Archive | August 26, 2014




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Proton Alert 27.08.14 23.32 hrs UTC


Giant sinkhole opens up in County Durham, UK

A sinkhole was discovered on Thursday 21 August 2014 at Cowshill in the Weardale District of County Durham, northeast England. At the time the hole was about 5 meters across, but it has been growing ever since, and by Monday 25 August had reached about 35 meters wide, raising fears it may threaten the home of the landowners on whose property it opened up.
Sinkholes are generally caused by water eroding soft limestone or unconsolidated deposits from beneath, causing a hole that works its way upwards and eventually opening spectacularly at the surface. Where there are unconsolidated deposits at the surface they can infill from the sides, apparently swallowing objects at the surface, including people, without trace.
On this occasion the sinkhole has been linked to former lead-mining works beneath the hillside, which have apparently begun to collapse following a period of extremely wet weather.
The approximate location of the Cowshill Sinkhole

Plane carrying 50 passengers makes emergency landing after pilot spots fuel leaking from wing, Springfield, Missouri, USA

Plane Emergency Landing

A plane carrying about 50 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing after a mid-air fuel leak was discovered less than halfway into its flight.


The pilot reported fuel leaking from the right wing while the American Eagle flight was en route to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Dallas, Texas yesterday.


The two-hour flight was aborted and the aircraft landed safely in Springfield, Missouri.


As a precaution, firefighters and other emergency responders were waiting on the tarmac when the jet landed at Springfield-Branson National Airport, according to ABC News affiliate KSPR.


Passengers were on the ground for about an hour before they were put on a different plane to continue their journey to Milwaukee.


American Eagle, owned by American Airlines, had another jet available at the airport because the carrier has a maintenance base in Springfield, KSPR reported.


Mechanics were brought in to examine and fix the plane that was forced to make the emergency landing.

A mechanic inspects the plane after it made an emergency landing in Springfield, Missouri
A mechanic inspects the plane after it made an emergency landing in Springfield, Missouri

Plane crashes and bursts into flames killing four college students in Ohio, USA

AP Plane Crash Ohio
Four college students died Monday after the plane in which they were riding crashed shortly after takeoff from Cuyahoga County Airport, bursting into flames after it hit the ground in suburban Cleveland.
At least three of the men — Pilot William Felten, 20, of Saginaw, Mich.; John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Ga.; and Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, Ohio — were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. Passenger Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, Md., also may have been a Case student, but his family has not confirmed that detail.
University officials said Tuesday they believe that all four were students there.
“We have notified the parents of the young people involved, and representatives from University Counseling Services are working closely with their roommates and close friends,” university President Barbara Snyder said in a statement.

Boat disaster kills at least six off Italy’s Southern coast

At least six people died in the seas off Italy’s southern coast when a vessel carrying about 370 migrants capsized, Italian rescue operations said Monday. A search through the Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) rescue program was continuing for others who may have survived the initial disaster. It was among numerous vessels carrying almost 4,000 migrants who were rescued between Friday and Sunday evening in a series of operations through the Mare Nostrum program that was established almost one year ago. Government officials have said that approximately 100,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year, some arriving safely on their own but many rescued by Italy. Most are fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and are so desperate to find safety in Europe that they make the risky crossing. Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said recently the country cannot continue to take in so many desperate people who are heading for other parts of Europe with Italy just their first stop. He said that the European Union must do much more to help with the migrant emergency – likely through EU border agency Frontex – that Italy has so far coped with largely on its own. The minister made his comments following a European Commission statement that Frontex is “a small agency, and needs more funds”. “The EU is stating the obvious,” Alfano said at the time. “Money is scarce, and member States must intervene”. The EU must take responsibility for beefing up Frontex so it can replace Italy’s Mare Nostrum operation before Italy closes that mission altogether, Alfano said.

Deadly Ebola Virus; 6 people suspected to have been exposed to Ebola Virus rushed to hospital in Delhi, India

Ebola Virus

Six passengers who arrived in Delhi from Liberia on Tuesday have been taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. These passengers are suspected to have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

The six people will be quarantined at the hospital, where a check up will be done. They were made to wear protective boots and masks while being taken to the hospital.

The Health Ministry has set up two medical teams at the Delhi airport to screen passengers. A total of 114 people are expected to arrive from Liberia in Delhi and Mumbai on Tuesday.

Earlier, a 32-year-old man who recently arrived from Lagos in Nigeria, in Mumbai, had tested negative for the Ebola virus.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,200 people since it began in December, 2013, the World Health Organisation has said.

Heatwave to strike Morocco, Africa

Heatwave Warning

The regions concerned by this new heatwave are Zagora, Tata, Assa-Zag and Smara, where temperatures could vary from 44 and up to 47 degrees Celsius.

The heatwave will also affect Errachidia, Taroudante, Guelmim, Marrakech, Rehamna, Kala Seraghna, Fkih Bensaleh, Khouribga, Oued Ed-Dahab, Aousserd and Boujdour.

The mercury  in these regions could climb as high as 44 C.


Subject to change

Depth: 8 km


Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.800  -16.897 
(14.9 km E of Kistufell)

Earthquake location   26 Aug 12:55 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   26 Aug 12:55 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude


Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 102km (63mi) NE of Hihifo, Tonga
214km (133mi) SW of Apia, Samoa
279km (173mi) WSW of Tafuna, American Samoa
283km (176mi) WSW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
688km (428mi) NNE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga  

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Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 249 km N of Al Başrah, Iraq / pop: 2,600,000 / local time: 07:11:26.6 2014-08-26
91 km SW of Khorramābād, Iran / pop: 329,825 / local time: 08:41:26.6 2014-08-26
48 km SE of Ābdānān, Iran / pop: 19,360 / local time: 08:41:26.6 2014-08-26  

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