Okay I decided I probably wouldn’t give this a topic of its own unless something like spread to a health care worker in a “first world” country occurred. I really hope this is an isolated case…


Spain has outbreak’s 1st known case of contracting Ebola outside of Africa

(CNN) — A nurse’s assistant in Spain is the first person known to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa in the current outbreak.

Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato announced Monday that a test confirmed the assistant has the virus.

The woman helped treat a Spanish missionary and a Spanish priest, both of whom had contracted Ebola in West Africa. Both died after returning to Spain.
Health officials said she developed symptoms on September 30. She was not hospitalized until this week. Her only symptom was a fever.

“We are working in coordination to give the best care to the patient and to guarantee the safety of all citizens,” the health minister said.

An investigation is under way to find everyone the assistant may have had contact with while contagious. So far, there are no other known cases.

The assistant was one of about 30 health professionals in Spain who helped to treat the Ebola patients.

The news came amid growing fears in the United States that the disease could spread.


Updated: Eruption Progressing

Live Cameras on the eruption

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Oh and the very worst that could just possibly happen?

BBC timeline Killer Cloud Laki eruption Iceland

Is it nearly Bunga Bunga time for Bárðarbunga?

Some professional volcano watchers are getting very interested. Seems they’d like it to erupt quite soon rather than build pressure for weeks or months.

Some links





More to follow as events develop.

Upcoming May Meteor Storm From 209P/LINEAR

Well – here’s hoping for something spectacular and not another damp squib like Ison!
Less than two weeks to wait and see now.



New ‘Meteor Storm’ from Comet May Light Up Night Sky This Month

Skywatchers have something exciting to look forward to this month — a possible new meteor shower that could send up to 1,000 shooting stars per hour streaking through the sky.

On May 23 and May 24, Earth should plow through debris shed by Comet 209P/LINEAR, astronomers say. These extraterrestrial particles could give stargazers an incredible show as they burn up in the planet’s atmosphere — or the anticipated fireworks may fizzle out.


On 24 May 2014 a new meteor shower is predicted to light up northern hemisphere night skies. As many as 300 meteors per hour are set to streak across the sky in what could be a short-lived one-off meteor storm when Earth passes through the debris stream left over by Comet 209P/LINEAR. Peak meteor activity is forecast for around 07:40 UT (08:40 BST) on the morning of Saturday 24 May, which does not favour UK observers as the Sun will already have risen. But while observers in North America will have the best view Paris Observatory’s Jeremie Vaubaillon, co-discoverer of the new meteor shower, suggests that activity could last a few hours due to the spread of Comet 209P/LINEAR’s debris. UK stargazers might therefore still be able to catch a glimpse of the beginnings of the 24 May meteor shower just before it gets light on the Saturday morning.