Archive | October 3, 2015


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Depth: 2 km

Distances: 641 km SW of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 16:53:24.5 2015-10-03
194 km W of Temuco, Chile / pop: 238,129 / local time: 16:53:24.5 2015-10-03
113 km SW of Lebu, Chile / pop: 22,345 / local time: 16:53:24.5 2015-10-03

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Explosion, gas leak injures six in high-rise near Miami Beach

 Explosion Alert
Six people, including two firefighters, were injured after an explosion at a high-rise building in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The blast appears to have originated in the boiler room, and there are reports of a gas leak, according to WSVN.
The explosion occurred at the Chateau Beach Condo, in Sunny Isles Beach, a city on a barrier island directly east of North Miami Beach. A large hole can be seen in the building.
Multiple emergency units are on the scene, and it has been listed as a Level 3 Mass Casualty Incident, meaning at least 20 people are hurt, officials told WSVN.
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State Of Emergency In Flood-Hit South Carolina, USA

State Of Emergency

President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency in South Carolina after severe storms caused widespread flooding on the US east coast.
Dozens of streets in Charleston were closed to traffic after roads were left under several feet of water.
A number of people were rescued from stranded cars.
Mr Obama has ordered federal aid to help those affected and told federal agencies to co-ordinate disaster relief efforts.
It was feared the US Atlantic Seaboard would take a direct hit from Hurricane Joaquin.
But it has been downgraded from a category four to a category three storm.
It was no longer seen as a danger and was expected to stay well off the coast.
In Charleston, water also pushed into homes and buildings in the centre of the city with another 5-10cm expected in the coming hours.
The historic district was almost entirely shut down and parts of the market area had sandbags piled up to keep the floodwaters out.
The National Weather Service said “bursts of heavy rain are likely” in the Carolinas and parts of northern Georgia that could cause rivers and streams in the region to flood significantly.
Rain levels had the potential to be “life threatening and historic,” the service said on its website.
Once the rain ends, the threat of flooding persists because the ground is too saturated to absorb water, meteorologists said.
There were fears of flooding in other east coast states including Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia
A flash flooding warning was also in effect in other parts of South Carolina.
Amid street flooding in New Jersey, which was left devastated by Superstorm Sandy almost three years ago, state governor Chris Christie said: “It looks like we dodged a bullet this time.
“Let’s keep our fingers crossed.”
Charleston flooding
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Plane Crash Kills Pilot And Passenger And Is Engulfed In Flames in Chigwell, Essex, UK

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Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed into a field in Essex, moments after take-off, according to the plane’s owner.
The plane was “100% alight” when crews arrived at the scene in Miller’s Lane, Abridge, in Chigwell police said.
It is believed to be an eight-seater Beech 200 King Air – but the passenger and pilot killed were the only two people on board.
The plane’s owner and operators London Executive Aviation described the victims as “highly experienced professional pilots”.
LEA managing director George Galanopoulos said the flight left nearby Stapleford Airport and was heading to Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Witnesses reported hearing a “loud bang” and the “ground shaking” when the aircraft came down. 
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.
Detective Chief Inspector Ronnie Egan said: “We believe there were two persons on that flight and sadly they have both died.
“We are working with investigators to establish the route taken and obviously the reason for the flight.”
The East of England Ambulance Service sent a rapid response vehicle, two ambulance officers and the hazardous area response team to the scene.
A fire service spokesman added: “The light aircraft came down shortly before 10.20am this morning.
“We would urge people not to attend the scene.”
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has sent a team to the site to investigate.
Courtesy of Sky News

Massive Landslide Kills At Least 30; 100’s Missing; Buries More Than 100 Homes in Guatemala

At least 30 people have died and up to 600 people are feared missing after a hillside collapsed on a town in Guatemala, burying more than 100 homes.
Aerial video showed the tree-lined hillside laid bare above a huge mound of earth, foliage and debris that completely covered part of the town of Santa Catarina Pinula – about 15km east of the capital, Guatemala City.
Many hundreds of rescue workers and volunteers were helping sift the rubble in search of survivors until late on Saturday night – when, exhausted, they called off their operation until dawn this morning.
An improvised morgue has been established close to the scene, and three babies are among the dead.
Nehemias Gonzalez – who was at work when the landslide hit – lost his 21-year-old wife and two-year-old daughter.
He said: “The last thing she said when I called her on the telephone in the afternoon was that she loved me.”  
Melina Hidalgo, 35, was washing clothes when the landslide struck.
She said there was a loud crash and the lights went out before the houses around her were covered in soil and mud.
“I feel like I’ve lost my loved ones because all my neighbours died,” she said.
About 150 families had lived in the area where the mudslide occurred – and one 25-year-old, her face swollen from weeping, told reporters how she feared her uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews were trapped under the rubble.
“Six houses where my relatives lived are all under the hillside now,” Marleni Pu added.
Marta Guitz arrived home to find her home buried – and she has been unable to reach her teenage boy, who she believes was inside when the disaster struck.
“My husband is there now, shovelling through soil to find our son,” the 37-year-old said.
The landslide is one of the worst since October 20005, when heavy rainfall triggered a devastating landslide in southwestern Guatemala.
Hundreds of people are believed to have died, but the bodies of many missing residents have never been recovered.
Courtesy of Sky News


Subject To Change

Depth: 1 km

Distances: 179 km E of Saint Helier, Jersey / pop: 28,000 / local time: 17:11:03.5 2015-10-03
68 km NW of Rouen, France / pop: 112,787 / local time: 18:11:03.5 2015-10-03
3 km SE of Étretat, France / pop: 1,658 / local time: 18:11:03.5 2015-10-03

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Depth: 40 km

Distances: 691 km E of Taipei, Taiwan / pop: 7,871,900 / local time: 23:51:19.6 2015-10-03 

63 km NE of Naha-shi, Japan / pop: 300,795 / local time: 00:51:19.6 2015-10-04 
27 km E of Nago / pop: 59,587 / local time: 00:51:00.0 2015-10-04

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Depth: 42 km

Distances: 1028 km NW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 23:45:05.4 2015-10-03 

274 km SW of Jayapura, Indonesia / pop: 134,895 / local time: 22:45:05.4 2015-10-03 
257 km SW of Abepura, Indonesia / pop: 62,248 / local time: 22:45:05.4 2015-10-03

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Depth: 6 km

Distances: 497 km S of Calgary, Canada / pop: 1,019,942 / local time: 07:19:20.9 2015-10-03 

22 km N of Helena, United States / pop: 28,190 / local time: 07:19:20.9 2015-10-03 
8 km NE of Helena Valley Northwest, United States / pop: 3,482 / local time: 07:19:20.9 2015-10-03

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