Archive | July 1, 2014

Plane makes emergency landing on Texas highway, USA

The pilot of a single-engine plane made an emergency landing on a highway ramp in Arlington, Texas, and it was all caught on camera.

It’s almost surreal.

“When you’re driving in a road, you don’t expect for a plane to be coming out of nowhere,” said driver Sean Short, who saw the incident unfold.

Short shot the video of the plane touching down in the grass median on Friday.

The landing gear reportedly clipped the ramp’s barrier wall, and the airplane crashed directly into the black pickup truck.

“It just opened up the side of my truck like a Coke can,” said driver Richard Dutton. “Trying to get onto 20 to get out West, my buddy yelled, ‘Look out!’ And I’m looking in my rearview mirror because no one was ahead of me. I’m thinking someone is trying to blow by me in the other lane, and I caught the plane coming in my peripheral. And I looked, and my knee-jerk reaction, of course, was to turn away from it. And as I turned, it looked like he tried to kick the plane out, and so we both went right. And the wing went over. I thought I’d cleared it. And then, the second wing went right in the windshield. It came through, broke off and went right down in front of my chest.”

Pictures show a piece of the plane impaled directly through his windshield.

Nearby, James Hawley heard all the commotion.

“I saw the tail of the banner falling between houses over here,” said Hawley. “[I] ran out from my house and picked it up because it was all over the place. This thing is a good 60- to 70 feet long.”

He dragged the giant Geico ad into his yard for safekeeping.
“It’s just something you don’t come home to every day,” said Hawley.

“The pilot’s OK,” said Christopher Cook, with the Arlington Police Department. “He’s in good spirits. He was up talking. He wishes he wouldn’t have hit anything. He was doing his best to try to get in the field.”

The driver of the truck credits his air bags for saving his life.

Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

Severe storm knocks out power, knocks down trees in Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA

Severe Weather Alert
Bolingbrook police said village workers were “extremely busy” responding to alarms and 911 calls in the wake of Monday night’s storm.
 
Numerous neighborhoods had experienced or are experiencing power outages, police Lt. Michael Rompa said this morning.
 
The storm knocked down numerous trees that blocked roadways. Public works crews responded and and were removing the trees.
There was minor street flooding that subsided once the heavy rain passed, Rampa said.
 
The National Weather Service reported wind gusts 82 mph in Bolingbrook.

Chikungunya Virus Appears in Paraguay

Chikungunya Virus Alert

Paraguayan authorities reported on Monday the first case of Chikungunya virus in the country after a citizen got infected in the Dominican Republic.
 
An official communiqué by the country’s Health Ministry explained that a Paraguayan citizen returned to the country six days after he began to feel the symptoms, which included fever and pains in his joints, and he looked for specialized assistance.
 
The citizen’s attitude allowed health specialists to take measures and avoid the spread of the disease, reads the communiqué cited by PL news agency.
 
The person was clinically analyzed and doctors considered he did not run any risk of complication, so he did not need hospitalization. However, the Health Ministry alerted that the risk of a Chikungunya epidemic in Paraguay is high and called on travelers to take into account all precautions to lower such risk.
 
According to the Pan-American Health Organization, the number of suspected Chikungunya cases in the continent has increased to over 185 thousand, with 21 deaths, up to last June 20 since the virus was first detected in this part of the world in December 2013.
 
The organization says that imported cases of the virus have been detected in Panama, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and the United States and that a concentration of the virus exists in the Dominican Republic with nearly 90 thousand suspected cases.

Severe flood wreaks havoc in Nnewi, Nigeria

Flood Alert

Residents of Egbu Umuenem, Otolo Nnewi community in Nnewi, Anambra State, have cried for help, following a flood disaster that hit the community at the weekend, destroying buildings, household property  and killing domestic animals.

Checks by Daily Sun revealed that worst hit, were residents of St. Thomas Church axis and Igwe Orizu Junction-Egbu Umuenem Otolo Nnewi-Awka Etiti Road. They blamed the persistent flood after each downpour on poorly constructed drainage system in the area.

The disaster also caused gridlock that lasted for hours. President General of Egbu community, Mr Anosike Hugo, lamented the massive destruction caused by the flood and appealed to Anambra State Government to come to the rescue of the community.

Also, a youth leader in the area, Mr. Kenechukwu Okeke, urged government to come to the rescue of the flood victims and find a lasting solution to the problem.

The contractor handling the road project in the affected area was quoted as saying the construction was based on specified standard.

Severe Floods Force Thousands To Evacuate In Argentina

Flood Alert

Flooding from days of torrential rains has forced the evacuation of some 3,000 families in Argentina.

The heavy rains swelled the Paraguay and Parana rivers.

Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said Monday that families living in swamped low-lying areas have been evacuated in the provinces of Misiones and Formosa.

The government says President Cristina Fernandez will tour the flood-hit areas this week.

Officials say they’ve had some relief as rains recently stopped for the first time in a week in the Misiones region along the border with Paraguay and Brazil. But the provincial government will still likely issue a state of emergency.

Neighboring Paraguay is beginning to receive international aide after the floods forced the evacuation of 300,000 people.

Flood waters to close parts of Mississippi River -Army Corps, USA

Flood Alert

Rising flood waters were expected to make 11 locks and dams impassable on the upper Mississippi River, forcing the closure of the river later on Monday from Bellevue, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

The closure was expected to be the most extensive since 2008 on that stretch of the country’s busiest waterway while at least 80 tows were unable to pass, said Ron Fournier, public affairs officer for the Army Corps’ Rock Island district.

A VERY STRONG INFLUX OF ENERGY WILL STRIKE THE MAGNETOSPHERE FROM THE 3rd – 9th JULY 2014

**EXTREMELY URGENT**

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A VERY STRONG INFLUX OF ENERGY WILL STRIKE THE MAGNETOSPHERE FROM THE 3rd – 9th JULY 2014. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY AND ADVERSE WEATHER WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

**BE ALERT**

MAGNITUDE 5.1 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000rp9n#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 26 km

Distances: 140km (87mi) SE of Raoul Island, New Zealand
1011km (628mi) NE of Whangarei, New Zealand

1017km (632mi) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand
1027km (638mi) S of Nuku`alofa, Tonga

1036km (644mi) NE of Tauranga, New Zealand

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MAGNITUDE 5.2 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000rp97#summary

Subject To Change

Depth: 7 km

Distances: 134km (83mi) SSE of Raoul Island, New Zealand
1001km (622mi) NE of Whangarei, New Zealand

1009km (627mi) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand
1028km (639mi) NE of Tauranga, New Zealand

1031km (641mi) S of Nuku`alofa, Tonga

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MAGNITUDE 4.9 FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=388588

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 3074 km NW of Vancouver, Canada / pop: 1,837,969 / local time: 09:09:58.4 2014-07-01
77 km SW of Unalaska, United States / pop: 4,376 / local time: 07:09:58.4 2014-07-01

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