Archive for August 2014
Small volcanic eruption spotted in Iceland, air traffic unaffected so far: volcanic alert level raised to ‘red’
August 2014 – ICELAND– Almost two weeks after a swarm of earthquakes began to signal the restless movement of magma beneath the surface of Iceland’s large Bardarbunga volcano, which is itself underneath the huge Vatna glacier, the first visible signs of an eruption were spotted in an area between Bardarbunga and the nearby Askja volcanic system. “An eruption started in Holuhraun north of Dyngjujökull (an outlet glacier on the north end of the larger Vatna glacier) at around 00:02,” writes Iceland’s Meteorological Office at 2:45 a.m. local time Friday. “It is a small fissure eruption and at 02:40 AM the activity appears to have decreased.”Icelandic Police report that the fissure is 300 meters long and that no volcanic ash has been detected by radar so far.
The eruption tremors have been mild, which indicates that there is little explosive activity — rather the lava is effusive, meaning it is…
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August 2014 – AFRICA – Canada is evacuating a three-member mobile laboratory team from Sierra Leone after people in their hotel were diagnosed with Ebola. The World Health Organization earlier announced it is pulling a team out of the country. The Public Agency of Canada said in a statement late Tuesday none of the team members had any direct contact with the sick individuals and they are not showing any signs of illness. They will remain in voluntary isolation and be monitored closely. The laboratory team was helping to control the outbreak there by helping health care workers diagnose and rule out infections. The agency did not say what city the team was in. Canada said it will send in another team once it is deemed safe.
Canada has been rotating three teams of scientists in out and out of West Africa. The World Health Organization said earlier Tuesday is…
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Defenseless: Outrage in Nigeria as government fires 16,000 doctors on strike despite Ebola crisis – death toll hits 1,145
August 2014– AFRICA – The death toll from the worst ever Ebola outbreak has risen to 1, 145, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as 76 more cases were reported from August 11 to August 13, 2014. The U.N. health agency said that a total of 152 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of the deadly hemorrhagic fever were reported from countries in West Africa, bringing the total number of cases up to 2127.
Nigeria defenseless- A death sentence? The growing spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria remains serious enough to keep the nation in an official state of emergency, with thousands concerned that the virus will spread like it has in other West African nations. In what many are calling a massive failure of optics, however, the Nigerian government has chosen to fire up to 16,000 doctors due to an unrelated medical employee strike. In a memorandum…
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August 2014 – ICELAND – Around 500 earthquakes have rocked a rumbling volcano in Iceland since midnight, adding to fears that an eruption could be sparked at any moment. The country has issued an orange aviation alert – the second highest – warning of possible disruption to air traffic should the Bardarbunga volcano blow. The Met Office had warned that magma under Bardarbunga may be moving into another nearby volcanic system.
Seismic activity and magma movement as close as 10km beneath ground level has been reported in the region since the middle of August. However, the Met Office has downgraded its alert from red to orange, saying an eruption was no longer considered to be imminent. Roads are still closed in the region. It comes after tens of thousands of flights were grounded when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano erupted in 2010, creating an enormous ash cloud which experts feared would damage…
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August 2014 – Sierra Leone, AFRICA– “With Ebola, everyone is afraid. No one wants to go out,” 50-year-old Li tells AFP at the 70-cover eatery in Freetown’s Murray Town district. Li has been in the capital for two decades but, like many entrepreneurs in the once-thriving and influential Chinese community, he is thinking of packing it in and heading back home. “Before Ebola, all the Chinese and some foreigners came here to eat. Now nobody comes. We have no customers. We may have to close,” he says. Ebola, a virulent tropical hemorrhagic fever, has claimed almost 1,500 lives since the start of the year in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. Eastern Sierra Leone has been particularly hard-hit, but a death in Freetown has spread fear that the capital could be in line for a wave of cases. The quarantining of eight Chinese medical workers was particularly shocking to…
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