ve done to Australia, New Zealand has been lucky to be on the outskirts of where they’ve hit.” Tropical cyclones lose a lot of energy when entering New Zealand waters because their oceans are too cold to fuel them. After a blisteringly hot start to February, which put New Zealand on track for its hottest ever month, the last week was slightly colder. The first signs of autumn were beginning to show, with cooler mornings as a result of longer nights, which give the warm air more time to cool down.

VANUATU – Hundreds evacuated ahead of approaching Cyclone Atu Officials on the island nation fear the cyclone could worsen food shortages already afflicting the region.

Nearly 400 people were evacuated from their homes on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu as Cyclone Atu approached, bringing gale force winds and torrential rain to the region. Over the weekend the storm battered the archipelago. 381 people had been evacuated from the island’s low-lying areas near the capital Port Vila. At the time of the evacuation, the cyclone was moving in a southerly direction towards Tafea province. The most recent data shows Atu will stay out at sea. Last month Tafea was badly battered when Cyclone Vania hit and many officials were worried that this recent storm would compound food shortages there.

New Zealand getting “Lucky Escape” from Monster Cyclone. Severe Tropical Cyclone Atu is roaring into New Zealand waters today packing sustained winds of almost 170km/h and gusts to 205km/h. The first outer bands of the cyclone are now reaching the upper North Island as high cloud but the centre of the low remains about 900kms to the north east of Northland.

The powerful category 4 cyclone has taken a miraculous journey. Roaring into life on Saturday and within 48 hours exploding into a category 4 storm, the cyclone has so far missed all the main popular islands, despite tracking very near them. As if trying to avoid problems for populated nations Atu is weaving around the main islands and will do so around the North Island over the next 48 hours as it quite clearly curves further east away from land, before heading more southerly after clearing East Cape. “It’s as if Atu knows we are there and doesn’t want to cause us more problems.”

Atu is more powerful than Wilma, which hit Northland at Auckland nniversary Weekend in late January. “Atu is stronger and bigger than Wilma was at this point. It’s definitely fair to say that New Zealand is getting a lucky escape from this monster cyclone as it brushes by several hundred kilometres to the east”. If Atu had tracked further south the upper North Island would have been facing a “devastating” tropical cyclone.

Big seas are still predicted, with Weathermap.co.nz indicating the entire eastern coastline from Northland to Bay of Plenty, and then East Cape to Hawkes Bay, will see big seas and dangerous rips over Thursday and Friday especially.There are currently King Tides which may also increase the chance of coastal erosion and some minor coastal flooding.

Western Australia warned worst of cyclone to come – Tropical Cyclone Carlos has crossed over Exmouth as it slowly starts to head out to sea, but authorities are warning that the most destructive winds are yet to come. The towns of Onslow, Exmouth and Coral Bay are on red alert but there have been no reports of major damage. The category two cyclone is expected to intensify as it moves over open water to the west of North West Cape this afternoon.

The worst of the weather has been coming after the eye passes. “The experience of Tropical Cyclone Carlos has been that the more destructive winds seem to come in just after the passing of the centre of the cyclone. More destructive winds seem to be in the more north-east part of it, so just realise that if you think it’s passed, there’s still more to follow. “It is possible that the winds can get up to about 150 kilometres per hour, which are destructive winds, so it’s very important that people in Exmouth stay indoors, stay in their shelter and keep away from the destructive winds.” Heavy rain and high tides are also expected to caused localised flooding in low-lying coastal areas.

AUSTRALIA’S avocado industry has felt the full force of Cyclone Yasi, with the storm destroying fruit worth at least $10 million. About 20 per cent of the crop in north Queensland was stripped from trees and a further 30 to 40 per cent of the fruit was damaged by wind resulting in blemishes to the skin. And with the spotty fruit due to hit supermarket shelves this week growers are assuring consumers the damage is only skin deep. Consumers can help avocado growers get back on their feet by continuing to buy the fruit “despite their imperfect appearance.” Both Woolworths and Coles have shown their support for Queensland’s growers by reviewing their quality specifications and allowing some spotted fruit to shelf. “Supermarkets will continue to enforce strict quality control on all fruit and vegetables, ensuring any imperfections lie on the surface of the skin only.”

The full extent of Cyclone Yasi’s damage will be revealed this week as growers begin to harvest their crops. Cyclone Yasi has predominantly affected growers in the north Queensland region, in particular the Atherton Tablelands which accounts for 17 per cent to the nation’s overall avocado supply. During March and April this figure jumps to 80 to 85 per cent. It will take about 12 months for the industry to recover and for supplies to return to normal, with suppliers relying on avocados from Bundaberg and Western Australia in the meantime. Consumers can expect to see an improvement in the appearance of the fruit when Bundaberg growers harvest their crop in April.

The outer bands of Severe Tropical Cyclone Atu were spreading above the upper North Island of New Zealand last evening creating a hazy sky. The cyclone is as wide as New Zealand is long and it dwarfs the North Island as it begins its three day trek past the country. Atu is not going to hit New Zealand with all forecasters and models agreeing it will pass well to the east of the North Island. Information on the system is sketchy at this latitude, as it leaves the Fijian authorities and moves into MetService’s area of responsibility. However unlike Australia and Fiji, New Zealand’s government forecaster doesn’t provide tracking or specific maps and updates on tropical systems outside of their marine forecasts and normal weather charts. WeatherWatch.co.nz instead turns to the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre in Hawaii for the latest information. The JTWC says winds this evening are expected to be averaging 150km/h and gusting to 185km/h. As of 7pm NZT the cyclone was centred 800kms north east of Cape Reinga and 1000kms north of East Cape.

Atu will tonight start the process of becoming extra-tropical, which means it loses it’s warm centre and starts to develop into a more “typical” low that we’d see around New Zealand. However it still remains a serious storm that will drive in big seas to the east coast of the North Island. It’s likely to bring showers to East Cape as well later today or Friday.

HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –

U.S. – Strong winds caused fires, power outages, flight delays and other problems throughout much of the eastern United States on Saturday. The National Weather Service said the winds were caused by the same Canadian storm that had brought unseasonably warm temperatures to the region earlier in the week. Multiple fires occurrred around New Jersey, caused by winds as high as 60mph (97kph) and low humidity. Fires also ran rampant in North Carolina’s Piedmont region, with at least one brush fire in each one of the 44 counties in the region. “There are definitely more fires than we can handle at this point.” In the Washington, D.C., area, brush fires closed several roads, including parts of Interstate 95. The strong winds also blew over the National Christmas Tree, located just south of the White House.

About 15,000 Massachusetts households were without electricity Saturday morning. The outages were scattered throughout the state, which was under a statewide wind advisory, along with Connecticut, Rhode Island and southwest New Hampshire. About 20,000 residents of the Philadelphia suburbs were also without electricity Saturday. Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, thousands were without power in the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions. Flight delays were reported at Newark International Airport, JFK International Airport and Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport.

AUSTRALIA – Water has flooded a collection point set up to help Brisbane’s flood victims, ruining half of the donated goods stored there. Overnight storms caused flash flooding in the suburb of Spring Hill, sending 30cm of water through the agricultural pavilion at the RNA showgrounds, where a flood relief centre has been based. It is a cruel blow for families still struggling after January’s floods. “The damage is huge. We’ve easily lost half of the donations. It’s devastating.” The centre has been helping about 100 families a week, providing them with everything from food parcels and clothes, to bedding and kitchen items.

NEW ZEALAND – A new threat of landslides has emerged near to the epicentre of the quake, where boulders loosened by the tremor have already killed two and crushed homes. An aerial survey by scientists found no surface trace of the fault, which is centred southeast of Christchurch. But the expedition found worrying evidence of slips on the crest of the Port Hills, and above Lyttelton, Rapaki and Sumner. “These are landslides that have the potential to carry houses down with them, or have run-outs into populated areas. There have been rocks the size of cars which have come down, and some of them have damaged houses – one has gone right through a house. There are still numerous boulders which have the potential to come down.” Two people had been killed on walking tracks on Tuesday after being struck by falling rocks. Geologists will place monitoring stakes in the hills to measure whether the landslides are creeping towards populated areas.

Early investigations have suggested that the shallow earthquake was an aftershock of the September quake in Darfield, but did not come from the same faultline. Tests indicated it occurred on a “blind” or unknown fault, which runs east to west 1km north of Lyttelton. This meant that – like the Darfield fault that had lain dormant for at least 16,000 years – the Lyttelton faultline had been accumulating extreme pressure over centuries, before collapsing catastrophically. Experts said the enormous aftershock was statistically UNUSUAL. Generally aftershocks get smaller and less frequent as months go by. “With the decay of the Darfield event, many of us would have breathed a sigh of relief – until Tuesday.” The quake was a “strike-slip event with oblique motion”, meaning the earth moved mostly side-to-side but occasionally up-and-down. The vertical acceleration of the earth, at 1.9 times the acceleration of gravity, was far greater than the sideways movement. “Anything you put at nearly 2g – it’s like lifting a building and dropping it to the ground.” The simultaneous vertical and horizontal seismic shifts made it almost impossible for buildings to survive. “It’s a blow from below that compresses things up, then a shove sideways, and very little can withstand that.”

The earth under Canterbury is still shaking out the stress of the fault, with more than 70 aftershocks measured since Tuesday, four of them magnitude 5 or greater. Seismologists said 4000 aftershocks had occurred since the September quake, but now the “clock had been reset” and Cantabrians could expect months more of tremors. Geologists have reported that the liquefaction in the city was worse than during last year’s tremor. Many suburbs have seen houses sink into the ground as the shaken soil turns to wet mush.

Thousands of America’s Dams Susceptible To Failure – And now there’s no money to pay for needed repairs. Of the nation’s 85,000 dams, more than 4,400 are considered susceptible to failure, according to the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. “But repairing all those dams would cost billions of dollars, and it is far from clear who would provide all the money in a recessionary era.”

FOOD SUPPLY-

Earth Could Be Unrecognizable By 2050 – A harrowing story from discovery.com is focused on population growth and dwindling resources. The bottom line: western economies and “progress” are predicated on growth. But growth relies on natural resources, which are finite. It’s getting more expensive to find and extract oil and natural gas – look at how commodity prices have spiked in just the last year, the result of natural disasters coupled with rising demand for food staples worldwide. Researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday – “A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an “unrecognizable” world by 2050.”

The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, “with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africa and South Asia.” To feed all those mouths, “WE WILL NEED TO PRODUCE AS MUCH FOOD IN THE NEXT 40 YEARS AS WE HAVE IN THE LAST 8,000. By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable” if current trends continue. But incomes are also expected to rise over the next 40 years – tripling globally and quintupling in developing nations – and add more strain to global food supplies. People tend to move up the food chain as their incomes rise, consuming more meat than they might have when they made less money. It takes around seven pounds (3.4 kilograms) of grain to produce a pound of meat, and around three to four pounds of grain to produce a pound of cheese or eggs. “More people, more money, more consumption, but the same planet.” Scientists and governments were urged to start making changes now to how food is produced. Population experts, meanwhile, called for more funding for family planning programs to help control the growth in the number of humans, especially in developing nations. “For 20 years, there’s been very little investment in family planning, but there’s a return of interest now, partly because of the environmental factors like global warming and food prices. We want to minimize population growth, and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning.”

EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-

Cabbage and potatoes are Russia’s new luxuries – After last summer’s devastating fires, staples such as cabbage and potatoes are suddenly pricier than the fancy new imported foods.

Booming developing world demand was already pushing up the price of basic food items when Russia was hit by a catastrophic drought that eventually forced the Kremlin to call a halt to all wheat exports last year. But the emergency measure provided only temporary relief, with both shoppers and analysts noting an alarming new trend developing on the shelves of stores stretching from Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East to Kaliningrad near Poland. “Since the summer, potatoes have become unaffordable.” Since the middle of December, the price for a kilo of potatoes has almost doubled from 25 rubles (8cents) to more than 40, leaving many shoppers shaking their heads in dismay. “Everything has gone up (in price): sausage, meat, milk … not to mention vegetables. It is impossible! ” The price of such basic staples as buckwheat – the simple grain that Russians eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner – has actually tripled since the summer. Paradoxically to many Russians, a kilo of bananas is now cheaper in most stores that a sack of potatoes – a fact that has not been lost on the higher ups in the Kremlin. “A pack of buckwheat cost about 40 rubles last summer. Now, we sell it for 120 rubles.”

Although there are many factors behind the food inflation, analysts point the primary blame on a RECORD DROUGHT that saw harvests fail in 28 Russian regions, slicing half a percent off the country’s gross domestic product. “There have been several waves of price hikes” in the wake of the weather anomal. “It started with bread and buckwheat, and was followed by milk and now meat.” In January alone, the price of an average consumer basket rose by 5.5 per cent to 2769 rubles ($94). The situation is being compounded by accelerating demand in Asia and poor harvests in big crop-producing states – one of the many sparks that set off the recent social unrest in North Africa and the Middle East. And although Russia is not as sensitive to the price shocks as some of poorer Arab nations, its prices still move lockstep with those on the global market. All the more so because – facing shortages – Russia has been forced to import certain foods. In December alone, imports of potatoes multiplied tenfold and while those of cabbage rose by 150 per cent. With annual inflation expected to come in at almost seven percent this year, the authorities are keen to make sure that food prices do not become an issue at December’s parliamentary elections and next years presidential poll.

HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD

MIDWEST – Hundreds of flights have been canceled at major airports in Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois and officials in several states, including Wisconsin, are advising people to stay off the highways. The National Weather Service reports blizzard conditions in Minnesota. The storm stretches from Montana to Michigan and is moving east. The National Weather Service predicts it will bring a wintry mix across the upper Midwest for several days. Weather service forecasters predict the storm will drop 10 to 15 inches of snow on Minneapolis by Monday afternoon. [already have 13 inches on Sunday evening.] The weather won’t be much better Monday morning, but at least a light holiday commute will make more room for snow plows. The blowing snow was expected to make clearing the roads difficult.

As the storm moved east, it also prompted travel warnings in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation warned that roads could become impassible due to a mix of snow, freezing rain and ice. In Michigan, state police cautioned that mix of snow and freezing rain was expected through midday Monday in the southwestern part of the state. On Sunday, southbound U.S. 131 was closed for a time after dozens of vehicles crashed in Mecosta County near Big Rapids.

Parts of Moscow Region embraced COLDEST NIGHT IN 60 YEARS – An anti-cyclone pumping Arctic air into the lower latitudes not only brought the cloudless sky, but also RECORD FROST to Central Russia with a significant temperature drop to minus 33 degrees Centigrade on Wednesday night. Within the Moscow region, the epicenter of the cold was Klin, where the temperature may reach minus 33.4 degrees Centigrade, a record low for Klin in the past 60 years. The forecast also noted that the temperature might fall to minus 26 degrees Centigrade in Moscow overnight.

Friday’s temperature was nearly 15 degrees below the average of February. Saturday was expected to be the turning point in the recent extreme weather. Starting from the weekend, temperatures will start slowly to rise in Moscow and its surrounding regions. Russia has faced periods of alternating extreme weather conditions since last summer in 2010, when the historically high temperatures have scorched the country for about two months, causing severe drought and wildfires. Experts said the weather becomes more extreme due to global climate change as well as the Solar multi-year circular activity.

MINNESOTA – 74.9 inches of snow have fallen this winter – so far (10th snowiest winter already). The average seasonal snowfall in the Twin Cities is 55.9 inches.The BIGGEST FEBRUARY SNOWSTORM ON RECORD – 13.4 inches. 14.1″ snowfall so far in February (13.4″ of that fell Sunday and Monday). 2nd snowiest winter (to date) since 1891 in the Twin Cities. Much of Minnesota is experiencing the snowiest winter in nearly 20 years.

Top 10 Snowiest Winters. With 74.9″ we’ve already creacked the “Top 10″ this winter – we’ll probably go on to reach a p Top 5 winter at the rate we’re going. I don’t think we’ll see more than 98″, but at the rate we’re going 80-90″ is very possible, even likely, before the winter is through with us (sometime in April?). The impact on the flood potential is still unknown, but all this late-season snow obviously can’t be a good thing. The heaviest snow bands set up from the Twin Cities metro (especially southern suburbs) westward, along the Minnesota River to Madison, Minnesota, where a whopping 19” piled up. The east-west oriented bands of heavy snow, literally “waves” of heavy snow that kept redeveloping over the south metro vaguely resembled a “train-echo” effect with summertime T-storms, where storms keep reforming over the same portions of counties, resulting in outrageous amounts of rain. Why did the heaviest bands set up over the south metro, and not the north metro? That’s the part of meteorology that makes you shake your head – not sure (even with faster, more sophisticated) supercomputers we’ll ever be able to pinpoint those kinds of variations. We call this “microscale meteorology”, how weather conditions can change over the span of just a few miles, based on terrain, access to water sources, the urban heat island effect, etc.

Even though the center of low pressure was over Evansville, Indiana Monday afternoon, an inverted trough, coupled with a lingering storm in the upper atmosphere, kept the flakes flying over much of central and southern Minnesota, adding another inch or two to the 8-18″ snow that fell Sunday. Snow-Water Equivalent. There was just over 1″ of liquid water tapped in our recent snowfall, on top of the (glacier-like) snow already on the ground. It’s estimated that as much as 4-6″ of liquid water is locked in our snowcover. How quickly it thaws in the weeks ahead (and whether the thaw is accompanied by heavy rain) will determine the scope and severity of river flooding in late March and April.

What we have here is an accumulation of coincidences. 2010 was Minnesota’s wettest year (34″ avg). The most tornadoes on record (104). And now two (1-2 FOOT mega-snowstorms in one winter? That hasn’t happened since the Winter of 1991-92. Do you think the 4-5% increase in water vapor (the most abundant greenhouse gas) might be loading the dice in favor of more extremes? Time will tell.

ALASKA – Fairbanks, North Pole Dig Out From RECORD SNOW. As much as 18 inches fell in parts of the Fairbanks area Sunday and Monday, with the heaviest snow reported in North Pole. Approximately 12 inches of snow fell at Fairbanks International Airport. “It really varied widely how much snow each area go. The heaviest bands were just south of Fairbanks, across North Pole and Eielson (Air Force Base).”

SPACE NEWS-

Space weather could wreak havoc in gagdet-driven world – The Earth just dodged a solar bullet. But it won’t be the last. Experts say a geomagnetic storm, sparked by a massive solar eruption similar to the one that flared toward the Earth on Tuesday, is bound to strike again, and the next one could wreak more havoc than the world has ever seen. On Tuesday at 0156 GMT, the strongest solar eruption since 2006 sent a torrent of charged plasma particles hurtling toward the Earth at a speed of 560 miles (900 kilometers) per second. The force of the Class X flash, the most powerful of all solar events, lit up auroras and disrupted some radio communications, but the effects were largely confined to northern latitudes. But “the magnetic fields were aligned parallel so not much happened. In another case, things might have been different.” Modern society is increasingly vulnerable to space weather because of our dependence on satellite systems for synchronizing computers, navigational systems, telecommunications networks and other electronic devices. A potent solar storm could disrupt these technologies, scorch satellites, crash stock markets and cause months-long power outages, experts said Saturday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting.

The situation will only get more dire because the solar cycle is heading into a period of more intense activity in the coming 11 years. “This is not a matter of if, it is simply a matter of when and how big. The last time we had a maximum in the solar cycle, about 10 years ago, the world was a very different place. Cell phones are now ubiquitous; they were certainly around (before) but we didn’t rely on them for so many different things. Many things that we take for granted today are so much more prone to the process of space weather than was the case in the last solar maximum.” The root of the world’s vulnerability in the modern age is due to global positioning systems, or GPS devices, that provide navigational help but also serve as time synchronizers for computer networks and electronic equipment.

The experts admitted that currently, little that can be done to predict such a storm, much less shield the world’s electrical grid by doing anything other than shutting off power to some of the vulnerable areas until the danger passes. “Please don’t panic. Overreaction will make the situation worse.”

STRANGE ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

Baby dolphins are washing up dead along the oil-soaked US Gulf Coast at more than 10 TIMES THE NORMAL RATE in the first birthing season since the BP oil spill disaster, researchers say. Some 17 baby dolphin corpses have been found along the shorelines of Alabama and Mississippi in the past two weeks. “The average is one or two a month. This year we have 17, and February isn’t even over yet. For some reason, they’ve started aborting or they were dead before they were born.”

A researcher is awaiting results from a autopsy performed on two of the dolphins yesterday to determine a cause of death. But he called the high numbers an anomaly and said the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which unleashed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over three months, likely played a role. Adult dolphin deaths TRIPLED last year to 89 from a norm of about 30. “We shouldn’t really jump to any conclusions until we get some results. But this is more than just a coincidence.” Dolphins breed in the spring – around the time of the April 20 explosion that brought down the BP-leased drilling rig – and carry their young for 11 to 12 months. Birthing season goes into full swing in March and April. The oil from the spill spread through the water column in massive underwater plumes and also worked its way into the bays and shallow waters where dolphins breed and give birth.

2/21/11

Indonesia

Source: RSOE EDIS

Officials have prepared anthrax vaccines while waiting for a laboratory to confirm if the virus has broken out in Boyolali, Central Java. Central Java Animal Husbandry Agency chief Witono said that samples taken from residents, animals and soil in the area suspected to harbor the virus would be analyzed by the Balai Besar veterinary laboratory in Yogyakarta. “[We] are still waiting for laboratory test results, which will come out in about one more week, to determine whether [the samples contain] anthrax or not,” he said on Monday Witono said that the agency has prepared 3,000 doses of vaccine for use as needed in infected areas, such as places where cattle were slaughtered. As previously reported, several residents of Karangmojo village in Boyolali allegedly contracted anthrax after eating beef. A goat in Boyolali was found with the virus in 1993, according to Witono.

Madagascar

Source: RSOE EDIS

An epidemic of pneumonic plague has been raging for weeks in the northern region of Madagascar, mainly around Ambilobe. There are already 16 deaths attributed to this epidemic. This statement of the “Chancellery detached from France” in Diego Suarez is based on information from the referring doctor’s office, Dr. Anant Govinjee: “An epidemic of pneumonic plague occurred in the region between Diana and Ambilobe Ambanja, specifically east of Beramanja (65 km).

Indonesia

Source: RSOE EDIS

Avian flu H5N1 has reportedly spread gradually across several villages in Garut, West Java, since the beginning of the year, causing the sudden deaths of 300 chickens and sparking fears that residents could also contract the virus. “Of course this threatens the lives of the residents living there,” Garut Animal Husbandry Agency official Dida Kardiana said, adding that the agency has sent officials to provide vaccinations for fowls belonging to residents.

Island of Hopen

Source: RSOE EDIS

On 4 Jan 2011, an Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) attacked a group of 4 dogs on the small island of Hopen located in the southeastern part of the Svalbard archipelago, Norway, in the Arctic. During the attack, 2 dogs were bitten before they killed the fox. The staff suspected that the animal might be infected with rabies virus because of its aggressive behaviour. No staff had been bitten by the fox; however, 3 had handled the dead body.

New Zealand

Source: RSOE EDIS

All members of a pod of 107 pilot whales that stranded on a remote New Zealand beach have died, including 48 that were euthanized, the government’s conservation department said Monday. The stranded whales were discovered by hikers Sunday near Cavalier Creek on Stewart Island, off the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Conservation department staff flew to the area and found that about half of the group were already dead and the others were dying, the agency said in a statement.

Malaysia

Source: RSOE EDIS

More than 100 heads of cattle were found dead at a farm in Sri Cheeding. The owner, Suppiah Mariappen, believed the 120 cows valued at RM240,000 had been poisoned. He said he last fed the animals at about 5pm on Saturday and two hours later many of them were found dead. “I was shocked to find them frothing from the mouth with blood oozing out of their anus. Some were already dead. Those which were still alive, died soon after. “I suspect they were poisoned,” he said yesterday, adding that he had 200 heads of cattle and was now left with only 80.

Indonesia

Source: RSOE EDIS

Bantul regency in Indonesia’s central Java region has declared a state of emergency and health agencies nationwide are on alert following an outbreak of leptospirosis, a fatal animal-borne disease that can result in high fever, internal bleeding and organ failure, said the Health Ministry. Four of 15 people reported to have been infected with the bacterial disease have died since the onset of the outbreak in late January, a case fatality rate of 27 percent.

Palestinian Territory

Source: RSOE EDIS

Eleven people were hospitalized with food poisoning on Sunday, after eating an organic phosphorus compound that Ministry of Health officials said was identified in one of the desserts served at a Beituniya restaurant. The restaurant, south of Ramallah, was closed, acting Minister of Health Fathi Abu Moghli told Ma’an after workers and patrons from the restaurant were admitted to hospital with moderate to critical cases of poisoning.

2/22/11

Nelson oyster hatchery halts operations due to virus

Source: FIS

A Nelson hatchery supplying 20 per cent of the country’s oyster stock has shut down in response to a herpes virus outbreak. The disease has ravaged farms in North Island and so far caused incurred losses of NZD 12 million (USD 9.1 million) in sales.

Dead fish in River Derwent investigated

Source: ABC

Tasmania’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating the death of thousands of juvenile barracouta at two sites in the River Derwent over the last two weeks.

The Director of the EPA, Alex Schaap says pollution is not thought to be behind the fish kills at Windermere Bay and New Norfolk.

Indonesia

Source: RSOE EDIS

Bantul regency in Indonesia’s central Java region has declared a state of emergency and health agencies nationwide are on alert following an outbreak of leptospirosis, a fatal animal-borne disease that can result in high fever, internal bleeding and organ failure, said the Health Ministry. Four of 15 people reported to have been infected with the bacterial disease have died since the onset of the outbreak in late January, a case fatality rate of 27 percent.

Avian influenza, human (12): Cambodia

Source: Pro Med Mail

Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities fear an outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1) after a mother and her child died 2 weeks ago and 7 more were hospitalised. Samples taken from the 21-year-old mother, who died on 13 Feb 2011, and her 11-month-old son, who died on 15 Feb 2011, [have been] sent to the World Health Organization for testing and results are expected soon.

Dengue/DHF

Source: Pro Med Mail

Cases in various countries: Brazil (Alagoas), Brazil (Amazonas), Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul), Brazil (Ceara), Brazil (Rio Grande do Norte), Brazil (Minas Gerais), Brazil (Votorantim, Sao Paulo state), Brazil (Sorocaba, Sao Paulo state), Brazil(Campinas, Sao Paulo state), Brazil (Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo state), Bolivia (La Paz department), Bolivia (Santa Cruz department), Peru (Piura), Australia (north Queensland), Indonesia (Jakarta)

Cholera – Venezuela

Source: Pro Med Mail

The government of Venezuela has said that it had contained a cholera outbreak that at its peak sickened hundreds of its citizens, who caught the disease at a wedding in the Dominican Republic.

African swine fever – Russia

Source: Pro Med Mail

A new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) was reported out of the permanently affected area (the Southern Federal District and the North Caucasian Federal District) in the Nizhny Novgorod [Nizhegorod] Oblast. The outbreak was reported at 7:45 on 18 Feb 2011 in [a backyard in] the city of Dzershinsk.

Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery

Source: Pro Med Mail

Haiti’s cholera outbreak appears to be diminishing nationwide but the death rate in rural areas remains alarmingly high, the United Nations said Friday, 18 Feb 2011. The mixed picture comes from Haitian government figures citing 231 070 reported cases and 4549 deaths since the epidemic began in October 2010.

Leishmaniasis, outbreak – Argentina

Source: Pro Med Mail

The leishmaniasis outbreak occurring in Capital has 13 cases already confirmed in 3 different communities, and it worries persons in charge of PROMEBA (Program for Improvement in Communities, according to its Spanish initials) in La Olla community.

Mayaro virus disease – Brazil

Source: Pro Med Mail

Manaus [Amazonas, Brazil] is suffering a virus outbreak [clinically] similar to dengue and there is a real risk that it will spread in the country, managing to become adapted to the _Aedes aegypti_ mosquito, the vector of dengue [virus], which is present in high densities in many of the urban environments.

Measles – Switzerland

Source: Pro Med Mail

A fresh outbreak of measles has struck the canton of Geneva and the surrounding French border region. The last previous bout of the disease struck in 2008.

2/23/11

Rabies – Indonesia

Source: Pro Med Mail

A 66-year-old male resident of Banjar Kalang Sari, Nusa Penida,Klungkung died of rabies. The victim died after being treated at Nusa Indah Ward, Sanglah Hospital. The victim was a referred patient from Klungkung Hospital.

Anthrax, human, ovine – Peru

Source: Pro Med Mail

A case of cutaneous anthrax was reported in Motupe, a rural district in Lambayeque province [a coastal area 483 km (300 mi) north of Lima], informed Dr Carlos Uriarte, head of the Health Region. He pointed out that the case occurred in Palacios community, 1 km [0.6 mi] away from Motupe.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

Source: Pro Med Mail

At least one person has been confirmed dead following an outbreak of a haemorrhagic viral infection (otherwise known as Lassa fever) in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital. Although unconfirmed, reports claim that 3 other persons believed to be residing at the military cantonment have also died of the disease.

Measles – USA

Source: Pro Med Mail

After 5 cases of measles were recently confirmed in Perry County 2 weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Department of Health advised surrounding counties, including the city of Harrisburg, to be aware of the outbreak and the very real possibly of it spreading across the mid-state. The warning released via news reports and the Internet was aimed at people who visited the Newport Public Library or the Lowe’s store at 4000 Union Deposit Road in Lower Paxton Township about 2 weeks ago.

Q fever – Germany: (NW, HE) human, animal

Source: Pro Med Mail

Several cases of Q fever have been confirmed during the last 4 months in Hallenberg (Germany) and neighbouring municipalities as well as in Bromskirchen in Hesse. To date, a total of around 40 people have been infected, of which about half live in Arnsberg (HSK) and in the district Waldeck-Frankenberg.

2/24/11

Vietnam

Source: RSOE EDIS

Pollution in the Dong Nai river has killed 36 tons of fishes in Thong Nhat Ward of southern Bien Hoa city, the farmers association said in a report sent to authorities Monday. The association said 33 families practicing fish cage culture had claimed to have lost hundreds of millions of dongs due to the death of their mature freshwater fish, including carp and hemibagrus.

Switzerland

Source: RSOE EDIS

A fresh outbreak of measles has struck the canton of Geneva and the surrounding French border region. A total of 200 cases have been reported. The last previous bout of the disease struck in 2008. This time round, 60 percent of the cases involve adults. The diseases has affected almost exclusively people who have never been vaccinated for measles or those who were inadequately vaccinated.

Colombia

Source: RSOE EDIS

A farmer in the northwest Colombian Antioquia department dies after an attack by Africanized bees, El Colombiano reported Tuesday. Juan Bautista Londoño Casteñeda, 64, was working trimming the brush from the banks of the El Salado creek in the village of Santa Ines when he was attacked by a swarm of the aggressive bees, whose hive was located a few meters from the water, according to the commander of the volunteer firefighters of the area, Gonzalo Correa. Londoño was reported missing by his family on Sunday and on Monday he was found dead, a victim of hundreds of bee stings to his head and face. “To assist with the [bees’] uprising… we have to send for two expert firemen who can control the insects, while following the legal fomalities,” Correa said.

Indonesia

Source: RSOE EDIS

Hundreds of chickens have died in fresh outbreaks of avian flu in Riau and East Java. The outbreak in Riau was centered in Meranti Island regency and Pekanbaru city. Authorities declared avian flu “endemic” in Pacitan, East Java after a dozen outbreaks were reported in the regency. Residents of Rumbai Pesisir in Pekanbaru, Riau, were reportedly haunted by anxiety following the sporadic deaths of many of their chickens over the last three weeks.

South Africa

Source: RSOE EDIS

There is a viral meningitis outbreak in the Nelspruit area, says the Mpumalanga health department. A total of 15 patients, including children, had tested positive for the virus, spokesman Mpho Gabashane said on Wednesday. He said the department was alerted by MediClinic, two weeks ago, after 10 patients had been screened. Only five of them were confirmed positive for viral meningitis.

Turkey

Source: RSOE EDIS

A previously unseen type of measles is spreading in Istanbul, where 24 cases have been reported since the start of the year, the Istanbul Provincial Health Directorate has announced in a warning issued to the public. According to the directorate, the “foreign-origin virus [was] unseen in Turkey” and thus has been able to spread very rapidly. In response to the new threat, the Health Ministry has announced that it may vaccinate people born between 1975 and 1990 if they request inoculation.

Echinococcus multilocularis, fox – Sweden

Source: Main PRO-Med

The infected fox was examined by egg flotation and real-time PCR and was considered positive for _Echinococcus (E) multilocularis_. This positive finding was confirmed by examining the whole fox intestine with SCT (sedimentation and counting technique), according to the OIE manual, and parasites identified were confirmed morphologically as well as with real-time PCR.

Leptospirosis, fatal – Sri Lanka:

Source: Main PRO-Med

The Health Ministry yesterday [21 Feb 2011] requested flood victims

suffering from fever to seek immediate medical treatment. A Ministry

spokesman said 2 persons from Anuradhapura [North Central province]

had died from rat fever (leptospirosis) and 50 others are receiving

treatment.

Boston Officials Work to Contain Possible Measles Outbreak

Source: Fox news

Health officials in Boston are working to contain a potential measles outbreak after a worker at the French consulate tested positive for the highly contagious illness, MyFoxBoston.com reported.

About 80 employees in the Park Square building, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, were vaccinated on Wednesday.

2 MILLION DEAD FISH Wash Up In Chesapeake Bay – Maryland – Cause of Death ‘Cold Water’

Source: Reuters

There is a perfectly reasonable explanation for the Chesapeake deaths, the Maryland Department of Environment said. “The cause of this appears to be the rapid temperature drop combined with the large population of the juvenile spot fish,” spokesman Jay Apperson told Reuters on Thursday’.

2/25/11

Tularemia – Norway

Source: Main PRO-Med

So far in 2011, 13 cases of tularemia have been reported in people  living in 5 municipalities in More og Romsdal and Sor-Trondelag [in central Norway].

Anthrax, bovine, canine – Argentina

Source: Main PRO-Med

An estancia in Jovita, Province of Cordoba, has suffered a severe outbreak of anthrax involving 35 dead/170 hybrid cattle as well as in 3 farm dogs being clinically affected; one dog has died.

Influenza (18): WHO update

Source: Main PRO-Med

Influenza activity is increasing in parts of North America coincident

with increasing numbers of detections of influenza A(H1N1)2009 and

influenza type B, though the dominant virus in North America is still currently influenza A(H3N2). Rates of pneumonia and influenza mortality in the United States of America (USA) have remained above the epidemic threshold for the past 2 to 3 weeks.

Hundreds of birds drop dead in Juarez, Mexico – U.S. poultry industry threatened

Source: WordPress

The U.S. food supply could be at risk because of a virus spreading in Juarez. Hundreds of birds have dropped dead across the city and now people are hoping the outbreak does not spread to U.S. poultry. The problem is it spreads very easily. It spreads through the air, it spreads through the contact with any discharges from the bird or tissues. It can be on your shoes and you can track it to another area where there’s birds.”

2/26/11

Chikungunya (05): New Caledonia ex Indonesia

Main PRO-Med

The 1st ever diagnosed case of chikungunya in New Caledonia was confirmed Friday [25 Feb 2011] by the authorities of the French Overseas Territory. They reported that the patient recovered today. The patient whose age and sex were not disclosed was infected during a trip to Indonesia.

Ackee poisoning – Jamaica

Source: Main PRO-Med

Ackee kills 23 in Jamaica in less than 3 months. With 23 confirmed deaths and 194 suspected cases of ackee poisoning in less than 3 months, government chemists are now conducting intensive testing on the fruit to determine the reason for the unusually high number of fatalities linked to it.

Nipah encephalitis, human – Bangladesh

Source: Main PRO-Med

In Rangpur, 2 people, including a child, have died, possibly from Nipah encephalitis. They died on Friday [25 Feb 2011] at Rangpur Medical College Hospital. One of the victim’s husband died 11 days ago at the hospital with similar symptoms. The hospital’s chief of medicine professor Zakir Hossain said whether the 2 had died from Nipah infection could only be confirmed after tests. “They did haven symptoms of Nipah [virus] infection however,” he added.

Foot & mouth disease – S. Korea

Source: Main PRO-Med

The worst appears to be over for South Korean livestock producers asnthe latest foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak appears to haven peaked on the wake of a 2nd round of vaccines. The epidemic forced Korean officials to slaughter nearly a 3rd of the country’s hog and cattle herds. Damages caused by the outbreak are expected to hover around USD 2.6 billion.

South Africa

Source: Main PRO-Med

An outbreak of meningitis has been reported in Mpumalanga’s capital city. Provincial Health and Social Development spokesperson, Mpho Gabashane, said the department’s communicable disease control unit was alerted to the outbreak two weeks ago when the privately-owned Medi-Clinic hospital reported several cases. “By then, 10 patients had been screened as suspects, but only five were confirmed positive for viral meningitis.

State of Massachusetts

Source: Main PRO-Med

Boston public health officials worked to contain a measles outbreak as a third suspected case surfaced yesterday, a week after a 24-year-old woman tested positive for the airborne virus. The latest case, reported early yesterday, involves an unidentified man in his 40s. But officials do not yet know what connection he has to the woman, a French consulate employee in the Back Bay’s Park Square Building who “almost certainly” got it overseas, said Dr. Anita Barry, director of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Infectious Disease Bureau.

Taiwan

Source: RSOE EDIS

A 20-year-old college student was the first person to contract measles in Taiwan this year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday. The patient, who attends school in Taipei, came down with a rash on Feb. 18., the center said.

MultiStates, USA

Source: RSOE EDIS

Thousands of passengers may be at risk after a woman who tested positive for measles traveled through airports in Washington, D.C., Denver and Albuquerque last Tuesday. Measles is the highly contagious respiratory disease that’s transmitted through the air. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to track down everyone who may be in danger from that exposure.

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