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End Time News Updated 1 April 2014 - 6 stories
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Earthquakes

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7.0-magnitude quake strikes Chile
RT

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has hit the Pacific coast of Chile, the US Geological Survey said. As a preventive measure, Chilean authorities have ordered a partial evacuation of the northern coastline.

The epicentre of the quake was located 70 km northwest of Iquique in northern Chile, at a depth of 32 km, the US Geological Survey said. No injuries or damage have been reported so far.

The National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry has ordered an evacuation of the coastline between the northern towns of Arica and Tocopilla, over the fears of a possible minor tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center however said there was no tsunami expected.

About 80,000 people were evacuated in the Tarapaca region, 3,000 in Arica and Parinacota region and 22,000 in Antofagasta region, said ONEMI's national director, Ricardo Toro, adding that the sea had risen by almost 13 inches.

The evacuation alert was lifted several hours after the initial quake.

Chile is located in an area of geological instability and is prone to powerful earthquakes. A major 8.8 magnitude quake hit the country back in 2010, devastating the center of the country and claiming over 500 lives.

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Earthquakes

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6.9 quake: 'We dodged a bullet,' Northern California official says
by Ari Bloomekatz

After a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California, Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Knight said Monday the region "dodged a bullet."

"We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet," Knight said. "This easily could have been a catastrophe that could have caused a lot of damage," he told the Times-Standard.

The earthquake is the largest to hit the West Coast since the magnitude 7.2 Baja California quake in 2010.

The temblor, which struck less than 55 miles from McKinleyville, Fortuna, Eureka and Ferndale, was followed by at least 13 aftershocks as large as magnitude 4.6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Sgt. Brian Stephens of the Eureka Police Department said as of about 6:15 a.m. Monday that "we have not had one report of damage anywhere in the city."

"Definitely a change from the last one we had," Stephens said, referring to the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rocked Eureka in January 2010. "This one was the exact same magnitude almost ... This was a roller and the other was more or less a violent shaking."

Stephens said it was his understanding the quake Sunday night, which hit at 10:18 p.m., lasted as long as 38 seconds.

"It was definitely a long one," he said.

Stephens was out on a call when the quake struck and said his "car was rocking back and forth."

"I thought someone was shoving my car back and forth, looked around and nobody was there. Then I realized what was happening."

There were also no immediate reports of damage or injury anywhere else in Humboldt County and no tsunami warnings were immediately issued overnight.

A resident of Ferndale, Raquel Maytorena, 52, felt the earthquake in her nearly 100-year-old home about a mile from the coast.

"It just kept going and going, very slowly and softly. It was not violent," she said. "It almost felt like you were in a boat that was rocking."

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Dozens of aftershocks from 6.9 quake off Northern California coast
by Ari Bloomekatz

Dozens of aftershocks have occurred since Sunday's magnitude-6.9 earthquake that rattled Northern California, the state's largest temblor in nearly a decade.

The largest of the aftershocks, near Ferndale in Humboldt County, measured a magnitude 4.5, and officials expected them to continue for several days. Overall, the aftershocks have been getting smaller and less frequent.

Sunday's quake caused no damage or injuries because it was centered 50 miles off the coast of Eureka and occurred at a depth of "10 miles beneath the Pacific seabed," according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

By the time the seismic energy reached the shore, it had dissipated significantly. The USGS said the North Coast felt only moderate to light shaking.

By contrast, a 6.5 quake hit the area in January 2010, snapping power lines, toppling chimneys, knocking down traffic signals, shattering windows and prompting the evacuation of at least one apartment building.

The North Coast sits along the Mendocino Triple Junction, where the Pacific, North American and Juan de Fuca tectonic plates collide. It is one of the most seismically active parts of the San Andreas fault system that runs through the state. In 2005, a magnitude-7.2 quake struck off Northern California.

On the California mainland, the two most recent large quakes were the magnitude-7.1 Hector Mine temblor in 1999 and the magnitude-7.3 Landers quake in 1992.

Sunday's temblor, which struck less than 55 miles from McKinleyville, Fortuna, Eureka and Ferndale, was followed by at least 13 aftershocks as large as magnitude 4.6, according to the USGS.

Sgt. Brian Stephens of the Eureka Police Department said that as of about 6:15 a.m. Monday, "we have not had one report of damage anywhere in the city."

"Definitely a change from the last one we had," Stephens said, referring to the 2010 quake that rocked Eureka. "This one was the exact same magnitude almost.... This was a roller, and the other was more or less a violent shaking."

Stephens said it was his understanding the quake, which hit at 10:18 p.m. Sunday, lasted as long as 38 seconds.

"It was definitely a long one," he said.

Stephens was out on a call when the quake struck and said his "car was rocking back and forth."

"I thought someone was shoving my car back and forth, looked around and nobody was there," he said. "Then I realized what was happening."

There were also no immediate reports of damage or injury elsewhere in Humboldt County, and no tsunami warnings were issued.

A resident of Ferndale, Raquel Maytorena, 52, felt the earthquake in her nearly 100-year-old home about a mile from the coast.

"It just kept going and going, very slowly and softly. It was not violent," she said. "It almost felt like you were in a boat that was rocking."

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Wars and Rumors of Wars
 

Death toll climbs in Lebanon clashes
BBC

At least four people have been killed in clashes between neighbouring communities in northern Lebanon linked to the conflict in Syria.

The latest deaths brings to at least 21 the number killed since the violence erupted in Tripoli one week ago.

Battles have raged between Bab al-Tabbana, where there is strong support for Syrian rebels, and Jabal Muhsin, which backs President Bashar al-Assad.

Fighting between the two districts has flared since the Syria conflict began.

About 150 people have been wounded in the clashes since last week, the Associated Press reports.

It says gunmen with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades continued to exchange fire after three people were killed overnight.

A fourth person was killed on Friday.

The predominantly Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh, and Jabal Muhsin, populated mainly by Alawites, the heterodox sect of President Assad, have fought on-and-off for years.

The war in Syria has exacerbated tensions between the two districts in the northern port city.

Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper says six soldiers were among those injured in attacks across the city.

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Pestilence
 

A million children a year develop tuberculosis: study
AFP

Paris (AFP) - About a million children, double the previous estimate, fall ill with tuberculosis every year, said a study Monday that also gave the first tally of drug-resistant TB among the young.

"Many cases of tuberculosis and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis disease are not being detected in children," it said.

The team's computer model, based on population data and previous studies, suggests 999,800 people aged under 15 fell sick with TB in 2010.

Around 40 percent of the cases were in Southeast Asia and 28 percent in Africa.

"Our estimate of the total number of new cases of childhood TB is twice that estimated by the WHO (World Health Organisation) in 2011, and three times the number of child TB cases notified globally each year," said Ted Cohen from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The research, published in The Lancet, coincides with World TB Day, which places the spotlight on a disease that claims some 1.3 million lives each year.

The team estimated that nearly 32,000 children in 2010 had multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), meaning the strain was impervious to frontline drugs isoniazid and rifampin and was thus harder and costlier to treat.

This is the first estimate of MDR-TB among children under 15, who constitute a quarter of the global population.

Children are at a higher risk of disease and death from MDR-TB, but react well to medication. They are harder to diagnose, partly because smaller children cannot cough up sputum samples needed for laboratory tests.

Reliable estimates are necessary for health authorities to assign resources for diagnosing and treating the infectious lung disease.

Commenting on the study, Ben Marais of the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity in Sydney, Australia, described it as the "most rigorous effort to date" to assess TB and MDR-TB incidence in children.

"Every effort should be made to reduce the massive case-detection gap and address the vast unmet need for diagnosis and treatment," he said.

The WHO says about 450,000 people developed MDR-TB in 2012 and 170,000 died from it.

Less than 20 percent of MDR patients received appropriate treatment, which promotes further spread of the disease.

Nearly 10 percent of MDR cases are thought to be of the even deadlier XDR (extensively drug resistant) variety which does not respond to a yet wider range of drugs.

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Famines

'Eating grass to survive' in besieged Homs
BBC

Syrians in the besieged Old City of Homs are now so desperate for food that they are eating "anything that comes out of the ground, plants, even grass", resident Baibars Altalawy has told the BBC.

Mr Altalawy, 24, described life in parts of Homs under government siege for over a year-and-a-half.

He said those under siege had had to rely on supplies of food, medicines and fuel left over from the time the siege was imposed - and they had now run out.

"If we don't die from bombardment or snipers, we die of hunger or the cold," he told the BBC via Skype from Homs.

Mr Altalawy said those under siege were desperate for peace talks in Geneva to result in safe routes out - but said that if the regime really wanted to help them, it would have done so already.

There are 13 districts, including the ancient Old City, which are "totally under siege", he said.

"There are families, women, elderly, injured people, and a lot of the elderly are in need of medicines because they have chronic illnesses.

"There has been no help arriving to us, all we see is daily clashes. The rebel fighters who are in the besieged areas are doing all they can to stop the regime forces from entering."

"We are now eating anything that comes out of the ground, plants, even grass. We pick it, then cook it with some water using wood because we have no gas...

"These shrubs and grass that we're eating causes illnesses, such as indigestion and fever. A few days ago an elderly man died within six hours from eating the grass and shrubs."

The unrelenting bombardment to which the besieged are subjected is also a cause of great suffering, with the regime forces "directly targeting civilian populated areas", Mr Altalawy told the BBC.

"Many have died because we don't have the equipment or medicines to save their lives. What little medicine we have has expired, but we have to use it.

Little hope
"The medical situation is no better than the humanitarian situation. When a person is injured, all we can do is pray to God to alleviate his pain because we can't treat him or even give him food," Mr Altalawy said.

As well as those under siege, 700,000 people had been displaced by the siege, the journalist said - many living in public buildings and tents outside the area under siege, waiting for the right conditions to return to their homes.

Mr Altalawy said the people were desperate for a good outcome from talks under way in Geneva, but had little hope they would get it.

He said the government was simply engaging in "political manoeuvres", and if they had wanted to establish safe routes out for civilians or allow food in, they would have done so already.

"We are on the edge of death, and there is no way to get the injured or sick out. And anyone who tries to escape the siege, we know that he will be killed for sure."

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