Disease

Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Guinea

The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified WHO of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in forested areas of south-eastern Guinea. As of 22 March 2014, a total of 49 cases including 29 deaths (case fatality ratio: 59%) had been reported.

Meanwhile a Canadian man is in hospital with Ebola-like virus. The Ebola virus is just one of the possible diagnoses. The man is in hospital in Canada with symptoms of a haemorrhagic fever resembling the Ebola virus.

The man had recently returned from Liberia in the west African region, currently suffering a deadly outbreak of an unidentified haemorrhagic fever. He is in isolation in critical condition in Saskatoon, the largest city in Saskatchewan province. A provincial medical official said there was no risk to the public.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador.

5.2 Earthquake hits Tonga.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Tarapaca, Chile.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms

In the Indian Ocean:

Tropical cyclone Gillian is located approximately 618 nm west-northwest of Learmonth, Australia.

NewsBytes:

Washington, USA – Officials now say as many as 176 people may remain unaccounted for after the 177ft (54m) wall of mud hit near the town of Oso, north of Seattle. Search crews have worked day and night, using helicopters and laser imaging. But officials admit they have little hope of finding survivors in the muck. The landslide “basically cut a mountain in two” and deposited it on the town below. Nothing in the path of the slide was still standing. “It’s that absolute devastation that causes us all real pain.” The official list of the missing stood at 176, but they did not think the final death toll would be so high, because some of those listed as unaccounted for would be found to be alive, and other names would prove to be duplicates.

Oso mudslide photo

Australia – The flash flood that hit Sydney on Monday afternoon has killed a man while two others were rushed to the hospital after being struck by lightning.

Volcanos

Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Karymsky (Kamchatka): A volcanic ash plume was see on satellite imagery this morning at 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude and extending SE of the volcano, VAAC Tokyo reported. The volcano has been in a state of persistent, intermittent mild to moderate explosive activity at least since 1996.

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano has been more productive again compared to most of this year so far. During the past 48 hours, VAAC Tokyo reported 8 explosions which ejected ash plumes to maximum of 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude.

Dukono (Halmahera): The volcano remains in elevated activity. Some of the (strombolian to vulcanian-type) explosions are strong enough to produce ash plumes spotted on satellite data. Yesterday evening and this morning, an ash plume could be seen drifting 50 nautical miles to the east.

Fuego (Guatemala): Strombolian explosions remain relatively frequent (6-8 per hour) and some of them have been at the higher end of the typical normal activity scale, with ash plumes rising up to 1,200 m above the crater. Incandescent material falling back from the stronger explosions cause spectacular incandescent avalanches on the upper cone. Moderately strong shock waves rattled windows in villages Panimache, Morelia, Sta. Sofía, and Panimache II. Loud degassing noises resembling jet-engines accompany the explosions.