Archive | March 28, 2015


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Death toll in central China mine flood rises to 6

Miner Alert

All the six miners were confirmed dead following a mine flood in central China’s Hunan Province on Monday night, local government information office said Saturday.
The last body was found in the evening, according to the Sangzhi county government’s information office.
Rescue and relief work at the scene has ended.
The accident happened at about 9:40 p.m. at a carbonaceous shale mine in Sangzhi county on March 23.
Courtesy of Shanghai Daily


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Depth: 30 km

Distances: 173 km W of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,366 / local time: 07:16:37.6 2015-03-29
95 km SW of Nadi, Fiji / pop: 42,284 / local time: 07:16:37.6 2015-03-29

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Major winter storm blankets Boulder County, wreaks havoc on U.S. 36

Severe Blizzard Warning

Boulder County was blanketed Saturday by a blizzard that is anticipated to continue throughout Sunday and possibly leave the city with a total of up to 16 inches of snow.
As of 9 p.m. Saturday evening, Boulder had received eight inches of snow, according to the National Climate Service.
The event left the city on accident alert all day Saturday, and caused various highway closures.
U.S. 36 was closed in and out of Boulder at Table Mesa Drive, at about six p.m., with dispatch officials relaying various driver reports of almost impossible driving circumstances up to Davidson Mesa. At 9:20 p.m., dispatch reported the highway had reopened.
Eastbound U.S. 36 at McCaslin Boulevard was closed down earlier in the day, at about 3:30 p.m., with eastbound visitors being directed onto McCaslin. As lots of as 50 cars were stranded or severely delayed due to a lot of slide-offs and other associated difficulties. It was reopened at 5:15 p.m.
NWS meteorologist Jim Kalina in Boulder said early Saturday that narrow bands of snow by means of the location immediately after midnight had already left 10 inches on the ground in Westminster, and one more 8 in Superior, although downtown Boulder had not reported important snowfall until significantly later in the day.
A secondary front coming by means of the Boulder and Longmont forecast for later on Saturday was expected to bring most of the snowfall, having said that, and by mid-afternoon that forecast had held accurate.
According to the National Climate Service, snow accumulated at a rate of up to two inches per hour late Saturday afternoon in and close to the foothills, and across the Palmer Divide during what has been described as a “lengthy duration winter storm.”
Snowfalls in Boulder County were projected at two to four inches for the duration of the day Saturday, four to eight overnight, another 1 to three Sunday, and possibly a further two inches on Sunday evening.
These totals varied wildly on Saturday, nevertheless, with Superior receiving about four times the amount of snow measured in Erie. In the city of Boulder, totals by evening varied from 6 to 8 inches, although the official reading, taken by meteorologist Matt Kelsch.
Motorists should really expect hazardous winter driving situations to continue on Sunday, with probable road closures in the higher nation. Secondary roads could also turn out to be impassable to cars in locations that see the heaviest accumulations.
Temperatures topped out at 30 on Saturday, sinking down to 12 at night. Sunday’s forecast higher is 16, prior to a plunge down to 5 on Sunday night. Monday should really warm up to 25 during the day, with a low Monday night of 15.
And looking just a tiny farther ahead, the weather service cautions that “A further threat of accumulating snow and colder temperatures is lurking for late Wednesday into Friday.”
28.03.15 USA Snow Storm
Courtesy of Sentry Review

Train Crashes Into 2 Vehicles injuring 21 with 1 critical in California, USA

Train Crash Alert

One person was critically hurt Saturday morning, and 20 suffered lesser injuries, after a Metro Expo Line train crashed into two vehicles and partially derailed near USC, authorities said.
The crash occurred on Exposition Boulevard between the USC and the Museum of Natural History just before 11 a.m., according to Shawn Lenske of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The critically injured person had to be cut out of a smashed vehicle. One person on the train was seriously hurt, with the other 19 injuries classified as minor.
Metro is planning to use a bus “bridge” to take passengers between the Vermont and 23rd Street stations on the Expo Line.
Exposition Boulevard was closed in the vicinity of the crash, restricting access to USC. Officials there said Gate 5, at Jefferson and McClintock, should be used to enter and exit the campus.
Courtesy of CBS Los Angeles


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Depth: 4 km

Distances: 132 km SE of Skopje, FYR of FYR of Macedonia / pop: 474,889 / local time: 18:29:02.9 2015-03-28
11 km N of Star Dojran, FYR of FYR of Macedonia / pop: 3,348 / local time: 18:29:02.9 2015-03-28

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Volcano Villarrica forecast to erupt in the near future in Chile

Volcano Alert

Experts predict Chile’s Villarrica Volcano will erupt in the near future.
Located near to a popular tourist resort some 46 kilometres south of Santiago, the volcano is one of the most active in South America.
In early March, thousands of local residents were evacuated when Villarrica spewed rock and ash into the surrounding area for a short period of time.
The government is said to be monitoring the situation.
Courtesy of Euronews


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Depth: 110 km

Distances: 493 km SW of Sucre, Bolivia / pop: 224,838 / local time: 12:36:52.8 2015-03-28
246 km NE of Antofagasta, Chile / pop: 309,832 / local time: 13:36:52.8 2015-03-28
47 km NE of Calama, Chile / pop: 143,084 / local time: 13:36:52.8 2015-03-28

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Tornadoes Flip Vehicles, Damage Property in Oklahoma and Arkansas, USA

Marking the first strike of severe weather for the month of March, multiple tornadoes swept across Oklahoma and Arkansas on Wednesday night. 
There were seven tornado reports out of these areas, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
One person was killed after a tornado battered a mobile home park in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. The tornado was rated at EF2 with peak winds estimated between 125 and 135 mph, the National Weather Service at Tulsa said. It was 9 miles long and 800 yards wide.
Minor injuries were reported across Moore, Oklahoma, after the town yet again stood in the path of a dangerous system. Structural damage was reported throughout the town. Moore was devastated by an EF5 tornado in May of 2013 in addition to twisters striking the town in 2010, 2003, 1999 and 1998.
Damage and power outages at local schools forced district-wide cancellations across Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Moore. As the storm barreled through the region, tens of thousand were without power across Oklahoma and Arkansas. Some were still without power on Thursday morning as crews worked in damaged areas.
Shortly before severe weather ignited over the region, mammatus clouds cast an eerie setting across the skies. (Photo/Frank Strait)
Captured in Norman, Okla., the tornado was visible as it moved over the area on Wednesday. (Photo/Frank Strait)
While no damage was done to this neighborhood in Moore, Oklahoma, the tornado that ripped through other buildings was visible from one resident’s backyard. (Instagram Photo/d_mack_it_is)
After a tornado touched down in Moore, damage was visible to an area home and vehicle. (Instagram Photo/maralenmusic)
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