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One dead, dozens stranded on erupting Japanese volcano

Saturday, 27 September 2014 15:48 Written by

Dozens of hikers were stranded Saturday on the slopes of an erupting Japanese volcano that has reportedly killed one person and left 30 more seriously injured.
Ash, rocks and steam continued to spew from Mount Ontake more than nine hours after it sprang violently to life as around 250 people were trying to scale its peak.
Four people were buried by the ash, with one having been dug out, Kyodo News reported. "I first thought it was thunder as I heard a bang and another bang, two or three times," a trekker told public broadcaster NHK. "Then volcanic dust fell noisily."
Amateur cameraman Keiji Aoki told Jiji Press: "It was tremendous. I prepared for death when I got caught in the dust under a pine tree."
A suffocating blanket of ash up to 20 centimetres (8 inches) deep covered a large area of the 3,067 metre (10,121-foot) volcano, trapping climbers and forcing up to 150 into mountaintop shelters at one point.
A picture taken by climber Keiji Aoki on September 27, 2014 shows white smoke rising from Mount Onta …
Around 230 people have now reached the bottom but a further 40 are trapped at the summit where they will spend the night in shelters, local media reported.
Aerial footage of Mt. Ontake showed several cabins smothered with the thick dust, some with windows that appear to have been shattered by the force of the eruption.
NHK said 32 people had been seriously injured, including more than 10 who were unconscious. The broadcaster said one woman was now known to have died.
- Troops sent to rescue hikers The eruption came on a busy autumn day on a mountain popular among hikers at this time of year.

Why Even Deniers Should Care About Climate Change

Saturday, 27 September 2014 05:56 Written by

These Photos Reveal The Grim Reality Of Ebola In Sierra Leone

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:24 Written by

For the last two years, writer and photographer Tommy Trenchard has been documenting life in Sierra Leone -- one of the three West African countries hardest hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak. Trenchard shared with us his photos documenting the outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia, and also provided some insights into what it's like to live in these countries right now.

HuffPost: How did you end up in Sierra Leone?

Trenchard: I'm a writer and photographer, and I traveled before through Sierra Leone just by chance. It's a beautiful country, and it really struck me. I've been living there for the past two years now.

You've been living in Sierra Leone since before the Ebola outbreak began. How different is life there now? Click read more to see the empty streets.

CDC: Ebola could infect 1.4 million in Liberia and Sierra Leone by end of January

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 02:12 Written by

Nigeria, Senegal are halting its spread, the World Health Organization said, although the overall death toll rose.

Sept. 22, 2014 Doctors transport Manuel Garcia Viejo, who is infected with Ebola, upon arrival at the hospital in Madrid. Viejo worked as a doctor at St. John of God Missionary Hospital in Sierra Leone, where he treated people diagnosed with Ebola. Hospital La Paz-Carlos III via European Pressphoto Agency
September 23 at 5:09 PM

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, already ghastly, could get worse by orders of magnitude, killing hundreds of thousands of people and embedding itself in the human population for years to come, according to two worst-case scenarios from scientists studying the historic outbreak.

The virus could potentially infect 1.4 million people in Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of January, according to a statistical forecast by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Tuesday. That number came just hours after a report in the New England Journal of Medicine warned that the epidemic might never be fully controlled and that the virus could become endemic, crippling civic life in the affected countries and presenting an ongoing threat of spreading elsewhere.

These dire scenarios from highly respected medical sources were framed, however, by optimism from U.S. officials that an accelerated response can and will contain the outbreak in the weeks and months ahead.

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China plans nuclear submarines near US coast, miltary bases in South China Sea

Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:07 Written by

The following is based on translations from Chinese media:

So far there has been no news about Chinese nuclear submarine cruising near the US. There has been official confirmation from China that a Chinese nuclear submarine operated in the Indian Ocean for a short period of time.

US nuclear submarine commander Benjamin Person (transliteration from Chinese) recently laughed at China, saying that Chinese nuclear submarines had never been active near the United States. He is happy that his nuclear submarine has been active in the seas near China for a long time.

This qianzhan.com article comments on Person’s words, saying that China obviously lags behind the US, but it has been making great efforts to catch up. China has established a coastal anti-submarine network and improved and upgraded the equipment of its anti-submarine aircraft and warships.

Exclusive: Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:03 Written by

By Scott Malone (Reuters) - The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found.

Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 said they strongly supported or tended to support the idea of their state breaking away, while 53.3 percent of the 8,952 respondents strongly opposed or tended to oppose the notion.

The urge to sever ties with Washington cuts across party lines and regions, though Republicans and residents of rural Western states are generally warmer to the idea than Democrats and Northeasterners, according to the poll.

Lava flows from Philippine volcano; thousands flee

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:00 Written by

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano has sent more huge lava fragments rolling down its slopes in an ongoing gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers, officials said Wednesday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has warned that a "hazardous eruption" of Mount Mayon, located in the eastern Philippines, is possible within weeks.

Why Chinese money is flooding American markets

Thursday, 18 September 2014 13:54 Written by

Over the past few years, there's been an influx of Chinese money into the U.S., increasing from about $58 million in 2000 to $14 billion in 2013.

The Chinese are interested in acquiring everything American, from companies to commercial and residential real estate. Their motivation is straightforward: They feel their assets are much better protected in the United States. Just this week, Beijing-based studio Huayi Brothers Media Corp. said it planned to spend $130 million in the U.S. to create a subsidiary to distribute movies and TV shows.

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