“It was like a nuclear bomb went off,” said West Mayor Tommy Muska.
It is said that 10 to 15 buildings have been totally demolished and probably 50 homes were heavily damaged.
People expect more to be found dead because this is a very big one and some people might still be trapped in collapsed buildings.
Yahoo News reported that, Texas Public Safety Department spokesman D.L. Wilson said about half the town, about eight to 10 blocks, had been evacuated and that “we might even have to evacuate on the other side of town” if winds shifted.
The cause of the explosion is not immediately known.
It is really sad and scary to see another huge explosion just two days after the ones in Boston.
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.
There is a very bad ice and snow storm across the United States.
At least 17 people died in the Midwest.
Trees fell on power lines so there is no electricity in lots and lots and lots of houses.
Some school are closed because it is dark and too much snow so people cannot go out side.
There are lots of accident because the roads are too slippery.
It is hard to walk out side because it is icy and too slippery.
Anyway the ice on the trees look so beautiful.
There is lots of snow in Ohio and I think there is a lot of snow outside Uncle Arif’s house in Columbus.
CHICAGO (AFP) – Hundreds of thousands of people were left shivering in the dark after a massive ice and snow storm cut a swath across the United States Wednesday, knocking down power lines, snarling traffic, grounding flights and forcing schools to close.
Freezing rain on the southern end of the storm covered trees and bridges with brilliant ice crystals but made roads incredibly slick and dangerous from Texas to Pennsylvania.
At least a dozen deaths were reported.
The northern side of the snow dumped as much as a foot (30 centimeters) of snow in some areas of Ohio and the US east coast.
And with a cold front moving in behind the storm it could be days before the ice melts and weeks before all the damage is repaired, officials warned.