Archive | September 2, 2015

Explosion at a chemical factory kills at least one in eastern China

Chemical Explosion Alert

A chemical factory exploded in eastern China, killing one person, a state-run local news website reported Tuesday, nearly three weeks after massive chemical warehouse explosions in the country exposed lax enforcement of safety regulations.
The Dongying News website – run by the Dongying city government – said the factory in Lijin county in Shandong province exploded at 11:22 p.m. Monday and the fire was brought under control about five hours later.
Dongying News said that six executives of the company that runs the factory, Shandong Binyuan Chemical Co. Ltd., have been detained and that the explosion is under investigation.
The company, located in the Lijin Binhai Economic and Technological Development Zone, says on its website that it has the capacity to produce 20,000 tons of adhesive materials annually. No one was available to comment at the company.
Calls to the Lijin county propaganda department were hung up. People answering calls to the police and fire offices said they had no information.
The area is 300 kilometres away from Tianjin, where blasts on Aug. 12 at warehouses storing hazardous chemicals killed at least 158 people, most of whom were firefighters. The warehouses were closer to homes than is allowed under safety regulations, and they were storing too much hazardous material – including 700 tons of sodium cyanide.
Authorities are investigating wrongdoing in permit approvals and regulation of the warehouse company, Ruihai International Logistics, and have detained 12 company employees and executives and 11 government officials.
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Apocalyptic hailstorm kills at least 4 in Mexico

Severe Weather Alert

Authorities in Mexico state said Monday that at least four victims were killed when an unusually strong hailstorm hit the capital suburb.
A 45-day baby and two homeless people were amongst the victims of Sunday night’s storm, state government said in a press release.
Gov. Eruviel Avila said the baby died in a car accident but the parents and another five-year child survived.  
The most affected towns in the region received 53 millimeters (2 inches) of precipitation in 50 minutes – an amount three times more than the municipalities’ ability to drain.
By Monday afternoon, piles of hail were still blocking streets in the towns of Coacalco, Tultitlan and Ecatepec.   
Avila estimated that 100 houses suffered damages, and 35 trees and two billboards were also damaged by storm. The rising waters also carried vehicles and streetlights. 
State government has advised residents in the region to continue to be careful. More precipitation is forecast for Monday night.
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Fierce hailstorms hits La Rioja grape harvest very hard; Mudslide strikes San Asensio, Spain

Severe Weather Alert

The village of San Asensio in La Rioja lies buried under a mudslide 
Just a couple of days after the grape harvest began in the wine-producing region of La Rioja the area was hit by cataclysmic hailstorms on Monday afternoon and evening, and the small town of San Asensio was partially La Rioja grape harvest threatened by fierce hailstorms as San Asensio is coated in mudburied under a mudslide.
Residents with long memories recall a similar disaster in the town as long ago as 4th July 1951, and their response this time is the same as it was 64 years ago: clean, clean and clean again. This is a sizeable task, though, as the mud has made its way inside the ground floor of the buildings and the water flowed through the streets with a depth of between 30 and 50 centimetres as Tuesday dawned. 
The floodwater also brought with it rocks and other debris, and as the annual fiestas on the first Saturday in September approach it appears that there is little cause for celebration. 
San Asensio and the surrounding area were hit by two heavy storms on Monday, the first of which at 15.00 left water in the streets and pelted the surrounding vineyards with hailstones. The second, though, which started after 21.00, was far heavier, and for 45 minutes an absolute downpour fell. By the time the rain died out completely in the early hours of the morning the streets were knee-deep in water and mud, as were many ground-floor homes and commercial premises, and the only good news is that no-one is so far reported to have been hurt. 
As the clean-up continues in the town, the main job on Tuesday has been to assess the damage to the vineyards on the higher ground which lies above, and from where so much water cascaded down following the collapse of a containing wall that the inhabitants fear the worst. Bunches of grapes lie by the roadside, having been pummelled by hailstones the size of golf balls, and although the extent of the damage to the vines themselves has yet to be fully assessed it can be assumed that the news is not good.
This blow comes right at the start of the annual grape-picking season, and this year’s harvest in La Rioja had been expected to be unusually good in terms of both quantity and quality. However, in the Rioja Alavesa area, and particularly in San Asensio, it seems that this optimistic forecast is unlikely to be borne out.
Similar damage has been done in areas of the province of Álava such as Baños de Ebro, Villabuena, Leza and Samaniego, and while some producers are considering bringing forward the harvest to try to save as much as possible of their crops others are already demanding that the regional authorities supply aid packages.
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Hail and snow storm in Birmingham marks the end of Britain’s summer

Streets are turned into rivers as cars drive though flood waters (SWNS)
After a miserable August an unseasonable snow storm marked the end of summer as giant hail stones, lightning bolts and flash floods battered Britain.
Traffic ground to a halt as a freak blizzard swept through the Midlands at around 7.30pm on Tuesday.
The adverse weather conditions lasted for about thirty minutes and was captured by Paul Rigby, who witnessed his street both flooded and and covered in snow.
There were some drivers who braved the wet conditions in spite of warnings (SWNS)
It should come as no surprise that bookies are predicting this August to be the wettest month on record.
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Alignment of moon, earth and sun to spark SUPERTIDES and bring flood chaos to Britain

SUPERTIDES will be triggered across Britain thanks to the extraordinary gravity field created when the sun, earth and moon align for the first time in two decades
Truck in flood water
The supertide hits Essex
Environment Agency experts have already issued 10 flood warnings and 44 flood alerts based on predictions of super high-tides and potentially catastrophic flooding in coastal across the nation. 
Most at risk are parts of the River Wye estuary in Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire, and north-east of England.
An Environment Agency spokesman said the high tides would be likely to hit mid-week and added: “There is a particular risk of flooding around the Wye estuary in Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire, along with parts of the Yorkshire coast.
People in hight tides
People virtually swimming in Essex
“Localised disruption to travel and some flooding of low-lying land and individual properties is possible. 
“We urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades and not to drive through flood water.
“The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely alongside the Met Office and will issue further flood updates and warnings if required.
 “We urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades and not to drive through flood water.
“The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely alongside the Met Office and will issue further flood updates and warnings if required.
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Magnetogram 02.09.15  19.39 hrs UTC


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Depth: 30 km
Distances: Latitude, Longitude 28.1500 -16.4742

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Depth: 66 km

Distances: 623 km NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 03:32:24.3 2015-09-03
155 km E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea / pop: 18,847 / local time: 03:32:24.3 2015-09-03

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 709 km NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 00:59:15.9 2015-09-03
163 km S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea / pop: 26,273 / local time: 00:59:15.9 2015-09-03

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