A puting beliung (small tornado) swept through three different villages in Batu city in East Java over the weekend, leaving one dead and over 1,000 residents displaced.
The tornado destroyed about 20 houses, a telecommunications transmitter and parts of the electricity network in three villages: Sumber Brantas, Gunungsari and Sumbergondo.
Several trees fell and blocked access to the affected areas. Sodiq, a resident of Jurang Kuali hamlet in Sumber Brantas village, was killed by a falling tree, news site tempo.co reported.
Over 1,200 residents took shelter in five locations, including at the mayor’s residence and the Batu Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) compound.
“We have to evacuate the residents for their own safety,” said a BPBD official, Achmad Choirur Rochim, on Sunday.
“In the villages, strong winds were still felt [during the evacuation process],” he added.
As residents left their homes, a joint team of police and military officers were assigned to safeguard vacant houses in the three affected villages.
Courtesy of reliefweb.int
Illustration: © urikyo33 from Pixabay
The seemingly never-ending stream of Earth-bound space rocks continues, as an Apollo-class asteroid measuring between 918ft and 2,034ft in diameter (280m-620m) is due to skim past our planet on November 21.
Affectionately dubbed ‘481394 (2006 SF6),’ the asteroid is traveling at a speed of roughly 17,780mph (27,360kph) and will make what NASA dubs a ‘close approach’ shortly after midnight (GMT) in mid-November at a distance of 2.6 million miles (4.2 million kilometers) away, or approximately eleven times as far away as the Moon.
The Apollo-class space rock is estimated to measure up to twice the size of the Eiffel Tower (or half the size of Ben Nevis for Brexiteers).
While the risk of impact is low, there is a small chance the Yarkovsky effect, in which sunlight can steer asteroids off their current trajectory, may send the asteroid even closer.
Apollo asteroids are Earth-crossing asteroids initially discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth in the 1930s that constitute a little over 10,000 of NASA’s 19,000 known ‘near-Earth objects’ (NEOs), which orbit the Sun within 18,600,000 miles of our planet.
Courtesy of rt.com
Depth: 10 km
Distances: 218 km SW of Apia, Samoa / pop: 40,500 / local time: 18:18:38.4 2019-10-22
183 km SW of Gataivai, Samoa / pop: 1,200 / local time: 18:18:38.4 2019-10-22
Depth: 10 km
Distances: 556 km W of Palembang, Indonesia / pop: 1,442,000 / local time: 06:49:05.3 2019-10-22
188 km S of Padang, Indonesia / pop: 841,000 / local time: 06:49:05.3 2019-10-22