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End Time News – Updated 1 August 2016 - 6 stories
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Earthquakes

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7.7 earthquake jolts CNMI
by Ferdie De La Torre

Many CNMI residents were awakened when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake jolted the Mariana Islands Saturday morning at 7:18am.

According to the U.S. Geological Service, the earthquake’s epicenter was at 316 kilometers south-southwest of Agrihan at a depth of 212.4 kilometers.

Based on available data, there was no tsunami threat.

Saipan Tribune learned that there were no reports of injuries or damage to property.

There were small aftershocks recorded.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres on Saturday asked the public to keep themselves and their families safe “as the situation continues to develop.”

The CNMI Joint Information Center did not indicate the cause of the earthquake and its duration.

Glenn, a resident of Finasisu, said he was watching TV on the couch when the two-story apartment building started to shake.

Glenn said as the TV was shaking hard, he stood up next to the door and observed if the ceiling would collapse as the temblor took several seconds.

“I was scared! When I looked outside a few of my neighbors also went to their doors, telling that it was a strong earthquake,” he said.

Josephine, 45, a resident in Chalan Kanoa, said she was awakened when her bed was shaking hard.

Josephine said when she realized it was an earthquake she immediately stood to check her children who were still sleeping.

Josephine said she immediately checked her Facebook if there’s a tsunami warning, and that she was happy that there was none.

“It was long and scary!” she said.

On Rota, it was felt but not that strong.

Firefighter Christopher Hocog said not everyone felt the earthquake.

Hocog said when it happened he did not feel it as he was in a vehicle.

On Tinian, people felt the strong earthquake.

Fire cadet Esteven Sablan said he was sleeping in his house at the time when he felt the shake.

“Other people felt it,” Sablan said.

The earthquake was also felt in Guam.

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6.2 Earthquake Hits Chilean Coast
Weather.com

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Chile at 1:26 p.m. local time (same time EDT) Monday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The tremor occurred at a depth of 42.5 miles, the USGS also reported. The quake's epicenter was 41 miles west-northwest of Diego de Almagro, Chile, which has a population of about 18,000.

In the Atacama Desert, the shaking created a cloud of dust over parts of the bone-dry region.

There have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries. A tsunami alert was not issued following the quake.

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6.5 magnitude earthquake hits north of Aus, near PNG
Chinchilla News

An Earthquake has struck in the Bismarck Sea north of Umboi Island just after 6am this morning.

The 6.5 magnitude quake was quite shallow, with Geosciences Australia listing its depth as 0km.

The quake could potentially cause a Tsunami, but BOM is reporting that it would not threaten Australia.

While most of PNG is expected to have felt the quake, the damage zone was well within the Bismarck Sea.

This quake is the second in as many days, with a 6.1 magnitude tremor hitting in the ocean south of Australia yesterday, July 25.

Yesterday's earthquake was 15km deep and posed no tsunami threat to the mainland.

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Pestilence
 

Playing Catch-Up With Zika
Stephen S. Morse

We've seen it coming for months. Zika has been moving with hurricane intensity throughout South America and the Caribbean, appearing for the first time in 42 countries in the Western Hemisphere in less than two years. Originally thought a mild infection, Zika's unanticipated ability to cause serious fetal abnormalities startled scientists and health officials into taking the virus much more seriously. Experts have been warning for months that the U.S. mainland was vulnerable, too, especially southern states that still harbor Aedes aegypti, the principal mosquito species involved in Zika transmission. So it should come as no surprise that last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health confirmed what we've all been expecting: four locally transmitted cases of Zika in Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward counties, all apparently acquired in the same part of Miami. Ten more cases were confirmed on Monday, and it is very likely more will come to light over the coming weeks.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is notorious for efficiently transmitting deadly yellow fever and dengue, a ubiquitous tropical disease, as well as Zika. A number of U.S. states, especially in the Gulf, have their own sizable populations of Aedes aegypti. Once the local mosquitoes pick up one of these viruses by biting an infected person, they can transmit them as efficiently as their tropical cousins. We know this historically from the rough parallel of dengue, carried by the same mosquito species, which has caused outbreaks in Puerto Rico (now also suffering from Zika since December 2015), Florida, Texas and Arizona.

Despite limited funds, Florida and the CDC had been preparing for the inevitable arrival of Zika. It is possible that Zika in Florida will take a similar course to those earlier dengue outbreaks, with some additional cases over the next few months. But complacency is a dangerous enemy. After West Nile arrived in New York City in 1999, almost everyone was surprised by its spread and persistence throughout the entire continental U.S. within a few years. We have been drastically underestimating Zika since it first arrived in this hemisphere, and Aedes mosquitoes are exceptionally hard to control. Unlike the earlier Florida dengue outbreaks, the infected mosquitoes were in a heavily urban area, where control is more difficult. Other mosquito species have also been shown capable of harboring Zika, including Aedes albopictus (the "Asian tiger mosquito"), which ranges across America as far north as Chicago and southern New York, and possibly other common mosquitoes as well.

Like Puerto Rico, most other states in the Gulf have meager resources for public health and mosquito control. Meanwhile, Congress has been mired in debate about whether to fund a Zika response and, if so, how. Some have argued that we should redirect funds originally allocated for the Ebola outbreak response (and still needed in Africa), others contend that no new money is needed, or that the threat is overblown. Congress is now in recess as the U.S. mosquito breeding season peaks. A special contingency fund for infectious disease emergencies is badly needed to prevent these dangerous delays in funding from becoming the norm.

Mosquito control is essential, and there we've been off to a perilously slow start. For mosquitoes as closely associated with human dwellings as Aedes aegypti, control also requires improving sanitation, cleaning up the environment where the mosquitoes breed. Partnerships with the community are critical, informing them about Zika and teaching local residents how to help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds near their homes (anything with standing water, including soda cans or used tires), protect themselves and keep mosquitoes out of their homes.

There are also promising new technologies on the horizon, such as genetically modified Aedes aegypti. Disconcertingly, although this technology is likely to be safer and much more effective than insecticide spraying, there were protests in the Florida Keys in the last few years against testing genetically modified Aedes aegypti for mosquito control.

We wouldn't have had this discussion 50 years ago. A sense of urgency about yellow fever (and, later, dengue) led to determined efforts in the mid-20th century to control Aedes aegypti in South America, mainly using the same strategies described above. Although successful in clearing Aedes aegypti from most of South America, the programs were not sustained and the mosquitoes returned in force.

What can we learn from these experiences? We cannot afford to keep trying to catch-up every time another infection appears. Public health measures, including mosquito control, improved sanitation, infectious disease monitoring and community engagement, have proved their success when properly implemented and sustained. Zika is the infectious disease crisis now, but in our increasingly globalized and urban world, we can expect many more to come.

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Wars and Rumors of Wars

War is at Hand - Chinese paper sees 'armed conflict' in South China Sea
by Malaysia Chronicle

BEIJING - China should prepare itself for military confrontation in the South China Sea, an influential Chinese paper said today, a week ahead of a decision by an international court on a dispute there between China and the Philippines.

Tensions have been rising ahead of a July 12 ruling by an arbitration court hearing the argument between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea in the Dutch city of The Hague.

In joint editorials in its Chinese and English editions, the state-run Global Times said the dispute, having already been complicated by US intervention, now faces further escalation due to the threat posed by the tribunal to China’s sovereignty.

“Washington has deployed two carrier battle groups around the South China Sea, and it wants to send a signal by flexing its muscles: As the biggest powerhouse in the region, it awaits China’s obedience.”

China should speed up developing its military deterrence abilities, the paper added.

“Even though China cannot keep up with the US militarily in the short-term, it should be able to let the US pay a cost it cannot stand if it intervenes in the South China Sea dispute by force.

“China hopes disputes can be resolved by talks, but it must be prepared for any military confrontation. This is common sense in international relations.”

The newspaper is published by the ruling Communist Party’s officialPeople’s Daily, and while it is widely read in policy-making circles it does not have the same mouthpiece function as its parent.

China, which has been angered by US patrols in the South China Sea, will be holding military drills in the waters there starting from tomorrow.

China’s Defence Ministry said the drills are routine, the official China Daily reported.

US officials have expressed concern that the Hague court ruling could prompt Beijing to declare an air defence identification zone, or ADIZ, as it did over the East China Sea in 2013.

What response China takes will “fully depend” on the Philippines, the China Daily added, citing unidentified sources.

“There will be no incident at all if all related parties put aside the arbitration results,” one of the sources told the English-language publication.

“China has never taken a lead in … stirring up regional tension,” another of the sources added.

About US$5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year though the energy-rich, strategic waters of the South China Sea, where China’s territorial claims overlap in parts with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. - http://www.therakyatpost.com/

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Famines

UN Says over 56 Million People Suffer Famine in 17 Countries Blighted by War
by Latin American Herald Tribune

ROME – Hell on Earth is how two United Nations agencies described on Friday the repercussions of armed conflicts on some 56 million people across the world.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) presented a report to the UN Security Council expressing their concern over the available food supplies to 17 countries.

“A staggering 89 percent of all Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon require urgent food,” the report said.

The statement said conflicts had “driven millions of people into severe food insecurity and are was hindering global efforts to eradicate malnutrition.”

War had pushed more than 56 million into either “crisis” or “emergency” levels of food insecurity, the report said.

The worsening situation in Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Burundi and the Lake Chad basin were of particular concern, according to the report.

About half of Yemen’s population, 14 million people, were affected.

In the case of Syria there were 8.7 million people (37 percent of its population prior to the war) in need of urgent food assistance.

In South Sudan, the number was 4.8 million (40 percent of the population).

The UN showed particular concern with these last two countries as 2016 “marks a deteriorating trend due to the protracted nature of the conflicts.”

It warned that Boko Haram jihadist group violence had tripled the number of displaced people around the Lake Chad basin stretching through Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Countries that were recovering from protracted civil wars such as Colombia were still suffering elevated degrees of food insecurity.

High overall percentages of the population of Burundi (23 percent), Haiti (19 percent) or the Central African Republic (50 percent) required food aid.

Other countries that have also seen their food security compromised are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both the FAO and the WFP said armed conflict was one of the main causes behind famine as it destroys crops, cattle and agricultural infrastructure.

It also blocks markets and creates refugees, damages human resources, contributes to the spread of diseases and obstructs aid.

“Approximately half of the global poor now live in states characterized by conflict and violence,” the report said.

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