Landslide Disruption On The Basingstoke Canal, UK
A LANDSLIDE has caused more disruption to traffic on the Basingstoke Canal.
After weeks of heavy rain, land on both sides of the 32-mile waterway slipped at Dogmersfield, at the site of a previous landslide in March last year.
Several trees also fell across the canal during the landslide on Monday, February 10.
Hampshire County Council has closed the Basingstoke Canal, as well as the towpath, while engineers inspect the site.
Roger Cansdale, press officer at the Basingstoke Canal Society, said the canal has narrowed as a result of the landslide, making it impossible for the John Pinkerton II passenger barge to pass through.
The society’s boat, based at Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham, raises money for the group of volunteers to help maintain the 32-mile waterway.
Mr Cansdale said: “It is a blow. The boating season does not start until Easter but how much they will clear before then could be a moot point.
“The canal is now severely narrow, just five metres wide.”
He said the society had planned to take the boat to Woking for a trip for councillors, and use it at the Farnborough Air Show in July.
In a statement, Hampshire County Council, one of two authorities responsible for the waterway, said the canal will remain shut for safety reasons, and that the towpath will remain closed “for some time”.
It added: “Currently, there is no formal timescale for repairs. However, the work to re-establish the towpath will happen as part of the large scale engineering works to reinstate the whole landslip area. Hampshire County Council’s engineers are still coming up with the engineering solution at present.”
As reported in The Gazette, the previous landslide in March last year affected 30 yards of the canal, which runs from Greywell, near Odiham, to Woking.
It meant that barges celebrating the opening of the newly-refurbished locks at Deepcut, Surrey, a £1.7million project, could only get as far as Dogmersfield, from Woking.
MAGNITUDE 5.5 – SCOTIA SEA
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Depth: 10 km
Distances: 919km (571mi) SW of Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
1392km (865mi) SE of Ushuaia, Argentina
1639km (1018mi) SE of Punta Arenas, Chile
1662km (1033mi) SE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
1153km (716mi) SSE of Stanley, Falkland Islands
Finally A Real Scientific Consensus – Everyone Agrees That The Recent Displaced Polar Vortex Wasn’t Caused By Global Warming
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By WUWT Regular “Just The Facts”
For anyone who was witness to the absurdity of the recent warming makes it cold meme, it should come as no surprise that even ardent Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming believers are trying to distance themselves from the meme before it causes more damage. After the White House took a run at it, and the willfully gullible media, e.g. Bloomberg Businessweek, BBC and NPR lapped it up, now everyone, including the scientist credited with starting it, are walking away. Let us start with this Washington Post – Capital Weather Gang article yesterday, “Scientists: Don’t make “extreme cold” centerpiece of global warming argument“:
“It’s an intriguing theory – that recently has gotten legs: the melting Arctic – spurred by global warming – is causing the weather’s steering flow, the jet stream, to become more…
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State troopers have responded to nearly 1,000 crashes across the state, plus another 2,300 vehicles that spun out or ran off the road.
Driving conditions remained difficult early Saturday afternoon. Road crews were out in force, but the combination of snow and cold was impeding their efforts to clear roads and highways.
Officials continue to advise residents to stay home if possible.
Conditions have been so bad that Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in some parts of the state. He called out the National Guard to help rescue stranded drivers. Nearly 300 people spent time in shelters set up in eight counties southwest of the Twin Cities.
The State Patrol responded to more than 4,400 calls for service, including about 1,100 stalls and 74 jackknifed semi trucks.
Huge Sinkhole Swallows Woman’s Car As She Tries To Park, Long Island, USA
A Long Island woman was just trying to park when a huge sinkhole opened before her, nearly swallowing her car whole around 1 p.m. Friday.
Gail Sorrentino, 65, had pulled into her driveway when all of a sudden her white, four-door Subaru plunged through the pavement.
“I just went to park my car in the spot where I always park it, on the apron of the driveway, and the ground fell out from under me,” Sorrentino said. “I guess cause I’m short and small I ended up standing up, I didn’t hit anything.”
The vehicle plunged headlong into the 10-to-15 foot hole, with only the rear wheels and trunk peeking above the ground. Sorrentino managed to call 911, and rescuers were able to pull her unharmed out of the crater.
Authorities believe the sinkhole was created by an old cesspool.
Ukrainian Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Fujairah Airport
An official source at Fujairah International Airport denied social media rumours that a plane carrying the Ukrainian president landed in the UAE.
He said a Ukrainian plane had made an emergency landing at the airport following a technical snag.
The source added that the plane carried a Ukrainian businessman who routinely travels to the UAE on business. It was heading to Dubai airport, but changed direction due to fog.
“The situation was handled properly and the safety of the plane and passengers [was] ensured,” the source said.
Police in Marion, Ind. responded to reports of a plane crash at the Marion Municipal Airport.
The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. Officials with the Marion Police Department say the pilot made the call to police about the crash. The pilot’s condition is not yet known.
The airport is located in the 5900 block of Western Avenue in Marion, Ind.
Officials are just arriving at the scene.
MAGNITUDE 4.6 – NORTHERN ALGERIA
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Depth: 13 km
Distances: 10km (6mi) N of Isser, Algeria
13km (8mi) NE of Thenia, Algeria
16km (10mi) WNW of Naciria, Algeria
17km (11mi) ENE of Boumerdas, Algeria
55km (34mi) E of Algiers, Algeria
Plane Makes Emergency Landing At
Lindbergh Field, USA
A flight headed to Salt Lake City this morning was forced to make an emergency landing this morning at Lindbergh Field.
Delta flight 978 was scheduled to take off at about 6:15 a.m. Saturday. Shortly after takeoff, the plane started having pressure issues, which caused the oxygen masks to deploy.
Nearly 140 passengers were on-board.
The flight was canceled and passengers were re-booked on later flights.
No injures were reported. The cause is still under investigation.