Significant Events – January 6, 2016
Posted by feww on January 6, 2016
North Korea says it has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, as earthquake monitoring centers reported a magnitude 5.1 earthquake near the main nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.
“The republic’s first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am on January 6, 2016,” said the North Korean state TV.
16,000 Houses in England were flooded
About 16,000 houses in England were flooded during the wettest December on record, with entire communities swamped by rising waters, the UK Environment Secretary has said.
The numbers were not available for Scotland and Wales, as of posting.
December was wettest month for UK
December was the wettest month of any calendar month for the UK since records began in 1910, according to data provided by the UK Met Office. Overall, 2015 was the sixth wettest year on record.
It was also the warmest December in 115 years, with temperatures hovering around 7.9C (46F), typical for April or May, with the mean temperatures rising about 4C (7.2F) above the long-term average.
Scotland, Wales and the north west of England received record rain.
The head of the arboretum at Kew Gardens (SW London, UK) said the jumbling of seasons was causing problems in the natural world.
“The plants are really mixed up, they don’t know what season they’re in. They think spring is on the way, and they need to flower and grow leaves to make food.
“The seasons are normally quite short so they do it as soon as time allows.
“The downside is is that we could get a frost, and all these young leaves are very tender and not used to temperatures below freezing, and they won’t flower again in spring.
“And it’s a food source for insects that won’t be around when insects need it.”
Michigan Finally Declares a State of Emergency
Gov. Snyder has finally declared a state of emergency for Flint and Genesee County due to the contaminated drinking water crisis.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has confirmed it is investigating the contamination of drinking water supply in Flint.
The governor made the declaration “due to the ongoing health and safety issues caused by lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water,” said Snyder’s office in a news release.
“Genesee County declared an emergency on Monday and asked the state to do the same. The City of Flint has been under an emergency declaration since Dec. 14,” said a report.