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Archive for September 12th, 2015

Deadly Crane Crash Strikes Worshipers in Grand Mosque, Mecca

Posted by feww on September 12, 2015

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Crane collapse kills at least 110, injures hundreds more in Muslim holy city of Mecca

A massive crane crashed into the Grand Mosque in Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, filled with worshipers, killing at least 110 and injuring more than 240 others.

Saudi authorities have blamed the collapse on strong winds and heavy rains which had plagued the region.

An undisclosed number of worshipers were hurt in the stampede that followed the crash.

The Grand Mosque, locally known as the “Masjid al-Haram,” which surrounds Islam’s holiest structure, the Kaaba, is the largest mosque in the world.

Explosions, Stampedes, Protests, Diastase Epidemics and Failures of Crowd Control

In recent years, thousands of pilgrims have been killed and many more injured in dozens of evitable incidents during the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, when about 3 million people visit the city.

The most recent incidents include

  • Deadly stampedes in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
  • Explosions and fires in 1975, 1997, and 2007.
  • Protest and Violence in 1987 1nd 1989.
  • Spread of epidemics (dates and casualty toll unknown/ undisclosed)
  • Collapsing Infrastructure and Road Deaths.

The Saudi authorities have proven time and time again that they are too incompetent to prevent otherwise avoidable disasters that have led to so many thousands of deaths and injuries.

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Significant Earthquake Strikes Tokyo Bay Area

Posted by feww on September 12, 2015

M5.4 earthquake strikes SE Tokyo, Japan

Centered at 35.487°N, 139.948°E the quake occurred at a depth of about 47.2km, reported USGS/EHP.

The quake measured 5 – (five minus) on Japan’s seismic scale (0 – 7) and reportedly shook buildings around the Tokyo Bay Area.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 5.4Mw
Location: 35.487°N 139.948°E
Depth: 47.2km
Time: 2015-09-11 at 20:49:06 UTC
Nearby Cities:

  • 12km (7mi) WSW of Ichihara, Japan
  • 20km (12mi) SW of Chiba-shi, Japan
  • 32km (20mi) SE of Tokyo, Japan

Other Significant Quakes (September 12)

5.3 90km NNW of Lae, PNG 2015-09-11 23:51:52 UTC 11.7 km
4.5 130km SW of Mapastepec, Mexico 2015-09-11 21:34:44 UTC 20.0 km
5.5 89km NNW of Lae, PNG 2015-09-11 21:19:19 UTC 30.3 km
5.2 142km SW of Mapastepec, Mexico 2015-09-11 21:16:12 UTC 25.7 km
4.6 42km SE of Iwaki, Japan 2015-09-12 02:44:52 UTC 25.7 km
4.7 216km ESE of Kuril’sk, Russia 2015-09-12 02:29:11 UTC 42.3 km
5.0 3km NE of Nueve de Julio, Argentina 2015-09-12 08:13:49 UTC 10.0 km

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