Big Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake


This video fom New Zealand 1 Minute After The Christchurch Earthquake – 22 February 2011 – 182 confirmed dead.

From Reuters news agency:

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand; no tsunami warning

Published 40 min ago

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck 91km north-north-east of the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, at 11.02 GMT on Sunday (Nov 13), the US Geological Survey said.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said on its website that the National Crisis Management Centre is being activated.

“We are assessing the situation with the assistance of scientific advisors and Civil Defence groups. Expect aftershocks,” the statement said.

Christchurch is the biggest city on New Zealand’s South Island. A 6.3 quake there in February 2011 killed 185 people and caused widespread damage.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from Monday’s quake.

However: Families warned to flee New Zealand coast ‘immediately’ over tsunami threat sparked by 7.4-magnitude earthquake: here.

Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan, news update


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25 August 2016

Five years after the twin catastrophes of the Japan tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown, villages sit silent and empty. Thousands of workers still toil to clean up the radioactive material but it could be decades before their work is finished. As Japan continues to suffer the toxic aftermath of one of its worst ever disasters, 101 East reveals that the countryside may never again be safe.

Fukushima radiation in the Pacific (revisited) — Triple Pundit: here.

Fukushima cover up — CounterPunch: here.

Japan’s government should stay out of U.S. sailors’ lawsuit against TepcoThe Japan Times: here.

Editorial: Cost estimate needed first to decommission Fukushima plantThe Asahi Shimbun: here.

Untrained staff did radioactive cleanup work in FukushimaThe Asahi Shimbun: here.

Fukushima nuclear clean-up may rise to several billion dollars a year: government — Reuters: here.

Fukushima: A second Chernobyl? — The Asia-Pacific Journal: here.

Car wash septic tanks emerge as radiation threat in Fukushima — The Japan Times: here.

This petition was delivered to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ”We strongly oppose the signing of the India-Japan Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (hereafter: ‘the Agreement’) during the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, expected to be in mid November this year: here.

Dog saves earthquake victim dog


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Italy: Dog rescued by firefighters from earthquake rubble in Norcia

31 October 2016

A dog was rescued by Italian firefighters after being trapped under rubble in Norcia, Monday, following a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that severely damaged the town and its surroundings on Sunday.

Some 20 people were injured in the earthquake, but no deaths have been reported. Emergency and civil protection teams were dispatched to the area to assess the damage.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Video: Dog saves dog after day under earthquake rubble

Today, 14:06

Guided by their own rescue dog, Italian rescue workers in the town of Norcia yesterday removed another dog alive from the rubble. The animal had been buried during the earthquake on Sunday.

One can see on a video of the Italian fire department how rescue workers liberate the animal gently out of its predicament and give it water. The animal was covered in dust but at first glance nothing else was wrong.

When the earthquake, the worst in Italy since 1980, struck, there were no deaths. Many people had already left the area after previous earthquakes in the area. In late August during the quake around Amatrice town nearly 300 people died.

Italian priest blames earthquakes on gays: here.

More refugees drowning in Mediterranean than ever


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EU played regime change games and is now drowning in refugees

14 March 2016

It’s been five years since the start of the Syrian war and just over a year since Europe, which called for regime change in Syria at first, has been choking from a refugee crisis. The EU has no plan on how to deal with the problem they helped create and they cover their weakness with bureaucratic statements.

From the United Nations Refugee Agency:

Mediterranean death toll soars, 2016 is deadliest year yet

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

By: William Spindler | 25 October 2016

UNHCR is alarmed at the high death toll being seen this year among refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean. Already, and with two months of 2016 still to go, at least 3,740 lives are reported lost – just short of the 3,771 deaths reported for the whole of 2015. This is the worst we have seen.

This year is the deadliest ever for desperate refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean to Europe in order to escape wars in the Middle East and Africa: here.

Nuclear disaster, Fukushima, Japan babies die


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22 June 2015

Neonatal Mortality Rate

Infant death under 28 days of life per 1000 live Birth Annually / per year

Important causes:

1. Septicemia & Pneumonia (50%)

2. Birth Asphyxia (20%)

3. Prematurity (20%)

4. Congenital Malformations & Others (10%)

Neonatal Mortality Offen occurs in Low Birth Weight infants (2500gm)

NB: Asphyxia is defined as lack of oxygen in respired air = hypoxia = hypercapnia

By Hagen Heinrich Scherb, Dr rer nat Dipl-Math, Kuniyoshi Mori, MD, Keiji Hayashi, MD:

Increases in perinatal mortality in prefectures contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan

A spatially stratified longitudinal study

September 2016

Abstract

Descriptive observational studies showed upward jumps in secular European perinatal mortality trends after Chernobyl. The question arises whether the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident entailed similar phenomena in Japan. For 47 prefectures representing 15.2 million births from 2001 to 2014, the Japanese government provides monthly statistics on 69,171 cases of perinatal death of the fetus or the newborn after 22 weeks of pregnancy to 7 days after birth.

Employing change-point methodology for detecting alterations in longitudinal data, we analyzed time trends in perinatal mortality in the Japanese prefectures stratified by exposure to estimate and test potential increases in perinatal death proportions after Fukushima possibly associated with the earthquake, the tsunami, or the estimated radiation exposure.

Areas with moderate to high levels of radiation were compared with less exposed and unaffected areas, as were highly contaminated areas hit versus untroubled by the earthquake and the tsunami. Ten months after the earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent nuclear accident, perinatal mortality in 6 severely contaminated prefectures jumped up from January 2012 onward: jump odds ratio 1.156; 95% confidence interval (1.061, 1.259), P-value 0.0009. There were slight increases in areas with moderate levels of contamination and no increases in the rest of Japan.

In severely contaminated areas, the increases of perinatal mortality 10 months after Fukushima were essentially independent of the numbers of dead and missing due to the earthquake and the tsunami. Perinatal mortality in areas contaminated with radioactive substances started to increase 10 months after the nuclear accident relative to the prevailing and stable secular downward trend.

These results are consistent with findings in Europe after Chernobyl. Since observational studies as the one presented here may suggest but cannot prove causality because of unknown and uncontrolled factors or confounders, intensified research in various scientific disciplines is urgently needed to better qualify and quantify the association of natural and artificial environmental radiation with detrimental genetic health effects at the population level.

Ryuichi Yoneyama, a doctor-lawyer who has never previously held office, won the race for governor of Niigata on Sunday. He ran on the platform that he would not allow the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power station, owned by Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO (9501.Japan), to restart operations: here.

Hurricane Matthew, disaster in Haiti, elsewhere


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Aerial Footage: Haiti Town Destroyed By Hurricane Matthew

6 October 2016

The pilot who took this video, which was provided by the non-profit organization Haitian Health Foundation, said Jeremie is “wiped out. Barely 1 percent of houses are standing. The people are alive … they survived. But soon, they may starve. They’re cut-off.”

Haiti death toll from Hurricane Matthew passes 1,000: here.

TAKING SHELTER IN THE CAVES OF HAITI “For much of the world, Haiti is known more as a crisis than a country. Disaster, whether man-made or natural, has come to define the nation, where progress is often just a prelude to another step back. Dictators, corrupt officials and international meddling have competed with earthquakes and hurricanes to destabilize the country.” [NYT]

Hundreds of preventable deaths caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti: here.

Haiti’s hurricane devastation: A tragedy rooted in capitalist oppression: here.

After killing at least 800 people and displacing some 60,000 in Haiti last week, Hurricane Matthew battered the southeastern US, pelting coastal areas with torrential rains and winds of 120 mph in some areas claiming at least 19 lives: here.

THE FLOODING CONTINUES IN NORTH CAROLINA “The poorest of the poor in North Carolina are the ones who are being hurt the most by these floods,” Gov. Pat McCrory said. [NYT]

The class issues exposed by Hurricane Matthew: here.

HURRICANE MATTHEW COULD COST $10 BILLION IN DAMAGES Insurance companies will be liable for $4-6 billion of that. And the World Health Organization is sending 1 million doses of cholera vaccine doses to Haiti as cases surge, while the United States has paused deportations to the country. [Reuters]

Tens of thousands in the southeast United States continue to be impacted in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which came ashore late last week. Thirty-eight people have died due to circumstances caused by the storm, including record flooding: here.

What Happens To Birds Caught In Hurricanes Like Matthew? Here.