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Friday, September 08, 2006

Analysis makes better predictions of eruptions possible

CD Analysis makes better predictions of eruptions possible

"Violent volcanic eruptions could soon be predicted with greater accuracy following a study into how molten magma can suddenly explode from underground reservoirs.

Scientists have analysed the chemical and physical changes in the magma of two active volcanoes and believe that the analysis may soon be used to make better predictions of an impending eruption.

The new insights may be used in conjunction with existing methods of monitoring active volcanoes to produce better early-warning systems to evacuate people living in the fallout area of a nearby volcano."

Sirens to warn of tsunamis

CD Sirens to warn of tsunamis

"Whangamata is to get warning sirens in response to research showing the peninsula's vulnerability to a tsunami.

But Thames-Coromandel Mayor Philippa Barriball said the sirens would be effective only if a tsunami came from far away.

The council has agreed to set aside $20,000 towards putting sirens at the northern and southern ends of the town, at its water reservoirs."

U.S. Unprepared for Disaster

CD U.S. Unprepared for Disaster

"The Government Accountability Office has released three reports in Washington saying the United States is not prepared for a large-scale disaster.

The GAO, Congress' investigative agency, said the government lacks safeguards to ensure a timely response to a catastrophe on the level of Hurricane Katrina, USA Today reported Thursday"

Tributes for search and rescue hero Egerton

LSAR Tributes for search and rescue hero Egerton

"A MAN who owes his life to Queenstown chopper pilot Dennis Egerton is among those mourning his death this week.

North Cantabrian Andrew Wilce told Mountain Scene: “I wouldn’t be here, I owe him one.”

Flying in atrocious conditions three years ago, Egerton spotted the wreckage of a Cessna 172 in rugged country near Queenstown.

Pilot/instructor Neil Turner had already died but had the wreckage not been found by nightfall, then-trainee pilot Wilce would also have perished."

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Severed cable disrupts South Island businesses

CD Severed cable disrupts South Island businesses

"A $16 million investment in upgrading Telecom cables in the south should lessen the chances of a repeat of yesterday's cut to services which saw 12,000 southern customers caught in a communications breakdown.

Southland and Otago customers found themselves with limited phone, internet and data transfer services for more than four hours after a fibre-optic cable was cut north of Dunedin about 10.35am.

Telecom spokeswoman Sarah Berry said a digger working at a culvert had cut a cable between the East Otago towns of Palmerston and Waikouaiti.

Services came progressively back online from about 2.35pm with full service restored by 3.20pm."

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Tsunami siren chief told to start again

CD Tsunami siren chief told to start again

"The Western Bay of Plenty's controversial tsunami siren warning system has come under heavy fire from Bay leaders, who have told Civil Defence to "go right back to square one".

During a meeting of the Tauranga Western Bay Emergency Management Policy Committee yesterday, local councillors made it clear they were unhappy with the current system and asked Tauranga Western Bay Emergency management manager Barry Low to immediately revise it."

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Ministry to run flu pandemic test

CD Ministry to run flu pandemic test

"The Health Ministry is to run what it is calling the country's largest emergency exercise, to test how well prepared New Zealand is for an influenza pandemic.

The Ministry says the risk of a flu pandemic has not lessened."

Monday, September 04, 2006

Bird flu found in Maryland

CD Bird flu found in Maryland

"US agriculture officials said on Friday that tests found the H5N1 avian influenza virus in mallard ducks in Maryland but it appeared to be a low-pathogenic strain that posed no risk to humans.

The virus was found in fecal samples from Queen Anne's County in Maryland, on the US central Atlantic coast."

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Quake shakes Bougainville

CD Quake shakes Bougainville

"A deep earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale has shaken the PNG island of Bougainville and the north-west Solomon Islands but initial reports indicate no major damage."

Woman dies in cliff fall

LSAR Woman dies in cliff fall

"A woman has died after falling off a cliff at Mercer Bay in West Auckland.

Police are still trying to establish details of what happened and are talking to witnesses.

Search and rescue teams are trying to recover the woman's body."

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