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Infectious Diseases Kill 1,448 Chinese in October: Report

Posted by feww on November 18, 2014

EMERGING & RE-EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES
DEADLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASES
SCENARIOS 993, 797, 444, 080, 011, 01
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Infectious Diseases kill 1,448 Chinese, sicken more than 608,000 in October

[Reported cases of] infectious diseases in mainland China killed  at least 1,448 people and sickened more than 609,000 people in October, Xinhua quoted the health officials as saying.

Plague, a Category A infectious disease, killed at least two people, said the report.

Infectious diseases in Category B were responsible for the bulk of the fatalities (1,421 cases reported), with Hepatitis, tuberculosis, syphilis, dengue and diarrhea being the deadliest.

Category C infectious diseases killed 25 people in October, said China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) classifies the Emerging Infectious Diseases in categories A, B and C as follows:

Category A pathogens are those organisms/biological agents that pose the highest risk to national security and public health because they

  • Can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person
  • Result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact
  • Might cause public panic and social disruption
  • Require special action for public health preparedness

Category A Priority Pathogens

Category B pathogens are the second highest priority organisms/biological agents. They

  • Are moderately easy to disseminate
  • Result in moderate morbidity rates and low mortality rates
  • Require specific enhancements for diagnostic capacity and enhanced disease surveillance

Category B Priority Pathogens

  • Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis)
  • Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)
  • Brucella species (brucellosis)
  • Burkholderia mallei (glanders)
  • Chlamydia psittaci (Psittacosis)
  • Ricin toxin (Ricinus communis)
  • Epsilon toxin (Clostridium perfringens)
  • Staphylococcus enterotoxin B (SEB)
  • Typhus fever (Rickettsia prowazekii)
  • Food- and waterborne pathogens
  • Mosquito-borne encephalitis viruses
    • West Nile virus (WNV)
    • LaCrosse encephalitis (LACV)
    • California encephalitis
    • Venezuelan equine encephalitis (VEE)
    • Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)
    • Western equine encephalitis (WEE)
    • Japanese encephalitis virus (JE)
    • St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV)

Category C pathogens are the third highest priority and include emerging pathogens that could be engineered for mass dissemination in the future because of

  • Availability
  • Ease of production and dissemination
  • Potential for high morbidity and mortality rates and major health impact

Category C Priority Pathogens

  • Nipah and Hendra viruses
  • Additional hantaviruses
  • Tickborne hemorrhagic fever viruses
    • Bunyaviruses
      • Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome virus (SFTSV), Heartland virus
    • Flaviruses
      • Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever virus, Alkhurma virus, Kyasanur Forest virus
  • Tickborne encephalitis complex flaviviruses
    • Tickborne encephalitis viruses
    • European subtype
    • Far Eastern subtype
    • Siberian subtype
    • Powassan/Deer Tick virus
  • Yellow fever virus
  • Tuberculosis, including drug-resistant TB
  • Influenza virus
  • Other Rickettsias
  • Rabies virus
  • Prions
  • Chikungunya virus
  • Coccidioides spp.
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV), MERS-CoV, and other highly pathogenic human coronaviruses (new in FY14)
  • Antimicrobial resistance, excluding research on sexually transmitted organisms*
    • Research on mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance
    • Studies of the emergence and/or spread of antimicrobial resistance genes within pathogen populations
    • Studies of the emergence and/or spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens in human populations
    • Research on therapeutic approaches that target resistance mechanisms
    • Modification of existing antimicrobials to overcome emergent resistance
  • Antimicrobial research, as related to engineered threats and naturally occurring drug-resistant pathogens, focused on development of broad-spectrum antimicrobials

*NIAID Category C Antimicrobial Resistance—Sexually Transmitted Organisms Excluded

  • Bacterial vaginosis, Chlamydia trachomatis, cytomegalovirus, Granuloma inguinale, Hemophilus ducreyi, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, herpes simplex virus, human immunodeficiency virus, human papillomavirus, Neisseria gonorrhea, Treponema pallidum, Trichomonas vaginalis

 

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Deadly Earthquake Strikes SW China

Posted by feww on October 8, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 070, 09, 08, 07
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M6.6 Quake Kills One, Injures Hundreds in SW China

At least one person was killed and hundreds more injured after a 6.6-magnitude quake struck southwest China’s Yunnan Province, according to local officials.

The quake occurred in Jinggu County, affecting more than 90,000 people, with more than 56,000 people displaced.

The quake occurred at a shallow depth of about 5km at 21:49  (Beijing Time), destroying or severely damaging more than 20,000 houses, the official Xinhua reported.

“Yunnan has initiated the Class-I emergency response, the highest, sending rescue staff and materials to the affected areas.”

On August 3, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Ludian, Yunnan, killing more than 600 people, said the report.


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GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS, Aug. 30, 2014

Posted by feww on August 30, 2014

VOLCANIC ERUPTION
SIGNIFICANT SEISMIC EVENTS
BARDARBUNGA VOLCANO
TAVURVUR VOLCANO
DROUGHT MEGA DISASTER
SCENARIOS 808, 800, 444, 023, 017, 09, 08, 07, 03, 02
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Another Significant Quake Strikes Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano

Centered at 64.844°N, 16.858°W [about 18.0km ENE of Kistufell] the quake struck at a depth of 5.4km on Saturday, said IMO.

The shock occurred beneath Bardarbunga’s main volcano at 07:03 GMT, said IMO, adding that they had not observed any new eruptions.

Iceland’s Earthquake Count [48 hrs to13:40 GMT on Aug 30]:

Magnitude less than 1Mw: 494
Magnitude 1 to 2Mw: 1627
Magnitude 2 to 3Mw: 228
Magnitude 3 or greater: 16
Total: 2,365
Source: IMO Earthquake Count


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Drought Destroys Crops in N China

Recent drought in northern China has destroyed crops in much of northern China, leaving scores of people without food or drinking water, according to authorities, said Xinhua, China’s official news agency.

The regions include the provinces of Liaoning, Henan, Jilin, Hebei and Hubei as well as Inner Mongolia and Ningxia Hui autonomous regions, said the report, citing the country’s Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Liaoning province has experienced its worst drought since 1951, with about half million hectares of crops destroyed. The grain production in the province is expected to decline by 5 billion kg this year, said the report.

Severe Drought in Hebei

“Lingering droughts have spread to most parts of Hebei, a major grain-producing region in China, affecting 1.25 million hectares of crops, said the provincial water resources department.”

Large numbers of livestock are also short of water. Average precipitation in the province through mid-August was 21 mm, about 50 percent less than the average for the period, said the report.

Record Drought Kills Scores of Livestock in Xinjiang

“A prolonged drought in northwest China’s Xinjiang has left about 200,000 people in need of emergency aid, including drinking water, said the region’s civil affairs department.” Xinhua reported.

“In seven counties of the Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Ili in northern Xinjiang, more than half a million people and 3.46 million head of livestock have been affected. Some 7,700 cattle have died.”

“Herders are concerned how their livestock will survive the winter due to the destruction of fodder by the drought. Over 4.3 million mu (287,000 hectares) of crops and 22.8 million mu of pastures have suffered, with direct economic losses of 4.3 billion yuan (700 million U.S. dollars).”

Nationally, the drought has affected about 3 million hectares of crops.

“Artificial rain has failed to relieve the situation.”

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Extreme Rain Events Batter E. China Province

Posted by feww on August 22, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
RISING TEMPERATURES
SEVERE DROUGHT
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 555, 444, 111, 101, 070, 066, 023, 03, 02
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Mass Evacuations in E. China as Floods Affect Half Million People

At least half a million people have been affected by extreme rain events and severe flooding across four cities in east China’s Zhejiang Province since August 8, with about 65,000 people displaced, according to China’s official news agency, Xinhua.

“Statistics from the provincial hydrological bureau showed that the province’s average precipitation has reached 204 millimeters over the past fortnight, the highest since 1951 excluding the influence of typhoons.”

Up to a thousand houses have collapsed, and 26,100 hectares of croplands have been damaged, of which 1,400 hectares were completely destroyed, said the report.

“The torrential rains also forced 255 factories and mines to stop their production, destroyed 193 roads, 21 power supply lines, 33 sluices, 72 small reservoirs, 444 irrigation facilities and 13 hydropower stations.”

Drought causes severe water shortages in NE China

Meantime, a severe drought in NE China has left about a third of a million people without drinking water.

Drought in northeast China’s Liaoning Province has left about 330,000 people and 82,000 head of livestock without water, said authorities, Xinhua reported.

“The worst drought since 1951 has also affected 28 million mu (1.8 million hectares) of crops, 56 reservoirs and 427 rivers, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.”

Liaoning has received less than 40 percent of its average rainfall between  July 1 and August 17, and the dry, hot weather is forecast to continue, said the report.

“Artificial rain has failed to relieve the situation.”

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Drought and Deluge Plague China

Posted by feww on August 13, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
RISING TEMPERATURES
SEVERE DROUGHT
WIDESPREAD FLOODING
SCENARIOS 900,  555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 023, 03, 02
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Worst Drought On Record Hits Parts of China

Worst drought in more than 6 decades is plaguing North China’s Liaoning Province, and it could get even worse, said a report.

The has affected most of the province, devastating 2 million hectares of crops. Officials said  more crop losses could occur due to below normal rainfall forecast for the remainder of August.

Severe drought has also affected other provinces in northern China including Jilin, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Henan and Hubei.

“Since July, the province has received the least precipitation since meteorological records began in 1951, the provincial meteorological bureau said in a statement,” said the report.

“Liaoning has raised its emergency response level to the third-highest in a bid to reduce the drought’s impact.”

drought in china
Original Caption: Combination photos show a farmer checking his drought-hit corn field in Zhizhushan Village of Fuxin Mongolian Autonomous County on Aug. 12, 2014 [top] and a sharp contrast between a normal corn and a drought-affected corn in Qingshan Village of Fuxin Mongolian Autonomous County on Aug. 13, 2014 [bottom,] both in northeast China’s Liaoning Province. Liaoning Province is suffering the harshest drought in 63 years with its precipitation since July hit a record low since meteorological records began in 1951. The drought may be caused by the weather anomaly known as El Nino, which usually triggers drought in northern China while bringing more rains to southern China. Liaoning has raised its emergency response level to the third-highest in a bid to reduce the drought’s impact. Local meteorologists said they are prepared to fire artificial rain-making rockets to force rainfall if conditions are suitable. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)

Drought Inflicts Massive Financial Losses in Central China

Meanwhile, severe drought in central China’s Henan Province has inflicted  direct economic loss of $1.2 billion, said local authorities, Xinhua reported.

The drought has affected about 21  million people, leaving more than 1.1 million short of drinking water throughout  the province.

“Henan, a major grain producing region, has raised its emergency response to the third-highest level,” said the report.

Floods Affect 50 Million Chinese

Some 50.27 million people across the China have been affected by floods so far this year, with 311 people dead and 88 missing,  said to China’s national flood prevention headquarters, Xinhua reported.

“As of Aug. 12, direct losses caused by floods amounted to 107.8 billion yuan (17.52 billion U.S. dollars), the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said.”

“But the headquarters noted the number impacted by floods was halved [probably due to the sever drought - Editor] and deaths were down by 60 percent compared with the average in the past 14 years.”

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80 Million Chinese Affected by ‘Natural Disasters’ in July

Posted by feww on August 11, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
RISING TEMPERATURES, EXTREME DROUGHT, EARTHQUAKE, LANDSLIDE, HAIL, FLOODING, TYPHOON
SCENARIOS 900,  888, 555, 444, 178, 111, 109, 100, 088, 066, 033, 024, 023, 09, 08, 03, 02
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Disasters in China cause direct economic losses of $16.34 billion in July

Natural disasters’ in July affected more than 80 million Chinese, about 6 percent of the population, forcing at least two million people to relocate and leaving 302 dead, with 64 still missing, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).

In July, China was hit by typhoons, floods and drought. “Hails, earthquakes, mountain collapses, landslides, fires in forests and prairie, and storm tides also occurred during the month,” reported Xinhua.

“Over 107,000 buildings collapsed due to natural disasters, and 8.653 million hectares crops were affected, including 943,100 hectares completely destroyed, with direct economic losses of 100.6 billion yuan (16.34 billion U.S. dollars), the MCA said.”

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Japan Commemorates Day of ‘Collective Punishment’

Posted by feww on August 6, 2014

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Today is the 69th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

World’s first Atomic Bomb, dubbed the “Little Boy,” was dropped on Hiroshima by the pilot of an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, on August 6, 1945, at 8:15 AM. Anyone in the open was either vaporized or turned into carbon instantly. Some 80,000 people were killed.

The death toll from the radiation and injuries climbed to 140,000 before the year’s end. The bomb destroyed more than two-thirds of the city and severely damaged about a third of what remained.

Events Leading to the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

“The Japanese military machine was motivated by an uncontrollable desire for aggression, expansion and imperialism.”

The Japanese invasion of China immediately before and during World War II lasted from the early 1930′s to 1945. During this dark period in modern Asian history, the Japanese military machine was motivated by an uncontrollable desire for aggression, expansion and imperialism. The brutalities and atrocities committed by the Japanese military in China and elsewhere in Asia finally ended with destruction on Japanese soil — the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, 1945. The victims of the Japanese militarists’ aggression included the innocent and peace-loving peoples of China, Korea, the Philippines, other south east Asian countries, United States, and Japan herself.

In the past forty-five years, China and other countries have allowed the Japanese war crimes to be forgotten. In fact, the only constant reminders of the victims of World War II in Asia were the events commemorating the Japanese who were killed by the atomic bomb dropped by the United States. The young generations, Chinese and Japanese alike, are not kept informed about the consequences of imperialist militarism.

During this time, the Japanese Ministry of Education distorted the facts of World War II in their history textbooks, the government glorified convicted Class A war criminals as national heroes, and high ranking Japanese officials publicly denied the occurrence of the Nanking Massacre, one of the most infamous atrocities committed by the Japanese armies in China. [Source]

THE NANKING [NANJING] MASSACRE

Between mid-December 1937  and late January 1938, “the Japanese committed the infamous Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, during which an estimated 300,000 Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed, and 20,000 women were raped.”

“During the Nanking Massacre, the Japanese committed a litany of atrocities against innocent civilians, including mass execution, raping, looting, and burning. It is impossible to keep a detailed account of all of these crimes. However, from the scale and the nature of these crimes as documented by survivors and the diaries of the Japanese militarists, the chilling evidence of this historical tragedy is indisputable.”

In Japan there was NO outrage!

THE TRAGEDY AT YANGTZE RIVER

On December 13th, a large number of refugees tried to escape from the Japanese by trying to cross the Yangtze River. They were trapped on the east bank because no transportation was available; many of them tried to swim across the river. Meanwhile, the Japanese arrived and fired at the people on the shore and in the river. A Japanese soldier reported that the next day he saw an uncountable number of dead bodies of adults and children covering the whole river. He estimated that more than 50,000 people were killed at this tragic incident of the Nanking massacre.

ANNIHILATION IN THE CITY

When the Japanese troops first entered the city on the 13th, the streets were crowded with more than 100,000 refugees or injured Chinese soldiers. The Japanese relentlessly fired at these people. The next morning, tanks and artilleries entered the city and killing of people continued. Dead bodies covered the two major streets of the city. The streets became “streets of blood” as a result of the two-day annihilation.

 MASS EXECUTION OF CAPTIVES

A large number of Chinese soldiers had already been captured in the suburban areas before the Japanese entered the city. The rest of the Chinese soldiers scattered inside the city and changed into civilian clothes. After the “City-Entering Ceremony” on the 17th, the Japanese arrested anybody who was suspected to be a Chinese soldier. A large number of young men who were arrested, together with those who had been captured earlier, were sent outside of the city to be massacred, from several thousand to tens of thousand at a time. In most cases, the captives were shot by machine guns, and those who were still alive were bayoneted individually. In some cases, the Japanese poured gasoline onto the captives and burned them alive. In some cases, poison gas was used.

 SCATTERED ATROCITIES WITH EXTREME CRUELTY

Numerous atrocities occurred within and around the city, and the victims were largely civilians. Japanese soldiers invented and exercised inhumane and barbaric methods of killing. The brutalities included shooting, stabbing, cutting open the abdomen, excavating the heart, decapitation (beheading), drowning, burning, punching the body and the eyes with an awl, and even castration or punching through the vagina.

RAPING

An estimated 20,000 women were raped by the Japanese soldiers during the six weeks of the Nanking Massacre, most were brutally killed afterwards. The Japanese soldiers even raped girls less than ten years old, women over seventy years old, pregnant women, and nuns. Rampant raping took place in the streets or at religious worshiping places during the day. Many women were gang raped. Some Japanese even forced fathers to rape their daughters, sons to rape their mothers, etc. Those who resisted were killed immediately.

ATROCITIES IN THE SAFETY ZONE

When the Japanese were approaching Nanking in mid-November, a group of concerned foreigners formed an international rescue committee to establish a safety zone in an attempt to protect the refugees. The safety zone was located inside the city and consisted of more than twenty refugee camps, each of which accommodated from 200 to 12,000 people. During the six weeks of the Nanking Massacre, the Japanese frequently entered the safety zone to arrest young men. Every time, several hundred young men were arrested and executed on the site.

LOOTING

The Japanese looted all the storehouses and seized virtually everything from the civilians. The loot included jewelry, coins, domesticated animals, food, clothes, antiques, and even inexpensive items such as cigarettes, eggs, fountain pens, and buttons.

 BURNING AND VANDALISM

The Japanese organized burning of buildings in the city. After they had set fire to buildings using either gasoline or some other inflammable chemicals, they hid, waited for and killed people who came to extinguish the fire. Numerous people were killed by fire. Nanking, once a beautiful historical city, was burned to ashes by the Japanese.  [Source]

No lessons were learned!

Nearly 7 decades after receiving the “Collective Punishment,” Japan is re-militarizing again!

Once again the acquiescent, soulless, zombie-like  masses in Japan have voted in a psychopathic prime minster, whose prime ambition is the “glorification” of the land of “Rising Fear,” at any cost.

The people of China, Korea, Philippines…, have a moral obligation to themselves and to their war dead to resist Japan’s re-militarization.

It’s high time Japan’s renewed military ambitions  were throttled, its symbols of past imperial aggression obliterated and the evil spirits of the thugs, war criminals and terrorists exorcised from their shrines.

Notes

At the Tokyo War Crimes Trials just seven (7) people were sentenced to death including

General Hideki Tojo, (1884-1948). Chief, Manchurian secret police, 1935; councillor, Manchurian Affairs Bureau, 1936; chief of staff, Kwantung Army, 1937-38; vice minister of war, 1938; minister of war 1940-44; premier, 1941-44. Considered th arch-criminal of the Pacific War. Tojo assumed full responsibility for all the actions of his government and the military during the war. Convicted on Counts 1, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 54.

General Iwane Matsui,  (1878-1948). Personal appointee of the emperor to the Geneva Disarmament Conference, 1932-37;  commander, China Expeditionary Force, 1937-38. Troops under his overall command were responsible for the Rape of Nanking in 1937 and other atrocities. Convicted on Count 55, and sentenced to death.

He was one of 14 Class A war criminals who were secretly enshrined as “matyrs” at the Yasukuni Shrine, which is dedicated to Japan’s war dead and is Japan’s most revered Shinto temple.

Sixteen (16) other war criminals were sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Thousands Dead or Injured in SW China Quake

Posted by feww on August 4, 2014

DEADLY EARTHQUAKE
MAJOR DISASTER
MASS CASUALTIES
SCENARIOS 444, 080, 070, 09, 08, 07
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Earthquake kills at least 398, injures 1,881 others in SW China

Death toll has risen to at least 398, with 1,881 others injured, from an earthquake that struck SW China’s Yunnan province on Sunday, August 3, reported Xinhua, the country’s official news agency.

The magnitude 6.5 earthquake, said to be the strongest to strike the province in 100 years, has destroyed or damaged more than 42,000 buildings, said the report.

The quake has destroyed or damaged about 90 percent of “wood and earth” houses, which includes most of the structures in the disaster zone, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The deadly quake has affected at least 1.09 million people, forcing more than 230,000 people to relocate.

According to USGS/EHP, at least 4 aftershocks measuring between magnitudes 4.5Mw and 4.7Mw have struck the disaster zone, as of posting.

“As of 8 a.m. Monday, 411 aftershocks had been recorded in the quake-hit region, with four measured between 4.0 to 4.9 magnitude and five between 3.0 to 3.9 magnitude, according to the administration,” said Xinhua.

Meanwhile, China’s National Committee for Disaster Mitigation has upgraded its disaster relief response to the highest-level, said the report.

“[The National Committee for Disaster Mitigation] decided to lift the level of the disaster relief response from grade III to I at 11 a.m. Monday. Grade I is usually issued for ‘especially major natural disasters’ in which more than 200 people are killed or more than 1 million people are relocated.”

Thundershowers are forecast through Wednesday, making the relief work much more difficult in the mountainous disaster zone.

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Hundreds Dead or Missing in SW China Quake

Posted by feww on August 3, 2014

EARTHQUAKE
MAJOR DISASTER
MASS CASUALTIES
SCENARIOS 444, 080, 070, 09, 08, 07
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Deadly Earthquake Destroys Thousands of Homes in SW China’s Yunnan Province

At least 150 people have been killed, 180 others missing and more than 1,300 injured after a strong earthquake rocked southwest China’s Yunnan Province Sunday afternoon, reported Xinhua.

Centered at 27.1°N,  103.3°E, the strong shock occurred at a depth of 12 km in Longtoushan township, 23 km southwest of Ludian [population: ~ 266,000,] Zhaotong City, at about 16:30  (Beijing Time), said the report.

“As of 8:00 p.m., more than 120 residents were killed, over 180 were missing and 1,300 got injured in Ludian County, according to the local government.”

The quake destroyed more than 12,000 houses and damaged 30,000 more, cutting off transportation, electricity and telecommunications links throughout the county, officials have said.

The quake has killed at least 30 others in two neighboring counties, the report said.

“It’s so terrible. The aftermath is much much worse than what happened after the quake two years ago. I have never felt so strong tremors before. What I can see are all ruins,” said a resident.

“Too many buildings were damaged and we are collecting data on deaths and injuries,” said the head of the Longtoushan township, adding an rescue operation is under way.

“The road leading to the township was damaged in a landslide before the quake and the traffic has not been resumed.”

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Strong Quake Strikes North of PNG

Posted by feww on August 3, 2014

UPDATED @ 12:20UTC

SEISMIC HAZARD
HEIGHTENED GLOBAL SEISMICITY
SCENARIOS 08, 07
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M6.9 occurs near E. Caroline Islands, Micronesia

Centered at 0.844°N, 146.144°E the quake struck at a depth of 10.6km (6.6mi), said USGS/EHP.

The main shock was followed by at least 2 significant aftershocks, the largest of which measured 6.1Mw, as of posting.

The quake was initially recorded as a M7.2 by USGS/EHP, but was later downgraded.

NO destructive tsunami has occurred.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 6.9Mw
Event Time: 2014-08-03 00:22:03 UTC
Location: 0.844°N 146.144°E depth=10.6km (6.6mi)
Nearby Cities: 340km (211mi) NNW of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea

OTHER SIGNIFICANT QUAKES

M6.5 earthquake rocked Ludian County, Zhaotong City, in southwest China’s Yunnan Province at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), said the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), Xinhua reported.

The quake was centered at 27.1N,  103.3E, and occurred  at a depth of 12 kilometers, according to the CENC.

“I felt a strong jolt on my fifth-floor home and some small objects in my home fell off the shelves,” said a resident in the county seat of Ludian.

Zhaotong is about 300 km from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan, where a magnitude 5.7 quake killed 80 people and injured more than 800 others in September 2012, said the report.

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the same area caused about 1,500 deaths in 1974.

M5.7 – 140km WSW of Naze, Japan
Event Time: 2014-08-03 04:06:04 UTC
Location: 28.031°N 128.105°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
[USGS/EHP]


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Disaster Diary: August 2, 2014

Posted by feww on August 2, 2014

GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
SCENARIOS 911, 909, 888, 699, 606, 444, 201, 111, 070, , 09, 04, 02
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Israel murders 107 Palestinians overnight searching for missing soldier

Israeli military murdered at least 107 Palestinians in Gaza overnight, while searching for a missing soldier, who may have been killed by friendly fire, said reports.

The renewed violence came after a tentative 72-hour ceasefire agreement on Friday broke down.

Israelis have murdered at least 1,655 Palestinians and wounded 8,900 others, said the health ministry in Gaza since July 8. Most of the victims have been civilian, according to the U.N.

Deadly landslide buries dozens of homes in Nepal

A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northeast Nepal has buried dozens of homes leaving dozens dead or missing, injuring dozens many more and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

“The landslide has blocked the Sunkoshi river, east of the capital Kathmandu, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and move to higher ground,” said Bbc.

China Factory Explosion Kills Dozens

A powerful factory blast killed at least 68 people and injured about 200 others in Kunshan City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, earlier today, said Xinhua.

Some 44 people were killed during the blast, while 24 others later. At least 137 of the injured have been transferred to hospitals in nearby cities of Suzhou, Wuxi, Nantong and Shanghai, said the report.

Indian landslide: Hopes for Survivors Fading

Rescuers say hopes of finding survivors in India landslide that buried more than 100 people are fading, as the confirmed death toll topped 50.

Wednesday’s landslide buried almost an entire village in India’s western state of Maharashtra, destroying dozens of homes. More than 100 people remain missing.

Japanese war criminal’s confession of torture and rape released

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua)—The confession of Mitsuaki Kimura, a Japanese war criminal, detailing his involvement in the capture and torture of Chinese people during Japan’s war of aggression against China was published Saturday.

The confession is the latest in a series published on the website of China’s State Archives Administration (SAA).

According to his written confession, Kimura served as lieutenant captain of the Japanese Garrison Army in Handan, Hebei in January 1939 and as captain of Boli County Military Police Branch of the “Manchukuo” from 1944 to 1945.

In 1942, he led and instructed Gubeikou Military Police to arrest and interrogate about 30 soldiers of the Eighth Route Army in Shixia Township and arrested another 150 in April.

More than 150 soldiers were captured in 1943, with seven of them tortured to death during the interrogation.

Kimura said he accused a Chinese businessman in Jining County of being an agent of the Soviet Union, arrested his daughter aged about 20 for interrogation and forced her to become his servant in 1945.

“In July, when my wife was not at home I was sexually stimulated on seeing her. I raped her,” he said in the confession.

This is the 31st of 45 Japanese war criminal confessions the SAA plans to publish. It has been issuing one a day since July 3.

The move follows denials of war crimes by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese right-wing politicians.

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Exceptional Drought Plagues Central, Northern China

Posted by feww on July 28, 2014

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Water Famine Severely Affecting Parts of China

Persistent drought in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and central China’s Henan Province has dried up rivers and reservoirs, causing power and water shut-offs and severe drinking water shortages, said Xinhua.

In Inner Mongolia, about 600,000 people in seven prefectures and cities have been affected by the drought since April, with half of them lacking drinking water, according to the regional civil affairs department.

Some 150,000 hectares of farmland and 16.4 million hectares of pastures have been affected in the worst drought in three years. About 1.34 million heads of cattle also lack drinking water.

The worst drought since 1961, caused by more than 140 consecutive days without precipitation, has severely affected about 98 percent of pastures in Araxan prefecture, said the report.

Large swathes of Henan province have seen only about 10 percent of the average annual precipitation, making it the driest year since 1975.

About a million hectares of crops in the province had been affected by the drought as of July 26, 2014, said the report.

Pingdingshan City has had its worst drought since 1975. The Baiguishan Reservoir, the major source of drinking water in the city, was at dead storage level.

Water supply for car wash businesses, commercial swimming pools and public baths has been cut off in the city. Major water-consuming enterprises were ordered to restrict their consumption.

In the provincial capital of Zhengzhou City, the municipal power grid decided to restrict power supply for some residential compounds, enterprises and business operators for four days starting on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the temperatures are  forest to soar above above 35ºC in most  parts of the region this week,   according to the local meteorological office.

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Billion-Dollar Typhoon Kills Many in Philippines, China

Posted by feww on July 20, 2014

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Typhoon RAMMASUN Buffets S China

The most powerful typhoon to hit southern China in over 4 decades has killed at least two dozen people, after wreaking death and destruction on the Philippine Islands.

RAMMASUN made landfall on Friday with sustained winds of more than 200km/h.

It killed at least 94 people in northern Philippines earlier this week, and has caused at least a billion dollars worth of damage in the two countries.

Heavy rain brought by the monster storm to the region is also affecting Vietnam.

Typhoon MATMO is now threatening the  Philippines.

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A banana field lays  ruined after Typhoon RAMMASUN struck Haian Township, Xuwen County, in south China’s Guangdong Province, July 19, 2014.  The Typhoon, said to be strongest to hit south China in 41 years, wreaked havoc in western part of Guangdong, affecting 1,060,000 people and leaving 99,000 others displaced. (Xinhua/Liang Xu). More images…

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Deadly Rainstorms Affect 5 Million in China

Posted by feww on June 23, 2014

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Hundred Thousand Homes Destroyed or Damaged in China Rainstorms

Extreme Rain Events (EREs) continue to batter large parts of China, said the country’s National Meteorological Center.

Rainstorms since June 18 have left dozens of people dead or missing, reported Xinhua.

“The Ministry of Civil Affairs said that 4.9 million people in the provinces of Fujian, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan and Yunnan as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Chongqing Municipality had been adversely affected by the rain as of 11 a.m. on Sunday, with 337,000 people relocated and 115,000 in urgent need of basic necessities.”

Hunan Province

In Hunan Province alone, as of June 21, flooding had affected about 3 million people, leaving 171,000 homeless, at least seven dead and four missing across 10  cities and 47 counties, according to the civil affairs authority.

Jiangxi Province [as of June 21, 2014]

“Jiangxi’s local bureau of civil affairs reported that at least five people had died across eight cities and 43 counties in the province as of 10 a.m. on Saturday. Downpours have swept the province since Wednesday,” said the report.

About 789,000 people have so far been affected, and 123,000 relocated.

“The rainstorms, which have caused the collapse of or substantial damage to 4,000 houses and affected 63,100 hectares of crops, have led to direct economic losses of 530 million yuan (84.85 million U.S. dollars) in Jiangxi,” Xinhua reported.

 Guangxi Province [as of June 21, 2014]

Severe weather have affected at least 118,700 people, leaving 2,341 homeless and  at least  two dead, as of 3 p.m.  Saturday, according to the regional civil affairs department.

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Deadly Rainstorms Devastate Large Swathes of China

Posted by feww on June 21, 2014

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Deadly Rainstorms, Severe Floods Affecting Millions in Central and southern China

 “Yellow Alerts” for rainstorm have been renewed for Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Zhejiang, Fujian, Yunnan and Guangdong provinces, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Tibet Autonomous Region, and Shanghai, said the National Meteorological Center warning that torrential rains were expected to continue.

Millions of people are affected, more than 300,000 left homeless and dozens are dead or missing, as rainstorm continue to batter large swathes of central, east  and southern China.

Hunan Province

In Hunan Province, flooding has affected about 3 million people, leaving about 171,000 homeless, at least seven dead and four missing across 10  cities and 47 counties, according to the civil affairs authority.

“The rainstorms also caused severe damage to 9,700 houses and 122,700 hectares of crops, and direct economic losses of 1.57 billion yuan in the province,” said the report.

Jiangxi Province

“Jiangxi’s local bureau of civil affairs reported that at least five people had died across eight cities and 43 counties in the province as of 10 a.m. on Saturday. Downpours have swept the province since Wednesday,” said the report.

About 789,000 people have so far been affected, and 123,000 relocated.

“The rainstorms, which have caused the collapse of or substantial damage to 4,000 houses and affected 63,100 hectares of crops, have led to direct economic losses of 530 million yuan (84.85 million U.S. dollars) in Jiangxi,” Xinhua reported.

 Guangxi Province

Severe weather have affected at least 118,700 people, leaving 2,341 homeless and  at least  two dead, as of 3 p.m.  Saturday, according to the regional civil affairs department.

More rain and flooding expected through at least Sunday, said local meteorologists.

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May Disasters in China

Posted by feww on June 13, 2014

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Floods, earthquakes, droughts, hail, storms, landslides, forest fires … destroyed or damaged 400,000 homes across China in May

At least 21.8 million people were affected by human-enhanced natural disasters across China last month, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction, Xinhua reported.

The official toll is as follows:

  • No. of people affected by the disasters: 21.8 million
  • Killed or missing: 126 dead, six missing
  • Displaced: 777,000 people
  • Homes destroyed or damaged: 377,000
  • Cropland destroyed: 2.4 million hectares
  • Direct economic losses: 25.64 billion yuan (4.17 billion U.S. dollars)

Floods and earthquakes were the worst disasters to hit the country in May, however, droughts, hailstorms, icy conditions, snowstorms, landslides and forest fires also caused substantial damage, said the report.

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Apocalyptic Clouds Over Beijing Prompt Rainstorm Warning

Posted by feww on June 6, 2014

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Beijing issues rainstorm warning

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Dark clouds shroud buildings in Shijingshan District of Beijing on Friday, June 6, 2014. Local meteorological agency issued a rainstorm warning in the morning. (Xinhua/Li Xin). More images…

Rainstorms Ravage South China

Meantime, rainstorms continued to ravage southwest China, prompting authorities to issue a warning for Chongqing Municipality, reported Xinhua.

“At least nine people had died as of 8 a.m. Friday after downpours swept Chongqing since Saturday, the local bureau of civil affairs said in a statement.”

Extreme Rain Events have affected about one million people, leaving 124,500 homeless.

“The rainstorms, which have caused the collapse of 7,300 houses and damaged 27,400 hectares of crops, have led to direct economic losses of 500 million yuan (80 million U.S. dollars),” said the report.

Earlier today …

MASS EVACUATIONS FORCED BY MEGA FLOODING IN SOUTH CHINA

The latest round of Extreme Rain Events have triggered major flooding across south China affecting about 2 million people, and leaving at least two dozen dead in Guizhou and Sichuan provinces as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

In Guizhou Province alone, flooding has severely affected more than 1.2 million people in 44 counties forcing mass evacuation of at least 88,000 people. At least 18,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, said the Guizhou Civil Affairs Department, reported Xinhua.

Power, water and communications lines were cut off across most of Guizhou Province, said reports.

Earlier this week …

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Beijing Broils Under Deadly Heat

Posted by feww on May 30, 2014

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Beijing Temperatures Top 40°C

Beijing Municipal Warning Center upgraded its temperature warning to “red” early Thursday afternoon.

At least three people have died from heatstroke, as a heatwave  continues to grip China.

Two people died in Yuanyang county in Yunnan province, where the temperatures have been hovering above 40°C  for weeks.

A third fatality was reported in Hong Kong, said South China Morning post.

RED Temperature Warning

“The red warning calls for power suppliers and fire departments to be on the alert, outdoor work and activities to be ceased and classes to be suspended at all schools,” reported Xinhua.

Beijing Meteorological Bureau forecast that temperatures would exceed 42°C [108 degrees] in parts of the city, said the report.

The previous record for hottest day in May was set in 1951, when Beijing temperature reached 38.3°C.

Neighboring regions of Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong Henan and Anhui have also reported record high temperatures.

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M5.9 EQ Strikes China’s Yunnan Province

Posted by feww on May 30, 2014

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Tremors felt in Yunnan’s provincial capital of Kunming

Centered at 24.976°N, 97.865°E, the M5.9 quake  struck at a depth of about 10 km, some 500 km west of the Kunming, provincial capital of Yunnan province.

The quake occurred in Yingjiang County at 9:20 am, reported China Earthquake Networks Center.

“Tremors were strongly felt in the county seat, where local residents rushed to open areas,” reported Xinhua.

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the same area last week, injuring at least 13 people and affecting more than 300,000 people in 15 towns, destroying or damaging about 10,000 homes.

In March 2011, a deadly 5.8Mw quake hit Yingjiang County killing dozens of people and leaving hundreds of others injured.

In May 2008, the Wenchuan earthquake killed about 90,000 people and caused billions of dollars in damages.

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

Magnitude: 5.9Mw
Event Time: 2014-05-30 at 01:20:15 UTC
Location:  24.976°N, 97.865°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 27km (17mi) N of Pingyuan, China
  • 65km (40mi) SE of Myitkyina, Burma
  • 101km (63mi) NE of Bhamo, Burma

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: FIRE-EARTH EQ Forecast

The next detailed FIRE-EARTH Earthquake Forecast will be released together with Bulletin NO. 102 on June 1, 2014.


 

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Heatwaves, Sandstorms Plague China

Posted by feww on May 28, 2014

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Record Temperatures Broil North China

Weather authorities in Hebei Province and cities of Beijing and Tianjin have issued a “Yellow Alert for High Temperatures,” the third highest alert level in the country, as  record-shattering heat in parts of northern China soared to about 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees).

People have been advised to limit their outdoor activities to avoid heatstroke, while the National Center for Disease Control has warned the rising temperatures could help the spread of infections, said a report.

“The national weather forecaster predicts that the region’s heatwave will continue for another three days.”

The latest rounds of heatwave have been plaguing different parts of China (and India) since late April.

At least 11 provinces, cities and regions have reported temperatures exceeding 35°C  this week, including Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province, said the report.

Other affected areas include southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and southern Sichuan Province.

Recurring Sandstorms

Meanwhile, recurring dust and sandstorms have hit multiple parts of China since early April.

The worst affected areas  include Beijing, northwest China’s Shaanxi, neighboring SHANXI, and Qinghai provinces, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Gansu Province and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

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The National Center for Performing Arts, one of Beijing’s landmarks, is shrouded in sand and dust, May 27, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Huaigui)

The strongest sandstorm in decades  hit parts of Gansu province last month, reducing visibility to less than 20 meters .

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Deadly Floods Force Mass Evacuations in China

Posted by feww on May 26, 2014

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Tens of thousands left homeless amid deadly flooding in SE China’s Jiangxi province

Deadly floods and landslides in Jiangxi Province in the east, Guangdong and Hunan provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in the south, southwestern Guizhou Province, and Fujian Province in the southeast have left dozens of people dead or missing, affecting at least a million other, and leaving more than 100,000 homeless.

“Since Wednesday, rainstorms in Guangdong have left 15 dead and five missing and affected 800,000 people, with accumulative precipitation of 628 mm in Shanwei City. Sixteen national or provincial highways were closed because of the downpours,” said a report.

“Once-in-a-hundred-year” floods in Guangdong destroyed 1,143 houses, forcing the evacuations of at least 21,000, and affecting 140,000 others.

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Deadly floods plague west, south and east China provinces. Photo shows flooding in Zhuting Village of Yichun City, east China’s Jiangxi Province, May 25, 2014. (Xinhua/Wang Hefeng)

“Downpours also swept southwestern Guizhou Province, as well as Hunan and Jiangxi provinces in southern China,” said the report.

In Jiangxi province, 565,900 residents in Pingxiang City were affected by floods as of Sunday and 97,100 were evacuated.

In Hunan province, at least three people were killed in Shaodong County as of Sunday; more than 320,000 were affected by the floods and 24,000 were evacuated.

Shaodong floods also destroyed about 1,700 hectares of crops and 3.2 km of highways; 400,000 people in six cities were affected and 16,000 displaced; at least 520 houses collapsed, said the Hunan Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

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China Earthquake Disaster

Posted by feww on May 25, 2014

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Earthquake destroys or damages about 10,000 homes in SW China

An earthquake in Kachang Township of Yingjiang County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province has affected more than 300,000 people in 15 towns, destroying or damaging about 10,000 homes.

Centered at 24.926°N, 97.809°E the quake struck at a depth of 10.0km (6.2mi) on May 24, 2014. The quake was later upgraded to magnitude 5.8Mw.

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Event Time: 2014-05-23 20:49:22 UTC
  • Location: 24.926°N 97.809°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 23km (14mi) NNW of Pingyuan, China
    • 65km (40mi) SE of Myitkyina, Burma
    • 93km (58mi) NE of Bhamo, Burma
    • 220km (137mi) N of Lashio, Burma
    • 599km (372mi) NNE of Nay Pyi Taw, Burma

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China Evacuates 3,000+ Nationals from Vietnam

Posted by feww on May 18, 2014

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More than 3,000 Chinese nationals evacuated from Vietnam

More than 3,000 Chinese nationals have been evacuated from Vietnam as of Saturday afternoon, China’s Foreign Ministry said, Xinhua reported.

The recent anti-China violence in Vietnam has left at least two Chinese nationals dead and more than 100 others injured, including 16 critically.

Violent protests erupted over a Chinese oil rig drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea.

The protests started after China towed Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig to a location 220 km off the coast of Vietnam earlier this month.

Vietnamese ships attempted to block the installation of the rig, leading to several collisions with the Chinese vessels.

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Boats from Vietnam and China exchange water cannon fire in the South China Sea, May 2014. Photo credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

The protesters targeted companies with Chinese characters in their logos.

Hong Kong-listed sports shoe maker Yue Yuen, which manufactures footwear for Adidas, Nike and several other international brands, has suspended production in Vietnam, Reuters reported.

Angry mobs have set fire to at least 15 foreign-owned factories  including Chinese, Taiwanese, South Korean and Japanese businesses  in several Vietnamese industrial parks.

“An iron and steel complex in Ha Tinh Province of Vietnam, invested by Taipei-based Formosa Plastics Group, was badly hit in the violent attacks triggered by disputes in the South China Sea,” said the report.

“China is to send five ships to Vietnam on Sunday to evacuate [additional] Chinese nationals caught in a deadly anti-China violence, the Ministry of Transport said.”

Disputed Waters

Meanwhile, Manila is taking Beijing to an international court accusing China of reclaiming land on a disputed South China Sea reef.

Philippine govt claims the Chinese are building what appears to be a military base on the Johnson Reef in the Spratly Islands.

Spratly Islands (10°N 114°E; total area of less than 5km²) are a disputed group of at least 750 reefs, islands, islets, cays and atolls in the South China Sea.

The islands are claimed by PR China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

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Factories Torched in Vietnam Anti-China Violence

Posted by feww on May 14, 2014

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Anti-China violence escalates in Vietnam over South China Sea

Two dozen factories have been set on fire in southern Vietnam as anti-China sentiments flare over tensions concerning the disputed islands in South China Sea.

The protests started after China towed Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig to a location 220 km off the coast of Vietnam 12 days ago.

Last week, Vietnamese ships attempted to block the installation of the rig, leading to several collisions with the Chinese vessels.

This week, protesters targeted factories owned or operated by the Chinese and Chinese expatriates in the country.

Tens of thousands of workers took part in the protests in which up to two dozen factories were set on fire including those owned by South Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese companies.

The protesters targeted companies with Chinese characters in their logos.

Hong Kong-listed sports shoe maker Yue Yuen, which manufactures footwear for Adidas, Nike and several other international brands, has suspended production in Vietnam, Reuters reported.

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Boats from Vietnam and China exchange water cannon fire in the South China Sea, May 2014. Photo credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Meanwhile, Manila is taking Beijing to an international court accusing China of reclaiming land on a disputed South China Sea reef.

Philippine govt claims the Chinese are building what appears to be a military base on the Johnson Reef in the Spratly Islands.

Spratly Islands (10°N 114°E; total area of less than 5km²) are a disputed group of at least 750 reefs, islands, islets, cays and atolls in the South China Sea.

The islands are claimed by PR China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.

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China City Water Supply Suspened after Pollution in Yangtze

Posted by feww on May 9, 2014

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Up to a million people affected in China’s latest water pollution scare

Authorities suspend water supply in  east China’s Jingjiang City (Jiangsu Province) on Friday after “abnormal water quality” was detected in the Yangtze River, reported Xinhua.

“The city’s water company detected a strange odor in the river water around 10 a.m., said a statement posted by the city’s official account on microblogging site Sina Weibo.”

The latest episode is one of a series of water pollution incidents that has caused major concern across China.

In April, excessive levels of benzene were detected in Lanzhou city’s tap water. Lanzhou (population: ~ 4 million) is the capital city of northwest China’s Gansu Province.


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Residents purchase bottled drinkable water at a supermarket in Jingjiang City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, May 9, 2014. Water supply in Jingjiang City was suspended after abnormal water quality was detected in the Yangtze River water source, the city’s official microblog announced in a statement around noon Friday. (Xinhua)

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