Archive | March 28, 2015

Landslide endangers 3 houses in Des Moines, Washington, USA

Authorities have deemed these homes unsafe after a large landside Friday just north of Saltwater State Park in Des Moines. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)
Authorities have deemed these homes unsafe after a large landslide Friday just north of Saltwater State Park in Des Moines. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)
A landslide Friday afternoon endangered three homes overlooking Puget Sound in Des Moines, damaging at least one of them. The homes were evacuated and no injuries were reported after the slide north of Saltwater State Park, South King Fire Lt. Jeff Bellinghausen said.
 
A back deck slid down a hill, and trees and dirt continued to fall down to the beach below. Crews were at the scene to assess the risk of further damage, Bellinghausen said.
Courtesy of The Seattle Times

Landslide strikes Colombia leaving the hillside with an amazing face of a man

Face Of Jesus
Thousands are flocking to see what they claim is the face of Jesus that appeared on a hillside in a small town in southern Colombia, close to the border with Ecuador.
 
According to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, believers have declared a formation that appeared in a ravine in the municipality of San Francisco in the province of Putumayo is the face of the Son of God.
 
ABC News reports that the “face of Jesus” appeared after a minor landslide in the hillside.
 
According to Time, so many enthusiastic believers thronged the site that police had to be brought in to control the crowd.
 
Discovery reports that Ximena Rosero Arango, a Colombian visitor to the site, told El Tiempo, “If you believe in Jesus you will see your image.”
 
But opportunistic capitalists are taking advantage of the miraculous event to do brisk business. Some landowners are reportedly charging pilgrims as much as 2,000 pesos — about 79 U.S. cents — for access to the site of the miracle.
 
No doubt, many believers would consider the price inconsequential compared with the blessings of the epiphany on the hillside.
Courtesy of Inquisitr

Strong explosion with pyroclastic flows at Colima volcano in Mexico

Strong explosions continue to occur. An eruption at 08:20 local time this morning produced several pyroclastic flows that traveled down the western flank of the volcano.
Courtesy of Volcano Discovery

Lightning strikes at the Malaysian Grand Prix

Lightning strike at Malaysian Grand Prix
Lightning, thunder and heavy rain delayed the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix for more than half an hour.
 
But that didn’t stop Lewis Hamilton taking pole position for Mercedes.
 
He finished 0.074 seconds ahead of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, whilst Nico Rosberg came in third.
 
It’s Hamilton’s 40th finish in pole position; he’ll be hoping to win again on Sunday.
Courtesy of BBC News

Major train crash injures more than 50 in Thailand

More than 50 people have been injured after a two-train crash in central Thailand, a senior official says.
More than 50 people have been injured after a two-train crash in central Thailand, a senior official says.
 
The crash occurred at 10.15pm on Thursday in Ayutthaya province when a Rapid train from Bangkok to Denchai slammed into the back of a stationary express train.
 
‘Of the 52 injured, six people remain in hospital, two are in critical condition,’ Thanongsak Kongprasert, a senior official at the State Railway of Thailand, said.
 
He added that six carriages had fallen off the tracks in the crash and that the two victims fighting for their lives in hospital were the driver and technician on board the Bangkok-Denchai train.
 
Local disaster planning official Udonsak Kawnuna said two foreigners, from the US and South Korea, were injured and under observation at a nearby hospital.
Courtesy of Sky News

MAGNITUDE 5.4 CRETE, GREECE

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=434056

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Depth: 89 km

Distances: 322 km S of İzmir, Turkey / pop: 2,500,603 / local time: 01:34:54.0 2015-03-28
136 km E of Irákleion, Greece / pop: 137,154 / local time: 01:34:54.0 2015-03-28
91 km NE of Ágios Nikólaos, Greece / pop: 10,799 / local time: 01:34:54.0 2015-03-28
51 km NE of Palaíkastron, Greece / pop: 1,094 / local time: 01:34:54.0 2015-03-28


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MAGNITUDE 5.3 ECUADOR

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=434042

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Depth: 207 km

Distances: 152 km SE of Quito, Ecuador / pop: 1,399,814 / local time: 16:59:40.7 2015-03-27
63 km NE of Puyo, Ecuador / pop: 24,881 / local time: 16:59:40.7 2015-03-27
39 km SE of Tena, Ecuador / pop: 17,172 / local time: 16:59:40.7 2015-03-27


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