Archive | August 2015

The following will amaze you

Go to Google Maps and type 23rd September 2015
The following destination will most probably amaze and shock you.
You can even type September 23rd 2015 and get the same destination


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 44 km NE of Kathmandu, Nepal / pop: 1,442,271 / local time: 23:33:30.0 2015-08-31
26 km W of Kodāri, Nepal / pop: 1,600 / local time: 23:33:30.0 2015-08-31

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Depth: 50 km

Distances: 74 km NW of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 12:52:45.0 2015-08-31
46 km E of Valparaíso, Chile / pop: 282,448 / local time: 12:52:45.0 2015-08-31
13 km SE of Quillota, Chile / pop: 67,779 / local time: 12:52:45.0 2015-08-31

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Depth: 12 km

Distances: 20 km S of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,792,621 / local time: 09:05:22.5 2015-08-31
3 km SW of Compton, United States / pop: 96,455 / local time: 09:05:22.5 2015-08-31

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Depth: 15 km

Distances: 535 km SE of Davao, Philippines / pop: 1,212,504 / local time: 16:12:49.6 2015-08-31
360 km NE of Manado, Indonesia / pop: 451,893 / local time: 16:12:49.6 2015-08-31
117 km N of Tobelo, Indonesia / pop: 10,000 / local time: 17:12:49.6 2015-08-31

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3 Hurricanes Approaching The Pacific As Big Island of Hawaii Braces For High Winds

Hurricane Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena
A NOAA satellite has captured three hurricanes — named Hurricane Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena — approaching the Pacific ocean, all at the same time. The image was recently released by NASA
Three Category 4 hurricanes are approaching the Pacific Ocean, according to a new image captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite. All the three hurricanes — named Hurricane Kilo, Hurricane Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena — are approaching the ocean at the same time.
The image of the three hurricanes marching toward the Pacific was recently released by NASA. Although the image appears to be serene, its clarity depicts the massive amount of threat that the situation poses to Japan, Hawaii, Taiwan and the Philippines. According to the U.S. Weather Channel, this is the first time in the history that three hurricanes are approaching at the same time have been captured by a satellite.
While Hurricane Ignacio is expected to hit the north of Hawaii in the first week of September, the island has started to take the preparedness steps to brave the high winds. The approach of the hurricane is likely to bring high rainfall and a six-meter rise in the level of the ocean surrounding the state.
Hurricane Jimena is expected to pass through a little far from Hawaii during the mid of the first week of September. However, experts are not sure about the path of the hurricane and say that it might actually deviate from what is being forecast. On the other hand, Hurricane Kilo will also remain one of the major hurricanes during the week; however, it is safely located in the open water.
The appearance of the three hurricanes together has been linked to the El Nino effect. According to The Australian Bureau of Meteorology, a one-degree higher temperature than the average has been recorded in the eastern half of the northern Pacific ocean and also the Indian ocean. In the coming weeks, the temperature is expected to increase even higher than the peak anomaly temperature observed during 2002 and 2009 El Nino.
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Tornado rips through West Lancashire countryside, UK

The tornado in Ormskirk. Photo by Andrew Huxley
A tornado formed across the skies of West Lancashire this afternoon shocking residents.
The twister was spotted in the skies above Ormskirk, Burscough and Scarisbrick Marina, shortly after 2pm.
Andrew Huxley spotted the weather phenomenon above Park Pool in Ormskirk.
Andrew said: “I was just taking my little boy for a day out in Ormskirk and saw the sky changing and I got the sense that something weird was going to happen.
“We waited for about five minutes and then saw the tornado form and start to twist down, it was really strange, you just don’t expect to see something like that in Ormskirk.
“It lasted for about fifteen minutes, so not that long, but it’s not everyday you see a tornado in West Lancashire.”
Other West Lancashire residents who had seen the phenomenon took to social media to share their photos as the twister moved across the borough.
A Met Office spokesperson said: “Tornadoes form when the weather is ‘unstable’ and showery. They are narrow, spinning columns of air that reach the ground from thunderstorm clouds. As they develop we often see funnel shaped clouds extending from the base of the cloud and it is only when these funnel clouds touch the ground that we get a tornado.
“On average, around 30 tornadoes are reported each year in the UK, although these are generally much weaker than their American counterparts. However, there have been a number of notable exceptions – such as the Birmingham tornado in 2005 which left a significant trail of damage.”
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Massive explosion at a fireworks factory in Spain

Explosion Alert

Four people were missing and four were seriously injured after an explosion on Monday at a fireworks factory near Zaragoza, northeastern Spain, emergency services said.
The cause of the explosion at the factory on the outskirts of Zaragoza, near the city’s airport, was unknown, a spokeswoman for the Aragonese emergency services said.
The blast at the factory, which makes fireworks and matches, was heard in a large area of the city.
TV and images on Twitter showed a large column of smoke rising from the factory. State television RTVE said emergency services could not get to the source of the blast because explosions were still happening.
“Please don’t go near the area,” Aragon’s emergency services warned on Twitter.
El Pais newspaper said more than 110 people had died and many others had been injured in accidents at fireworks factories in Spain in the last 25 years.
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Devastating hailstorm wipes out crops due for harvest in Holland

For a long time, fruit growers in the Netherlands seemed to manage to evade the hail, but last night – right before the harvest – severe weather passed over the country from the southwest to the northeast, with heavy local thunderstorms, heavy winds and big hailstones. In Zeeland, West-Brabant and the Betuwe, this resulted in huge local damage. For the fruit growers affected, it’s a drama, because most of them were to begin harvesting fruit this week or the next. When the crops dry, the total damage will become clear later today, but it’s certain that a large area has been affected.
Hail damage insurance company OFH has received the first reports since 7 AM on Monday, Gert Jan van Dijk says: “So far, most of the reports have come from top fruit growers. Just before picking, these growers’ harvests were destroyed within fifteen minutes or half an hour last night. There’s great devastation among the growers.”
According to the insurer, damages vary: “Reports are coming in from growers from Zeeland to Overbetuwe, and damage varies from lightly affected to impact, with hail going through the skin. In the latter case, the fruit has become pretty much worthless. The full extent of the damage is not yet known. It will take a few days anyway before the hail damage of the fruits becomes fully apparent. Only then will we start with the valuations.”
The fruit growers are almost ready to start harvesting, and more bad weather is expected for tonight. “Today the temperature is heading towards 30 degrees again, and there’s still a lot of energy in the atmosphere.”
At insurance company Interpolis, phones have been ringing continuously this morning. Hail, water and thunderstorms caused major damage last night. Last week, with the whirlwind, horticulture was spared. “This weekend some companies really bore the brunt,” notes Adri Witlox, head of the agricultural bureau at Interpolis. “Between Saturday and Sunday, we got many reports from Veghel and Uden. Last night, mainly the Bommelerwaard was affected.” An indication can’t be given yet. “But this concerns thousands of glass panes.”
Hailstones as big as eggs
“The damage ranges from plots without any damage at all, to plots that can be completely discarded,” says fruit grower Marc André de la Porte from Dreumel, also chairman of the circle Middle-Netherlands, which also has hail damage. He says the scope of the damage is particularly severe: “Every year, there’s a company that suffers hail damage, but you seldom see it affect such a large area. All in all, this causes enormous damage. From Zeeland to West-Brabant and the land of Maas and Waal, there was a great storm. Damage in the Zaltbommel and Haaften region is also very big, although it differs from plot to plot.”
Jack van Wijk of Veiling Zaltbommel confirms this: “It’s been a great storm here in the Zaltbommel region. Here at the auction, the hailstones came straight through the roof panels of the packing warehouse and auction room. Car windows were also broken, and there’s lots of crazy stories. Our greenhouse strawberry and bell pepper growers mention many broken windows, and we’re also getting lots of reports from the top fruit growers.”
Fruit grower Rinus van ‘t Westeinde from Nisse was just taking stock of his Jonagold plot this morning. “It appears we managed to evade it, after searching for a long time, I was able to find some damaged fruit. We have quite a few hail cannons around here, and the hail that fell, was quickly gone again. A neighbour appears to be affected more heavily, and in the Betuwe I also hear from growers with damage. But to really assess the damage, the fruit has to dry first. This afternoon, we’ll be able to assess the definitive damage.”
His colleague Martijn Slabbekoorn from Kapelle also remains cautious. “It’s all still very fresh, and at first glance the damage doesn’t seem too bad, but when the sun starts shining, the first cracks will appear, and then it could be worse than it seemed. Now we’re seeing a few damaged pieces of fruit, but the actual damage will become apparent this afternoon. I think we’re lucky that the hailstones that fell were large. In cases of a hailstorm with a high density of little stones, pretty much every piece of fruit is damaged.”
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Dead woman tests positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone

Ebola Virus

The body of a woman who died in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, less than a week after the last person confirmed to have had the disease was released from hospital, health officials said.
The new death, if confirmed, would represent a setback for efforts to end an 18-month regional epidemic that has infected more than 28,000 people and killed more than a third of them.
In the latest case, a 67-year-old woman from the Kambia District along Sierra Leone’s border with Guinea, died on Saturday.
Sierra Leone’s chief medical officer Brima Kargbo told Reuters that two samples tested in Kambia had tested positive for Ebola. However, he said further tests were being carried out in Makeni, the main town in the Northern Province, and in the capital Freetown.
“We are particularly concerned because Kambia has gone 50 days without a confirmed Ebola case, suggesting the possibility of an error,” Kargbo said. 
He added that the woman worked as a trader, though people who knew her said she had not traveled recently. She now becomes the first new case in the country since Aug. 8.
Sierra Leone released what had been its last confirmed Ebola patient from hospital on Monday and began a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the virus.
During the course of the epidemic, the outbreak has ebbed only to flare back again. Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May but a fresh cluster of cases appeared nearly two months later.
Liberia’s last case was subsequently discharged on July 23.
Scientists say sexual transmission is the most likely explanation for the resurgence in Liberia since the virus can live on in semen beyond the usual 21-day incubation period.
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