Archive | July 17, 2016


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Depth: 4 km

Distances: 202 km E of İzmir, Turkey / pop: 2,500,603 / local time: 23:58:43.7 2016-07-17
36 km NE of Denizli, Turkey / pop: 313,238 / local time: 23:58:43.7 2016-07-17
20 km W of Baklan, Turkey / pop: 6,756 / local time: 23:58:43.7 2016-07-17

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Tornado Causes Mayhem In Vinton, USA

Tornado Alert

A small tornado hit the southeast side of Vinton shortly after 5 a.m., Sunday, badly damaging several apartment buildings and homes including The Imperial Apartments and the Abbe Center.
Other structures heavily damaged included an apartment building owned by Brian Hamling at which a roof was ripped off one side of a two-story apartment building and a 2×4 board shot through the side of one apartment. A garage was also demolished.
It appeared the tornado touched down at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School baseball diamond, traveled east striking a two-story apartment building housing four units, a private house, the Abbe Center, Hamling’s apartments, The Imperial and at least two other structures.
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Thousands of lightning strikes spark new fires in Interior Alaska


Thousands of lightning strikes sparked new fires in the Interior Friday, increasing the number of acres burned in the state this year by 50 percent, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.
Most of the fires burned in remote parts of the Interior, according to Tim Mowry, a spokesperson for the division. Mowry said the recent hot and dry weather conditions paired with strong winds had also caused several of the existing fires to become more active late this week.
“That, combined with new fires, resulted in a more-than-100,000-acre increase in the total number of acres burned in Alaska this season,” said a release from the division Saturday. “The number of acres burned yesterday was one-third of the total that has burned so far this season.”
By Saturday, 481 wildfires had ignited in Alaska this year, burning nearly 300,000 acres. Lightning sparked 207 of the fires while humans caused 274 of them, according to the state.
Mowry said a low-pressure system moving into Alaska from the northwest Arctic may bring some relief soon from the onslaught of flames. The system is expected to bring cooler temperatures, clouds and rain to areas north of the Alaska Range, he said.
Rain, cooler temperatures and a change in wind directions was already helping firefighters south of Fairbanks on Saturday, Mowry said.
A wildfire on the Salcha River burned about 1,170 acres Saturday, down from about 1,500 acres the day before. A change in wind direction had pushed flames away from the river and nearby cabins, the division said.
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Plane crashes into a tree injuring the pilot in Edenbridge, Kent, UK

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The elderly pilot whose plane crashed into an oak tree in Edenbridge leaving him trapped among debris has been taken to Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
The incident happened at around 3.20pm today following reports the plane had come down in a field near Lingfield Road and near to Hackstead airstrip.
All the emergency services attended and the man was rescued.
SECamb said the man was taken to hospital with possible neck and chest injuries.
A spokesman said: “We were called at 3.20pm to reports of an aircraft which had crash landed near to Hackstead airstrip. An elderly man was treated at the scene by ambulance crews before being taken to Tunbridge Wells hospital with possible neck and chest injuries.”
Kent Police said earlier: “Police were called to a field in Lingfield Road in Edenbridge at 3.26pm after receiving a report that an aircraft had come down.
“Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Secamb are also attending.
A man is reported to be injured and officers are at the scene. There are no reports of anyone else in the aircraft.
“The Aircraft Accident Investigation Branch have been informed.”
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Helicopter Crash Seriously Injures 5 In Yorkshire, UK

Helicopter Crash

Emergency services respond after five people suffer serious injuries in a helicopter crash at Breighton Aerodrome.
Five people have been injured in a helicopter crash at Breighton Aerodrome near Selby.
Humberside Police said the helicopter crashed around 6pm today.
Two people have been airlifted to local hospitals, with the other three taken to hospital by ambulance.
Their injuries are serious but not believed to be life-threatening, police added.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch has launched a probe into the crash.
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Plane crashes into woods with 2 critical in Westwood, Massachusetts, USA

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A small plane with two men aboard crashed Saturday in Massachusetts, sending both to the hospital.
The Piper PA-24 aircraft crashed in the woods in Westwood at about 3:30 p.m., WFXT-TV reports.
The pilot, a 65-year-old man from Newton, was taken to a Boston hospital by medical helicopter. His passenger, a 77-year-old man from Norwood, was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and later flown to a Boston hospital. Their names were not released.
Authorities said both suffered critical injuries, WFXT said.
The Federal Aviation Administration is heading to the scene to investigate.
The plane was behaving erratically and flying low before it crashed while appearing to be heading for the nearby Norwood Airport, witnesses told the station.
“It just looked like it wasn’t flying well, it was kind of wobbly and it looked like the propeller wasn’t turning very well … and a few seconds later we heard the crash,” Ded Murphy said.
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Plane crashes into field in Longmont, USA

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A Longmont pilot crashed his single-engine airplane in a field west of N. 75th Street this morning, though he managed to escape the wreck with only minor injuries.
The pilot was the only person aboard the plane at the time of the 10:15 a.m. crash, according to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of the crash is unknown.
David Shenk, 74, was taking off from Longmont’s Vance Brand Municipal Airport, when the engine of his 1946 Aeronca Champ lost power. Unable to climb, Shenk was forced to navigate the aircraft through traffic on N. 75th Street, passing between nearby power lines before crashing in a field some 20 yards west of the roadway.
Sheriff’s deputies, as well as Longmont Police and Fire, responded to the crash. Shenk had been able to exit the plane, and was waiting for emergency personnel when they arrived. He suffered only minor injuries to his lower arms, and was released after an evaluation, Boulder Sheriff’s Cmdr. Mike Wagner said.
The plane, based out of Vance Brand, came to rest on its nose and was slightly inverted. The crash ended its first flight of the day. Shenk intended to fly locally, ending at Erie Municipal Airport.
The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane will remain at the scene of the crash until the on-site investigation is complete.
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Plane with 4 people on board has crashed in New York, USA

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The Federal Aviation Administration says a small plane with four people on board has crashed in upstate New York.
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the single-engine Piper PA-28 crashed at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday in a heavily wooded area. She says the plane was destroyed by fire.
Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond says the plane was taking off from a private airport in the town of Esperance when it crashed about 1,000 feet from the facility.
Desmond says one person from the plane was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. He says the coroner’s office is at the scene but no one has been pronounced dead.
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Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 141 km E of Paris, France / pop: 2,138,551 / local time: 18:12:04.7 2016-07-17
58 km S of Châlons-en-Champagne, France / pop: 51,257 / local time: 18:12:04.7 2016-07-17
18 km N of Troyes, France / pop: 60,785 / local time: 18:12:04.7 2016-07-17
9 km S of Arcis-sur-Aube, France / pop: 2,948 / local time: 18:12:04.7 2016-07-17

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Depth: 89 km

Distances: 403 km N of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 02:08:54.6 2016-07-18
121 km N of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,320 / local time: 02:08:54.6 2016-07-18

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