Wiki Actu en

April 18, 2016

Frontal system wreaks havoc in central zone of Chile

Frontal system wreaks havoc in central zone of Chile

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search
Chile
Other stories from Chile
…More articles here
Location of Chile
Wikinews Chile
Wikinews Chile

Chile Portal
Flag of Chile.svg

Monday, April 18, 2016

Referential Photo – Rain in San Javier, Maule Region in Chile
Image: Superzerocool.

From the Saturday afternoon and during this whole Sunday, it has been raining strong in the central zone, especially in the cities of Santiago, Valparaíso and Rancagua, which have caused various problems such as overflowing rivers, flooding in homes and streets, and water cuts because of the turbidity of the rivers that distribute the element in Santiago.

During the day in the capital, the Mapocho river entered the tunnels of the Costanera Norte and this caused that the water is come out of its natural course and flooded several streets and avenues of the commune of Providencia, has worked intensively throughout the morning in clearing the streets and so enable vehicular traffic in these sectors.

Also on account of the floods, has had to perform the closure of various shops of the capital, among them the mall Costanera Center where his owner, Horst Paulmann, confirmed that it was going to keep closed all through this day to draw water that got both to mall and the parking lots are there in place. The mall was reopened Monday.

Moreover, also be it has had to suspend classes across all communes of the province of Santiago, San Bernardo, Puente Alto and San José de Maipo due to water cut that affects a large part of the region. The suspension is valid for all subsidized and privates individuals, this also applies from preschool through high school, while municipal schools, universities are the ones that should define their situation criterion.

According to balance sheets delivered by the National Emergency Office (ONEMI), the frontal system has left nationally: 358 on the street, 429 remained isolated, 7 people are missing, 87 homes were damaged (21 strong damage) 21 people in shelters and 12,707 customers are without power between the regions of Valparaiso and O’Higgins.

In the metropolitan region, there is a person who died in a landslide that was registered in the sector of the peach the commune of San José de Maipo, there are 10 people that are kept missing and that they are being sought by Group Special Operations Carabineros de Chile (GOPE). 29 communes of the province of Santiago are without drinking water (4 million people on average), the service of potable water started be replenished gradually during the day.

In the region of Valparaiso, 5 thousand customers of communes of El Tabo, The Quisco and Algarrobo, they remained without the potable water supply due to of water turbidity in the Aconcagua river; also 75 homes were flooded by the fallen amount of water in the region.

In the region of O’Higgins, it has reported the amount of 3 people remain missing at the time and stay the tide of river Cachapoal is located in the area of the commune of Doñihue.

In as much, border complexes Aguas Negras, Los Libertadores, Pehuenche and Vergara remain closed due of adverse weather conditions and possible mudslides that may occur in the high Cordillera of the central zone.

The Ministry of Labor in Chile also informed that businesses and commercial premises that are located without drinking water, they can not force their workers attend them. In addition, local food and restaurants also must address if they do not have the supply for reasons of health.

During the Monday morning, ONEMI decided to continue early preventive alert the frontal system in the areas of Coquimbo, Valparaíso, Maule and Aysén; meanwhile, the yellow alerts are kept in the communes of Machalí, Rancagua, Requínoa, Doñihue, {w|Olivar}} and in the region of O’Higgins due to the increased flow of Cachapoal river; and red alerts that apply to the entire metropolitan region water cut, and the region of O’Higgins, the communes of San Fernando, Placilla, Nancagua and Chimbarongo also remain for the moment with alerts in place.



Sources[]

This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

March 26, 2012

Wikinews Shorts: March 26, 2012

Wikinews Shorts: March 26, 2012 – Wikinews, the free news source

Wikinews Shorts: March 26, 2012

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search
Wikimedia-logo.svg This article mentions the Wikimedia Foundation, one of its projects, or people related to it. Wikinews is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation.

A compilation of brief news reports for Monday, March 26, 2012.

Australian Broadcasting Company releases content to Wikimedia under free license

The first broadcast on ABC, November 5, 1956

In lieu of the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) turning 80 this year, they have decided to release a collection of historic audio and visual content under a Creative Commons free license for use on Wikipedia and for use by the public. Project officer Liam Wyatt hopes that “this release from the Australian public broadcaster will be the beginning of an ongoing relationship with the Wikimedia projects and the Wikimedia community, and encourage other broadcasters – especially those that are publicly funded – to join us.”

Sources

3.1 earthquake aftershock rattles central Virginia

Another aftershock has rattled central Virginia last night. The 3.1-magnitude earthquake was focused around Mineral, Virginia which served as the epicenter for an August 2011 earthquake that was strong enough to damage American landmarks in Washington, D.C. like the Washington Monument. It was felt as far away as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Charlotte, North Carolina. As of press time, no damage was reported.

Sources

Central Chile rocked by second earthquake in 24-hours

Central Chile experienced two earthquakes within 24 hours. Saturday morning, at 4:28 a.m., a magnitude 5.1 earthquake shook Santiago. No injuries or damages were reported. A second earthquake, of 7.1-magnitude, took place on Sunday, at 6:37 p.m. in Maule, which is approximately 219 kilometers south-south-west of Santiago. As of this report, no injuries or major damages have been reported. Coastal evacuations are being promoted by authorities, however, the Chilean Navy is doubtful of a tsunami.

Sources

Tiger Woods secures first PGA Tour win in 30 months

Tiger Woods is back.
Image: Angela George.

American pro golfer Tiger Woods has secured his first PGA Tour win in 30 months, winning at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida. This makes his seventh Arnold Palmer Invitational. Woods beat runner up Graeme McDowell, posting a score of two-under 70. “Tiger’s back,” stated Jay Busbee of Yahoo! Sports.

Sources

New leader of Hong Kong chosen while protestors seek ‘true democracy’

Leung Chun-ying was declared the new Chief Executive of Hong Kong today. He won 689 out of 1,193 election committee votes. Pro-democracy protests took place throughout the weekend, including the protestors waiting for the election committee upon their arrival at the convention center to cast their votes. The demonstrators also attempted to storm the convention center, and when election results were announced the police used pepper spray to ward off the protestors. Demonstration organizer Avery Ng describes Hong Kong as not being a “true democracy,” with other protestors believing that Hong Kong would never gain the right to vote, which would be given to them by China.

Sources



Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

October 13, 2010

Copiapó, Chile mining accident: in depth

Copiapó, Chile mining accident: in depth

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rescue efforts in the San José Mine, on August 10.
Image: desierto_atacama.

Laurence Golborne, Mining Minister of Chile.
Image: Ministerio Secretaría General de Gobierno de Chile.

The rescue of the Chilean miners trapped in the San José Mine in Copiapó, codenamed Operación San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Operation), began on Tuesday night, at around 20:00 local time (23:00 UTC).

Florencio Ávalos was the first miner to be rescued, at 00:12 local time (03:12 UTC) on Wednesday. He was wearing a shirt signed by all his fellow miners. “The first miner is already with us. We saw it all, him hugging his wife Monica and his son Byron,” said President Piñera shortly after the first rescue. “We still have a long journey.”

“This will be recorded on every single Chilean heart forever,” Piñera added. “I hope the miners’ hope stay with us, just like the [February] earthquake victims’ [hope] and what the earthquake took off. We know that the disasters unite us all.”

All the 33 miners were rescued. The last miner, Luis Urzúa, was rescued at 21:55 Chile time (00:55 UTC). “It is a pleasure to be Chilean, [I’m] proud,” said Luis Urzúa to President Piñera. “In honour of the miners, their families, the rescuers […] let’s sing our national anthem. Viva Chile Mierda!,” said Piñera. Urzúa thanked Mining Minister Golborne and the First Lady Cecilia Morel for “fighting for their lives.” “I’m proud of my fellow miners,” Urzúa added.

Six rescuers, including a miner and a paramedic, descended to the miners’ shelter using the Fénix 3 capsule which was specially constructed for the rescue. They performed check-ups and talk with the miners before taking them back to the surface. The rescuers still don’t leave the mine.

The Fénix 3 capsules are 3.95 metres in height and weigh about 460 kilograms. They have an armour, an oxygen tube and a microphone. The occupants helmets contain an intercom to keep them in contact with the rescue team on the surface.

President of Chile Piñera assisted to the rescue. Bolivian President Evo Morales could not attend Carlos Mamani’s rescue. Mamani is the only Bolivian miner in the group.

A mass for the miners was conducted at 18:00 local time (21:00 UTC). The rescue takes between 15 and 20 minutes for each miner.

On Tuesday, Mayor of Copiapó Maglio Cicardini announced that the municipal schools in the city will have no classes this Wednesday “to transform the rescue of the Atacama’s 33 in a familiar meeting,” Radio Cooperativa reported.

“The miners will be taken to the Copiapó Regional Hospital for medical checkup, where they will have to stay for 48 hours,” Health Minister Mañalich said to Televisión Nacional de Chile.

Celebrations are taking place in several Chilean cities. In Santiago de Chile, people gathered in one of the most important points of the city, Plaza Italia. In Pichilemu, tens of cars are passing over its most important streets. In Copiapó, people gathered in its main square to assist a massive concert.

Background

Rescue worker Patricio Sepúlveda inside the Fénix capsule, before descending to the miners’ shelter.
Image: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile.

On August 5, 33 miners were trapped more than 700 meters (2,300 ft) underground, in the San José copper–gold mine, located about 40 kilometers north of Copiapó, Chile.

The youngest trapped miner is 19 years old, and the oldest is 63. There were several rescue attempts before reaching the miners’ shelter on August 22. The National Emergencies Office of Chile (ONEMI) released a list of the trapped miners on August 6, which included Franklin Lobos Ramírez, a retired footballer.

Chile is the worlds top producer of copper, according to The Economist. The San José Mine is owned by the San Esteban Mining Company (Empresa Minera San Esteban). The mine was closed down in 2007, after relatives of a miner who had died sued the company executives, but the mine was re–opened in 2008.

It was originally estimated that “it would take three to four months to complete the rescue of the trapped miners”. There were three plans to reach the miners: “Plan A” using a Strata 950 drill, “Plan B” using a Schramm T130XD drill, and “Plan C” using a RIG-422 drill. The first to reach the miners was “Plan B”, early on Saturday 9.

The last step of their rescue, announced by Health Minister Jaime Mañalich, was originally due to begin on Tuesday. Laurence Golborne, Minery Minister said “If it is possible, and the cement sets before and we don’t have any impediments to doing it, it would be wonderful,” in a press conference on Monday. The men will be extracted in a steel rescue capsule 54 cm (21 inches) in diameter.

On September 4, Chilean filmmaker Rodrigo Ortúzar announced plans to film a movie about the accident, called “Los 33” (“The 33”). The film will be released in 2011.

The miners

One miner is Bolivian, and the other 32 are Chilean.

Raúl Bustos

Raúl Bustos, 40 years old, is an hydraulics engineer. He left his job in Talcahuano after the February 27 earthquake to work in the mine.

Daniel Herrera

Daniel Herrera after his rescue.
Image: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile.

Daniel Herrera, 27 years old, is a lorry driver. He has acted as paramedic assistant in the mine. He said to La Tercera “the miners were unhappy with the psychologist in the rescue team.”

Claudio Acuña

Claudio Acuña, miner, is fan of the Colo-Colo football club. The BBC reports he is aged 56, but El Comercio says he is 44.

Pedro Cortez

Pedro Cortez is aged 24. He joined the mine with his friend Carlos Bugueño. Cortez is an electrician, and lost a finger in the mine a year ago.

Juan Aguilar

File:Juan Aguilar with President Piñera.jpg

Juan Carlos Aguilar after he was rescued with President Sebastián Piñera. Aguilar’s shirt says “In his hand are the depths of the earth. And the heights of the hills are his;” “His is the Honor and the Glory.”
Image: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile.
(Image missing from commons: image; log)

A native of Los Lagos, Juan Aguilar is 49 years old. Aguilar is married to Cristy Coronado, according to El Comercio. Aguilar works as a supervisor.

Mario Sepúlveda

Mario Sepúlveda is a 39 years old electrician native of Parral; he is married. He has been the spokesman of the most of the miners’ videos. Mario Sepúlveda was the second miner to be rescued, on Wednesday at 01:10 local time (04:10 UTC).

Víctor Zamora

Víctor Zamora is a 33 years old auto mechanic. Zamora is married to Jéssica Cortez, who confirmed she was pregnant while he was in the mine.

Osman Araya

Osman Araya is 30 years old, and married. He began working as miner four months before the accident.

Florencio Ávalos

Florencio Ávalos was the first miner to be rescued.
Image: Government of Chile TV.

Florencio Ávalos is 31 years old. He is the brother of Renán Ávalos, who is also trapped in the mine. He worked as driver in San José. Ávalos filmed videos, sent later to his relatives.

Ávalos was the first miner to be rescued, on Wednesday at 00:10 local time (03:10 UTC).

Jorge Galleguillos

Jorge Galleguillos, 56 years old, has worked all his life in the mine. He said in one video he was feeling unwell; he takes medication for hypertension.

Carlos Barrios

Carlos Barrios is a 27 years old miner. His father, Antenor Barrios, told Agence France-Presse: “I find he’s very strong and has enthusiasm. He spoke loud and clear. I was excited.”

Franklin Lobos

Franklin Lobos shortly after his rescue.
Image: Gabriel Ortega / Government of Chile.

Franklin Lobos Ramírez is a 53 years old retired footballer. He played for Cobresal, Deportes Antofagasta, Club de Deportes Santiago Wanderers and Unión La Calera, and briefly for the Chile national football team. Lobos had worked as a truck driver in the mine.

Yonni Barrios

Yonni Barrios, called “The Doctor”, is a 50 years old electrician. He has knowledge of first aid, and was given responsibility for monitoring the health of his colleagues. “I felt I was in hell,” Barrios said in a letter to his wife.

Carlos Bugueño

Carlos Bugueño, 27 years old, joined the mine with Pedro Cortez. Previously, he worked as a watchman.

Alex Vega

Miner Vega after being rescued at 08:53 local time (11:53 UTC).
Image: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile.

Alex Vega Salazar is a 31 years old heavy machinery mechanic. He is married to Jessica Salgado, and celebrated his birthday in the mine on September 22.

Ariel Ticona

Ariel Ticona is a 29 years old miner. His wife, Margarita gave birth to his daughter on September 14. She was named Esperanza (Hope), at Ticona’s request.

Richard Villarroel

Richard Villarroel is a 27 years old mechanic from Coyhaique.

Edison Peña

Edison Peña is a 34 years old miner. “I want to go out soon,” he said on his first contact with his relatives. “I want to be free, I want to see the sun,” he added. He is a fan of Elvis Presley.

Claudio Yáñez

Claudio Yáñez is 34 years old, and works as drill operator.

José Ojeda

José Ojeda leaving the Fénix capsule.
Image: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile.

José Ojeda, 46 years old, is the master driller. Ojeda is widowed and diabetic.

Luis Urzúa

Luis Urzúa is a 54 year old topographer. He is the shift-leader, and was the first miner to talk with authorities. He is known as Don Lucho among the miners. He draw plans of the area of the mine where they are trapped.

Urzúa will be the last miner to leave the mine.

José Henríquez

José Henríquez is a 54 years old drill master. He is also an evangelical preacher, and has worked in mines for 33 years.

Víctor Segovia

Víctor Segovia was the fifteenth miner to be rescued.
Image: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile.

Víctor Segovia is a 48 years old electrician. He is in charge of writing down everything that happens in the mine.

Pablo Rojas

Pablo Rojas is a 45 years old explosives loader. Married, he had been working less than six months in the mine.

Juan Illanes

Juan Illanes is a 51 year old miner. He was a sergeant in the Beagle border conflict between Chile and Argentina in 1978, the incident which almost provoked a war between the countries.

Illanes was rescued on Wednesday, at 02:07 local time (05:07 UTC).

Jimmy Sánchez

Jimmy Sánchez, 19, is the youngest miner. He had been working in the mine for five months before the accident. His role is to check the temperature and humidity in the mine.

Samuel Ávalos

Samuel Ávalos is a 43 years miner. His wife Ruth said “he was addicted to the cocaine.” His role in the rescue is to check air quality in the area the miners are living. According to the BBC, “Ávalos has worked in the mine for five months.”

Mario Gómez

Mario Gómez, the oldest miner was rescued at 08:00 local time (11:00 UTC).
Image: Hugo Infante / Government of Chile.

Mario Gómez, aged 63, is the oldest of the miners. He has worked 51 years as miner. His father was also a miner, and is nicknamed “El Navegao” (“The Sailed One”). He was thinking of retiring in November.

Gómez also wrote the message “Estamos bien en el refugio los 33” (“We are fine in the shelter the 33 [of us]”).

Darío Segovia

Segovia is 48 years old. He is married to Jessica Chille, who said “To hear his voice was a confort to my heart,” after talking with him for the first time in 24 days. His sister María, was nicknamed “La Alcaldesa” (“The Mayoress”) for her leading role at Campamento Esperanza. His father, Darío Senior, was trapped in a mine for a week, and suffered serious injuries after two other mining accidents, according to the BBC.

Carlos Mamani

Carlos Mamani is a 23 years old heavy equipment operator. He is also the only non-Chilean miner; Mamani is Bolivian. He began working in the mine just five days before the accident.

He was rescued at 03:11 local time (06:11 UTC) on Wednesday.

Renán Ávalos

Renán Ávalos after his rescue.
Image: Gabriel Ortega / Government of Chile.

Renán Ávalos is a 29 years old miner, single, who had been working for five months in the mine before the accident. Florencio Ávalos is his brother.

Omar Reygadas

Omar Reygadas is a 56 year old electrician. He began working in the mine shortly before the accident.

Esteban Rojas

Esteban Rojas is a 44 years old miner. Rojas is married to Jessica Yáñez.



Related news

  • Chilean miners rescue to begin on Tuesday, Minister Mañalich announces” — Wikinews, October 9, 2010
  • “Rodrigo Ortúzar announces plans to dramatize Chilean miners’ stories” — Wikinews, September 4, 2010
  • “Race to save Chilean miners trapped underground from spiralling into depression continues” — Wikinews, September 2, 2010
  • “Chilean miners trapped after mine collapse; miscalculated drilling delays rescue” — Wikinews, August 11, 2010

Sources

Wikinews
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

April 4, 2010

Homage to Chilean politician Jaime Guzmán nineteen years after his death

Homage to Chilean politician Jaime Guzmán nineteen years after his death

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Sunday, April 4, 2010

President Sebastián Piñera during a speech in the Homage to Guzmán.
Image: Presidency of Chile.

Monument in homage to Jaime Guzmán inaugurated in 2008, located in the entering to Sanhattan, in Vitacura, Santiago de Chile.
Image: Rafael Mera.

The Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and other center-right politicians attended last Thursday morning the Memorial to Jaime Guzmán to celebrate the 19th anniversary from the death of the founder of the Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI) (Independent Democratic Union).

After the ceremony, a pilgrimage to the General Cemetery and a mass, place that in the past the ceremony was made completely in memoriam to the dead senator. In the monument, the President Piñera and Juan Antonio Coloma, UDI president, did some speeches, in which they emphasized the Guzmán politic figure and they emphasized it as the first remembrance from his death in a center-right government.

Jaime Guzmán was a constitutionalist lawyer, collaborator in the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, one of the redactor of the Chilean Politic Constitution of 1980, and founder of the UDI. Guzmán was killed in April 1, 1991 when he was going out the Western Campus of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He was taken to the Militar Hospital of Santiago, but he died 3 hours later. He was killed by the Frente Patriótico Manuel Rodríguez (Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front), and according to recent investigations, he was killed specifically by Ricardo Palma and Raúl Escobar, and his assassination was being planned since the eighties.



Sources

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject:
Jaime Guzmán
Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

March 18, 2010

Chilean earthquakes: in pictures

Chilean earthquakes: in pictures – Wikinews, the free news source

Chilean earthquakes: in pictures

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Thursday, March 18, 2010

On the Feb. 27, Chile was hit by an magnitude 8.8 earthquake; almost 500 were killed, with resulting tsunami destroying most coastal towns between Llolleo and Araucanía Region. A second earthquake last week, with its epicentre in Pichilemu, caused destruction in the Coquimbo and Bío Bío regions.

A Wikinews contributor is in the area, and we look at the extent of this natural disaster’s damage through his photographs.


People camping in La Cruz Hill, Pichilemu. They even constructed little houses, to make their stay more comfortable. Image: Diego Grez.

People camping in La Cruz Hill, Pichilemu. They even constructed little houses, to make their stay more comfortable.
Image: Diego Grez.

Church of Santa Cruz, after the February earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.

Church of Santa Cruz, after the February earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.

The Arturo Prat square before and after the earthquake and tsunami in Pichilemu. Image: Diego Grez.

The Arturo Prat square before and after the earthquake and tsunami in Pichilemu.
Image: Diego Grez.

Boat after the tsunami in Pichilemu. Image: Diego Grez.

Boat after tsunami in Pichilemu.
Image: Diego Grez.

Military representatives in La Cruz Hill, Pichilemu after the March earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.

Military representatives in La Cruz Hill, Pichilemu, after the March earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.

On-scene soldiers on a truck, in Lolol, after the March earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.

On-scene soldiers on a truck, in Lolol, after the March earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.

Destroyed balustrades and the ceiling of a kiosk over another balustrade, near Pichilemu beach. Image: Diego Grez.

Destroyed balaustrades and the ceiling of a kiosk over another balaustrades, near the beach of Pichilemu.
Image: Diego Grez.

Lolol church after the March earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.

Lolol church after the March earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.

Many houses in Lolol were declared Historic Monuments of Chile. This is one of many that are going to be demolished. Image: Diego Grez.

Many houses in Lolol were declared Historic Monuments of Chile. This is one of many that are going to be demolished.
Image: Diego Grez.

Destroyed building Mirador by the tsunami in Pichilemu, and also by a kiosk/container. Image: Diego Grez.

Destroyed building Mirador by the tsunami in Pichilemu, and also by a kiosk/container.
Image: Diego Grez.

Cars driving to La Cruz Hill in Pichilemu, a few hours after the disaster. Image: Diego Grez.

Cars driving to La Cruz Hill in Pichilemu, a few hours after the disaster.
Image: Diego Grez.

Chilean singer Joe Vasconcellos did a free solo tour in Chile after the Pichilemu and Maule earthquakes. Pictured is his performance in La Cruz Hill, Pichilemu. Image: Diego Grez.

Chilean singer Joe Vasconcellos did a free solo tour in Chile after the Pichilemu and Maule earthquakes. Pictured during his performance in La Cruz Hill, Pichilemu.
Image: Diego Grez.

House in front of the Main Beach of Pichilemu after the tsunami and earthquake combo. Image: Diego Grez.

House in front of the Main Beach of Pichilemu after the tsunami and earthquake combo.
Image: Diego Grez.

Bucalemu was severely impacted by the February tsunami and earthquake; this picture taken after the March temblor. Image: Diego Grez.

Bucalemu was severely impacted by the February tsunami and earthquake; this picture taken after the March temblor.
Image: Diego Grez.

Many houses were destroyed after the earthquake in Lolol because they were old and made with rustic materials. Image: Diego Grez.

Many houses were destroyed after the earthquake in Lolol, because they were old and made with rustic materials.
Image: Diego Grez.

Another destroyed house, a few meters behind the Lolol church. Image: Diego Grez.

Another destroyed house, a few meters behind the Lolol church.
Image: Diego Grez.

Pichilemu highway, the day of the earthquake and tsunami. Image: Diego Grez.

Pichilemu highway, the day of the earthquake and tsunami.
Image: Diego Grez.

Most of the balustrades around  Ross Park in Pichilemu were destroyed after the 2010 Pichilemu earthquake. Image: Diego Grez.

Most of the balustrades aroundRoss Park, in Pichilemu, were destroyed after the 2010 Pichilemu earthquake.
Image: Diego Grez.

Destroyed kiosks after the tsunami in Pichilemu. Image: Diego Grez.

Destroyed kiosks after the tsunami in Pichilemu.
Image: Diego Grez.

Just one kiosk and some bathrooms in front of the Arturo Prat Square survived the tsunami in Pichilemu. Image: Diego Grez.

Just one kiosk and some bathrooms in front of the Arturo Prat Square survived the tsunami in Pichilemu.
Image: Diego Grez.

The Cahuil Bridge was severely damaged after both quakes. It is broken in half and is a serious danger to motorists. Image: Diego Grez.

The Cahuil Bridge was severely damaged after both quakes. It is broken in half and is a serious danger to motorists.
Image: Diego Grez.

Several houses were destroyed in the town of Bucalemu, almost 40 kilometers from Pichilemu. In this picture, a house located in front of the beach was later thrown in the half of the roadway. Image: Diego Grez.

Several houses were destroyed in the town of Bucalemu, almost 40 kilometers from Pichilemu. In this picture, a house located in front of the beach was later thrown in the half of the roadway.
Image: Diego Grez.

Cobquecura, epicentre of the February earthquake.

Cobquecura, the epicentre of the February quake.

The building Alto Río, in Concepción, collapsed after the February earthquake. Image: Claudio Núñez.

The building Alto Río, in Concepción, collapsed after the February earthquake.
Image: Claudio Núñez.

A severely damaged building in Maipú. Image: Jorge Barrios.

A severely damaged building in Maipú.
Image: Jorge Barrios.

Collapsed Vespucio Norte Express Highway in Santiago, after the February earthquake.

Collapsed Vespucio Norte Express Highway in Santiago, after the February earthquake.

The damaged Museum of Contemporary Art, after the February earthquake.

The damaged Museum of Contemporary Art, after the February earthquake.

Aftermath of the February earthquake and tsunami in San Antonio. Image: Atilio Leandro.

Aftermath of the February earthquake and tsunami in San Antonio.
Image: Atilio Leandro.

Damaged Autopista del Maipo, near the city of Chada. Image: Lufke.

Damaged Autopista del Maipo, near the city of Chada.
Image: Lufke.

People trying to buy gasoline, in Chillán. Image: JOjo Jose Tomas.

People trying to buy gasoline, in Chillán.
Image: JOjo Jose Tomas.

Fire in the University of Concepción, after the February earthquake.

Fire in the University of Concepción, after the February earthquake.

Destroyed houses in the Maule Region. Image: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Destroyed houses in the Maule Region.
Image: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Fire in a plastics factory, in Ruta 5 Norte.

Fire in a plastics factory, in Ruta 5 Norte.

Chillán's Medialuna, after the February earthquake.

Chillán’s Medialuna after the February earthquake.

House in Pelluhue after the February temblor. Image: Caritas Linares.

House in Pelluhue after the February temblor.
Image: Caritas Linares.

US President Barack Obama holds a conference call from the Situation Room of the White House concerning the February earthquake.

US President Barack Obama holds a conference call from the White House Situation Room.

President Sebastián Piñera visits ONEMI after the February quake. Image: Sebastián Piñera E..

President Sebastián Piñera visits ONEMI after the February quake.
Image: Sebastián Piñera E..

Zones affected by the February earthquake. Image: B1mbo.

Zones affected by the February earthquake.
Image: B1mbo.

Map of Chile showing the epicenter of the February quake.

Map of Chile showing the epicenter of the February quake.

USGS shake map of the February earthquake.

USGS shake map of the February earthquake.

USGS shake map of the March earthquake.

USGS intensity map of the March earthquake.

USGS intensity map for the most strong aftershock of the temblor. Image: USGS.

USGS intensity map for the most strong aftershock of the temblor.
Image: USGS.

An animation showing the movement of tsunami waves caused by the temblor. (view large version)
Image: NOAA Center for Tsunami Research.


Wikinews
This article is a featured article. It is considered one of the best works of the Wikinews community. See Wikinews:Featured articles for more information.

Related news

Sources

Wikinews
This article features first-hand journalism by Wikinews members. See the collaboration page for more details.
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject:
2010 Chile earthquake
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject:
2010 Pichilemu earthquake


Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

June 6, 2009

Swine flu: recent developments worldwide

Swine flu: recent developments worldwide

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Swine Flu
Related stories

People in Mexico City wear masks on a train due to the swine flu outbreak
More information on H1N1:
  • 2009 swine flu outbreak
  • Swine Flu
  • H1N1

The H1N1 swine flu virus has now spread to 66 different countries throughout the globe, with at least 19,273 confirmed cases and 117 deaths having been reported according to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) tally. A majority of the cases were reported by the United States, which now has at least 10,053 confirmed infections from the disease.

Egypt, Bulgaria, and Nicaragua each reported their first case, while Lebanon reported three.

The WHO’s pandemic alert level is at the fifth level, on a scale of one to six. In order for a transition for the highest level to be made, the organisation must confirm a significant spread of swine flu in at least two continents. The WHO has recently been under pressure to include the severity of a disease spread to its criteria, not just the geographical spread of a virus. The WHO said that its committee had agreed that a statement on the strength of an epidemic should be made in any future pandemic declarations.

“There was a broad consensus on the importance of including information on severity in future announcements,” the WHO said in a statement.


Australia

Australian health minister Nicola Roxon said that there are currently 878 confirmed cases of the influenza in Australia. The bulk of the cases have been in the state of Victoria, which has 752 infected persons. New South Wales is the second, with 74 infections.

Roxon predicted that the swine flu will be a problem in the next two winters, despite efforts to curb its spread.

“I would have thought we’re not at the halfway point, given that we still don’t have an extensive spread in Australia,” Roxon said. “We are only part way, but closer, to having a vaccine and we are still prepared to put all our efforts into containing the disease as much as possible.”

Roxon said that Australia’s hospitals will start taking samples from people infected with the flu to monitor its spread. She said that “it gives us the tools to monitor how much of the flu in the coming weeks is seasonal flu, how much is actually this H1N1 strain, and we will simply have to keep monitoring that over the coming months.” Roxon added that “this is a time to be cautious, where the combination of the flus might turn it into something much less virulent or something more virulent.”

Meanwhile, Singapore has urged its residents not to travel to Victoria. A warning at the government website said that Melbourne and Victoria were affected by the disease, and advised any Singapore residents returning from those areas to keep an eye on their health for swine flu symptoms.

Brazil

The health ministry of Brazil announced on Tuesday that the number of infected people in the country has been increased to 23 after two new cases were confirmed. 25 people are also suspected to be infected.

The ministry said that both new patients are in stable condition, and had both been infected after traveling to the U.S.

Of Brazil’s H1N1 cases, nine are in São Paulo, seven in Rio de Janeiro, four in Santa Catarina, and one apiece in Rio Grande do Sul, Tocantins, and Minas Gerais. Seven of the cases had been transmitted domestically.

Canada

A map showing the spread of the swine flu worldwide.

██ Confirmed cases followed by death

██ Confirmed cases

██ Unconfirmed or suspected cases

See also: H1N1 live map, WHO updates

1,795 laboratory-confirmed cases of H1N1 were reported in three territories and nine provinces of Canada as of Wednesday. The federal health minister, Leona Aglukkaq, pledged on Friday to give CA$10.8 million to help fight the flu. The Canadian government is creating a new swine flu network to help connect health officials with researchers.

“These projects will have huge benefits […] They will help public health officials across Canada in their efforts to plan, design and evaluate interventions to control the spread of the virus and protect the health of Canadians,” Aglukkaq said.

Chile

Almost four hundred swine flu cases in the South American country of Chile have been reported, local health officials say.

The Institute of Public Health in Santiago reported that 393 cases were confirmed in the country in a statement on its website. The institute said that while 98% of cases were only “mild”, about two percent of all infections were fatal.

Swine flu cases in Chile have increased twofold within the last seven days.

New Zealand

New Zealand now has eleven confirmed cases of the swine flu. A further 63 are in quarantine and have been prescribed the antiviral drug oseltamivir (which goes by the trade name of Tamiflu).

Philippines

Health officials from the Philippines said that seven more people tested positive for the influenza on Thursday, increasing the number of confirmed infections from the disease in the country to 29. There are a further 47 laboratory results pending confirmation.

Francisco Duque, the Philippine’s health secretary, said six of the cases were in Filipinos who had returned from visits to the U.S.

“With further characterization of the virus in our local cases, if we see that A/H1N1 poses no severe threat and is self-limited in most cases, we may be seeing a shift in our control strategy to outpatient and home management of patients showing only mild symptoms,” Duque said.

Russia

Russia has reported its first case of the flu, in an unidentified 28-year-old man who had recently been in New York. The man had initially passed a medical check when he arrived at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport last Monday, but began to feel ill two days later and was hospitalised the same day. It is currently uncertain how he obtained the virus.

Russian officials are currently screening flights that have departed from “countries of concern”, including all countries in the Americas, as well as Japan and Spain. People arriving on flights from such countries have their temperatures checked by remote sensors, and those with high temperatures are hospitalised and tested for the H1N1 virus. Over a score of people so far have been identified as having symptoms of the disease, but all of them were cleared after later tests.

Turkey

Turkey’s first case happened on May 16 when a passenger flying from United States to Iraq through a connected flight over Turkey entered to İstanbul Atatürk International Airport. With the latest arrival of 2 Turkish passengers from New York and Toronto on June 3, the number of confirmed cases increased to 10.

The Turkish Ministry of Health reported that no infections related for human-to-human transfer of the virus are observed until now and the hospitalized cases are treated in a dedicated hospital in Istanbul.

United Kingdom

486 people have been confirmed as infected with the H1N1 virus in the United Kingdom. 27 new cases in England were confirmed recently. Five people in the Glasgow area have been hospitalised. Three of them are in intensive care, although one man recently improved and was moved into to high dependency. A 44-year-old woman, who is said to have had underlying health conditions, is also in high dependency, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley.

Scotland is the part of the UK with the highest ratio of affected people to population.

United States

The U.S. is the country with the highest number of confirmed swine flu infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 27 people have died from the virus, and a further 13,271 cases have been reported throughout the country. All fifty states, as well as two territories, have reported cases.

The state of Wisconsin has been the worst hit, with 2,217 infections, as well as three additional suspected cases.

“What is unusual today is not that there has been a death from influenza. Over 37,000 people die in the United States each year of seasonal influenza, and the rates of death and illness from this novel H1N1 strain does not appear to be radically different,” said Seth Foldy, a Wisconsin health official. “What is unusual this year is that influenza continues to be widely circulating in Wisconsin and many, many other states this late in the year.”

Vietnam

Vietnam’s fourth swine flu infection was confirmed on Thursday, in a six-year-old girl in Vietnam’s capital of Ho Chi Minh City, a local media report said. The child is currently receiving treatment. All of the infected patients had recently traveled to the United States.

Related news



Sources

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject:
2009 swine flu outbreak

External links

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

March 29, 2008

Around 240 Chilean protesters detained after anti-government demonstration

Around 240 Chilean protesters detained after anti-government demonstration

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to: navigation, search

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The protesters tried to march in front of the presidential palace, but it was cordoned off.
Image: Wikimedia Commons User:JorgeGG.

Around 240 demonstrators in the Chilean capital of Santiago were detained Friday after anti-government protests held against the country’s education system and increasingly free market policies.

The annual protests, organized by the Revolutionary Left Movement, were held on the eve of the Day of the Youth Combatant. The day commemorates the deaths of Eduardo and Rafael Vergara, brothers who were assassinated on March 29, 1985 under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

The protesters, many of whom were students, reportedly threw rocks into Santiago’s main street, prompting squads of riot police to spray tear gas into the crowds. Other protesters marched towards the presidential palace, but it was cordoned off and heavily guarded. Most of the 240 who were detained are expected to be released after their identities are confirmed.

In between skirmishes with police, some protesters handed out flyers explaining their views. They say the government has manipulated the education system to favor the rich. “We think this neo-liberal education system that the government has introduced should be stopped,” said Saray Acevedo of the National Popular Coordinator of Students.

President Michelle Bachelet condemned the protests. “If one wants to pay homage to the tremendous tragedy of the Vergara brothers, during a period when Chile was not democratic, the right thing to do is guarantee that democracy means being able to express yourself but without violence,” she said. “Democracy in Chile is solid and there is no justification for violence,” Bachelet added.

Other Chileans who didn’t take part in the demonstrations agree with some of the protesters’ views. “There are so many problems,” said Rodrigo Núñez, 39. “It is true education is expensive and marginalizes the poor. The cost of living is high. Electricity and gas prices are up. Look at how they protest in Argentina! I voted for this government and feel conned.”

2 days before Friday’s protests, a bomb exploded in a Santiago bank. Police blamed the attack on “anarchists”, and they believe it was connected to the annual protests.

Additional protests are planned for Saturday, when the Day of the Youth Combatant will be formally recognized.



Sources

Bookmark-new.svg


This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Powered by WordPress