Archive | June 2, 2014

Tropical depression 02E is forecast to strike Mexico as a tropical storm at about 18:00 GMT on 5th June 2014

Tropical depression 02E is forecast to strike Mexico as a tropical storm at about 18:00 GMT on 5 June. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 15.3 N, 95.0 W. 02E is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 83 km/h (51 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

Heatwave kills two & 100’s in hospital in Japan

Heatwave Warning

Two people have been killed and hundreds treated in hospital after a weekend heatwave swept over Japan, officials and reports said on Sunday.
 
A 74-year-old women collapsed while working in a greenhouse in the eastern prefecture of Chiba on Saturday and was later pronounced dead.
 
In Ibaraki, also in the east of the country, a 61-year-old was found collapsed in her garden and died.
 
On Sunday, a 76-year-old man was taken to hospital unconscious in Sera, in the western prefecture of Hiroshima, after collapsing near a river bank.
 
“He is suspected of having a heatstroke,” a local ambulance worker told the journalist by telephone.
 
The official said there were unconfirmed reports that the man had been working in rice paddies before collapsing.
 
More than 300 people were treated at hospital on Saturday alone, the public broadcaster said as mercury rose past 30°C in many towns across the nation.
 
The temperature reached 33°C in central Tokyo by mid-afternoon on Sunday with over 36°C recorded in Tatebayashi, north of the capital.

TRMM satellite sees Eastern Pacific tropical cyclone forming

NASA's TRMM satellite sees Eastern Pacific tropical cyclone forming
There’s a new tropical low pressure area brewing in the Eastern Pacific and NASA’s TRMM satellite flew overhead and got a read on its rainfall rates and cloud heights.
 

The eastern Pacific Ocean has become active on cue with the start of the hurricane season in that area. Only a few days after hurricane Amanda weakened and disappeared the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that development of another tropical cyclone is probable southeast of Salina Cruz, Mexico. NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite captured rainfall data on System 93E on June 2, 2014 at 0659 UTC (2:59 a.m. EDT).

At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, TRMM’s Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) data were overlaid on an enhanced infrared image from NOAA’s GOES-EAST satellite received at 0645 UTC (02:45 a.m. EDT) on June 2. TRMM found areas of moderate to heavy rainfall in showers and thunderstorms within the area of this tropical low. However, the heaviest rainfall found by TRMM in the area covered by this image was 115.8 mm (4.6 inches) per hour in another area of disturbed weather over Belize.

At 2 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center update noted that showers and thunderstorms associated with a low pressure area became better organized during the morning hours. System 93E is located 250 miles south-southeast of Salina Cruz, Mexico,

Because the environmental conditions are conducive for additional development, The National Hurricane Center expects a tropical depression may likely form later today or tonight as the low moves slowly northeastward or northward.

Even though the low has not yet become a depression, the National Hurricane Center reported that it continues to bring very heavy rainfall to portions of western Central America, and is expected to spread over southeastern Mexico during the next couple of days. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides in areas of mountainous terrain.

As of June 2 at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. EDT), the National Hurricane Center gives System 93E a 90 percent chance of becoming tropical depression 2E in the next 48 hours.

Plane crash near Boston leaves seven dead, USA

Plane Crash Alert

Seven people have been killed after a private plane crashed in an airfield in Massachusetts.

“There were no survivors,” said Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for the Massachusetts port authority, which operates Hanscom Field in Bedford, where the Gulfstream IV crashed as it was leaving at 9.40pm for Atlantic City international airport in New Jersey.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people on board and their loved ones,” Brelis said before a news conference announcing the deaths.

The names of the victims were not immediately released. Officials did not say what they thought had caused the crash. They said the national transportation safety board would investigate.

Nearby residents recounted seeing a fireball and feeling the blast of the explosion shake their homes. Jeff Patterson told the Boston Globe that he saw a fireball about 60ft in the air and suspected the worst for those aboard the plane.

Patterson’s 14-year-old son Jared said: “I heard a big boom, and I thought at the time that someone was trying to break into my house because it shook it. I thought someone was banging on the door trying to get in.”

The airfield, which serves the public, was closed after the crash. Brelis said responders were still on the scene early Sunday morning.

Hanscom Field is about 20 miles north-west of Boston, and acts as a corporate reliever for Boston Logan international airport.

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Pilot killed in plane crash at Stevens Point airshow, USA

A video still taken moments before a plane crashed at the Stevens Point Air Show Sunday. The pilot was killed in the crash.
A pilot died Sunday when his plane spiraled to the ground and crashed during the Stevens Point Air Show, police said.
 
Stevens Point Police Sgt. Tony Babl said the 47-year-old Wisconsin man was pronounced dead at the scene after his plane crashed shortly before 12:30 p.m. during an aerobatic performance.
 
Police said they are withholding the name of the pilot until family members can be notified. The pilot had been flying a 1993 YAK-55M Russian-made aerobatics plane. Officials say they don’t yet know what caused the crash.
 
The crash happened near the Green Circle Trail in a wooded area about 1,000 feet east of the runway at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport, Babl said, confirming what witnesses on the scene said. That section of the trail is now closed, Babl said.
 
Airport officials shut down the airshow immediately after the crash. Numerous emergency vehicles — including those from the Stevens Point and Stockton fire departments, the Stevens Point Police Department and the Portage County Sheriff’s Office — traveled to and from the scene of the crash, which occurred at the far end of the airfield, opposite from the terminal.
 
Witnesses to the crash said the plane had spiraled toward the ground, looped up, then crashed into the trees next to the airport’s airfield.
 
“I couldn’t believe what I saw,” said Melvin Burskey, 72, of Neenah, who was attending the event. “There was a puff of smoke, then it went down.”
 
Chris Walker, 53, of Stevens Point was taking video of the airshow right before the crash. Walker said the plane would dip below the tree line as it performed stunts and it wasn’t immediately apparent that something was wrong until ti didn’t re-emerge from the treeline and emergency vehicles rushed onto the airfield.
 
“I was in shock,” Walker said.
 
Airshow crews were called into a room inside the airport after the crash, and later began taking down signs for the event after coming out of the airport. Some of the events scheduled for Sunday’s airshow included aerobatic performances and city tours in helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
 
Babl said police officers are guarding the scene until investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board arrive.

YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.3 GARDINER, MT

http://www.seis.utah.edu/req2webdir/recenteqs/Quakes/uu60005115.html

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Depth: 4 km

Distances: Gardiner, MT – 28 km (18 miles) S (189 degrees)
West Yellowstone, MT – 30 km (19 miles) ENE (63 degrees)
Island Park, ID – 55 km (34 miles) NE (55 degrees)
Big Sky, MT – 68 km (42 miles) SE (142 degrees)
Salt Lake City, UT – 457 km (284 miles) N (11 degrees)

02.06.14 M2.3 4 km

YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.4 – GARDINER, MT

http://www.seis.utah.edu/req2webdir/recenteqs/Quakes/uu60071092.html

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Depth: 4 km

Distances: Gardiner, MT – 28 km (18 miles) S (189 degrees)
West Yellowstone, MT – 30 km (19 miles) ENE (63 degrees)
Island Park, ID – 55 km (34 miles) NE (55 degrees)
Big Sky, MT – 68 km (42 miles) SE (142 degrees)
Salt Lake City, UT – 457 km (284 miles) N (11 degrees)

02.06.14 M2.4 4 km

MAGNITUDE 4.7 NORTH OF SVALBARD

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 1996 km N of Reykjavík, Iceland / pop: 113,906 / local time: 06:31:43.5 2014-06-02
2171 km N of Tórshavn, Faroe Islands / pop: 13,200 / local time: 07:31:43.5 2014-06-02
2333 km N of Nuuk, Greenland / pop: 14,798 / local time: 04:31:43.5 2014-06-02

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MAGNITUDE 5.3 SOUTH OF KERMADEC ISLANDS

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1061 km NE of Wellington, New Zealand / pop: 381,900 / local time: 18:31:39.1 2014-06-02
650 km NE of Whakatane, New Zealand / pop: 18,602 / local time: 18:31:39.1 2014-06-02

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MAGNITUDE 4.2 GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIF.

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Depth: 4 km

Distances: 23 km W of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 19:36:43.0 2014-06-01
7 km NW of Westwood, United States / pop: 2,019 / local time: 19:36:43.0 2014-06-01

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