Category Archives Earthquakes

Recent events in Japan, along with the pervasive terrorist threat of “dirty bombs” loaded with radioactive material, have brought radiation sickness -- its detection and treatment -- to the world’s center stage. Attacking radiation sickness requires the same diagnostic and treatment developments that have helped us deal with other illnesses. Diabetics, for instance, have access to sophisticated blood glucose monitors…

Recently, more states have reported detecting trace amounts of iodine-131, the substance whose harmful effects are countered by potassium iodide.  In addition to Hawaii, Washington and California, monitors in Colorado and Oregon recently showed higher than normal readings. It is extremely important to state that the levels reported are not harmful to humans.  In fact, “Americans typically get exposure to…

As the post tsunami drama in Japan unfolds, we thought it would be helpful to place the radiation exposure risk posed by the Fukushima nuclear power plant damage into perspective.  Radiation surrounds us all the time.  At what point do levels become dangerous?  The World Nuclear Association, made up of top nuclear specialists, has produced a guide that may help…

As a parent, I am uncomfortable answering my daughter’s questions about what happened to the people in Japan when the “earth shook” and then the “ocean came and took people away.”  As I struggle to find the words to explain to her what happened, I accept that there is no explanation. And with a heavy heart, I recognize my own…

The US military announced on February 27 that 6 soldiers involved in the Haiti earthquake relief have been diagnosed with malaria. One day later, health authorities declared a dengue fever epidemic in Puerto Rico, which reported 210 cases in January. These news stories are a reminder that relief workers and tourists in the Caribbean face dangerous threats. Serving in Haiti…

Dr. Jorge Valenzuela, Internist at Clinica las Condes, and also a Regional Physician Advisor for HTH Worldwide, reports that today no hospitals in Southern Chile (Curico, Talca, Concepcion) are in operation.  Everyone is being transported to Santiago for medical treatment where the 2 main private hospitals, Clinica las Condes and Clinica Alemana, are in operation.  Condes sustained minor damage but is…

Sadly, our recent post on earthquake-threatened cities was a timely introduction to the risks residents and visitors run when inhabiting destinations situated above enormous seismic stress. Now scientists reviewing the reports from Chile are drawing comparisons to Haiti that give further insight into the variables that affect whether quake fatalities reach the hundreds, thousands or hundreds of thousands. Santiago, Chile…

New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin filed a story this week from Istanbul tracing the scientific analysis and sociological realities that are leading to predictions of disaster in fifteen world capitals that could dwarf the tragedy that is still unfolding in Haiti.  The poster child is Istanbul, where the population has grown from 1 million to 10 million in the…

Dr. Scott Nelson, a U.S. Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and HTH provider, has been practicing in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for several years.  In conjunction with CURE International, he is leading a team of Dominican orthopedic surgeons to provide  medical services to victims of the earthquake.  Dr. Nelson and his colleagues arrived in Port-au-Prince January 14th.  January 20, 2010 FYI: the…

Just take a moment. We woke up this morning to the horrifying images of the earthquake that hit Haiti last night. The scope of it is too large to grasp, and many people are trying to make sense of the loss and destruction, wondering whether any hope lingers over the city of Port-au-Prince today. Some people are scrambling to find…

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