Archive | August 2014

Plane makes an emergency landing at Oslo airport

Plane emergency lands at Oslo airport
A plane carrying 191 passengers had to circle over Oslo for hours before emergency landing at Gardermoen airport after a suspected flat tyre after taking off on Sunday

The Novair Airbus A321 emergency landed at 21:15pm, confirmed VG. No one was injured.

The flight crew were instructed as part of normal procedure to circle the skies for three hours to get rid of fuel before making an emergency landing. The airport activated a full alert, said NTB.

Lasse André Vangstein, press officer at Oslo airport, said to NTB after the plane landed: “”It went very well. The plane landed normally without any indications of any errors. It is too early to say whether there really was a puncture or just an [instrument] indication of a puncture.”

The flight had mostly Norwegian citizens on board and was scheduled to land in Chania on Crete, Sunday night.

Jane Andersen, mother of 11-year-old old Magnus Skaugerud who aboard the flight to Crete with his father on Sunday evening, said to NTB: “We drove straight to the airport when we heard about the puncture and emergency landing.”

Andersen and the rest of her family heard the plane landed safely while on their way to Gardermoen. She said: “It was a relief. Now the only thing I want to do is just give [Magnus] a hug.”

Novair will fly all passengers to Chania on Monday morning.


Spectacular photos from Iceland’s latest Bárðarbunga volcanic eruption

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Courtesy of / Ármann Höskuldsson/University of Iceland

Deadly Ebola Virus; 5 Scientists Die Of Ebola While Researching The Virus

Ebola Virus

Five scientists studying the Ebola virus have been killed by the disease before their research was published, highlighting the huge risks undertaken by those working to combat its spread.
Mbalu Fonnie, Alex Moigboi, Alice Kovoma, Mohamed Fullah and Sheik Umar Khan worked with lead researchers at Harvard University to examine the current outbreak.
Two months before his death, Khan had described the dangers of treating people with the disease, telling Reuters he feared for his life.
As he examined blood samples of Ebola, he said, “I am afraid for my life, I must say, because I cherish my life. Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by disease. Even with the full protective clothing you put on, you are at risk.”
Science Mag said all five were experienced members of the Kenema Government Hospital’s Lassa fever team. Lassa fever infections have similar symptoms to Ebola.
The study, published on Thursday, discovered the virus has mutated many times during the outbreak in West Africa, making establishing a treatment more difficult.



***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 31.08.14  20.59 hrs UTC


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 290 km SW of Casablanca, Morocco / pop: 3,144,909 / local time: 21:14:09.2 2014-08-31
91 km SW of Marrakech, Morocco / pop: 839,296 / local time: 21:14:09.2 2014-08-31  

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Depth: 121 km

Distances: 675 km N of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 04:54:38.3 2014-09-01
411 km N of Luganville / pop: 13,397 / local time: 04:54:00.0 2014-09-01
245 km NW of Sola, Vanuatu / pop: 1,171 / local time: 04:54:38.3 2014-09-01  

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 24km (15mi) ESE of Mandali, Iraq
58km (36mi) W of Ilam, Iran
68km (42mi) NNW of Mehran, Iran
86km (53mi) ESE of Al Miqdadiyah, Iraq
133km (83mi) ENE of Baghdad, Iraq  

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Forecasters eyeing tropical wave in Gulf

A tropical wave continues to become better-organized Sunday, and odds that the storm strengthens into a tropical cyclone within the next five days have increased from 50 to 60 percent.
In its 2 p.m. report, the National Hurricane Center added that the chance that the system organizes into a tropical cyclone within 48 hours has increased from 30 to 40 percent.

Dust Storm causes a 50 vehicles pile up in Kennewick, Washington, USA

Dust Storm Alert

Authorities estimate about 50 vehicles were involved in multiple collisions on Interstate 82 Saturday afternoon amidst blowing dust.
Nine people were taken to Tri-City hospitals, but none had life-threatening injuries, said Capt. Devin Helland of Benton Fire District 1. “For as many cars as were damaged and hit, it was remarkable that so few people were injured,” he said.
Most of the collisions were between the Highway 395 entrance to Interstate 82 just south of Kennewick and the Locust Grove overpass. They included cars travelling north and south.
Helland described them as mostly rear-end collisions and spin-outs that then were hit by other vehicles as dust reduced visibility.
The crashes started around 3:30 p.m. as dust blew from west of the interstate. Shortly after Benton Fire District 1 arrived on scene, the wind shifted and visibility improved, Helland said.
Law enforcement officers and the Washington State Department of Transportation blocked traffic from entering Interstate 82.
The Washington State Patrol reported that six of the people who were injured were in a four-car collision near the Highway 395 entrance to Interstate 82 at 3:30 p.m.
Three of the cars had pulled off the road onto the shoulder and had stopped when the northern-most parked car was hit by a southbound Chevy Impala, causing the string of parked cars to be pushed together.
The people taken to Trios Hospital in Kennewick included Michell Schrattenholzer, 47, Alex Schrattenholzer, 18, and Paulina Schrattenholzer, 16, all of Plymouth; Edward Swartz, 57, and Sharon Swartz, 56, of La Grande, Ore.; and Jessica Lindblom, 18, of Kennewick.
Michell Schrattenholzer was driving the car that hit the first parked car, the state patrol said.
By 6:30 p.m. Interstate 82 had been reopened southbound, and northbound traffic was being directed on detours to reach the Tri-Cities. By about 7 p.m. Interstate 82 was open both directions.
A storm with wind gusts and some showers and isolated thunderstorms moved over the Mid-Columbia on Saturday from about 3 to 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Benton Fire District 1 advises drivers to increase their visibility in dust storms by turning on headlights and emergency flashers, and increasing the distance between cars.
Also Saturday afternoon, Highway 24 was closed just west of Hanford’s Yakima Barricade when a semitruck overturned, spilling apples across the highway.
The highway reopened about 7:40 p.m. after the fruit was picked up and the semi moved.
Earnest Milligan, 54, of Moses Lake, took a curve too fast at 4:11 p.m. and overturned the semi, the state patrol said.
A Volkswagen Passat driven by a Yakima man and that was near the Highway 24 eastbound stop sign was damaged by falling apple bins and fruit.


Subject to change

Depth: 6 km

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.667  -17.513 
(3.0 km NNE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   31 Aug 18:55 GMT

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Time and magnitude of earthquake   31 Aug 18:55 GMT

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