Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: China Issues Heat Alert As "Hottest July" Hits Shanghai - 10 Dead From Heatstroke; Hottest July In 140 Years; Journalists Successfully FRIES PORK CHOP ON ROAD PAVEMENT IN JUST 10 MINUTES!

July 31, 2013 - CHINA - Temperatures in parts of China have hit record highs, prompting an emergency level-two nationwide heat alert for the first time.

In Shanghai, at least 10 people have died from heatstroke, as the city experiences its hottest July in 140 years, reports say.

Parts of China are experiencing a heat wave, with record-high temperatures prompting a
national heat alert covering nine provinces.

The scorching heat has affected northern and eastern parts since 1 July, including the capital, Beijing.

Local journalists have demonstrated the heat by frying meat on the pavement.

The national heat alert covers nine provinces, including Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Shanghai and Chongqing.

According to figures from the Shanghai Meteorological bureau, Shanghai has seen 24 days with temperatures at or above 35C in July.

"It should be a new record since Shanghai had its own weather recording," said chief service officer Wu Rui.

"Also, in July of this year Shanghai reached 40.6 degrees Celsius, its highest ever temperature. So the highest temperature in July also broke a record."

In Shanghai both humans and animals, like the gorilla shown here - in an air-conditioned enclosure,
are trying to seek relief from the heat.

The Shanghai Meteorological bureau said the city has seen 24 days with temperatures at
or above 35C (95F) this month.

Residents are taking advantage of whatever cooling-off opportunities come their way,
like this little girl in People's Square.

More than 10 people in Shanghai have died after suffering from heatstroke, state-run news agency Xinhua said, citing health officials.

In a TV report, journalists from Shanghai TV said they successfully fried a pork chop on a marble slab outdoors in just 10 minutes.

The practice appears to have become popular, with photos of slices of bacon and fish being barbecued outdoors by the heat appearing online. 'Impossible'

In other parts of China, water parks are attracting huge crowds, like this one in Wuhan, Hubei province.

To beat the heat, some are getting creative, like this man sitting in a chair submerged in the
Hanjiang river in Hubei province while eating his meal.

The China Meteorological Administration issued the level two emergency heat alert on Tuesday.

"Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Chongqing and Shanghai meteorological bureaus should enter into emergency response on the basis of actual weather conditions," it said on its website.

It added that weather forecasts suggested that some areas south of the Yangtze river, including Chongqing, could experience temperatures of over 35C until 8 August.

WATCH: China issues heat alert as hottest July hits Shanghai.

It urged members of the public to avoid outdoor activities and to take protective measures against the heat.

"It's impossible for people to live without an air-conditioner," a resident was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

"Just going outside in this kind of temperate can roast people." - BBC.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Massive Sinkhole Formed At 10 Feet In Missouri, Devours More Earth, Expanding To 50 Feet; Sinkhole Swallows Car In Philadelphia's Hunting Park; Huge Sinkhole Swallows Entire Intersection In Philadelphia; And Another Philadelphia Sinkhole Exposes Green Fluorescent Water Under City!

July 31, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Here are a couple of the latest incidents of sinkholes and land subsidence in the United States.

Massive Sinkhole Formed At 10 Feet In Missouri ,Devours More Earth, Expanding To 50 Feet.
© Jess Heugel / News-Leader.
The sinkhole formed at about 10 feet. It's now an estimated to be about 50 feet wide and 50 feet deep.

A big sinkhole in Christian County is getting even bigger.

It's in a field in the bent-water subdivision on the north side of Nixa.

The sinkhole formed at about 10 feet. It's now an estimated to be about 50 feet wide and 50 feet deep.

Since it's on private property, it's up to the developer to decide what to do about it.

The person who lives close to the sinkhole is bringing someone in to determine its potential impact. - KY3.

Sinkhole Swallows Car In Philadelphia's Hunting Park.

A sinkhole swallowed up the front end of a car on a street in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section early Tuesday morning.

The nose of the Pontiac Bonneville was sinking down below the street - its rear raised in the air. That was the sight neighbors were met with early this morning on the 3600 block of Marvine Street in Hunting Park.

Car owner Fran Leftenant woke up to an officer knocking on her door.

"I thought I had two missing tires, but it wasn't the case. My car was sinking," said Leftenant. "Right now I'm just sick."

She and other residents watched as the hole got deeper, and the lean on the car greater. A tow truck was called.

WATCH: Sinkhole partially swallows car in Hunting Park.

Leftenant tells us, "It's getting worse now. I have to get another tow truck to get it out because the first truck, he couldn't do it."

PGW crews were on scene for hours with jackhammers and shovels. Neighbors watched the progression around the car that remained tilted on its two front wheels.

Action News spoke with a representative from the Water Department, who explained that a water main break caused the sinkhole, and that the car that was parked above just fell right in as the street collapsed.

When the car fell, it landed on a PGW service main. PGW says there is no gas leak and no evacuations are necessary.

However, as a precaution, gas service was temporarily turned off to four nearby homes and crews will also replace the gas main after the car is safely removed. - ABC News.

Massive Sinkhole Swallows Entire Intersection In Philadelphia.
Image: NBC.

Four families have not been able to return to their homes due to a giant sink hole caused by a water main break in South Philadelphia. It's at the middle of the intersection at 21st and Bainbridge. Crews say the sink hole is 15-feet deep.

"It's enormous," said flooding victim Marisa Block. "I heard sink hole and I was thinking something like three or four feet, nothing that big. It's the entire intersection!"

The 96-year-old, 48-inch transmission main broke at 9 p.m Sunday, according to a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Water Department.

Crews worked through the night, where water flowed up to three feet high in some spots, as you can see in this NBC10 viewer photo.

On Monday, there was a gas leak at the same location, but authorities say it was quickly fixed.

The Water Department says water should be restored and if you live in the neighborhood and don't have water, you should give them a call.

Road closures as of Monday include Bainbridge between 20th and 22nd and 21st Street from South to Fitzwater. Crews with the water department are asking people to avoid that area while the repair work is being done, which could take days.

hirty-eight residents were forced from their homes, but most are back home Monday.

"It was coming in through the drain pipe in my basement. There's a crack in the pipe so it was coming out the pipe onto the floor," said Jillian Thorton.

"When I opened up the doors and I saw the mud I already knew it was bad news," said flood victim Olade Olayinka. "My main concern is the hot water heaters and the furnace."

Crews were finally able to shut off the main around 1 a.m.

WATCH: Massive sinkhole swallows entire intersection in Philadelphia.

"Four hours from about 9 p.m. to about 1 a.m.," said flood victim Henry Bennett. "At 1 a.m. it started to slow down and they were able to open up the drains and get the water going down there."

"I was a little surprised that it took the water folks a little while to get down here," said flood victim Shaun O'Brien. "But more importantly I'm just happy we had running water this morning."

"Overall probably several million gallons of water were spilled into the streets," said John Digiulio of the Water Department. "Our inlays handled them. The sewer system worked well. The inlay system was able to take all of the water from it."

The Water Department tells NBC10 12 to 14 homes had at least two feet of water and needed to have it pumped out.

The Red Cross is assisting two families with housing.

Water Department crews say it should take a few weeks before they finish making repairs and determine a cause for the break.

Crews have been trying to keep people away from the sink hole for their own safety. Police arrested two people who they say got two close to the hole. They advise residents in the area to use "caution" and "common sense."  - NBC Philadelphia.

Another Philadelphia Sinkhole Exposes Green Fluorescent Water Under City.

You probably don't think about what's under the street much, but you might start to now. A sinkhole opened up in the middle of a Philadelphia street, and it was apparently full of this green ... stuff. What does this mean? Are secret tunnels below the streets pumping radioactive goo across the country for some nefarious purpose? No. As the Redditor who took this photo learned, this is actually a fluorescent dye. Cities add it to water in sinkholes to see where they go, and hopefully fix the problem that causes it. Still, nearby pizza restaurants should be on the lookout for a pack of giant talking turtles. Just in case. - MSN.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Huge Brazil Water Main Explosion - Triggers Mini-Tsunami And Floods, Killing 1 Child!

July 31, 2013 - BRAZIL - A toddler died and at least 16 people were injured when a water main exploded over a Rio de Janeiro neighborhood, flooding the area and destroying cars and property.

A huge torrent of water was blasted up to 65 feet into the air over the Campo Grande area, towards the west of the city, after the pipeline ruptured at around 6 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Homes and cars were destroyed by the force of the blast and then houses were quickly swamped with up to six-feet of water as the liquid continued to spew out at a rapid rate .

Three-year-old, Isabela Severo dos Santos, was taken to hospital but did not survive after swallowing large amounts of water.

Brazilian media reported she died of cardiac arrest.

The girl’s devastated father, Fernando dos Santos told the Globo newspaper that he saw what happened on television.

“When my brother and I went to see, we knew she had been trapped,” he said.

“The firefighters tried to revive her, but she could not stand….She was a wonderful child.”

Many residents were sleeping at the time of the blast.

"I woke up to hear a very strong noise on the roof,” Agilson Serpa da Silva told the O Povo newspaper.

He added that the walls of his home were destroyed and he was swept to the other side of the street by the force of the water.

Others could be seen climbing onto roofs in a desperate bid to get away from the rapidly rising swells and firefighters used boats to rescue those trapped by the flooding. 

The burst pipeline, operated by State Company for Water and Wastewater (Cedae), has now been shut down but large volumes of water are still leaking and continue to flood the neighborhood.

The cause of the accident is still unknown. - NBC News.

 WATCH: Water main explodes in Brazil killing 1 child.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Fireballs Seen Over The Caribbean Region - Massive Fireball Ignites Night Skies Over Puerto Rico, And Comet Seen From Honduras To Cayman Islands To Jamaica Fragments Into Stream Of "Intense" Exploding Fireballs!

July 31, 2013 - CARIBBEAN - On the 21st of July, a massive fireball ignited the night skies over Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico fireball. YouTube.

WATCH: Fireball over Puerto Rico.

On Monday night, the 29th of July, a meteorite passed over Cayman's skies, causing a little alarm and a lot of excitement.

Chris Cook, president of the Astronomical Society, explained that sighting the object, that moved slowly across the sky in a shower of light around 10pm, was unusual, but nothing to be alarmed about.

"It was a very small asteroid, a fireball travelling from Honduras, across Cayman to Jamaica, a meteor that broke up. It's not unusual for these things to happen, although it is more unusual actually to see it," Mr. Cook said.

Image: Google Earth/Lunar Meteorite Hunters.

While regular meteor showers are commonplace, he said, this event was "absolutely unpredictable", recalling that people started "waking up" to "near-Earth objects" only a couple of years ago when the massive comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashed into Jupiter, the scars of which, apparently, remain visible.

"The odd fireball does come in," he said, "I have seen three or four of these things in my lifetime, the last time probably in March this year. I was lecturing at the university [UCCI] and we all went outside to look at it."

For Albert Forbes Elbert, the asteroid appeared to be charging down Bodden Town's main street, an intense ball of light that grew brighter and bigger, trailing 300 feet of fire as it passed over his house.

He said he watched the fireball passing above Mostyn's gas station and explode into hundreds of brilliantly coloured shards.

"It was as low as the mosquito research plane," Mr. Elbert said. "I got frightened, I have to tell you. I called 911 and the police. I was afraid it was going to land on the house behind me."

Apparently, the police didn't take him seriously, disconnecting the call as he sat on the second-floor porch above his Bodden Town Art Shop Monday night.

"When I first saw it, I thought it was the helicopter, and thought 'Oh, that nuisance again'. The strange thing was that it never made any kind of sonic boom."
Monday's event elicited excited responses on a meteorite watchers blog, drawing comments from half-a-dozen observers in both Jamaica and Cayman. One witness uploaded a video of the meteorite streaking over the George Town waterfront onto YouTube.

WATCH: Comet over Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

"Tom from Grand Cayman", writing at 10.30pm Monday on the blog, said, "Ten seconds passing over us, but could see it in the distance for longer. E-W green and red as bright as plane lights. At first, thought it was a plane, four or five of them all travelling in line silent. 4 or 5 meteors all travelling slowly across the sky."

Mr. Cook said he was equally excited: "No one is really sure how many asteroids are out there. This is a pretty rare thing, and provides an opportunity for us to gather information: how long it lasted, what direction it was heading, coming from Honduras and moving northeast."  - Compass Cayman.

DELUGE: Rainstorms Affect 2.8 Million in Eastern China - Over 395,000 Hectares Of Crops Destroyed; 3,695 Houses Toppled; 2.3 Billion Yuan In Damages!

July 31, 2013 - CHINA - Heavy rain affected nearly 2.83 million people in east China’s Shandong Province last week, local authorities said.

The rain, which lasted from Thursday to Sunday, destroyed 395,200 hectares of crops and toppled 3,695 houses, the provincial bureau of civil affairs said in a statement, according to China’s news agency (Xinhua).

The rain inflicted direct economic losses of 2.3 billion yuan (375.7 million U.S. dollars), it said.

Average precipitation across the province was 35.6 mm, with 11 counties, cities and districts recording rainfall greater than 100 mm, it added.

Long periods of rainy weather that occurred prior to the latest rain saturated the soil, leading to severe flooding and greater losses during the new round of rain.

Provincial authorities have sent out work groups to help evacuate residents and pump water. - China Daily.

SOLAR WATCH: "Black Hole Sun" - Chunk Of Sun Headed Toward Earth At 2 Million Miles An Hour!

July 31, 2013 - SUN - Scientists at NASA have released some incredible images revealing an enormous dark hole over our sun.

Corey Powell, Editor of Discover Magazine, joined Bill Hemmer on America’s Newsroom this morning to explain the giant black hole, and what it means for us here on Earth.

The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO,
captured this image of a giant hole on the Sun.

“The reason it’s dark is that whole chunk of the sun basically ripped off, blew out and is coming our way at about two million miles an hour,” said Powell.

Well, that doesn’t sound good. Powell explained that this phenomenon happens frequently, but we don’t often see something this large.

WATCH: Chunk Of Sun Headed Toward Earth At 2 Million Miles An Hour.

He said that when the chunk of the sun hits Earth, it would cause auroras, and would wiggle the magnetic field. The major concern would be potential disruptions to GPS signals and interference with communication satellites and power lines. - FOX News Insider.