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Chemical Culprit Behind Indian Poisoning

The pesticides blamed for killing at least 25 children in India are widely used around the world and health experts have raised safety concerns about this class of chemicals in the past also.

Known as organophosphates, the pesticides were developed in Germany in the 1940s and soon became an important defense against agricultural pests.

They are extremely toxic.

The Indian children, aged four to 12, fell ill on Tuesday after eating a lunch consisting of rice, soybeans, and lentils in the village of Mashrakh in the eastern state of Bihar.

The school that the children attended provided free meals under a nationwide program known as the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Early reports suggest the food—perhaps the rice or the cooking oil used to prepare the food—contained unsafe levels of the pesticide.

Upon entering the body—through ingestion, inhalation, or contact with skin—organophosphates inhibit cholinesterase, an enzyme in the human nervous system that breaks down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that carries signals between nerves and muscles.

When cholinesterase is inactivated, acetylcholine builds up in the nerves, which become overactive. Victims of organophosphate poisoning typically die because they can’t breathe.

“It’s a painful way to die,” Boyd Barr said. “You end up suffocating because you are essentially paralyzed.”

The risk of death depends on the amount of exposure and the age of the victim. The symptoms tend to be more severe in young children.

“They’re more vulnerable because their detoxification systems are more immature, so they can’t eliminate the pesticide as well,” Boyd Barr explained.

Doctors typically treat organophosphate poisoning with atropine to alleviate the symptoms and help the patient feel better, and oxine to help replenish the body’s store of cholinesterase.

Small Amounts Tolerated

In the United States, a small amount of organophosphates on crops after harvesting is tolerated and farmers take care to ensure that the amounts don’t reach dangerously high levels.

But in countries such as India, where regulations may not be as strict or the implementation and enforcement of regulations are not as effective, the likelihood of organophosphate poisoning through the contamination of food can be higher, Boyd Barr said.

The Indian school case is not the first instance of organophosphate poisoning: In 1986, more than 20 people in Sierra Leone, many of them children, died after eating bread made with flour that was transported in a truck that was previously used to carry organophosphates.

While high-level exposure to organophosphates can lead to death in the short term, several studies have suggested that chronic low-level exposure can also have serious health consequences, especially for infants and young children.

Source(s): Nat Geo

Pakistan Earthquake (October 8, 2005) and the Planet Venus

H.N. Singh

Department of Geography, Department of Physics,

R.S.S. (P.G.) College, Pilakhuwa, Ghaziabad,

(U.P.) India.

awasthi_pra@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

In this research paper an attempt has been made for the prediction of a significant Earthquake on the basis of astronomical data obtained from kundali Software and Earthquake Data from the USGS. For the Previous Study only those Earthquakes have been selected in which 1000 persons or more have lost their lives from the year 1900 up to October 8, 2005. For the use of kundali (Making the Horoscope) the place Delhi has been selected which is situated at 28 N 39, 77 E 13 and for its time morning Hours have been preferred. Role of planet Venus has been examined. This study opens a new avenue in the field of Earthquake predictions on the basis of positional astronomy to make Geographical & Scientific Researches successful in new dimensions like Earthquake Predictions.

Key words: Earthquake prediction, Zodiac, Rhythmic Theory, Planets, Sun , Moon,

INTRODUCTION:

The Sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Thus it makes an imaginary path, adjoining both the horizons above the ground and also in the opposite side of it. This imaginary path of the Sun is called as the Ecliptic. Thus the Ecliptic is the apparent path of that the Sun traces out in the sky. The Ecliptic serves as the center of a region called the Zodiac which constitutes a band of nine degree on either side. This Zodiac has been divided into 12 equal sectors as signs Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer etc which are spread along with the Zodiac. When we divide 360 degree of a zodiac into 12 sectors, value of each sign remain 30 degree. All the planets move and cross zodiac signs time to time. Our study is based on these crossings. Whenever any planet crosses any sign of zodiac then it is important for us to note (in retrospective study) that how far the Earthquake was (in terms of Time) from the crossing time of any planet in the zodiac signs. For more accuracy we have to go further in more precision as Nakshatras etc. Every sign measures 30 degree and Each Nakshatras measures 13 degree and 20 minutes of a Zodiac. Each sign of Zodiac covers 2 ¼ Nakshatras.

Table –1

Planetary positions in Nakshatras on the dates of worldwide Earthquakes

(1000 or more Deaths) from 1900 to October 8, 2005.

Dates of Earthquakes

( With 1000 or more Deaths )

Ascendant

Sun

Moon

Mercury

Venus

Mars

Jupiter

Saturn

Uranus

Neptune

Pluto

Rahu

Ketu

19-04-1902

01

01

11

27

24

01

22

21

18

05

05

15

01

16-12-1902

19

19

06

19

19

12

22

21

18

06

05

14

01

19-04-1903

01

01

20

01

03

12

25

22

19

06

05

14

27

28-04-1903

02

02

02

03

04

12

25

22

19

06

05

14

27

04-04-1905

27

27

26

01

02

16

02

23

19

06

05

11

24

08-09-1905

11

11

20

10

08

18

04

23

19

06

05

10

24

31-01-1906

22

22

01

21

22

26

03

24

20

06

05

09

23

16-03-1906

25

25

17

27

26

01

03

24

20

06

05

09

23

17-08-1906

10

10

07

09

13

09

06

25

19

06

05

09

22

14-01-1907

21

21

21

20

18

16

06

24

20

06

05

08

21

21-10-1907

14

14

27

16

15

22

09

25

20

07

05

07

20

28-12-1908

19

20

24

20

17

16

11

26

20

07

05

05

19

23-01-1909

21

21

23

23

20

17

11

26

20

07

05

05

19

09-08-1912

09

09

05

11

10

11

17

04

21

07

06

27

13

13-01-1915

21

21

18

21

17

20

23

05

22

08

06

23

10

21-01-1917

21

21

19

21

20

22

01

08

23

08

06

21

07

30-07-1917

08

08

17

10

10

06

04

08

23

08

06

20

06

13-02-1918

23

23

25

22

23

12

03

09

23

08

06

19

06

16-12-1920

19

19

23

17

22

22

11

12

24

09

06

15

01

24-03-1923

26

26

04

25

23

02

16

14

25

09

06

12

25

25-05-1923

03

03

12

04

01

05

15

13

25

09

06

11

25

01-09-1923

11

11

02

13

10

10

16

14

25

09

06

11

24

16-03-1925

25

25

17

26

25

03

20

16

25

09

06

09

22

07-03-1927

25

25

01

26

27

04

24

17

26

10

07

06

19

22-05-1927

03

03

21

03

06

07

26

17

26

10

07

05

19

01-05-1929

02

02

21

03

01

07

03

19

26

10

07

03

16

06-05-1930

02

02

09

03

04

26

05

20

27

10

07

01

15

23-07-1930

08

08

05

08

11

04

06

20

27

10

07

01

14

31-03-1931

26

26

10

01

23

08

06

21

27

10

07

27

13

25-12-1932

19

19

17

18

17

11

12

22

27

11

07

24

11

02-03-1933

24

24

02

28

23

11

11

22

27

11

07

24

11

25-08-1933

10

10

14

09

13

14

12

22

01

11

07

23

10

15-01-1934

21

21

20

21

23

22

14

22

01

11

07

23

09

20-04-1935

01

01

15

27

04

13

16

24

01

11

07

21

07

30-05-1935

04

04

02

06

07

13

16

24

01

11

07

21

07

16-07-1935

07

07

21

06

11

14

16

24

01

11

07

21

07

25-01-1939

22

22

25

20

18

17

24

27

02

12

08

16

02

26-12-1939

19

19

05

18

21

25

26

01

02

12

08

14

01

10-11-1940

16

16

25

16

13

14

02

02

03

12

08

13

27

26-11-1942

17

17

06

17

17

16

07

04

03

12

08

10

23

20-12-1942

19

19

03

20

19

17

07

04

03

12

08

10

23

10-09-1943

11

11

20

13

11

04

09

05

04

12

08

09

22

26-11-1943

17

17

15

18

14

05

10

05

04

13

08

08

22

15-01-1944

21

21

11

20

18

04

10

05

04

13

08

08

22

01-02-1944

22

22

02

20

19

04

10

05

04

13

08

08

22

07-12-1944

18

18

11

19

21

17

12

06

04

13

09

07

20

12-01-1945

21

21

19

19

24

19

12

06

04

13

08

07

20

27-11-1945

17

17

11

19

16

08

14

07

04

13

09

06

19

31-05-1946

04

04

04

04

06

09

14

07

05

13

08

05

18

10-11-1946

16

16

03

17

17

17

15

08

05

13

09

04

18

20-12-1946

19

19

16

17

16

19

16

08

05

13

09

04

18

28-06-1948

06

06

25

06

06

11

18

09

05

13

09

02

15

05-10-1948

13

13

15

15

10

16

18

10

06

13

09

01

15

05-08-1949

09

09

19

09

11

06

21

10

06

13

09

27

14

15-08-1950

09

09

11

11

08

15

24

11

06

13

09

26

12

09-09-1954

11

11

21

12

15

19

07

15

07

14

10

20

06

27-06-1957

06

06

05

05

07

08

12

17

08

14

10

16

02

02-07-1957

06

06

10

06

08

08

12

17

08

14

10

16

02

13-12-1957

18

18

10

20

22

16

14

18

09

15

10

15

02

29-02-1960

24

24

26

25

22

22

19

20

09

15

10

12

25

22-05-1960

03

03

27

04

03

26

19

20

09

15

10

12

25

01-09-1962

11

11

12

12

14

06

24

22

10

15

11

08

22

26-07-1963

08

08

13

09

07

12

27

23

10

15

11

07

21

19-08-1966

10

10

12

08

08

07

07

26

11

16

11

03

16

31-08-1968

11

11

17

12

12

09

11

01

12

16

12

26

13

25-07-1969

08

08

17

08

05

17

12

02

12

16

12

25

12

04-01-1970

20

20

16

21

20

25

15

01

13

17

12

25

11

28-03-1970

26

26

17

27

27

02

15

02

13

17

12

24

11

31-05-1970

04

04

27

02

06

05

14

02

13

17

12

24

11

10-04-1972

27

27

23

26

04

04

20

04

13

17

12

21

08

23-12-1972

19

19

08

18

17

16

20

04

14

17

13

20

07

10-05-1974

02

02

19

03

26

06

24

06

14

17

13

18

05

28-12-1974

19

19

05

20

20

18

24

07

15

18

13

17

04

04-02-1975

22

22

16

23

24

20

25

06

15

18

13

17

04

06-09-1975

11

11

11

13

10

04

01

08

14

17

13

16

03

04-02-1976

22

22

26

21

20

04

27

08

15

18

13

16

02

06-05-1976

02

02

08

03

01

07

02

08

15

18

13

15

02

25-06-1976

06

06

03

04

06

09

03

08

15

18

13

15

02

27-07-1976

08

08

08

09

09

11

03

08

15

18

13

15

02

16-08-1976

09

09

01

11

11

12

03

08

15

18

13

15

01

24-09-1976

17

17

19

18

20

17

03

09

15

18

13

15

01

04-03-1977

24

24

09

24

27

23

03

09

15

18

13

14

01

16-09-1978

12

12

24

11

15

14

08

10

16

18

13

12

25

10-10-1980

13

13

14

15

10

17

12

12

16

18

14

09

23

23-11-1980

17

17

04

15

14

19

13

13

16

18

14

09

22

11-06-1981

05

05

13

06

06

04

12

12

17

18

14

08

21

28-07-1981

08

08

05

07

10

06

13

13

16

18

14

08

21

13-12-1982

18

18

16

19

19

21

17

15

17

19

14

06

19

30-10-1983

15

15

09

15

11

11

18

15

17

19

14

04

18

19-09-1985

12

12

16

12

10

10

22

16

18

19

15

02

15

10-10-1986

13

13

20

15

16

21

25

17

18

19

15

27

14

06-03-1987

25

25

03

24

21

02

26

18

19

20

15

27

13

20-08-1988

10

10

16

11

06

27

04

19

19

20

15

25

11

07-12-1988

18

18

16

18

16

26

03

19

19

20

16

24

11

20-06-1990

05

05

02

04

03

27

07

21

20

20

16

22

08

16-07-1990

07

07

01

08

05

01

07

21

19

20

16

22

08

19-10-1991

14

14

24

15

11

15

11

21

20

20

16

20

06

12-12-1992

18

18

07

17

22

07

13

22

20

20

16

18

05

29-09-1993

13

13

25

14

11

15

14

23

20

20

16

17

04

16-01-1995

21

21

07

22

17

10

17

24

21

21

17

15

02

27-05-1995

04

04

02

05

02

10

18

25

21

21

17

15

01

10-05-1997

02

02

05

01

03

11

23

27

22

21

17

12

26

04-02-1998

04

04

08

03

01

04

25

01

22

21

17

10

24

30-05-1998

22

22

02

21

20

24

23

27

22

21

17

11

24

17-07-1998

07

07

01

09

05

06

26

01

22

21

17

10

24

25-01-1999

21

22

02

21

23

14

25

01

22

21

17

09

23

17-08-1999

09

09

15

08

10

16

01

02

22

21

17

09

22

20-09-1999

13

12

21

13

09

18

01

02

22

21

17

09

22

26-01-2001

21

22

23

23

25

16

03

03

23

22

18

07

20

25-03-2002

26

26

09

25

27

02

06

04

23

22

18

05

18

21-05-2003

04

03

22

02

01

22

09

05

24

22

18

03

17

26-12-2003

19

19

22

19

22

26

11

06

23

22

18

02

16

08-10-2005

13

13

17

14

17

03

14

08

24

22

18

27

13

Results in Table -1 generally show no significant clear mark which can be noted as the scientific clue for the Earthquake Prediction but when we see deep inside it we find a “Rhythm” in the positions of the planets, so, we are hopeful that on the basis of Rhythmic theory we can make an effort to predict Earthquakes in advance on the Globe. We find a ‘rhythm’ in the positions of the planets separate and Combined also but without significant clear marking, which only can be felt or realized to take judgments,  for deciding track and trend of forthcoming Earthquakes on the Globe. In this theory we believe that all the natural events take place according to the rhythm of the nature so is planetary movement if we are able to understand this rhythm of nature in reference to the earthquakes then surely we will be able to predict it also. When we consider the October 8, 2005 Pakistan Earthquake Positions of the planets look like as follows:

Table – 2

Planetary positions in Nakshatras for Delhi at Morning Hours

Ascendant Sun Moon Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Rahu Ketu
October 05, 2005 13 13 14 14 16 03 14 08 24 22 18 27 13
October 08, 2005

Pakistan Earthquake13131714170314082422182713October 20, 1991 Uttarkashi Earthquake14142515111511212020162006

It seem slight difficult so we have changed its base line according to the Ascendant and the Sun in Table – 3 Now it comes as follows –

Table – 3

Planetary Positions in Nakshatras after changing base Line for Delhi at morning hours

Ascendant Sun Moon Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Rahu Ketu
October 05, 2005 01 01 02 02 04 19 02 23 12 10 06 15 01
October 08, 2005

Pakistan Earthquake01010502051802231210061501October 20, 1991 Uttarkashi Earthquake02021303260326090808040821

Now it becomes slight easy to say that planetary positions of  October 20, 1991 is very much Likely to the position of  October 05, 2005 only a few of planets vary a little bit but over all combined force (Planets) and Trend look the same. Earlier we have made some rules regarding the prediction of Dates of significant Earthquakes. It should be remembered that these are only the rules, not the principles based on general observations.

Rule: The Sun

Whenever sun crosses any sign of Zodiac then on the same day the date of the earthquake can be predicted if earthquake does not occur on the same day then add two-day more. It means the earthquake will occur on the third day including the date of crossing the sign of zodiac by the Sun.

Exception to the rule

Sometimes the dates of earthquake may vary. This variation may be of +- one day. We believe that this is due to influence of other planets.

Rule : The Moon
Whenever the moon crosses the Twelfth house (with the Sun) or crosses the fourth house (Four sectors ahead with the Sun) or crosses the sixth house (Six sectors ahead with the Sun) or crosses the Tenth house (Ten sectors ahead with the Sun) Date of The Earthquake can be predicted (Forecasted).

Exception

Sometimes the Date of Earthquake may vary. This variation may be of + – one day. I believe that this is due to influence of other planets.

Rule: The Venus

 Whenever the Venus crosses any sign of zodiac then on the same day the date of Earthquake can be predicted. If the Earthquake does not occur on the same day then add four days more. It means the Earthquake will occur on the fifth day including the date of crossing the sign of zodiac by the Venus.

Exception

Sometimes the dates of Earthquakes may vary. This variation may be of + – one day. I believe that this is due to the influence of other planets.

When we have tested the rule of the Venus with the help of the data obtained from 11 – 05 – 2003 up to 08 -10 -2005  considering the Earthquakes above magnitude 6 results come as in  Figures – 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,

In the same manner other planets also play their vital role in the occurrences of Earthquakes on the Globe. Like other planets the Mercury also play a very significant role in the occurrences of Earthquakes. On October 5, 2005 Mercury crossed the sign Virgo at 1-39 A.M. and entered in the sign Libra. On October 2, 2005 Venus also crossed the sign Libra at 8-18 P.M. and entered in the sign Scorpio. On October 3, 2005 there was also an Annular Solar Eclipse visible in India. Position of the Moon was dubious because it has crossed the sensitive Zone and was also away from the second sensitive zone according to the rule, neither it was with the Sun nor it was Four sectors ahead from the Sun. So, on the basis of Moon Signs decision was difficult. Annular Solar Eclipse also indicates a sensitive physical phenomenon in near future.

According to the Rule of Venus Earthquake should be either on October 2, 2005 or October 7, 2005 (Maximum).According to the Rule of Mercury (Rule not Stated) also Earthquake should be either on October 5, 2005 or October 8, 2005 (Maximum).Now, one can decide seeing all the facts and figures that if we have not felt any significant shock of Earthquake yet up to October 7, 2005 then when? Now it was about sure that a devastating Earthquake is going to be happen recently. After seeing planetary positions it was also concluded that it may be North India because the rhythm of planets was similar as it was on the date of Uttarkashi Earthquake.

Only the Question arise, how much time we have to wait for it ? For the answer, Planetary positions of Uttarkashi Earthquake was deciding factor, especially the position of the Moon (fast changing Planet according to the Indian Astrology / Astronomy) has assured that before the position of the Moon (as it was on October 20, 1991 in (Nakshatras) and the Earthquake came accordingly on October 8, 2005. On October 8, 2005 position of the moon can be seen in the Figure -13 which indicates us about the sensitive time for the triggering of such devastated earthquakes but it looks confusing too, so, the decisions of Earthquake Predictions should be taken after considering all other factors too.

Conclusion

1. Analysis of the planet mercury should also be done with the help of the appropriate data.

2. After taking a view of facts and figures along with the tables we can say that we are hopeful towards the predictions of Earthquakes in advance.

3. It looks that we are going in a right direction but the real goal is still so far.

4. In this direction certainly more work is required.

5. If we assimilate all the fields together certainly we will be able to save human lives and property more efficiently.

6. There is also no doubt that project wise extensive study of different planets also needed.

Acknowledgments:

We are highly obliged to Professor R.L.Dwivedi Ex. Head, Department of Geography, University of  Allahabad , Prof. M.H.Quraishi JNU New Delhi, Dr. R.B.Singh Secretary General NAGI, Dr. Pradeep Kumar Dube Dr. Ram Tirth Dube Memorial Blue Bell School Fatehgarh,Farrukhabad, Shri Iftakharul Hassan and Vikarul Hassan Collectorate Fatehgarh, Farrukhabad, and to all our Respected Teachers for their kind supports.

We are also obliged to Late Dr. Ram Nath Dube  First Head of Geography Department in the University of Allahabad and Acharya J.B. Kripalani Teachers of our Fathers Dr. Braham Dutt Awasthi and Late Shri Ram Sumer Singh respectively for their moral challenges and supports. At last we are very much thank full to The Association of Geographical Studies University of Delhi, India Meteorological Department, Mausam Bhavan, New Delhi and United States Geological Survey of America and Shri Durlabh Jain Kundali Software for providing their data.

आपदा पीड़ितों के लिए गूगल का ‘पर्सन फाइंडर’

गूगल के एप्लीकेशन ‘पर्सन फाइंडर’ की मदद से लोगों को उम्मीद है कि वे अपने परिजनों से जल्द मिल सकेंगे.

इंटरनेट सर्च इंजन गूगल ने  उत्तराखंड के बाढ़ प्रभावित इलाकों में  लापता लोगों के बारे में जानकारी उपलब्ध कराने के लिए ‘पर्सन फाइंडर’ ऐप्लिकेशन की पेशकश की है.

गूगल का पर्सन फाइंडर वेब आधारित ऐप्लिकेशन है, जिसकी मदद से लोग अपने  मित्रों और संबंधियों के क्लिक करें  गुम होने की जानकारी दे सकते हैं या उनके बारे में सर्च कर सकते हैं.

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Why predicting tsunami is hard?

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Guest Post by Afzal Zaheer

It is indeed a herculean task to predict tsunami on the lines of Earthquake.  However, efforts are being made towards minimizing death and destruction.

There have been earthquakes in the past and who can forget 9.1magnitude of earthquake which struck off the coast of northern Sumatra in Indonesia.

The Tsunami which followed later on was the worst. It resulted in huge death and destruction as 230,000 people lost their lives while many got injured and still others turned homeless.

However, it made the concerned authorities aware about the impending danger of Tsunami after the earthquake.

However, on the other hand, 8.6 magnitude of earthquake which struck off the coast of Sumatra, luckily did not cause any death and destruction. Thus, it signals the complexity of predicting Tsunami for sure. Isn’t it?

How tsunami is generated?

When the Earth’s crust beneath the sea is disrupted on a massive scale, then there is an immense displacement of water which triggers Tsunami and its intensity can be gauged from the fact that it usually takes the violent proportion as it reaches whopping 1000km/h

Warning system of Tsunami

Due to the absence of Tsunami Warning System in the Indian Ocean, there was huge loss of lives and property in 2004. It necessitated the concerned authorities to develop their warning system in the Indian Ocean community

Predicting the waves of Tsunami

If an earthquake is of more than 7 magnitude, then it usually triggers Tsunami. Although, it is quite a challenge to predict Tsunami, yet thanks to sophisticated and highly developed early warning systems, you will be able to get a sense of approaching system in coupe of minutes.

Reason for 8.6 magnitude earthquake not generating Tsunami?

The earthquake which occurred off the coast of Sumatra in April 2012, did not give way for Tsunami, since it was in line with the boundary of plate.

Still, if the new theory is to be believed, yet the recent earthquake which occurred on 12th April luckily did not cause much destruction. The scientists were out with the explanation that it only resulted in causing the two plates to grind in a horizontal way.

Although, Tsunami warning was issued by Indonesian Metrological Service along with other centers but fortunately, there was no disturbance.

Conclusion

It is imperative to collect the requisite data but it is just one side of a coin and the thing which equally matters the most is the way you response to any tsunami alert. Although, they do not occur frequently, yet if people are prepared fully, then it can surely save thousands of life as well. The world should take inspiration from Japan which is considered to be the country which has taken all the necessary precautions towards preparing for any eventuality.
Therefore, by reading the aforesaid article, you know that it is quite hard to predict the occurrence of Tsunami. However, to be at a safer side, you need to gear up for any eventuality. Since Tsunamis can even be caused due to other factors in the form of landslides, volcanoes etc

Author Bio:Afzal Zaheer is the owner of Socialnerves.com where he is providing useful information for small business entrepreneurs and social media. Being a content writer as well, he has the credit of writing for various esteemed sites too.