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Archive for April 30th, 2009

Weekly Volcano Watch: 30 April 2009

Posted by feww on April 30, 2009

Volcanic Activity Report: 22 April – 28 April 2009

Source: Global Volcanism program (GVP) – SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report

New activity/unrest:

VoW: Bazman

Bazman Volcano Satellite Image – ASTER Volcano Archive – dated 2007/07/12- Image ID: SC:AST_L1A.003:2044912154

Country:  Iran
Region: SE Iran
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano
Last Known Eruption: Unknown
Summit Elevation: 3,490 m  (11,450 feet)
Latitude: 28.07°N    (28°4’0″N)
Longitude: 60.00°E    (60°0’0″E)

Bazman (Kuh-e Bazman) is a 3490-m-high stratovolcano in a remote and arid region in SE Iran. A well-preserved, 500-m-wide crater caps the summit of the volcano. Its satellitic lava domes have been the source of fresh-looking viscous lava flows, including the prominent one with dramatic flow levees at the lower left. No historical eruptions are known from Bazman, but minor fumarolic activity has been reported. Image:
NASA Space Shuttle image ISS006-E-5209, 2002 ( Caption: GVP.

Map of Volcanoes of the ME and the Indian Ocean

Source: GVP.

FEWW Forecast: FEWW believes there is 0.7 probability Bazman volcano could erupt in 2009.

Ongoing Activity:

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program.

Latest U.S. Volcano Alerts and Updates for Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 03:58:49 PDT

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Swine Flu Spin: WHO is Looking?

Posted by feww on April 30, 2009

WHO warns flu pandemic imminent, raises alert level to phase 5

The World Health Organization (WHO) said a few hours ago that the world was at the brink of a swine flu pandemic, raising its official threat level to phase 5, the last step before a pandemic.

[Remember all those Homeland Security Code Yellow and Code Orange alerts?]

“Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world,” WHO Director General Margaret Chan told a news conference in Geneva.

“The biggest question is this: how severe will the pandemic be, especially now at the start,” Chan said, adding that the world “is better prepared for an influenza pandemic than at any time in history.”

[How reassuring, Director General! What would the world do without Tamiflu, Relenza and those vaccines that are still being experimented on in the multinationals’ laboratories.]

Then, to make it look as if the world was begging, Ms. Chan “urged companies who make the drugs to ramp up production.” Reuters reported.

Relenza, produced by Britain’s GlaxoSmithKlin, and Tamiflu, produced by Switzerland’s Roche AG (and its original designer, Gilead Sciences Inc.) have allegedly been shown to work against the new A (H1N1) swine flu viral mutation.

The alert level was raised after the first confirmed U.S. swine flu death was reported. A 23-month-old boy died of pneumonia reportedly caused by the flu virus in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. He was on a family visit from Mexico.

Before the identity of the boy was known, FEWW had suspected that the victim would be Hispanic, working on the premise that the viral mutation was in all probability “laboratory-engineered,” most possibly at the ESR laboratories in New Zealand.

Earlier in Swine Flu: A Deadly $100 billion Scam? MSRB wrote: “Is this the “perfect” viral mutation engineered to kill only a small number of  ‘brown’ people? [So as to warrant WHO raising its alert level to phase 5, possibly beyond, justifying governments to spend billions of dollars on flu drugs!]

President Barack Obama said the Texas death proves the time had come to exercise “utmost precautions.”

Kathleen Sebelius, the newly confirmed health secretary, said: “We know that the cases will continue to rise.”

Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary said: “We are preparing for the worst; hoping for the best … All of us should be dusting off our business contingency plans, looking at things like telecommuting and the like so that things keep operating.”

Customs and Border Patrol officials  had checked 49 people with flu-like symptoms. She said, clearing 41 of H1N1 infection, with eight being held as tests were carried out.

This news came amid WHO advice that: “Containment is not a feasible operation”

“Seasonal flu kills 250,000 to 500,000 people in a normal year, including healthy children in rich countries.” Reuters reported.

[Note: The total volume of Tamiflu and Relenza allegedly donated by the two major pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKlin and Roche AG is less than 1 percent of their quarterly sales in 2007. ]

The Big Question: How fast are they prepared to spin the swine flu epidemic [and how far will they go?]

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