Archive | July 3, 2014


Subject To Change

Depth: 65 km

Distances: 219km (136mi) SW of Abepura, Indonesia
236km (147mi) SW of Jayapura, Indonesia

278km (173mi) WSW of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea
323km (201mi) NW of Kiunga, Papua New Guinea

1062km (660mi) WNW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Wildfire Scorches Over 6 Square Miles; Hundreds Flee Homes, Napa County, California

Wild Fire Alert

A rapidly-expanding wildfire, near the popular tourism area of Napa Valley, California, has burned nearly 6 square miles and has forced the evacuation of 200 homes.

By Thursday afternoon, the Butts Fire in remote Pope Valley grew to 4,300 acres from 3,800 acres according to Cal Fire. Authorities said none of Napa Valley’s major wine vineyards are threatened by the fire.

More than 1,000 firefighters battled the blaze, which was 30 percent contained by Thursday afternoon, officials said. More firefighters arrived from Alameda to help fight the blaze on Thursday morning. 

The fire started in vegetation just around noon Tuesday in Butts Canyon and grew rapidly into Tuesday night, according to NBC Bay Area.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for about 200 homes on the west side of 7800 block of Butts Canyon Road north to Snell Valley Road, according to Cal Fire. People in the Berryessa Estates subdivision have also been ordered to leave.

The wildfire is 30 percent contained, according to Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. No injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire is unknown.

Video from CBS San Francisco appeared to show burned buildings. The fire has damaged one home and nine other structures, according to KTVU. In addition to the mandatory evacuations, another 180 homes were threatened.

Temperatures in the 90s were expected Thursday. The fire exploded because of dry conditions across the state, Berlant said.

Gov. Jerry Brown said he has secured federal funds to help fire departments cover the cost of battling the blaze.

Elsewhere in California, firefighters were surrounding a blaze in Shasta-Trinity National Forest that forced the evacuation of about 15 homes. Forest spokeswoman Andrea Capps said the fire has burned through 35 acres since it started Tuesday and was 70 percent contained.
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Landslide traps 11 artisanal gold miners in Honduras

Landslide Alert

Rescue workers in Honduras are trying to free 11 men who are trapped in a small gold mine 110km (70 miles) south of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

The miners were cut off on Wednesday after a landslide blocked their tunnel near the town of El Corpus.

Firefighters said they had made contact with three of the men. The fate of the other eight was not known.

Informal mines are common in Honduras but the lack of adequate security means serious accidents are not unusual.

Risky rescue

The mine is located in an area prone to landslides and quakes.

The rescue workers said their work was progressing “slowly and with difficulty” because of the risk of another landslide.

Map of Honduras

Firefighter Oscar Triminio said he and his colleagues could not use heavy machinery because the terrain was unstable.

The collapse happened in a vertical tunnel at a depth of about 80m (260ft), Mr Triminio said.

Emergency workers said they had heard shouts from three of the miners, but they did not know if the other eight were still alive.

Another firefighter, Manuel de Jesus Reyes, said they made auditory contact with some of the miners who were “banging their picks and shovels and yelling,” Reuters news agency reports.

Rescuers have been pumping oxygen to the three through a hose.

The mayor of the nearby town of El Corpus, Luis Andres Rueda, said there were more than 50 informal mines in the area.

He said that daily hundreds of people used ladders to climb down into shafts as deep as 200m.

Armed with pickaxes, they hack away at the tunnel walls to try to extract minute gold nuggets from the soil.

Landslide kills 7 in Indonesia

Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian told a press conference that, the disaster occurred in the mining region of the Baya Biru Paniai on July 1 at 11 pm.
‘Two people had been evacuated to a nearby hospital by helicopter while six others remain unaccounted for,” Karvanian said.
According to the police chief, the site is difficult to reach as the landslide occurred in a densely wooded area.
“At the disaster site, there are no telecommunication signals. It can only be reached by helicopter,” Karvanian added.
Paniai Regency Police and disaster relief agencies have continued search-and-rescue operations.

Flyover collapses in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte

The collapsed bridge

A motorway flyover has collapsed in the Brazilian World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte, leaving two dead and many injured, say reports.

The bridge, built for the World Cup, collapsed onto a bus and other vehicles beneath, according to South American media reports.

The accident happened in the north of the capital, where many teams have been based throughout their World Cup campaign.

Aerial view of the scene
The collapsed bridge was part of Brazil’s World Cup infrastructure

Fire services have sent 11 engines and a helicopter to the scene to aid those trapped in the wreckage, according to the Buenos Aires Herald.

Live TV images showed what appeared to be a school bus and other vehicles trapped under the rubble. The female driver of the bus was killed.

It is understood that two construction trucks and one car were crushed along with the bus.

A general view of the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte
Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte

City firefighters said on their official Twitter account that at least one person was dead but other sources said the death toll was two, with 19 injured.

The collapsed road was apparently part of World Cup infrastructure which was was not quite finished on time for the event.

Belo Horizonte’s nearby Mineirao Stadium has hosted four World Cup matches and is due to host a semi-final next Tuesday.


Subject To Change

Depth: 20 km

Distances: 193km (120mi) SE of Raoul Island, New Zealand
1017km (632mi) NE of Whakatane, New Zealand

1029km (639mi) ENE of Whangarei, New Zealand
1030km (640mi) NNE of Gisborne, New Zealand

1049km (652mi) S of Nuku`alofa, Tonga

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Subject To Change

Depth: 104 km

Distances: 13km (8mi) NNW of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska
1343km (835mi) E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

1360km (845mi) E of Yelizovo, Russia
1360km (845mi) E of Vilyuchinsk, Russia

2955km (1836mi) W of Whitehorse, Canada

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Hurricane Arthur 03.07.14

Courtesy of NWS Wilmington NC


Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 59km (37mi) E of Nikol’skoye, Russia
591km (367mi) ENE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia

600km (373mi) ENE of Yelizovo, Russia
611km (380mi) ENE of Vilyuchinsk, Russia

3002km (1865mi) NE of Tokyo, Japan

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