Sunday, April 26, 2015

Earthquake Nepal

It’s too early to tell, but early indications suggest the figure of about 1,500 people killed in four countries is likely to rise substantially in the coming days. The magnitude-7.8 quake was the worst to hit Nepal in eight decades and caused damage and fatalities in neighboring countries as well. In addition to more than 1,400 people killed in Nepal, at least 51 were killed in India, 17 in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.
The earthquake hit a heavily populated area of Nepal, including the capital, Kathmandu, and its impact spread far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. Strong aftershocks were felt an hour after the initial temblor.
Loss ... Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damage
Loss ... Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by the earthquake. Picture: AFP/Prakash Mathema Source: AFP
Earthquake experts are preparing for high numbers in terms of deaths and damage.
“This is a very large earthquake in a significantly populated region with infrastructure that has been damaged in past earthquakes,” U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle said. “Significant fatalities are expected.”
Local hospitals were already filling with injured residents, and Kathmandu’s international airport was shut down, hampering initial relief efforts in the isolated mountainous country.
’Running for life from my tent’
Devasation ... Rescue teams and onlookers gather at the collapsed Darahara Tower in Kathmandu. Picture: AFP/Prakash Mathema Source: AFP

WHAT HAPPENED? AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Seismologist Earle said the quake happened on what is known as a “thrust fault.” That describes the situation when one piece of the Earth’s crust is moving beneath another piece.
In this case, it’s the Indian plate that is moving north at 45 millimeters (1.7 inches) a year under the Eurasian plate to the north, Earle said. It’s a different type of earthquake than the one that caused the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
“This is what builds the Himalayan mountain range,” Earle said.
The region and particular fault has a history of damaging earthquakes, including four temblors with magnitudes greater than 6.0 in the past 100 years, Earle said, warning that landslides are a particular worry now, given the steep slopes in the region.
Rescue efforts ... a search look for victims under a building that collapsed in Kathmandu
Rescue efforts ... a search look for victims under a building that collapsed in Kathmandu. Picture: AP Photo/ Niranjan Shrestha Source: AP

WHAT DOES ‘RED ALERT’ ISSUED BY US OFFICIALS MEAN?

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was strong enough to merit a “red alert” for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. It said that “high casualties and extensive damage are probable and the disaster is likely widespread. Past red alerts have required a national or international response.”
Quick USGS calculations estimate a two-thirds likelihood of between 1,000 and 100,000 fatalities and damage between $100 million and $10 billion. Scientists estimate that more than 105 million people felt at least moderate shaking during the quake.
Widespread impact ... a school student receives treatment at a hospital after he was inju
Widespread impact ... A school student receives treatment at a hospital after he was injured in the earthquake. Source: AP

WHAT HAPPENED ON MOUNT EVEREST?

A devastating avalanche swept across Mount Everest after the quake, claiming at least eight lives with an unspecified number of people missing and injured.
The avalanche struck near one of the famed mountain’s most dangerous spots. It swept down between the Khumbu Icefall, known for its harsh conditions, and the base camp used by international climbing expeditions.
There were unverified reports of avalanches on other parts of the mountain. Nepalese officials said some 30 people were injured at the base camp.
Facebook postings by climbers suggested that some people may have been buried in their tents when the avalanche hit. Climbers and their support teams were leaving the base camp Saturday looking for safer locations.
More than 4,000 climbers have scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit since 1953, when it was first conquered by New Zealand climber Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Feeling Good

Feeling good today, the weather is cooler and I am making plans to move Mum into the shed/granny flat. It means I will have to change the decor from industrial to granny but I don't really mind much. Mum comes first. I want to make it pretty for her! She will be bringing her electric bed and pale blue linen so the flat will now be orange (from the previous industrial plan) and pale blue (her favorite colour), I will get her some floral curtains and put  blue hydrangeas in vases! We  have had a quote and are getting a wheelchair path to the house put in so I can bring her over to be with us and sit on the deck.

my son and his two girls on our deck on their last visit
Family is so important!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Autumn arrives

At last our first night without the fan, I even pulled up our cotton, light- weight spread through the night!
It was a long time coming, it has been sizzling hot!
OUR BACKYARD.......first re -growth after the fire

looking beautiful again
Sister in law Gail visiting
Happy Autumn!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Book review

I have just finished reading" The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger.
Not my usual genre, I usually read murder mysteries but am happy to read other books if they can hold me.
It's my personal challenge to the author, keep me interested and I will stay.
No problems here, it was unputdownable (my own word).
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I got to know and care about the characters, envy their wholeness, feel their love and commitment, cried when they cried. A great read!
Now that I have finished it I feel like I am separated from a dear friend, I miss them so badly I may have to go back and read it again!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Student Massacre

Al-Shabab gunmen storm university campus in Garissa, eastern Kenya

Terrifying ... Kenyan police have reported heavy gunfire at university campus.
Terrifying ... Al-Shabab gunmen have seized Christian hostages at a Kenya university near the border with Somalia. Picture: AP Source: AP
MASKED gunmen from Somalia’s Shebab Islamist group have massacred at least 147 Kenyan students in a daylong college campus siege, the deadliest attack in the country since US embassy bombings in 1998.
Hurling grenades and firing automatic rifles, the gunmen stormed the university in the north-eastern town of Garissa as students were sleeping, shooting dead dozens before setting Muslims free and holding Christians and others hostage.
All four of the gunmen wore suicide vests packed with explosives, detonating themselves in huge blasts as the dramatic assault finally ended after some 16 hours.


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My Pc has been giving me problems with freezing and not starting so don't worry if I disappear
for a bit.
My wonderful grandson is arriving today en route to his mothers for the holidays. His wonderful dad is coming too and I will get to meet the latest woman in his life as well.Her name is Kelly.
Happy Easter!


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More on the crash in the French Alps...................

Germanwings Flight 9525: Pilot Andreas Lubitz ‘researched cockpit doors, suicide

 

  • Andreas Lubitz researched ‘cockpit doors, security measures’ before crash
  • Body parts of all 150 people aboard identified
  • Second black box found after nine-day search
  • Germanwings says it didn’t know Lubitz had suffered from depression
GERMAN prosecutors say the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane in the French Alps had searched online for information about suicide and cockpit doors in the week before the disaster.
A tablet computer which prosecutors said was used by Andreas Lubitz was found in a search of a flat he used in Dusseldorf, the prosecutor’s office in the western city said in a statement.
“The browser history wasn’t erased, in particular the search terms called up on this device in the period from March 16 to March 23 were able to be retraced,” it said on Thursday.
It indicated the user had been researching “medical methods of treatment”, “ways to commit suicide” as well as “cockpit doors and their security provisions”, it added.
A senior European government official with knowledge of the case told CNN Lubitz’s actions and search history amounted to “premeditated murder.”

French investigators have identified body parts from all 150 people aboard the Germanwings flight.
Investigators have found and studied 2,854 body parts, Marseille Prosecutor Brice Robin said on Thursday.
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