Saturday, January 28, 2012

Damascus "losing control of suburbs" as unrest spreads across Syria

COMING CRISIS ALERT: Significant Quake Activity in Pacific Region -- January 28, 2012

This alert has been lifted. January 31, 2012.

There has been a significant uptake in quake activity in the Pacific region, with the Kermedec Islands having experienced multiple 5.x+ magnitude events in the past several hours. This may be an indicator of a much larger quake event to come, but at present, we can only advocate caution while we track this situation.

Emergency instructions in the event of a major earthquake:

1) Get outside into an open area immediately.

2) Have a portable radio so that you can obtain emergency instructions from your government. Also have a bottle of water and any medication you need ready so that you can take these items with you at a moment's notice.

3) In the event of a tsunami warning: If you are in a low-lying area or on the coastline, head to higher ground immediately. Do not stop to pack or ponder if evacuation is necessary. Just move. Do not return to your homes, as the wave's arrival is often momentarily delayed after the quake event. Wait until you receive information that it's safe to return.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - 28th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at a depth of 15.2 km (9.4 miles), the quake hit at 20:00:35 UTC Saturday 28th January 2012
The epicenter was 83 km (52 miles) ESE of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Mexican swine flu outbreak kills 29, infects nearly 1,500

MEXICO CITY (BNO NEWS) -- An ongoing swine flu outbreak in Mexico has left at least 29 people dead and nearly 1,500 others infected, health officials confirmed on Saturday. Thousands more are also ill as the country faces several types of flu this season.

Since the start of the ongoing winter season, at least 7,069 people have reported suffering from symptoms similar to those of swine flu. Lab tests are still underway and have so far confirmed 1,456 cases of the disease, which is officially known as A/H1N1.

According to Mexico's Health Ministry (SSA), at least twenty-nine people have died of swine flu so far this season. While no health emergency has been declared, officials expect the death toll will rise in the coming weeks as Mexico also faces A/H3N2 and B influenza.

The H1N1 influenza virus emerged in the Mexican state of Veracruz in April 2009 and quickly spread around the world, causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global flu pandemic in June 2009. At least 18,000 people have died of the disease since, although the actual number is believed to be far higher. Read More

WHAT IS A/H1N1

The Influenza AH1N1 Virus, Combines Genes From Different Flu Viruses

There are 3 types (A, B and C) of the influenza virus that can cause flu. Each has subtypical strain. H1N1 is a strain of the type A virus. H1N1 is what epidemiologists call a “triple reassortment” virus because it combines genes from different flu viruses, viral strains that normally affect pigs (swine flu), along with birds (avian flu) and human flu strains.

Each year, domestic outbreaks of flu can practically occur on all countries during specific seasons. The seasonal influenza outbreaks in any given year are usually caused by only one strain of the virus, but because the numerous strain of the flu virus undergo frequent mutation, the strain that causes outbreaks changes from year to year. Read More

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 28th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck Papua, Indonesia at a depth of 72.8 km (45.2 miles), the quake hit at 19:37:30 UTC Saturday 28th January 2012
The epicenter was 167 km (104 miles) SSW from Vanimo, New Guinea, Papua New Guinea
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time