NASA warns of upcoming close shave with asteroid as doomsday preacher predicts ‘apocalyptic fireball’ #Asteroid #Fireball #NASA
Two asteroids are set to dart past Earth in the coming days, while NASA has warned about an impending close shave with an airplane-sized space rock. A doomsday preacher has also issued a dire warning about the upcoming encounter.
Greatly enhanced detection techniques have allowed astronomers to witness an ever-increasing number of asteroid flybys in recent years. The latest installment will see two space rocks skim past Earth this week. Both of the rocks were only spotted in recent days, a reminder of the threat that undetected asteroids potentially pose to our planet.
Thankfully, both of the rocks will pass at a safe distance of more than 1.5 million kilometers (932,056 miles). However, on September 1 we’re set for a far closer encounter, when a 28-meter space rock, officially known as 2011 ES4, will skim past Earth at only one third of the distance between our planet and the moon.
The visitor will whizz by at a speed of nearly 30,000 kilometers (18,600 miles) per hour. NASA has labelled it a “Potentially Hazardous Asteroid” because of possible risk it poses to our Earth.
While 2011 ES4 will almost certainly fly past our planet at a safe distance, Pastor Paul Begley has issued dire warnings about it heralding the end of the world.
“It’s been confirmed, incoming fireballs, apocalyptic, headed in our direction,” the self-proclaimed End Times prophesier forecast in a recent video on his popular YouTube account.
Begley cites biblical passages mixed with cherry-picked scientific evidence as “proof” that the planet is in mortal danger from incoming “apocalyptic fireballs”.
I’ve been talking about this for a decade because we knew, according to the Bible, we knew it was coming – even without scientific proof,” he explained. “Even Stephen Hawking says the Earth will be consumed in fire in 2600. I think it’s gonna be way way sooner than that because the Bible says it in second Peter, chapter three.”
Begley claimed that “more than 100 tonnes of space dust and rock” will rain down into our atmosphere every day in a sign of the impending apocalypse. Unsurprisingly, there is no scientific basis for these claims.
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Coronavirus: Outbreak among staff at Tesco Extra supermarket in Swindon #COVID19 #coronavirus #Swindon #UK #pandemic #Tesco
There has been an outbreak of coronavirus among staff at a Tesco supermarket in Swindon.
The company said a small number of its employees at the Extra store in Ocotal Way had been infected with the virus in recent days, and those who had tested positive were self-isolating at home.
No delivery drivers have been infected and the shop remains open.
“The safety of our customers and colleagues is our top priority,” said a Tesco spokesman.
“We have introduced extensive measures across all of our stores to help keep everyone safe, including protective screens at every checkout, social distancing signage and regular deep cleaning.”
he outbreak comes days after around 51 workers at an Iceland warehouse tested positive for COVID-19 in Swindon.
Health chiefs said mobile testing teams had been called in after the cluster of cases, and that many of the new cases being picked up were asymptomatic.
Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for adults and health, Brian Ford, said the town’s recent spike in coronavirus cases was driven by the outbreak at the Iceland food distribution centre.
Three crew members at Swindon’s fire station were also found to have the disease, while local Honda and Royal Mail depots suffered “small outbreaks” as a result of lockdown restrictions being eased.
Steve Maddern, director of public health for Swindon, said: “Small outbreaks are expected as a result of relaxing lockdown arrangements and as people return to work.
“We have developed a local outbreak management plan to supplement and support the national test and trace service, and to ensure that Swindon can respond swiftly to help manage a local outbreak or hotspot.
“The council is currently responding to a small number of COVID-19 cases, and these people are isolating in accordance with the government’s self-isolation guidance.”
Mike Wade, consultant in health protection at Public Health England South West, said “everyone should be following social distancing advice, both in and out of work,” to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Good hygiene is the best prevention and there are some simple steps you can take to protect you, your family and colleagues by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and if you cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue,” he added.
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Wales thunderstorms bring power cuts and flash flooding #Flooding #Thunderstorms #PowerCuts #Wales #UK
Thunderstorms have brought flash flooding and power cuts to parts of Wales.
Mid and West Wales Fire Service said it had attended eight flooding incidents in Aberystwyth in Ceredigion since 14:30 BST on Monday.
Photographs from the university town showed vehicles struggling to get through flooded streets.
The whole of Wales is covered by a Met Office yellow thunderstorm warning until midnight.
The forecaster warned there was a small chance homes could flood quickly.
The first service said others areas affected included Gower in Swansea, Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire and New Quay in Ceredigion, which had over 100 lightning strikes in an hour.
A second yellow thunderstorm weather covering Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Powys and Wrexham came into force at 16:00 BST and runs until 03:00 on Tuesday.
Parts of the region have seen some power cuts, around Trawsfynydd, Llanberis, Llanwnda and Rhosgadfan in Gwynedd, at Dowyddelan, Betws-y-Coed and Rhos-on-Sea in Conwy, and at Brynsiencyn and Llanddona on Anglesey.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to a house at Nasareth, south of Caernarfon in Gwynedd, after it was struck by lightning, but no further action was needed.
Council staff in Gwynedd were also asked to deal with some flash flooding on the coast at Barmouth, while motorists were warned of flooding on the A5 trunk road between Betws-y-Coed and Capel Curig.
Western Power Distribution said 214 customers were without power in Lampeter in Ceredigion and 32 in Rhossili on Gower.
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