Germs are tiny living things that can make us sick.
They can make plants and animals sick too.
But some of them are good and useful.
We need to use a microscope to see them.
Germs do not make their own food.
They get their food from their environment.
Environment means the surrounding or where we live.
Bad germs produce toxins which is something like poison.
The toxin can make us sick.
So when bad germs get into our body; they eat our nutrients, reproduce and make us sick.
Influenza A(H1N1) and AIDS are caused by germs.
There are 4 types of germs:
Fungi are the biggest and viruses are the smallest.
Germs love to grow in dirty places and spreads very fast after a big flood, tsunami, earthquake and wars.
After natural disasters there will be cholera outbreak and other diseases from bacteria infections.
To fight germs we have to keep ourselves and our environment clean.
Always wash our hands using anti-bacteria soap and clean water, eat healthy food and drink a lot of water, juices, tea, herb tea and other healthy drinks.
Yesterday I went to Melaka to visit Uncle Khairul Najmi’s mother.
Her name is Opah Asmah Idris.
Uncle Najmi is my father’s good friend.
She had a heart attack on Sunday.
She is now in the CCU ward of Hospital Melaka.
I met Atuk Idris and Aunty Aini at the hospital.
(but we forgot to take photo at the hospital)
Their names are Aunty Jennifer Lim, Uncle Lee Chong Seong, Uncle Yong Chin Fook, Uncle David Wang and Uncle Ridwan Aziz.
They are Sulaimanians – they used to study at Sultan Sulaiman Secondary School (SSSS) in Kuala Terengganu. (The school blog – Click)
Now they live in Melaka.
I eat tasty nasi ayam (chicken rice) and drink a nice, cold lime juice.
We stop at Masjid Al-Azim for zohor.
On the way home, I saw a forest fire by the highway.
Forest fire is a disaster.
The forest fire reminds me of Micheal Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’.
I am sad because I was asleep in the car when Auntie Yaman called from Sudan.
I enjoyed the trip and hope to go to Melaka again.
There is a video on CNN about ‘Captive Whales Will Kill, OSHA Warned’.
OSHA is Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
I agree with that.
I wrote about it in my blog, ‘Killer Whale Killed Its Trainer’.
I think killer whales need to live in their own homes – the oceans.
They love the oceans and the ocean are their homes.
Killer whales want to be free and be with their families.
We can make a floating zoo in the ocean and use boats to visit them.
It will be something like a safari.
Killer whales are wild animal.
They can get angry and kill other people.
May be killer whales feel like being jailed in the huge tanks.
I think people will be building floating zoos one day.
Please protect the animals and trees.
People lost their houses.
Buildings, roads and bridges were damaged.
This is the 7th strongest earthquake in the world.
The president of Chile, President Michelle Bachelet said at least two million people were affected and 214 were killed.
The earthquake damaged buildings, roads and bridges.
Houses, offices, hospitals and highways were damaged.
Highway overpasses collapsed on the road and cars were thrown away.
The president declared ‘areas of catastrophe’.
A town named Chillan that was destroyed in the 1939 earthquake is one of the most effected.
Santiago lost electricity, water and telephone services.
Santiago is the capital of Chile.
The Santiago airport is shut down for at least the next 24 hours.
Tsunami waves were reported in the countries around the Pacific Ocean.
Boats were thrown ashore, buildings were damaged and some areas were flooded.
In Talcahuano, Chile the waves were as high as 7.7 feet.
On the island of Juan Fernando the tsunami waves killed 3 people and 10 were missing.
Tsunami activities is reported as far as in Tasmania, Australia.
CNN reported a 9 feet high tsunami may hit Japan and tens of thousands of people has been evacuated.
There have been lots of powerful aftershocks; one with a magnitude of 6.9.
In Argentina a 6.3 magnitude quake killed 2 people in separate towns.
There have been lots and lots of damage in Concepcion.
Any way things are not as bad as the aftermath of the 7.0 Haiti earthquake.
I am very sorry for the victims in this natural disaster.
I think we should build high quality buildings with air bags to protect the buildings and people during earthquake.
A magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit central Chile early Saturday.
Chile is in South America.
At least 6 people were killed.
This is a very powerful earthquake.
May be more people were killed.
The earthquake was located near the city of Concepcion.
Concepcion is the second largest city in Chile.
The city is 212 miles (341km) from capital Santiago.
The earthquake struck at 3:34 am (1:34am ET).
There are reports of collapsed building in Santiago.
So far CNN has not reported the destruction in Conception.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru.
Tsunami watch has been issued for Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.
The center recorded a tsunami wave as high as 9 feet.
According to USGS the largest earthquake in the world was recorded in Chile.
It happened on May 22, 1960 with a magnitude of 9.5 killing 1665 people.
This is a real disaster and I am very sad to learn about this news.
I hope that we can stop the earthquakes.
Okinawa was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
It happened at 5:31 am (3:31pm Friday ET) early Saturday.
ET means USA’s Eastern Time.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory to the people in the Okinawa Islands, Amami Islands and Tokara Islands.
They should avoid the beaches and the sea.
Tsunami is giant waves.
The quake was centered about 6 miles (10km) deep and about 53 miles (85km) from Okinawa.
So far CNN said they haven’t received any news about the damage or casualty on the islands.
Anyway, I guess the aftermath will not be as bad as in the Haiti’s earthquake.
On 12 January 2010 Haiti was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that almost destroyed Port-au-Prince and killed hundreds thousands of people.
Earthquake is a natural disaster.
I think we must avoid earthquake.