Heart problems increase substantially after earthquakes, new study claims
September 14, 2012 – HEALTH – A study carried out by two Portuguese researchers, which was recently unveiled during the European Epidemiology Congress in Oporto, shows that that the risk of suffering heart complications increases significantly in the wake of an earthquake. The chance of experiencing heart problems rises by more than 60 percent in the days following an earthquake, according to the research. Authors Ana Isabel Ribeiro, of Oporto University’s Superior Institute for Public Health, and Maria de Fátima Pina, of the Oporto University Medical Faculty’s Epidemiology Department, claim that the association between heart problems and quakes was already known. However, according to the two researchers, there were few studies that evaluated the impact that smaller tremors could have on non-lethal heart problems. For their work, the co-authors looked at hospital registers from 59 municipalities, home to 1.7 million inhabitants, where earthquakes of 5.3 in magnitude have been registered to understand the impact of quakes on hospital admissions through acute heart attacks. Based on the results the investigators stressed the need for public authorities to invest in raising awareness among the population with regards to this problem and educate society, with a view to avoiding panic and reducing the impact of earthquakes on the health of the most sensitive populations. Mainland Portugal, as many other countries, registers frequent seismic activity even though it is only of a low intensity. The first longitudinal study into the growth of Portuguese babies has also been recently revealed. Developed by a team of researchers from Oporto, associated to the FMUP Generation XXI project, the study reveals that Portuguese newborn girls weigh, on average, 3.1 kilos and measure around 48 centimetres in length, while boys weigh slightly more, at 3.22 kilos, and measure 49 centimetres. Researchers also documented children’s growth rates until the age of four and found that “children who gain weight quickly during the first years of life are at greater risk of developing obesity later on.”
“Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” -Luke 21:26
6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Kepulauan Mentawai region of Indonesia
September 14, 2012 – INDONESIA - A 6.2 -magnitude quake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra Island on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 11:51 am (0451 GMT) at a depth of 25 kilometers (15.5 miles), was 190 kilometers northwest of the town of Bengkulu. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency measured the magnitude at 6.1. The Indonesian agency said the earthquake was felt in the cities of Padang and Bengkulu and along the southern coast of Sumatra. “There are no reports of damage so far. The quake happened in the sea close to Mentawai Island, but no tsunami warning has been issued,” the agency’s duty officer, Koko Widyatmoko, told AFP.
Northern Ca. tremor: There are no damage reports after an earthquake jolted rural areas of Northern California near the Oregon border. A U.S. Geological Survey computer generated report says the magnitude-4.5 quake struck at 4:53 a.m. Friday and was centered 10 miles south of Fortuna. The area is about 180 miles southeast of Sacramento. Fortuna police dispatcher Tanya Kadle says he felt a quick jolt. She says there have been no reports of damage or injury. –Sac Bee
ASTEROID FLYBY: Today, an asteroid as wide as three football fields is flying past Earth. At closest approach, 2012 QG42 will be 2.8 million km (7.4 lunar distances) away, so there is no danger of a collision. Nevertheless, it is close enough for backyard astronomers to track using large amateur telescopes; the space rock is glowing like a 14th magnitude star. –Space Weather
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