Archive | July 27, 2015

Oil well fire ongoing near Lake Arthur, USA

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An oil well fire near Lake Arthur off Louisiana Highway 717, west of Gueydan, that broke out Sunday afternoon is being monitored and burned out. 
 
Colonel Kirk J. Frith of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office said the immediate danger is over.
 
Deputies with the sheriff’s office said they received a report of a fire around 3:45 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities said the suspected cause is a lightning storm that moved through the area.
 
Residents living within a square mile radius of the well were evacuated.
Courtesy of kptv.com

Volcanic ash forces airport closures in Colombia

Volcano Alert

Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in an ash cloud on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close two airports in the area.
 
The civil aeronautics agency said it closed airports at Manizales and Pereira as a precaution after the 8:30 am (1330 GMT) eruption.
 
This resulted in the cancellation of at least 16 flights on Sunday.
 
A major eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz in 1985 melted the volcano’s snowcap, unleashing mudslides that wiped out the town of Armero, killing an estimated 23,000 people.
 
The volcano, which has been active for an estimated 150,000 years, is 220 kilometers (137 miles )west of Bogota.
Courtesy of abs-cbnnews.com

Massive chemical explosion injures more than 100 in Northern Nigeria

Chemical Explosion Alert

Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that 112 injured persons were still on admission in hospital following Saturday’s explosion of a chlorine cylinder used for water treatment at Lamingo plant of the Plateau Water Board in Plateau State.
 
The NEMA North-Central Coordinator, Alhaji Abdulsalami Mohammed, said on Sunday that three more persons had died, in addition to the initial five killed by the incident that also razed down many houses around the area.
 
The situation has normalised, but the area has been cordoned off to ward off further danger, Mohammed said.
 
He described the incident as very unfortunate, and said that the community around the water treatment plant would be relocated.
 
In fact, we have just been told that the community was initially relocated and compensated, but started coming back gradually.
 
This time round, once they are relocated, we shall make sure that no one is allowed to return, he said.
 
The Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State had expressed shock at the incident and sympathised with families of the eight persons killed after they inhaled excess chlorine.
 
Lalong said that the situation had been contained, and explained that steps had been taken to ensure that the contamination did not affect the quality of water being pumped to the public.
 
We have taken adequate steps to cleanse the main water pipes and ensure that water supplied through them is safe for human consumption, he said.
 
The governor said measures had also been taken to address the issue of expired components of the treatment plant to guard against a recurrence.
Courtesy of en.starafrica.com

MAGNITUDE 7.0 PAPUA, INDONESIA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=452489

Subject To Change

Depth: 50 km

Distances: 1213 km NW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 07:41:21.9 2015-07-28
240 km W of Jayapura, Indonesia / pop: 134,895 / local time: 06:41:21.9 2015-07-28
226 km W of Abepura, Indonesia / pop: 62,248 / local time: 06:41:21.9 2015-07-28


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MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:30, 21:45, 22:00 HRS UTC

**VERY URGENT**
  MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 21:30, 21:45, 22:00 HRS UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 27.07.15  21.49 hrs UTC

Massive gas explosion injures at least 16 at a hotel in Mingora, Pakistan

Gas Explosion

At least 16 people were injured in a gas leak explosion at a hotel in Sohrab Khan Chowk in Mingora, Swat on Saturday night.
 
A police official told  The Express Tribune a fire erupted on the premises after the explosion while a large number of people were stuck inside the building.
 
“Firefighters arrived on the scene nearly half an hour after the incident.
 
As a result, residents of the area helped extinguish the flames and assisted police in rescuing those who were stuck inside.”
 
Speaking to journalists, Mingora DSP Siddique Akbar Khan said 16 people were wounded in the incident and were rushed to a hospital.
 
“The injured belong to Shahpur area of Shangla district and were staying at the hotel,” Khan said.
 
“At least five rooms of the hotel were completely destroyed while others were partially damaged.”
Courtesy of tribune.com.pk

Severe flooding kills 36 in Pakistan

A bus passes through the flooded streets of Peshawar, Pakistan, July 23, 2015. Photo: REUTERS / Khuram Parvez
Torrential rains and floods in Pakistan have left 36 dead and affected more than 250,000 people, disaster management officials said Saturday, with swollen rivers and water channels damaging hundreds of villages.
 
Severe weather has caused havoc in the north and south of the country, sweeping away dozens of roads and bridges in Chitral district in the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province while floods have inundated villages in south Punjab, according to government authorities.
 
Livestock and people have also been swept away in the southwestern Baluchistan province and in the northeastern Kashmir region, officials said.
 
“According to the reports we have received until now, 26 people have been killed in Chitral, three in Punjab province and seven in Baluchistan,” Ahmed Kamal, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), told AFP.
 
“Up to 350 villages have been damaged in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and 422 in Punjab. An overall population of 250,000 has been affected due to floods,” he said.
 
At least eight members of the same family were killed on Friday night in Chitral when their house was swept away in the gushing floodwaters, an official in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said.
 
Another family of four were killed when their car was carried off by a water channel in Khuzdar district in Baluchistan, according to the disaster management authority there.
 
The NDMA has forecast more rain across the country in the coming days.
 
A warning on its website said that the severe weather is likely to persist in the northern Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral over the next four to five days, and has the potential to produce more flooding.
 
Every year since 2010, which saw the worst floods in Pakistan’s history, severe weather in the country has killed hundreds and wiped out millions of acres of prime farmland, harming the heavily agrarian economy.
Courtesy of enca.com

NASA – Is Pluto’s Atmosphere Collapsing?

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Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this sharper global view of Pluto. (The lower right edge of Pluto in this view currently lacks high-resolution color coverage.) The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away from Pluto, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers). That’s twice the resolution of the single-image view captured on July 13 and revealed at the approximate time of New Horizons’ July 14 closest approach. Four images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the Ralph instrument to create this sharper global view of Pluto. (The lower right edge of Pluto in this view currently lacks high-resolution color coverage.) The images, taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away from Pluto, show features as small as 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers). That’s twice the resolution of the single-image view captured on July 13 and revealed at the approximate time of New Horizons’ July 14 closest approach. Image – NASA

Five years ago NASA were baffled with Earth’s shrinking atmosphere

Large changes in the sun’s energy output may drive unexpectedly dramatic fluctuations in Earth’s outer atmosphere.

Results of a study published today link a recent, temporary shrinking of a high atmospheric layer with a sharp drop in the sun’s ultraviolet radiation levels.

The research, led by scientists at the…

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