Archive | April 12, 2014

Massive Wildfire North of Osoyoos, Canada

Fire Alert

Wildfire officials are battling a 20-hectare wildfire on Osoyoos Indian Band Land between Oliver and Osoyoos. 

Fire Information Officer Kayla Pepper says the fire started late Friday about 7 kilometres north of Osoyoos. 

“It is still an active wildfire. Right now crews are working on establishing guard on the south side of the fire,” Pepper said just before 1 p.m. on Saturday. “They’re trying to steer the fire towards some natural rocky features, so by pushing the fire up slope into those areas it won’t burn.” 

According to Pepper (as of 1 p.m. Saturday), 10 firefighters are battling the blaze. Investigators are also on scene as they attempt to determine the cause of the wildfire, as it is not part of a prescribed burn.

Pepper anticipates visible smoke in Oliver and Osoyoos throughout Saturday afternoon and perhaps into Sunday. 

Virus sickens hundreds on Baltimore cruise ship

Virus Alert

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says passengers on a cruise ship that sailed out of Baltimore became sick on board during two consecutive voyages.

According to the CDC website, about 100 passengers and crew members on the Grandeur of the Seas became ill with vomiting and diarrhea. It left April 5 for a seven-day cruise.

 

A spokeswoman for ship owner Royal Caribbean Cruises in an email confirmed the illnesses and said a norovirus was believed to be the cause.

 

The CDC also reported that about 100 passengers and crew members became ill on the Grandeur during its sailing from March 28 to April 5.

 

The agency says three of its staff will board the ship when it returns to Baltimore Saturday to investigate the most recent outbreak.

 

UPDATE: Officials identify victims in W.Va. plane crash, USA

Plane Crash Alert

Officials say a married couple from Ohio died after their plane crashed in Kanawha County.
 
The small plane was on its way from Akron, Ohio, to Spartanburg, S.C., when it crashed about 5 p.m. Friday near Riverside in eastern Kanawha County.  Riverside is located about 12 miles southeast of Charleston.  
 
The National Transportation Safety Board identified those killed as 50-year-old Lazarus Sommers and his 56-year-old wife, Maryann Sommers. The couple was from Millersburg, Ohio.
 
The pilot of the Piper PA-32 had reportedly asked for help navigating around bad weather.
 
West Virginia State Police responding to the crash needed about two hours to find the site with a helicopter.  First responders had to reach the crash site on foot.  

Plane that took off from Akron crashes, 2 dead, USA

Plane Crash Alert

A small plane that took off from Akron has crashed in West Virginia and two people are dead, according to WSAZ NewsChannel 3, an NBC affiliate of WKYC.
 
The Federal Aviation Administration tells WSAZ they believe the plane, which departed Akron Fulton International Airport, is a Piper PA-32. It crashed just before 5 p.m. in Kanawha County.
 
The FAA says the plane was headed to Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport in South Carolina.
 
The two people who died were the only ones on the plane, according to WSAZ.

Plane crashes; one confirmed dead in Mariposa County, USA

Plane Crash Alert

A small private plane crashed Friday morning in Mariposa County, killing at least one person, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies at 10:10 a.m. responded to a call of a possible plane crash in the 6000 block of Highway 49 north, not far from the Mariposa-Yosemite Airport.

A sheriff’s fixed-wing aircraft and a California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted the downed plane in a rugged area off the highway. No details were immediately available on what may have caused the crash.

First responders reached the crash site just after 11:45 a.m. Deputies said investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration had been notified and would investigate the case.

The name of the person who died in the crash has not been released, pending notification of family.

MAGNITUDE 5.1 SOLOMON ISLANDS

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=371717

Subject To Change

Depth: 30 km

Distances: 311 km SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 08:39:05.0 2014-04-13
89 km S of Kirakira, Solomon Islands / pop: 1,122 / local time: 08:39:05.0 2014-04-13

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MAGNITUDE 3.8 5 km SOUTH-EAST OF CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/newzealand/2014p275298

Subject to change

Depth: 5 km

Distances:  Latitude, Longitude   -43.56, 172.65

12.04.14 SE Of Christchurch NZ_2

MAGNITUDE 5.0 SOLOMON ISLANDS

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=371707

Subject To Change

Depth: 40 km

Distances: 387 km SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 08:17:06.0 2014-04-13
151 km SE of Kirakira, Solomon Islands / pop: 1,122 / local time: 08:17:06.0 2014-04-13

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MAGNITUDE 4.2 – 5 km SOUTH-EAST OF CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/newzealand/2014p275294

Subject to change

Depth: 5 km

Distances:  Latitude, Longitude   -43.56, 172.66

12.04.14 SE Of Christchurch NZ

MAGNITUDE 4.3 KYRGYZSTAN

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=371679

Subject To Change

Depth: 1 km

Distances: 129 km SW of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 900,000 / local time: 02:18:51.8 2014-04-13
89 km E of Talas, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 35,172 / local time: 02:18:51.8 2014-04-13
51 km NE of Toktogul, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 19,336 / local time: 02:18:51.8 2014-04-13

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