8.6 Magnitude Earthquake hits off Indonesia

By REZA MUNAWIR from BANDA ACEH | REUTERS | APRIL 11, 2012

A powerful 8.6 magnitude earthquake and strong aftershocks struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending people as far away as southern India scurrying from buildings and raising fears of a disastrous tsunami as in 2004.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in Aceh, the Indonesian province closest to the initial earthquake. But an aftershock of almost the same magnitude, less deep that the first quake, hit soon after he finished speaking.

The first quake struck at 4.38 a.m EDT and an 8.2 magnitude aftershock just over two hours later, at 6.43 a.m. EDT. Two more strong aftershocks hit later.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued fresh tsunami warnings for the entire Indian Ocean after the aftershocks. Authorities in Indonesia said there were reports of sea-levels rising off Aceh, but by less than a metre (3.3 feet).

But authorities in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands, to the north of where the quakes struck, said waves of up to 3.9 metres (13 feet) could hit there.

Individual countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, issued their own tsunami warnings and people near the coast in six Thai provinces were ordered to move to higher ground. Authorities shut down the international airport in the Thai beach resort province of Phuket.

The quakes were about 300 miles southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, the U.S. Geological survey said. The first was at a depth of 20.5 miles.

Indonesia’s disaster management agency said power was down in Aceh province and people were gathering on high ground as sirens warned of the danger.

“The electricity is down, there are traffic jams to access higher ground. Sirens and Koran recitals from mosques are everywhere,” said Sutopo, spokesman for the agency.

Yudhoyono, speaking after the first quake, said there were no signs of a disaster.

“There is no tsunami threat although we are on alert,” said he said at a joint news conference in Jakarta with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron, who said Britain was standing ready to help if needed.

“The situation in Aceh is under control, there’s a little bit of panic but people can go to higher ground,” Yudhoyono said.

Warning sirens rang out across the Thai island of Phuket, a tourist hotspot that was one of the worst hit areas in the 2004 tsunami.

“Guests from expensive hotels overlooking Phuket’s beaches were evacuated to the hills behind and local people were driving away in cars and on motorcycles. Everyone seemed quite calm, the warning had been issued well in advance,” freelance journalist Apichai Thonoy told Reuters by telephone.

OUT ON THE STREETS

Indonesian television showed people gathering in mosques in Banda Aceh. Many others were on the streets, holding crying children.

In the city of Medan, a hospital evacuated patients, who were wheeled out on beds and in wheelchairs.

Yudhoyono said he had ordered a disaster relief team to fly to Aceh, which was devastated by the 9.1 magnitude 2004 quake, which sent huge tsunami waves crashing into Sumatra, where 170,000 people were killed, and across the Indian Ocean.

In all, the 2004 tsunami killed about 230,000 people in 13 Indian Ocean countries, including Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.

Wednesday’s quakes were felt as far away as the Thai capital, Bangkok, and in southern India, hundreds of office workers in the city of Bangalore left their buildings while the port of Chennai closed down because of tsunami fears.

The quakes were in roughly in the same area as the 2004 quake, which was at a depth of 18 miles along a fault line running under the Indian Ocean, off western Indonesia and up into the Bay of Bengal.

One expert told the BBC at least Wednesday’s first quake was a “strike-slip” fault, meaning a more horizontal shift of the ground under the sea as opposed to a sudden vertical shift, and less risk of a large displacement of water triggering a tsunami.

The quakes were also felt in Sri Lanka, where office workers in the capital, Colombo, fled their offices.

Mahinda Amaraweera, Sri Lanka’s minister for disaster management, called for calm while advising people near the coast to seek safety.

“I urge the people not to panic. We have time if there is a tsunami going to come. So please evacuate if you are in the coastal area and move to safer places,” Amaraweera told a private television channel.

In Bangladesh, where two tremors were felt, authorities said there appeared to be no threat of a tsunami. Australia also said there was no threat of a tsunami there.

OMS: Crianças vacinadas contra H1N1 sofrem Narcolepsia

Casos de Narcolepsia foram registados em 12 países em pacientes que recentemente tinham recebido a vacina Pandemrix.

Por Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
Fevereiro 9, 2011

Segundo a OMS, as pessoas afetadas são crianças e adolescentes, mas é necessária mais investigação para determinar com um 100 por cento de certeza que a causa da Narcolepsia é o uso da vacina.

A OMS doou 36 milhões de doses de 'Pandemrix' a 18 países em desenvolvimento.

A Organização Mundial da Saúde (OMS) anunciou nesta terça-feira que pelo menos 12 países relataram casos de narcolepsia em crianças e adolescentes que já haviam sido vacinados contra a gripe A.

O Comité Global de Consulta para a Segurança das Vacinas da OMS publicou uma declaração especificando que “desde Agosto de 2010, após a vacinação em massa contra o vírus da gripe AH1N1 em 2009, houve casos de Narcolepsia em crianças e adolescentes em pelo menos 12 países. ”

No entanto, o grupo afirmou que é preciso “mais pesquisas” para determinar a relação exata entre os casos de Narcolepsia e vacinação contra a gripe, com o produto Pandemrix ou outras vacinas.

Na semana passada, a OMS anunciou que estava investigando um aumento de casos de Narcolepsia, na Finlândia, que poderiam estar associados com a vacina ‘Pandemrix’ fabricada pela empresa GlaxoSmithKline, uma vez que todos os envolvidos parecem ter sido imunizada com o mesmo produto.
Finlândia descontinua o uso da vacina

O Governo da Finlândia tinha relatado casos de Narcolepsia entre os vacinados contra a gripe, todos eles com idades entre 4 e 19 anos.

Em Helsínquia, o Instituto Nacional de Saúde e Bem-Estar da Finlândia (THL) publicou um estudo mostrando que a vacina da gripe H1N1 Pandemrix, fabricada pela empresa farmacêutica GlaxoSmithKline, multiplica o risco de narcolepsia durante a infância.

Segundo este estudo, entre 2009 e 2010 foram diagnosticados 60 casos de Narcolepsia em crianças finlandesas e adolescentes entre 4 e 19 anos, dos quais 52 (quase 90 por cento) haviam sido vacinadas com Pandemrix.

O fenômeno levou as autoridades de saúde finlandês a parar de usar a vacina como medida preventiva, para determinar seus possíveis efeitos colaterais.

A Narcolepsia é um estado patológico que faz com que o paciente sinta uma vontade de dormir irresistível a qualquer momento.

Possíveis países afetados

A OMS que doou 36 milhões de doses da vacina ‘Pandemrix’ a 18 países, três deles latinos, mas até agora não ouviu falar de casos de Narcolepsia.

A lista de países que receberam ‘Pandemrix’ é a seguinte: Arménia, Azerbaijão, Bangladesh, Bolívia, Burkina Fasso, Cuba, Coréia do Norte, El Salvador, Etiópia, Gana, Namíbia, Filipinas, Tadjiquistão, Togo, Ruanda, Quênia, Mongólia e Senegal.

O relatório de conclusão final sobre a relação entre narcolepsia e esta vacina vai ser divulgado em 31 de agosto.

Children Vaccinated against AH1N1 suffer from Narcolepsy

The World Health Organization reports that cases of Narcolepsy are possibly related to the vaccine Pandemrix

by Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
February 8, 2011

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that at least 12 countries reported cases of narcolepsy in children and adolescents who had previously been vaccinated against influenza AH1N1.

Pandemrix is produced by GlaxoSmithKline

The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, WHO has published a statement specifying that “since August 2010, following massive vaccination against influenza virus H1N1 in 2009, there were cases of narcolepsy in children and adolescents in at least 12 countries. ”

However, the group has said it takes “more research” to determine the exact relationship between cases of narcolepsy and influenza vaccination, through the use of the vaccine Pandemrix or another one.

Last week, the WHO announced it was investigating a rise in cases of narcolepsy in Finland which could be associated with the vaccine ‘Pandemrix’ manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, since all patients seemed to have been immunized with the same product.

Finland discontinued use of the vaccine

The Government of Finland had reported cases of narcolepsy among people ages 4 -19 years old, vaccinated against influenza AH1N1.

In Helsinki, the National Institute of Health and Welfare of Finland (THL) published a study showing that the H1N1 flu vaccine Pandemrix, manufactured by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, increases the risk of childhood narcolepsy.

Since August 2010, following massive vaccination against influenza virus H1N1 in 2009, there were cases of narcolepsy in children and adolescents in at least 12 countries, "WHO says

According to this study, between 2009 and 2010 authorities diagnosed 60 cases of narcolepsy in Finnish children and adolescents between 4 and 19 years, of which 52 (almost 90 per cent) had been vaccinated with Pandemrix.

The phenomenon led the Finnish health authorities to stop using this vaccine as a preventive measure to determine the possible side effects.

Narcolepsy is a pathological state that causes the patients to suffer irresistible sleep at any time.

Possible affected countries

The WHO has donated 36 million doses of the vaccine ‘Pandemrix’ to 18 countries. Three of those countries are Latin American ones, but so far non of those nations have reported cases of narcolepsy.

The list of countries that received ‘Pandemrix’ includes: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cuba, North Korea, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Namibia, Philippines, Tajikistan, Togo, Rwanda, Kenya, Mongolia and Senegal.

The completed final report on the relationship between narcolepsy and this vaccine will be published on August 31.


OMS: Niños vacunados contra H1N1 sufren de narcolepsia

Registrados en 12 países casos de narcolepsia con la vacuna de la gripe A

Terra.es

Según la OMS, los afectados son niños y adolescentes, pero hace falta más investigación para determinar que la causa sea la ingesta del medicamento.

La OMS donó 36 millones de dosis de 'Pandemrix' a 18 países en desarrollo.

 

La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) ha anunciado este martes que al menos 12 países registraron casos de narcolepsia en niños y adolescentes que previamente habían sido vacunados contra la gripe A.

El Comité Consultivo Mundial de la Seguridad de Vacunas de la OMS ha publicado un comunicado en el que especifica que “desde agosto de 2010, y tras masivas vacunaciones contra el virus de la gripe H1N1 en 2009, se detectaron casos de narcolepsia en niños y adolescentes en al menos 12 países”.

No obstante, el grupo ha señalado que hace falta “más investigación” para determinar la relación exacta entre los casos de narcolepsia y la vacunación contra la gripe, sea con la vacuna Pandemrix o con otra.

La semana pasada, la OMS anunció que investigaba un aumento de casos de narcolepsia en Finlandia que podría tener relación con la vacuna ‘Pandemrix’ del fabricante Glaxo, dado que todos los afectados parecían haber sido inmunizados con el mismo producto.

Finlandia interrumpe el uso de la vacuna

El Gobierno de Finlandia había informado de casos de narcolepsia entre vacunados contra la gripe A de entre 4 y 19 años.

 

Las autoridades de Finlandia han suspendido el uso de la vacuna, tras detectar varios casos de afectados de entre 4 y 19 años.

En Helsinki, el Instituto Nacional de Salud y Bienestar de Finlandia (THL) publicó un estudio según el cual la vacuna contra la gripe AH1N1 Pandemrix, fabricada por la compañía farmacéutica GlaxoSmithKline, multiplica el riesgo de contraer narcolepsia infantil. 

Según ese estudio, entre 2009 y 2010 se diagnosticaron 60 casos de narcolepsia en niños y adolescentes finlandeses de entre 4 y 19 años, de los cuales 52 (casi el 90 por ciento) habían sido vacunados con Pandemrix.

El fenómeno llevó a las autoridades sanitarias finlandesas a interrumpir el uso de esta vacuna de forma preventiva hasta determinar sus posibles efectos secundarios.

La narcolepsia es un estado patológico que produce en el afectado accesos irresistibles de sueño en cualquier momento.

Posibles países afectados

La OMS ha donado 36 millones de dosis de la vacuna ‘Pandemrix’ a 18 países en desarrollo, tres de ellos latinoamericanos, pero hasta el momento no se han tenido noticias de que se hayan dado casos de narcolepsia.

La lista de países que recibieron ‘Pandemrix’ es la siguiente: Armenia, Azerbaiyán, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Corea del Norte, El Salvador, Etiopía, Ghana, Namibia, Filipinas, Tayikistán, Togo, Ruanda, Kenia, Mongolia y Senegal.

El informe completo y definitivo sobre la relación entre la narcolepsia y esta vacuna se difundirá el próximo 31 de agosto próximo.