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Street Collapses in Baltimore, MD

Posted by feww on May 2, 2014

EXTREME RAIN EVENT
SINKHOLE 

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Block-long sinkhole swallows cars in Baltimore, MD

The collapse occurred in the Charles Village section of Baltimore  on Wednesday afternoon. Several vehicles were swallowed when the street  collapsed after two days of rain, said to be the equivalent of a month’s precipitation.

The sinkhole has also been described as a “collapse” and a “landslide.”

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Large Sinkhole Appears in Derbyshire, England

Posted by feww on December 31, 2013

50-Meter wide sinkhole opens up in the village of Foolow, the Peak District, England

“It’s quite a large hole and it’s getting bigger all the time. It’s probably increased by about 10% since it opened up [on December 25,]” said Mark Nobel, a member of Derbyshire Caving Association.

sinkhole in Foolow, England
A large sinkhole appeared
in the village of Foolow, the Peak District, Derbyshire, England. Mr Noble and his wife Wendy discovered the giant hole during a walk on Christmas Day. Credit: Mark Noble

A video clip of the sinkhole is posted at http://www.itv.com/news/

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Louisiana Sinkhole Swallows Up Trees

Posted by feww on August 24, 2013

Tall trees sinking into underwater cavern at Bayou Corne, Louisiana

Footage shows tall trees sinking into underwater cavern at Bayou Corne in Louisiana. The phenomenon is being caused by the gradual collapse of an underground salt cavern that has put the whole area on alert. It is being closely monitored by emergency authorities, who took the video while carrying out work to try and stop its spread (!!)

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Today’s Other Headlines

Typhoon Trami affects 360,000 in central China

  • Typhoon Trami, the 12th typhoon to strike China this year, has affected 361,000 people in central China’s Hunan, leaving  30,900 were displaced. The typhoon brought rainstorms mainly to the southeastern and eastern parts of Hunan, with the largest rainfall of 281.6mm. The rains wreaked havoc in 14 counties, cities and districts, damaging 13,350 hectares of crops and toppling 150 houses, said the report.

NSA paid millions to Internet companies to cover mass surveillance costs

  • The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook…

Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident – Russia

  • Materials implicating the Syrian government forces in chemical weapons use near Damascus were prepared prior to the alleged incident on August 21, the Russian foreign ministry has said.
  • “Moscow continues to monitor closely the event surrounding the ‘alleged’ chemical attack near Damascus, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, said in a statement.”
  • “We’re getting more new evidence that this criminal act was of a provocative nature,” he stressed. “In particular, there are reports circulating on the Internet, in particular that the materials of the incident and accusations against government troops had been posted for several hours before the so-called attack. Thus, it was a pre-planned action.”

43 killed, 86 wounded in attacks in Iraq

  • At least 43 people were killed and 86 others wounded in attacks, including suicide bombings, across Iraq on Friday, amid growing tensions.

42 killed, more than 500 wounded  in twin explosions in Tripoli, Lebanon

  • Two simultaneous explosions rocked the Lebanese city of Tripoli, killing at least 42 people and wounding 358 others.
  • Red Cross put the number of killed and injured at 29 and 500, respectively.

 

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events Headlines – 19 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 19, 2013

UPDATE: Texas fertilizer plant explosion

UPDATE @ 12:00 UTC -  12 bodies have been recovered, at least 35 people are missing [some of the victims may have been vaporized in the inferno,] and more than 200 injured in the blast, officials have said.

A deadly blast rocked the West Fertilizer Plant in the small town of West north of Waco, Texas at about 7.50pm local time  on Wednesday [00:50 UTC on Thursday.]

Dozens of people are feared dead and at least 160 were injured, including 24 – 48 critically, after the explosion destroyed scores of home and released toxic fumes into the air. [There's NO official death toll as yet, but West mayor said the explosion had killed at least 14 people, as the search to recover bodies continued.]

west fertilizer plant afetr explosion
The Day After. An aerial view shows the aftermath of a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, near Waco, Texas April 18, 2013. A large apartment block destroyed by the blast is seen on top left corner of the image. Credit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif. More images…

The blast was recorded as a 2.1 magnitude quake by USGS/EHP, which said, “the magnitude measures only the ground motion, not the air wave, so is substantially less than the true size of the event.”

“Every house within about four blocks is blown apart,”  the Waco Tribune quoted an eyewitness as saying.

smoldering west fertilizer plant
Image shows the smoldering West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, Texas after a massive  explosion. Credit: McLennan County Sheriff and Fire

Texas state Gov. Perry said he would declare the area a disaster and request an emergency declaration for federal aid from the White House.

Official have evacuated half of the town’s 2,700 population. West is located in north-central part of Texas  about 20 miles (32 km) north of Waco.

remains of west fertilizer plant
Smoke rises from the scene of an explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, Texas in this April 18, 2103 still image from video courtesy of NBCDFW TV. REUTERS/NBCDFW-NBC/Handout

“The West plant is one of thousands of sites across rural America that store and sell hazardous materials such as chemicals and fertilizer for agricultural use, many within close range of residences and schools,” said a report.

It’s not known why the planning authorities allowed so many residential units to be built  so close to a fertilizer plant.

Officials said there was NO evidence of foul play.

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State of Emergency declared in Illinois amid widespread flooding

Illinois Governor Quinn has declared a state of emergency as  widespread flooding brought havoc to the Chicago area on Thursday, with another wave of storms forecast for the region.

“Heavy rainfall over the past few days has created dangerous flooding in areas across the state,” Quinn said. “Everyone should stay home and off the roads if possible. To ensure safety as these storms continue, people should be alert and avoid flooded areas.”

Several towns and counties have separately declared a state of emergency, including Elmhurst, Lisle and Lombard.

“Quinn said a hospital in Morris had to be evacuated as well as two trailer parks currently under water. Residents have lost whole rooms of belongings, and in Chicago a sinkhole swallowed three cars, injuring a man,” according to a report.

sinkhole in Chicago
Three cars were swallowed by a sinkhole Thursday on Chicago’s South Side. One person was injured. Source: nbcchicago. More images …

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State of emergency Declared in Wyoming, Michigan

Mayor of Wyoming, Mich., has declared a state of emergency in the city due to  flooding.

  • Mandatory evacuations have been issued for the worst affected areas, said a report.

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State of emergency Declared in Alma, Michigan

A state of emergency has been declared in the city of Alma, Mich., due to flooding.

  • “Flood levels are expected to continue through Wednesday, April 23,” said a report.

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States of emergencies declared in 2 Michigan counties

Midland and Newaygo counties in Michigan have both declared a state of emergency due to flooding, said a report.

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State of emergencies declared in Benton County, Ark.

Officials have declared a state of emergency in Benton County, Ark., after extreme rain events caused widespread flooding, said a report.

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China reports four new H7N9 infections

Health officials in China have reported 7 new cases of H7N9 avian flu infections in Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang,  said a report.

  • The latest cases raises the total number of H7N9 infections to at least 87, with 17 fatalities.
  • The latest 3 (of a total of 30) patients in Zhejiang are said to be in critical condition.

Human-to-human transmission of H7N9 revisited

More than 50 percent of patients infected with H7N9 virus in China had no contact with poultry, said the World Health Organization on Friday.

  • “As the investigation gets deeper we’re finding that more than half have had no contact with poultry”, O’Leary told a briefing.
  • “It’s hard to definitively rule in or rule out chickens”, he said. “This is still an animal virus that occasionally infects humans. With rare exceptions, we know that people are not getting sick from other people.” The WHO’s China representative reported.

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27 killed, 51 wounded in Baghdad cafe bombing

At least 27 people were killed and 51 others wounded on Thursday when a bomb exploded in a cafe in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, reports said.

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DISASTER CALENDARApril 19, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,058 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,058 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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U.S. Disaster Headlines

Posted by feww on July 25, 2010

Delhi Dam in Eastern Iowa Collapses

The Delhi Dam in eastern Iowa collapsed about noon on Saturday, sending a wall of water smashing into the small town of Hopkinton (population 750).


Lake Delhi Dam Collapses.
Source: KCRG. Image may be subject to copyright. See Fair Use Notice.

The collapse was “catastrophic,” a community leader said, blaming the cause on days of torrential rains which have buffered northeast Iowa.

The Maquoketa River, on which the dam was situated,  record flood crest on Saturday, after 10 inches of rain fell in about 10 hours.

See also: Inflatable Dam Breaks at Tempe Town Lake

Powerful storms produce tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest

‘Powerful storms spawned by intense heat and humidity produced flooding and tornadoes in the Midwestern United States on Saturday, disrupting travel and cutting power to thousands of homes,’ a report said.


National Weather Forecast. Click image to update.

“A large area is being impacted by this system,” said a NWS forecaster.

“But some of the heavier rain totals … have been in Chicago. The water content in the atmosphere is very high.”

Much of Chicago and its suburbs were inundated after up to 7.5 inches of rain lashed the region in late Friday and Saturday’s storm.

A similar weather pattern has been developing in New York and Penn state. A  tornado watch was issued for New York City and northern New Jersey.

“Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency on Friday after torrential rains flooded homes and opened sinkholes in Milwaukee and closed the city’s main airport,”  according to the report.

NWS has  issued severe weather alerts for numerous areas in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, as well as flood watches for tens of counties.


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