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« Reply #1080 on: February 07, 2011, 12:58:07 PM »

4 Donks it is great to know you are taking an interest in our country.  Wildfires (or bushfires as we call them) are not isolated.  Unfortunately they are a feature of our summer season in most states.  There have been some horrendous outbreaks in South Australia and Victoria particularly and these fires have earned their own names such as Black Saturday and Ash Wednesday.  The worst fires in my state of Tasmania was in 1967
(snipped) There were 62 deaths, 900 injuries and over 7000 people made homeless. The fires killed 500 horses, 1,350 cattle, 60,000 sheep, 24,000 chickens, 600 pigs, and other animals. (snipped)
http://home.iprimus.com.au/foo7/firestas.html

The fires in Western Australia show no sign of coming under control as yet.  The bushfire brigade members who are mostly volunteers do such a wonderful job but face many dangers.

A good site to keep up with latest news from here :  http://www.news.com.au/

On our TV morning news the commentator said that we are having all four extremes of weather over the extent of the continent : heatwave conditions in Sydney where it reached 107 F, major flooding in several states and another flash flood in Toowoomba Queensland, these bushfires near Perth, WA and some snow on the Southern Alps.




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« Reply #1081 on: February 09, 2011, 05:52:17 PM »

Apart from his chosen career, this man is old enough to have more sense :

Police officer charged over WA bushfire

Thursday, February 10, 2011 » 06:37am

A WA police officer whose use of an angle grinder allegedly ignited a bushfire in the Perth hills district which destroyed 72 homes has been charged.

The 56-year-old man who lives in the area, was charged by summons with carrying out an activity in the open air that causes or is likely to cause a bushfire.

The charges followed an investigation by the arson squad into allegations the Roleystone man's use of an angle grinder on a trailer set fire to grass and caused the blaze.

Gusting winds quickly spread Sunday's fire which eventually ripped through Kelmscott and neighbouring Roleystone forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.

A total fire ban was in place in the area at the time, barring any lighting of fires or use of tools such as angle grinders in the open air.

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« Reply #1082 on: February 10, 2011, 03:51:53 PM »

Apart from his chosen career, this man is old enough to have more sense :

Police officer charged over WA bushfire

Thursday, February 10, 2011 » 06:37am

A WA police officer whose use of an angle grinder allegedly ignited a bushfire in the Perth hills district which destroyed 72 homes has been charged.

The 56-year-old man who lives in the area, was charged by summons with carrying out an activity in the open air that causes or is likely to cause a bushfire.

The charges followed an investigation by the arson squad into allegations the Roleystone man's use of an angle grinder on a trailer set fire to grass and caused the blaze.

Gusting winds quickly spread Sunday's fire which eventually ripped through Kelmscott and neighbouring Roleystone forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.

A total fire ban was in place in the area at the time, barring any lighting of fires or use of tools such as angle grinders in the open air.

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That is so sad that it was caused by a careless man and not nature.I use an angle grinder and it will throw a steady stream of sparks at least 2 ft. and depending on the angle you are working on can make the stream fairly wide. This will certainly make me far more cautious.
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« Reply #1083 on: February 11, 2011, 01:24:16 AM »


That is so sad that it was caused by a careless man and not nature.I use an angle grinder and it will throw a steady stream of sparks at least 2 ft. and depending on the angle you are working on can make the stream fairly wide. This will certainly make me far more cautious.

Very true 4 Donks.  When weather is so windy, hot and dry it only takes one spark to start a fire when the vegetation is tinder dry.  Authorities do not declare a total fire ban on certain days without good reason.
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« Reply #1084 on: February 11, 2011, 01:25:49 AM »

The fight to survive

NATHAN PAULL  |  February 11th, 2011

MISSION Beach's iconic cassowaries face more than a year of uncertainty after emerging as the forgotten victims of Cyclone Yasi.

Government authorities and charity groups are now working to restore the native birds' natural habitat and food sources before their numbers drop sharply like they did in the wake of Cyclone Larry.

Chief executive of not-for-profit organisation Rainforest Rescue, Kelvin Davies said Cyclone Yasi destroyed huge swaths of the cassowaries' rainforest habitat, making food almost non-existent.

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« Reply #1085 on: February 11, 2011, 01:33:00 AM »

Crocodiles at Townsville's Billabong Sanctuary traumatised by Cyclone Yasi

    * Petrina Berry
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    * February 11, 2011 3:44PM

CYCLONE Yasi was so ferocious that it even traumatised large saltwater crocodiles at a Townsville wildlife park.

Bob Flemming from the Billabong Sanctuary says his 12 breeding crocs would not surface for several days after the enormous category five cyclone crossed the coast at Mission Beach more than a week ago.

"They were traumatised for a couple of days," Mr Flemming said.

"They stayed underwater for some time and didn't even surface for food."

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crocodiles-at-townsvilles-billabong-sanctuary-traumatised-by-cyclone-yasi/story-e6freoof-1226004560655

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« Reply #1086 on: February 21, 2011, 08:52:02 PM »

Stolen monkey returned to Sydney wildlife park, but it's not the right stolen monkey

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    * February 21, 2011 1:56PM

HE may be a stolen monkey, but he's not our stolen monkey, a Sydney wildlife park has admitted.

One monkey obviously looks like another, because Simbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh initially believed a tamarin monkey handed in to them on Saturday was "Rico", stolen from the park in May last year.

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I love the final sentence :

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When last seen, Rico was wearing a black and white fur coat.


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/stolen-money-returned-to-sydney-wildlife-park-but-its-not-the-right-stolen-monkey/story-e6freoof-1226009486765

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« Reply #1087 on: February 22, 2011, 12:57:02 AM »

Thoughts and prayers of all Australians go out to our Kiwi friends across the Tasman Sea.

At least 65 killed after NZ quake
Updated: 16:25, Tuesday February 22, 2011

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has confirmed up to 65 people have been killed after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's second biggest city Christchurch earthquake on Tuesday.

Reports said scores of people had been injured in the quake, and live television footage showed parts of buildings collapsed into the streets, strewn with bricks and shattered concrete.

Footpaths and roads were cracked and split, and thousands of dazed, screaming and crying residents wandered through the streets as sirens blared.

Witnesses said the quake destroyed the Christchurch Cathedral, its spire toppled into a central city square.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker declared a state of emergency and ordered people to evacuate the city centre.

'Make no mistake - this is going to be a very black day for this shaken city,' he said when asked about possible deaths.

The airport was closed, power and telephone lines were knocked out and pipes burst, flooding the streets with water.

Some cars apparently parked on the street were buried under rubble, and NZ's TV3 reported that a backpacker who had been stuck in a van that was buried under rubble was presumed dead.

Some people were stuck in office towers and firefighters climbed ladders to pluck people trapped on roofs to safety.

'The details we have are extremely sketchy,' Key told parliament.

'The worrying fear, of course, is that this earthquake has taken place at a time when people were going about their business - it is a very populated time, with people at work, children at school. Sadly, I cannot rule out that there have been fatalities.

'But we are aware of significant damage to buildings that had people in them at the time,' he said.

Key said people were being told to get out of the city for their safety.

http://www.skynews.com.au/world/article.aspx?id=580774&vId=2201612&cId=World
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« Reply #1088 on: February 22, 2011, 01:25:41 AM »

oops- above post should have had the snipping scissors after the final sentence.

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« Reply #1089 on: February 22, 2011, 01:28:47 AM »

Search and rescue team en route to New Zealand to help out Christchurch quake crews

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    * February 22, 2011 1:47PM

AUSTRALIA has sent a search and rescue team to Christchurch to help New Zealand authorities deal with the aftermath of a major earthquake.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Parliament she had spoken directly with NZ Prime Minister John Key, following an emergency meeting of his Cabinet.

Australia would provide any assistance requested by NZ, she said, adding the search and rescue team was "literally on its way".

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/search-and-rescue-team-en-route-to-new-zealand-to-help-out-christchurch-quake-crews/story-e6freonf-1226010131189
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« Reply #1090 on: February 22, 2011, 01:33:01 AM »

Latest updates: Christchurch earthquake (+ map)

Updated 7:15 PM Tuesday Feb 22, 2011

7.21pm
Another large aftershock has hit Canterbury.

The magnitude 4.6 quake hit 10km south-east of Lyttelton at 6:59pm. It was the third aftershock in the last hour.

A magnitude 4.3 aftershock struck at 6.03pm 10km south-east of Christchurch at a depth of 5km. A 3.9 magnitude aftershock struck at 6.17pm in a similar location at 15km deep.

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« Reply #1091 on: February 22, 2011, 06:16:24 PM »

Frantic effort to free Christchurch earthquake survivors as death toll mounts

    * by Anna Caldwell
    * From: The Courier-Mail
    * February 23, 2011 8:33AM

AT least one Australian is believed to have died in the massive Christchurch quake, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said this morning.

She said the man was a long term Australian resident, from NZ.

"It appears this person was a family man and our condolences go to his family who would be struggling with this news," she said.

"He was assisted by a passerby in the last hours of our life.

"I think that's an emblem of (what we're seeing) in Christchurch as people get together to help each other."

In latest developments, authorities say there are 55 bodies in the morgue; 20 more bodies being transported to the morgue and 300 people reported missing.

Fifteen people have been found in a  pocket of a collapsed building.

As the death toll from the devastating quake rises, there are fears for four other Australians known to be trapped in the rubble. There are known to be 1500 Australians in Christchurch. Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has warned the nation to be prepared for more deaths.

Rescuers  had to amputate limbs to free survivors from collapsed buildings in earthquake-hit Christchurch, police said, estimating about 100 people remained trapped in the rubble.

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/frantic-effort-to-free-christchurch-earthquake-survivors-as-death-toll-mounts/story-e6freooo-1226010364314
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« Reply #1092 on: February 22, 2011, 06:19:10 PM »

Little lives lost among the rubble

    * By staff writers and wires
    * From: news.com.au
    * February 23, 2011 7:02AM

    * Baby dies after TV falls on him during quake
    * Another baby removed from arms of mother
    * Australian resident among the victims

Babies were among those killed and injured in the Christchurch earthquake, including a nine-month-old boy crushed by a falling TV, and another plucked from the arms of a dead mother.

NewstalkZB said baby Jayden died when a television fell on him during the 6.3 magnitude shake. His grandmother Gabrielle said rescuers - including a doctor and a nurse - could not revive him.

Across town, The Press said a mum died with her baby in her arms in Christchurch's Cashel St Mall. Rescuers reportedly took the child away. It was not known how badly the baby was hurt, the site said.

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/little-lives-lost-among-the-christchurch-earthquake-rubble/story-e6freoox-1226010482022

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« Reply #1093 on: February 22, 2011, 06:48:32 PM »

Prayers for all the missing and trapped. an angelic monkey
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« Reply #1094 on: February 23, 2011, 11:27:36 AM »

Prayers for all the missing and trapped. an angelic monkey

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« Reply #1095 on: February 23, 2011, 03:58:59 PM »

Frantic scramble to find more survivors after Christchurch earthquake

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    * From: The Courier-Mail
    * February 24, 2011 6:38AM 

A VOICE has been heard in the rubble as rescuers race against time to save hundreds of people trapped in buildings in Christchurch.

As international search and rescue teams arrived in Christchurch Thursday, hopes dwindled for finding more survivors in the devastation laid by a deadly 6.3-magnitude earthquake.

But around 5.40am Queensland time rescuers said a rescue was under way after they said a female voice was heard in the rubble of the Holy Cross Church in central Christchurch.

NSW fire rescue service spokesman Gary Picken told Sky News a faint voice had been heard but that any rescue may take several hours.

Fire Service special operations national manager Jim Stuart-Black confirmed the report, saying told TV3 that someone appeared to be alive in one of the buildings in the central city and a team had gone there to attempt a rescue.

But with no survivors pulled out of the rubble since Wednesday afternoon local time, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key told TV3 early Thursday that emergency services were shifting their focus from rescue to body recovery because "they're not getting positive signs."

Key confirmed that 71 bodies have been identified in the city's morgues, while there were a number of other victims awaiting identification.

The number of fatalities was expected to rise as emergency crews broaden their search and receive the help of specialists from Australia, Britain, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.

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As dozens of American emergency responders arrived in New Zealand, President Barack Obama was due to call Prime Minister Key to reiterate America's "continued commitment to assist in the rescue and recovery effort in the aftermath of the recent earthquake there," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

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At least 2588 Australians are known to be in the devastated region. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had late last night confirmed the safety of 1233 Australians, and was scrambling to contact the rest.

Australia prepared to send its largest ever peacetime emergency contingent into Christchurch, including 300 police and a specialist medical team of 35 doctors, nurses and surgeons.

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http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/frantic-effort-to-free-christchurch-earthquake-survivors-as-death-toll-mounts/story-e6freooo-1226011007422

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« Reply #1096 on: February 23, 2011, 06:37:22 PM »

Lighting a candle and saying a prayer for the people of New Zealand who are reeling from the Christchurch earthquake

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=NZLND
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« Reply #1097 on: February 24, 2011, 01:14:40 AM »

Thank you for the candle link Muffy.  We all know how well our monkey prayer groups work.

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« Reply #1098 on: February 24, 2011, 01:17:32 AM »

Frantic scramble to find more survivors after Christchurch earthquake

    * From: The Courier-Mail
    * February 24, 2011 3:24PM

NEW Zealand police say the death toll has reached 98 in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch, while 226 people are still missing.

And Prime Minister John Key earlier said there were strong indications up to 200 people may have been killed.

"The police have been in contact with about 200 families where there is every likelihood that that person should have returned home and they haven't," he said.

"That doesn't mean they are fatalities, but unfortunately there are strong indications that they might be."

 Rescuers have given up all hope of finding any more survivors in the rubble of Christchurch's flattened Canterbury TV building where up to 120 people are buried.

Only a "miracle'' could save possibly hundreds of people trapped in the rubble of Christchurch after an earthquake that has now left at least 98 dead.

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« Reply #1099 on: February 24, 2011, 01:39:05 AM »

Tibrogargan   Thank you for keeping us updated. My heart breaks for all the people affected by this earthquake.  Prayers for the people and country. I saw where they have pulled at least 30 people out alive today that is so wonderful. Prayers they can get to and find the rest of the missing alive as well. an angelic monkey
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