Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for September, 2016

South Australia is without power after being lashed with severe storms

Sydney Morning Herald

All of South Australia and its 1.67 million residents lost power about 3.45pm.

Power is not expected to be fully restored until 4.15am on Thursday.

The storm damaged power infrastructure near Port Augusta, causing the entire power network to shut down “to protect itself”

Wildfire along the Santa Cruz Range threatening hundreds of homes

USA Today

Mandatory evacuations were ordered Tuesday for Santa Cruz Mountains residents living near the Loma Fire, which by the evening had charred at least 2,250 acres and was 10% contained



Indonesian authorities have evacuated some 1,100 tourists after Mount Barujari on Lombok island erupted on Tuesday


“….The 3,726 metre (12,224ft) high volcano sits within the Mount Rinjani caldera.  Rinjani is among 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia – an archipelago prone to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes as it sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”…..”

Eruption of Mount Rinjani, Indonesia

November 7, 2015



Megi in Taiwan: 4 dead, at least 316 injured, & 2,700,000 left without electricity


“…..some 38 inches (1000 millimeters) of rain fell in Yilan County…..”

“…..Several city and county heads in Southern Taiwan extended apologies Tuesday after deciding to allow school and office closures only in the second half of the day…..the half-day school and office closure was a decision that lacked empathy. Some said they had to pick their children up at schools while the wind and rain was picking up strength……”


Houston, 9 wounded: A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had 2 weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammo when he randomly shot at drivers before he was shot and killed by police.

ABC News

Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Beef Products Produced by Adams Farm


CDC, multiple states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli( (STEC O157:H7) infections.

  • Seven people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O157:H7 have been reported from four states.
  • Five ill people have been hospitalized. No one has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, and no deaths have been reported.

image of bowl of flour

At A Glance

The NWS predicts the Cedar River will reach a crest of 23′ in Cedar River Tuesday morning. Officials have asked those in downtown areas of the city near the river to leave by 8 p.m. Sunday.

USA Today


Tropical cyclones and disturbances on the coasts: Not much

An explosion rocked central Budapest late on Saturday, injuring two police officers: Deliberate?



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