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A sewer line explosion in San Diego’s popular Gaslamp Quarter forced many surrounding businesses and hotel guests to evacuate, San Diego Police said.
The HAZMAT situation happened at 7:06 p.m. at 660 K Street in San Diego.
The call originally came in when patrons at the Water Grill Bar in the Gaslamp saw smoke coming from manholes, San Diego Fire-Rescue Capt. Amador said.
Police and Fire officials evacuated the Resident Inn and no one was allowed to head northbound on 6th Avenue. Water Grill and Bar and nearby businesses are also being evacuated. Though San Diego Fire officials initially said the Marriot Hotel was evacuated, the Director of Operations at the hotel said the hotel still has power and was not evacuated.
As of 8:28 p.m., streets were starting to reopen and people were starting to return to the area.
Some electricity in the area is out as a result of the explosion, police officials said. SDG&E is responding.
Amador said police believe the incident began from a fire in an underground vault for SD&E. A SDFD Battalion Chief said the explosion was caused by a wire failure.
Courtesy of nbcsandiego.com
Twelve schoolgirls are confirmed to be among the dead as many in Pakistan and India report being “terrified” by shaking buildings
Scores of people have been killed after an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude struck Afghanistan, say officials, with the effects felt hundreds of miles away.
The United States Geological Survey said the epicentre was south of Feyzabad in northern Afghanistan, in a remote part of the Hindu Kush near the Tajikistan and Pakistan borders.
But the impact was experienced as far away as New Delhi, Islamabad and Lahore, say witnesses.
Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said in a tweet that the earthquake was “the strongest one felt in recent decades.
There were reports of heavy casualties caused in his country but exact numbers are yet to be released by the government.
In the Afghan city of Taloqan, 12 schoolgirls were reported to have been killed in a stampede while trying to escape from shaking buildings.
As dusk fell, Pakistani officials said they had been told of at least 62 deaths from the quake.
Hundreds more may have been injured but most of those affected live some way from communications so precise figures will take some time to emerge.
Several in Pakistan took to Twitter immediately afterwards, describing what they had experienced.
@CricketRebel said: “Just felt earthquake in #lahore, whole house shook for 10 seconds or most. It was by far the most terrifying quake I have felt. #Pakistan.”
Saad Hamid in Islamabad told Sky News: “[I’m] really concerned about the homes and the families of people in the north.
“Islamabad is clearly in panic as most roads are jammed due to traffic rush to homes after the earthquake.”
Sky’s Sam Kiley said the eipicentre was an extremely remote, mountainous part of Afghanistan and as a result casualties were not expected to be as high as they have been after some quakes in the region.
The Times of India reported that strong tremors were felt across New Delhi and the national capital region at around 2.45pm local time (9.15am UK time).
Residents in Kashmir, where electricity and phone lines are apparently down, told ANI news that it was “terrifying”.
Sky’s India Producer Neville Lazarus said: “We rushed out of our building and went down for some time. As soon as we did we saw the whole street full of people.
“It was quite a scary sort of a moment because of what happened six months ago in Nepal.
“In 2005, Pakistan experienced something almost on the same parallel as this one. An estimate is that 60,000 people died in that earthquake.”
Courtesy of Sky News
“The army is in Sabesp doing an exercise to prepare for an invasion from the people”
Here’s a scenario that seems plausible enough: The Brazilian megacity of São Paulo, currently dealing with Brazil’s largest water crisis in 40 years, continues to experience severe drought over the next several months.
The crisis deepens, and soon, some residents lose access to water altogether. The next step: a riot or crowd-driven attack on Sabesp, the local water utility.
It’s the kind of desperate measure that seems more like a distant post-apocalyptic situation for other drought-ridden places like California, but as one São Paulo water activist recently discovered, the Brazilian army is actually preparing for this possibility.
“I looked at the emergency plan from the government. They don’t know how we’ll save water,” explains Martha Lu, a water activist, in an interview with Tech Insider. “The
army is in Sabesp doing an exercise to prepare for an invasion from the people.”
This past May, Lu teamed up with a journalist from Spanish newspaper El País to visit Sabesp while the army was involved in one of its riot simulations.
Sabesp told Lu and journalist Maria Martin that the army has been doing similar exercises for 15 years, but former employees of the water utility contradicted that, saying that they had never seen anything like it.
On the day that Lu visited Sabesp, approximately 70 army members were scoping out the utility’s readiness for an uprising. One official said that 30 men with machine guns were stationed in the lunchroom.
São Paulo has also reportedly sent public officials to the US to take lessons from SWAT leaders on how to deal with the water crisis.
Already, people in the city are experiencing water cuts that last from hours to days at a time. Prior to the drought, the city’s water supply provided 8,700 gallons of water each second. That’s now down to 3,563 gallons per second. As a World Bank official told NBC News, “São Paulo’s current drought emergency is both unprecedented and unpredicted.”
The rest of the world should take note: the way that São Paulo residents and officials react if the drought continues will be a preview of how things will go elsewhere — in California (and other parts of the U.S.), China, India, France, and every other place where that the water table is dropping — without drastic water conservation measures.
Courtesy of businessinsider.com.au