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EH-20180214-61860-CHN – Epidemic Hazard – China – Asia

Feb 14th 2018, 15:51

Mainland China has confirmed the world’s first human case of a virulent bird flu strain, prompting Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection to issue an alert for the city. The centre said health authorities confirmed this month that a 68-year-old woman in Jiangsu province had been infected with H7N4 avian influenza after developing symptoms on December 25. The woman was admitted to hospital on New Year’s Day and was discharged on January 22. She had contact with live poultry before she developed symptoms but no person in close contact with the woman had similar symptoms, the centre said. The …

CE-20180214-61859-KEN – Complex Emergency – Kenya – Africa

Feb 14th 2018, 12:22

At least 50 schools in Kerio Valley have been shut down indefinitely as about 400 teachers have gone on strike to protest deadly attacks in the area. On Tuesday, more than 2,000 pupils and at least 150 teachers held peaceful demonstrations over the runaway insecurity. Soon after the protest, two people were shot near Toroko Primary School in the afternoon. Kibor Kimargat, 25, and an unidentified bandit suspected to be from Tiaty were shot dead near the school. Marakwet Knut Secretary John Cheberi said on Wednesday that no learning will take place until the government deploys adequate security …

VI-20180214-61858-GBR – Vehicle Accident – United Kingdom – Europe

Feb 14th 2018, 12:02

A worker in his 40s at Heathrow Airport died today after a crash between two vehicles on the Tarmac that saw passengers evacuated from a plane. Paramedics and Scotland Yard officers were called to the airport in London at 6am after the operational vehicles collided on the taxiway near Terminal Five. The victim went into cardiac arrest following the accident, with paramedics trying to resuscitate him both at the scene and on the way to hospital. Another man involved in the accident suffered a broken shoulder but had no life-threatening or life-changing injuries. Police said there had been no …

EH-20180214-61857-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America

Feb 14th 2018, 09:45

Two school employees in southeastern Wisconsin have died recently. One had a confirmed case of the flu. The other had an unknown virus. Both sought medical help. Both were sent home and both died within just days of each other. Liz Perry, 56, a teacher at Germantown County Line Elementary School, died Feb. 5 from flu within 48 hours of diagnosis. "Her fiance took her to the walk-in clinic in Hartford," Liz Perry’s sister, Katie Perry, said. Katie Perry said she’s still in shock. Her vibrant, active sister tested positive for flu and told them she had sepsis the year before. "They said it …

VI-20180214-61856-PAK – Vehicle Accident – Pakistan – Asia

Feb 14th 2018, 07:53

At least six people were killed and 20 others injured when a passenger van hit into a bus in Pakistan’s east Wazirabad district on Tuesday, local Urdu media reported. The accident happened when the van carrying about 20 people collided with the bus at a roundabout in the district located in the east Punjab province, Geo News said. The ill-fated van was on its way to north Rawalpindi district when it met the accident. Police says the accident happened due to over speeding of the van driver who lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn at the roundabout. The van had a head-on …

EQ-20180214-61855-PRK – Earthquake – North Korea – Asia

Feb 14th 2018, 07:32

A 2.3-magnitude earthquake struck an area of North Korea facing China early Wednesday, according to South Korea’s meteorological agency. Seoul said the earthquake occurred at about 8.7 miles from Ongjin, South Hwanghae Province, according to Yonhap news agency. The epicenter was located at 37.80 degrees north latitude and 125.38 degrees east longitude. The earthquake had a five-mile depth, and natural causes were cited as the reason for the tremor, Seoul said. The quake comes only a few days after South Korea reported an earthquake in waters near Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province. The …

ST-20180214-61854-AUS – Extreme Weather – Australia – Australia – New-Zealand

Feb 14th 2018, 07:23

Thousands of homes are without power as wild winds and heavy rain move across Tasmania. A cold front moved east over Tasmania bringing wind gusts of over 100 kilometres per hour at Wynyard, Launceston, Friendly Beaches and Mount Wellington. About 21,000 Tasmanian homes and businesses are still without power. Jason King from TasNetworks said downed power lines caused most of the outages. "I think the intensity caught everybody by surprise, so we’re getting reports at the moment of everything from trampolines into lines, roofs through lines, trees through lines, so it’s the intensity of the …

HT-20180214-61853-AUS – Heat Wave – Australia – Australia – New-Zealand

Feb 14th 2018, 06:03

Residents across most of NSW are being urged to prepare for elevated fire danger as a triple threat of hot, dry and windy conditions sweep the state today. The NSW Rural Fire Service have issued a total fire ban and are warning the "severe fire weather" should be taken seriously. Several small bushfires have sparked across the state as authorities declare a total fire ban across NSW. Emergency crews are battling fires in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and north of Byron Bay. At this stage all fires are under control. There are also multiple small fires down south in the Shoalhaven area. NSW …

VIV-20180214-61852-ESP – Vehicle Incident – Spain – Europe

Feb 14th 2018, 06:01

A plane with 180 passengers onboard had to divert to an airport in the north of Spain because of a technical issue. The plane was flying from Edinburgh to Malaga when it encountered difficulties yesterday afternoon. The Jet2 flight was cut short, and the Boeing 737 instead touched down at Bilbao Airport in the borough of Loiu in Biscay at 2.25pm without further incident. A statement from the airline said: "On Monday 12th February, flight LS857 from Edinburgh to Malaga diverted to Bilbao as a precautionary measure due to a minor technical issue. "The aircraft landed safely and customers were …

EH-20180214-61851-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America

Feb 14th 2018, 05:59

Iowa Department of Public Health on Tuesday issued a consumer advisory about chicken salad sold at Fareway grocery stores statewide in Iowa. A department release jointly with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals said tests have showed the chicken salad sold in Fareway stores has the presence of salmonella. The salad has been linked to multiple cases of salmonella illness across the state. "No one should eat this product. If you have it in your refrigerator, you should throw it away," IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said. Salmonella symptoms often last four to seven days …

EX-20180214-61850-GBR – Explosion – United Kingdom – Europe

Feb 14th 2018, 05:55

Police and emergency crew have been scrambled to the Repertory Theatre, on Birmingham’s Broad Street, to reports of an explosion at around 8.20pm tonight. dozens of police cars were seen racing towards the area amid multiple eyewitness reports of a "huge bang" or "explosion noise" that sounded like "a bomb going off". The explosion happened in the basement of the Repertory Theatre, which has been evacuated, West Midlands Police said. There is no indication the blast is terror-related and no one is thought to be injured. Panicked witnesses said there is "police everywhere" and Broad Street – …

EH-20180214-61849-IND – Epidemic Hazard – India – Asia

Feb 14th 2018, 05:52

With girl students collapsing in the classroom due to an unidentified disease, a school in Nalgadh Municipality has been shut for three weeks in Jajarkot. Panchayabhar Secondary School of the municipality will remain shut for three weeks as girl students started trembling and collapsing abruptly in the last few days. According to Hum Prakash Singh, the head teacher of the school, teaching-learning activities were adversely affected after the incident. According to Singh, at least 10 to 12 girls from Grade V to X were suffering from the mysterious disease every day. "Though the problem was …

VIV-20180214-61848-USA – Vehicle Incident – USA – North-America

Feb 14th 2018, 05:49

United flight 1175, with more than 370 people on board including crew members, landed without incident at Honolulu International Airport, United Airlines Inc spokesman Charles Hobart said in an email. "Scariest flight of my life," Maria Falaschi, a marketing consultant from San Francisco, wrote on Twitter. She posted photos on the social media website of the aircraft’s engine with its covering, also known as the cowling, missing. Hobart said he could not immediately say whether or not the engine on the Boeing 777 continued to function after the cowling came off. The pilots of United flight …

FR-20180214-61847-USA – Fire – USA – North-America

Feb 14th 2018, 05:47

A Tennessee firefighter was killed and four others were injured when part of a home collapsed after a blaze Monday night. Lawrenceburg Fire Department Chaplin Chad Moore said 38-year-old fire engineer Jason Dickey died Monday after becoming trapped with other firefighters. Our sister station Fox17 in Nashville reports the fire broke out at a home on the 500 block of Hood Lakes Road around 4 p.m. The Maury County Fire Department said the distress call for injured officer went out at 8 p.m. Several agencies from Maury, Giles and Lawrence counties responded to the house fire. Chaplin Chad Moore …

EP-20180214-61846-PAK – Epidemic – Pakistan – Asia

Feb 14th 2018, 05:45

More than 80% people, out of a sample taken from the city and outskirts of Thatta, tested positive for hepatitis B and C during a screening in a two-day free medical camp in the city. A medical and surgical camp was organised on Saturday and Sunday at Qadir Bux Bhutto Trust Hospital’s building by Hashmanis Medical and Welfare Foundation, a Karachi-based charity organisation. The facts were shared on Tuesday by the foundation’s chairperson and renowned eye surgeon, Dr Sharif Hashmani, while addressing a media briefing held at Hashmanis Hospital. "More than 1,100 patients were examined during …

VI-20180214-61845-NGA – Vehicle Accident – Nigeria – Africa

Feb 14th 2018, 04:37

Twenty-two students and their driver were Tuesday killed when their bus collided with a truck in northern Nigeria, a road safety official told AFP. The students from a public secondary school in Bauchi state were on their way to the city of Kano for an excursion when their driver lost control while trying to dodge a pothole, Kabiru Daura, spokesman for the federal road safety corps (FRSC) in Kano said. "Twenty-two students died in the crash along with their driver while three others were seriously injured," Daura said on the accident which occurred in Gaya town, 50 kilometres outside Kano. …

ST-20180214-61844-AUS – Extreme Weather – Australia – Australia – New-Zealand

Feb 14th 2018, 04:28

Incredible footage has emerged of a dust storm currently sweeping over Melbourne. A combination of Victoria’s recent dry weather and Wednesday’s strong winds have caused a significant amount of dust unearthed and displaced across the city. A severe weather warning has been issued due to a strong cold front which will cross Victoria this morning and early afternoon. Damaging winds up to 90 to 100km/h will develop over western Victoria this morning before extending to the central and eastern parts across the morning. Warrnambool, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon and …

HZ-20180214-61843-USA – HAZMAT – USA – North-America

Feb 14th 2018, 04:26

Ten middle school students in San Francisco were rushed to hospitals on Tuesday after ingesting an unidentified substance, possibly an illicit drug, but all were expected to recover, officials said. Emergency personnel treated the students at James Lick Middle School in the Noe Valley neighborhood, before sending them by ambulance to hospitals in the area, fire department spokesman Lieutenant Jonathan Baxter told Reuters in an email. None of the students’ illnesses was life-threatening, he said, offering no further details and referring queries to school officials. "The specific substance is …

HZ-20180214-61842-USA – HAZMAT – USA – North-America

Feb 14th 2018, 04:21

Emergency crews are responding to a reported gas leak at near Bryan Street in Old Hickory. Officials say Piedmont Natural Gas has located the leak and are working to contain it. Nashville Fire Dept. evacuated 60 to 70 homes in the area of 13th and Bryan Street because of the leak.

TC-20180214-61841-FJI – Tropical Storm – Fiji – Pacific Ocean – East

Feb 14th 2018, 04:16

Cyclone Gita, which ravaged Tonga over Monday night hours, has now passed out to sea away from the Southern Lau islands of Fiji. But contact has been lost with the Lau islands of Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa as wind gusts of up to 190km/h hammered the islands. Fiji’s National Disaster Managment Office Director Anare Leweniqila confirmed to Fiji News they were unable make contact the islands. Winds from the cyclone hit the islands but Fiji Meteorological Services Director, Ravin Kumar told Fiji News the cyclone did not make direct landfall on Ono-i-Lau. Emergency relief supplies are set to depart New …

VIV-20180214-61840-NGA – Vehicle Incident – Nigeria – Africa

Feb 14th 2018, 04:13

A Delta Air Lines plane bound for Atlanta made an emergency landing after takeoff from an airport in Lagos, Nigeria. With airport fire authorities waiting, Delta flight 55 returned to the airport after an "issue with one of the A330-300’s two engines." The airline said the flight landed safely. However, passengers had to use emergency slides to leave the aircraft. Five passengers were injured in the evacuation, with injuries Delta called "non-critical." After the evacuation, passengers were taken by bus back to the terminal. Delta said it is arranging overnight accommodations for the …

VA-20180213-61839-AZR – Volcano Activity – Azori Islands (Port.) – Atlantic Ocean – North

Feb 13th 2018, 17:23

UGE-20180213-61838-TTO – Unusual geological event – Trinidad and Tobago – Caribean Sea

Feb 13th 2018, 17:17

At least three homes were evacuated and several cracks have appeared on the road as the Devil’s Wood Yard mud volcano in New Grant, south of here, erupted early Tuesday. Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) have converged on the site of the volcano that began erupting at around 4.00 am (local time). In a statement, the OPDM said it is "closely monitoring" the situation together with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the Geological Society of Trinidad and …

HZ-20180213-61837-AUS – HAZMAT – Australia – Australia – New-Zealand

Feb 13th 2018, 17:12

State Swim in Kwinana was evacuated after a suspected chlorine gas leak forced patrons from the centre on Tuesday afternoon. The leak was reported just after 2pm, and five emergency service crews were called to the scene. St John Ambulance also attended, but it is understood no one was injured in the incident. Emergency services said the presence of potentially hazardous materials had been identified, and DFES personnel suspected the substance was chlorine. Chlorine is highly toxic, corrosive and can harm the respiratory system if exposure is prolonged.

VI-20180213-61836-ZAF – Vehicle Accident – South Africa – Africa

Feb 13th 2018, 10:05

Rescue services had to use the jaws of life equipment to free the patient from within the taxi. Fourteen people were injured Tuesday morning, four of them critically, after a minibus taxi and an SUV collided head-on at the Lloyd Ellis and R114 intersection in Mnandi. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said when paramedics and other emergency services arrived on the scene they found one person still inside the taxi. Rescue services had to use the jaws of life equipment to free the patient from within the taxi. Four people suffered critical injuries while 10 others had minor to moderate injuries, …

VE-20180213-61835-IDN – Volcano Eruption – Indonesia – Indonesian Archipelago

Feb 13th 2018, 09:47

Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupted on Tuesday (Feb 13), but there was no damage and flights were unaffected. Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said the volcano erupted at 11.49am local time, spewing ash as high as 1.5km above the crater. The eruption lasted about 21 minutes. "There was no follow-up eruption. The exclusion zone is at a 4km radius," BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement. Mount Agung lies some 70km from Bali’s main airport Ngurah Rai and its top tourist areas, which attract some five million tourists annually. The 3,000m-tall volcano has …

TC-20180213-61834-PHL – Tropical Storm – Philippines – Pacific Ocean – West

Feb 13th 2018, 09:44

Four people were killed in the southern Philippines early Tuesday as a tropical storm unleashed heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides, police said. Tropical Storm Sanba slammed the east coast of the main southern island of Mindanao Tuesday with gusts of 75 kilometres an hour. The heavy rain triggered landslides that hit mountain villages outside the mining town of Carrascal — 760 kilometres south of the capital Manila — killing four people, municipal police chief James Alendogao told AFP. "These areas are currently inaccessible and we do not know the extent of the damage," he added. …

EX-20180213-61833-IND – Explosion – India – Asia

Feb 13th 2018, 07:46

At least five people were killed and 15 others injured in an explosion onboard Sagar Bhushan, a vessel owned by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), at the Cochin Shipyard on Tuesday. "All trapped inside the ship have been rescued," said Kochi city police commissioner M P Dinesh. Speaking to the media, the officer said: "The death toll from the blast includes some who apparently choked on the smoke after the explosion. "A probe has been ordered," Dinesh said. The exploratory drill ship of the public sector firm was berthed at the yard for repair and maintenance. The blast took place …

BH-20180213-61832-NZL – Biological Hazard – New Zealand – Australia – New-Zealand

Feb 13th 2018, 06:59

A health warning has been issued after a potentially toxic blue-green algae was found in a North Canterbury lake. People and animals, particularly children and dogs, should avoid contact with Lake Pegasus until the warning has been lifted, a Canterbury District Health Board statement said. Canterbury Medical Officer of Health Dr Alistair Humphrey said the algal bloom could produce harmful neurotoxins. "Exposure may cause skin rashes, nausea, stomach cramps, tingling and numbness around the mouth and fingertips. "If you experience any of these symptoms visit your doctor immediately and please …

EH-20180213-61831-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America

Feb 13th 2018, 06:56

The Wyoming Department of Health and the Casper-Natrona County Health Department are continuing to investigate a growing hepatitis A outbreak in the county that began in October. KTWO-AM reports that health officials say 14 cases have now been confirmed among Natrona County residents since October. That’s a significant increase over the usual total for Wyoming, where the previous long-term average statewide was two cases annually. The last reported local Hepatitis A infection was in 2012. Clay Van Houten of the state Health Department says the recent cases have been concentrated among current …

EH-20180213-61830-MYS – Epidemic Hazard – Malaysia – Indonesian Archipelago

Feb 13th 2018, 06:53

Seventy-one pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan Tasek Apong in Sungai Petani suffered suspected food poisoning over the weekend after eating ‘nasi lemak’ with chicken during the school cross-country run on Saturday. The children were reported to have suffered from vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain at about 10am yesterday and officers of the District Education Office made a visit to the school immediately, said Kedah Health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail. The officers found out that 66 of the pupils did not attend school yesterday and that altogether a total of 71 pupils had suffered the food …

EQ-20180213-61829-AZR – Earthquake – Azori Islands (Port.) – Atlantic Ocean – North

Feb 13th 2018, 06:49

The mid-Atlantic Azores Islands experienced hundreds of small earthquakes on Monday, the Azores Center for Seismovolcanic Information and Surveillance (CIVISA) confirmed. The tremors began shortly before midnight on Sunday and continued throughout Monday morning. Most were microseisms, tremors caused by natural phenomenon that cannot be felt by humans. But around 20 of the earthquakes were strong enough to be felt by the local population. "I was fast asleep when I suddenly felt the bed shaking," Helena Pacheco told the Portuguese Lusa News Agency. "It’s frightening as there’s no telling what …

EH-20180213-61828-PNG – Epidemic Hazard – Papua New Guinea – Indonesian Archipelago

Feb 13th 2018, 06:10

There is an outbreak of anthrax in Madang especially in pigs and most recently a child who is in critical condition after spewing worms from his mouth and anus. The National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspections Authority in Madang has recently gone on local radio and into villages doing awareness. The anthrax disease is an infection caused by the bacteria called Bacillus anthracis. This bacteria makes spores, a form of the germ covered by a protective cell. The spores can live for years in the soil and cause anthrax when they enter the body. Symptoms include swollen limbs, fatigue, kidney, …

EP-20180213-61827-USA – Epidemic – USA – North-America

Feb 13th 2018, 06:04

As the number of flu-related deaths rises to seven children, several middle Tennessee schools are closed to prevent the illness from spreading. The Tennessee Department of Heath said seven children and one pregnant woman have died from the flu so far this year in Tennessee. According to the AP, a government report out last week shows one of every 13 visits to the doctor the week before was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. At least four middle Tennessee school districts closed on Monday, which comes with a …

FL-20180213-61826-USA – Flood – USA – North-America

Feb 13th 2018, 06:02

While some water that accumulated during a weekend of steady rain began receding Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Southwest Virginia just before 5 p.m. The state of emergency is meant "to assist [the] state and local response to flooding and damage from heavy rains in Southwestern Virginia," the governor said in a tweet. As of Sunday night, between 75 and 90 roads in Southwest Virginia were impacted by flooding, causing several local school districts to close Monday. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 45 roads in the region were still impacted, according to Michelle Earl of the …

EH-20180213-61825-USA – Epidemic Hazard – USA – North-America

Feb 13th 2018, 05:59

State health officials are investigating Oklahoma’s first confirmed case of measles they’ve seen in nearly three years. The Oklahoma State Department of Health said many people, including children in Norman, could have been exposed to the virus. Authorities said the confirmed case was found in someone who returned to Oklahoma after traveling internationally. They are now worried that person was at several Norman locations where young children and some adults might be at risk of catching the contagious disease. People whose children were at those locations are urged to contact health …

VIV-20180213-61824-USA – Vehicle Incident – USA – North-America

Feb 13th 2018, 05:53

Passengers and crew were forced to exit a Southwest Airlines plane at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County after a report of a "possible fire near the rear exterior of the aircraft," the carrier said in a statement to Business Insider on Monday night. "Upon push back of the aircraft, the Captain in command of Flight #2123 with scheduled service from Orange County to San Jose received an indication by ground personnel of a possible fire near the rear exterior of aircraft," a Southwest spokesperson said. "Standard protocol was initiated and evacuation slides were deployed. Local Fire and …

VA-20180213-61823-CRI – Volcano Activity – Costa Rica – Central-America

Feb 13th 2018, 04:35

The Turrialba Volcano registered yet another important eruption, this Monday, February 12 at approximately 4:30 a.m. with a column that reached 1000 meters above the crater and 4,340 meters above sea level (14,235.2 ft.). The impressive was even visible from the Irazu Volcano as you can see in the video included below. The emission of ash is continuous and of variable volume and has been constant for over one week now. Ash is being dispersed by the winds to the southwest and several communities have reported ashfall in the entire metropolitan area (Cartago, Alajuela, Heredia, San Jose). …

WF-20180213-61822-USA – Forest / Wild Fire – USA – North-America

Feb 13th 2018, 04:30

Multiple agencies are battling a brush fire in Box Canyon, located in Tucson’s Santa Rita Mountains, officials said. The fire is estimated to be between 5 and 10 acres, according to a Facebook post from Green Valley Fire District. Fuel for the fire is considered to be low to moderate, the post said. Tubac and Rio Rico Fire Districts, along with the state forest service, are also on hand to battle the blaze. Pima County Sheriff’s deputies are assisting in traffic control efforts, saying that the intersection of Box Canyon Road, Whitehouse Canyon Road and Madera Canyon Road has been shut down …

ST-20180212-61821-SAU – Extreme Weather – Saudi Arabia – Middle-East

Feb 12th 2018, 15:36

Traffic came to a crawl and people stayed in their houses as a sandstorm swept across the western region of Saudi Arabia on Monday afternoon. Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Civil Defense said sandstorms had severely restricted visibility in various areas of Makkah province on Monday, including Jeddah, Makkah, Bahra, and Al-Jamoum, as well as neighboring parts of the region, Arab News reported. "There is a near-total lack of horizontal visibility all over Jeddah," the National Center for Security Operations tweeted. The authorities urged caution, particularly while driving, and stressed …

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