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Comment by Yamkin 2 minutes ago

Tornado rips through West Lancashire countryside, UK
The tornado in Ormskirk. Photo by Andrew Huxley
A tornado formed across the skies of West Lancashire this afternoon shocking residents.
 
The twister was spotted in the skies above Ormskirk, Burscough and Scarisbrick Marina, shortly after 2pm.
 
Andrew Huxley spotted the weather phenomenon above Park Pool in Ormskirk.
 
Andrew said: "I was just taking my little boy for a day out in Ormskirk and saw the sky changing and I got the sense that something weird was going to happen.
 
"We waited for about five minutes and then saw the tornado form and start to twist down, it was really strange, you just don't expect to see something like that in Ormskirk.
 
"It lasted for about fifteen minutes, so not that long, but it's not everyday you see a tornado in West Lancashire."
 
Other West Lancashire residents who had seen the phenomenon took to social media to share their photos as the twister moved across the borough.
A Met Office spokesperson said: "Tornadoes form when the weather is ‘unstable’ and showery. They are narrow, spinning columns of air that reach the ground from thunderstorm clouds. As they develop we often see funnel shaped clouds extending from the base of the cloud and it is only when these funnel clouds touch the ground that we get a tornado.
 
"On average, around 30 tornadoes are reported each year in the UK, although these are generally much weaker than their American counterparts. However, there have been a number of notable exceptions – such as the Birmingham tornado in 2005 which left a significant trail of damage."
Courtesy of southportvisiter.co.uk
Comment by Yamkin 21 minutes ago

Massive explosion at a
fireworks factory in Spain
Four people were missing and four were seriously injured after an explosion on Monday at a fireworks factory near Zaragoza, northeastern Spain, emergency services said.
 
The cause of the explosion at the factory on the outskirts of Zaragoza, near the city's airport, was unknown, a spokeswoman for the Aragonese emergency services said.
 
The blast at the factory, which makes fireworks and matches, was heard in a large area of the city.
 
TV and images on Twitter showed a large column of smoke rising from the factory. State television RTVE said emergency services could not get to the source of the blast because explosions were still happening.
 
"Please don't go near the area," Aragon's emergency services warned on Twitter.
 
El Pais newspaper said more than 110 people had died and many others had been injured in accidents at fireworks factories in Spain in the last 25 years.
Courtesy of reuters.com
Comment by Yamkin 32 minutes ago

Devastating hailstorm wipes out crops due for harvest in Holland
For a long time, fruit growers in the Netherlands seemed to manage to evade the hail, but last night - right before the harvest - severe weather passed over the country from the southwest to the northeast, with heavy local thunderstorms, heavy winds and big hailstones. In Zeeland, West-Brabant and the Betuwe, this resulted in huge local damage. For the fruit growers affected, it's a drama, because most of them were to begin harvesting fruit this week or the next. When the crops dry, the total damage will become clear later today, but it's certain that a large area has been affected.
 
Hail damage insurance company OFH has received the first reports since 7 AM on Monday, Gert Jan van Dijk says: "So far, most of the reports have come from top fruit growers. Just before picking, these growers' harvests were destroyed within fifteen minutes or half an hour last night. There's great devastation among the growers."
 
According to the insurer, damages vary: "Reports are coming in from growers from Zeeland to Overbetuwe, and damage varies from lightly affected to impact, with hail going through the skin. In the latter case, the fruit has become pretty much worthless. The full extent of the damage is not yet known. It will take a few days anyway before the hail damage of the fruits becomes fully apparent. Only then will we start with the valuations."
 
The fruit growers are almost ready to start harvesting, and more bad weather is expected for tonight. "Today the temperature is heading towards 30 degrees again, and there's still a lot of energy in the atmosphere."
 
At insurance company Interpolis, phones have been ringing continuously this morning. Hail, water and thunderstorms caused major damage last night. Last week, with the whirlwind, horticulture was spared. "This weekend some companies really bore the brunt," notes Adri Witlox, head of the agricultural bureau at Interpolis. "Between Saturday and Sunday, we got many reports from Veghel and Uden. Last night, mainly the Bommelerwaard was affected." An indication can't be given yet. "But this concerns thousands of glass panes."
Hailstones as big as eggs
"The damage ranges from plots without any damage at all, to plots that can be completely discarded," says fruit grower Marc André de la Porte from Dreumel, also chairman of the circle Middle-Netherlands, which also has hail damage. He says the scope of the damage is particularly severe: "Every year, there's a company that suffers hail damage, but you seldom see it affect such a large area. All in all, this causes enormous damage. From Zeeland to West-Brabant and the land of Maas and Waal, there was a great storm. Damage in the Zaltbommel and Haaften region is also very big, although it differs from plot to plot."
 
Jack van Wijk of Veiling Zaltbommel confirms this: "It's been a great storm here in the Zaltbommel region. Here at the auction, the hailstones came straight through the roof panels of the packing warehouse and auction room. Car windows were also broken, and there's lots of crazy stories. Our greenhouse strawberry and bell pepper growers mention many broken windows, and we're also getting lots of reports from the top fruit growers."
 
Fruit grower Rinus van 't Westeinde from Nisse was just taking stock of his Jonagold plot this morning. "It appears we managed to evade it, after searching for a long time, I was able to find some damaged fruit. We have quite a few hail cannons around here, and the hail that fell, was quickly gone again. A neighbour appears to be affected more heavily, and in the Betuwe I also hear from growers with damage. But to really assess the damage, the fruit has to dry first. This afternoon, we'll be able to assess the definitive damage."
 
His colleague Martijn Slabbekoorn from Kapelle also remains cautious. "It's all still very fresh, and at first glance the damage doesn't seem too bad, but when the sun starts shining, the first cracks will appear, and then it could be worse than it seemed. Now we're seeing a few damaged pieces of fruit, but the actual damage will become apparent this afternoon. I think we're lucky that the hailstones that fell were large. In cases of a hailstorm with a high density of little stones, pretty much every piece of fruit is damaged."
Courtesy of freshplaza.com
Comment by Yamkin 52 minutes ago

Dead woman tests positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone
The body of a woman who died in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, less than a week after the last person confirmed to have had the disease was released from hospital, health officials said.
 
The new death, if confirmed, would represent a setback for efforts to end an 18-month regional epidemic that has infected more than 28,000 people and killed more than a third of them.
 
In the latest case, a 67-year-old woman from the Kambia District along Sierra Leone's border with Guinea, died on Saturday.
 
Sierra Leone's chief medical officer Brima Kargbo told Reuters that two samples tested in Kambia had tested positive for Ebola. However, he said further tests were being carried out in Makeni, the main town in the Northern Province, and in the capital Freetown.
 
"We are particularly concerned because Kambia has gone 50 days without a confirmed Ebola case, suggesting the possibility of an error," Kargbo said. 
 
He added that the woman worked as a trader, though people who knew her said she had not traveled recently. She now becomes the first new case in the country since Aug. 8.
 
Sierra Leone released what had been its last confirmed Ebola patient from hospital on Monday and began a 42-day countdown to being declared free of the virus.
 
During the course of the epidemic, the outbreak has ebbed only to flare back again. Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May but a fresh cluster of cases appeared nearly two months later.
 
Liberia's last case was subsequently discharged on July 23.
 
Scientists say sexual transmission is the most likely explanation for the resurgence in Liberia since the virus can live on in semen beyond the usual 21-day incubation period.
Courtesy of reuters.com
Comment by Yamkin 1 hour ago

Massive explosion at the Cabras powerplant in Guam
An explosion at the Cabras' 3&4 powerplant, leaving people wondering how this recent event will affect their rates and power supply. 
 
Around 2:30 a.m., Guam Fire Department was called to the scene in response to a structure fire. At a press conference Monday afternoon, John Benavente talked about the situation. 
 
"Again, I don't really know for sure but when I say external explosion, I say it probably happened outside of the engine, Internal explosion when I say that is like the crank case, something happened in there with gases and it exploded out..from what I could see..again from what I can understand I think its something that happened outside of the engine that caused the explosion and the fire itself, again its hard to tell at this time I can only speculate," said Benavente.
 
Such a loss in megawatts in a short amount of time raises the question as to whether or not GPA can produce enough power for the Island. Residents will remember the load shedding era of the 1990's when GPA asked residents to conserve power and work around daily scheduled outages. John Benavente was asked at the press conference about whether or not this event might cause load shedding in the future.
 
"Again probably if you ask me that in about a week, I can give you a better analysis. Right now I don't want to speculate," said Benavente.
 
In terms of how this could possible affect rates, Benavente says it's too early to tell.
 
"We've been fortunate that more recently again the fuel oil pricing has come down, so hopefully we can weather the situation without impacting any additional rates to the ratepayers, but again we are going to be consuming more fuel and certainly there's gonna be a cost factor, overall for the ratepayers, how much, not certain yet at this point in time, but certainly well be watching to operate as efficiently as possible within the constraints of what we have," said Benavente.
 
Benavente explains that right now, without Cabras 3&4, GPA has the capacity to generate 275 megawatts of power. Based on past use, the max amount of power emitted during peak hours, 6-9 p.m., is 250 megawatts. This means, according to Benavente, that GPA has some wiggle room, if the amount of electricity fluctuates beyond the peak of 250 megawatts. So far, Benavente says the investigation is ongoing and it could take 1-2 days before the area is considered safe enough to investigate.
Courtesy of pacificnewscenter.com
Comment by Yamkin 1 hour ago

Transformer explosion badly burns two in Johannesburg, South Africa
Two men were critically injured in a freak accident that saw a transformer they were working on explode.
 
Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said the explosion happened on Sunday night at about 8.20pm at the Monash University campus in Roodepoort.
 
“Reports indicate the two men were working on the transformer when a flashover occurred,” he said.
 
A flashover is a large burst of high voltage energy that creates high temperatures that can cause severe burns if exposed to it.
 
He said when Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene, they found that one man had sustained 50 percent burns while the other had sustained 20 percent burns.
 
“Both sustained burns to their upper bodies. Medics worked fervently to stabilise the men at the scene and then airlifted the one critically injured patient with the Netcare helicopter while the other patient was transported by ambulance to a specialised facility for the care that they required,” he said.
Courtesy of iol.co.za
Comment by Yamkin 2 hours ago

Blackout causing, satellite disabling super solar storms far greater risk than previously thought 
Solar storms, caused by coronal ejections, could lead to global blackouts and cost billions to the world economy. Photo: Nasa
Solar storms, caused by coronal ejections, could lead to global blackouts and cost billions to the world economy. Photo: NASA
The chance of our planet being hit a super solar storm could be greater than we thought, according to a new international study led by Chinese astronomers.
 
The researchers investigated two major geomagnetic storms this year and found they were likely "siblings" of the largest solar storm recorded in history.
 
On July 23, 2012, the sun produced a series of coronal mass ejections, the most powerful variety of solar flares, unprecedented in scale and intensity.
 
Fortunately for us, the flares missed the earth by an incredibly slim margin, saving the planet from the worst blackout in the modern era, with electric grids burned out, satellites disabled and the failure of the majority of consumer gadgets, from car GPS to smartphones.
 
Such a disaster could cripple infrastructure worldwide and cause trillions of US dollars in damages to the global economy.
 
Despite the near miss, scientists said there was no reason for panic, as super solar storms were believed to be rare events.
 
A research team of astronomers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of California Berkeley found that a number of conditions must be met "perfectly" for a super storm of the level of the 2012 event to form.
An animation shows a solar storm in 2012, the biggest ever recorded, that only missed earth by a tiny margin. Photo: CAS
However, in a new paper in the Astrophysical Journal, the same team admitted that they may have greatly underestimated the risk.
 
"The 'perfect storm' scenario may not be as rare as the phrase implies," they wrote.
 
The scientists concern was based on two geomagnetic storms that hit the earth on March 17 and June 22 this year, the largest recorded since 2006. During the storms, aurora could be spotted by people as far away from the poles as Perth in Australia or San Jose in the United States. There were also temporary disruptions to radio communications over the Pacific.
 
While the magnitude of these solar events was nowhere near the level of the society-changing disaster that would have taken place had the 2012 storm hit the planet, researchers – led by Liu Ying at the Chinese National Space Science Centre – said they contained bad news nonetheless.
 
While previous studies suggested the storms were caused by one-off coronal mass ejections, Liu's team discovered a more sophisticated process of "combo hits" may be taking place, similar to the 2012 event.
 
The March storm resulted from the combined effects of two successive ejections, with a high-speed stream giving them a push from behind.
 
That picture is identical to the "perfect" conditions that generation the 2012 super storm, previously thought to be an incredibly rare occurrence.
 
The researchers warned that the chance of Earth being hit by a similarly severe super solar storm was something people "should worry about, because complex events [such as the March storm] are common".
Courtesy of scmp.com
Comment by Yamkin 2 hours ago

Deer escapes flooded zoo in Ussuriysk, Russia's Far East

Comment by Yamkin 3 hours ago

MAGNITUDE 4.9 - KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION


http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=457005

Subject To Change

Depth: 2 km


Distances:
1125 km S of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga / pop: 22,400 / local time: 19:07:37.2 2015-08-31
917 km NE of Whakatane, New Zealand / pop: 18,602 / local time: 18:07:37.2 2015-08-31
  
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Comment by Yamkin 3 hours ago

MAGNITUDE 4.6 - OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA


http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=457004

Subject To Change

Depth: 15 km


Distances:
1810 km NE of Sapporo-shi, Japan / pop: 1,883,027 / local time: 14:04:37.2 2015-08-31
144 km E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 17:04:37.2 2015-08-31
  
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