Archive | December 1, 2013

Four People Killed As Train Derails In New York

Derailed train in the Bronx, New YorkA major recovery operation is underway after a passenger train derailed just feet from the Harlem River, killing four people

Four people have been killed and 63 injured in a train crash north of New York city.

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) said 135 firefighters were at the scene of the derailment close to Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx on Sunday, with reports of “multiple injuries”.

Emergency services were assisting with rescue and treatment of patients at the scene of the accident.

Derailed train in the Bronx, New York
There are “multiple injuries” at the scene

Eleven of those injured are said to be in a critical condition, with another six in a serious condition, according to the FDNY.

The accident took place at 7.20am on the Poughkeepsie to Grand Central Station Metro-North train around 100 yards north of the station.

The Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) said four or five carriages on the seven-carriage diesel train had derailed on a curved section of track, but none entered the adjacent Hudson or Harlem rivers.

Spokeswoman Marjorie Anders confirmed there were fatalities and said the accident occurred in a slow speed area. She added the train black box would reveal how fast the train was travelling.

Emergency workers examine the site of a Metro-North train derailment in the Bronx borough of New York
Emergency workers examine one of the carriages

It added the crash was reported by an engineer, but it was unclear if any of the train crew were injured.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said four people had been killed and 63 injured. Among the injured was the train operator.

He added that authorities believe everyone at the site has been accounted for and that the National Transportation Safety Board was on the way to carry out an investigation.

Witness Edwin Valero was in an apartment building above the scene when the train derailed.

He said at least one carriage stopped just feet from the edge of the water. Initial reports had suggested some of the carriages may have been submerged.

Footage of the crash scene showed divers in the water, with reports that two passengers were thrown clear of the train.

Eyewitness Rebecca Schwartz told Sky News: “I was walking in the park across the water from the train station, and I saw multiple-cars derailed, at least one very close to if not in the water, and many, many emergency vehicles pouring onto the scene.”

Joel Zaritsky woke up as his carriage rolled off the track.

He said: “I was asleep and I woke up when the car started rolling several times. Then I saw the gravel coming at me, and I heard people screaming.

“There was smoke everywhere and debris. People were thrown to the other side of the train.”

He added that passengers were taken off the train, with dozens bloodied and scratched and holding ice packs to their heads.

A statement from Metro-North said: “Rescuers are ascertaining the extent of injuries, and we will update information throughout the day.”

http://news.sky.com/story/1176143/four-people-killed-as-train-derails-in-new-york

9 Killed In Landslide In China

Nine people were killed and two others injured in a landslide at an open-pit coal mine in north China’s Shanxi Province, local officials said.

The last buried person was found alive around midnight and is being treated in a local hospital, said the landslide rescue headquarters said.

The accident took place on Wednesday and it was reported today by the official media.

The accident occurred at the mine which belongs to Shengkai Coal Mining Co., Ltd. In Jiaokou County of Luliang City when the company’s four excavators and construction vehicles carrying 11 people were buried, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Nine Killed In Indonesia Landslide
A man inspects the site where a landslide killed scores of people in Brastagi, North Sumatra, Indonesia

At least nine people have been killed in a landslide triggered by torrential rain near a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia, a disaster agency official said.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, says several houses were buried when mud gushed down surrounding hills late on Saturday in Gundaling village. It is located about seven miles east of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra province.

He said the bodies of a mother and her two-year-old son were retrieved from a mound of mud late on Saturday.

Six victims were found early on Sunday followed by the body of a ten-year-old boy drifting in a river.

Seasonal downpours cause dozens of landslides and flash floods each year in Indonesia, a chain of 17,000 islands where millions of people live in mountainous areas or fertile flood plains.

MAGNITUDE 5.4 FIJI REGION

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Depth: 522 km

Distances:
343 km E of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,366 / local time: 22:01:31.0 2013-12-01
269 km SE of Lambasa, Fiji / pop: 24,187 / local time: 22:01:31.0 2013-12-01

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MAGNITUDE 5.2 SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA

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Depth: 10 km

Distances:
458 km SE of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 900,000 / local time: 14:34:25.0 2013-12-01
240 km S of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 70,171 / local time: 14:34:25.0 2013-12-01
138 km SW of Aksu, China / pop: 340,020 / local time: 16:34:25.0 2013-12-01

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URGENT MAGNETOSPHERE ALERT


PRESSURE HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

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MAGNITUDE 5.0 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, AFRICA

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Depth: 9 km

Distances:
232km (144mi) NNE of Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
243km (151mi) SE of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo
261km (162mi) WNW of Sake, Democratic Republic of the Congo

279km (173mi) NW of Kabare, Democratic Republic of the Congo
380km (236mi) WNW of Kigali, Rwanda
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MAGNITUDE 6.0 SIMEULUE, INDONESIA

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Depth:11 km

Distances:
69km (43mi) SE of Sinabang, Indonesia
215km (134mi) WSW of Kabanjahe, Indonesia
217km (135mi) W of Sibolga, Indonesia
242km (150mi) SSE of Meulaboh, Indonesia
550km (342mi) WSW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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MAGNITUDE 5.1 GUERRERO, MEXICO

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Depth: 53 km

Distances:
293 km SW of Mexico City, Mexico / pop: 12,294,193 / local time: 21:21:02.0 2013-11-30
191 km W of Chilpancingo de los Bravos, Mexico / pop: 165,250 / local time: 21:21:02.0 2013-11-30
23 km NE of El Coacoyul, Mexico / pop: 5,658 / local time: 21:21:02.0 2013-11-30

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MAGNITUDE 5.5 OFF COAST OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

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Depth: 10 km

Distances:
3602 km NW of Mexico City, Mexico / pop: 12,294,193 / local time: 21:19:37.0 2013-11-30
483 km SW of Salem, United States / pop: 154,637 / local time: 19:19:37.0 2013-11-30
224 km W of Gold Beach, United States / pop: 2,253 / local time: 19:19:37.0 2013-11-30

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