Archive | January 25, 2015



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Massive power outage plunges Pakistan into darkness

Power Outage Alert

An apparent rebel attack on a key power line plunged around 80 per cent of Pakistan into darkness on Sunday, the latest reminder of the country’s crippling energy crisis.
The power failure, one of the worst Pakistan has experienced, caused electricity to be cut in major cities nationwide, including the capital Islamabad, and even affected one of the country’s international airports.
It came as a fuel crisis grips the country, forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to cancel his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Consumers often fail to pay already low state-mandated power prices in Pakistan, meaning state utilities lose money and cannot upgrade infrastructure.
The latest power failure began after midnight when a transmission line connected to the national grid was damaged in an explosion, officials said, apparently carried out by a separatist group in restive Baluchistan province.
A senior official at the national grid station in Islamabad said around 80 percent of the country was hit by the power outage, while an AFP reporter in the eastern city of Lahore said the city’s international airport also suffered a blackout, though flights were not affected.
Courtesy of Pune Mirror

‘Historic’ ‘Record Breaking’ Snow Blizzard to Bomb Northeast, USA

Severe Blizzard Warning

“This is going to be a big one, historic,” Moore said. “There could be paralyzing, crippling blizzard conditions.”
New York City area was placed under a 35-hour blizzard warning beginning Monday afternoon, with as much as 3 feet of snow expected to create “paralyzing, crippling” conditions, forecasters said Sunday. It’s part of a storm system that meteorologists said will pummel the Northeast from Philadelphia all the way to northern New England with potentially “historic” snow accumulations well into Tuesday night.
The worst of it will be late Monday through Tuesday night, with blizzard conditions, possible airport closings and major flight delays, damaging wind gusts and possible coastal flooding, the National Weather Service warned. The nation’s largest city was put under an extraordinarily long blizzard warning stretching from 1 p.m. Monday to midnight Tuesday.
“Very highly populated areas of the Northeast are going to get crushed with snow,” said Tom Moore, coordinating meteorologist for The Weather Channel. “Everywhere … you’re going to get get hit very hard by this storm.”
“This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Sunday. “My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before.”
“This is going to be a big one, historic,” Moore said. “There could be paralyzing, crippling blizzard conditions.”
Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., were already set for a messy Monday morning commute with up to 6 inches of snow expected overnight Sunday.
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Moore said New England was “going to take a big hit, for sure” in Monday’s storm. He said the storm was going to intensify “into a monster” as it moved northeastward during Monday. “The combination of the slow movement and the snowfall could create blizzard-like or blizzard conditions,” Moore added.
New York City could see a foot of snow overnight Monday into Tuesday, while parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine will likely get double that, according to The Weather Channel. During the peak of the slow-moving system, snow could fall at 2 inches per hour and won’t stop until Wednesday in New England.
Massachusetts was also bracing for winds that could reach 70 mph in coastal areas, which, paired with the falling snow, will create whiteout conditions. “Travel may become impossible & life threatening,” the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency warned in a tweet.
The forecast came after millions of Americans across the Northeast awoke Saturday to a blanket of snow that was later doused with rain, leaving New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in a sloppy mess.
New Jersey State Police reported 126 traffic accidents, and a parking garage in Secaucus collapsed under the weight of the snow and a plow, police said. The plow’s driver suffered minor injuries in the accident, which created a hole that was 50 feet by 50 feet, NBC New York said.
A Nor’easter delivered more than 5 inches of snow in New York City, while residents of northern New York were digging out of as much as 9 inches, NBC New York reported. Saturday’s storm was the first significant snowfall in the New York area this winter. Scott Flath, general manager of Long Island Hardware in Bohemia, New York, said his store is well-stocked but that many of his customers are making their first winter supply runs of the season. He said they’re telling him, “I have no idea where my shovel for last year is.”
Courtesy of NBC News


Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 265 km N of Dubai, United Arab Emirates / pop: 1,137,347 / local time: 00:11:20.9 2015-01-26
37 km N of Bandar ‘Abbās, Iran / pop: 352,173 / local time: 23:41:20.9 2015-01-25

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Landslide forces hundreds of Wonosobo villagers to evacuate in Indonesia

Landslide Danger Alert

A landslide hit Garung Lor village in Sukoharjo sub-district, Wonosob District, Central Java Province, on Saturday, forcing hundreds of villagers to evacuate themselves to a safer places.
The landslide came from a hill having a height of about 20 meters and a width 20 meters, that belonged to state-owned forestry company Perum Perhutani, Muhai, coordinator of the Wonosobo SAR team, said here Sunday.
“There were no report of casualties in the landslide that occurred on Saturday at 6.30 pm, following incessant heavy rains,” he stated.
Some 298 people from 82 families fled to Garung Canguk village hall, he added. They stayed in the temporary shelter because rains continued to fall until Sunday. They feared that subsequent landslides might happen.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recently released data showing that 496 instances of whirlwinds, 458 floods, and 413 landslides affected Indonesia last year.
The disasters claimed the lives of 355 people and forced 1.7 million to be evacuated. They also left 25,000 destructed houses in their wake.
Currently, a number of provinces are experiencing flooding and landslides since the rainy season peaks between January and February. 
“As predicted earlier, floods will continue to intensify as we enter January. Rainy season in January has the potential to trigger floods and landslides,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman of BNPB, said on Jan. 14, 2015.
Courtesy of Antara News


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Depth: 35 km

Distances: 115km (71mi) WNW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
118km (73mi) WNW of Ternate, Indonesia
138km (86mi) ESE of Bitung, Indonesia
165km (103mi) E of Tondano, Indonesia
1076km (669mi) N of Dili, East Timor

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