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Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes Northern Japan
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Northern Japan early Tuesday, with reports emerging that a small tsunami struck the coast without causing damage.
Local fishermen in several ports in the area said an around 10 centimeter tsunami struck Iwate Prefecture, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) had advised evacuating the coastal areas there.
The tsunami warning in the area has been cancelled, the JMA said.
"Though there may be slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected," the JMA said on its website.
Iwate Prefecture is largely rural, with a total population of around 1.3 million. While the area has a nuclear power plant, it was not damaged, according to a report from NHK. It also reported that local train lines have suspended operations.
This story is developing.
Mandatory Chickenpox Vaccination Increases Disease Rates, Study Shows
by Jennifer Lilley
Once again, the completely illogical debacle concerning the world of vaccinations has surfaced.
By now, you know they’ve come under fire by those who are adamant that they do more harm than good. Countless people have developed irreversible health problems and even died shortly after receiving a vaccination, which the medical community chalks up to “coincidence” or cleverly crafted wording that a patient should have known about.
Take, for example, the young Florida girl who made headlines last year when she received the flu vaccine. Marysue Grivna, now 10 years old, experienced paralysis and vision loss within a few short days of receiving the shot. She was ultimately diagnosed with a debilitating brain disease called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Today, she’s confined to a wheelchair or bed and is almost entirely nonverbal.(1)
There’s also the disturbing discovery of elderly people who lived at a senior care facility in Georgia. After all received the flu shot in 2014, five of them died the next week.(2)
Time and again, stories like this abound. Most recently, however, additional news comes from South Korea, where researchers have demonstrated what people have known in their heart to be true all along: that vaccinations not only are unhealthy but also aren’t effective.(3)
Reported cases of chickenpox have more than tripled since vaccinations became mandatory in South Korea
What spurred the researchers to engage in their studies in the first place was the fact that, despite the amount of people receiving chickenpox vaccinations, the rate of the illness in the nation hasn’t diminished. Instead, it’s increased. The question then becomes a matter of why something designed to keep an illness at bay is actually boosting its activity, creating the opposite of the desired (and often applauded) effect.
For example, the researchers note that, in 2005, varicella (chickenpox) vaccination was mandated in South Korea for infants between the ages of 12 and 15 months. Although there was 97 percent uptake by 2011, no decreases in the illness were found nationwide. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has reported an increase of varicella patients; in 2006, there were 22.6 cases per 100,000, while in 2011, that number more than tripled to 71.6 cases per 100,000.(3)
To better understand why the vaccine was failing, the research team conducted a case-based study, a case-control study and an immunogenicity and safety study. The latter study involved a total of 126 healthy children who were vaccinated with a single dose of Suduvax, which researchers discovered “may not be immunogenic enough to be effective in preventing varicella in South Korea.”(4)
Chickenpox vaccination “has not been effective,” say researchers
The study, titled “Varicella and Varicella Vaccination in South Korea,” was published in the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. The study acknowledges that the increase in varicella vaccinations is likely due to the fact that getting them is mandatory; however, the article addresses serious flaws in that cases have surged, not declined in spite of that. The study notes:
Although the increase in reported cases of varicella to KCDC may be due to the fact that mandatory varicella notification began in 2005, no decrease in the number of varicella patients does not harmonize with the fact that the varicella vaccine coverage increased to above 97% in 2011. Although it can be asserted that the annual number of cases of varicella might have been higher with greater morbidity in the prevaccine era, the high vaccine uptake, the lack of upward age shift in the peak incidence, and the high proportion of breakthrough disease, with almost no amelioration in disease presentation among vaccinated patients, strongly suggest that varicella vaccination has not been effective in preventing varicella in South Korea and is in great need of improvement.(4)
Once again, their findings reinforce that vaccinations have done more in the way of sparking great debate, illness and death than they are actually controlling, or altogether ridding, certain diseases from the population.
Over 38 000 Somali children face starvation
Nairobi - Over 38 000 Somali children are at "high risk" from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, UN experts say.
The grim assessment, based on the latest data collected by the UN, comes just over three years since intense drought and war sparked famine in the Horn of Africa nation, killing more than a quarter of a million people.
In total, more than 731 000 people, including 203 000 children who are severely malnourished, face "acute food insecurity", according to a joint report released by the UN's food security and nutrition analysis unit and the US-funded famine early warning systems.
But the total number affected is a drop of 29% from last assessments covering the past six months, with "relatively good rains" in late 2014 helping farmers.
"Many children remain acutely malnourished, despite a small decrease in their numbers over the past six months," the statement read.
"An estimated 202 600 children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, including 38 200 who are severely malnourished and face a high risk of morbidity and death."
Three-quarters of those in dire need are those who have fled their homes, mainly due to continued fighting.
"Malnutrition rates remain stubbornly high," UN aid chief for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini said. "The outlook for 2015 is worrisome."
More than 250 000 people, half of them children, died in the devastating 2011 famine.
Fighting continues between Somalia's al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebaab rebels and government and allied forces, backed by more than
20 000-strong African Union force.
UN special envoy to Somalia Nick Kay said the past year had been "significantly bad" for the Shebaab in terms of loss of towns and the killing of their leader by a US drone.
But he also voiced concerns international attention had lost its focus on Somalia.
Kay, speaking to AFP on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa ahead of a meeting of African Union leaders, said it was "important that we sustain the attention" on Somalia.
"It is a concern, especially regarding the humanitarian funding," Kay said, adding that in 2014 the UN got less than half the necessary aid it needed.
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