Typhoon Rammasun kills more than 100 in China and Philippines

July 2014CHINA – The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed at least 16 people in the region after leaving scores dead in the Philippines. Strong winds and rain from Super Typhoon Rammasun hit dozens of southern coastal cities in the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan and the region of Guangxi, affecting more than 3 million people, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday. The powerful storm made landfall on the island province of Hainan about 1:30 p.m. Friday after veering west, according to the China Meteorological Administration. Planes were grounded in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, stranding 1,300 passengers, Xinhua said, and train service between Nanning and coastal cities was suspended.
Rammasun struck the Philippines earlier in the week, killing at least 94 people and displacing more than half a million, according to the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Most of the victims died after being hit by falling trees, collapsed structures or flying debris. Others drowned or were killed in landslides, the Philippines News Agency reported. The typhoon, known locally as “Glenda,” made landfall near Legazpi City on the country’s east coast late Tuesday and barreled past the capital Manila. After weakening during its passage across the Philippines, the storm gained strength again over the South China Sea, rising rapidly from a Category 1 storm to a Category 5, as it made its way to China. -CNN
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Three earthquakes rock northern Vietnam’s province within one night – why are earthquakes increasing in Vietnam?

July 2014 VIETNAM - The three quakes struck Muong La District and their aftershocks were felt in Hanoi, 278 km away from Son La, according to the center under the Institute of Global Physics.  The first quake measuring magnitude 4.3 rocked the district at 7:14 pm, with its epicenter around eight kilometers underground. The tremor lasted for about 30 seconds, shaking or throwing household furniture and tools to the ground, local residents said. Many people rushed out of their houses during the earthquake, locals said. Another quake happened in the same district at 8:20 pm, with a lower strength of magnitude 3.2. Its epicenter was the same as that of the previous one. More than an hour later, the third earthquake, measuring magnitude 3.5, hit the locality at 9:42 pm, with its epicenter about seven kilometers underground. Many local residents, especially those who live in multi-storey houses, said they clearly felt the shakes caused by the three quakes, particularly the first one.
 Nguyen Hong Phuong, director of the Earthquake Information and Tsunami Warning Center, said the three quakes occurred within the active Muong La-Bac Yen fault, which can trigger shakes at any time. Nguyen Van Tam, head of the Muong La District Agricultural Department, said local authorities have yet to receive immediate reports on the damage brought about by the quakes. This was not the first time that Son La had experienced such quakes, the center said. Earlier this year, a quake measuring magnitude 2.6 shook the province at 12:55 pm on January 11, with its epicenter located roughly nine kilometers underground. On August 6 last year, a magnitude-2.1 quake occurred in an area near the Son La Hydropower Plant in Muong La District.  Another much stronger tremor, measuring magnitude 4.1, hit Bac Yen District, 37 km southeast of the plant, at noon on November 26, 2009. On the evening of the same day, another magnitude-4.2 quake struck the same area, the center said. –Tuoitrenews
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6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Fiji region

Fiji 6.9 magnitude earthquake July 21
July 2014FIJI – A 6.9 magnitude Fiji earthquake today 2014 struck off the coast. The Fiji earthquake today July 21, 2014 began just after midnight. Damage assessment is pending. Officials tell news that the Fiji earthquake today started at a significant depth. It posted a depth of three hundred eighty-three miles below sea level. It started just after 2:54 am local time today as well. Reps tell news that the Fiji earthquake was northeast of Ndoi Island. The quake was roughly two hundred miles west of Tonga as well. USGS indicates to new that the quake was roughly three hundred miles south of Lambasa and the same distance from Nadi. Several quakes have been hitting the region in several months. In 2012, a massive 6.7 magnitude quake struck. That April 2012 quake was roughly one hundred seventy miles north of the town of Nuku Alofa and two hundred miles south of the Tonga community of Hihifo. Officials told news that the quake was roughly one thousand four hundred miles north of New Zealand.
Today USGS indicates to news that “North of New Zealand, the Australia-Pacific boundary stretches east of Tonga and Fiji to 250 km south of Samoa. For 2,200 km the trench is approximately linear, and includes two segments where old (120 Myr) Pacific oceanic lithosphere rapidly subducts westward (Kermadec and Tonga).” They add “At the northern end of the Tonga trench, the boundary curves sharply westward and changes along a 700 km-long segment from trench-normal subduction, to oblique subduction, to a left lateral transform-like structure.” –LA Late
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Four Liberian nurses contract Ebola virus while treating patients

July 2014 LIBERIA - Four Liberian health workers have been admitted after contracting the Ebola virus while treating patients. The health workers, all nurses, were working at Phebe Hospital in Suakoko, Bong County when they contracted the virus. This comes three weeks after a Ugandan senior surgeon succumbed to the Ebola in Liberia where he had been working for three years as a specialist. Dr. Samuel Muhumuza Mutoro died at the John F. Kennedy Medical Centre, Liberia’s biggest hospital in Monrovia where he was being treated. The West Africa countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are currently battling an outbreak of Ebola which is highly contagious with a high fatality rate. According to the Liberia News Agency, the nurses had been transferred to Monrovia where they are being treated and monitored by doctors. Dr. Jefferson Sibley, the medical director of Phebe Hospital said the nurses may have contracted the virus from an unidentified patient who was admitted at the hospital.
Uganda is on alert and monitoring neighboring DR Congo where suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in Aru, in the north eastern Orientale Province. The samples were taken to Kinshasa for testing, according to Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the ministry of health permanent secretary. Ebola symptoms include fever, bleeding through body openings, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, skin rash and red eyes. At the moment, there is no known cure for Ebola. The disease can be spread through direct physical contact with body fluids like saliva, blood, stool, vomit, urine and sweat from an infected person as well as linen used by a patient. It can also be spread through skin piercing instruments used by an infected person. –New Vision
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Ebola death toll tops 600, spreads to 4 more counties in Liberia – WHO losing fight to contain outbreak

July 2014AFRICA -  New cases of Ebola virus have been found in four additional counties in Liberia, raising the number of affected counties to seven out of a total of 15. The four counties are located in the west, center and east of Liberia, while the virus has affected mainly western parts of the county. Ebola has spread through several West African countries, including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, since its latest outbreak in February. The death toll from the virus has surpassed 600 despite efforts by regional and international health experts to contain the epidemic. Guinea is the worst-hit country with more than 500 people losing their lives. Liberia has reported 105 deaths since the outbreak there in May, while 142 have lost their lives in Sierra Leone. There is currently no known cure for Ebola, a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. Some people in the affected communities reportedly believe that outsiders are spreading, rather than fighting, the Ebola outbreak. WHO noted on Tuesday that there have been at least 68 new deaths in the region from last week alone, bringing the death toll to 603 since February.
The virus has continued its spread throughout Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, despite local and international efforts to contain it. Epstein revealed that the main focus in the three countries currently is finding people who have been exposed to the disease, and placing them in a 21-day incubation period to see if they are infected. “It’s probably going to be several months before we are able to get a grip on this epidemic,” the WHO spokesman offered. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said about mobilizing leaders in West Africa to work together in welcoming medical professionals treating victims: “Sometimes the challenge for us is countries like to do disease control their way. But I think this is one such situation where countries must come together and adopt a similar approach to deal with a very dangerous disease.” The virus, which was first discovered in 1976, is known to have a 90 percent death rate for those infected. “The situation in West Africa should be a wake-up call to recognize that this weakening of this institution on which we all depend is not in anybody’s interest,” Scott Dowell, director of disease detection and emergency response at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a briefing in Washington. “In my view, there’s no way that WHO can respond in a way that we need it to.”
Ebola virus symptoms include a sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat, which is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding, WHO explains. Christian relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, which has sent a medical team to the region to offer help in battling the disease, said last week that it is directing efforts at an Ebola isolation center in Liberia, near the border with Guinea. “This is the largest outbreak of Ebola since it was first discovered in 1976 and it is the largest outbreak in Western Africa, with cases now showing up in national capital cities,” said Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse. “Along with medical treatment, awareness and education are the keys to containing this outbreak.” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham has added that Ebola is “one of the most deadly diseases in the world, and it must be contained as quickly as possible.” –Press TV  LA Times
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Study: Mount Rainier will erupt again – magma rising in enigmatic volcano

July 2014 WASHINGTON -  Scientists from the University of Utah have determined that Mount Rainier, one of the most prominent peaks in North America, will erupt again. The question of when remains unanswered, but science has recently discovered how: By measuring how quickly Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, they’ve effectively “mapped” Rainier’s magma “plumbing.” “This is the most direct image yet capturing the melting process that feeds magma into a crustal reservoir that eventually is tapped for eruptions,” says geophysicist Phil Wannamaker, of the university’s Energy & Geoscience Institute and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “But it does not provide any information on the timing of future eruptions from Mount Rainier or other Cascade Range volcanoes.” The interesting part? Some, if not most, of Rainier’s magma reservoir is located not under the volcano, but somewhere between 6 and 10 miles northwest of it. It’s buried about five miles beneath the surface, and “appears to be 5 to 10 miles thick, and 5 to 10 miles wide in east-west extent,” says Wannamaker.
They aren’t sure of the north-south extent, due to the nature of the measurement. In fact, plenty of magma could be sitting beneath Rainier, but the 80 electrical sensors used for the experiment were placed in a 190-mile-long, west-to-east line about 12 miles north of the volcano. About 30% of the reservoir is believed to be molten, with the rest in a sponge-like state. The image shows that the reservoir is the result of a seafloor crustal tectonic plate “subducting” under its neighbor to the east. The resulting water and molten rock then makes its way upward, towards Rainer. – Daily Digest
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New earthquake map reveals risks rising for much of the U.S.

July 2014 CALIFORNIA – The U.S. Geological Survey released a new earthquake hazard map July 17, revealing increased seismic risks for many regions. Updated for the first time since 2008, the new map incorporates research from the surprising 2011 earthquake in Virginia. With a 5.8 magnitude, it was one of the largest earthquakes to hit the East Coast and helped scientists gauge the possibility of larger events in that area. As a result, the new map concludes that the Eastern U.S. has a higher potential for bigger earthquakes than previously estimated. While all states have some potential risk for an earthquake, scientists also concluded that 42 states have a reasonable chance of experiencing an earthquake in the next 50 years, which it notes is generally considered the typical lifetime of a building. The map also showed that 16 states are at high risk and have a relatively high likelihood of experiencing damaging ground shaking within the next 50 years. As in the past, the West remains the most at-risk region for earthquakes. The 16 states with the highest risk include Alaska, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to the report. With a spike in earthquakes in Oklahoma and other regions of the central United States, researchers are examining whether industrial activities, such as wastewater disposal, are to blame. But no conclusive links have been found.
“Injection-induced earthquakes are challenging to incorporate into hazard models because they may not behave like natural earthquakes and their rates change based on man-made activities,” the USGS said. The government uses the updated report and maps to look at the potential ground shaking levels and does risk analysis based on things like how populated an area is and building construction practices, then considers that information when setting building codes. Local governments also use the information in setting emergency preparedness plans. In terms of some good news, the new findings slightly lowered the risk of earthquakes in the California locales of Irvine, Santa Barbara and Oakland, as well as in New York City. But if you want to skip earthquakes altogether, head over to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida. These states are almost entirely in the “lowest hazard” category of the map. –Tech Times
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