Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for May, 2017

May 31, 1889: More than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.

Cyclone Mora tore through parts of Bangladesh on Tuesday, destroying the homes of thousands of Rohingya refugees

NY Times

“…..In the coastal border district of Cox’s Bazar, where a majority of the Rohingya in Bangladesh live, more than 17,000 houses were destroyed and more than 35,000 were damaged, said Mohammad Ali Hossain, the deputy commissioner there. Four people were killed in the district, and 60 were injured…..”

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported 38,282 new chikungunya cases late last week, an 80% increase in the yearly total.


Two car bombs and a suicide bomber killed at least 35 people in Baghdad and in a city to the west, and wounded more than 100 in Tuesday attacks targeting the late-night crowds typical of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan

NY Daily News



Kabul, Afghanistan: A huge explosion hit near the German Embassy on Wednesday morning, killing at least 80 and injuring 300 others close to a highly secure diplomatic area.



Security officials at New York-area hospitals plan to train medical workers to deal with the inevitable threat of an “active shooter” following overseas terror attacks on health-care facilities

NY Post



Alaska: M 5.3 – 33km WNW of Nikiski

ShakeMap Intensity image

Alaska: Bogoslof volcano remains at a heightened state of unrest and in an unpredictable condition

Alaska Volcano Observatory:  The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) is a joint program of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAFGI), and the State of Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (ADGGS).

AVO Image

February 19 Bogoslof eruption plume as seen from Unalaska Island, 53 miles ESE of Bogoslof volcano. Photo taken from helicopter during fieldwork by AVO geologists at 5:22PM, approximately 14 minutes after the start of the eruption.

Date: February 19, 2017 5:22 PM
Volcano(es): Bogoslof
Photographer/Creator: Schaefer, Janet
Citation Information:
Image courtesy of the AVO/ADGGS.
53°55’38” N 168°2’4″ W, Summit Elevation 492 ft (150 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGEThere has been no new volcanic emissions observed at Bogoslof volcano since the eruption yesterday, May 28 at 22:16 UTC. No detectable activity has been observed in data from seismic or infrasound stations located on nearby Islands and no new activity has been observed in satellite data. Pilot Reports indicate that a volcanic cloud from yesterday’s eruption has been detected drifting to the northeast of Bogoslof and a SIGMET aviation warning message has been issued by the National Weather Service. Please see the NWS AAWU at for updated information on aviation warning messages.Bogoslof volcano remains at a heightened state of unrest and in an unpredictable condition. Activity may ramp back up with additional explosions producing high-altitude (>15,000 ft) volcanic clouds with little precursory activity. Some previous explosions have been preceded by an increase in earthquake activity that allowed for short-term forecasts of imminent significant explosive activity. Although we are able to detect energetic explosive activity in real-time, there is typically a lag of tens of minutes until we can characterize the magnitude of the event and the altitude of the volcanic cloud. It is possible for low-level unrest, including explosive activity, to occur that we are unable to detect with existing data sources. Such low-level periods of unrest and possible explosions could pose a hazard in the immediate vicinity of the volcano.

AVO Image

3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”

US Memorial Day

Cisplatin Analogs Confer Protection against Cyanide Poisoning

San Diego Union Tribune

Cisplatin Study

“….The binding affinity of the cyanide anion for the positively charged metal platinum is known to create an extremely stable complex in vitro. We therefore screened a panel of diverse cisplatin analogs and identified compounds that conferred protection from cyanide poisoning in zebrafish, mice, and rabbits. Cumulatively, this discovery pipeline begins to establish the characteristics of platinum ligands that influence their solubility, toxicity, and efficacy, and provides proof of concept that platinum-based complexes are effective antidotes for cyanide poisoning…..”


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