Archive | May 26, 2014


Subject To Change

Depth: 13 km

Distances: 333km (207mi) NNE of Santa Cruz das Flores, Portugal
422km (262mi) NNW of Angra do Heroismo, Portugal

576km (358mi) NNW of Ponta Delgada, Portugal
1512km (940mi) NW of Camara de Lobos, Portugal

1746km (1085mi) WNW of Lisbon, Portugal

Global view

Landslides threaten over 160 homes in Mali Zvornik, Serbia

Landslide Alert

Life in the town begins to return to normal as all primary schools opened on Monday, and members of the Serbian Armed Forces are helping to clean up the damage caused by the flooding, Tanjug’s on-site correspondent reports. Municipality president Dragan Bogicevic told Tanjug that the damage assessment currently under way will be completed within the deadline set by the Serbian government – May 30th. He was unable to specify the extent of the damage sustained by Mali Zvornik, but noted that it will take years for the municipality to recover. All rivers have returned to their beds, which are slightly different now than before the flooding, said Bogojevic, and pointed out that a significant number of landslides pose a threat to more than 160 homes. The landslide activated near the bridge at the northern edge of Mali Zvornik threatened to cut the municipality in half, but it was stopped by clearing the debris. A massive landslide between two rocks in the village of Podgaj, Velika Reka, poses a threat to 54 households. At this point there is no solution to this landslide, says Bogicevic, The municipality needs assistance as the best thing for the households under threat would be to evacuate them. Members of the army are working on the construction of an alternative 11-km long road around Mali Zvornik, after the idea to clean up the active landslide which blocked the main road leading to the municipality has been abandoned. The biggest problem at the moment is a lack of diesel fuel, considering that the heavy machinery clearing the debris left by the water uses more than 3.5 tons of fuel a day, says Bogicevic. The need for diesel fuel will continue to grow as additional machinery will be deployed for the removal of debris from the flooding and landslides, he says.

Ebola virus kills 4 in Sierra Leone

Ebola Virus

Four people in eastern Sierra Leone have died after contracting the Ebola virus, a health ministry official announced on Monday. 
“I can categorically confirm that the Ebola sickness has materialised,” said Amara Jambai . “We have on record four deaths”.
We’re going to have to rely on news reports about health ministry statements, because Sierra Leone’s health ministry has no website I can find. The Sierra Leone US embassy site has an Ebola report from March, but nothing more recent. And I don’t find anything about the outbreak in the Liberian media. If Guinea’s media have any accounts, I’ll post them here.
In the meantime, we have anywhere from four to nine deaths in this new outbreak. WHO’s five deaths (one confirmed, four suspected) is probably the most reliable.

Plane makes emergency landing en route from Moscow to Yerevan

Plane Emergency Landing

A plane en route from Moscow to Yerevan made an emergency landing at Moscow airport on Sunday due to technical problems. 

Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan was also aboard the plane.

The plane, belonging to Aeroflot company, successfully landed at Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport, but later than scheduled, the General Department of Civil Aviation told

Seyran Ohanyan participated in the 3rd conference on international security in Moscow.

Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan told that Seyran Ohanyan successfully returned to Yerevan Sunday evening.

Plane crash near Brockville; man airlifted to hospital, Canada

Plane Crash Alert

A man has been airlifted to hospital after a small plane crashed in a field near Brockville.

The Brockville Fire Department responded to the call at around 6:45 yesterday evening.

OPP Sgt. Kristine Rae says the crash happened just north of the city’s airport.

The fire department says it’s unclear whether the man was trying to land at the airfield.

Plane makes emergency landing in Harpswell Neck, USA

Plane Emergency Landing

A small, private plane bound for Washington, D.C., made an emergency landing on a small airstrip in Harpswell Neck on Sunday evening.

The single-engine plane had run out of fuel, according to Harpswell Neck Fire Chief Frank Hilton, and landed on the airstrip near Farr Lane.

The man and his wife, whose names were not available, were not injured.

“He did a good job,” Hilton said of the pilot.

The plane sustained minor damage, and will need repair before flying again.

Hurricane Amanda remains a Category 4 storm

Hurricane Amanda remains a powerful Category 4 storm far of Mexico’s Pacific coast but is expected to begin weakening.
The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 140 mph (220 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says rapid weakening is expected over the next two days.
The hurricane is centered about 685 miles (1,105 kilometers) south of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and is moving north-northwest near 7 mph (11 kph).
While Amanda was forecast to stay out to sea, Mexico’s National Meteorological Service said rains associated with the storm were likely to drench much of western and central Mexico.
The Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially started May 15. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1.

Major train crash kills at least 30 & injures 50 in Northern India

Breaking News

Railway officials in northern India say a train accident has killed at least 30 people. Authorities said the Gorakhpur Express passenger train, travelling from Hisar city to Gorakhpur, slammed into a parked freight train at Chureb railway station in Khalilabad in Uttar Pradesh state Monday, killing at least 30 people. At least 50 people were injured, including the express train’s driver and assistant driver, who were in critical condition, railway official Alok Kumar said.

Major hailstorm severely damages 400 homes in Phra That Bung Puan Subdistrict, Thailand

Hail Formation Alert

A summer storm and a hailstorm has swept through Phra That Bung Puan Subdistrict of Muang district in Nong Khai province where over 400 homes have been severely damaged. 
The storm also brought down 13 electricity poles, causing a widespread blackout and leaving 2 people injured. 
On the evening of May 25th, a summer storm producing gusty winds and hailstones lasted for about 40 minutes and devastated 10 out of the 400 damaged homes. 
According to locals, hailstones sizes of limes were heavily falling followed by an hour of rain and at least 3 strong whirlwinds passed by. 
Authorities will be assessing the damage to provide assistance and report to the provincial office. An amount of budget will soon be allocated to those affected by the natural disaster.




  ON 29th_30th MAY 2014


CME 29th_30th May 2014