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Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

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Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:57 am

Biological Hazard in Australia on Thursday, 13 September, 2012 at 05:08 (05:08 AM) UTC.

Description
The normally picturesque Cable Beach in Broome has been lined with hundreds of thousands of rotting jellyfish. Jellyfish are not an uncommon site along Broome beaches, but beach inspector Tim Trew says they have not been seen in such high numbers for years. "On the high water mark there's literally millions of the things lying there," he said. "You see waves of them pushing up towards the beach." They are a relatively harmless type of brown jellyfish that can deliver a sting, but are not fatal. Mr Trew says the large purplish blobs are putting people off swimming. "Some of the tourists are upset they can't go in the water or can't enjoy Cable Beach to the fullest and others are just dumb-founded," he said. It is not known why the jellyfish have washed up in such high numbers this year.
Biohazard name: Jellyfish Invasion
Biohazard level: 0/4 ---
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed


Anyone up around there to tell us more????
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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:02 pm

Hailstorm in Australia on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 at 12:14 (12:14 PM) UTC.

Geographic information
Continent: Australia & New-Zealand
Country: Australia
County / State: State of New South Wales
Area: Dorrigo Plateau
City:
Coordinate: S 30° 20.412, E 152° 42.741

Description
FOR the second day in a row, hail has turned parts of the Dorrigo Plateau snow white. Bill Singleton, who's property Karrawendri is 15 kilometres east of Ebor said the skies started darkening shortly after lunch time and then opened up around 3pm. "Luckily the hail wasn't big but it was thick," Mr Singleton said. "I've never seen so much hail. It was the whitest storm we've had up here in more than a decade. "It piled up around the house and sheds, but fortunately we haven't sustained any damage."
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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:19 am

Well this is more of a global hazard really.
For those interested in N-E-O's (Near-Earth-Objects) here is the latest,
or as they are also known; Earth Approaching Objects (objects that are known)

Object Name
(1998 FF14)

Approach Date
19th September 2012

Left
0 day(s)

AU Distance
0.0928

LD Distance
36.1

Estimated Diameter*
210 m - 480 m

Relative Velocity
21.40 km/s77040 km/h


NB: ( 1 AU = ~150 million kilometres , 1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometres).
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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:24 am

And;
For those interested in N-E-O's (Near-Earth-Objects) here is the latest,
or as they are also known; Earth Approaching Objects (objects that are known)

Object Name
331990 (2005 FD)

Approach Date
19th September 2012

Left
0 day(s)

AU Distance
0.1914

LD Distance
74.5

Estimated Diameter*
320 m - 710 m

Relative Velocity
15.92 km/s 57312 km/h


NB: ( 1 AU = ~150 million kilometres , 1 LD = Lunar Distance = ~384,000 kilometres).
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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby susannah755 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:49 pm

100 foot fire tornado in Central Australia
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/m ... -1.1162235
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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:40 pm

Biological Hazard in Australia on Thursday, 20 September, 2012 at 03:18 (03:18 AM) UTC.

Description
The Queensland Government says it may be weeks before it knows the reason behind the deaths of several thousand fish in the Brisbane River at Lowood. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) will test water and fish samples, after catfish were found floating along the creek bank at Lowood last week. Crews from Somerset Regional Council and Seqwater are expected to continue the clean-up today. DEHP executive director Andrew Connor says it is a large kill. "The majority of the dead fish are located around Lowood with small numbers being found further upstream as far as Lockyer Creek," he said. "There's been no reported fish deaths in other parts of the Brisbane River. "Somerset Regional Council and Seqwater have both provided great support in volunteering people and resources to assist with the clean-up." Mr Connor says officers are trying to determine the cause. "Our officers have taken water samples and samples of the fish for laboratory analysis and we'd expect to have results back from that within around two weeks," he said. "It is a large kill - it started relatively small last week when we were notified but the numbers have continued to increase over the weekend to the point of several thousand."
Biohazard name: Mass. Die-off (fishes)
Biohazard level: 0/4 ---
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:44 am

Forest / Wild Fire in Australia on Monday, 24 September, 2012 at 04:52 (04:52 AM) UTC.

Description
Authorities fear arsonists could be responsible for a large grassfire that has forced the evacuation of several homes south-west of Cairns in far north Queensland. Five homes were evacuated overnight when the fire at Millstream, west of Ravenshoe, flared up due to a wind change. Residents from two of the homes have since returned after the fire was brought under control early this morning. Incident controller Neville Newcomb says fire crews are working to protect around 50 homes in the area. "It's still predicted to be reasonably mild conditions and while we've got relatively low humidity, this makes the fire crack on a bit faster," he said. "At the moment we're on top of it - we've got sufficient resources to attend to each house as this fire comes down out of the hill." Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Ian Thomas says there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the blaze and fire investigators are working with police to find the cause. He says additional crews are arriving on the scene this morning to try to contain the fire. "But our biggest concern is the middle of the afternoon from about one o'clock when the temperature gets up and there's a bit more wind," he said. The fire has been burning since Saturday afternoon. Extra crews have been sent in to help contain a separate blaze, which is expected to flare up again as wind conditions change this afternoon.
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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby susannah755 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:44 pm

Vic coastal scrub fire out of control


Extract:- [A LARGE scrub fire is burning out of control in a coastal area in eastern Victoria.
About 80 firefighters, supported by tankers and planes, are tackling the blaze which has scorched 730 hectares in a coastal park in central Gippsland].

Source http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/na ... 6482758182

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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:50 am

Epidemic Hazard in Australia on Wednesday, 03 October, 2012 at 04:37 (04:37 AM) UTC.

Description
The Territory is on measles alert after a young boy was infected with the highly contagious disease in Darwin - the second case in a fortnight after an interstate traveller was diagnosed. The Centre for Disease Control has warned people to be aware of the symptoms to stem the spread of the "serious" illness. Dr Steven Skov said: "Measles is highly infectious so it is likely that more Territorians who are not immune may fall ill as a result of contact with either of these people in the next two or three weeks." Measles starts with fever, cough and red eyes. The blotchy rash can develop between two and four days later.
Biohazard name: Measles
Biohazard level: 2/4 Medium
Biohazard desc.: Bacteria and viruses that cause only mild disease to humans, or are difficult to contract via aerosol in a lab setting, such as hepatitis A, B, and C, influenza A, Lyme disease, salmonella, mumps, measles, scrapie, dengue fever, and HIV. "Routine diagnostic work with clinical specimens can be done safely at Biosafety Level 2, using Biosafety Level 2 practices and procedures. Research work (including co-cultivation, virus replication studies, or manipulations involving concentrated virus) can be done in a BSL-2 (P2) facility, using BSL-3 practices and procedures. Virus production activities, including virus concentrations, require a BSL-3 (P3) facility and use of BSL-3 practices and procedures", see Recommended Biosafety Levels for Infectious Agents.
Symptoms:
Status: confirmed
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Re: Latest Hazard in/to Australia.

Postby FNQ'er-1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:59 am

Biological Hazard in Australia on Monday, 05 November, 2012 at 05:55 (05:55 AM) UTC.

Description
Blue and green algal blooms have been found in waterways of several Gold Coast suburbs. The council has received calls about the bloom from residents in Coolangatta, Tallebudgera, Miami and Biggera Waters, and said they were most likely caused by a combination of warmer weather and calm conditions. "The blooms (Trichodesmium), most common between August and December, move with tides and wind so it is likely that most of our coastal waters can be affected,'' council said in a statement. The bloom is not generally considered to be harmful to human health, however council advised to avoid affected areas as it can irritate the skin. If contact occurs, wash off with clean fresh water. Pet owners were advised to keep pets from swimming in affected waters. If an animal does come into contact with affected waters wash down thoroughly with clean fresh water to prevent the animal from ingesting any of the algae. Blue-green algae appear naturally in tropical and subtropical ocean waters and are commonly known as sea sawdust, whale sperm, whale food and sea scum. Council is monitoring the affected areas.
Biohazard name: Blue-Green Algae bloom (cyanobacteria)
Biohazard level: 0/4 ---
Biohazard desc.: This does not included biological hazard category.
Symptoms:
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