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WNV Infections Continue Rising

Posted by feww on October 22, 2012

More than 5,000 WNV infections reported to CDC

WNV infections in the U.S. have caused at least 183 deaths thus far in 2012.

At least five thousand one hundred and twenty-two [number of cases to be confirmed] West Nile virus infections have been reported to CDC ArboNET from 48 states as of posting. The cases are from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

  • About 70 percent of the cases have been reported from 8 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, South Dakota, Michigan, and Oklahoma).
  • More than a third of all cases have been reported from Texas.
  • More than 51% of the cases are classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis).

Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak:

  • 23 dead
  • 285 infected
  • Infections reported across 16 states

NOTE: 282 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke due to presumed fungal meningitis, or other central nervous system-related infection meeting the outbreak case definition, plus 3 peripheral joint infections (e.g., knee, hip, shoulder, elbow). No deaths have been associated with peripheral joint infections, CDC reported.

Spain Earthquake

Large scale groundwater extraction caused a 2011 earthquake in Spain which left at least nine people dead, more than 100 injured and thousands homeless,  researchers said.

  • A 5.1 magnitude  earthquake near the city of Lorca in southeastern Spain occurred at a shallow depth 3 km, causing extensive damage.
  • Researchers found the water table in the Alto Guadalentin Basin had dropped by 250 meters since 1960 due to groundwater extraction.
  • “Modeling results are consistent with a groundwater crustal unloading process, providing a reasonable explanation for the observed fault slip pattern.” They said.

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6.2Mw Quake Strikes Spain

Posted by feww on April 12, 2010

Strong Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Strikes Near Granada, Spain

The earthquake occurred at a depth of about 620km on Sunday April 11, 2010 at at 22:08:11UTC with the epicenter located at 37.05°N, 3.49°W.

The event occurred near the African-Eurasian plate-boundary in the Betic Cordillera  Zone, a part of the Gibraltar Arc.

The epicenter was located about 200km (166 degrees) south of Columba volcano, the youngest vent in the Calatrava volcanic field.

There was no immediate report of damage or injuries as of posting. Little damage should occur because the hypocenter was located deep beneath the surface, at a depth of about 620km.

Fire-Earth Moderators interpret the event as follows:
1. Sign of increased tectonic activity in the African and Eurasian plates boundaries.
2. Possible new phase of volcanic unrest/activity in the Calatrava volcanic field.

Source: European-Mediterranean Seismological Center. Click image to enlarge.

Summary of Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 6.2
  • Region:  SPAIN
  • Date/time 2010-04-11 at 22:08:11.4 UTC
  • Location: 37.05°N, 3.49°W
  • Depth: 624 km (+/- 4km)
  • Distances:
    • 16 km SE of Granada (pop 238,248 ; local time 00:08 2010-04-12)
    • 12 km SE of La zubia (pop 15,652 ; local time 00:08 2010-04-12)
    • 10 km S of Monachil (pop 5,843 ; local time 00:08 2010-04-12)
    • 90 km ENE of Malaga
    • 95 km WNW of Almeria
    • 375 km S of MADRID

UPDATE and Additional Information:

The magnitude of this earthquake has been raised to 6.3Mw by USGS/EHP.

Tectonic Summary

The seismotectonics of the April 11, 2010 M6.3 Spanish earthquake is enigmatic, but the occurrence of deep earthquakes beneath this region of Spain are well-documented. The location of the April 11, 2010 M6.3 and it’s unusual depth of 616 km suggests that it is related to the well-studied M7.1 deep Spanish earthquake of March 24, 1954. The epicenter of the 1954 earthquake, based on the distribution of ground shaking at the surface (macroseismicity) and limited instrumental recordings of the earthquake, is beneath the town of Dúrcal, 20 km south of Granada. Since the 1954 earthquake, a handful of small magnitude earthquakes (3 and smaller) have occurred in approximately the same location (Buforn et al., 1991). Southwest of the April 11, 2010 M6.3 earthquake in the area of the Alboran Sea, convergences of the African and Eurasian plates does produce a well-defined zone of small magnitude (M < 4) to depth of 200 km. Other than the localized zone of seismicity near 600 km depth, there are no known earthquakes between 200 km and 600 km depth.

Buforn, E., Udias, A., and Madariaga, R., 1991, Intermediate and deep earthquakes in Spain: Pure and Applied Geophysics, v. 136, p. 375–393.
Source: USGS/EHP

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