Iceland Is Experiencing Its Biggest Continuous Volcanic Eruption in Centuries By Douglas Main 10/15/14 at 9:28 PMFiled Under: Tech & Science, Volcanoes, Volcanic Eruptions, Iceland, Natural DisastersThe last time an Icelandic volcano made headlines around the world was when the tongue-twister Eyjafjallajökull spewed tons of ash into the air in 2010, halting thousands of flights and costing airlines and passengers more than $7 billion in lost revenue.Despite the power and global impact of that volcano’s several-week-long eruption, it barely affected Iceland, dropping only a small amount of ash near its peak, Freysteinn Sigmundsson, a geophysics and volcanology researcher at the University of Iceland’s Institute of Earth Sciences told Newsweekduring an interview at his office in Reykjavik at the beginning of October.But Eyjafjallajökull is paltry compared to the recent eruption of Bardarbunga (or Bárðarbunga in Icelandic), a volcano in a remote area of central Iceland that began venting lava and fumes in earnest on August 31, Sigmundsson said.Newsweek Magazine is Back In Print By October 1, that eruption had already spewed out more sulfur dioxide than any other Icelandic volcano in the past several hundred years and showed no signs of stopping, said Sigmundsson, whose calm and friendly demeanor, which is common among denizens of this volcano-forged land, contrasted with his message of the volcano’s ominous power.Since then, the eruption has continued at the same rate, coughing up more lava and sulfur fumes.“The concentrations have been reaching unhealthy levels in large parts of the country,” John Stevenson, a volcano researcher at the University of Edinburgh, told Newsweek Wednesday. “The area affected depends on the wind direction but includes Reykjavik. It has been causing painful eyes and throats, led to cancelation of sporting events, and asthmatics are encouraged to stay indoors,” he said.The fumes have cast a blue haze across the landscape and at times made the sun appear red, according to a post at a blog called the Daily Kos.So far, there haven’t been any deaths attributed to the volcano’s eruption, but the high levels of pollution have been linked to increased deaths by cardiopulmonary diseases in the past, especially amongst the elderly, Stevenson said.John A. Stevenson / Volcan01010 The eruption has produced a lava field that is growing about 0.6 square miles per day, and which now covers an area roughly the size of Manhattan. The average thickness of the lava is about 45 feet—enough to reach the windows on a four-story building—although these geologic estimates are uncertain since the thickness can only be measured over a small area, Stevenson said.The molten rock is “spraying out of the ground as high as the Statue of Liberty is tall,” and covering the equivalent of a soccer pitch every eight minutes, Stevenson said.The current eruption is taking place at the Holuhraun lava fields, about 28 miles away from where scientists expected the volcano to erupt, at Bardarbunga’s caldera, or crater, where lava has come out of the mountain in past eruptions.Icelandic Met Office via Reuters The caldera is covered in a thick sheet of ice, which is part of Vatnajökull, or the Vatna glacier, Iceland’s largest.“We are lucky the eruption didn’t take place there,” Sigmundsson said, pointing to Bardarbunga’s ice-covered caldera on a map. Instead, a swarm of small earthquakes in late August progressed from near the volcano’s main chamber by the caldera, and toward Holuhraun, through which lava eventually erupted on the last day of the month.There’s still a possibility that another eruption could occur closer to or on the caldera, Sigmundsson said. If this happens under the ice, it has the potential to could cause flooding and impact the lives of the farmers living downhill from the volcano alongside the Skjálfandafljót river. An eruption under the ice (and resulting flood) could have an immense impact on tourism in the country’s northeast, since one would have to go all the way around the island to reach this area, Stevenson said.Scientists are continuously monitoring the eruption site with various types of equipment and video cameras, and if there is a flood, researchers would have perhaps five hours or more to warn people downstream, Stevenson noted.Bardarbunga may be one for the history books, but it’s definitely not the worst in Iceland’s history. That would probably be the 1783-1784 Laki eruption, which killed 60 percent of Iceland’s livestock and about 20 percent of its people. Compared to that, Bardarbunga is “10 times smaller in terms of eruption rate, fire fountain height, and gas content,” Stevenson said.But even so, “it’s pretty amazing,” he said. Reuters Related Articles Photos: Toxic Gases Stop Rescue Mission at Japanese Volcano Mount Ontake
Fisherman catches ‘alien’ sea creature Ong Han Boon was ‘flummoxed’ by what he landed while fishing in his favorite fishing spot off the island of Sentosa in Singapore; it featured 100 moving arms by David StregeBizarre sea creature was called an alien by the Singapore fisherman who caught it, but it’s actually a basket star. Photo is a screen grab from the video.Ong Han Boon was fishing in his favorite spot off the Island of Sentosa in Singapore when he landed something he’s never seen before—a bizarre sea creature, one featuring at least 100 twisting and turning arms.“When I pulled it out of the water I was completely flummoxed by what I was looking at,” Boontold the U.K. Mirror.Boon, 54, videotaped the odd-looking sea creature with its 100 moving tentacles and then released it back into the ocean. Here’s what he saw:“I’ve had quite a few odd things come out of the ocean, but I have never seen anything like this before in my life,” Boon told the Mirror. “It had all these arms waving around.“I thought it looked like an alien or some kind of mutant.”The Mirror described it as a cross between a starfish, an octopus, and an alien monster.Boon posted the video on Facebook in hopes someone could identify the sea creature.“I’ve asked all my friends and none of them know, and all my Internet searches have not turned up anything that looks like this,” Boon told the Mirror.“So, if no one can identify it then I guess I’m right—it’s either an alien or I’ve discovered a new species of mutant sea creature.”The Mirror asked people to vote on the identity of the sea creature, giving these options: alien, mutant caused by pollution, undiscovered species, fake, and radioactive pot noodle.But thanks to The Blaze, we have a concrete answer:“It appears to be a basket star, an echinoderm that, according to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, is typically found in the Pacific Ocean between 50 to 500 feet below sea level but can live as deep as 6,564 feet. Basket stars usually feed on zooplankton.”NOAA produced a video a while back showing a basket star that was discovered at 1,800 feet in Indonesian waters, and it is every bit as creepy as Boon’s discovery.The invertebrate has numerous arms that can measure more than 3 feet long with each branch featuring tiny sharp hooks that captures prey. Or in this case, the fishing hook of Boon.Follow David Strege on Facebook More weird creatures on GrindTV Bizarre, see-through creature baffles anglers Enormous rare sea creature hauled from the depths by Florida fishermen Mysterious sea monster discovered in Spain is identified
Abandoned mines spill orange sludge in Arizona 6 hours agoThis undated photo shows orange sludge leaking from the Trench Camp Mine near Patagonia, Ariz. Heavy rain from Hurricane Odile has caused the two abandoned mines to spill orange sludge into waterways that lead to the popular Patagonia Lake in southern Arizona. (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Gooch Goodwin)TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A popular tourist attraction in southern Arizona is at risk of being contaminated with orange and brown sludge that spilled from two abandoned mines near Patagonia.The Trench Camp and Lead Queen mines overflowed late last month because of heavy rainfall caused by Hurricane Odile.The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a notice of violation to an Asarco trust that owns the Trench Camp Mine near Patagonia, Arizona. „We’ve talked to our consultants, and we’re gonna do what the state requires us to do,” Jay Steinberg, who runs the trust, said Wednesday.A resident near the town of Patagonia noticed the sludge at the end of September, first at the Lead Queen Mine and later at the Trench Camp one, said Wendy Russell, coordinator for the Patagonia Area Resource Alliance. Both waterways lead to Sonoita Creek, which runs off into Patagonia Lake, the site of the state park.”This is an ongoing hazard to our community’s water supply,” Russell said, adding that Patagonia Lake State Park is a tourist attraction. „Folks fish and swim there.”Initial tests showed the water had unsafe levels of pH, but more will be conducted.The Lead Queen Mine ended operations in the 1940s. Trench Camp closed in the 1960s.Since then, Arizona has taken Asarco to court to get the company to invest in cleanup efforts at its shuttered mines around the state. The parties settled in 2009, and $2.85 million was allocated to cleaning up Trench Camp and another mine.Russell said not enough has been done to ensure the sites are free of any toxic materials that could leak into the area’s water supply.”There’s been minimal efforts to clean them up, and we just witnessed what happens when they don’t get cleaned up properly,” she said.Other parts of the southern part of the state have been affected by the hurricane that damaged the Baja California peninsula. Last month, a copper mine in Sonora, Mexico, spilled into a water supply that leads to the San Pedro River. However, tests revealed the San Pedro River had not been contaminated.
America’s richest cities By Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. FrohlichOctober 14, 2014 1:10 PMBruce Cakebread, president and COO of Napa Valley winery Cakebread Cellars, heads to a vineyard shrouded in fog during the wine harvest season in Rutherford, California in this file photo from September 12, 2008. Today, there are some 500, owned by multigenerational families, big corporations, Silicon Valley millionaires, celebrities and everyday people, drawn by the allure of winemaking and the beauty of a valley located just 45 miles (70 km) north of San Francisco. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)Despite an ongoing economic recovery in the U.S., American households are still struggling. While last year the median household income rose to $52,250, Americans are still not as well off as they were just a few years earlier — in 2009, the median household income was $54,389.Related Stories
Incomes in individual cities similarly reflected the same lack of growth that the nation experienced. Of America’s 372 metro areas, just 16 recorded a statistically significant increase in median household incomes between 2009 and 2013, while 115 recorded a meaningful decline. The distribution of incomes between cities, too, remained especially wide. The San Jose metro area is the nation’s richest, with a median household income of $91,533 in 2013, while Sebring, Florida is the nation’s poorest, with a median income of just $33,811 last year.ALSO READ: The 10 States With the Worst Quality of Life While income levels and poverty rates do not always move in lockstep, they tend to be closely related. In fact, the Census Bureau measures poverty status by determining an income threshold for a household, depending on the age of the householders, family size, and number of children. As a result, poverty levels tend to be higher in places with exceptionally low incomes. Notably, the poverty rate in all 10 of the poorest metro areas exceeded the national rate of 15.8% in 2013. More than 34% of people in the McAllen, Texas metro area lived in poverty last year, the highest rate nationwide.High-paying jobs are often concentrated in just a few industries, and the nation’s richest cities typically have very high concentrations of jobs in these fields. Professional services like the sciences and management positions, for example, accounted for 11.1% of America’s workforce. In most the wealthiest metro areas, however, far more regional workers were employed in these professions.Further, low income areas tended to have smaller shares of residents that had earned at least a bachelor’s degree. Last year, 29.6% of Americans aged 25 and older had completed at least a bachelor’s degree. In the richest cities, this percentage was frequently far higher. In one of the richest metro areas, Boulder, Colorado, more than 58% of residents 25 and over had a college degree, the highest rate in the nation. In seven of the 10 poorest metro areas, on the other hand, fewer than 20% of adults had a bachelor’s degree.Holding down a job can also play a major role in promoting high incomes because most Americans derive the majority of their income from their jobs. In a 2013 working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, authors Jeff Larrimore, Richard V. Burkhauser, and Philip Armour concluded that most of the decline in American post-tax incomes during the Great Recession was driven by a decline in employment.Notably, nine of the 10 richest cities had unemployment rates below the national rate of 7.4% in 2013. On the other hand, in many of the nation’s poorest cities, the unemployment rates were quite high. Most of the poorest cities had unemployment rates above the national rate in 2013, and three of these metro areas had unemployment rates at or above 10% last year.ALSO READ: America’s Richest StatesBased on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey (ACS), 24/7 Wall St. identified the U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with the highest median household incomes. Median income data for all previous years is adjusted for inflation. We also reviewed figures on poverty, home values, and income inequality from the Census Bureau’s ACS, as well as annual average unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Figures on gross domestic product for metro areas, called gross metropolitan product (GMP), are for 2013 and are from IHS Global Insight.These are America’s richest cities. 10. Napa, Calif.AP Photo/Eric Risberg> Median household income: $70,914> Population: 140,326> Unemployment rate: 6.3% (116th lowest)> Poverty rate: 9.0% (10th lowest)A typical household in the Napa metro area earned nearly $71,000 last year, more than in all but nine other metro areas. The national median household income, by contrast, was $52,250. Like most wealthy areas, poverty in Napa is much less common than in other cities. Just 9% of Napa residents lived in poverty last year, versus the national rate of 15.8%. With such high incomes, Napa residents can afford extremely valuable homes. Nearly 12% of Napa properties were worth more than $1 million, a higher proportion than in all but three other metro areas. And most area residents who did not own a home paid monthly rents of more than $1,200, also among the higher figures nationwide.9. Midland, TexasJames Durbin/MCT/Getty Images > Median household income: $71,442 > Population: 155,723 > Unemployment rate: 3.3% (3rd lowest) > Poverty rate: 9.3% (15th lowest)A drilling boom in the Texas Permian Basin has led to an economic renaissance in Midland. According to IHS Global Insight, Midland was the fastest-growing metro area in the nation in 2013, with a real GMP growth rate of 8.5%. The median income in Midland rose from $61,809 in 2012 to $71,442 in 2013. Last year, 9% of households in the Midland area earned at least $200,000, among the highest proportions in the nation. Further, just 9.3% of people lived below the poverty line in 2013, and just 3.3% of workers were unemployed, both among the lowest rates in the U.S.8. Boulder, Colo.AP Photo/Brennan Linsley > Median household income: $71,604 > Population: 310,048> Unemployment rate: 5.2% (48th lowest)> Poverty rate: 13.9% (93rd lowest)Last year, 9.2% of households in Boulder earned at least $200,000, a higher proportion than in all but eight metro areas nationwide. A well-educated population likely contributed to the high levels of income in Boulder. As of last year, 58.5% of residents 25 and older had at least a college degree — the most in the U.S. One contributing factor is the presence of the University of Colorado-Boulder, the state’s flagship university, which has nearly 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 1,100 tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Major private sector employers in the area include IBM, Ball Aerospace, and medical device giant Covidien.ALSO READ: America’s 50 Best Cities to Live7. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H.The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)> Median household income: $72,907 > Population: 4,684,299> Unemployment rate: 6.4% (128th lowest)> Poverty rate: 10.4% (23rd lowest)Like several other wealthy cities, residents of the Boston metro area are far more likely to work in traditionally higher-paying industries than residents of other cities. More than 15% of employees worked in professional and scientific positions, more than in all but a handful of other metro areas. The high volume of universities and research institutions likely contributes to Boston’s high educational attainment rates and the presence of high-paying jobs. Nearly 45% of residents had attained at least a bachelor’s degree as of last year, one of the highest rates nationwide. And one in 10 households reported incomes of at least $200,000 last year, one of the highest proportions of any metro area.6. Anchorage, AlaskaAP Photo/Mark Thiessen > Median household income: $76,831 > Population: 396,142 > Unemployment rate: 5.5% (65th lowest)> Poverty rate: 7.1% (2nd lowest)Anchorage was not just the sixth richest metro area in the U.S. last year, it also had the nation’s second lowest poverty rate, at just 7.1%. Anchorage is the economic center of Alaska, with more than 56% of state output coming from the area, according to IHS Global Insight. However, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, “Alaska was the only state where real GDP decreased in 2013, primarily due to a decline in mining that resulted from lower [production] on the state’s North Slope.” Oil production in the North Slope has dropped from more than 722 million barrels in 1998 to just 182 million last year.5. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.ryThe landmark neon sign for the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and Motel, off the 101 Freeway in Oxnard, California. (Patricia …> Median household income: $77,363> Population: 839,620> Unemployment rate: 7.8% (116th highest)> Poverty rate: 11.9% (46th lowest)While high-income areas usually have strong job markets, the Oxnard metro area seems to be an outlier. The Oxnard’s metro area’s unemployment rate was 7.8% last year, higher than the national rate of 7.4%. Despite the relatively high unemployment, area residents were still quite wealthy. A typical household earned more than $77,000 last year, and 10.6% of households reported incomes of more than $200,000, also among the highest figures nationwide.4. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.AP Photo/Jeff Chiu > Median household income: $79,624 > Population: 4,516,276 > Unemployment rate: 6.6% (140th lowest) > Poverty rate: 11.5% (43rd lowest)Located in one of the nation’s most prominent technology centers, the San Francisco metro area has long been attractive for highly educated Americans seeking high paying employment. More than 45% of area residents had completed at least an undergraduate degree in 2013, versus less than 30% of all Americans.The information industry, as well as the professional, scientific, and management sector, together accounted for more than 21% of all employment in the area last year. Both industries had among the highest shares of local workers compared to other cities. High incomes likely drove up home prices, as the value of more than 17% of all owner-occupied housing units was at least $1 million last year, second only to San Jose. However, a shortfall in affordable housing may have also contributed to the area’s high housing values.ALSO READ: 10 Safest High-Yield Dividends3. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.Stamford, Conn. (Thinkstock)> Median household income: $82,084> Population: 939,904> Unemployment rate: 7.2% (169th highest)> Poverty rate: 9.6% (20th lowest)More than 18% of households in the Bridgeport metro area reported income of at least $200,000 last year, the highest such rate in the nation. By comparison, just 5% of all U.S. households reported an income of $200,000 or more. One major reason for this is Bridgeport’s large presence in the U.S. financial industry. Financial sector jobs accounted for over 11% of employment in the area. However, the Bridgeport area also had the nation’s worst income inequality, with the highest Gini index coefficient of any metro area in America.2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W. Va.The Washington Monument and reflectiong pool in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)> Median household income: $90,149> Population: 5,950,214> Unemployment rate: 5.4% (58th lowest)> Poverty rate: 8.5% (8th lowest)Washington, D.C. was one of just two metro areas with a median household income of over $90,000 in 2013, alongside San Jose. More than one in five Washington, D.C. area residents were employed in professional, scientific or management professions, more than in any other metro area. As part of the metro area that consists the nation’s capital, the area offers many traditionally high-paying jobs in addition to government positions. These likely explain the exceptionally high earnings among residents. Nearly 14% of households earned more than $200,000 in 2013, more than in all but three other metro areas.1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.San Jose, Calif. (Thinkstock)> Median household income: $91,533> Population: 1,919,641> Unemployment rate: 7.0% (175th lowest)> Poverty rate: 10.5% (26th lowest)San Jose is the richest metropolitan area in America, with a median household income of $91,533 in 2013. Further, more than 17% of households in the area earned at least $200,000 in 2013, behind only the Bridgeport metro area. San Jose is home to a highly skilled and well educated, workforce. Last year, 46.7% of residents 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree, one of the highest rates in the country. The continued strength of the technology sector is likely one factor pushing up incomes in the area. For example, last year major local employers Google and Apple alone awarded employees $3.2 billion and $2.3 billion, respectively, in stock-based compensation.Click here to read the 10 Poorest States.
Second Dallas nurse with Ebola was on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 Nurse reported fever before flight, but wasn’t ‘told she couldn’t fly’ By Jason Sickles, Yahoo8 hours ago DALLAS – A second nurse who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been diagnosed with the deadly disease — a day after flying from Ohio to Texas, officials said.CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a national news conference on Wednesday that Dallas nurse Amber Joy Vinson “was in a group of individuals known to have exposure to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline.”But according to multiple news reports, Vinson phoned the CDC before leaving Ohio to report she had an elevated fever of 99.5 degrees and would be flying back to Dallas. Vinson wasn’t “told she couldn’t fly,” an unidentified CDC source told ABC News.“Somebody dropped the ball,” CBS News quoted one health official as saying.Vinson, who was in Ohio last weekend to plan her wedding, was not experiencing symptoms when she made the flight from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth late Monday, Frieden said.About 24 hours later Vinson, 29, was placed in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian.Dallas nurse Amber Vinson in a photo from high school. (Akron Public Schools)“The second health care worker case is very concerning,” Frieden said earlier Wednesday. “Our thoughts are with the individual and the individual’s family.”Because Vinson’s condition has worsened, federal officials said she will be treated at a biocontainment unit at Emory University Hospital. An air ambulance carried her to Atlanta Wednesday evening.The CDC is asking that all 132 passengers on Monday’s Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth call 1-800-CDC-INFO. The flight landed at 8:16 p.m. CT Monday.Since Vinson didn’t have a fever and wasn’t vomiting on the flight, it “suggests to us that the risk to any person around that individual on the plane would have been extremely low,” Frieden said.Dallas was Flight 1143’s last stop on Monday and Frontier said the aircraft “received a thorough cleaning per our normal procedures.” But Flightaware.com, a flight-monitoring website, told the Los Angeles Times that the Airbus A320 made five additional flights on Tuesday before being taken out of service for decontamination on Wednesday.Going forward, Frieden said, no one else involved in Duncan’s care will be allowed to travel “other than in a controlled environment.”The White House conceded on Wednesday that there have been “shortcomings” in the response to the Dallas Ebola crisis. “It’s not clear what protocols were in place and how those protocols were implemented,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during a news conference.Vinson was among 76 hospital workers who cared for Duncan, a Liberian citizen who died from Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian a week ago. Her colleague, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with the virus on Sunday and is also in isolation at their hospital. Pham, 26, was in good condition on Wednesday, the hospital said.It has not been determined how either nurse was infected, but Frieden said investigators are focusing on the Sept. 28-30 time frame. An ambulance rushed Duncan to the hospital on Sept. 28, and he was placed in “strict isolation.” Two days later, Duncan was officially diagnosed as the first Ebola case in the United States.Dallas nurse Nina Pham and Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan (AP Photos)Vinson and Pham worked those days and had “extensive contact with the patient when he was having substantial amounts of both vomiting and diarrhea,” Frieden said.Federal investigators, Frieden said, have learned that the hospital used various forms of personal protective gear during Duncan’s first days at Texas Health Presbyterian. Medical records provided by Duncan’s family show that hospital staffers didn’t trade in their gowns and scrubs for hazmat suits until the CDC confirmed his Ebola diagnosis, the Associated Press reported.“There are several ways to use personal protective equipment safely,” Frieden said. “It’s critical that that be done consistently and correctly. That’s one of the areas of active investigation.”At an early-morning news conference, a bleary-eyed Dr. Daniel Varga, the hospital’s chief clinical officer, called Vinson’s infection “an unprecedented crisis.”“We’re a hospital that may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today,” Varga said. “Make no mistake: No one wants to get this right more than our hospital.”The plane which Amber Vinson was a passenger on was grounded on Wednesday for decontamination. (AP/Tony Dejak)Throughout the day, local and federal authorities warned that Vinson and Pham may only represent the beginning of the spread of Ebola to the United States.“This second health care worker case is very concerning,” Frieden said. “We are planning for the possibility of additional cases in the coming days.”Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins called the second diagnosis a “gut shot” to the hospital staff and acknowledged that officials were scouting additional hospitals with isolation rooms, should they be needed.“That is a very real possibility,” he said.A hazardous-materials team is now decontaminating Vinson’s Dallas apartment in a community not far from the hospital. City officials said she lived alone and had no pets.“This is a heroic person, a person who has dedicated her life to helping others and is a servant leader,” Jenkins said.Vinson, a nurse in Texas for two years, was in Ohio visiting family near Akron. She arrived in Cleveland last Saturday on Frontier Flight 1142, according to the airline.Vinson attended Kent State University and is related to three employees there, Reuters reported. University officials said she did not visit the campus on her recent trip home.“Out of an abundance of caution, we’re asking the patient’s family members to remain off campus for the next 21 days and self-monitor per CDC protocol,” Dr. Angela DeJulius, Kent State’s health services director, said in a statement.In addition to the more than 70 hospital workers being monitored, an additional 48 people who had either direct or indirect contact with Duncan before he was hospitalized are being watched for Ebola symptoms. None have shown signs of the illness so far, officials said.Duncan, who had traveled from West Africa to Dallas days before becoming ill, was the first person to be diagnosed with the virus in the United States. The disease, for which there is no known cure, has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa in 2014, the World Health Organization estimates.“I continue to believe that while Dallas is anxious about this — and, with this news this morning, the anxiety level goes up a level — we are not fearful,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “It may get worse before it gets better, but it will get better.”(This story was updated at 10 p.m. ET)Jason Sickles is a reporter for Yahoo. Follow him on Twitter (@jasonsickles).
Two Dead After At Least 25 Tornadoes Touch Down in Southeast, Ohio Valley During Severe Weather Outbreak Published: Oct 15, 2014, 7:08 AM EDT weather.com Two Killed In Severe Weather A persistent round of severe weather continued Tuesday after wreaking havoc all over the South and Ohio Valley Monday, spawning at least 25 tornadoes and killing two people. A 33-year-old Marine and a father of three was killed when a tornado struck his Arkansas home and a 75-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree in Alabama. Thousands were still without power by Tuesday night. (MORE: Track This Severe Weather Outbreak)Here’s a state-by-state rundown of this severe weather outbreak’s effects.Arkansas At least five tornadoes were confirmed in Arkansas. One person is dead and at least four others were sent to a nearby hospital in Little River County when a tornado swept through the county in southwestern Arkansas. The National Weather Service surveyed the damage and found it to be consistent with an EF2 tornado Monday afternoon.Eddie Withem, 33, was killed when a tornado tore through his home in Ashdown, Arkansas.The tornado was in progress at about 5 a.m. local time Monday morning, damaging at least two homes and destroying one, according to the Little River County Sheriff’s Office. Eddie Withem, a father of three, was killed after he and his wife, Roxanne, were blown out of their home in Ashdown. Roxanne remains in critical condition after surgery; The couple’s three children sustained minor injures and have since been released from the hospital.Nearby, a separate EF0 tornado was confirmed near Wilton. The NWS said it was only in progress for one minute. An EF1 tornado carved a three-mile path through an area just north of England, leaving damage to structures – including a few that were damaged by an Oct. 2 twister, the NWS said. Arkansas Office of Emergency Management spokesman Rick Fahr told The Weather Channel at least two house fires in northwestern Arkansas were believed to be started by lightning Monday morning as the storms rolled through.”These fires are in the extreme northwest parts of the state, at least 150 miles from where the possible tornado was,” said Fahr.The town of Osceola reported damage from a possible tornado later Monday afternoon, though there were no immediate reports of injuries. Two city buildings were destroyed, according to the National Weather Service.Alabama Storms caused widespread damage in Central Alabama and left one person dead Tuesday evening. Shirley Hicks, 75, was killed when a tree fell on her home in Dora on Monday, according to MyFoxAL.com. She was in her living room when a tree fell on the mobile home. Her husband was also in the home and sustained minor injures.An EF0 tornado carved a 6-mile path near Shottsville on Monday night. An EF1 tornado touched down in downtown Tuscumbia. Trees and power lines were down and buildings were also damaged in Huntsville, Haleyville, Cullman and Shottsville, according to the National Weather Service.
Nepal Blizzard, Avalanche Kills at Least 12 as Remnants of Cyclone Hudhud Dump Huge Snow Totals Associated Press Published: Oct 15, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT weather.com At Least a Dozen Killed in AvalancheAt least 12 people were killed in Nepal’s mountainous north due to an avalanche and blizzard, and officials say they expect the death toll to rise as they battle steep terrain and persistent heavy snow.One Indian and four Canadian trekkers were killed in the disaster in Phu on Wednesday, according to Devendra Lamichane, chief administrator of Manang district. He also said the bodies were buried by the massive amounts of displaced snow and ice, and digging them out would take days.A separate avalanche overtook five climbers on another nearby mountain, and they remain missing, the officials added. Both incidents are believed to be brought on by remnants of Cyclone Hudhud, which lashed the eastern coast of India before moving north.(MORE: 1 Killed, 12 Injured By Gonzalo)Three villagers were killed Monday in the same district, about 100 miles northwest of the capital, Katmandu, and their bodies were recovered on Wednesday.In neighboring Mustang district, four trekkers caught in a blizzard died Tuesday. Rescuers recovered the bodies of the two Poles, one Israeli and one Nepali from the Thorong La pass area. The pass is on a route that circles Mount Annapurna, the world’s 10th highest peak.It was initially thought the group had been caught in an avalanche, but government official Yam Bahadur Chokyal said by telephone from Mustang that they had died in the blizzard.Government official Baburam Bhandari said more bodies were likely to be found. He said it was unclear how many people were on the snow-covered route but dozens were believed to be stranded.At least 14 foreign trekkers have been rescued so far, and two army helicopters were flying them to Jomsom town.(WATCH: 9 Million People on the Verge of Catastrophe)The avalanche on Mount Dhaulagiri hit climbers at the base camp who were preparing to scale the 26,800-foot-high peak, the world’s seventh tallest. Two of the missing climbers were from Slovakia and three were Nepalese guides, said Gyanedra Shrestha of Nepal’s mountaineering department.Weather forecasters said the blizzard was caused by a cyclone that hit neighboring India several days ago.October is the most popular trekking season in Nepal, with thousands of foreigners hiking in the Himalayan mountains.An avalanche in April just above the base camp on Mount Everest killed 16 Nepalese guides, the deadliest single disaster ever on the mountain. Climate experts say rising global temperatures have contributed to avalanches in the Himalayas.MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Tropical Cyclone HudhudDamage is seen at the airport in Visakhapatnam, the largest city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and the third largest city on the east coast of India, after Cyclone Hudhud devastated the region Oct. 12, 2014. (Twitter/sarathnalla)