Archive | May 16, 2014

Huge Oil spill of 10,000 gallons on streets of Los Angeles, USA

Workers clear up oil

An oil pipe in Los Angeles spilled an estimated 10,000 gallons (45,000 litres) of oil in the streets, the LA Fire Department (LAFD) says.

A geyser shot crude oil 20 feet into the air, and over an area half a mile (0.8km) in length, the LAFD added in a statement.

The oil line was remotely shut off, and by 0600 local time (1400 BST) most of the oil had been vacuumed.

Four people reported breathing problems and two went to hospital.

A few commercial businesses were affected and a strip club was evacuated.

The above-ground oil pipe broke in the early hours of Thursday near San Fernando Road, a major road in Los Angeles.

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LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said there was no “visible evidence” the oil had entered the city’s storm drains, which carry excess rain water into the Los Angeles River, AP news agency reported.

However, Mr Scott said it was possible that the oil had seeped under manhole covers in the area.

The incident was reported by the LAFD at 02:05 local time (09:05 GMT). A LAFD tractor company and hazardous materials team were at the scene, officials said.

Street maintenance teams were using sand to help block the run-off, while the local department of transport was assisting with managing traffic, officials added.

Footage shown by local media showed oil shooting upwards out of the pipe and flowing down the street.

The company Plains All American later said the leak came from a pump station on one of its pipelines, and was due to a faulty valve.

The LAFD originally estimated that 1,000,000 gallons had spilled, but later revised this to 50,000 gallons and then 10,000 gallons.

Crude oil is a flammable mixture of hydrocarbons and can be used to produce different fuels.

MAGNITUDE 5.0 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=378589

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Depth: 76 km

Distances: 254 km SW of Palembang, Indonesia / pop: 1,441,500 / local time: 04:20:27.2 2014-05-17
144 km SE of Bengkulu, Indonesia / pop: 309,712 / local time: 04:20:27.2 2014-05-17
70 km S of Pagaralam, Indonesia / pop: 70,386 / local time: 04:20:27.2 2014-05-17

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MAGNITUDE 5.1 ASCENSION ISLAND REGION

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=378587

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1852 km S of Monrovia, Liberia / pop: 939,524 / local time: 21:11:30.4 2014-05-16
2072 km S of Freetown, Sierra Leone / pop: 802,639 / local time: 21:11:30.4 2014-05-16
2089 km SW of Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire / pop: 194,530 / local time: 21:11:30.4 2014-05-16

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Piers Corbyn – “West Antarctic Ice Sheet: Nasa gives it’s most deluded scare story ever”

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Direct download link:
http://www.weatheraction.com/docs/WANews14No18.pdf

As a further comment Piers says [note typos amended from original and images added] :

” While recognising the huge amount of clever quality work and measurements, interesting calculations and massive resource back-up which have gone into these studies by the scientists involved, when one sees what is actually being said and the uncertainties it is beyond belief that the matter of some things that MIGHT be happening to the West Antarctic ice sheet get elevated to the level of international news to be used to add justification to modify the world economy in the name of the delusion of global warming.

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Piers’ 7 Key points:

1. WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?
Answer in the abstract above 0.25mm (Maybe) sea level rise per year ie one inch in the next 100 years. NB ANY figure may be controversial. It’s not surprising there was not a headline…

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Plane’s wing falls apart after take off & makes emergency landing in London, UK

A section of the left wing 'suddenly came loose and hung down, flapping in the jetstream'

Passengers travelling on a CityJet flight were left “terrified” when a section of the plane’s wing became detached shortly after take-off.

Footage captured by a Telegraph journalist who was on board at the time appears to show part of the engine housing hanging off the wing of the Avro RJ85 aircraft.

The plane was taking off from London City Airport for Florence when alarmed passengers reported hearing a loud bang.

Journalist Cole Moreton said: “On take-off there was a strange noise then a bang and six-foot plus section of the left wing that looked like suddenly came loose and hung down, flapping in the jetstream.

“It seemed hydraulic pistons had snapped as they were flapping too. Passengers were alarmed and told the cabin staff, who appeared to inform the captain”

He said the plane then circled the Thames estuary before making an emergency landing back at London City Airport, where it was met by an emergency crew. None of the 61 passengers on board at the time were injured during the incident.

He said the plane then circled the Thames estuary before making an emergency landing back at London City Airport, where it was met by an emergency crew. None of the 61 passengers on board at the time were injured during the incident.

A spokesperson for CityJet said: “The WX 281 flight had just taken off from London City Airport on its way to Florence when the cover of the operating mechanism on the wing became partially detached.

“The crew followed their standard procedures and, after a discussion with CityJet Maintenance Control, decided to return to London City Airport.

“Air Traffic Control were notified and the aircraft returned making a normal approach and landing. Passengers are being re-directed on another aircraft and will depart with a two hour delay.’”

Severe storm topples trees and crush homes in Phuket, Thailand

Storm Alert

More storms of the kind that toppled a Banyan tree are forecast for Phuket
A sudden gale that Phuket’s microclimate produces in the monsoon season toppled a banyan tree in Phuket City about 10pm last night, damaging two houses and a parked pickup. Resident Preecha Lakkeaw, who lives on the road behind Phuket Provincial Court, said that while the sound of the crash terrified locals, it was fortunate that nobody had been injured. More storms are forecast.

Cyclone Yvette To Bring Windstorms & Severe Rainfall To Hungary

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The Mediterranean cyclone Yvette is expected to reach Hungary, bringing gusty winds and triggering heavy rainfall, the weather services reported yesterday. Windstorms are also forecast for today, with over 100km per hour gusts (mostly in the western regions).
Cyclone Yvette To Bring Windstorms To Hungary
All of Hungary will see plenty of rain today, with levels of 50-100 millimeters in some areas.
 
More rain is in the forecast for the northern and western areas for Friday.

Extreme Storm Floods Balkans, Serbia Declares Emergency

Emergency Alert

“biggest water catastrophe in Serbia’s history.”
A massive storm has dumped record rainfalls on the Balkans, causing severe flooding, especially in Serbia, and parts of Bosnia. Schools have been closed in Serbia, where several people have drowned. Croatia is on alert.
Überschwemmung in Bosnien

Serbian declared a nationwide flood emergency on Thursday and asked the EU and Russia for help. Entire towns were cut off. The slow-moving cyclone is forecast to persist until the weekend.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said his country was facing its “biggest water catastrophe in Serbia’s history.”

Meteorologists forecast that more than double Serbia’s average rainfall for the whole of May was expected to fall within just two-and-a-half days until Friday noon.

Across Serbia, 100,000 households were without electricity. Dozens of cars and buses were stranded along flooded roads.

Schools in the Serbian capital were closed for Thursday and Friday. Major traffic routes, such as the E-75 Belgrade-Skopje highway, were submerged. Serbia’s rail link to Montenegro was severed.

Waters are rising everywhere,” said Serbian emergency official Predrag Maric. “We have engaged all our manpower.”

At least three people were killed in Serbia, including a resident near Belgrade whom firefighters said had drowned after she refused to be evacuated.

Serbian media said at least two more people had been reported missing.

High-profile society and basketball sporting events were postponed.

Storm also grips Bosnia, Croatia

In Bosnia, to the west, bridges were swept away by swollen rivers. The central Bosnian town of Topcic Polje, near Zenica, was bisected by landslides and raging waters (pictured).

Some residents of Maglaj, 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Bosnia’s capital, sat on roofs.

Its mayor Mehmed Mustabasic said the town was “cut off from the rest of the world.”

“We have no electricity; the phones are not working,” he said.

The Sarajevo government ordered the deployment of army helicopters for evacuations. EU troops in Bosnia joined rescue efforts.

Croatia also affected

High winds reaching 150 kilometers per hour forced the closure of sections of Croatia’s Adriatic coastal highway.

Thousands of Croatian households have also been without power since Wednesday.

Croatia’s meteorological service issued a “red alert,” saying winds were powerful enough to carry debris at deadly speed.

Slovenia was also on alert because of predicted high winds.

The storm, a slow-moving cyclone, bringing sharp drops in temperature, is expected to drift to the east over the Balkans and then south to the eastern Mediterranean by the weekend.

DRAMATIC INCREASE QUAKE SWARM ICELAND REGION

***URGENT ALERT***

Earthquake Swarm

**DRAMATIC INCREASE**

  QUAKE SWARM

ICELAND REGION

***BE ALERT***

MAGNITUDE 4.3 20 km EAST OF EKETAHUNA, NEW ZEALAND

http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/region/newzealand/2014p365757

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Depth: 27 km

Distances:  Latitude, Longitude  
-40.62, 175.95