Archive | June 20, 2015

Two trains collide injuring at least 40 in Lalmonirhat, Bangladesh

Train Crash Alert

At least 40 passengers were injured when a moving train hit a stationary one at Kakina Railway Station in Lalmonirhat-Burimari land port yesterday morning, reports our Lalmonirhat correspondent.
 
Police said a Lalmonirhat-bound train was stationary at Kakina station when a train coming to Burimari from Lalmonirhat town hit it around 8:50am.
 
The train was supposed to arrive at the second platform of the station but due to wrong signalling by Kakina station staff it arrived at the first platform where the other train was waiting.
 
However, Abu Taher, the station master, claimed that the signal was correct and the train driver misunderstood.
 
The incoming train had slowed down before it hit the stationary one, thus the damage was not as worse as suspected, said witnesses.
 
Train communications on the 90-km Lalmonirhat-Burimari route remained suspended till 12:40pm, said railway officials.     
 
The injured passengers were taken to Kaliganj Upazila Health Complex, Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital and Rangpur Medical College Hospital, police said.
 
Most of the passengers sustained injuries as they jumped from the train seeing it was about to hit another one, said police.
 
Meanwhile, agitated locals vandalised the ticket counters and doors and windows of the station master’s room after the accident. 
 
Tahidar Rahman, driver of the train, claimed the accident occurred due to negligence of the station master as he did not give the correct signal.
 
A four-member team led by Lalmonirhat Railway Divisional Traffic Superintendent Mostafizur Rahman was formed to probe the matter. It was asked to submit the probe report to the Divisional Railway Manager within 24 hours, railway sources said.
 
Meanwhile, a teenager was crushed by an intercity train near Nandina Railway Station in Jamalpur Sadar early yesterday, according to our Jamalpur correspondent.
 
The deceased was Ikbal Hossain, 17, of Machhimpur village. He fell asleep on the rail tracks, said locals.
 
The body was sent to Jamalpur General Hospital for an autopsy.
Courtesy of thedailystar.net

MAGNITUDE 3.1 ARMENIA

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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 127 km NW of Yerevan, Armenia / pop: 1,093,485 / local time: 00:57:28.7 2015-06-21
38 km NW of Gyumri, Armenia / pop: 148,381 / local time: 00:57:28.7 2015-06-21
25 km S of Ninotsminda, Georgia / pop: 6,141 / local time: 00:57:28.7 2015-06-21


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MAGNITUDE 3.1 ARMENIA

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Depth: 1 km

Distances: 128 km NW of Yerevan, Armenia / pop: 1,093,485 / local time: 00:38:25.0 2015-06-21
39 km NW of Gyumri, Armenia / pop: 148,381 / local time: 00:38:25.0 2015-06-21
26 km S of Ninotsminda, Georgia / pop: 6,141 / local time: 00:38:25.0 2015-06-21


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MAGNITUDE 4.0 ARMENIA

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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 127 km NW of Yerevan, Armenia / pop: 1,093,485 / local time: 00:15:37.6 2015-06-21
38 km NW of Gyumri, Armenia / pop: 148,381 / local time: 00:15:37.6 2015-06-21
25 km S of Ninotsminda, Georgia / pop: 6,141 / local time: 00:15:37.6 2015-06-21


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MAGNITUDE 4.1 SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA

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Depth: 1 km

Distances: 275 km SE of Almaty, Kazakhstan / pop: 2,000,900 / local time: 21:40:57.7 2015-06-20
134 km SE of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 70,171 / local time: 21:40:57.7 2015-06-20
91 km NW of Aksu, China / pop: 340,020 / local time: 21:40:57.7 2015-06-20


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MAGNITUDE 2.7 SPAIN

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Depth: 20 km

Distances: 179 km SE of Madrid, Spain / pop: 3,255,944 / local time: 20:42:54.2 2015-06-20
152 km SE of Toledo, Spain / pop: 82,291 / local time: 20:42:54.2 2015-06-20
66 km W of Albacete, Spain / pop: 169,716 / local time: 20:42:54.2 2015-06-20
11 km W of Munera, Spain / pop: 3,985 / local time: 20:42:54.2 2015-06-20


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Severe flooding and landslide forces Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to relocate animals in Colorado Springs, USA

Emergency Evacuation Alert

The wet weather has been causing some serious problems around the region.
 
Flooding and landslides have caused many trails and recreational areas to close, and now another popular attraction is being affected.
 
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is in the process of moving some of its animals that are now being threatened by a landslide, and they’re not your average creatures.
 
For many years, the zoo has never been affected by storm water, but this season’s record rainfall is starting to take its toll.
 
A hill is coming down and sliding into their conservation building.
 
“It’s just a thin, metal skin building and so the soil is starting to push against that and we’re worried that eventually the mud would break the metal,” Cheyenne Mountain Zoo President and CEO Bob Chastain said.
 
That’s why they’re taking precautionary measures and relocating the animals, because the creatures that live in the building could help bring back a diminishing population.
 
“There’s two species of animals here that are absolutely critical,” Chastain said.
 
One is a species of toad that has been classified as extinct in the wild.
 
The other is the black-footed ferret–one of the most endangered animals in North America.
 
“One of those species had seven individuals left in the world when we started breeding them. The other had less than 20,” Chastain said.
 
Both species raise their young in the building, but for their safety, they’ll have to move elsewhere.
 
“This is a major setback for those conservation programs because we currently don’t have a building that is functioning for those programs, and so we’re having to depend on the other partners to be able to use that,” Chastain said.
 
The toads will be staying at the zoo in a different building, and the pregnant ferrets are being moved to a quarantined area.
 
As for the others, they’re headed back to the US Wildlife Breeding Facility in Fort Collins.
 
If the land stops falling, their old home will be used as storage.
 
But if it comes down any further, they will have to demolish the building.
 
Zoo officials said they had a slow start to the summer season due to the rain. They’re hoping attendance will start to pick back up, because all of their operations and conservation efforts are funded by ticket sales.
Courtesy of fox21news

MAGNITUDE 5.0 GREECE

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Depth: 23 km

Distances: 77km (48mi) SSE of Makry Gialos, Greece
82km (51mi) SSE of Ierapetra, Greece
101km (63mi) SSE of Agios Nikolaos, Greece
142km (88mi) SE of Nea Alikarnassos, Greece
458km (285mi) SSE of Athens, Greece


Major landslide at Tamei, India

Landslide Alert

Monsoon rain wreaked havoc causing major landslides in Tamei sub- Division of the Tamenglong District.
 
Tamei to Kangpokpi via Imphal road remained cut off for the last few days due to huge landslides near a diesel oil pump located some half a kilometer from Tamei Headquarters.
 
Contractor engaged under NEC road construction at Tamei has been clearing the site for two days, however only one JCB (small) used in the work is not in a position to complete the job, AB Adin, Secretary VACC Tamei informed, adding that it might take another three four days to clear it.
 
In another shocking incident, landslide swept away and destroyed the properties of one Z Madenbou on June 17 at around 11:30 pm.
 
A local Abeing Mathew told Hueiyen Lanpao that Madenbou has lost Rs 2.5 lakhs as the plot measuring about 100/200 metres, one iron gate, wooden planks, plantations/orchid farm, concrete stones of 12 Shaktiman trips and some GI sheets due to the landslide.
 
Z Madenbou and his wife expressed their sincere gratitude to all the people of Tamei for extending help in collecting materials back and re-constructing the house.
 
Village Authority Chairmen Council Tamei also appealed to the concerned authority to pay attention and clear the landslide at the earliest.
 
Many small landslides also occurred in different places however, there is no any untoward incident even as torrential rains poured down heavily in Tamenglong on Friday, too.
Courtesy of e-pao.net

Massive underground bunker ‘Stargate’ has reopened after almost 10 yrs in USA

Secret: The Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado was built for NORAD to direct the American response to a nuclear war with the USSR during the Cold War
After almost 10 years closure, the massive underground bunker ‘Stargate’ has reopened in America. They are getting ready for something big
Protection: There are 15 three story building inside the military complex and each is buffered by a 25-ton blast door
Courtesy of The DailyMail – UK