DELUGE: Widespread Flooding In Chile – At Least 2 Killed, 24 Missing In Atacama And Antofagasta; 760 Homeless And Nearly 6,000 Displaced; 35 Homes Completely Destroyed And Nearly 1,000 Others Damaged; State Of Emergency Declared! [STUNNING PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Flood rescue in Copiapó. Photo: Carabineros de Chile


March 26, 2015 – CHILE
– Floods in northern Chile have killed at least 2 people, with a further 24 still missing.

Torrential rain and overflowing rivers have caused widespread flooding in the normally dry regions of Atacama and Antofagasta, northern Chile. A state of emergency has been called by the government in Chile for both regions. The region of Coquimbo has also been affected by heavy rain and floods. Further heavy rain is expected, particularly in Atacama.

The latest assessments (as of 26 March 2015) indicate that 760 people are homeless and 5,576 people are housed in 23 shelters that have been set up in the affected areas.

35 homes have been completely destroyed, 142 have suffered major damage and 799 minor damage, according to the latest government reports.

Victims – Death Toll Increases

The two deaths reported yesterday occurred in the coastal commune of Chañaral in the Atacama Region. Wide areas of the town were under around 1.5 metres of water yesterday.

UPDATE
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Two further deaths have since been reported by the government. The deaths occurred in the town of Antofagasta in Antofagasta Region.

About 30 km away from Chañaral, the small village of El Salado has been completely inundated after the Salado river overflowed, according to local emergency services. At least 40 people had to be rescued from the village.

Several other areas, in particular the commune of Taltal, have also been affected by the floods.

Copiapó City

The region’s capital city, Copiapo, has also seen major floods as a result of the overflowing Copiapo river. Local observers said the streets were turned to rivers.

Copiapó River Dry for 17 Years

Such massive rainfall is almost unknown in this desert area, more used to drought than flood. Deputy Superintendent of the Fire Department of Copiapo, José Codoceo said that the river has been virtually dry for the last 17 years. The photo below shows residents of Copiapó city on 24 March, waiting to see the Copiapó river flow for the first time in years.

Red Alerts

Red alerts have been issued for the municipalities of Tocopilla, Taltal, Alto de Carmen and Antofagasta province over the last 24 hours.

Evacuations

Fear of mudslides as well as floods prompted 1000s of evacuations. Rescue and relief operations have been hampered by blocked roads. Chilean military and rescue teams have used helicopters to carry out evacuations.

Floods in Chanaral, Chile, March 2015. Photo: Cristhian Acori @ Twitter

Raging floods in El Salado, Chile, March 2015. Photo: Bomberos de Chile

In Atacama, over 400 houses have been damaged or destroyed and around 2,000 families have been evacuated. Power outages caused by the floods and rain in the 3 affected regions have left over 50,000 without electricity. Thousands have also been left without drinking water.

Missing People

There are currently at least 24 people missing in the floods. Google have set up a “Google Person Finder” for the floods here.

Chile Fighting Disasters on Several Fronts

The floods in the north came as southern Chile battled devastating wildfires exacerbated by a severe drought. Earlier this month the Villarrica volcano in southern Chile erupted, forcing more than 3,000 people from their homes.

Peru’s Floods and Landslides

Heavy rain in neighbouring Peru has caused deadly landslides and floods over the last few days with more rain expected over the next 48 hours, particularly in coastal regions.

WATCH: Deluge in Chile.

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INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Massive Explosion As Building Collapses In Manhattan’s East Village – As Many As 30 People Feared Trapped Inside; FDNY Considers It A "Major Emergency"!

Photo by @jmeyers44


March 26, 2015 – NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
– As many as 30 people were injured after an explosion and partial building collapse in Manhattan’s East Village.

Flames are shooting high into the sky from two buildings as the New York Fire Department attempts to prevent the fire from spreading to other structures.

So far, up to 30 people have been confirmed injured in the collapse, law enforcement officials told the New York Post. At least one person has been critically injured, according to AP.Two firefighters were also reported wounded, according to the Daily News.

The raging blaze has been upgraded to a four-alarm call at the mixed-occupancy building that the fire department called “a major building collapse” in a tweet. There are 25 units in the building, according to The New York Times, and 100 firefighters were immediately dispatched to the scene.

FDNY responding to East Village building collapse.

Manhattan: East 7th St & 2nd Ave. Building collapse and on Fire with multiple patients trapped. K-9 requested.

At least one person was removed from the area on a stretcher, WABC reported, noting that the building appeared to be a total loss.

“The entire first and second floor facades were destroyed,”
a witness told WCBS, which reported that the explosion originated at a sushi bar in the apartment building.

The New York Police Department initially listed a gas leak as the cause of the explosion.Firefighters had to pull back from their battle with the flames due to the blaze’s intensity, WABC reported.

There are counter-terror officials at the scene, which is standard procedure for a large explosion, WCBS reported.

WATCH: Building collapse in Manhattan.

The “smoke is overwhelming” at the scene, Allie Yang tweeted. In a follow-up tweet, she said that the fire department is closing off the area around 7th St and 2nd Avenue.

“This is being considered a major emergency,”
an FDNY spokeswoman told New York Daily News.

The explosion occurred around 3:15 p.m. ET, and the fire quickly got out of hand, with the FDNY upgrading it from a two-alarm to a seven-alarm call within half an hour. – RT.

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INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Seaplane Crashes Into Water Runway At Hooks Airport In Houston, Texas – Pilot Treated For Minor Injuries!

A small plane has crashed landed at Hooks Airport in northwest Harris County.(Photo: AIR 11)March 26, 2015 – TEXAS, UNITED STATES – A small seaplane crashed landed at Hooks Airport in northwest Harris County Wednesday afternoon.The plane was reportedly… Continue reading

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Indiana Declares State Of Emergency For HIV Epidemic – WORST OUTBREAK IN ITS HISTORY; At Least 79 People Diagnosed In One Rural Area!

March 26, 2015 – INDIANA, UNITED STATES – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has declared a state of emergency as Indiana battles the worst HIV outbreak in its history. At least 79 people have been diagnosed in one rural area, and the epidemic is linked to needle-sharing by opiate users.

The outbreak in Scott County, Indiana began with the first diagnosis in mid-December. By late January, there were seven known HIV-positive patients in the rural, five-county area. In February, the number climbed to 26. Now there are 79 confirmed cases of HIV originating in the southeastern Indiana county. Typically, Scott County would see fewer than five new HIV cases in a year, state officials said.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. (Reuters / Samantha Sais)


“Scott County is facing an epidemic of HIV, but this is not a Scott County problem; this is an Indiana problem,”
Pence said in a statement. “The people of Scott County are working hard to address this crisis, and with additional state resources and new tools provided by this emergency declaration, I am confident that together we will stop this HIV outbreak in its tracks.”

Pence issued an executive order Thursday that orders the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to set up an incident command center to coordinate HIV treatment and substance abuse treatment and requires state and local health, law enforcement and emergency response agencies, as well as health care providers and hospitals to cooperate and assist in disaster response. The order also authorizes a “targeted, short-term needle exchange program for the sole purpose of containing the epidemic.” Pence has consistently said he doesn’t support needle exchanges as an anti-drug policy.

WATCH: Public Health Emergency for Indiana HIV Outbreak.

In addition, the ISDH will launch a three-month regional public awareness campaign, called “You Are Not Alone,” which will focus on drug treatment, infection prevention, safe sex, needle disposal and HIV testing and treatment.

All the cases are linked to needle sharing for intravenous drug use, mostly with the prescription painkiller Opana. State health officials say they expect to see more cases appear in the coming weeks.

“I am deeply troubled by this outbreak, and stopping it is a top priority for our department,”
State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams said in a statement Friday. “We are engaging local, state, and national partners to determine where we can most effectively focus our efforts. Extra care is being taken to invest resources in getting people off drugs and into treatment, since drug abuse is the clear driving force behind this outbreak.”

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arrived Tuesday in the Scott County town of Austin ‒ considered the epicenter of the outbreak ‒ to combat the epidemic and administer HIV tests to residents. The CDC supports needle exchange programs.

Dr. Burke testifying in support of needle exchange measures to suppress Indiana HIV outbreak.

Dr. William Cooke, medical director for Family Foundations Medicine in Austin, wasn’t surprised by the outbreak.

“We have kind of a recipe for disaster, all the bad ingredients — unemployment, high dropout, high teen pregnancy rate, high drug abuse rate,”
he told AP, noting that more than half of Scott County deaths are due to IV drug overdose.

“We’ve seen an increase in overdoses. We’ve identified that most of our IV drug users are hepatitis-C positive. We knew it was a only matter of time until HIV set in,”
Cooke told NBC News. “We’ve been asking for help for a long time. We identified long ago there was an undercurrent here that was very unhealthy.”

Dr. Kevin Burke, Clark County public health officer, told the Indianapolis Star that he hopes that even though the governor instituted a temporary needle exchange program, the legislature will act for a longer one.
“A 30-day program would be much too short,” he said. “You’re not going to help those people long-term.”

The needle exchange will only be available in Scott County, which doctors say won’t be helpful in curbing the spread of HIV.

“[Interstate] 65 goes from south to north,” Dr. Deepak Azad, an internist in Scott County, told the Indianapolis Star. “Keeping a needle exchange program only in Scott County is not going to solve the problem.”

Republican state Rep. Ed Clere introduced an amendment to a bill on Wednesday that would create a needle exchange program in the state.

“My focus is on the crisis in southeastern Indiana and what the legislature can do to help mitigate it,” Clere told Healthline. “Facilitating needle exchange is an obvious opportunity to slow the spread of HIV there, and to prevent additional outbreaks in other areas of the state. This outbreak has highlighted the lack of HIV/AIDS infrastructure in Indiana, including a widespread lack of available testing, and I expect a number of legislators will be interested in addressing that and other deficiencies and opportunities going forward.”

“Needle exchange is a proven and effective harm reduction measure. It isn’t a new concept,” he added. “To the contrary, needle exchange programs across the country have been protecting public health and saving lives for more than two decades.” RT.

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PARADIGM SHIFT: The Age Of Obama And Precursors To The End Of Zionism – In Unprecedented Move, President Obama Declassifies Top Secret Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program!

March 26, 2015 – UNITED STATES – Obama revenge for Netanyahu’s Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel’s top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move.In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last m… Continue reading

MONUMENTAL SOLAR SYSTEM CHANGES: Planet Jupiter’s Explosive Ever-Present Polar Lights, Many Times The Size Of The Earth – Auroral Explosions "Having Nothing To Do With The Sun," Could The Jovian Magnetosphere Be Interacting With Another Stellar Object?!

The Daily Galaxy via AGU


March 26, 2015 – JUPITER
– On Earth, bursts of particles spewed by the Sun spark shimmering auroras, like the Northern Lights, that briefly dance at our planet’s poles. But, on Jupiter, there’s an auroral glow all the time, and new observations show that this Jovian display sometimes flares up because of a process having nothing to do with the Sun.

In this artist’s rendering from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, flows of electrically charged ions and electrons accelerate along Jupiter’s magnetic field lines (fountain-like blue curves), triggering auroras (blue rings) at the planet’s pole. Accelerated particles come from clouds of material (red) spewed from volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io (small orb to right). Recent observations of extreme ultraviolet emissions from Jupiter by satellite Hisaki (left foreground) and the Hubble Space Telescope (right) show episodes of sudden brightening of the planet’s auroras. Interactions with the excited particles from Io likely also fuel these auroral explosions, new research shows, not interactions with particles from the Sun.

Jupiter watchers have long known that the giant planet’s ever-present polar auroras – thousands of times brighter and many times bigger than Earth – are powered by both electrically charged particles from the Sun colliding with Jupiter’s magnetic field and a separate interaction between Jupiter and one of its many moons, called Io. But there are also auroral explosions on Jupiter, or periods of dazzling brightening, similar to auroral storms on Earth, that no one could definitively trace back to either of those known causes.

In the aurora-making interaction of Jupiter and Io, volcanoes on the small moon blast clouds of electrically charged atoms (ions) and electrons into a region surrounding Jupiter that’s permeated by the planet’s powerful magnetic field, thousands of times stronger than Earth’s. Rotating along with its rapidly spinning planet, the magnetic field drags the material from Io around with it, causing strong electric fields at Jupiter’s poles. The acceleration of the ions and electrons produce intense auroras that shine in almost all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum but most brightly in high-energy bands, like ultraviolet light and X-rays, that are invisible to unaided human eyes.

Now, new observations of the planet’s extreme ultraviolet emissions show that bright explosions of Jupiter’s aurora likely also get kicked off by the planet-moon interaction, not by solar activity. A new scientific paper about these observations by Tomoki Kimura of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan, and his colleagues, was published online today in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

Starting in January 2014, a telescope aboard the JAXA’s Hisaki satellite, which focused on Jupiter for two months, recorded intermittent brightening of the giant planet’s aurora. The telescope detected sudden flare-ups on days when the usual flow of charged particles from the Sun, known as the solar wind, was relatively weak.

Additional space and ground-based telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, also viewed Jupiter during these lulls in the solar wind. Both Hisaki and Hubble witnessed explosions of the planet’s aurora despite the solar wind’s calm, suggesting that it’s the Jupiter-Io interaction driving these explosions, not charged particles from the Sun, according to the new study. The new research does not address exactly what is happening in the Jovian magnetosphere to cause the temporary brightening of auroral explosions. – Daily Galaxy.

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GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Increased Seismic Activity Reported At Aleutian Island’s Semisopochnoi Volcano – USGS Upgrades Alert Level To "Advisory"!

Semisopochnoi Island, in November 2012. | Roger CliffordMarch 26, 2015 – ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA – Citing increased seismic intensity, the U.S. Geological Survey is upgrading the volcano alert level status for Semisopochnoi, an Aleutian Island volc… Continue reading

PLANETARY TREMORS: New Zealand Community Told To Prepare For Major Earthquake Along The Dangerous Alpine Fault – Drastic "Fault Avoidance Zone" Recommended!

March 26, 2015 – NEW ZEALAND – A West Coast community will need to consider drastic changes to its town to prepare for an inevitable Alpine Fault earthquake.The fault runs diagonally through Franz Josef township and geologists have recommended a “faul… Continue reading