Saturday, June 11, 2011

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Bridge collapse in 3 Districts in India!

Several days ago, 28 members of a wedding party was killed in the northeastern state of Assam in India, when their bus plunged into a gorge after the collapse of a wooden bridge. Today, news reports coming out of India reveals three different episodes in three different districts of bridge collapsing.

Deoghar: A bridge collapsed in Jharkhand's Deoghar district on Sunday morning, affecting road traffic on an important highway in the state.  The bridge, which was in urgent need for repair, started showing cracks at around 6 am in the morning, and collapsed soon after. No one was hurt in the incident. Road communication between Deoghar and an adjoining Bihar district has been affected because of the bridge collapse. This was the only bridge that connected Jharkhand and Bihar. - NDTV.
Kanpur: The portion of the Hamirpur bridge over river Yamuna which caved in during the wee hours on Friday has hit the daily lives of people in the district. The traffic movement too has been affected as both light and heavy vehicles have to take a longer route. The plying of UPSRTC buses through the bridge is also hit. On Friday, many buses could not ply from Jhakarkati bus-station to the other parts of the state. The movement of buses to places like Hamirpur, Mohaba, Banda, Raath has been stopped. The buses are now plying through the Durga tri-section in the Sacheti region. As a result, many temporary shops have come up overnight on this route. The area had developed in 2009 when a similar incident of cave-in at Hamirpur bridge had occurred. Officials of National Highway Authority of India were not available for comments but it is anticipated that it may take about two months to repair the bridge. - Times of India.
Mangalore: The embankment at the end of the bridge constructed over River Nethravathi at Ullal collapsed in the early morning of June 10 Friday, leading to traffic block for several hours. Reportedly, the approach road embankment joining the bridge collapsed due to dredging work carried out as part of the construction work of the new Bridge being developed parallel to the existing bridge. The collapsed embankment was on the left of the Mangalore to Thokkotu stretch of the highway. Reportedly, the Hyderabad-based construction company Navyug was renovating the bridge when the embankment collapsed. The workers had just completed one part of the embankment when the other part collapsed. Contract officials were present at the venue, but refused to make any comments. Later SI Manjunath Shetty and others arrived at the spot. The line of vehicles on either side of the national highway stretched to at least 2kms. Heavy vehicles were not permitted entry as the pack of cement supporting the bridge can be life threatening for motorists. The traffic police diverted vehicles at Thokkottu and Pumpwell to prevent further traffic block. Currently, the embankment is being repaired. Since one part of the bridge is quite strong, vehicles are permitted to move along it. - Mangalore Today

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THE DELUGE: Norway Devastated By Heavy Rains, Snow & Floods!

Have a look at the following report and the stunning pictures that accompanies it, of the devastating floods in Norway. This is surely a great deluge.  

Torrential rains combined with melting snow have caused devastating floods across Norway. The floods have washed away several houses and roads and caused landslides. One person has been injured in the floods, but it was unclear on whether their condition was serious. Spokesman Morten Harangen at the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning says the northern part of the country has also been affected, but is more due to high temperatures that have sped up the snow-melting in the mountains. Harangen says between 100 and 200 people have been evacuated so far. Norway's Justice and Transport Minister Knut Storberget met with rescue work representatives to discuss the flood situation. - Herald Sun

NOTE: Special thanks to reader Mikkel Strøbech for contributing to this article.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Plague of Rats, Killer Dogs, and Crazed Fox?!

If animal behavior is seen as precursory actions of imminent disasters, it is perhaps a good idea to pay attention to the following stories:

A plague of large rates in Goodna, Queensland, Australia.
Over-sized rats are taking up residence southwest of Brisbane at Goodna, as residents slowly move back into their flood-affected homes. The Courier-Mail website was overwhelmed with comments from readers complaining of large rats creating havoc in homes from Caboolture and Narangba to the inner-city today. Residents at Bellbowrie, Indooroopilly, Yeronga and Hendra also reported the number of rodents were on the increase. Ipswich City Council plans to unleash a force of fox terriers and pest control council workers to stop the pests next week. Goodna residents have complained rats “the size of possums” were nesting in their homes because of the cooler weather. The situation is believed to be worse because many flood-affected homes are unoccupied. Australian pest control service 1300 Pest Control CEO Paul Byres said the rats posed a real threat to homes in the area. “They chew through power cords, plastic, electrical wiring and can potentially start house fires,” Mr. Byres said. “They carry all sorts of disease, from a health point of view – any sort of fecal or urine traces they leave on surfaces – the bacteria spreads very easily and can cause sickness.” He said residents from surrounding areas, like Willawong northeast of Goodna, were shocked at how bold the rats were. “People are intimidated by them.” - Courier Mail.
Giant rats in South Africa.
Giant rats as big as cats have killed and eaten two babies in separate attacks in South Africa’s squalid townships this week. Lunathi Dwadwa, three, was killed as she slept in her parent’s shack in the Khayelitsha slum outside Cape Town and another girl was killed in Soweto township near Johannesburg the same day. Little Lunathi was sleeping on a makeshift bed on the floor of her family’s breeze block and corrugated iron home on Sunday night when she died. Her puzzled parents didn’t even hear her scream. When her mother discovered her lifeless body, she saw that her daughter’s eyes had been gouged out. Bukiswa Dwadwa, 27, said: ‘I can’t forget how ugly my child looked after her eyes were ripped out. ‘She was eaten from her eyebrows to her cheeks, her other eye was hanging by a piece of flesh.’ Her father Mncedisi Mokoena said police told him: ‘Nothing could have done that but rats.’ And today police revealed that a baby girl died in the Soweto township when she was attacked by rats while her teenage mother was out with friends. ‘We were called to the scene of the death of an infant due to a rat attack on Monday morning at around 9am,’ said police officer Bongani Mhlongo. ‘The mother of the child was arrested on charges of culpable homicide and negligence.’ Residents of South Africa’s impoverished townships say the giant rats grow up to three-foot long, including their tails, and have front teeth over an inch long. The suspects in the baby attacks are believed to be African Giant Pouched Rats, a species only distantly related to UK rats, but native to sub-Saharan Africa – and the biggest in the world. They are nocturnal, omnivorous and can produce up to 50 young a year. Some tribal people breed them for food. - Daily Mail.
A pack of dogs killed about 100 animals in the past three months while eluding law enforcement and volunteers in northeastern Washington state in America.
Authorities are trying to track a pack of dogs that has killed about 100 animals in nighttime forays in northeastern Washington state — attacks that have claimed goats, a llama and other farm animals and raised alarm that people could be targeted. Authorities are warning residents to take whatever steps are necessary to protect their families and animals because the dogs appear to be killing for fun rather than food. "We have this pack that is out there killing for the sake of killing," Stevens County Undersheriff Lavonne Webb said Thursday in a telephone interview. "What is going to happen if they come across a small child?" The killings started in late March and have occurred in a wide area of mountains and valleys west of Deer Park, a small town about 40 miles north of Spokane. "Trying to figure out where they are going to hit is next to impossible," Webb said from Colville. "Nobody is claiming ownership of any animals involved in the pack." Most recently, the dogs killed a 350-pound llama Tuesday night. They've also killed goats and other farm animals. - Yahoo.
Rabid fox attacks two women, child, Albany , Georgia.
A rabid fox came out of the woods near Darton College to attack a woman on a walking trail, a Darton official stated. The crazed fox wasn’t finished. It ran from its first bloodied victim to attack a child and a woman at a nearby apartment complex, according to a health official. “We have had three reported attacks, all after 9 p.m. and before midnight,” said Dewayne Tanner, director of the Southwest District Health Office in Albany. “Rabies and animal control people are investigating. I haven’t got the names of the injured, but they are all being treated for rabies. I don’t have the name of the apartments. We’ll be on this all weekend.” Darton Police Department Chief Jim Bracken did not release he names of the victims or their conditions. The first victim was walking along near the now-defunct Beef O’Brady’s restaurant off Guillianville Road when the fox grabbed hold of her pants leg, Brackin said. She screamed and tried to shake it off. Enraged, the fox jumped and sank its teeth into her forearm. - Albany Herald.

EARTH CHANGES: WALLOW FIRE Burns 600 Square Miles & 386,000 Acres Staying On Course To Become The Worst In Arizona's History!

The huge Wallow wildfire is staying on course to become the worst in Arizona's history, destroying 29 homes, as it continue to blaze a path of destruction and mayhem.

The devastating wildfire sweeping through Arizona is on course to be the state's worst ever. The Wallow Fire has burned more than 600 square miles, 386,000 acres, in Eastern Arizona and is now five per cent contained.  A total of 29 residences have been destroyed so far. Authorities said full containment is nowhere in sight, and power lines that supply much of West Texas and Southern New Mexico with electricity are also in jeopardy. But fire officials said on Thursday night said they were optimistic some residents who have been forced to flee the flames would be allowed back home by the weekend. Full evacuations were still in place for Eagar, Springerville, Sunrise, Greer, Blue River, Alpine, Nutrioso and many subdivisions. More than 5,000 residences are threatened by the massive fire, officials said. Fire officials reported earlier Thursday that six homes were burned overnight in Greer. But crews finished touring the area and assessing the damage by late afternoon and said 22 homes in Greer were destroyed and five other homes were damaged. Officials also say 24 outbuildings in Greer were destroyed along with one vehicle. On Thursday, more than 3,000 firefighters got a break from nature when high winds driving the flames lost strength. The fire, chewing through pine, fir and spruce in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona, continued to burn on the edge of small towns scattered across the sparsely populated area. A thick haze hung over the region and the blaze spread mostly uncontrolled, but fire officials did report a small containment figure. That was an improvement from a day earlier, when containment was zero percent. - Daily Mail.
WATCH: Massive Arizona wildfire expected to enter New Mexico.

WATCH: Forest fire generating power issues.

ALERT: Deadly Fungus Infection Strikes Joplin Tornado Survivors?

In the aftermath of the Joplin tornado, some people who were injured in the storm developed a rare and sometimes fatal fungal infection that's so aggressive, it turned their tissue black and caused mold to grow inside their wounds. According to authorities, the fungus has infected eight persons and kill three others, bringing the death toll from the tornado that destroyed much of Joplin to 151.

The Greene County (Mo.) Health Department has issued a memo to health care workers who are treating injured victims of May's deadly Joplin tornado, warning them that a powerful fungus has infected patients' wounds. The Springfield News-Leader reports as many as nine cases have been reported in tornado victims across the area in various hospitals. Once the aggressive fungus -- called zygomycosis -- enters the body, it causes the death of infected cells. Three or four patients, who otherwise would have survived their wounds, have died from it. If the fungus stays in a limb, like an arm or leg, some treatments have necessitated amputation to save the patient. Others with wounds near the head weren't so lucky -- as soon as brain tissue started dying, it was too late to save the patient.

The National Institutes of Health says this rapid form of infection most often occurs in patients with suppressed immune systems. One study in 2009 noted a diabetes patient who died of the fungal infection at age 48. Despite being treated early, the man's health rapidly declined as the fungus spread through his lungs. Infections spread through the blood and affects blood circulation. It is unknown how many people may be suffering from infections, but the problem doesn't stop with those injured by the tornado. KYTV in Springfield reports those helping with cleanup efforts may become scratched by nails or splinters and any fungus residue on those objects may infect someone.
- Yahoo.
WATCH: Man returns from tornado ravaged Joplin.

EARTH CHANGES: Over 50,000 Acres of Fire in West Miami-Dade!

The fire that has plagued West Miami-Dade in Florida, for almost a week has consumed about 50,316 acres of brush as state forestry and county fire crews continue to fight the seemingly untamable flames.

The brush fire battle in West Miami-Dade isn't getting any easier for firefighters as it continues to burn Friday morning. The fire has now consumed over 50,000 acres and is 50 percent contained, according to the Florida Division of Forestry. On Thursday, firefighters evacuated homes in the Miccosukee Tiger Trail complex after the fire came as close as 40 feet to the homes. Miami Dade Fire Rescue along with The Florida Division of Forestry teamed up to knock down the flames "We knew that we couldn't stop it," said Scott Peterich with the Division of Forestry. "So, Miami Dade Fire Rescue and us decided to go ahead and do this counter fire. We created a back fire, and now we have a black area making it safe for the structures." Officials say the area near the homes is secure and the residents are no longer in danger. Fire rescue and Division of Forestry workers remain at the scene, and Krome Avenue between Tamiami Trail and Okeechobee Road remained closed Friday due to poor visibility from smoke. It's unknown how the fire, which has been burning since Sunday, began. It's possible it may have been sparked by an ATV, officials said. - NBC Miami.


Are we all aliens? Did the building blocks of our life on Earth, originate from space? According to a new study of molecules in a meteorite fragment, it would seem that way, as the material for DNA, RNA and genetic coding, can be found on this rock that landed on Earth from space.

A meteorite that exploded above Canada 11 years ago has provided strong evidence that life's building blocks came from space. Fragments of the rock that landed on Tagish Lake, British Columbia, yielded a mix of organic compounds. They included amino acids and monocarboxylic acids, both essential to the evolution of the first simple life forms on Earth. Analysis of the chemicals revealed information about their history on the asteroid from which the meteorite came, and lent weight to the theory that organic material originates in gas and dust clouds between the stars.

If the theory is right, the building blocks of life would have been spread throughout our developing solar system. They may, for example, also have provided a foothold for life on Mars. Lead researcher Dr Chris Herd, of the University of Alberta, said: 'The mix of pre-biotic molecules, so essential to jump-starting life, depended on what was happening out there in the asteroid belt. 'The geology of an asteroid has an influence on what molecules actually make it to the surface of the Earth.' The findings were published today in the journal Science. Experts are confident that the chemicals they analysed were not the result of contamination from the Earth.
Mark Sephton, a geochemist at Imperial College London, who was not involved in the study told The Scientist: 'It’s real evidence of hydro-synthesis occurring in asteroids and creating compounds that might be biologically useful,' The four-metre-wide Tagish Lake meteorite exploded after heating up as it passed through the atmosphere 30 to 50 kilometres above the Earth. Pieces of the rock rained down on the frozen, snow-covered lake where they were preserved in sub-zero temperatures. Water in the parent asteroid altered the organic compounds buried within it, leaving signatures that could be read in the meteorite fragments. They indicated that the organic material had existed and undergone chemical processing since the birth of our solar system. - Daily Mail.