Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Nepal Earthquake- MAN-MADE event?

When the Nepal earthquake occurred, did you ever think for a second that this could be a man-made event? People living in remote, mountain valley villages in Nepal, where nearby blasting is done for mining, newly-proposed railway / roads, dam construction, and other activities are the first to suffer from man-made landslides resulting from blasting. This has already been studied in Landslides caused by blasting by A. Dvořák and other studies. As an example, on August 2, 2014, "Nepalese workers carried out explosions to clear the debris and break open the dam which has created a large 110-metre (360-feet) deep lake in the river" [Source]. Blasting and landslides--it's a genuine correlation to make, and we are still not fully aware of how blasting affects the rock strata and soil beneath, weakening slopes over time until they finally give in.

The first quake that shook Nepal
The second large quake that shook Nepal
This brings us to the question: what kind of man-made events can cause earthquakes? For now, we will leave aside advanced military weaponry and nuclear explosives. CNBC tells us, "With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S." That should also leave us wondering, blast after blast, could these man-made explosions destabilize areas along fault lines? Perhaps it depends on how many tons of explosives are being used? Keeping this in mind, here are some odd coincidences regarding Nepal's recent earthquakes:
In a meeting between Chinese and Nepalese officials on 25 April 2008, the Chinese delegation announced the intention to extend the Qingzang railway to Zhangmu (Nepali: Khasa) on the Nepalese border. Nepal had requested that the railway be extended to enable trade and tourism between the two nations. On the occasion of the Nepali premier's visit to China it was reported that construction will be completed by 2020. The section Lhasa-Shigatse opened in August 2014. Here's a map of the proposed railway: 

According to KhaleejTimes, April 10, 2015, reported just two weeks before the earthquake struck:
Wang Mengshu, a rail expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that engineers would face a number of difficulties once the project begins. Such a plan could see a tunnel being built under Mount Everest, the China Daily said. Besides Nepal, China had earlier announced plans to extend its Tibetan rail network to Bhutan and India.
Wiki reports that:
The railway passes the Kunlun Mountains, an earthquake zone. A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck in 2001. Dozens of earthquake monitors have been installed along the railway.
Now, the first major earthquake struck Nepal April 26, 2015 UTC, measuring a 6.7 magnitude according to EarthquakeTrack. Its epicentre was found to have the coordinates 27.782°N, 85.997°E (beside Gathi and Kuri Village), near precisely the area where the railway tunnel will be built. Prior to this railway being constructed and the deadly earthquake, can you imagine how much explosives or drilling that was being used to tunnel underneath those mountains that lie near the fault line? Could this be what caused a chunk of rock about 9 miles below the earth’s surface to shift, unleashing a shock wave that ripped through the Katmandu Valley?

The proposed Railway Tunnel happens to be near where the earthquake took place. Coincidence? 

The last major earthquake occurred in Nepal 81 years ago in 1934? However, this earthquake's epicentre was over 100 km south east (26.86°N 86.59°E) of Nepal's recent one. Using a Google Search for "Nepal Tunnel Blasting", let's take a look at what else was going on in Nepal prior to this massive earthquake:

Nepal Energy Forum reports on Feb 15, 2015:
Fifty-four North Koreans are currently working illegally in Nepal, helping with blasting work on a tunnel for a hydroelectric power plant, according to Nepalese media. The article adds that the North Koreans are working under difficult conditions with few safety measures in place. The new hydroelectric plant is being constructed in Nepal’s Sindhupalchok region where 150 people were killed last year during a landslide.
Note that the Sindhupalchok region is merely just over 20 km north west of the earthquake epicentre reported on April 26, 2015. Read more about the plans for World Bank funded dams in Nepal here. Is it a coincidence that this earthquake struck near the construction of a dam site? According to a news source, we are told:
China is mounting an arduous mission today to rescue 250 workers who are trapped at a hydropower station (Rasuwagadhi hydropower dam), currently under construction near the epicenter of the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, according to Xinhua, the China Central Government news agency.
Coincidence? Rasuwagadhi hydropower dam station just happens to be under construction, near the epicentre of the earthquake
We have found the location of this dam site to be just over 60 km away from the earthquake epicentre, near Gathi. Not too far off also lies the Kharidhunga mine around 10 km south, one of the world's largest magnesium deposits, in which drilling and blasting is conducted.

There is also a government report which speaks about the over-mining of minerals in the Gaurishankar Conservation Area, which is at the epicentre of the earthquake. It outlines the importance of "stopping mining of stone, gravel and sand from rivers, streams and other areas." Police closed an illegal stone mine in Chapagaun, Kathmandu Valley, which was allegedly under the political protection of Local Development Minister, back in 2011.

In another report, regarding ground-water drilling:
In Kathmandu valley, around 700 million litres of ground water is extracted daily illegally. There are more than 500 drinking water supply companies involved in groundwater extraction and their activities are left unchecked by the authorities. 
On a different note, regarding nuclear testing, one report tells us:
Forty-five years ago, a joint Indo-US espionage mission lost five kilograms of plutonium in the Himalayas. It is still missing but the government of India has decided to ignore the ongoing threat. 
This leaves us wondering: was the Nepal earthquake a natural event, or a man-made event? If you have any more information with regards to drilling / blasting activities done around the epicentre of this earthquake, feel free to comment.


Thursday, 7 May 2015

GM Mosquitoes Wrecking Havoc in Brazil

Are you aware that genetically modified mosquitoes are being set for release worldwide? Right after GM mosquitoes were let loose in Brazil, dengue fever cases spiked. Read more about this at Let's confirm that:

Dengue has killed 132 people in Brazil in just the first 12 weeks of the year, a nearly 30% jump from the same period in 2014. Three-quarters of those deaths have been in São Paulo state, which has registered more than half of the 460,502 cases reported in Brazil in the first quarter. The state had more cases in the first 12 weeks of this year than it did in all of 2014 (April 17, 2015 - WallStreetJournal).

Oxitec tells us that independent collaborators around the world have conducted extensive testing on Oxitec’s OX513A mosquitos since the strain was first developed in 2002. Some of those sites where outdoor trials have been conducted are: Mosquito Research and Control Unit Cayman, the Gorgas Memorial Institute in Panama, the Institute for Medical Research in Malaysia, Moscamed and the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Do you believe in coincidences?

On July 23, 2014, we are told that, "Next week biotech company Oxitec of Abingdon, UK, will open a factory in Campinas, Brazil, to raise millions of modified mosquitoes...In April, Brazil's National Technical Commission for Biosecurity (CTNBio) approved their commercial use (July 23, 2014 - New Scientist). New Scientist further reports that:
The Brazilian state of Bahia is one of the affected areas. A state of alert, declared in February, is in force in 10 rural districts. Oxitec plans to release millions of modified mosquitoes in the Bahia town of Jacobina, as part of an expanded research programme. A larger release could follow if the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency also lends its approval, as expected.
Isn't it odd that Oxitec has previously released GM-mosquitoes in that same area the year prior. Oxitec, from Oxford, UK reports on June 20th, 2013:
Today Moscamed made the first releases of Oxitec GM mosquitoes to mark the launch of a new programme to control the dengue mosquito Aedes aegypti in the town of Jacobina in the State of Bahia

Do you still believe in odd coincidences? Nevertheless, perhaps the scientific studies regarding the risk assessments may convince you otherwise. There appears to be a lack of risk assessment and proof of efficacy for GM insects:
This is an additional concern to the lack of risk assessment carried out on the GM insects made by the British firm Oxitec. Many risks regarding these mosquitoes have been raised and warrant a complete halt to any further release until comprehensive data on their biosafety are published. Even for controlling the Yellow Fever mosquito, the strategy has many flaws that make it potentially inefficient, ineffective and hazardous (see Transgenic GM Mosquitoes Not a Solution, SiS 54). (Institute of Science in Society).
In a nutshell, Brazilians were promised that the GM mosquitoes would end dengue fever, but results from field trials conducted in Bahia, Brazil were never published and did not evaluate the relation between Aedes aegypti mosquito populations and the occurrence of dengue.  According to a Cambridge University study:
. . . the targeted mosquitoes may simply move to another area and/or a different species of mosquito (Aedes albopictus) which also transmits dengue can move into the area. Complex immune responses to the four types of dengue virus mean that a partial reduction in mosquito numbers can reduce cross-immunity to the different serotypes and increase the number of cases of the severe form of the disease, Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever, which is more likely to be fatal.
Without adequate scientific inquiry, the Brazilian regulator Comissão Técnica Nacional de Biossegurança (CTNBio) recently gave the green light to the commercialization of the technology proposed by Moscamed Brazil in partnership with the English company Oxitec and the Universidade de São Paulo. This is the same company that proposed releasing GM mosquitoes in Panama, for supposed similar reasons (

Perhaps, some wisdom from a 1400 year old scripture can reveal to mankind the foretold dangers of genetically-modified organisms:

[Shaitan said]: "Most certainly I will lead them astray and excite in them vain desires, and bid them so that they shall slit the ears of the cattle, and most certainly I will bid them so that they shall alter Allah's creation." And whoever takes the Shaitan for a guardian rather than Allah, he indeed shall suffer a manifest loss (Quran, 4:119).

Are we yet to experience the manifest loss and consequence of altering creation and perverting Mother Nature?