Archive | June 18, 2014

Solar Update June 2014 – The sun is still slumping along

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by David Archibald

The following is a series of graphs that depict the current and past state of the sun.

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Plane in emergency landing after 25 warning lights started flashing in Manchester, UK

Plane Emergency Landing

Flight BE-2066 from Edinburgh to Brussels was on route with 20 passengers and four crew when trouble started with one warning light

A plane made an emergency landing in Manchester after all the cabin lights switched themselves off – and TWENTY-FIVE warning lights started flashing.

Flight BE-2066 from Edinburgh to Brussels was en route with 20 passengers and four crew when trouble started with one warning light.

The pilot decided to continue to Brussels, but the cabin lights starting failing from the front of the cabin and heading backwards until passengers and crew were left in darkness.

A few minutes later, more warning lights began flashing and the co-pilot’s flight display failed.

The cockpit lights and the right hand audio/radio control unit then switched off.

Crew started using the emergency torch light, but that also failed – and the crew decided to divert to Manchester.

While descending towards Manchester the flight director failed and several more caution messages appeared.

The jet landed safely and passengers were offloaded and boarded the next available flight.

After the incident, the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch launched a probe into the incident.

Their report, part of their June bulletin, showed the incident last October was caused by a malfunction in the right generator.

It said the manufacturer’s inspection had found ‘severe pitting on the auxillary contacts’ which caused a battery to drain – and the loss of power.

A Flybe spokesman said: “The safety of passengers and crew is always the highest priority, and at no time was this flight compromised. This issue resulted from an unusual set of circumstances affecting some of the electrical systems of the aircraft.

“The aircraft, with 20 passengers and four crew on board landed safely following its diversion into Manchester Airport. Passengers were accommodated on the next available flight.

“Flybe has since worked closely with the AAIB and manufacturers on their subsequent investigation and has carried out all recommendations made, which has included changing a number of electrical components.

Severe thunderstorms cause power outages in Massachusetts, USA

Storm Alert

Strong winds and thunderstorms came across the Pioneer Valley starting at about at about 2 A.M. Wednesday.

The storm caused several hundred power outages in Western Massachusetts. A few dozen of those outages were in Berkshire County in the area of New Marlborough and further north near North Adams.

According to the Western Massachusetts Electric company’s outage map, more than 360 houses in Russell lost power between 2 and 3 o’clock Wednesday morning.

22News also tracked reports of power outages in Huntington and Worthington.

Palmer Police dispatcher John Lefevre told 22Newsthere is a tree down on High Street in Palmer.

22News is continuing to track storm damage and will bring you all the latest updates.

MAGNITUDE 3.2 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 2 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  63.653  -19.163 
(4.5 km ENE of Goðabunga)

Earthquake location   18 Jun 19:45 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   18 Jun 19:45 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude

MAGNITUDE 4.6 WESTERN IRAN

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=385859

Subject To Change

Depth: 2 km

Distances: 282 km E of Baghdad, Iraq / pop: 5,672,513 / local time: 09:19:37.9 2014-06-18
39 km SE of Kermānshāh, Iran / pop: 621,100 / local time: 10:49:37.9 2014-06-18

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66 Feared Drowned in Malaysian Boat Disaster

Breaking News

A boat carrying 97 foreigners from Indonesia capsized about two nautical miles off the western coast of Malaysia, as per a media report.

As per the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, 31 people have been rescued but 66 of the passengers are still missing.

According to Malaysia’s New Straits Times, the wooden boat overturned and sank around midnight on Tuesday about two miles (3 km) from the coastal town of Banting on the Strait of Malacca.

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A distress call was received by the fire and rescue department at about 12.24 am and the team reached the scene within 30 minutes.

A spokesperson for the agency said that the passengers, including women and children, were allegedly trying to reach Malaysia illegally. One boat had been sent by the agency to search for survivors and two more will be sent, the spokesperson added.

The fire fighters are monitoring the coastline and the search operations are still on till last report.

Duststorm rips through Florissant, store roof collapses, Southern Colorado, USA

Dust Storm Alert

On what was a sunshine-filled day in Southern Colorado, a Florissant business owner and her employees are very thankful they are okay after an afternoon duststorm swept through and severely damaged part of their shop’s roof, Monday.
 
“It’s a pretty scary situation,”  Outpost Feed and Ranch Supply store owner, Ginger Bruvold said.
 
“It’s just gorgeous out today,” employee Bruce Miller said. “It hit us out of nowhere.”
 
Around 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, a massive duststorm hit the Florissant business, taking a secondary wooden roof and all of the scraps with it.
 
All of the customers and employees were inside the store when the storm hit and they say of the tangible roofing materials can be replaced.
 
“Usually this parking lot is full of people,” Bruvold said surveying the damage in front of the store. “And for some reason we only had one car out here. We were being taken care of.”
 
Five seconds is all it took for Ginger Bruvold’s livelihood to take a huge hit, but she knows it could have been worse. Bruvold and her feed store family have already begun to rebuild. She contacted her insurance. The store will remain closed through Tuesday and possibly longer.

MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 01:15 & 01:30 hrs UTC

**URGENT**
  MASSIVE DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 01:15 & 01:30 hrs UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE
***BE ALERT***
Magnetogram 18.06.14  07.18 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 5.2 SOUTHWESTERN RYUKYU ISL., JAPAN

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000rh4i#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 23 km

Distances: 58km (36mi) S of Hirara, Japan
105km (65mi) E of Ishigaki, Japan

322km (200mi) SW of Itoman, Japan
327km (203mi) SW of Tomigusuku, Japan

1149km (714mi) ENE of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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