Archive | December 19, 2013

MAGNITUDE 5.6 BANDA SEA

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000lnj6#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 19 km

Distances:
349km (217mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor
358km (222mi) S of Ambon, Indonesia

404km (251mi) S of Amahai, Indonesia
444km (276mi) ENE of Atambua, Indonesia

349km (217mi) ENE of Dili, East Timor

Global view

‘People Trapped’ After Theatre Balcony Collapse, London, UK

Apollo theatre collapse

People are trapped after part of a balcony at London’s Apollo theatre apparently collapsed, according to eyewitnesses.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was playing at the Shaftesbury Avenue venue.

London Fire Brigade tweeted: “Eight fire engines are attending an incident at a theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in #Soho. It’s believed a balcony has collapsed. More soon.”

Eyewitnesses said they saw people being escorted out of the building, some bleeding and covered in debris.

Police confirmed they were called to the theatre shortly after 8.15pm.

A spokesman said: “There is a report of a collapse in the building itself. It is believed some people may have been injured in the collapse.”

Martin Bostock, who was in the theatre, told Sky News: “I was in the stalls with my family in the early stages of the show.

“I think the front part of the balcony fell down. At first we thought it was part of the show, it was very dramatic.

Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London Credit: Wikimedia Commons/KF

“We got out with cuts and bruises, I think most people did.”

Simon Usborne, also watching the performance, told Sky News: “A huge crack happened … and then my whole view of the stage was obscured by a huge cloud of dust.

“I think everything in the front row of the stalls and the dress circle would have been showered with debris.”

Mr Usborne said people are being treated for head injuries.

“There are a lot of people with blood on their faces,” he added.

“The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time is pretty popular with families and they have left in tears, they are pretty distraught.”

Twitter user Charlotte Rolt posted: “At the Apollo theatre and total mayhem when the roof just came down on us! We look like we’ve been down the mines!”

MAGNITUDE 3.1 – ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 5 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude   64.622  -16.661 
(2.6 km SW of Kverkfjöll)

Earthquake location   19 Dec 20:25 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   19 Dec 20:25 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 5.6 PAKISTAN

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000lnge#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 5 km

Distances:
32km (20mi) W of Warah, Pakistan
45km (28mi) WNW of Nasirabad, Pakistan

49km (30mi) NW of Mehar, Pakistan
51km (32mi) NNW of Khairpur Nathan Shah, Pakistan

796km (495mi) SSW of Kabul, Afghanistan

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**EXTREMELY URGENT**
MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 16:45 & 19:30 hrs UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 19.12.13  19.43 hrs UTC

SEVERE STORM UNLEASHES IT’S MIGHT ON PARTS OF THE UK WITH MORE TO COME
Storm Alert
Fire crews were called to pump away water

Severe weather has caused disruption as strong winds and heavy rain spread across Wales.

The south appears to be worst affected with reports of up to 4ft (1.2m) of water in places and people abandoning their cars.

South Wales Fire Service said it has been inundated and Dyfed-Powys Police has had “hundreds” of calls about localised flooding and fallen trees.

About 900 homes in Aberdulais in the Neath Valley lost power for a time.

Western Power Distribution said it was due to a main electrical cable coming down.

Earlier, the Met Office issued a yellow warning, of winds up to 70 mph (113km/h) with the worst gusts likely to be experienced in exposed coastal areas.

By 21:45 GMT, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) had six flood warnings in place and said south Gwynedd, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion could be badly affected as more rain is expected in coming days.

The six flood warnings are at: Llandysul, Nant-y-Moel, Ammanford and Llandybie, Cwmtwrch, the Pendine tidal area and the Dale tidal area.

There are also 27 flood alerts, stretching from Swansea Bay to the north Wales coast, which was badly hit by strong winds and a storm surge during high tides two weeks ago.

Fallen trees

Gwent Police said there was 3-4ft (0.9 to 1.2m) of water on the B4521 at Cross Ash near Abergavenny, in Monmouthshire.

Also in Monmouthshire, the A472 in Usk flooded and there were reports of people abandoning vehicles in 2ft (0.6m) of water at Switchgear roundabout in Blackwood, Gwent.

South Wales Police said a fallen tree had blocked Llantwit Road in Treforest, and there were two trees down on the B4242 Cadoxton to Resolven road.

Cemetery Road in Aberdare was described by police as “like a river” and heavily flooded and the fire service requested sandbags for Merthyr, Rhymney, Aberdare, Treorchy, and Maesteg areas.

The A465 Heads of the Valleys road eastbound from Cefn Coed to Dowlais is closed and diversions are in place.

The old M48 Severn Bridge closed due high winds and was expected to remain shut until 23:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Dyfed-Powys Police said Pembrokeshire and Powys were hit badly, while Ceredigion seemed to have escaped the worst.

‘Treacherous’

Earlier, Steve Cook, flood strategy manager at NRW, told BBC Wales: “There is going to be persistent heavy rain coming through and that’s going to cause localised flooding particularly of roads, which is going to make travelling quite treacherous particularly with the high winds.”

He said with water flowing into rivers, levels would rise which trigger flood alerts and warnings.

He added: “With the leaves coming off the trees, particularly blown by the high winds, it does mean that there is that potential for surface water flooding the drains.

“We also want people to be aware of coastal flooding.”

Elsewhere, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued multiple flood warnings as the country prepares for high winds and rain.

The warnings, indicating “flooding is expected, immediate action required”, cover parts of Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, west central Scotland and Tayside.

An amber warning of severe gales has been issued by the Met Office for the Highlands and Strathclyde, as well as Northern Ireland.