H5N1 discovered in Japan for first time since 2011 – paper published on how to mutate H5N1

April 2014JAPAN - Two chickens have tested positive for avian influenza at a farm in Japan where more than 1,000 chickens have died, marking the country’s first case of bird flu in three years, the Agricultural Ministry said on Sunday. The highly pathogenic H5N1 virus was detected through genetic testing of chickens at a farm in Kumamoto prefecture in the south, the ministry said on its Website. A total of 1,100 chickens have died and about 112,000 would be culled, media said. There is believed to be no risk of the virus spreading to humans through consumption of chicken eggs or meat, said Tomoyuki Takehisa, an Agricultural Ministry official. It is the first bird flu case in Japan since 2011 when it was detected in Chiba prefecture, north of Tokyo. – Reuters
Paper published on how to create superflu: The Dutch virologist accused of engineering a dangerous superflu a few years ago is back with more contentious research. In 2011, Ron Fouchier and his team at Erasmus Medical Center took the H5N1 flu virus and made it more contagious. Now the team has published another study with more details on the exact genetic changes needed to do the trick. The H5N1 bird flu is known to have sickened 650 people worldwide, and of those, 386 died. So far the virus hasn’t been contagious in people. But Fouchier’s work, plus some similar research from another lab, showed for the first time that the virus had the potential to change in a way that would make it a real pandemic threat. Only a few mutations were necessary to make the H5N1 bird flu spread through the air between ferrets, the lab stand-in for people. Critics argued that the scientists had created a dangerous new superflu. And they pushed for the recipe not to be openly published. They feared that others would repeat the work and either not adequately safeguard the virus or would deliberately release it.
Before Fouchier and his colleagues published the current work, it underwent multiple layers of review to assess the level of danger it might pose to the public. The team had to get an export license from the Dutch government that normally applies to technology that can be weaponized. The paper was also reviewed by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which funded the research. All that oversight causes delay, Fouchier said. But in the end, flu researchers are still able to do the work they need to do and see it published. “That does not mean that we have reached general consensus about the need to do this type of work, and how to do it safely,”
Fouchier wrote. “But general consensus will be impossible to reach on any topic. We will keep the dialogues going with everyone, but at the same time need to continue this important line of work.” Not everyone agrees with that. “I still don’t understand why such a risky approach must be taken,” says microbiologist David Relman of Stanford University. “I’m discouraged.” Relman served on a government advisory committee that considered whether this research should be openly published. He questions whether these studies really will help give public health officials advance warning of the next emerging flu pandemic. And even if the studies might provide a real benefit, Relman says, we won’t see it for some time. “And we have, meanwhile, just bought ourselves even more risk,” he says. -NPR
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Utopia: the collapse – a new book by Alvin Conway

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Wildfire destroys 500 homes in Chile, killing 2: ‘one of the worst fires in Chile’s history’

April 2014 CHILE - A wildfire was raging in a highly populated area of Chile early Sunday after killing two people and consuming more than 500 homes, officials said. At least one more person has been injured in the flames that have swept over at least 660 acres, said Chile’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI). Strong winds fanned the flames into Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, two adjacent cities on the Pacific coast, ONEMI said. “It’s been one of the worst fires in history,” said Vina del Mar fire superintendent, Fernando Reseio, who has been a firefighter for 30 years. Many rows of flames could be seen blazing through houses in the urban area located about 50 miles from the capital city of Santiago. More than 500 firefighters from seven provinces, some in helicopters, are battling the fire, an official said. But the wind is hampering their efforts to create firebreaks.
At least 500 homes have been destroyed in Valparaiso alone, Mayor Jorge Castro said. The city will evacuate its prison, which contains 2,000 inmates, as a preventive measure, he said. Valparaiso is under a red alert, said ONEMI spokesmand Ricardo Toro. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declared a state of emergency, which legally allows armed forces to get involved. It took the fire just six hours to devour the homes. In images broadcast by CNN sister network CNN Chile, residents could be seen fleeing the fires. The network reported that the sweeping fire is endangering thousands of homes. Authorities have evacuated more than 3,000 residents. -CNN
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4.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Idaho – second quake in 48 hours

Idaho April 12
April 2014 IDAHOA 4.9 earthquake shook a sparsely populated part of Idaho on Saturday but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, authorities said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit just after 6 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET) and was centered just 9 miles from Challis, a town of about 1,000 and the largest city in Custer County. It was a shallow quake, centered just 3.1 miles deep, the USGS said on its website. A dispatcher at the Custer County Sheriff’s Office said items fell from shelves there but no damage or injuries were reported. Challis is about 120 miles northeast of Boise and 130 miles southwest of Butte, Mont. A 1983 quake in the region, measured at 6.9 on the old Richter scale, killed two children in Challis and damaged a couple hundred homes and commercial buildings, most in the town of Mackay to the southeast.
“There have been nine other events of a similar magnitude of the 4.5-5.5 magnitude in the last 31 years,” USGS geophysicist Dale Grant said from Golden, Colo. “There are hot springs all over the state, and any time there are hot springs there is seismicity in the area.” It’s the second quake to hit the state in 48 hours. On April 10, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck the same region. USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was “kind of an unusual occurrence” being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. Custer County sheriff’s dispatcher Liz Preston says besides “things falling off walls and a lot of scared people,” no one was hurt. She says the area has had some quakes lately, but this one felt “pretty big” compared with the others. She says the office shook, including the windows and computers. The earthquake struck west of the Yellowstone caldera, and though unrelated, is sure to ignite more curious discussions as to why this region of the country is suddenly starting to experience more earthquakes. -NBC TEP
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7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

Solomon 7.6 mag April 12
April 2014 SOLOMON ISLANDS - A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck late Saturday near the Solomon Islands, generating a tsunami warning for much of the South Pacific region, officials said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center based in Hawaii said it did not know whether a tsunami had been generated, but issued a warning because of its strength. The warning area includes the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Nauru. A tsunami watch was issued for Guam, Australia, New Zealand and America Samoa. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, initially estimated at a magnitude 8.3, occurred at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles) but later revised the depth of the earthquake to 29 km. The USGS said it occurred about 60 miles south-southeast of Kirakira, Solomon Islands. -CNN
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Pacific Ring of Fire becoming increasingly more active

Global Quakes in Ring of Fire April 11 Sm
April 2014 GEOLOGY – The season of hyper seismicity which I warned would unfold across the globe from March 15 to April 12 continues in earnest with a dazzling display of increased seismic events erupting along the peripheral boundaries of the Pacific Plate in the Ring of Fire. This latest burst of seismic activity reflects dramatic, intense changes occurring deep within the interior of the planet as gradient pressures become increasingly more erratic. Powerful churning forces generated from gradient fluctuations, which boil magma, awaken dormant volcanoes, perturb dormant fault systems, and incinerate massive slabs of rock continue to build deep below the planet’s surface. The increased risks from some of these cataclysmic forces are seen in the latest round of large tremors striking the globe which are occurring at depths greater than what is normally observed with most recent large earthquakes. Chile’s 8.2 earthquake occurred at a depth of 20 km, and the 7.7 magnitude earthquake which followed erupted much deeper at a depth of 31 km. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck Papua New Guinea on April 11 occurred at a depth of 50 km and the 6.6 which struck Nicaragua on the same day was recorded at a depth of 138 km.
Subduction zone earthquakes have a tendency to occur at greater depths than other earthquakes, so are we just seeing more of them? The USGS even recorded a faint 2.5 magnitude earthquake 38km NNW of Ester, Alaska on April 11 at a depth of more than 99 km below the surface. Similarly, on April 11, a 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck 49km E of Farkhar, Afghanistan at more than 203 km underground and a 4.1 magnitude earthquake struck 173km NE of Lambasa, Fiji that was more than 452 km underground. Why are even such small tremors occurring now so deep underground? These forces will continue to unsettle the broken patchwork of tectonic plates which make up Earth’s lithosphere and that consequently will foster more geological activity across the planet – particularly in subduction zones where huge slabs of rock are being violently pressed down under the weight of another. Stress in building on the Pacific Plate, as a series of powerful earthquakes ripple back and forth along the peripheral plate boundary- from Chile to Papua New Guinea back to Nicaragua. People living in high-risk seismic hazard zones should remain alert for the potential occurrence of large-scale seismic events.
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Nicaragua rattled by 2 large earthquakes in less than 24 hours

Nicarauga 11 6.6 mag
April 2014NICARAUGALess than 24 hours after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua, a second earthquake shook the country Friday. The 6.6-magnitude quake struck near the city of Granada at 2:29 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. People rushed into the streets after the latest quake, but there were no immediate reports of new casualties of damage. Earlier, the government raised the number of injured people from 23 to 200 after the Thursday evening quake. It also said that a 23-year-old woman had died of an apparent heart attack after the quake. In the capital city of Managua, 300 homes were damaged and at least 20 were destroyed by the shake, said one of the mayor’s deputies, Fidel Moreno. Authorities ordered the demolition of two old buildings that had withstood the earthquake of 1972 that killed 10,000 people. The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday’s quake struck at 5:27 p.m. local time (23:27 GMT), and was centered about 11 miles southeast of the city of Larreynaga. It had a depth of 6.2 miles. Authorities suspended classes on Friday in the cities of Leon and Managua. Below are the latest reports on the earthquake from social media. –Weather C
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