5 Climbers Killed as Philippine Volcano Spews Huge Rocks
SUDDEN ERUPTION TOOK MOUNTAINEERS BY SURPRISE
(AP) – One of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes spewed huge rocks and ash after daybreak today, killing at least five climbers and trapping more than a dozen others near the crater in its first eruption in three years, officials said. Rescue teams and helicopters were sent to Mayon volcano in the central Philippines to bring out the dead. At least seven were injured from a group of about 20 mountaineers who were caught by surprise by the sudden eruption, officials say.
A guide speaking from a camp near the crater says the climbers, including a German, an Austrian, and a Filipino, were killed by huge rocks. The guide says he was in the group that spent the night on the picturesque mountain, known for its almost-perfect cone, when the volcano rumbled back to life early in the morning and rocks “as big as a living room” came raining down on them. He rushed back to the base camp to call for help.
(NEWSER) – Public health officials in arid parts of the American West are battling a huge rise in cases of a dust-borne disease many people have never heard of. Valley fever is contracted when people breathe in fungus-laced spores, and the drier, warmer conditions of recent years have contributed to an 850% rise in cases since 1998, mostly in Arizona and California, the AP reports. Around half of infections do not result in symptoms, which include mild to severe flu-like symptoms; but disability or death occurs in a small percentage of cases where the infection spreads from the lungs to other parts of the body.
The outbreak has hit hardest in central California, where 3,000 inmates classed as vulnerable to infection were recently transferred out of two San Joaquin Valley prisons where the fever has killed dozens of people over the last few years. “Valley fever is a very common problem here, and it devastates people’s lives,” says the chief of infectious diseases at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. “But many patients don’t know about it, and some physicians are only vaguely aware of it because half of our physicians come from out of state.”
Diplomat: Troops Told to Stand Down During Benghazi
HICKS SAYS PENTAGON REFUSED TO SCRAMBLE JETS
(NEWSER) – More testimony has been released sharply contradicting the Obama administration’s version of events during last year’s Benghazi attack. Greg Hicks, deputy of slain US Ambassador Chris Stevens, says a team of Special Operations troops was ready to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi but was told to stand down by Special Operations Command Africa, reports the Washington Post. Hicks—who says the State Department’s review “let people off the hook”—is scheduled to appear tomorrow at a congressional hearing on the attacks that killed Stevens and three other Americans.
Hicks says he tried unsuccessfully to get the Pentagon to scramble jets over Benghazi, a move he believes could have saved American lives by causing Libyan attackers to scatter instead of launching a second attack, CBS reports. After the attacks were over, Hicks says the lieutenant colonel in command of the Special Operations team told him, “I’ve never been so embarrassed in my life that a State Department officer has bigger balls than someone in the military.”
This Is The Total of ALL WorldWide EarthQuakes For The Last 24 Hours 05-06-13
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