Archive | September 29, 2016
State of emergency declared after landslide closes Highway 99 near Lillooet, Canada
Photo By MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE / HANDOUT
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
A landslide on Highway 99 near Lillooet has prompted a local First Nation to declare a state of emergency.
Highway 99 is closed 15 kilometres north of Lillooet from Fountain Valley road to Pavillion-Clinton Road because of the slide. There is a detour via Highway 1 or Highway 12, according to Drive BC.
Some members of the Xaxli’p First Nation are unable to travel to Lillooet for work or school, although they can travel to Cache Creek or Ashcroft. The First Nation has declared a state of emergency, which allows them access to provincial funding.
“No one is trapped… but this is a big deal for the First Nations community,” said Mike Lorimer, regional director with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation.
Lorimer said the landslide in this area has been active for decades. “It is a large piece of earth that has deep instabilities, and there has been continual movement over time,” he said.
This week, engineers and consultants studying the landslide have seen much higher levels of movement, causing the roadbed to slip about three feet, he added.
Lorimer said with the drier weather in the forecast, engineers are hopeful that the slide will stabilize itself in four or five days. He said at this point there is not much they can do to fix the problem.
He said a team of engineers has been studying the slide zone for about six months to determine what is causing the active landslide.
Chief Darrell Bob of the Xaxli’p First Nation was in a meeting Thursday morning, and not immediately available for comment.
Courtesy of vancouversun.com
34,000 birds killed due to avian flu in West Region, Cameroon, Africa
An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been discovered in the Ouest region of Cameroon.
The outbreak took place on a farm with over 30,000 birds. The farm held a population of breeders aged 15, 26, 29 and 51 weeks old and some commercial layers at one week old. Nearly 3000 birds died and 31,772 were destroyed as a result of the outbreaks.
Courtesy of thepoultrysite.com
Hundreds of dead fish wash up in a lake in Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA
The Arlington Heights Park District is investigating why hundreds of dead fish washed up Sunday on the shores of Lake Arlington.
Park District officials said they are still cleaning up the hundreds of Gizzard Shad found dead at the lake over the weekend.
According to a news release, the park district is in contact with the Department of Natural Resources about the issue.
Common reasons for fish die-off include drought, algae bloom, overpopulation or a sustained increase in water temperature, officials said.
The boathouse at Lake Arlington will remain open during the clean up.
Courtesy of dailyherald.com
A solar storm is blasting towards Earth and it could cause CHAOS
Earth is about to be bombarded by a solar storm which could cause mayhem on our planet.
A massive hole in the Sun is spewing out vast amounts of radiation which is expected to reach us by Friday.
We could be in for a beautiful sight, because the radioactive “solar wind” causes Northern Lights to appear in the skies.
But radiation also plays havoc with modern technology and could knock out the satellites which connect modern civilisation.
This means that satellite television, cellphone networks and GPS systems could be brought down.
On the website Space Weather, forecasters wrote: “That massive coronal hole system that faced us four weeks ago is back and it survived its trip around the farside of our star? She’s back!
“This truly gigantic coronal hole managed to cause geomagnetic storming conditions on five consecutive days during the first five days of this month. Fantastic auroral displays were reported from all around the world.
“We believe that this coronal hole become bigger during the past few weeks.”
Courtesy of thesun.co.uk
50ft sperm whale has washed up dead on a beach in South Devon, UK
The remains of the animal were found on Red Rock beach. Pic: Mel Wilks
Visitors to Red Rock beach, in Dawlish, are being advised to stay away from the decomposing mammal as Teignbridge District Council works to remove its remains.
Coastguards have put a cordon in place.
The council tweeted: “We are still dealing with the decaying whale that has washed up on Dawlish beach today. Please obey the cordon for your health and safety.”
It comes three months after a young female sperm whale became stranded at Perranporth, North Cornwall, after straying too close to the beach at high tide.
In January, a 50ft sperm whale died after beaching in the Wash at Hunstanton, Norfolk. It is thought the animal became distressed and injured its tail thrashing around in the shallow waters.
Around 600 whales, dolphins and porpoises become stranded on Britain’s beaches each year and the phenomenon of whales becoming separated from their pods continues to puzzle researchers.
Coastguards in Dawlish have put a cordon in place. Pic: Mel Wilks
Whales and dolphins use echolocation – sound beams that bounce off objects – to navigate and find food.
It is thought loud sounds could damage the sensitive organs they use to ‘hear’ the echo, causing them to become disorientated.
Courtesy of Sky News
MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 14:45, 18:30, 18:45, 19:00 HRS UTC
CME TO STRIKE THE WEAK MAGNETOSPHERE ON 30th SEPT 2016
GEOMAGNETIC STORM IN PROGRESS Kp Index is at level 5
‘At least three dead’ after train crashes into New Jersey station
Onlookers view a New Jersey Transit train that derailed and crashed through the station in Hoboken, New Jersey
At least three people have been killed after a train crashed into a station in New Jersey, according to US media reports.
More than 100 people were believed to have been hurt when the train smashed into the Hoboken station during morning rush hour.
The crash collapsed a section of the roof and scattered debris across the platform.
First responders treat injured passengers after the train crash
“It just never stopped. It was going really fast and the terminal was basically the brake for the train,” Nancy Bido, a passenger on the train, told WNBC-TV in New York.
Another passenger, Bhagyesh Shah, said: “It was for a couple seconds, but it felt like an eternity.”
Witnesses reported seeing passengers bleeding and at least one woman trapped under concrete.
The train had left Spring Valley, New York, at 7.23am and crashed into Hoboken Terminal at 8.45am, according to the NJ Transit.
The scene of the crash in Hoboken. Pic: Eugene Suchkov
Images of the scene posted on Twitter showed what appeared to be debris from the roof and supporting pillars strewn across the platform with a carriage twisted sideways on to a platform.
Another image showed wreckage, cables and pipes dangling from the building’s ceiling, which appeared to have collapsed.
One tweeter posted a picture of a man clutching his head with blood down his arm and T-shirt.
Hoboken lies on the west bank of the Hudson River across from New York City.
Its station, one of the busiest in the metropolitan area, is used by many commuters travelling into Manhattan from New Jersey and further afield.
NJ Transit said on Twitter that rail services in the area had been suspended due to the accident.
Numerous emergency crews are on the scene, which has been sealed off.
Courtesy of Sky News