Archive | October 21, 2016

Mysterious ‘space rock’ creates panic in Kerala hill station

Fireball Alert
Senior Scientists from Geological Survey of India have visited the place and have directed the district collector to deploy police at the site.
A mysterious object from sky crashed near an estate at Peerumade, a small hill station in Idukki the other day, causing panic among local people. 
PD Joseph, an autorickshaw driver, who was on his way to drop passengers, when he saw an object falling from the sky at a great speed. Joseph immediately reported the matter to a nearby police station. Police officials reached the place quickly and took the object to the station and cordoned off the area.
The object is 8 cm long and 5 cm wide and weighs 1035 grams. It looks like a meteoroid. But the experts are yet to confirm it. 
Experts from the Geological Survey of India have visited the place and directed the district collector to deploy police at the site.  
Eyewitnesses say the object did not look similar to rock or iron. Meteorites are pieces of rock or iron usually from a meteoroid or asteroid which pass through Earth’s atmosphere. These meteorites originate from large asteroid bodies.
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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 694 km N of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 284,000 / local time: 02:32:34.8 2016-10-22
195 km E of Wewak, Papua New Guinea / pop: 18,300 / local time: 02:32:34.8 2016-10-22
162 km NE of Angoram, Papua New Guinea / pop: 1,700 / local time: 02:32:34.8 2016-10-22

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Depth: 97 km

Distances: 612 km S of Davao, Philippines / pop: 1,213,000 / local time: 00:10:53.7 2016-10-22
278 km E of Manado, Indonesia / pop: 452,000 / local time: 00:10:53.7 2016-10-22
77 km W of Tobelo, Indonesia / pop: 10,000 / local time: 01:10:53.7 2016-10-22

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Depth: 12 km

Distances: 195 km NW of Monaco, Monaco / pop: 33,000 / local time: 14:20:17.1 2016-10-21
84 km SW of Aosta, Italy / pop: 34,100 / local time: 14:20:17.1 2016-10-21
46 km SE of Chambéry, France / pop: 61,700 / local time: 14:20:17.1 2016-10-21
7 km NE of Villargondran, France / pop: 1,100 / local time: 14:20:17.1 2016-10-21

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Dozens ill as ‘chemical incident’ closes London City Airport

Chemical Alert
Paramedics have treated 26 people after London City Airport was closed and evacuated over reports of a “chemical incident”.
Around 500 people were told to leave the airport and Transport for London have been warning travellers to expect “long delays”.
London Fire Brigade said firefighters and police wearing protective equipment carried out two complete sweeps of the airport building.
A spokesman said the incident has been declared over as: “No elevated readings were found and the building was ventilated, searched and declared safe.”
The airport tweeted: “Airport has now reopened. We thank passengers for their patience, access to terminal will be staggered & disruption to flights expected.”
Earlier, London Ambulance’s Assistant Director of Operations Paul Gibson, said: “We were called at 4.11pm to reports of an incident at London City Airport.
“We sent a number of resources to the scene including two single responders in cars, four ambulance crews, an incident response officer and our Hazardous Area Response Team (medics specially trained to treat people in hazardous situations).
“We are treating 26 patients at the scene for difficulty breathing, two patients have been taken to hospital.”
The boxer David Haye, who was on his way to Edinburgh to watch a fight on Friday, tweeted he was unable to travel “As #CityAirport got evacuated when everyone started coughing uncontrollably!”
The airport said passengers were told to leave the terminal because a fire alarm was sounding. 
The cause of the apparent breathing difficulties is still not known.
Witness Chris Daly, who said he has been waiting on the tarmac for three hours, said: “All the fire alarms started going off. A couple of members of staff said there had been a fire. There was no mention of a chemical incident.” 
Scores of passengers were moved on to the tarmac outside the terminal building.
London City Airport advised people due to fly to check with their airlines for latest flight information.
Incoming planes from destinations such as Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Belfast City and Paris had to be diverted to other airports.
First Officer James Quirke, a Cityjet pilot who is at London City, said: “Aircraft with passengers onboard are being given air traffic control clearances now, so they should be on there way soon. Everyone is moving now and the airport appears to be reopening.”
Sky’s Home Affairs Correspondent Mark White said there is nothing at this stage to link the incident at London City to an apparent terror scare at the nearby North Greenwich tube on Thursday.
He said: “We haven’t been alerted to anything sinister.”
A 19-year-old was held on terror charges after being Tasered in the street the day after a controlled explosion was carried out at the station hours before a concert was due to take place at the nearby O2 Arena.
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Mass die off of fish in the waters of Muğla Province, Turkey

Fish Kill Alert
Muğla’s Fethiye district in a water channel, mass fish deaths were observed. Fethiye Food, Agriculture and Livestock Directorate, while samples of water and dead fish, fish wrapped in brown water moribund tried to rescue residents.
Ahmet Koca Calis Beach in Fethiye Gazi Tomb passing citizens of the surrounding swamps and marshes of the sea channel connecting the saw dead fish surfaced. Brown clad water surviving few citizens realize that fish are dying, Fethiye call Food, Agriculture and Livestock Directorate gave information. officials from the region, the water and leave the scene taking samples from dead fish. Some residents rescued from the canal is moribund fish with nets they get their hands on, tried to sea transport. Channel and was seen in the fish that perished in the swamp close to a thousand, who lived in great sorrow views of local residents.
Now take that fileyl fish are trying to save the channel Umit Girgin, he said they faced a distressing scene. explaining that the sea canal involving the gravel off point Girgin said: 
“I thought he died from asphyxiation when I first saw the fish. We are trying to rescue the survivors and delivering the sea. Is visible pollution in the channel. This may be interfering in sewage water villas at the top of the swamp.”
Fethiye Food, Agriculture and Livestock Department officials would reveal the final results on the water and examined in the laboratory after the death in the Bornova district of Izmir samples taken from dead fish, he said. Pointing to the authorities of the marshes around the villa-type settlements, noted that the unlikely mix of chemicals into the water. live fish caught by authorities in the area of citizens stating that it must be eaten, said the laboratory will be shared with the public the results.
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