Saturday, July 20, 2013

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Most Massive And "Extraordinary" Landslide Hits South Colombia Highway - 6 Confirmed Dead, 26 Missing!

July 20, 2013 - COLOMBIA - A landslide surprised traffic on a highway in southern Colombia Thursday, killing at least six as the mud and rocks buried several vehicles including buses.

(Photos: Radio Santa Fe)

“Until now we have been able to remove five vehicles; two buses, a truck, a car and an ambulance,” Andres Cardozo, the chief of the Florencia fire department told Colombia Reports.

The landslide took place on the border of the Huila and Neiva departments, covering half a mile of the road connecting the city of Neiva and the town of Florencia.

While dozens are feared trapped under the rubble, the fireman said that so far six people were found dead and 10 others were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Cardozo explained he magnitude of the landslide was extraordinary, even for Colombian standards where landslides are common during rainy season.

Location of the landslide.

“They’re talking about 28,000 cubic meters of soil that fell over a stretch of 800 meters. Almost a kilometer of road is covered by the landslide that hit the area,” said the official.

According to radio station Santa Fe, 28 people are missing and feared trapped under the rubble. Cardozo confirmed authorities are assuming to find more bodies as rescue efforts are ongoing.

“There are still vehicles that are trapped in the middle of the landslide and we know there are more dead,” said Cardozo who refused to speculate about the number of cars or people trapped in the rubble. - CR.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Meteor Spotted Over North Carolina - Over 200 Witnesses Saw The Bright Fireball!

July 20, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Some folks in North Carolina were lucky enough to have partially clear skies last night to see a large fireball or meteorite.

Generic meteorite.  © Associated Press

More than 200 people from Indiana to Ohio southward toward North Carolina reported seeing the large fireball. Most of the sightings came in just before midnight and folks reported the it was traveling from south to north across the sky. The meteorite was described as bright white with some red. There were no reports of sounds as it passed by the area.

WATCH: Meteor over North Carolina.

If you saw the meteorite or fireball last night, you can make a report to the American Meteor Society.

First Warn Storm Spotter Stuart McDaniel has a All Sky Camera and caught the flash around 12:15am. Clouds did obscure a better view at his location in Lawndale, NC in Cleveland County. - WCNC.

EXTREME WEATHER: Massive Thunderstorm And Record Rainfall Slams Las Vegas - Leaving Damaged Homes, Power Outages, Uprooted Trees And Scattered Gamblers!

July 20, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A severe thunderstorm with a 71-mph wind gust measured at Nellis Air Force Base swept across the Las Vegas Valley on Friday evening, causing heavy damage in places, stranding drivers in flash floods, snapping power poles and tearing trees from the ground.

Lightning strikes over the Las Vegas Strip during storms on Friday night. High winds, rain and flash flooding struck the valley as the storm rolled through from the northeast.  DAVID BECKER/LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

No injures had been reported as of 10:30 p.m. Friday, though emergency responders were still taking stock of the damage well into the night.

Falling trees and gas lines severed by “tornado-like” winds forced evacuation of 200 units at the Atrium Garden Condos near Washington Avenue and Pecos Road on the city’s east side, said Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski. Fifteen units were damaged by falling trees, and about 50 residents of the complex were expected to take shelter at nearby Desert Pines High School, with emergency services provided by the American Red Cross.

Joyce Mason, a longtime resident of the complex, said she has been concerned about potential storm damage since she first moved in, with heavy trees close to units.

“I’m just praying for no gas explosion or anything like that,” she said. “I don’t believe it’s going to be fixed tonight.”

A flash flood spills onto Bonanza Road as thunderstorms roll over the Las Vegas Valley on Friday.

The entire condo complex — 300 units in total — was cordoned off by fire trucks and yellow emergency tape hours after the storm was over.

“They just say we have to evacuate. We have some broke gas pipes,’’ said Daniel Cordova, who was at the Atrium Gardens to pick up his mother, who is recovering from hip surgery.

The storm hit shortly after 7 p.m., with that 71-mph gust recorded at 7:09 p.m., said the National Weather Service. Multiple buildings in the Nellis area were reportedly struck by lightning.

Szymanski said an area roughly bordered by Stewart and Washington avenues and Eastern and Nellis boulevards were hit hardest.

Some resort properties on the Strip and the Fremont Street Experience remained without power long after the fast-moving storm raged the full length of the city from north to south.

Standing water was reported on the casino floor at Caesars Palace, where gamblers were forced to scatter to avoid getting wet.

NV Energy was working on 20 scattered outages affecting 33,000 people across the valley as of 10:30 p.m., spokeswoman Kelley Mulroy said. Additional crews were called in to assist, she said.

Clark County fire units also responded to multiple calls of people needing water rescue near the Strip.

More than an inch of rain was recorded in Henderson, and a new daily rainfall record of 0.22 inches was set at McCarran International Airport. The previous record of 0.17 inches was set in 1951. 

People take cover under a highway overpass near the intersection of Bonanza Road and H Street as thunderstorms roll over the Las Vegas valley on Friday.  JASON BEAN LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Some of that record rainfall kicked a hole in the roof of Gilley’s Saloon, the Western-style bar at Treasure Island where patrons watched in awe as sheets of water sluiced in.

As the thunderstorm moved from north to south at about 15 mph it knocked out power at Primm as well. Staff at Buffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino reported power outages in the casino and nearby outlet mall, along with strong wind and rain.

Temperatures dropped more than 20 degrees Friday due to the storm. The weather service reported 109 degrees early in the afternoon and 83 degrees at 10 p.m.

Early Friday, multiple flash flood watches for the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding area were put into effect for the weekend.

The Spring Mountains will have a watch starting today at noon and will remain in effect through the end of the weekend.

The highest risk for flash flooding in that area is early Saturday afternoon, said the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will drop slightly going into the weekend, with 103 degrees forecast for today and dropping to 97 degrees by Monday. - Review Journal.

EXTREME WEATHER: Fast-Growing California Mountain Fire Inches Closer To Idyllwild Amid Strong Wind Warnings - 38 Square Miles Burned; 23 Structures Including 7 Homes Destroyed; Blaze Is Within Two Miles Of Palm Springs; Evacuation Warnings Issued To Residents!

July 20, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Fire crews battling a fast-growing wildfire that ripped through Southern California's scenic San Jacinto Mountains were bracing for potential storms Friday evening as the powerful blaze raged on its fifth day, prompting a new evacuation warning.

A 19,400 acre forest fire near Idyllwild CA, as Idyllwild and adjacent communities east of Highway 243 are issued mandatory evacuations.Looking at the Mountain Fire near Lake Hemet on, July 16, 2013. (Photo by Frank Bellino/The Press-Enterprise) FRANK BELLINO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Mountain Fire had burned more than 38 square miles by Friday, reaching over the crest of the mountains and within two miles of the western border of Palm Springs. A blanket of ash and smoke draped the resort destination.

The blaze was also getting dangerously close to Idyllwild, where the flames were more active than those nearing Palm Springs, US Forest Service spokesman John Miller told NBC4 Friday.
At about 11 a.m., the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said the community of Pine Cove, north of Idyllwild, was being given a warning about a possible upcoming evacuation order. Anyone who feels threatened by the Mountain Fire should leave the area, where there are about 700 homes, authorities said.

Health officials Friday night told residents in the following areas to boil their water before using it for drinking, making ice or cooking: Pine Springs Camp, Ronald McDonald Camp (AKA Rainbow Camp), Bonita Vista Road, Living Free Animal Sanctuary, Fleming Ranch, May Valley Road, Zen Center, Hurkey Creek, and Apple Canyon Road.

A 19,400 acre forest fire near Idyllwild CA, as Idyllwild and adjacent communities east of Highway 243 are issued mandatory evacuations. An water tender makes his way back to the the Mountain Fire near Lake Hemet on, July 16, 2013. (Photo by Frank Bellino/The Press-Enterprise) FRANK BELLINO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

A water-dropping helicopter makes a drop on the Mountain Fire near Morris Ranch Rd. near Lake Hemet on Thursday, July 18, 2013. FRANK BELLINO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Until further notice, residents should use bottled water, water disinfection tables, or boil their water for one minute and let it cool before using. Officials expect to have the problem fixed within 2 to 3 days.

Residents with questions about water safety can call Zen Mountain at 951-659-5272; Pine Springs Ranch at 951-659-4131; or the California Department of Public Health at 619-525-4354.

Meantime, more than 3,300 firefighters were on scene, and had worked overnight into Friday to "corral" the blaze away from Idyllwild and surrounding mountain communities, pushing it instead to the north.

Some erratic winds forecast for Friday became a cause for heavy concern, and Miller predicted "extreme fire behavior given unstable atmospheric conditions," citing the possibility of thunderstorms. Draft winds could produce new spot fires, he said in a morning news release.

On Friday afternoon, Fire spokesman Capt. Mike Lindbery said a storm front headed toward the region in could provide some relief with cooler weather and a chance of rain, but it might make the situation much more volatile with lightning and strong winds.

WATCH: Erratic winds became cause for concern as the blaze was inching closer to Idyllwild.

In the Pine Cove evacuation warning, authorities described a dangerous "ice cap" that could form atop a column of smoke and ash northwest of the fire. The smoke column could create create a thunderstorm, and associated lightning and wind.

"Eventually the weight of the ice will cause the column to collapse. When the column collapses, strong downdraft winds push the fire in multiple directions, placing firefighters at risk," the warning stated.

The blaze, burning 100 miles east of Los Angeles, had scorched 27,179 acres by Friday evening and destroyed 23 structures, including seven homes. The fire remained 15 percent contained Friday evening, according to an online incident report.

The cost to battle the raging fire reached $10.9 million by Friday evening, Miller said in a statement. Officials had said Thursday that a continuing investigation showed that human activity caused the blaze, but wouldn't say if it was intentionally or accidentally set.

More than 260 fire engines were working on the Mountain Fire, according to a Friday morning report from fire officials. From the air, 19 helicopters, 10 fixed-wing aircraft -- including a DC-10 -- were fighting flames.

A smoke advisory was again issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which said that unhealthy air conditions are likely to occur in the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley area, the Banning Pass area, the Coachella Valley, and the northeastern Anza area. Smoke can also make air unhealthy for people with healthy issues in the Perris Valley area, the the metropolitan Riverside County area, the Big Bear Lake area; and the central and western San Bernardino Mountains, AQMD said.

The burned remains are all that are left of a home on Bonita Vista Rd. near Lake Hemet on Thursday, July 18, 2013 after flames from the Mountain Fire roared through the area Monday night. FRANK BELLINO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

A 19,400 acre forest fire near Idyllwild CA, as Idyllwild and adjacent communities east of Highway 243 are issued mandatory evacuations. Doug Dowalter gets in his motor home to evacuate from his home on Morris Ranch Rd from the Mountain Fire near Lake Hemet on, July 16, 2013. (Photo by Frank Bellino/The Press-Enterprise) FRANK BELLINO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Evacuation orders had been expanded Wednesday, but several communities were reopened to residents by Friday, including Apple Canyon, Bonita Vista, Fobes Canyon, and Spring Canyon Ranch.

State Route 74 was reopened to traffic Thursday night, but State Route 243 remained closed from the intersection with 74 to the Nature Center, south of Pine Cove.

U.S. Forest Service fire Chief Jeanne Pincha-Tulley said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that the evacuation had been expanded in case the fire took a turn toward Idyllwild.

"If the fire goes over the slopes and makes a major run (downhill), we wouldn't have much time to get people out of there,'' Pincha-Tulley said. "We asked everybody to leave (Wednesday night) so we can secure the area without worrying about folks getting in the way.''

On Thursday, she called the Mountain Fire "the national priority."

Meanwhile, area residents were dealing with the fear of losing their homes. The nearby town of Idyllwild looked like a ghost town after it was evacuated Wednesday night.

"It's grown into a monster that we haven't seen before," said San Jacinto Valley resident Ralph Savory, who was packed up and ready to go if deputies ordered him to evacuate. "We're waiting for the word. Got our cars packed. All we got left is us and our dogs."

A 19,400 acre forest fire near Idyllwild CA, as Idyllwild and adjacent communities east of Highway 243 are issued mandatory evacuations.Looking at the blacken landscape from the Mountain Fire near Lake Hemet on, July 16, 2013. (Photo by Frank Bellino/The Press-Enterprise) FRANK BELLINO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

People evacuate Idyllwild as the The Mountain Fire burns closer to the city of Idyllwild, CA. Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (Photo by Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise) TERRY PIERSON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which takes visitors nearly 6,000 feet up steep Chino Canyon, was closed Thursday because of unhealthy air quality due to smoke.

Evacuation orders remained in effect for Idyllwild east of State Route 243, Fern Valley, Trails End, Mount San Jacinto State Park and nearby San Bernardino National Forest areas. Details were posted online.

The edge of the blaze was nearing Saddle Junction, an area where many popular hiking trails -- including the famed Pacific Crest Trail -- converge in the state park, a map release Friday morning showed.

The Mountain Fire broke out Monday afternoon in steep, rugged terrain on private property just off State Highway 243 in the community of Mountain Center, south of Idyllwild (map).

Evacuation centers were set up at the following locations:
  • Hemet High School, 41701 E. Stetson Ave., Hemet;
  • Hamilton High School, 57430 Mitchell Road, Anza;
  • Beaumont High School, 39139 Cherry Valley Blvd., Cherry Valley;
  • Large and small animals can be brought to the San Jacinto Animal Shelter, 581 S. Grand Ave.
The fire was about 12 miles from the site of the 2006 Esperanza wildfire that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters and destroyed 34 homes. The area has not burned in many years. - NBC Los Angeles.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF IN CHINA: Tens Of Thousands Of Dead Fish Cover 1 Kilometre Of Beach In Guangdong; 20 Acres Of Fish Ponds Found Full Of Dead Fish In Shandong; And 10,000 Pounds Of Dead Fish Found A Lake In Nanjing!

July 20, 2013 - CHINA - Daya Bay News newspaper (Reporter correspondent Wu Ren Qin Zhongyang photo coverage) the day before yesterday, Huizhou Daya Bay coast Xia large number of dead fish, the Daya Bay CMC said yesterday's announcement, before the arrival of suspected red tide caused by the typhoon. But there are still pending professional departments in order to accurately detect a conclusion.

Tens Of Thousands Of Dead Fish Cover 1 Kilometre Of Beach In Guangdong.
 Suspected red tide is mainly caused by eel.

8:43 last night, there are users microblogging reflect Xia Yong Daya Bay beach dead fish phenomenon, one kilometer beach covered with dead fish, a conservative estimate of the ten thousand, malodorous smoke blackening the sky, what causes it? Originally the beautiful coastline how become so? Picture shows the beach most of the accumulation of red eel, there are other fish, live shocking. According to reports, this situation has been more than a day.

Yesterday 2:49, the Daya Bay MC announced that after receiving the report, the Daya Bay District, the CMC main leaders arrived overnight beach look. From the field situation, the dead fish are mostly red eel. According to the new seaside fishing village branch secretary Xia Li Wenliang, meaning the village party branch deputy secretary, deputy director Li Weidong and other local fishermen, villagers analysis, this situation is due to red tide before the typhoon caused a similar phenomenon occurs every year. District environmental protection, marine and fisheries sector has been detected in seawater samples.

Some Internet users believe that several seaside village official analysis alone, we draw conclusions too hasty tide. Pollution, high salinity currents deep hypothermia and hypoxia may also be one of the reasons.

Currently, authorities are still detection. - SINA. [Translated]

20 Acres Of Fish Ponds Found Full Of Dead Fish In Shandong.

Newspaper Liaocheng July 17 news (Reporter Meng Xiao) on the 16th, the new Western Tianfu cemetery Yejing call the newspaper reflected, after a heavy rain, the park's 20 acres of pond water full of dead fish floating, he suspected rain washes the nearby open-air drying manure dry sanitation field sewage into the pond due. Sanitation Department, a staff member said, Sanitation Department just pulled the stool sun dried dung farm wagons, the late sun dry farm manure management is not responsible for the Sanitation Department.

16 am, reporters came to the pond and saw a lot of dead fish floating on the water also, the staff are the salvage of dead fish. Largest fish six or seven pounds weight, there are many small fish. Since decay, emitting bursts of odor near ponds, salvage of dead fish on the body covered with flies. "Now the dead fish on the water a lot less, and yesterday was the nearby villagers to go fishing." Salvage of dead fish being a staff member said.

Yejing said that at 7:00 on the 14th and more, he found a dead fish, dial 12369 environmental hotline Dongchangfu EPA staff to view the site and took away the water samples for testing. "There are ponds carp, grass carp, silver carp and crabs to carp dominated." Yejing said that these fish are stocked two years ago, primarily for recreational fishing. The water pollution, cost him a lot. "At the time it took to buy fry twenty thousand dollars."

It is understood that both sides have one thing ponds inlet to the west side of the inlet main east inlet is not commonly used. New River west to the west of the Yellow River water into the pond, the fish are natural wild. Meanwhile, the fish pond is a natural reservoir, irrigation season, farmers also like irrigation. "Eastern side inlet and a trunk connection, there are a lot of sewage canal." Yejing said two days before heavy rain, sewage from the east side of the inlet into the pond.

Dongchangfu District Environmental Protection Bureau, said a staff, after receiving the reflected, they immediately sent staff to the scene to view the situation, found in the ponds near the Sanitation Department, where manure drying, drying manure dry field is open, after rain heavy rain erosion, sewage flows through the trunk of the ponds. Staff in view the situation, they also met here to send fecal vehicles. Staff extracted ponds water samples, but a formal appraisal report has not come out.

According to the Bureau of Fisheries Dongchangfu fishery station a staff, fishery station to the scene to view the situation has been, will be, according to fish ponds, fish ponds named species production, while, according to the average market price accounting losses.

July 17 morning, the city Sanitation Department, a staff member said removal team, sun dried manure management field is not owned by the Sanitation Department. "The village is a village to the Sanitation Department to provide a venue unloading, Sanitation Department pulled the stool unloading here, late sun dry farm manure management is not responsible for the Sanitation Department. - SOHU. [Translated]

10,000 Pounds Of Dead Fish Found A Lake In Nanjing.

As the temperature rises, Jiangsu Lake floating dead fish appear in many places, a long time, smell smoke, near provoked considerable public views.

Qualitative difference in flakes of Huai ' an Egret Lake fish kill

Today around 16 o'clock in the afternoon, people of Huai ' an Yao claimed that, Huaian city Egret Lake water quality pollution occurred, film big fish deaths occurred in water, shore and dead fish are floating in the water.

According to staff revealed that the dead fish there have been so many days, every day can pull out many dead fish from the water, estimated at more than 10,000 pounds.

I came to the Egret Lake Shore, seeing the river and the shore and have a lot of dead fish on the lawn, these fish are mainly in grass carp and Bighead, big fish are four or five kilogram, small one or two pounds heavier. Die fishing float on the surface of a great pity, because of the hot weather, dead fish began to smell spoiled into peals of. Many tourists said the odor is very pungent, want scenic remove dead fish as soon as possible. - Xinhuanet.  [Translated]