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‘Tourism in New Zealand 2,500 x Deadlier than Terrorism in France’

Posted by feww on November 23, 2015

‘7 killed in the latest episode of NZ air disasters’

“More than 3,400 overseas visitors, international students,  foreign workers and recent emigrants have lost their lives and about 18,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.”

“In the latest disaster that occurred in Fox Glacier on Saturday seven people were killed including six tourists, four British and two Australians, and the [Dutch?] pilot named as Mitch [van] Gameren, 28.” More…

Re-blogged courtesy of Apartheid NZ

The following statistics were sent by a reader:

Tourists more likely to be killed by terrorists in France, or while visiting New Zealand?

The following statistics cover the period between January 2000 and November 13, 2015.

Terrorist Attacks in France

Some 17 acts of terrorism have occurred in Paris between the year 2000 and November 13, 2015 including shooting, bombing, stabbing, vehicle ramming and suicide bombing, claiming the lives of 163 people (terrorist casualties not included), and leaving 440 others injured.

  • According to the best data available, 42 of the victims were foreign nationals, or French citizens with dual nationalities.

No. of Foreigners Visiting France v. New Zealand

Based on figures released by the World Bank, and other sources, about 1.25 billion [1,254 million] foreigners visited France during that period.

During the same period, about 40.8 million [40,795,000] foreigners visited New Zealand, according to the World Bank and Statistics NZ (see links below).

Killed in New Zealand

Figures published by (this blog) show that: “More than 3,400 overseas visitors, international students, foreign workers and recent emigrants have lost their lives and about 18,000 others seriously injured in New Zealand since year 2000.”

[Alternately, other credible statistics may be submitted to the blog for consideration, or plugged into the following equations.]

  • Probability of a foreigner being killed while visiting New Zealand: 3,400/40,795,000 (8.33e-5) or about 1 in 10,000
  • Probability of a foreigner being killed in France from acts of terrorism: 42/1.25 billion or about 1 in 30 million (3.35e-8)

Killed in New Zealand from Tourism/Killed in France from Terrorism = (8.334e-5)/ (3.35e-8) = 2,488.4


Foreign visitors are about 2,500 times more likely to be killed violently while visiting New Zealand (air and road crashes, adventure tourism…), than being killed in France by the terrorists.

Links to data sources used for this post:

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Dozens of Pilot Whales Die on Stewart Island, NZ

Posted by feww on November 6, 2015

Links sent by a reader

Stranded pilot whales die on Stewart Island

A pod of 29 pilot whales was discovered on Tuesday, more than half of them still alive, by two hikers, Asti Kyd and her partner Peter Mullins, said a report.

When DOC staff arrived on Thursday, eight of the whales were still alive, but they had to be euthanized, “to prevent them from prolonged suffering,” the Island ranger was quoted as saying.

DOC ranger Phred Dobbins counts the dead whales partially buried in sand at Doughboy Bay on Stewart Island. Photo: Department of Conservation/link via Stuff NZ

Many hundreds of pilot whales have died on or near Stewart Island since the late 1990s.

Stewart Island, New Zealand’s third-largest island, lies 30km south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait, and has a permanent population of about 400.

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‘Strong’ Quake a Prelude to Major Seismotectonic Activity?

Posted by feww on November 1, 2015

M5.4 quake strikes near Waiouru, New Zealand

Centered at 39.40S, 175.95E (about 60km S. of Lake Taupo), the quake occurred at a depth of 38km, said NZ’s geonet.

The event occurred about 60km S. of Lake Taupo, and 30km SW of Ruapehu at 05:42:11UTC on November 1 2015.

Lake Taupo lies in the caldera of the Taupo Super Volcano. With a surface area of 620 km, it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand.

Taupo has produced two of the world’s most violent eruptions in recent geological times including the most recent major explosion, the Hatepe eruption, which occurred about 1,800 years ago. It was the most violent eruption in the world over the last 5 millennia, and NZ’s worst in 27 millennia.

The explosion, a VEI-7 eruption, ejected more than 120 km³ of tephra, a quarter of which was ejected almost instantaneously. The ash from the eruption is said to have turned the sky red over China and Rome.

Hikurangi Trench, located east of the region where the quake occurred, is subject to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates, making it as one of the most seismically active areas in the world.

Nearby Cities [USGS/EHP]

  • 25km (16mi) ENE of Waiouru, New Zealand
  • 79km (49mi) W of Napier [population: 65,000]
  • 81km (50mi) WNW of Hastings [population: 92,000]
  • 82km (51mi) S of Taupo [population: 24,000]
  • 230km (143mi) NNE of Wellington [population: 400,000]

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‘Strong’ Quake Strikes Wellington, New Zealand

Posted by feww on October 22, 2015

M4.4 strikes 30km east of NZ capital

Centered at 41.20S, 175.08E, the quake occurred at a depth of 6km, according to

Date/Time: October 22 2015, 9:43:59UTC

There were no immediate reports of damage, however the quake was described as “huge” in online chatter.

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Recent Earthquakes – NZ Region

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‘Severe’ Earthquake Strikes North Island, NZ

Posted by feww on October 12, 2015

Magnitude 5.8 quake rattles lower North Island, New Zealand

Centered at 40.58ºS, 176.3ºE, about 15km east of Pongaroa, the quake struck at a depth of 24km, according to NZ’s earthquake monitoring center, geonet.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]

  • Magnitude: 5.4Mw
  • Location: 40.651°S, 176.426°E; depth=21.4 km (13.3 mi)
  • Date/Time: 2015-10-12 at 08:05:00(UTC)
  • Nearby Cities:
    • 32km (20mi) NNE of Castlepoint, New Zealand
    • 73km (45mi) ENE of Masterton
    • 76km (47mi) ESE of Palmerston North
    • 97km (60mi) E of Levin, New Zealand
    • 155km (96mi) ENE of Wellington

The quake was felt within a radius of at least 250km from the epicenter, with thousands of felt report sent to earthquake monitoring center within 30 minutes of the quake occurring, according to various reports.

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Latest Earthquakes in Alaska, Mexico, NZ Region

Posted by feww on September 8, 2015

List of Earthquakes measuring ≥ 4.5Mw since September 7

A swarm of at least 11 earthquakes measuring 4.7Mw or greater have occurred in Kermadec Trench, SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand since September 7, 2015. The largest quake measured 6.4Mw.

M4.9, 156km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 11:37:25 UTC 10.0 km
M4.6, 134km NE of Chignik Lake, Alaska 2015-09-08 11:34:40 UTC 10.0 km
M4.8, 174km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 10:17:42 UTC 22.1 km
M4.6, 121km SW of Pijijiapan, Mexico 2015-09-08 08:30:39 UTC 43.3 km
M5.5, 199km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 08:19:53 UTC 11.0 km
M5.7, 134km SSW of Pijijiapan, Mexico 2015-09-08 08:03:54 UTC 4.0 km
M5.6, 181km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 06:48:33 UTC 10.0 km
M5.2, 155km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-08 02:50:57 UTC 10.0 km
M4.7, 230km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 23:56:50 UTC 10.0 km
M5.2, 170km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 20:24:57 UTC 10.0 km
M6.2, 196km SE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 14:06:24 UTC 10.0 km
M4.8, 31km NE of San Isidro, Philippines 2015-09-07 12:22:41 UTC 57.6 km
M4.9, 184km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 10:30:23 UTC 12.4 km
M4.8, 188km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:52:32 UTC 39.4 km
M6.4, 191km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:13:58 UTC 35.4 km

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Kermadec Trench, NE of NZ

Posted by feww on September 7, 2015

M6.4 quake strikes SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Centered at  32.932°S, 177.891°W the quake occurred at a depth of 35.4km, reported USGS/EHP.

Tsunami Evaluation
This quake did not generate a destructive tsunami.

Aftershocks [as of posting]

  • M4.9, 184km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 10:30:23 UTC depth= 12.4 km
  • M4.8, 188km SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand 2015-09-07 09:52:32 UTC depth= 39.4 km

EQ Details
Magnitude: 6.4Mw
Location: 32.932°S, 177.891°W
Depth: 35.4 km
Time: 2015-09-07 09:13:58 UTC

Nearby Cities:

  • 191km (119mi) SSE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
  • 725km (450mi) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand
  • 735km (457mi) NNE of Gisborne, New Zealand
  • 754km (469mi) NE of Tauranga, New Zealand
  • 1,132km (703mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

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‘Severe’ Earthquake Rattles NZ South Island

Posted by feww on May 4, 2015

M6.0 quake strikes NW of Wanaka, NZ

Centered at 44.54°S, 168.83°E the quake struck at a depth of 5km, reported NZ geonet, describing the shock as ‘Severe.’

EQ Details [NZ geonet]

  • Magnitude: 6.0Mw
  • Epicenter: 44.54°S, 168.83°E
  • Depth: 5 km
  • Location:
    • 30 km north-west of Wanaka
    • 57km NNE of Queenstown, New Zealand

NOTICE: New Zealand Earthquake Forecasts April 16, 2011

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Other Significant Seismicity


  • Cluster of 8 aftershocks with the largest measuring 5.6 144km SSW of Kokopo, on 2015-05-03 at 22:32:42 UTC depth=35.0 km

Planet California

  • 3.6Mw, 1km S of Concord, California 2015-05-03 at 22:13:19 UTC depth=14.6 km

Planet of the Abes

  • 4.9Mw, 19km SW of Tomioka, Japan 2015-05-03 at 14:30:16 UTC depth=146.3 km
  • 4.6Mw, 3km SSE of Iwai, Japan 2015-05-03 at 06:53:59 UTC depth=51.6 km
  • 5.0Mw, 45km E of Namie, Japan 2015-05-03 at 04:02:52 UTC depth=42.4 km

Global Seismic Hot Spots (June 2015 – August 2015)

Tune into FIRE-EARTH for the blog’s special report FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 at the following times :

18:32, 19:32, 20:32 and 22:32UTC.

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Significant Earthquakes Strike CA, ID, NZ

Posted by feww on April 24, 2015

M5.5 quake strikes 253km W of Ferndale, California

Centered at 40.403°N, 127.245°W the quake occurred at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi), reported USGS/EHP.

Date/ Time: 2015-04-24 01:34:55 (UTC)

At least one aftershock, measuring 3.0Mw, had occurred as of posting.

M 4.1 strikes 22km SE of Sandpoint, Idaho
Location: 48.110°N 116.386°W
Depth: 5.0 km
Date/ Time: 2015-04-24 at 02:32:19 UTC
[Source: USGS/EHP]

M 5.9 strikes 66km NW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: 42.075°S 173.016°E
Depth: 55.2 km
Date/ Time: 2015-04-24 03:36:43 UTC
[Source: USGS/EHP]

The earthquake was registered locally (geonet) as follows :

Intensity: Severe
Universal Time: April 24 2015, 3:36:42
Depth: 52 km
Magnitude: 6.2
Location: 35 km south-east of St Arnaud
Coordinates:  -42.09, 173.07

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“Rare and Nasty” Baby-Killer Virus Found in NZ

Posted by feww on January 13, 2015

Sent by a reader in New Zealand

Novel Viruses: 25% of gastroenteritis outbreaks remain unsolved in NZ

A rare and nasty virus that can trigger potentially fatal diseases in babies and young children has been found in New Zealand, said a report.

Members of Environmental Science Research (ESR), who were investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis, stumbled across the virus, known as human parechovirus (HPeV3).

The virus was found in a sample of feces from a two-year-old child who became ill during a gastro outbreak in 2012, said ESR.

The virus can cause  blood infections and inflammation of the brain, ESR added.

“It can affect different tissue types in the body, such as the membranes surrounding the brain, but there’s still a lot that we don’t know about it.”

HPeV3 was identified in Japan in 2004, but until recently only one other case in Bolivia had been reported; however, it was responsible for an outbreak of blood infection among children in Australia, last year, said the report.

ESR has recommended testing for the virus, “especially for rare cases of severe disease that can’t be explained.”

The findings were published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology this week.

Metagenomic Analysis of Viruses in Feces from Unsolved Outbreaks of Gastroenteritis in Humans. doi:10.1128/JCM.02029-14.


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‘Severe’ Earthquake Strikes Offshore New Zealand

Posted by feww on December 12, 2014

SCENARIOS: 987, 704, 703,  701, 700, [500,] 047, 024, 09, 08, 07, 02

Earthquake occurs WSW of Riverton, New Zealand

Centered at 47.08°S,  165.99°E the quake occurred at a depth of 6km, according to NZ geonet.

EQ Details [NZ geonet]

Magnitude: 5.0Mw [5.2Mw USGS/EHP]
Depth: 6 km
Location 115 km NW of Snares Islands
Epicenter: 47.08°S,  165.99°E

NOTICE: New Zealand Earthquake Forecasts April 16, 2011

Global Seismic Hot Spots  (December 2014 – March 2015)

Tune into FIRE-EARTH for the blog’s special report FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014 at the following times : 

17:32, 18:32, 20:32 and 22:32UTC.

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‘Severe’ Earthquake Strikes South Island, NZ

Posted by feww on October 13, 2014

SCENARIOS 09, 08, 07, 02

M6.2 quake shakes Southland, New Zealand

Centered at 46.29°S 165.87°E, about 140 km west of Tuatapere (190km W of Invercargill), the quake occurred offshore, northeast of Puysegur Trench, at a depth of 10km, said Geonet.

The quake struck at 5:13:41 on Monday, October 13, 2014, and was followed by at least two significant aftershocks, measuring magnitudes 4.4 and 4.7 respectively, as of posting.

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See blog content for interesting information on New Zealand seismicity.

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Deadly Earthquake Followed by Severe Deluge

Posted by feww on March 5, 2014


“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


Significant Quakes strike a dozen countries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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:

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: &

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.


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.]

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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.

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.

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

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.


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?

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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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