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Another natural disaster happened today.
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Qinghai in China at 7:49 am local time (7:49 pm ET Tuesday).
The epicenter was about 150 miles (240 kilometer) northwest of Qamdo, Tibet.
There were strong aftershocks of magnitude 5.2 and 5.3 about half an hour of the quake.
Most houses were made of wood with earthen walls in the area.
At least 300 people were killed and 8000 were injured.
Many others were still buried under the debris.
This place is in the mountains and far from the big cities.
So there are not much heavy machines and medical equipments.
In 2008 a 7.9 earth quake hit neighboring Sichuan province.
About 90,000 were killed or missing in that earthquake.
When I first wrote this post this morning, there was only one person reported killed.
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck at 3:40 pm PT ( 6:40 pm ET ) on Sunday about 110 miles east-southeast of Tijuana, Mexico.
Earthquake is a natural disaster.
In Mexicali roads were cracked and buildings were damaged.
The electricity were cut off in Mexicali.
Mexicali is the capital of Baja California state in Mexico.
2 people were killed and about 100 people injured in the quake.
One man was killed because a building collapsed on him.
Another man was killed because he was hit by a car as he ran to the street from his house.
People in Arizona and southern California felt the earthquake.
There are aftershocks after the earthquake.
I hope that the aftermath of this earthquake won’t be as bad as in the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti and the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile.
California is in the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
I think people in the Pacific Ring Of Fire should build buildings that are strong and won’t be damaged by earthquakes.
I went to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Mahmud 2 for ‘A Moment With English’ program on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.
The school was a big secondary school in Besut, Terengganu.
I read the article about Swine Flu (but now it is called Influenza A H1N1) which I wrote when it first started in Mexico.
I met Kak Athirah and a lot of other kakaks, abangs and teachers there.
I enjoyed ‘A Moment With English’ at the school.
I also enjoyed the ‘mee soup’ at the school.
It was tasty but very hot.
On the way back, I stopped at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium that collapsed a few weeks ago.
I also stopped at Pantai Bari.
In English Pantai Bari is Bari Beach.
I had keropok lekor, coconut drink and watched lots of goats drinking left over coconut drink from the coconut shells.
I love to go to Besut and I wish to go there again soon.
More people were infected by swine flu.
Swine flu virus has killed 149 people in Mexico.
Children cannot go to school or play outside.
They have to wear masks.
There is more swine flu cases in the U.S.A. and Europe.
40 people were infected by swine flu in the U.S.A.
A man from Spain who visited Mexico also get swine flu.
The WHO fear that the swine flu will become a pandemic soon.
The last flu pandemic was ‘Hong Kong flu’ in 1968.
‘Hong Kong flu’ killed about 1 million people.
I think Uncle Nisar (in Palo Alto, CA), Uncle Arif (Columbus, OH) and Uncle Mahboob (LA, CA) must be careful and read my blog so that they’ll know how to avoid swine flu.
WHO statement on swine flu
GENEVA (Reuters) – Following is the text of a World Health Organization statement issued on Monday after an emergency committee meeting on swine flu.
The Committee considered available data on confirmed outbreaks of A/H1N1 swine influenza in the United States of America, Mexico, and Canada. The Committee also considered reports of possible spread to additional countries.
On the advice of the Committee, the WHO Director-General decided on the following.
The Director-General has raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from the current phase 3 to phase 4.
Swine flu outbreak started in Mexico.
In Mexico more than 81 people died and more than 100 people were sickened by the flu.
All schools are closed in Mexico City and some other places in Mexico.
In the US at least 11 people had swine flu so far.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) fear that more people will get the flu and cause a pandemic around the world.
Swine flu pandemic can kill millions of people.
A pandemic is a disaster.
The virus that causes the flu is a mix of human, pig and bird viruses.
Some signs of swine flu are high fever, body aches, coughing, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhoea.
We can try to avoid swine flu by :
Avoid being in crowded places for example shopping malls and zoos.
Wash your hands carefully using anti-bacteria soap.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because this is how germs get into our body.
Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth.
Take vitamin C and garlic to fight germs.
Take lots of water, fruit juice, tea and herb tea.
CNN) — Mexican officials are asking citizens to avoid large crowds, refrain from kissing as a greeting and maintain a distance of at least 1.8 meters (six feet) from each other amid growing concern in the country and elsewhere over new cases of suspected and confirmed swine flu infection.
Several countries issued travel notices and tightened restrictions to brace against the virus the World Health Organization is calling “a public health emergency of international concern.”
By Sunday, 81 deaths had been deemed “likely linked” to a deadly new strain of the virus by health authorities in Mexico. Viral testing has confirmed 20 cases, said Dr. Jose A. Cordova Villalobos, Mexico’s health secretary. In the United States, the number of confirmed swine flu cases stood at 11.
In New Zealand, officials said 22 students and three teachers, who returned from a three-week-long language trip to Mexico, may have been infected with the virus.
The 25 students and teachers at Auckland’s Rangitoto College returned to New Zealand via Los Angeles on Saturday.
Fourteen have shown flu-like symptoms, with four “more unwell than others,” said Dr. Julia Peters, clinical director of Auckland Regional Public Health Service.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said 10 students tested positive for influenza A. The specimens will be sent to WHO to determine whether it is H1N1 swine influenza. H1N1 influenza is a subset of influenza A.
The WHO results are expected back by midweek. The group remains quarantined at home.