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Deadly Earthquake Followed by Severe Deluge

Posted by feww on March 5, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATIC EVENTS
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“One-in-100-year” storm inundates Christchurch, New Zealand

Hundreds of homes have been flooded in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a storm “quickly escalated” battering the city with hurricane-force blasts and extreme rains.

Residents have been warned of health risks from contaminated floodwaters that have inundated homes, businesses and streets, while the storm was graded as a one-in-100-year event, said the city mayor.

“This was a significant, escalating event that moved very quickly from a one-in-five-year event to a one-in-100-year event,” she said.

“The weather forecasts did not predict an event of this gravity.” [The weather forecasters were caught by surprise. Editor]

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Christchurch Flooding. Credit: Kirk-Anderson/The Press/Fairfax NZ. More images…

Severe Storm Hits NZ Capital, Wellington

Wellington’s south coast was pounded by near-hurricane force winds and massive waves Tuesday evening.

A resident of Island Bay described  the assault of high tide mixed with strong wind last night as being like ”a bomb” going off.

“By about 10pm, debris, logs, and a large chunk of concrete were strewn across the road, which was also badly hit in the June storm.”

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Earthquakes – Feb. 3, 2014

Posted by feww on February 3, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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Significant Quakes strike a dozen countries

Greece
M6.1 – 12km NW of Lixourion, Greece 2014-02-03 03:08:46 UTC
Location: 38.292°N, 20.337°E depth=13.7km (8.5mi)
Distances: 298km (185mi) W of Athens, Greece

Romania
M4.1 – 18km ESE of Comandau, Romania 2014-02-03 00:26:31 UTC
Location: 45.674°N, 26.471°E depth=135.0km (83.9mi)
140km (87mi) NNE of Bucharest, Romania

United States
M3.9 – 18km NW of Caldwell, Kansas 2014-02-03 09:03:21 UTC
Location: 37.128°N, 97.772°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)
185km (115mi) N of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Earthquake Location Map, logged at 14:24:34 UTC on 2014-02-03 . Source: USGS/EHP

Iran
M5.3 – 89km SE of Minab, Iran 2014-02-02 14:26:47 UTC
Location: 26.579°N, 57.717°E depth=25.0km (15.5mi)
340km (211mi) NNW of Muscat, Oman

Burma
M5.1 – 53km WNW of Mawlaik, Burma 2014-01-29 13:46:50 UTC
23.862°N 93.949°E depth=59.1km (36.7mi)
59km (37mi) SSE of Churachandpur, India

India
M5.2 – 260km ENE of Port Blair, India 2014-02-02 23:44:01 UTC
12.285°N 95.061°E depth=34.6km (21.5mi)
385km (239mi) W of Myeik, Burma

Indonesia
M5.1 – 119km ENE of Dofa, Indonesia 2014-02-02 02:59:24 UTC
1.311°S 126.317°E depth=45.7km (28.4mi)
259km (161mi) SSW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

Philippines
M5.2 – 168km W of Sabtang, Philippines 2014-02-02 18:51:09 UTC
20.239°N 120.262°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
201km (125mi) SSW of Hengchun, Taiwan

PNG
M5.5 – 95km SE of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2014-02-03 04:25:59 UTC
4.947°S 153.752°E depth=93.8km (58.3mi)
177km (110mi) ESE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

New Zealand
M6.5 – 192km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2014-02-02 09:26:37
32.908°S, 177.822°W depth=40.4km (25.1mi)
1,138km (707mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

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Severe Quake Rattles Lower North Island, NZ

Posted by feww on January 20, 2014

EARTHQUAKE HAZARD
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M6.2  strikes near Palmerston North, New Zealand

The quake was felt thoroughout New Zealand’s North Island, from Invercargill to Auckland, and as far south as Canterbury in the South Island, according to local reports.

The mainshock was followed by a swarm of aftershocks, with the largest measuring 3.7Mw, as of posting.

The quakes have caused damage to buildings and roads in the lower North Island between Wellington and Manawatu, said reports.

The quake was felt widely in the capital Wellington, leaving “people screaming and ducking for cover as items fell from shelves,” in a shopping mall, said a report.

The shock knocked power to thousands of customers  in Tararua, Manawatu and Taranaki, according to the local power company.

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Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Event Time: 2014-01-20 @ 02:52:45 UTC
  • Location: 40.634°S 175.776°E depth=28.0km (17.4mi)
  • Nearby Cities
    • 34km (21mi) SSE of Palmerston North, New Zealand
    • 37km (23mi) NNE of Masterton, New Zealand
    • 42km (26mi) E of Levin, New Zealand
    • 71km (44mi) ENE of Paraparaumu, New Zealand
    • 111km (69mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

Tectonic Summary

The January 20, 2014 M6.2 earthquake northeast of Masterton in the North Island of New Zealand is located approximately 115 km northeast of Wellington. The earthquake resulted from northeast-southwest oriented normal faulting 175 km to the west of the Hikurangi Trench, where the Pacific plate subducts westward beneath the North Island. At the latitude of this event, the Pacific plate moves towards the west-southwest with respect to the Australia plate at a rate of approximately 42 mm/yr. The faulting character, location and depth of this earthquake indicate it is an intraplate event either within Australia plate crust above the subducting Pacific plate, or within the interior of subducted Pacific slab, rather than a plate boundary event on the subduction zone thrust interface.

New Zealand experiences fairly frequent moderate-sized earthquakes; the region within 200 km of the January 20, 2014 event has experienced 35 earthquakes of M 5.5 or larger over the past century. The 2014 event is just a few kilometers to the east of a M 7.3 earthquake in March of 1934, and approximately 40 km southwest of two M6.2 and 6.4 earthquakes near Dannevirke in March and May of 1990, respectively. The 1990 events did not cause significant damage or fatalities. —USGS/EHP

For more information on earthquakes, including forecasts and warnings, search blog content.

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Large Hail Stones Destroy Crops in NZ

Posted by feww on December 16, 2013

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS

Submitted by a reader, edited by FIRE-EARTH

Golf ball-sized hail destroy crops, smash windows in Canterbury, New Zealand

Massive hail stones tore across mid-Canterbury, New Zealand, destroying crops and smashing scores of windows, said a report.

A fierce storm moving north along the South Island triggered a hailstorm dumping large hail on Mayfield, near Ashburton, for about 50 minutes.

The hailstorm broke scores of windows at homes and businesses across the township, residents said.

“Local crop farmer Rab McDowell predicted about 40 per cent of his carrot and maize crops were a ‘right off,’ but he would know more in the morning.”

“I haven’t seen hail through here that broke windows before,” he said.

Golf ball-sized hail falls on Southern Downs, QLD. Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning covering the entire Darling Downs in southern QLD, and surrounding  areas earlier today.

There were reports of golf ball-sized hail falling at Dalveen near Stanthorpe, said local reports.

On November 19, 2013, golf ball-sized hail bucketed down on Australia’s Gold Coast causing substantial damage to buildings, trees and crops.

Several hailstorms across parts of South Africa also produced golf ball-sized hail stones on 12, 14 and 28 of November 2013 causing major damage to property and crops.

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“Sea of Police” in Ukraine, Looting in Argentina, Hunger Strike…

Posted by feww on December 11, 2013

Thousands of police move on large protest camps in central Kiev, Ukraine

Thousands of riot police and Interior Ministry personnel have moved on  large protest camps in Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev amid snow and sub-zero temperatures.

Clashes broke out after police began tearing down barricades close to the main protest site in the square, but soon turned into a tense standoff.

According to unconfirmed reports police began storming the Kiev city hall, which was occupied by protesters a week ago.

Mass street rallies began about three weeks ago shortly after the government’s decision to withdraw from a free-trade deal with the EU last.

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Police surround a section of the protest stage in central Kiev, Ukraine. Image credit: Paulina Leonovich

Looters hit Argentina’s Stores amid ongoing police strike

Looting has spread across 19 out of 23 provinces in Argentina, as police continue their strike due to low pay.

The looting first broke out in Cordoba province earlier this month, leaving several people dead and more than 100 others injured before the local police struck a deal to double their monthly salaries to about $1,900.

Police are demanding above-inflation pay rises and refuse to answer call-outs. Inflation in Argentina is running at 25 – 30 percent a year.

Supermarkets, retail businesses, banks and public transport have all shut down in dozens of Argentina’s cities, just as a summer heatwave engulfs the country.

About a dozen people have been killed and hundreds more injured since the looting began.

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One of hundreds of  stores ransacked by looters in the northern Argentine province of Tucuman December 10, 2013. Credit: Paloma Cortes/Reuters Aysua)

Taxi drivers on hunger strike in New Zealand

Auckland taxi drivers are on hunger strike outside the airport’s headquarters protesting conditions at Auckland Airport, according to local reports.

About 100 drivers from the Auckland Taxi Association (ATA), representing drivers from five small taxi companies and dozens of supporters have been holding the hunger strike since Monday because they say changes in rules favors larger companies.

ATA, which represents 180 drivers from smaller companies, wants the minimum fare in line with what the larger companies charge.

Spokesperson for ATA told reporters that with waiting times included, drivers are earning little more than $1 per hour.

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Image Credit: One News

Indian Nurses Hunger Strike 2012

Indian nurses working in New Zealand went on a hunger strike vigil at the Ghandi statue near Wellington’s railway station on July 24, 2012.

“The hunger strike began two months after several hundred Indian nurses marched on parliament over the frustrations they have had in attempting to gain registration in New Zealand, including nursing students and graduates of two bridging nursing degree programs,” said a report.

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New Zealand “lit up like a Christmas tree”

Posted by feww on October 14, 2013

5000 Lightning strikes in 2 hours, as powerful winds batter NZ capital, “worse is yet to come”

Hurricane-strength winds have downed trees, closed roads and cut power to thousands of New Zealand homes, forcing dozens of flight cancellation in the capital Wellington on Monday.

A local forecaster has warned “worse is yet to come” with ”the meat of the core of the strong winds” to hit Wellington between 2-8pm today.

Parts of the country were also being “lit up like a Christmas tree” by lightning strikes, said the forecaster, with 5000 strikes recorded between 10am and noon Monday.

“Most of those were west of the South Island’s main divide, although some were spilling over to the east,” said a report.

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What Canada’s Spooks Do When NOT Spying on Brazil Mines

Posted by feww on October 9, 2013

A Note to Brazilian President Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has demanded that Canada, US and allies must stop spying on Brazil “once and for all” thus ending a blatant violation of her country’s sovereignty.

HERE’s An open note to Ms. Rousseff to let her know what Canadian-trained spies do when they are not indulging in “serious and unacceptable violation” of Brazil’s sovereignty.

Dear President Rousseff…


How “Canadian-Trained” Spies Nearly Assassinated Human Right Campaigner and His Family in New Zealand

Another Open Letter to New Zealand PM

PM Helen Clark:

[updated and resent in January 2007]

Creating A Sustainable Future (CASF) proposed to establish a sustainable village, “Solar Clusters,” in New Zealand.

An innovative project, Solar Clusters would have attracted tremendous talent and investment to help create an economically and ecologically sustainable future for New Zealand.

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), and Economic Development Agency (EDA) discriminated against [the author]  on grounds of [his] political and ethical beliefs violating [his] human rights (Human Rights Act Section 21; subsection 1D and 1J).

By withdrawing their support for the project, NZTE and EDA also violated the rights of many others including New Zealand and US citizens who wished to participate in the project.

NZTE and EDA acted unethically, immorally and illegally.

EDA withdrew their support for Solar Clusters because [the author] refused to work closely with their nominee whose military family is glorifying an object of war by renovating a WWII bomber plane.

NZTE withdrew their support for the project because of [the author's involvement in the] human rights campaign, The Canadian Holocaust, against Canada’s continued genocide of her indigenous people.

A NZ secret intelligence service  (SIS) agent who introduced himself as a “psychologist” (details available on request) and who was instructed by a senior SIS agent doubling as the local NZTE manager in Nelson, admonished [the author] for the Canadian Holocaust campaign and asked whether [he] were out of [his] mind for “making trouble” and didn’t [he] “know that Canada trained New Zealand’s secret service agents [...] who control everything here [in New Zealand]?”

He asserted that NZTE had withdrawn their support for the project as retribution for the Canadian Holocaust human rights campaign on instructions from Ottawa.

This begs the question, prime minister, why are internal affairs of New Zealand dictated by Ottawa?

You owe the world a full explanation.

Creating A Sustainable Future
The Management School of Restorative Business

[updated and resent in January 2007]

NZ Dollar, ANZ Bank, Spies, Assassins, Phone Tapping, Attempted Murder and the Military Regime with a Civilian Face

[May 10, 2008]

In reply to a message by a NZ Journalist, TERRES, my colleague and co-moderator, posted the following comment this afternoon:

Original Comment: http://rtsf.wordpress.com/2008/01/16/in-new-zealand/#comment-230

A colleague who lived in NZ [...] believes a considerable number of “spies” [other than the obvious operatives from the US, UK, Canada and Australia] freely [with the full knowledge and consent of NZ govt.] operate in New Zealand. [He also informs me that he has inadvertently met a few of them in Nelson and in the Golden Bay area.] The operatives, he asserts, include Israeli, German, Italian, Danish … agents and former MI personnel from SA and Zimbabwe. [He has not disclosed the specific details.]

The worst culprits are by far New Zealand’s own “Canadian-trained” SS-like SIS agents [see links below,] my colleague contends, who occupy all the managerial and top positions within the government branches [e.g., NZ "Trade and Enterprise"] effectively transforming a civilian form of government into a “crypto-military fascist police state,” or an outright military regime with a civilian face like China or North Korea.


NZ $2 Coin (!) – A currency about to collapse? For rules concerning reproduction of this image see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Nz_2d_front.jpg &
http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/currency/Money/0114307.html

Restriction of Movement and “Forbidden” Currency Business

A day or so after my colleague had placed a currency order with ANZ Bank [complying with the immigration requirements,] to buy a large amount of NZ dollars at low rates, [because he was] anticipating a nosedive in the value of NZ dollar commensurate with New Zealand’s Enron-like economy, a spook, possibly a NZ SIS agent, followed him and his friends to the cafe in Riverside Community, a pacifist community situated in the Moutere valley near Nelson. The agent sat a few tables away from them reciting in the exact order names of all the places that my colleague had visited since he was eighteen, presumably to freak him out.

Notes:

1. Although the currency deal was perfectly legitimate and my colleague was entitled to place the order with the ANZ, the bank officer, whose emotions were aroused because he thought any news of the order may result in negative sentiment against his home currency, refused to accept the order and a heated argument ensued over the phone. [A senior ANZ Bank employee intervened later.]

2. The agent could only have known where my colleague was heading that morning by tapping my colleague’s phone and listening to his last conversation immediately before he left home.

A Failed Assassination and Murder Attempt

In another most probably related incident, an intense beam of light, which my colleague now believes was a beam of laser light [probably emitted by a non-commercial device, judging by its unusual color,] was shined into his eyes as he drove his family home along their usual route on Nelson’s Atawhai Drive. The laser light temporarily blinded him and could have resulted in a fatal road accident on the busy thoroughfare had he not immediately pulled off the road and stopped on an embankment, while his eyes recovered. The incident was a failed assassination attempt on his life, which could have also resulted in the murder of his family—his spouse and their two young children.

Ironically, the assassination attempt, had it not failed, would have looked just like a “routine” road fatality on New Zealand’s death roads.

If additional information comes into our possession, it’ll posted on this forum, or at one of the following blogs:

[UPDATE: Moderators have been advised that the individual referred to above received a thinly veiled threat from a senior official in Nelson, NZ, several days before the laser incident, soon after which his family abandoned their immigration application, which had already been approved in principle, and left New Zealand.]

Useful links:

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – August 18, 2013

Posted by feww on August 18, 2013

Extreme monsoon triggers severe flooding, swamps more than 200 villages in Pakistan

The latest episode has left hundreds of people dead, injured or unaccounted for, local media reported.

“The rains affected 334,764 people, killed at least 108 people, and wounded 104,” said a senior National Disaster Management Authority official. The rains have hit 770 villages and completely destroyed 2,427 houses across Pakistan, he added.

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An aerial view of the flood-hit area of Boddomali in Sialkot district, Punjab province, in Pakistan. PHOTO: APP (Image may be subject to copyright).

Flood warnings have been issued for more than 200 villages near the Chenab River, officials said.

Egypt Killing Fields

Egyptian army and the paramilitary police have evacuated supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from AL Fateh Mosque in downtown Cairo. The latest  round of clashes starting Friday thru Saturday morning have left at least 173 civilian and 57 military/police personnel dead, according to government figures.

Floods, typhoon devastate China

“Dozens of people have been killed and millions more affected in China as floods ravaged the country’s northeast and typhoon lashed southern provinces over the past few days,” said a report.

The worst affected areas are in Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning Provinces.

“While the northeast regions are battling the flooding, southern Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region are fighting with a devastating typhoon (TY UTOR, the 11th and the strongest so far this year, made landfall Wednesday near Yangjiang, Guangdong), which has left at least 10 people dead and four others missing.” The report said.

The SW monsoon hit Guangdong soon after the typhoon, leaving more people  dead and others missing, according to local flood control authorities.

Floods have destroyed or severely damaged at least 60,000 homes in the affected areas.

Residents of Seddon, NZ Abandon Town After Quake Swarm

[Our thanks to Nana for the heads up. JMC]

Terrified residents were fleeing Seddon last night after a 5.5 earthquake rattled the quake-weary town.

The aftershock that struck just before 9 o’clock last night was more than some residents could take, with at least one family leaving town for good.

Red Cross team leader Ben McKinnon said the succession of strong aftershocks was proving too much for some locals.

“We’ve actually just had people turn up after this latest aftershock who were heading for Nelson tonight.

“They’ve decided they don’t want to live in Seddon any more. They’ve got very young kids and they’re going nuts so they just threw everything into the car and took off.

“There’s a lot of very anxious people and anxious kids as well,” said McKinnon, who was manning a welfare centre at Seddon School.

Despite widespread damage to homes at the epicentre of Friday’s quake there have been just five injuries, including one person with a broken back. [More... ]

34 Dead, 85 missing in the Philippines latest maritime disaster

Death toll in the ferry collision off the Philippine Coast has climbed to 34, officials said.  St Thomas Aquinas passenger ferry collided with the cargo vessel MV Sulpicio Express 7 in the seas off Talisay, Cebu Province in central Philippines.  As of Sunday morning, at least 85 passengers were unaccounted for.

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Another M6.5 Quake Strikes New Zealand

Posted by feww on August 16, 2013

Strong quake strikes near Blenheim, New Zealand

A strong earthquakes, measuring 6.5Mw, followed by at least 5 significant aftershocks, hit central New Zealand, sending Wellington commuters fleeing from the city, forcing thousands of office workers to evacuate and causing  havoc in Marlborough.

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Earthquake location map. Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Magnitude: 6.5Mw
  • Depth:10.0km
  • Location: 41.767°S 174.061°E
  • Time: 2013-08-16 11:31:07 UTC+09:00

Buildings have been severely damaged in Seddon, which has been the center of seismic activity since an earlier M6.5 tremor struck the are on July 21, said a report.

The earthquake was felt strongly in NZ Parliament, said a political commentator.

“You could see the floor of the house wobbling and you could see all the fences around shaking and all the windows were shaking.” A Blenheim resident said.

“Its way bigger, hugely bigger, like with the other one because we had heaps of after shocks with the other one they were just not anything to kind of panic about.”

A Nelson resident told NewstalkZB she could hear the “violent” earthquake coming just before it struck.

“Last time it threw us around, the last earthquake, but you could hear this one coming. It was big, and really noisy.”

NZ Quake Links:

On July 24, 2013 in New Zealand Earthquake Damage Estimate, FIRE-EARTH said:

To New Zealand PM and his censorship psychos:

We haven’t started laughing yet, but it’s getting increasingly more difficult to hold back the giggles. [x2]

On June 13, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:

As if by a massive irony, your most populated cities are situated right above geological nightmares–a fact that your government scientists don’t know, or won’t tell you.

http://feww.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/christchurch-could-vanish-from-google-map/#comment-13349

On March 4, 2011, in reply to a comment posted on the blog, FIRE-EARTH said:

Our advice to YOU and all intelligent people in Wellington area
1. There’s a frighteningly large buildup of tectonic stress energy right under your feet.
2. RUN while you’re still alive, before the next exodus bottleneck makes it impossible to flee the danger zone.

http://feww.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/new-zealand-earthquake-update-feb-24/#comment-12497

For additional FIRE-EARTH comments on NZ seismic hazards, see also

http://feww.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/new-zealand-earthquake-update-feb-24/#comment-12474

On July 15, 2009, FIRE-EARTH said:

A Warning to Visitors to New Zealand:

Climatological and Geological Warning! The New Zealand region is about to experience significant climatological events and large-scale geological and tectonic activity over an extensive period of time. Would be visitors are advised to stay out of the area for the foreseeable future.

Will a magnitude 9.8 (MW) earthquake centered at 42° 00′ 59″ South, 175° 05′ 07″ East herald the end of New Zealand Islands?

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Global Health Alert – Botulism: Infant Formula, Sports Drinks at Risk

Posted by feww on August 3, 2013

Botulism bacteria found in Fonterra Infant formula

Fonterra, New Zealand dairy Goliath, has announced that some of its ingredients used in infant formula and sports drinks have tested positive for a type of bacteria that could cause the potentially fatal illness botulism.

Countries most at risk could include China, South Korea, UK, France, United States, Japan, Australia and Canada, according to informed sources.

Fonterra identified a potential quality problem in March when a product tested positive for the bacteria Clostridium.

The company today warned that the bacteria had been found in 38 tons of a type of whey protein concentrate processed at its plant at Hautapu in the Waikato in May 2012, but hasn’t yet provided any detail on the customers, countries or specific products that may be tainted.

Fonterra managing director NZ Milk Products Gary Romano told reporters it was up to Fonterra’s customers, “in conjunction with their regulatory authorities, to make statements about particular consumer products,” if appropriate.

Fonterra is the world’s fourth-largest dairy company, with annual revenues of more tan $16 billion.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The Internet Mafia has previously censored Public Health Emergency and global health warnings posted on this blog. The cabal have blocked or buried for commercial reasons potentially life-saving alerts concerning food items originating from New Zealand, especially Fonterra milk products.

What is botulism?

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and sometimes by strains of Clostridium butyricum and Clostridium baratii. There are five main kinds of  botulism. Foodborne botulism is caused by eating foods that contain the botulinum toxin. Wound botulism is caused by toxin produced from a wound infected with Clostridium botulinum. Infant botulism is caused by consuming the spores of the botulinum bacteria, which then grow in the intestines and release toxin. Adult intestinal toxemia (adult intestinal colonization) botulism is a very rare kind of botulism that occurs among adults by the same route as infant botulism. Lastly, iatrogenic botulism can occur from accidental overdose of botulinum toxin. All forms of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies. Foodborne botulism is a public health emergency because many people can be poisoned by eating a contaminated food. [CDC]

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Clostridium botulinum
is the name of a group of bacteria. They can be found in soil, water sediment and fish. These rod-shaped organisms are anaerobic (they grow best in low oxygen conditions). The gram positive bacteria form spores (endospore forming), which allow them to survive in a dormant state until exposed to conditions that can support their growth. There are seven types of botulism toxin designated by the letters A through G; only types A, B, E and F cause illness in humans. [Source CDC and others]

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M6.5 Quake Strikes Off the Coast of New Zealand

Posted by feww on July 21, 2013

Seismicity continues in Cook Strait, New Zealand

Event Time: 2013-07-21 17:09:31 [UTC+12:00 at epicenter]
Location: 41.713°S 174.443°E
Depth: 14.0km (8.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 46km (29mi) ESE of Blenheim, New Zealand
  • 54km (34mi) SSW of Wellington, New Zealand

Source: USGS/EHP

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Cook Strait Earthquake Cluster Map. Source: Geonet NZ.

The first significant shock in the cluster, a magnitude 5.7, struck Friday morning local time, followed by a magnitude 5.8 Sunday morning.

On July 15, 2009, FIRE-EARTH said:

A Warning to Visitors to New Zealand:

Climatological and Geological Warning! The New Zealand region is about to experience significant climatological events and large-scale geological and tectonic activity over an extensive period of time. Would be visitors are advised to stay out of the area for the foreseeable future.

Will a magnitude 9.8 (MW) earthquake centered at 42° 00′ 59″ South, 175° 05′ 07″ East herald the end of New Zealand Islands?

Related Links

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Snow Storm Buries South Island, New Zealand

Posted by feww on June 23, 2013

“Many Sheep and Cattle Won’t Survive the Snow”

A record-breaking snow storm has dumped more than 2m of snow on Maniototo Plain, New Zealand, making parts of Otago region no-go zones,  raising fears that stock won’t survive the extreme weather.

“This is the biggest snow dump we’ve had, ever,”said a local farmer, a young calf may not survive the night with temperatures falling as  low as -12ºC.

The extreme weather’s has now persisted for five days, and some of the sheep and cattle just won’t survive, said a report.

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Still frame from NZ’s TV1 News coverage of the storm that hit most of New Zealand on 20/21 June 2013 – See below for the full video clip.

The storm also lashed the capital Wellington, causing “tens of millions of dollars” in insured damages alone, said the Insurance Council of New Zealand.

Severe gales with winds of up to 200km/h struck Wellington, lifting roofs, felling trees and closing roads.

“More than $36 million of insured damage was caused by a storm that lashed the country in late April. That was one of the most damaging storms in the past five years and the Nelson and Bay of Plenty regions were the most affected,” said a report.

“I expect the damage from this storm will be more than that,” said the Insurance Council.

“Flooding was also reported in the Canterbury townships of Leeston, Doyleston, Southbridge, Tai Tapu and Lincoln and there were slips in Otago and Lyttelton.” NZN reported.

Heavy rain and sleet since Wednesday has triggered the worst flooding in decades in the Canterbury region, submerging farms, houses and businesses, and the rain continues to fall, said the report.

TV1 News coverage of the storm that hit most of New Zealand on 20/21 June 2013 bringing heavy snow to the South Island and severe gales to Wellington.

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25 Seals Clubbed to Death in New Zealand

Posted by feww on December 9, 2010

More pups will die after losing their mothers

The bodies of two more fur seals deliberately clubbed to death were discovered at Ohau Point colony, a seals sanctuary, near Kaikoura, New Zealand.


Here’s a stick, if you must! 25 fur seals clubbed to death in at Ohau Point colony, a seals sanctuary, near Kaikoura, New Zealand, and two pups died after losing their mother. Photo credit: DON SCOTT/The Press. Image may be subject to copyright.

The discovery raises the death toll to 25, but more pups are expected to die after losing their mothers.

Last week, 23 seals, including 8 newborn pups were clubbed to death in the colony.

Two other pups, believed to have starved to death, were also discovered in the area, reports say.

“An expert has put the total loss of seals at 49 as the 13 females clubbed would have led to the death of 13 dependent pups and 13 developing embryos,” a report said.


Two of the pups that were clubbed to death last week. Photo supplied via Scoop.

Animal Cruelty Endemic in New Zealand

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Kiwifruit disease plagues New Zealand

Posted by feww on November 15, 2010

At least 13 kiwifruit orchards covering 500 hectares infected

Outbreak of a bacterial disease is destroying New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry, with an estimated turnover of NZ$1.5 billion [$1.1 billion.]


Italian orchards have been devastated by PSA in the past two seasons. Photo: Stuff NZ. Image may be subject to copyright.

The pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) bacteria has been found on at least 13 major orchards, covering 500 hectares, in the Bay of Plenty, an area which produces about 80 percent of the country’s crop, according to reports.

Colonization of vascular tissues by Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae can result in foliar wilting at the beginning of the season (A. chinensis cv. Hort 16 A). Courtesy: Plant Protection Service of Emilia-Romagna region (IT). Source and more images.

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease on top of the PSA could spell the economical collapse of the toxic country.

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Powerful Quake Strikes Christchurch, NZ

Posted by feww on September 4, 2010

Collapse of NZ May Have Started

Earthquake measuring up to 7.4Mw Jolts Much of South Island, New Zealand

The quake occurred close to Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, and New Zealand’ second-largest urban area.

The mainshock was followed by at least one large aftershock measuring up to 5.5Mw.

The earthquake has caused widespread damage, but there were no reports of deaths as of posting. Two were seriously injured.

There was no report of a destructive tsunami.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker described the event as “sharp, vicious earthquake” which had caused “significant damage” in the area.

Daylight had shown that the extent of destruction was considerably more significant than initially thought, he said on NZ radio.

“There would not be a house, there would not be a family in our city that has not in some way have damage done to their person, to their property.”

“I think it’s like an iceberg; there is… below the visible line, significant structural damage,” the mayor said.


Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS. Enhanced by FEWW


Photo by Debbie McBride: “There have been something like 30 after shocks since the quake, it’s such a horrible scary time – we feel like we are on edge and constantly moving.” More Photos …


A part of the premises of a gas station is raised at Bexley in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010.. (AP Photo/NZPA, David Alexander). Image may be subject to copyright.

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude 7.0 [USGS politically revised estimate]
  • Date-Time:
    • Friday, September 03, 2010 at 16:35:46 UTC
    • Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 04:35:46 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 43.530°S, 172.120°E
  • Depth: 5 km (3.1 miles)
  • Region: SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
  • Distances:
    • 45 km (30 miles) W of Christchurch, New Zealand
    • 200 km (125 miles) SSE of Westport, New Zealand
    • 290 km (180 miles) NNE of Dunedin, New Zealand
    • 330 km (205 miles) SW of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
  • Location Uncertainty Error:  estimate not available
  • Source: Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  • Event ID: us2010atbj

FEWW FORECAST FOR NEW ZEALAND – POSTED ON September 30, 2008

I. Implication for New Zealand Islands:

  • A substantial increase in the frequency of earthquake striking the twin islands.
  • More earthquakes with magnitude 6 or larger.
  • A marked increased in large explosive volcanic eruptions, especially in the following zones [also include 'extinct' volcanoes]
    • Taupo Volcanic Zone
    • Bombay Hills
    • Auckland volcanic field
    • Mount Taranaki
    • Mt Horrible volcano
    • Mount Taranaki
    • Mount Cargill

II. Worst Case Condition for New Zealand Islands:

  • Large earthquakes and massive volcanic eruptions could potentially destroy much of New Zealand structures and claim many lives.
  • Earthquake and volcano-triggered waves could also give rise to 40 to 50-meter tsunami that would engulf the coastal areas and low-lying lands throughout New Zealand [could also affect parts of Australia's eastern seaboard,] compounding the damage.
  • A super/mega colossal Plinian/Ultra-Plinian eruption occurring in New Zealand’s North Island simultaneously [or within a short period of time] with a magnitude 9.8 earthquake off the eastern coast of New Zealand could claim many lives.
  • Probability of occurrence:
    1. Event 1.  A magnitude 9.8 earthquake striking off the eastern coast of New Zealand with (i) the foreshocks ripping through Auckland, Hamilton, Taupo areas, (ii) the mainshock leveling Wellington, Palmerstone North, Marlborough, Nelson and Christchurch, and (iii) the aftershock causing substantial damage as far south as Invercargill: 85%
    2. Event 2. A super/ mega colossal Plinian/Ultra-Plinian eruption in the North Island: 72%  [South Island: 57%]
    3. Event 1 and Event 2 occurring simultaneously, or within a short period of time: 64 %

What New Zealand Earthquake Experts Said

Interestingly, our colleague TERRES wrote on April 13, 2009

Apparently, New Zealanders are advised by their experts not to worry about the ‘big one.’

Quakes ‘no cause for worry’
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2308107/Quakes-no-cause-for-worry

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Resurgence of Satanic Cultism Linked to “End Times”

Posted by feww on May 7, 2010

Our Thanks to TEAA, D.H. C.B. and others for providing the links

A Renaissance in Satanic Cult Practice May Be Related to Perception of “End Times”

A Ku Klux Klan leader pleaded guilty to murdering a female recruit Louisiana,  numerous people vanish without a trace in New Zealand, a man is viciously murdered and his body mutilated in New Zealand, Korean student beheaded with a spade, man attacked by “vampires” …

Satanic Initiations and Practices: Louisiana, USA

Raymond Foster, 45, from Bogalusa, Louisiana murdered a female recruit just a day after an initiation rite in  Louisiana in 2008. town was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder of Cynthia Lynch.

He shot and killed Cynthia Lynch, 43, a Klan recruit from Tulsa, Okla., in November 2008, the day after initiation rites in rural St. Tammany Parish, about 50 miles north of New Orleans because she shouted “I want out.”


Photo provided by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Raymond Foster of Bogalusa, La., who pleaded guilty Wednesday, May 5, 2010 to killing an Oklahoma woman during a Ku Klux Klan initiation in November 2008. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for second-degree murder of Cynthia Lynch, a Klan recruit, by state District Judge Peter Garcia. St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, via AP.


His victim Cynthia Lynch is shown in this October 2005 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. She was shot and killed by Raymond Foster of Bogalusa, La., on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, in St. Tammany Parish, La., as part of a Ku Klux Klan initiation that went awry. Photo: Oklahoma Department of Corrections/via AP.


Satanic Practices in New Zealand

Wellington – The Attack of ‘Vampires’

A man was attacked and bitten by three people, two male and a female, and had his blood drunk in an alleged vampire-style attack at night on Wellington’s Mt Victoria, a report said. The attack on February 20, 2010.

Two men and a woman have now been charged with an equally bizarre crime of “wounding with intent to render a man unconscious,” a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 14 years, the report said.

‘Vampire’ No. 1. JAMES PHILLIP BROOKS [He calls himself himself as "the.vampire.marius"]

‘Vampire’ No. 1. JAMES PHILLIP BROOKS: “Do I look like a vampire? I’m out during the daytime,” Brooks said outside the court. Credit: KENT BLECHYNDEN/The Dominion Post. Image may be subject to copyright.

Brooks acknowledge that he had drunk the victim’s blood, but said: “That wasn’t me.

“Do I look like a vampire? I’m out during the day time. I may look like a punk but I’m not a punk. I’m just different,” he told The Dominion Post.

“Yeah, I bit a guy … he hit on my missus. My girlfriend and my mate were biting him. I was angry with him, so I used it as an excuse.

“I didn’t bite him to hurt him. I bit him because I was pissed off with him and he was my mate and I didn’t want to hurt him.

“If I’d hit him, I’d have really hurt him, so I thought I’ll bite him seeing as they’re already biting him.

“[Drinking blood] wasn’t my agenda, I was just angry …”

Orr, who appeared in court yesterday, allegedly has a Facebook page where he refers to himself as “the.vampire.marius”

The victim, a teenager, spent a week in hospital fighting infection and fever, according to reports.

“A source close to the victim’s family told the Dominion Post that he had suffered serious bites on his neck and chest in the attack, and one of them became infected.”

“It is a disgrace the [alleged] perpetrators are making this out to be something minor that has been exaggerated,” the source said.

‘Vampire’ No. 2. XENIA GREGORIANA BORICHEVSKY:


‘Vampire’ No. 2. XENIA GREGORIANA BORICHEVSKY: Borichevsky’s lawyer said she had recently “got mixed up with a certain company.” KENT BLECHYNDEN/The Dominion Post.Image may be subject to copyright.

Borichevsky’s original bail conditions a “night-time curfew.”  Her lawyer said: She had no previous convictions and had only recently arrived in New Zealand [from Transylvania?] where she had “got mixed up with a certain company.”

New Zealand Police refused to discuss any details of the case, citing the usual excuse of “the matter is before the courts.”
“Wellington Hospital emergency medicine specialist Paul Quigley said the human mouth contained millions of bacteria, was dirtier than that of a dog or cat and both the person bitten and the biter were at high risk of catching diseases.” The report said.

“You often see it when people punch someone in the mouth and the victim’s tooth goes into their knuckle.

“That wound normally gets infected.”

Notice to Vampire-wannabes: Drinking blood could cause hepatitis C or HIV infection.

Victoria University psychology senior lecturer Marc Wilson, who studies evil, said human teeth are not designed to pierce skin enough to drink blood, the report said.

Wilson who studies cover paranormal beliefs, psychopathy, narcissism and “general evil-ness” said drinking human blood was “incredibly unusual.”

“Vampire culture was experiencing a renaissance at present, he said. But its popularity had come and gone in waves over ‘decades, if not centuries.’” The report said.

‘Vampire’ No. 3.

A third ‘vampire,’ James Eric Orr, 19, is now a fugitive.

Unexplained Deaths – Christchurch New Zealand

The bodies of 3 Korean Women were discovered in a  suburban house in Russley, Christchurch, New Zealand. The police have so far refused to say how the three, a mother and her two teenage daughters were killed.  Were they the victims of satanic abuse? We may never know.

The dead females were Sung Eun Cho, 43, and her teenage daughters Yeon Jae Baek, 17, known as Holly, and Yeon Sue Baek, 13, known as Kelly.

The two teenager were described as “lively,” “talented” and “popular.”

“The 17-year-old daughter was very talented, pleasant and always polite to other people.”

St Andrew’s College rector Chris Leighton, where the two teenagers studied,  described Holly, who was in year 13, and Kelly, who was in year 8, as popular pupils, a report said.

Missing in New Zealand Without a Trace

Another Woman Gone Missing in New Zealand

Was the missing New Zealand woman Emma Campbell another victim of Satanic abuse ? Why haven’t the police released her photo?

Marice McGregor Missing

What happened to Ms McGregor? How could she disappear without a trace?


Police in Whanganui are searching for Marice McGregor  who has been missing  since 29 April, 2010.

Another Chinese Boy Murdered, Presumed Missing?

Sixteen-year-old Chunji Gao, also known as Gary has not been seen for 20 days. Was he, too, a victim satanic cults?


Chunji Gao, 16,  left his home in suburban Botany on April 16, and has not been seen since.

What Happened to Jessica Chun?

Yoon Suk Chun, a slimly built 58-year-old Korean woman also known as Jessica Chun, not been seen since August 2009. She is/was married with children. She told family in Christchurch she was going away for a short holiday in the North Island, and then vanished into thin air. Was Jessica Chun a victim of Satanic cult rituals?

New Zealand: World’s Highest Rate of Missing Teens

A victim of Satanic cult rituals?


Leo Lipp-Neighbours left his friend’ flat in Nelson, New Zealand, on January 24  and has not been seen or heard from since. “Anonymous tipline Crimestoppers announced a $10,000 reward would be paid for ‘material information or evidence’ which leads to the locating of Leo and his orange Toyota Corolla station wagon.” according to a report. Was Leo a victim of Satanic cult rituals?

Chinse Woman Missing in New Zealand

Was Lucy Tang a Victim of Satanic Cult Rituals

Jun Nan Tang, also known as Lucy Tang, a Chinese woman living in New Zealand, left her West Auckland home on January 9, 2010 and has not been seen or heard of since.

According to a report, “Mrs Tang, 33, had intended to travel to Hamilton to look for work, possibly in a child care.”

Swedish tourist vanished after hospital visit


Annamaria Edgren was travelling through to Dunedin, New Zealand. She was described as medium height and build and with longish red hair. Ms Edgren, 77, “was last seen wearing a dark top and baggy cotton pants, and was carrying a grey wheelie bag with her.” She arrived at Rotorua Hospital yesterday morning at about 11am, and then vanished into thin air.


Olivia Rutherford Tragedy

Was Olivia Rutherford Victim of Satanic Cult Rituals?

Olivia R
Olivia Rutherford went missing on her way to a party on Friday February 14, 2010. Her body was recovered from Wellington Harbor 4 days later. New Zealand Police said her death was NOT suspicious. Video tribute.

Based on information received, Fire-Earth Moderators believe Olivia Rutherford may have been a victim of foul play, possibly Satanic abuse.

Auckland: OECD’s Top 3 Most Violent Cities


Vanessa Anne Pickering, 27, of New Brighton, New Zealand, was murdered, and her body “disfigured.”
The victim’s 7-year-old daughter was raped repeatedly.

The body of Cushla Rachael Braddock found


“Cushla Rachael Braddock. Her body was found 3 days after she went missing by the side of the Hutt River. Police says her death not suspicious [suspicious deaths occur so regularly in this country, the police farce no longer consider them as suspicious.] Photo released by NZ Police Farce.” Source

Another Indian Student Missing in New Zealand

Srikanth Rayadurgam, 23, an AUT student has been missing since October 1, 2009.

Srikanth Rayadurgam
MISSING PRESUMED “MURDERED.”  Srikanth Rayadurgam, 23, an Auckland University of Technology (AUT)  student, was last seen by his family around midday on October 1 when he left his Mt Albert home, Auckland, New Zealand. Like nearly all other victims in this report, Mr Rayadurgam‘s personal effects and wallet were found intact.

Another Tourist Missing in New Zealand

Kok Wong, 32, a Malaysian tourist,  has disappeared  from Aoraki Mount Cook village.

Wong was reported to the Lake Tekapo police station when he failed to catch his bus this morning at 10am.

He was  staying at the youth hostel where he was last seen yesterday afternoon, a report said.

Mr Wong had expressed an interest  to visit the Red Tarns Track and The Hooker Valley, or so the police insists, desperate for a cover story.

He was not properly equipped for the visit,  police said, and as the whether is expected to deteriorate tonight and tomorrow, the worst should be expected.

Mr Kok Wong’s personal items and luggage were found in his room, police said, adding that his bed had not been slept in overnight.

Another Asian Killed in New Zealand

Was Japanese male, Masashi Hayama, 22, a victim racial murder, or targeted for Satanic Cult rituals?

Another Dead Korean Found in New Zealand

New Zealand police found a body on believed to be that of missing Korean Hyung Jun Cho who went missing in December 2007.

Do you believe Jacek Grzybowski died accidentally?

Mr Grzybowski was reportedly killed [drowned?] when trying to cross a stream. The water was less than 20cm deep.

What happened to this woman?

In the last entry on her blog she wrote: “I’m 36 today and life is great!”


Photo: Irina Yun. © All rights reserved.

“Ms Yun, a Korean, was raised in Kazakhstan. She lived in Moscow before immigrating to New Zealand. She left her four-year-old daughter in Auckland and traveled alone to the South Island on Christmas Day. Her backpack was found in the Mount Aspiring National Park on Monday [January 5, 2009.]“

On or about November 19, 2009, police say a rescue dog handler and his dog “located a femur and pelvis bone in the river bed wedged in between some rocks approximately three kilometres down stream of the Dart Hut [which] the Dunedin Coroner, an anthropologist and pathologist” confirmed to be the remains of Ms Yun. [Moderators are reminded that the Coroner conducted NO DNA test.]

Satanic Murder – Nelson New Zealand

Shannon Brent Flewellen of Nelson, New Zealand, admitted to Murdering Korean Student Jae Hyeon Kim in 2003. A witness said he had calmly described to him how he had chopped the South Korean student’s head off with a spade.

Shannon Brent Flewellen
Shannon Brent Flewellen, a member of New Zealand satanic cult, chopped off the head of an Asian student with a spade in 2003.

His victim Jae Hyeon Kim who had arrived in New Zealand in February 2003, disappeared without a trace 7 months later in September 29. He was reported missing by his family in May 2004.

jae-hyeon-kim-before-he-was-beheaded-in-new-zealand
Mr Kim was beheaded with a spade after he was throttled in late 2003. He was buried for five years before the police was forced to search for his body after they received an anonymous tip. Mr Kim would have probably been alive still, had he not traveled to New Zealand. Source

Since January 2000, at least 1,850 foreigners have lost their lives in New Zealand. The current average stands at 2 deaths every 3 days. Many deaths go unreported. Source: Killed in New Zealand

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Leave Orcas (Dolphins) Out of Your Circus Act

Posted by feww on February 25, 2010

Orcas (Dolphins) Can and Do Kill

Killer whale (orca) kills trainer at SeaWorld amusement park in Orlando, Florida

A female trainer was killed by a 6.5 ton killer whale (orca) at SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Florida, police and local media reported.


Orcas perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Credit: David Bjorgen.  Copyleft. Multi-license with GFDL and Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 2.5

The killer whale, who is called Tilikum, or “Tilly,” is actually an orca (Orcinus orca) aka blackfish, the largest member of the dolphin family. Orcas are wild, powerful animals who can and do kill, especially when they feel threatened.


Two mammal-eating “transient” killer whales photographed off the south side of Unimak Island, eastern Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Photo Credit: Robert Pittman/NOAA.

Dawn Brancheau, 40, an experienced “trainer” at the famous Florida tourist attraction, was killed by the killer whale Tilikum after she accidentally fell into the holding tank.

“She apparently slipped and fell into the tank and was fatally injured by one of the whales,” police spokesperson said. “Brancheau was pronounced dead at the park after being recovered from the pool. Orange County Sheriff’s Office homicide investigators continue to investigate the death of the trainer who was reported to have 16 years of experience working with killer whales.”

According to eye-witness reports, the orca at the park’s Shamu Stadium grabbed the woman by the waist, “thrashed her about and dragged her underwater,” minutes before a public performance was about to start.

“There were conflicting reports about how the incident occurred. The Orlando Sentinel quoted a spectator as saying the whale came up from the water and grabbed the trainer by her waist. The sheriff’s official said preliminary accounts indicated she slipped and fell in, but that was still under investigation.” Reuters reported .

“He was thrashing her around pretty good. It was violent,’” an eyewitness  said.

The whale “took off really fast in the tank, and then he came back, shot up in the air, grabbed the trainer by the waist and started thrashing around, and one of her shoes flew off,” she added.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Tilly” was blamed for drowning of one of his trainers at  Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1991 during a performance.

SeaWorld bought Tilly in 1992, and 7 years later he was reportedly involved in a second incident when the park authorities found the body of a naked man lying across his back.

They claimed the man was drowned after suffering hypothermia.

How the US Woman Emily May Harper Was Killed in NZ


Emily May Harper, 27, had a cardiac arrest while swimming with dolphins in Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, October 20, 2009. Matthew Hawkins had proposed to Emily Harper. (Courtesy Matthew Hawkins )

In October 2009, a  27-year-old American woman was killed in New Zealand while swimming with [agitated] dolphins.

The New Zealand authorities, worried about losing substantial income from their “eco-tourism” industry, tried to cover-up the incident, claiming that the victim had died of natural causes. More …

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Tilikum Bio
Tilikum, sometimes misspelled Tillikum, is a bull Orca who lives at SeaWorld Orlando. He was captured near Iceland in November 1983 at about two years of age. Tilikum measures 22 feet 6 inches long and weighs in at 12,300 pounds (as of 2007). His pectoral fins are six and one half feet long, his massive flukes curl under, and his 6-foot-tall dorsal fin is flopped completely to his left side, and weighs close to 200 pounds. He is the largest Orca in captivity and also the most successful sire in captivity, with 13 offspring, 10 of which are still alive. His name means friend in Chinook Jargon, usually spelled Tilicum and also meaning “people/tribe” or “kin”. [Wikipedia]

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Whale of a Story

Posted by feww on February 19, 2010

Submitted by a reader in Australia

As Sea Shepherd protester boards a Japanese whaling vessel to ‘arrest its captain,’ New Zealand govt agents quietly euthanize 28 Pilot whales

Pete Bethune, a Sea Shepherd protester from New Zealand, boarded a Japanese whaling vessel, Shonan Maru No. 2, to ‘arrest its captain’  for the ‘‘destruction of the Ady Gil and attempted murder of the six Ady Gil crew members,’ ‘A statement on the Sea Shepherd website said.

Ady Gil, Sea Shepherd’s ‘stealth vessel,’ collided with Shonan Maru No. 2 on Jan 6, and sank later.  Both parties have since blamed each other for the incident.

According to Sea Shepherd skipper Paul Watson Bethune traveled by jet ski from the Steve Irwin, the group’s flagship vessel to deliver a letter to the Shonan Maru No. 2 requesting he return with him to the Steve Irwin, to be transferred to New Zealand’s Maritime Safety Authority and police.

‘‘If you refuse to be arrested, then I am requesting that you deliver me to Wellington (New Zealand),’’ Bethune wrote in his letter to the Japanese captain.

‘‘Having sunk my vessel, and with our issuing of a mayday call, you have an obligation under maritime law to provide me with safe passage back to land,’’ he added.

‘‘I will only leave the Shonan Maru when you transfer with me to the Steve Irwin, or when we arrive on land, be it New Zealand or Australia.’‘

Bethune reportedly delivered an invoice for the cost of replacing Ady Gil, threatening the captain with criminal charges if payment was not received in four weeks.

‘‘We will be seeking punitive damages, in addition to the full replacement cost of the Ady Gil…further to this we will be laying criminal charges against the captain of the Shonan Maru (No. 2),’’ wrote Bethune.

Meanwhile, amid all the action on the high seas, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation quietly euthanized at least 19 pilot whales that were allegedly beached at West Ruggedy Beach on Stewart Island.

Department of Conservation (DOC) employees said they were forced to euthanize the whales, because the seas were rough.

“They were in reasonably good health when we got there but the weather conditions were so bad it would have been far too dangerous to try anything else,” an official said.

In December 2009, at least 150 whales died after they  became stranded on Coromandel peninsula, most probably due to noise pollution from NZ oil exploration, tourist boats and planes, as well as toxic pollution in New Zealand’s coastal waters.

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Air New Zealand: Another ‘Close Call’

Posted by feww on January 25, 2010

Air New Zealand in another ‘Close Call,’ Airbus in Emergency Landing and Landing-Gear Fire that Injured 42

Our thanks to blogger TEAA for the information on the two ‘Close Calls’ in New Zealand airspace.

An Air New Zealand Double Tragedy Waiting to Happen

Air New Zealand had a “close call” as two passenger aircraft over Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu came close enough to spark an automatic warning to the two pilots, the Otago Daily Times reported.

“CAA spokeswoman Emma Peel said yesterday an Air New Zealand Boeing 737 was approaching Queenstown Airport’s runway last Saturday when it was warned by its “terrain collision avoidance system” another aircraft was in the area.” The report said.

Emergency Landing at Auckland International Airport

Another Emergency Landing at Auckland International Airport

An  Airbus A340-200, 60 minutes into its flight from Auckland to Buenos Aires, reported the shutdown of its No. 1 engine, and returned to Auckland, scaring the living daylight out of its passengers. Fortunately for the 229 tourists onboard,  the plane landed without incident at about 10.25pm,  a report said.

Plane catches fire in Iran, injures 42 of 157 passengers

Some 42 passengers were injured when an aircraft caught fire as it landed in northeastern Iran on Sunday, Reuters reported state radio as saying.

“About 42 passengers, out of 157 aboard, were injured when the plane was landing at Mashhad city’s airport,” said head of Iran’s emergency medical services.

“In the worst plane crash in Iran in the past six years, a Tupolev aircraft crashed in 2009 in Iran on its way to Armenia, after catching fire mid-air and crashing into farmland killing all 168 people on board.” Report said.

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Noise from Oil Exploration, Tourist Boats Kills 150 Whales

Posted by feww on December 28, 2009

Our thanks to TEAA for the links

Noise Pollution from NZ Oil Exploration, Tourist Boats and Toxic Pollution Strand 150 Whales to Their Deaths

Up to 150 whales died in less than 48 hours after two beachings, New Zealand’s  Department of Conservation reported.


Dead whales in Colville Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand. Photo credit: Sally and Doug Morrison/ The Southland Times. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.

About 30 pilot whales died after they became stranded on Coromandel peninsula yesterday and will be buried by the local Maori.

Meanwhile, up to 120 long-finned pilot whales, both calves and adults, were found dead  at the Farewell Spit on Boxing Day.

“More offshore wells have been drilled in the last two years than the rest of the decade combined: 35 on and offshore wells were drilled between January 2008 and July 2009 alone,” said a report.


Dead whales lie on the beach at Farewell Spit on New Zealand’s South Island December 28, 2009. More than 100 pilot whales died after being stranded at Farewell Spit, according to local media. The beached whales were discovered by a tourist plane on Saturday. Photo: New Zealand Department of Conservation/Handout via Reuters.

Each year about 2.5 million tourists visit New Zealand, straining its fragile ecosystems to the breaking point, creating a massive litany of different pollutions, including noise.

Mendo Coast Current wrote: “Studies show that these cetaceans, which once communicated over thousands of miles to forage and mate, are losing touch with each other, the experts said at a U.N. wildlife conference in Rome.”

“The sound of a seismic test, used to locate hydrocarbons beneath the seabed, can spread 1,800 miles under water, said Veronica Frank, an official with the International Fund for Animal Welfare. A study by her group found that the blue whale, which used to communicate across entire oceans, has lost 90 percent of its range over the past 40 years.”

Environmental experts are studying numerous cases of beached whales and dolphins that are believed to have been caused by sound pollution, according to Simmonds.

Just two weeks ago at least five whales died after nine were beached in Mediterranean off the  southern coast off Italy, an unusual place for whales to beach themselves.

‘A massive beaching is extremely rare in the Mediterranean,’ biologist Maurizio Wurtz at the University of Genoa said.

Noise pollution from seismic surveys for oil and gas as well as naval activities are believed to have confused whales by interfering  with their communication, thus leaving them stranded and ultimately dead,  many  Conservationists and biologists say.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says man-made ocean noise inhibits cetaceans’ communication and disrupts their feeding.

The level of ocean noise in some regions is doubling each decade, according to IFAW.  “Humanity is literally drowning out marine mammals.”

[NOTE: We are also reminded that Coromandel peninsula is the same area where NZ Public Medical Office of Health reported “particularly high” levels of paralytic shellfish poison. See: Toxic shellfish from New Zealand can cause paralysis and respiratory failure within 12 hours of being consumed.  http://newzeelend.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/global-food-safety-alert-toxic-nz-shellfish-warning/ ]

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Small Country, Big ‘Dirty Little Secret’

Posted by feww on November 13, 2009

Thanks to Blogger TEAA for the News Alert, and Kudos to Fred Pearce for a very readable report.

New Zealand: More cows than people!

“It looks like the rest of the world is catching on to New Zealand’s dirty little secret.”

—NZ Green Party co-leader Russel Norman

“But my prize for the most shameless two fingers to the global community to New Zealand, a country that sells itself round the world as `clean and green’, but had increased greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping 22 percent since signing up to reduce them at Kyoto.” —Fred Pearce, The Guardian Newspaper, UK.

New Zealand emissions have risen by 22% since the country signed up to Kyoto protocol, Pearce says.

“As the world prepares for the Copenhagen climate negotiations next month, it is worth checking out the greenwash that has followed the promises made 12 years ago when the Kyoto protocol was signed.”

Whereas Britain and Germany have succeeded to cut emissions since 1990, Spain, Portugal, Ireland  and Greece have increased their emissions by more than 25% and New Zealand by 22%, Pearce reports.

The US, Australia and Canada are the other major culprits, however, the other signatories to the Kyoto Protocol have not called them to account for reneging the agreement.

“New Zealand secured a generous Kyoto target, which simply required it not to increase its emissions between 1990 and 2010. But the latest UN statistics show its emissions of greenhouse gases up by 22%, or a whopping 39% if you look at emissions from fuel burning alone.”

Per capita emissions in New Zealand are  60% higher than in Britain, Pearce reported. In fact the emissions are so large that only Canada, the US, Australia and Luxembourg exceed them.

“In recent years a lot of Brits have headed for Christchurch and Wellington in the hope of a green life in a country where they filmed the Lord of the Rings. But it’s a green mirage.” Pearce says.

To rub our noses in it, last year New Zealand signed up to the UN’s Climate Neutral Network, a list of nations that are “laying out strategies to become carbon neutral.”

The small print, if you read them, tell a different story. “New Zealand has actually promised, it is a measly 50% in emissions by 2050 – something even the US can trump.”

Where do all these emissions come from?

“New Zealand turns out to be mining ever more filthy brown coal to burn in its power stations. It has the world’s third highest rate of car ownership. And, with more cows than people, the country’s increasingly intensive agricultural sector is responsible for approaching half the greenhouse gas emissions.” Pearce reports.

What is the UNEP ding about it?

Sadly, instead of the UN Environment Program removing New Zealand from its list of countries that have promised to opt for climate neutrality, the “steely guardians of the environment meekly say that the network ‘will not be policed… nor will UNEP verify claims.’” Pearce says.

Further exposing the UNEP scams and their climate chicanery, Pearce says:

“Indeed, it seems to go to great lengths to deny reality. Check the UNEP website and you will find an excruciating hagiography about a “climate neutral journey to Middle Earth”, in which everything from the local wines to air conditioning and Air New Zealand get the greenwash treatment.”

And here come the blatantly shameless advertising for which more than one person in UNEP must have been heavily bribed:

After extolling the country’s green credentials, it asks: “Have you landed in a dreamland?” Well, UNEP’s reporter certainly has. He cheers New Zealand’s “global leadership in tackling climate change”, when the country’s minister in charge of climate negotiations, Tim Groser, has been busy reassuring his compatriots that “we would not try to be ‘leaders’ in climate change.”

“This is not just political spin. It is also commercial greenwash.”

“New Zealand trades on its greenness to promote its two big industries: tourism and dairy exports. Groser says his country’s access to American markets for its produce is based on its positive environmental image. The government’s national marketing strategy is underpinned by a survey showing that tourism would be reduced by 68% if the country lost its prized ‘clean, green image,’ and even international purchases of its dairy products could halve.” Pearce reports.

Defying Reality

Pearce says New Zealand policies go against the  reality of  climate change: “The trouble is,” he asserts, “on the climate change front at least, that green image increasingly defies reality.” Read full report here.

The following links provide additional information on New Zealand’s false claims to a ‘clean, green image.’

Your remoteness means 17.4 metric tons of CO2 pollution produced per UK visitor.

Saatchi and Saatchi, the vampires of commercialism, with their corny slogans and downright dishonest tricks on “selling” New Zealand, are back, again, on the government payroll: “Our remoteness is our strength.” [Recall George Orwell's famous slogan perpetuated by The Party:"War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength." ]

[Note: Driving an average passenger car in the US over a year, traveling 12,500 miles (20,112 km), which burns about 581 gallons (2,200 liters) of gasoline, produces about 11,450 pounds (5.2 metric tons) of carbon dioxide. A couple on a return flight from the US to NZ produce as much CO2 as driving their car for about THREE years! A European/UK couple on a return flight to NZ produce more CO2 than in EIGHT years of driving.]

On a return flight from the United States to New Zealand, each visitor produces about 7.4 metric tons of CO2e pollution [11.1 metric tons of CO2e if flying from the US Atlantic coast]; a UK visitor produces about 17.64 metric tons of CO2.

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‘Swine Flu’ Originated in New Zealand

Posted by feww on June 2, 2009

The following was posted by blogger TEAA at Apartheid New Zealand earlier today and has been mirrored here for our readers as a matter of public importance:

For background, see Swine Flu Mystery Deepens

US Scientist Forced to Backtrack on Swine Flu Origin

sent by a reader in the U.S.

US scientist forced to say ”he was misquoted” on the swine flu virus originating in “either New Zealand or China.”

Professor Gus Kousoulas, the director of Louisiana State University’s division of biotechnology and molecular medicine, had been quoted as saying: “We think it [swine flu] began in New Zealand or China,” adding that his conclusion “was based on early phylogenetic analysis of available sequences.”

Kousoulas, subsequently threatened with dismissal by the Board of Regents of LSU, has now backtracked on his earlier findings, saying:  “There is no basis currently to support a New Zealand origin. While we still do not know the true origin, a US or Mexico origin is more likely.”

Professor, is it worth the 30 pieces?

According to one report, quoting The World Health Organization, more than 50 countries have reported about 15,000 cases of influenza A (H1N1), commonly referred to as the ’swine flu,’ with most of the cases occurring in Mexico and the US.

Of the 99 people who have reportedly died as a result of swine flu infection, 97 were of Hispanic origin. The remaining two had other health complications, possibly worsened by the flu infection.

Despite the backtracking by Kousoulas, a number of informed sources strongly believe the A (H1N1) “Mexican viral variation” was developed at New Zealand’s ESR (a Crown Research Institute wholly owned by the New Zealand Government) and shipped to Mexico for “commercial exploitation.”  The virus was designed to be most effective on a specific genetic sequencing.

[For links on recent hot articles on 'swine flu' CLICK HERE: Swine Flu: A Deadly $100 billion Scam]

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Swine Flu Update 28-04-09

Posted by feww on April 28, 2009

World Health Organization (WHO) flu expert, Dr Keiji Fukuda:

“Containment is not a feasible operation”

WHO has raised its swine flu alert level from three to four – two levels short of a full pandemic.

There has been  a “significant step towards pandemic influenza”, but “we are not there yet,” Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director General said.

“What this can really be interpreted as is a significant step towards pandemic influenza. But also, it is a phase that says we are not there yet,” Fukuda said.

“In other words, at this time we think we have taken a step in that direction, but a pandemic is not considered inevitable.”

Because  the virus has become too widespread, containment is no longer a feasible option, he said, adding that the countries must focus measures that mitigate circumstances.

Alert level four means the virus is showing a sustained ability to pass from human to human, and is capable of causing community-level outbreaks.

In nature, influenza viruses circulate continuously among animals, especially birds. Even though such viruses might theoretically develop into pandemic viruses, in Phase 1 no viruses circulating among animals have been reported to cause infections in humans.

In Phase 2 an animal influenza virus circulating among domesticated or wild animals is known to have caused infection in humans, and is therefore considered a potential pandemic threat.

In Phase 3, an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus has caused sporadic cases or small clusters of disease in people, but has not resulted in human-to-human transmission sufficient to sustain community-level outbreaks. Limited human-to-human transmission may occur under some circumstances, for example, when there is close contact between an infected person and an unprotected caregiver. However, limited transmission under such restricted circumstances does not indicate that the virus has gained the level of transmissibility among humans necessary to cause a pandemic.

Phase 4 is characterized by verified human-to-human transmission of an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus able to cause “community-level outbreaks.” The ability to cause sustained disease outbreaks in a community marks a significant upwards shift in the risk for a pandemic. Any country that suspects or has verified such an event should urgently consult with WHO so that the situation can be jointly assessed and a decision made by the affected country if implementation of a rapid pandemic containment operation is warranted. Phase 4 indicates a significant increase in risk of a pandemic but does not necessarily mean that a pandemic is a forgone conclusion.

Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.

Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5. Designation of this phase will indicate that a global pandemic is under way.

During the post-peak period, pandemic disease levels in most countries with adequate surveillance will have dropped below peak observed levels. The post-peak period signifies that pandemic activity appears to be decreasing; however, it is uncertain if additional waves will occur and countries will need to be prepared for a second wave.

Previous pandemics have been characterized by waves of activity spread over months. Once the level of disease activity drops, a critical communications task will be to balance this information with the possibility of another wave. Pandemic waves can be separated by months and an immediate “at-ease” signal may be premature.

In the post-pandemic period, influenza disease activity will have returned to levels normally seen for seasonal influenza. It is expected that the pandemic virus will behave as a seasonal influenza A virus. At this stage, it is important to maintain surveillance and update pandemic preparedness and response plans accordingly. An intensive phase of recovery and evaluation may be required. —WHO

Confirmed and suspected cases

  • In Mexico the death toll from swine flu outbreak rose to 149 , but the authorities have only confirmed 20 cases.
  • The victims are all aged between 20 and 50.
  • A total of about 2,000 people had been hospitalized since April 13, when the first case of swine flu was reported, but a half had been released.
  • Cases are confirmed in the US, Canada, Spain and Britain.
  • In New Zealand a total of about 80 suspected cases were reported.
  • The first batches of a swine flu vaccine could be ready in about four to six months, but it would take several more months to produce it in large quantities, Fukuda said. [But is it guaranteed to work? And more importantly, is it safe?]
  • The newly-detected virus contains genetic material from previous versions of swine flu and avian flu viruses, experts say.
  • Schools nationwide will remain closed until  May 6, as a precautionary measure to mitigate the outbreak.

The U.S. Cases

  • A further 20 cases of swine flu were confirmed in New York, with other cases reported in  California,  Kansas, Ohio, Texas reaching a total of about 40 nationwide.
  • Patients with swine flu outside Mexico are said to be making a full recovery, so far.
  • It is thought that only person in the US had been hospitalised as a result of contracting the virus, and all had recovered.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising that  “non-essential travel to Mexico be avoided”.

New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Scotland  South Korea, Spain

  • At least six cases have been recorded in British Columbia and in Nova Scotia.
  • Two people in Scotland and a young man in Spain who returned from Mexico were tested positive for the virus.
  • Suspected cases of swine flu infection are being reported in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Israel and South Korea among visitors who returned from Mexico.
  • Many countries have banned imports of raw pork and pork products from Mexico and the US.
  • Shares in airlines have nosedived amid fears of the economic impact of the virus outbreak.
  • Oil futures fell 5% in early trading Monday because of concerns over global economic recovery.

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Global Health Alert: New Zealand MRSA Infections Up 3500 pct

Posted by feww on March 15, 2009

Also Mirrored at: New Zealand MRSA Infections Up 3500 pct

New Zealand Cases of antibiotic-resistant superbug methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have exploded since 2004.

Infections have risen from 12 case in 2004 at least 420 reported cases in 2008  (a rise of 3500 percent), according to figures released by NZ Ministry of Health.

Group A streptococcus bacterium, which causes rheumatic fever and can lead arthritis and heart damage, is immune to common antibiotics. In some cases patients infected with the bacterium do not survive.

Unfortunately, New Zealand Government has hidden this information from the professionals and failed to warn the public for nearly 5 years.

In an outbreak at Wellington Hospital in 2004 three babies died and at least 30 others infected. Health workers also revealed an outbreak of group A streptococcus bacterium, which had infected at least 32 children in Kaikohe, New Zealand. However, the government prevented any follow-up information on that case from being released.


Bacterial cells of Staphylococcus aureus, which is one of the causal agents of mastitis in dairy cows. Its large capsule protects the organism from attack by the cow’s immunological defenses. Magnified 50,000X. (Source)

“A new, virulent superbug has established itself in New Zealand ,”  NZ Green Party health spokesperson Sue Kedgley reportedly said today.

Kedgley said New Zealand Government, in response to her written questions, had confirmed that the superbug USA300 had taken hold, with cases rising from 12 to 420 in the last four years, the report said.

“This strain is contagious, easily misdiagnosed and resistant to many antibiotics,” she said.

“It is a cause of huge concern overseas because it is virulent and contagious and is associated with serious skin infection outbreaks, particularly amongst sports teams.”

“This strain of MRSA is contagious, easily misdiagnosed and resistant to many antibiotics,” said Ms Kedgley.

“It is a cause of huge concern overseas, because it is virulent and contagious, and is associated with serious skin infection outbreaks, particularly amongst sports teams.”

“The Government has failed to set up a national surveillance system that the Green Party secured funding for last year. The weekly monitoring programme for the superbug MRSA was stopped in 2005. It appears that DHBs have been left to cope in isolation with this new outbreak,” Ms Kedgley said.

What is Staphylococcus aureus? [Source: CDC]

Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as “staph,” is a bacteria commonly found on the skin and in the nose of healthy people. Occasionally, staphylococci can get into the body and cause an infection. This infection can be minor (such as pimples, boils, and other skin conditions) or serious and sometimes fatal (such as blood infections or pneumonia). Staph. aureus is a common organism and can be found in the nostrils of up to 30% of persons. Person-to-person transmission is the usual form of spread and occurs through contact with secretions from infected skin lesions, nasal discharge or spread via the hands.

What is MRSA?

MRSA are staphylococci that are resistant to the antibiotic, methicillin, and other commonly used antibiotics such as penicillin and cephalosporins. These germs have a unique gene that causes them to be unaffected by all but the highest concentrations of these antibiotics. Therefore, alternate antibiotics must be used to treat persons infected with MRSA. Vancomycin has been the most effective and reliable drug in these cases, but is used intravenously and is not effective for treatment of MRSA when taken by mouth.

More information on MRSA from CDC:  Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

In 2005, MRSA killed 19,000 people in the United States—more than 1.5 times as many people than died of AIDS that year.

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For Recent New Zealand Health Warning Click Here

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Day Birds Fell From Sky

Posted by feww on February 21, 2009

Residents of New Plymouth, New Zealand discovered their streets littered with hundreds of dead sparrows …

The following was sent by TEAA in Wellington, New Zealand

NZ Terminal Toxic Syndrome

New Zealand: Toxic Waters, Poisoned Land

Raw sewage on streets, in rivers and coastal waters; toxic algae in every nook and cranny, soil contaminated with heavy metals, 1080, dioxins … ; flocks of dead birds falling from the sky …

Hundreds of dead sparrows littered New Plymouth yesterday in what looked like a mass poisoning.

“A former top official at New Plymouth’s lvon Watkins Dow chemical factory has confirmed the worst fears of residents – part of the town may be sitting on a secret toxic waste dump containing the deadly Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange.” An earlier report said.

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