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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Elite team ready for anything

"When a deadly earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, or a major landslip strikes, an elite search and rescue team led by a Wanganui man is ready to go.

Bryce Coneybeer, for 27 years a pillar of the Wanganui Fire Brigade, co-heads a special quick-response urban search and rescue team based in Palmerston North, one of only three such teams covering all New Zealand."

Friday, August 18, 2006

Disaster area declared after eruption of Tungurahua volcano

"The President of Ecuador has declared a disaster area in the south of the country following the eruption of the Tungurahua volcano.

President Alfredo Palacio says he plans to inspect the area himself, but local airports are shut because of clouds of ash in the sky and roads are blocked by lava."

Is this another indicator of greater activity...

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Seattle terminal evacuated

The Port of Seattle set up a perimeter of nearly a kilometre around one of its terminals Wednesday after bomb-sniffing dogs indicated two containers from Pakistan could contain explosives.

Dozens of non-essential personnel were evacuated from Terminal 18, on Harbor Island south of downtown Seattle, a Port of Seattle spokesman said. A bomb squad used explosive charges to cut into the containers, which may have detonated any explosives inside. The squad was examining the contents.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Water and foot search for missing university student

Police divers and search and rescue experts have been asked to help with the investigation into missing Victoria University student Daniel Hansman.


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'More disasters' for warmer world

Some would think that cold winters and flooding do not seem right for global warming, but ....

Rising temperatures will increase the risk of forest fires, droughts and flooding over the next two centuries, UK climate scientists have warned.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Quake in Kermadecs sends quiver through North Island

An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale near the Kermadec Islands in the Pacific sent a quiver through the North Island today.

Also see: GeoNet info page

New worm targets Windows flaw

The worm may have turned for Windows users who did not patch up a software flaw in their computers last week with a fresh warning from Microsoft about a security threat that could target their systems.

As always, make sure that you have the latest Windows Updates, that your Antivirus and Anti-spamware systems are up-to-date, and most of all do not open attachments unless you are really sure of who/where they have come from.

Device offers hope in tracking Alzheimer's patients

Palmerston North police are trialling a device to keep track of wandering Alzheimer's patients.

Now a number of areas around the country are making use of this technology which has been instigated by Tasman Search an Rescue after initial trials in conjunction with New Zealand Land Search and Rescue

Monday, August 14, 2006

Philippine volcano shows signs of eruption

Mount Mayon, a volcano in the central Philippines, showed signs a major eruption was imminent as it belched smoke and spewed burning rocks and mud, scientists said.

Four explosions have been recorded since Saturday. One mild eruption shot gray ash columns into the air and sent heated volcanic debris cascading down Mayon's slopes, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

"This could be the beginning of a big bang events," Ed Laguerta, a vulcanologist, told reporters.

Bird flu suspected in Rotterdam zoo

Two young owls which died in a zoo in Rotterdam are suspected of having the H5N1 bird flu virus, the Dutch farm ministry said.

The Netherlands, Europe's second biggest poultry producer after France, has never reported a case of the highly pathogenic avian flu strain which is endemic in parts of Asia and has spread to birds in a number of European Union countries.

Hunter shoots himself in foot

A Christchurch hunter is recovering in hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the foot while hunting in the Mackenzie Basin yesterday.

Christchurch residents flee massive slip

A landslip forced three people to flee a Christchurch home yesterday as hundreds of tonnes of rock and rubble stormed into two properties.

Geotech geological and engineering services director Nick Traylen said he had been investigating several slips around Canterbury in the past few weeks caused by the recent bad weather.

'Good jolt' hits Murchison area

The 5.9 magnitude quake struck at 4.29pm and was centred 30km east of Murchison, 80km south-west of Nelson, at a depth of 100km.

It was felt from Ashburton to New Plymouth.