July 17, 2013 – QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Scientists say lava flow and ash and gas emissions have intensified at a second Ecuadorean volcano, Reventador, as the full-bore eruption of the Tungurahua cone continues. Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute says the lava flow on Reventador’s southern flank has increased since Saturday but poses no immediate threat to villagers in the region 60 miles (100) kilometers) east of the capital, Quito. The 11,400-foot (3,475-meter) volcano is nearly three times that distance from Tungurahua to the southwest. It has been roaring since Sunday, when 200 people were evacuated from its flanks and one pyroclastic blast was heard as far away as the coastal city of Guayaquil. Tungurahua is 16,480 feet (5,023 meters) high and has been active since 1999. Reventador had its last big eruption in November 2002. –Big Story
Dangerous quake zone: The city of Lisbon was ripped open by the 1755 earthquake which left fissures 15 feet wide in the city center.
July 17, 2013 – BRITAIN – Swathes of Britain could be left totally underwater by a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, it has been claimed. An earthquake off Portugal could trigger disastrous levels of flooding along the coast of the UK, scientists have said. The Isles of Scilly and parts of Cornwall would be worst hit if there were a repeat of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Experts believe that a quake similar to the devastating one 250 years ago would send a 10ft wall of water towards the UK. The tsunami would crash over the tip of Cornwall within a few hours – leaving much of the coast underwater and wiping the tiny Scilly Isles off the map. The prospect of the natural disaster was raised at a meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Local Resilience Forum, which includes police, town planners and emergency services. Members of the LRF told the meeting they fear Britain could suffer its own version of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. They want an early warning system to alert bathers and people living on the coast, similar to technology used across Asia and America. Britain was last hit by a tsunami in 1755, the year of the great Lisbon earthquake, the meeting in Bristol was told. In the event of an earthquake in the Atlantic, the public would currently rely on the British Geological Survey to register the quake and the arrival of a subsequent wave at nearby Portugal. Neil Hamlyn, LRF coordinator in Devon and Cornwall, said: ‘The Isles of Scilly could be affected greatly, the islands could be covered and disappear.’
The 1755 Lisbon earthquake almost totally destroyed Lisbon and adjoining areas and had a magnitude in the range of 8.5 on the Richter scale. Under the Civil Contingencies Act of 2004, the UK maintains a National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies. The very high risk table is currently topped by pandemic flu, terrorist attacks and coastal flooding, though the last major civil flooding emergency was on the east coast in 1953. Mr Hamlyn says a tsunami is in the top 20 of the second category of high risks. Other uniquely regional threats include a nuclear submarine incident at Devonport dockyard and possible contamination from old tin mines in Cornwall. –Daily Mail
July 17, 2013 – JAPAN – Researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) say that Mount Fuji may erupt if a future massive earthquake will cause its insides to crack. The last time that the 3,776-metre volcano erupted was in 1707, in what is now known as the Hoei eruption. The scientists warned that another eruption is imminent because underground magma has been accumulating inside the volcano for 300 years now. They came to this conclusion by observing the number of craters in the mountain through aerial photos and on-site investigations. They also analysed reports from the past eruptions between 10,000 years ago and that last eruption. The study showed that there were a lot of dikes created before 1707 and that prevented the magma from rising. But two magnitude earthquakes struck between 1703 and 1707, which caused the magma to rise to the surface. They expect that magma has accumulated under the ground due to low-frequency earthquakes that have been recorded under the mountain. In case a large-scale quake occurs, like the predicted Nankai Trough earthquake in the next few years, Mount Fuji will most likely erupt, according to volcanologist and AIST researcher Akira Takada. The explosion will most likely affect two of Japan’s major islands – Honshu and Shikoku. Mount Fuji was recently named a World Heritage site by UNESCO and is one of the most prominent symbols of Japan’s culture. –Japan Daily Press
Sick Before Their Time: More Kids Diagnosed With Adult Diseases
Diabetes, obesity and elevated blood pressure typically emerge in middle-age, but more young children are showing signs of chronic conditions that may take a toll on their health.
The latest report on the trend, from researchers at Harvard Medical School found that children and adolescents are increasingly suffering from elevated blood pressure. Published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, the study showed a 27% increase in the proportion of children aged 8 years to 17 years with elevated blood pressure over a thirteen-year period. continue
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22 children die after eating school lunch in India
PATNA, India (AP) — The children started falling violently ill soon after they ate the free school lunch of rice, lentils, soybeans and potatoes.
The food, part of a program that gives poor Indian students at least one hot meal a day, was tainted with insecticide, and soon 22 of the students were dead and dozens were hospitalized, officials said Wednesday.
It was not immediately clear how chemicals ended up in the food at the school in the eastern state of Bihar. One official said that the food may not have been properly washed before it was cooked. CONTINUE
Dow and Monsanto Court Ordered to Pay Fine to Agent Orange Victims
The Supreme Court of South Korea has for the first time declared that Monsanto and Dow must pay a fine for the damages caused by Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War, finally, after all this time. The 39 plaintiffs should soon receive 466 million won ($415,000) from the two multinational chemical companies, both made infamous by being the two top producers of Agent Orange, one of the most notorious and deadly toxins in the world.
Sticking to their usual character, Monsanto claimed that the defoliant was perfectly safe and harmless at the time despite having known of the dangers and carcinogenicity of the unavoidable dioxin contained within for more than a decade prior to the war. CONTINUE
Gay marriage legalised in England and Wales after Queen gives royal assent to parliamentary bill
MPs cheered as they were told the historic bill had passed into law, making Britain the 15th country worldwide to legalise gay marriage.
Prime minister David Cameron pushed the bill through despite fierce opposition from within his Conservative Party.
“This is a historic moment that will resonate in many people’s lives,” culture minister Maria Miller, whose department was responsible for the bill, said.
“I am proud that we have made it happen, and I look forward to the first same-sex wedding by next summer.”
The delay is because the government is sorting out issues such as the impact on pensions. CONTINUE