Monday, March 30, 2015

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Church Van Crashes In Florida - 8 People Killed; 10 Others Injured!

- A dark intersection. A church van full of parishioners. And tragedy.

That's about all police in Glades County, Florida, had to work with early Monday, hours after a van with 18 people inside ran a stop sign, crossed a four-lane highway and plunged into a shallow water-filled ditch. Eight people died. Ten others, including a 4-year-old child, were injured, according to police.

Investigators don't know why it happened, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno told CNN affiliate WPBF. The driver died, and police haven't been able to interview passengers yet.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the victims," Bueno said. "It breaks your heart to see something like this happen."

Some relatives of the crash victims, all of whom were from the Independent Haitian Assembly of God in Fort Pierce, gathered at the rural intersection Monday morning. Others went to the church.

"We've lost a lot of family members, church family," Phillipe Dorce, who said he lost his father, told WPBF. "All we can do is pray (to) God to help us out. Pray for us. It's very sad for us."

Linda Dolce told the news site that her grandmother died in the crash. She'd arrived from Haiti six years ago.

"She loved singing and helping people," quoted her as saying. "She was exciting; she was the best lady to us."

Laura Lochard told the site that her uncle died in the crash, leaving behind four children, the youngest of which is 16, whom he brought to the United States from Haiti. He was like a father to her, too, she said.

"It's never easy to lose a person, but I have to be strong," she told the site. "I'll never forget his smile."

A pastor at the church, Sereste Doresma told CNN that parishioners had attended a revival in Fort Myers and had left Sunday afternoon.

"This is a very difficult day for us today," he said.

The van apparently was traveling east on State Road 78 when it ran a stop sign at U.S. Highway 27 early Monday, authorities said. It then crossed all four lanes of U.S. 27 and stopped in a ditch that was partially filled with water.

No one saw the accident on the rural stretch of roadway that's frequented mostly by commercial traffic, Bueno said. One of the passengers flagged down a passing vehicle, whose driver called police, the trooper said.

Police had to remove the seats of the van to remove passengers, Bueno said. Among other things, investigators are looking into the capacity of the van. It appeared to be rated for 16 passengers, Bueno said.

Of the passengers, all were adults except for the 4-year-old, who was in stable condition at a hospital, Bueno said. Two of the adult passengers were in critical condition, he said.

Passengers were being treated at four hospitals. - CNN.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: "You Can See It Glow At Night" - Growing Lava Lobe And Pyroclastic Flows At Indonesia's Sinabung Volcano!

Active lava lobe and incandescent rockfalls at Sinabung in March 2015 (Photo: Bastien Poux)

March 30, 2015 - INDONESIA
- The volcano continues to effuse a viscous lava lobe from its summit crater.

Frequent rockfalls and pyroclastic flows occur due to partial collapses of the sticky lava masses on the steep upper slope.

Our friend Bastien Poux who has been observing the volcano during the past weeks sent us the following report:

"I have been watching the Sinabung volcano for the last two weeks, there is a big lava lobe hanging at the summit, you can see it glow at night.

Debris flows are getting bigger and more frequent, usually the rocks come form the side of the lobe, where it is contact with the walls made of older formations (sign the the lobe moves forward), between 10 and 25 times a day, going down the flank to distances between 500 and 2000m in general, couple of them went to 3000m yesterday when a big piece of the frontal part of the lobe collapsed.

There is still a 5km forbidden perimeter, more or less respected by the people who want to go back in their houses after being refugees for 18 months."  - Volcano Discovery.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Welcome To The "Post-Antibiotic Era" - Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria From American Cattle Become Airborne; An Emerging Global Health Problem!

Airborne particulate matter wafting off American cattle yards contains antibiotics, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant DNA.

March 30, 2015 - TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- Airborne particulate matter wafting off American cattle yards contains antibiotics, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant DNA, a new study finds. Environmental tests on the spread of antibiotics have been performed in the past, but this is the first time researchers have examined aerial dispersion. The work suggests airborne transmission may be contributing to an emerging global health problem, where doctors find it increasingly difficult to treat life-threatening infections.

For some time now, scientists have worried that we may be entering a "post-antibiotic era," when the drugs that once defeated potentially fatal infections are no longer effective. Simply put, the bacteria causing infections in many cases are now immune to (or "resisting") the drugs. Since antibiotic-resistant bacterial DNA, if imbibed in water or consumed in meat, can be transferred to humans, many researchers say misuse and overuse of veterinary pharmaceuticals may be responsible, in part, for this global health threat. Large, commercial food operations rely on veterinary drugs, including antibiotics, to promote bigger growth of the animals. However, after the animals excrete the drugs, these antibiotics enter the environment via runoff, leaching, and the spread of manure.

For this new study, then, environmental toxicology researchers at Texas Tech University decided to look at whether these drugs become airborne. Over a period of six months, they gathered airborne particulate matter from 10 commercial cattle yards each with a capacity of 20,000 to 50,000 head of cattle, within 200 miles of Lubbock, Texas.

“Mass of [particulate matter] collected immediately downwind of feedyards was significantly different than that collected immediately upwind of each feedyard,” the authors wrote in the study.

Analyzing the downwind air and comparing it to the upwind air, the researchers found it contained antibiotics, bacteria, and a much greater number of microbial communities containing antibiotic-resistant genes. Specifically, the researchers detected tetracycline, chlortetracycline, and oxytetracycline in 60 percent of particulate matter samples downwind of feedyards, while oxytetracycline was the most frequently detected of these three — all downwind samples contained this one antibiotic, yet so did 30 percent of the upwind samples.

Based on these measurements, the authors noted “there is significant potential for widespread distribution of antibiotics, bacteria, and genetic material that encodes antibiotic resistance via airborne [particulate matter] as a result of the large mass of fine particles released daily from beef cattle feedyards in the Central Plains of the United States.” They added that cattle yard-derived microbes, including those possessing antibiotic resistance, are likely transported to new, possibly unexpected locations as well. - Medical Daily.

EXTREME WEATHER: Hurricane-Force Winds Cause Infrastructure Collapse In Moscow - 76 Buildings Damaged, 32 Trees Uprooted; Public Transportation Halted; Tens Of Thousands Without Power! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

© RIA Novosti/Aleksander Racimor

March 30, 2015 - MOSCOW, RUSSIA
-  A strong chilling wind has struck the Russian capital over the weekend, upturning trees, damaging rooftops and toppling billboards across the city. The hurricane-like winds will swirl over Russia for a few more days, forecasters say.

Moscow emergency services have estimated that at least 76 buildings have been damaged and 32 trees uprooted by wind gusts that reached up to 17 meters per second.

Public transportation was partly halted in some areas of southern Moscow after upturned trees damaged overhead lines.

"Due to the strong wind, car owners are not recommended to park near trees and loosely-fastened constructions," the Moscow city government's transportation department said in a statement.

At least three people suffered minor injuries in the city. A 53-year-old man received a minor injury due to a fallen tree. A 21-year-old woman was taken to hospital in a similar incident. Her condition is now considered satisfactory by doctors.

A gusty wind also tore away roof tiles and slightly injured a 27-year-old woman.

Over the weekend, witnesses shared pictures of destruction from the affected locations on Instagram and other social media.

A specialist from Phobos meteorological center told RIA Novosti that the strong winds may last until Thursday. Weather forecasts have also predicted snow and rain, warning that it may result in icy roads. The local weather services forecast winds reaching up to 25 mps Monday.

WATCH: Extreme weather hits Moscow.

Heavy wind also affected other cities in the European part of Russia. At least five people were injured in the southern Rostov Region after two passenger buses were blown off the road. About 37,000 people were left without electricity in the region.

At least 24 trees were broken in the city of Voronezh, southwest Russia, where the gusts of wind reached at least 18 meters per second. On Monday the local meteorologists forecast the strength of the malicious weather phenomena will reach 23 meter per second. - RT.