Biological Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Friday, 07 March, 2014 at 11:33 UTC
Epidemic Hazard – MERS-CoV (novel coronavirus)
Middle-East- Saudi Arabia | Riyadh
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous
Location: N 24° 42.700, E 46° 43.450
Situation Update No. 1 on Friday, 07 March, 2014 at 11:33 UTC
Saudi Arabia says a man has died from a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 62 the number of deaths in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak. The Health Ministry says the latest victim died in a Riyadh hospital on Thursday. The ministry also reported that a chronically ill Saudi man who was admitted to a hospital in Riyadh became a new positive case of the virus, bringing to 150 the number of people infected in the kingdom since September 2012. The new virus is related to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. It belongs to a family of viruses that most often causes the common cold.
Biological Hazard in Saudi Arabia on Monday, 24 February, 2014 at 04:05 (04:05 AM) UTC.
Saudi Arabia has said a woman has died from a new respiratory virus related to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), bringing the number of deaths to 61 in the kingdom at the center of the outbreak. The Saudi health ministry said the 81-year-old Saudi woman, who was chronically ill, died in a Riyadh hospital on Sunday. The ministry also said that the woman was among 147 people who had been infected with the virus in Saudi Arabia since September 2012. The new virus, related to the SARS, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003, belongs to a family of viruses that most often causes the common cold.
Viruses and bacteria that cause severe to fatal disease in humans, and for which vaccines or other treatments are not available, such as Bolivian and Argentine hemorrhagic fevers, H5N1(bird flu), Dengue hemorrhagic fever, Marburg virus, Ebola virus, hantaviruses, Lassa fever, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and other hemorrhagic or unidentified diseases. When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a Hazmat suit and a self-contained oxygen supply is mandatory. The entrance and exit of a Level Four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, autonomous detection system, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard. Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors opening at the same time. All air and water service going to and coming from a Biosafety Level 4 (P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release.
Source: RSOE EDIS
Biological Hazard in China on Saturday, 08 March, 2014 at 06:31 (06:31 AM) UTC.
Biological Hazard – Health Threat, H7N9 (highly pathogenic avian influenza – human infection)
Asia – China | Province of Fujian, Fuzhou City
Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous
Human Infections: 120
One more human case of H7N9 bird flu has been reported in east China’s Fujian Province, local health authorities said on Friday. A 27-year-old man who lives in Fuzhou City was confirmed to have been infected with the virus. He is being treated in an isolation ward of the county hospital. The new case brought the number of infections in the province this year to 16, including four deaths and eight who have recovered and been discharged from the hospital. China has reported more than 120 human H7N9 cases this year, including at least 36 deaths.
Source: RSOE EDIS
Air Disaster – Saturday, 08 March, 2014 at 06:21 (06:21 AM) UTC
Asia – Vietnam | China Sea, Near to Tho Chu Island (Vietnam)
Location: N 9° 22.740, E 103° 26.820
Damage level: Severe
Situation Update No. 4 on Saturday, 08 March, 2014 at 12:50 UTC
On Saturday, a Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370, which was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, crashed in the sea en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, said the source. The plane had lost contact with air traffic controllers. According to source, “The Vietnamese Navy had confirmed that the plane crashed into the ocean, as the plane crash was detected by Vietnamese military radar.” “Malaysia Airline is currently working with the authorities, who have activated their Search-And-Rescue teams to find the location of the aircraft,” as per airline authorities said. Flight MH 370, operating a Boeing B777-200 aircraft departed from Kuala Lumpur at 12.21am (1621 GMT on Friday) and had been expected to land in the Chinese capital at 6.30am (2230 GMT) on the same day. The airline said that the flight had lost contact with Malaysian air traffic controllers at 2.40 am, just over two hours into the flight. The airline said Flight MH370 was carrying passengers from 12 different countries, including 160 Chinese nationals, 12 Indian, 7 Australian and four American, as per reports radar contact with the flight was lost while it was in Vietnamese airspace. According to sources, the plane crash would mark the second fatal accident involving a Boeing 777 in less than a year, after an unblemished safety record since the jet entered service in 1995. Last summer, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash landed in San Francisco, killing three passengers. Boeing said the Search-And Rescue team is activated to locate the crash aircraft in the Chinese water.
Situation Update No. 3 on Saturday, 08 March, 2014 at 06:45 UTC
A Malaysia Airlines airliner with 239 people on board is said to have crashed into the sea after losing communication with air traffic control. Officials say the Boeing 777-200, Flight MH370, went down near Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island.
Situation Update No. 2 on Saturday, 08 March, 2014 at 06:27 UTC
China has not at present received reports of any crashed plane in Chinese waters, state television said on one of its official microblogs, after a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was reported missing.
Situation Update No. 1 on Saturday, 08 March, 2014 at 06:24 UTC
Six Australians were on board a Malaysia Airlines plane that has gone missing between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, the airline says. In a press conference the airline said there were also two New Zealanders on the flight. Flight MH370 lost contact with air traffic controllers at 2:40am local time, just over two hours into the flight. The plane, a Boeing 777-200, left Kuala Lumpur at 12:41am on Saturday, and had been due to arrive in Beijing at 6:30am local time. Malaysia Airlines says the last point of contact with the plane was 120 nautical miles off Kota Bharu, over the China Sea.
Air Disaster – Boeing 777-200 crash, Saturday, 08 March, 2014 at 06:21 (06:21 AM) UTC
Malaysia Airlines said it has lost contact with a 777-200 carrying 239 people on a flight from Kuala Lumpur To Beijing. Authorities have activated search and rescue teams to locate the plane, the airline said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. The airline said Flight MH370 lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 a.m. The flight was expected to arrive in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., the airline said in the statement, released at 7:24 a.m. local time, or 4:24 p.m Pacific time. “The flight was carrying a total number of 227 passengers (including 2 infants), 12 crew members,” it said in the statement.
Multiple Air Travel events have occurred recently:
- Tribhuwan International Airport in Nepal on Saturday, 08 March, 2014 at 12:52 (12:52 PM) UTC. – Fire on the board
- Multan International Airport in Pakistan on Saturday, 08 March, 2014 at 06:13 (06:13 AM) UTC. – Major accident during landing.
- Dublin Airport in Ireland on Friday, 07 March, 2014 at 18:51 (06:51 PM) UTC. Forced emergency landing.
Source: RSOE EDIS
with another edict.
To generate maximum fear in the defendant, it is worded in such a way that it takes a lawyer to understand it. No Senate approval needed, as usual. Meanwhile, as Obama messes with Soros’ money, global warming is the real issue.
The disturbing question on most everyone’s mind is, what does he think his fantasy-based Foreign Policy is going to actually accomplish by declaring an executive order in the U.S. regarding Ukraine?
To top it all off, from the Obama Administration’s perspective on foreign policy issues, “global warming” trumps actual concerns like these and real threats from Russia, Al-Qaeda, and Iran, etc.
by Kathryn Hansen for NASA Earth News
At night, as cold settles in, lake ice creaks and groans. It’s been excessively cold, and I camped exposed on the snow-swept surface. Other than the lack of vegetation and the sounds at night, you’d never know you were on a lake. It feels like an empty plain. In some places, you see pressure ridges where ice has pushed into itself, sticking up like clear blue stegosaurus plates. — Craig Childs
Author Craig Childs is not describing an Arctic lake. He’s describing the bitterly cold and frozen scene on Lake Superior, during his February 2014 trek on the ice near the coast of Ashland, Wisconsin.
Zoom out to view the scene from a satellite perspective and it’s apparent that Lake Superior is not the only lake to feel the freeze. The true-color image above, from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, shows the mostly frozen state of the Great Lakes on Feb. 19. On that date, ice spanned 80.3 percent of the lakes, according to NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The ice reached an even greater extent on Feb. 13, when it covered about 88 percent of the Great Lakes – coverage not achieved since 1994, when ice spanned over 90 percent. In addition to this year, ice has covered more than 80 percent of the lakes in only five other years since 1973. The average annual maximum ice extent in that time period is just over 50 percent. The smallest maximum ice cover occurred in 2002, when only 9.5 percent of the lakes froze over.
Scientists say it’s understandable that the Great Lakes have had so much ice this year considering the cold temperatures in the region that persisted through the winter. Cold air temperatures remove heat from the water until it reaches the freezing point, at which point ice begins to form on the surface, explained Nathan Kurtz, cryospheric scientist NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
“Persistently low temperatures across the Great Lakes region are responsible for the increased areal coverage of the ice,” Kurtz said. “Low temperatures are also the dominant mechanism for thickening the ice, while secondary factors like clouds, snow, and wind also play a role.”
The freeze this year has local implications, including possible changes to snowfall amounts in the Great Lakes area, explained Walt Meier, also a cryospheric scientist at NASA Goddard. When the lakes are primarily open water, cold air picks up moisture from the relatively warm and moist lake water, often resulting in lake effect snow on the lee side of the lakes, on the eastern and southern shores. When the lakes freeze, the lake effect generally shuts down. “Although this year, they’re still picking up a fair amount of snow,” Meier said.
Lake levels could also see an impact by summer, as winter ice cover generally reduces the amount of water available to evaporate during winter months. If that turns out to be the case, it would be “good news for local water supplies, as well as for shipping and recreational use,” Meier said.
It remains to be seen when the Great Lakes will once again freeze to the extent reached in 2014, or at least enough to allow adventurers to reach the ice caves at Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore by foot.
A 2012 study in the Journal of Climate by scientists at NOAA’s Great Lakes lab, which included data from MODIS, found that winter season ice cover on Lake Superior has decreased 79 percent from 1973 to 2010. The study also showed that ice cover on the lakes is highly variable and difficult to predict.
The harsh season this year “is a reminder that winters are variable and that weather can always throw an outlier our way,” said Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist and climate modeler at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.
Originally posted on PandoDaily:
It’s not quite as good as an Elvis sighting, but I saw a Buddha of Bamiyan last week, the tall one, whose left leg was already missing before the Taliban blew up the rest of him in 2001. I stood at his sandstone feet, then levitated 60 yards in the air to hover near the long Buddha ears and thick gray lips.
No one bothered to scan the two 6th-century monuments carved into an Afghan cliff face while they were still just mud and rock, but they left a digital legacy, mostly snapshots scattered online. Today, software can take those photographs, stitch them into a 3D model and take you on a flyby. It’s a more perfect experience than experience itself, a counter-historical present that makes you forget the Buddhas were destroyed.