Wednesday, April 9, 2014

PLANETARY TREMORS: Seismic Swarm - ODOT Concerned About Earthquakes' Effect On Oklahoma Bridges!

April 09, 2014 - OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES - It seems like barely a day goes by without an earthquake in our state. In fact, last week Oklahoma had 11 percent of all the earthquakes in the world.

After every major quake, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation checks the bridges
within a five to 10 mile radius of the epicenter.

That has the state Department of Transportation concerned about bridges and how they are holding up.

"It certainly has had our attention," Terri Angier, ODOT's chief of media and public relations, said.

So much so, that after every major quake the Oklahoma Department of Transportation checks the bridges within a five to 10 mile radius of the epicenter.

"We dispatch inspectors and our own crews to do a visual inspection to see if there's anything that may catch their attention to take a closer look." Angier said.

"We don't know what it's doing to the roadways, more specifically we don't know what it's doing to our bridges," ODOT Director Mike Patterson told transportation commissioners yesterday.

Patterson was briefing commissioners on a recent meeting with earthquake experts and engineers from California.

ODOT Concerned About Earthquakes' Effect On Oklahoma Bridges

"If this is the new norm for Oklahoma, we need to get on board with how to design bridges that can withstand possibly THE earthquake."

Angier said Oklahoma bridges are already designed to withstand some vibrations, but over the next couple months ODOT will look see if that is enough. If engineers determine changes are necessary, the next step would likely be to hire a consultant that would advise them on how to make bridges more earthquake proof.

Angier said inspectors only found damage to a bridge one time and that was after the Prague earthquake. - NewsOn6.

THE PRIEST CLASS OF THE MAGI: Precursors To The Fall Of The Vatican, Immoral Christian Dominionism And Collapse Of The FAILED White Supremacy Paradigm - Italy's Bishops Pass Vatican-Backed Rule That Child Molestation Does Not Have To Be Reported!

April 09, 2014 - VATICAN - Italy's bishops have adopted a policy, with backing from the Vatican, that states they are not obliged to inform police officers if they suspect a child has been molested.

The rule was passed at a conference on Friday

The Italian Bishops' Conference said the guidelines published on Friday reflected suggestions from the Vatican's office that handles sex abuse investigations.

Victims have denounced how bishops systematically covered up abuse by moving priests while keeping prosecutors in the dark.

Only in 2010 did the Vatican instruct bishops to report abuse to police — but only where required by law.

Italian guidelines cite a 1985 treaty between the Vatican and Italy stipulating that clergy aren't obliged to tell magistrates about information obtained through their religious ministry. The guidelines remind bishops, however, they have a ''moral duty“ to contribute to the common good.

The ruling comes less than a week after Pope Francis appointed a former child victim as one of the first members of a new commission to help the Catholic Church put an end to clerical sexual abuse.

A UN report published in March blasted what it called the Vatican's code of silence" around abusive priests.

UN children's rights experts estimate "tens of thousands of children worldwide" have been sexually abused by predatory clerics as a result of moving, rather than reporting, paedophiles.

Speaking to Il Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis said at the time: "The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility.

"No-one else has done more. Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked." - Independent.

FUK-U-SHIMA: The War On Mother Nature - Japan Starts Cleaning Radioactive Groundwater At Fukushima Before DUMPING INTO PACIFIC OCEAN!

April 09, 2014 - JAPAN - TEPCO launched a contaminated water management system at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, which will pump groundwater into tanks before it passes through the premises of the plant. After checking the water’s quality it will be dumped into the ocean.

Temporary storage tank for groundwater bypass (Image from

The operator of the highly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), announced Wednesday that it has started pumping upstream groundwater at the plant to a storage tank.

This is the first step towards cleaning the 400 tons of groundwater that passes through the premises of the nuclear plant on a daily basis getting contaminated before flowing into the ocean, TEPCO said.

The Fukushima Daiichi plant is located at the base of a hillside next to the ocean. Groundwater runs downhill, and as a result the rain that falls outside and inside the facility seeps into the ground and then runs through the premises of the plant and then into the ocean.

Groundwater bypass pump well (The cylinder-shaped equipment on the left side is the pump)
(Image from

The groundwater bypass program is aimed at pumping the groundwater at the uphill side of the facility and testing it for radiation. The check is expected to take approximately a month, according to the operator. This groundwater can carry some surface radiation, however at most instances it is quite low, the company said.

Currently TEPCO collects the radioactive groundwater and stores it at the site of the plant, while as the water quantity increases day-by-day, the challenge of managing the water grows significantly. There have been reported several leaks of radioactive water from the tanks.

The program is expected to reduce the amount of water flowing into the building basements by a maximum of 100 tons from the current amount of around 400 tons a day to 300 tons a day, TEPCO said.

WATCH: Japan starts cleaning radioactive groundwater at Fukushima before dumping into ocean.

The start of the new groundwater control program follows an agreement between TEPCO and local fisherman, which has been reached after nearly two years of negotiations.

After the tsunami and earthquake of March 11, 2011, three nuclear reactors at the plant suffered nuclear meltdowns, causing radioactive fallout in the region. The catastrophe was the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

TEPCO is currently engaged in a lengthy cleanup process at the site, which has been dogged by delays. In January the company started erecting an underground wall of frozen soil, which is planned to stop radioactive water from running into the sea. However, the plan is not guaranteed to work. - RT.


April 09, 2014 - SPACE - Mars, Earth, and the Sun all aligned last night, a rare 'opposition of the planets' that only happens once every 778 days.

The alignment marks the start of the 'Tetrad' - four successive 'blood-red' eclipses[AFP/GETTY ]

But what made this event so remarkable is that it occured precisely a week before everyone on earth will see the first of FOUR dark red 'blood moons', an extraordinary event some Christians believe represents the End of Days and the second coming of Christ.

The King James Bible predicts: "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes," [Joel 2:31].

And, according to NASA, a highly unusual 'Tetrad' - four successive total 'blood-red' lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons - will, indeed, start next Tuesday and finish on September 28 2015.

The incredible alignment has only happened a handful of times in the last two thousand years but, remarkably, on each of the last three occasions it has coincided with a globally significant religious event.

Pastor and author John Hagee, from San Antonio, Texas, has written a book on the phenomenon. He believes tonight marks the dawn of a 'hugely significant event' for the world.

He says: "This is not something that some religious think tank has put together.

"NASA has confirmed that the Tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years - and that it's going to happen now."

The King James Bible warns the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the 'moon into blood' [DEA]

The first Tetrad since the Middle Ages, in 1493, saw the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition, which rocked western Europe.

The second coincided with the establishment of the State of Israel - after thousands of years of struggle - in 1949.

Strangely, the last one occurred in 1967 - far earlier than expected - precisely at the time of the Six-Day Arab–Israeli War.

WATCH: A Tetrad Of Lunar Eclipses - Extraordinary Series Of 4 BLOOD MOONS.


A spokesman for NASA said: "This is the first eclipse of the year and is well placed for observers throughout the Western Hemisphere.

"It will occur at the lunar orbit's ascending node in Virgo.

"This is the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 - a series known as a Tetrad."

NASA has confirmed four consecutive total lunar eclipses will occur in 2014 and 2015 [NASA]

He added: "The frequency of Tetrads is variable over time.

"Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli first pointed out that Tetrads were relatively plentiful during one 300-year interval, while none occurred at all during the next 300 years.

"The 565-year period of the Tetrad 'seasons' is tied to the slowly decreasing eccentricity of Earth's orbit.

"Consequently, the Tetrad period is gradually decreasing.

"In the distant future Tetrads will no longer be possible."

The last Tedrad occurred in 1967 during the Six-Day Arab–Israeli War [AFP]

Mr Hagee explains: "According to the Biblical prophecy, world history is about to change dramatically.

"To get four blood moons you need something absolutely extraordinary in astrological terms.

"Every time this has happened in the last 500 years, it has coincided with tragedy for the Jewish people followed by triumph. And once again, for Israel, the timing of this Tetrad is  remarkable.

"The first of the four blood moons will come on April 15 this year, during Passover. The second will be on October 8, at the time of the Feast of the Tabernacles.

"On April 4 2015, during Passover, we will have another blood moon. Then finally, on September 28, during next year's Feast of the Tabernacles, the fourth blood and final moon will dawn."

Mars, Earth, and the Sun all aligned last night, a rare 'opposition of the planets' that only happens once every 778 days.

He adds: "To have four and have them fall on these exact dates is something that has to be beyond coincidental.

"What is so remarkable about these blood moons is that they specifically fulfill prophecies set out in the Bible.

"Joel Chapter Two also says the 'Day of the Lord will be as when the sun refuses to shine'.

"The really significant fact is that between these four blood moons there will be a total solar eclipse.

"Even Jesus himself, in the Book of Luke, states there 'will be signs in the sun, moon and stars' and to 'lift up your heads for redemption draws nigh'.

"There's a sequence of prophetic events that the Bible says will happen. It does not, ever, give a timeline.

"It just says 'when you see these signs' - and four blood moons is a very significant one - 'the end of this age is coming."

Pastor John Hagee and [inset] his book [AFP]

While NASA has confirmed the astrological validity behind some of the claims, not everyone is convinced the Tetrad means anything at all, let alone the End of Days.

Professor Gary Shogren, a former pastor who studied the New Testament at Aberdeen University, said: "You’ll never go broke predicting the apocalypse.

"An eclipse on Passover night seems wildly improbable, but we should remember that lunar eclipses only happen on full moons and that Passover by definition always takes place on a full moon. Sukkoth (The Feast of Tabernacles) also by definition coincides with a full moon.

"I thought in 2011 we all said we weren’t going to fall for this again, when Harold Camping twice missed the date of the Second Coming?

"It really is no different this time." - Express.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Global Food Crisis - U.S. Pork Prices Skyrocket After "NEVER BEFORE SEEN" Virus Kills Piglets!

April 09, 2014 - UNITED STATES - A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

Dr. Craig Rowles stands with hogs in one of his Carroll, Iowa, hog buildings.AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File

Estimates vary, but one economist believes case data indicate more than 6 million piglets in 27 states have died since porcine epidemic diarrhea showed up in the U.S. last May. A more conservative estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the nation's pig herd has shrunk at least 3 percent to about 63 million pigs since the disease appeared.

Scientists think the virus, which does not infect humans or other animals, came from China, but they don't know how it got into the country. The federal government is looking into how such viruses might spread, while the pork industry, wary of future outbreaks, has committed $1.7 million to research the disease.

The U.S. is both a top producer and exporter of pork, but production could decline about 7 percent this year compared to last - the biggest drop in more than 30 years, according to a recent report from Rabobank, which focuses on the food, beverage and agribusiness industries.

Already, prices have shot up: A pound of bacon averaged $5.46 in February, 13 percent more than a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ham and chops have gone up too, although not as much.

Farmer and longtime veterinarian Craig Rowles did all he could to prevent PED from spreading to his farm in Iowa, the nation's top pork producer and the state hardest hit by the disease. He trained workers to spot symptoms, had them shower and change clothing before entering barns and limited deliveries and visitors.

Despite his best efforts, the deadly diarrhea attacked in November, killing 13,000 animals in a matter of weeks, most of them less than 2 weeks old. The farm produces about 150,000 pigs each year.

Diarrhea affects pigs like people: Symptoms that are uncomfortable in adults become life-threatening in newborns that dehydrate quickly. The best chance at saving young pigs is to wean them and then pump them with clear fluids that hydrate them without taxing their intestines. But nothing could be done for the youngest ones except euthanasia.

"It's very difficult for the people who are working the barns at that point," Rowles said. "... No one wants to go to work today and think about making the decision of baby pigs that need to be humanely euthanized because they can't get up anymore. Those are very hard days."

Scientists believe PED came from China, which has seen repeated outbreaks since the 1980s and severe strains emerging in recent years. Outbreaks previously hit Europe as well.

PED thrives in cold weather, so the death toll in the U.S. has soared since December.

The first reports came from the Midwest, and the states most affected are those with the largest share of the nation's pigs: Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina and Illinois. The disease also has spread to Canada and Mexico.

Some states now require a veterinarian to certify that pigs coming in are virus-free, and China has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to similarly vouch for animals shipped overseas.

Companies are racing to develop a vaccine, but the federal government has yet to approve one. While the mass deaths have been a blow for farmers, the financial impact to them may be limited because pork prices are rising to make up for the loss of animals.

It takes about six months for a hog to reach market weight so the supply will be short for a while. Smithfield Foods, one of the nation's largest pork processors, has cut some plant shifts to four days per week in North Carolina, and those in the Midwest are likely to do so later this spring, said Steve Meyer, an Iowa-based economist and pork industry consultant.

Smithfield Foods declined to comment.

In the end, consumers will be most affected, Meyer said, with pork prices likely to be 10 percent higher overall this summer than a year ago.

"We're all used to: 'We've got plenty of food, it's cheap. We'll eat what we want to,'" Meyer said. "We Americans are very spoiled by that, but this is one of those times that we're going to find out that when one of these things hits, it costs us a lot of money." - News Advance.

 WATCH: Drought and illness send meat prices to record highs.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Massive Landslide On Mount Washington, Pittsburgh - Land Subsidence Halts Trains, Duquesne Incline; Restaurant Closed As Precaution! [PHOTOS+VIDEO]

April 09, 2014 - PITTSBURGH, UNITED STATES - A football-field-sized swath tore loose from the face of Mount Washington early Tuesday morning, sending a torrent of mud and trees across railroad tracks along West Carson Street and briefly closing the Duquesne Incline.

Cleanup continued Tuesday on the Mount Washington hillside after a landslide.
Darrell Sapp / Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh officials also ordered a precautionary closure of LeMont restaurant above the slide zone, but an engineer said a visual inspection found no signs of instability around that structure.

No one was injured, and the main impact of the slide was disruption of freight traffic along the Norfolk Southern Railway line. City and railroad crews worked to clear the tracks, a section of which shifted as the hillside tumbled across it.

At a briefing several hours after the slide, Michael Huss, city public safety director, said the ground was still moving in the area.

WATCH: Officials discuss landslide, stabilization efforts.


It was left to engineers and safety officers for the railroad to decide when to resume service, Mr. Huss said. Westbound trains were moving slowly through the area by early afternoon.

As for LeMont, it was to remain closed until engineers from the city and those hired by the restaurant determined it was safe. "We're erring on the side of caution," he said.

The city Bureau of Building Inspection will meet this morning with CEC Inc. -- civil engineers for LeMont -- to determine if the restaurant can reopen Thursday, said Sonya Toler, Public Safety Department spokeswoman.

A landslide across the railroad tracks above West Carson Street led to a temporary shut down of
the Duquesne Incline and the rail line Tuesday. 
Darrell Sapp / Post-Gazette

The slide was reported shortly after 4 a.m. by the engineer of a passing train. The slide area was about 100 yards long and it left a debris field about 10 feet deep and 30 feet back toward the hillside, city Operations Director Guy Costa said.

The Duquesne Incline was closed for a time but reopened when officials determined it was not threatened by the slide. The structure is equipped with sensors that are designed to detect earth movement, Mr. Huss said.

Conductor Lucille Gabler said one of her co-workers on the night shift heard a "funny noise" before closing, but the incline was running normally until shortly before 7 a.m., when someone from the mayor's office told her they'd have to close. The incline reopened around 9:15 a.m.

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority checked water and sewer lines along Grandview Avenue above the slide and found no damage, Mr. Costa said.

 A landslide across the railroad tracks above West Carson Street led to a temporary shut down of the
Duquesne Incline and the rail line this morning. Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette

The slide was typical in that it involved a failure of weak claystone called "red beds" that were saturated with moisture from recent rainfall, said Bruce Roth, a geotechnical engineer with GAI Consultants Inc., the company brought in by the city to inspect the scene. "That is a common occurrence in Western Pennsylvania," he said.

In addition to visual inspection, the company will examine the history of the scene and drill to collect soil samples that will be analyzed in a lab, a process that could take about a month. It will then offer the city a variety of options for correcting the problem.

"If they run across something that needs to be immediately addressed, we'll have to address it," Mr. Costa said. "It could be fine. All the loose stone and shale came down, and we don't have to do anything."

Debris from the slide was on railroad property. Allegheny County property records show that the city owns the hillside between LeMont and the railroad line. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

EXTREME WEATHER: Massive Storm System Hits Argentina - Heavy Rainfall And Deadly Flooding Deluge Central And Northern Regions; Nearly 3,000 Evacuated!

April 09, 2014 - ARGENTINA - An abnormally strong storm system brought rounds of heavy rain and severe weather to parts of central and northern Argentina Sunday into Monday with some heavy rainfall continuing Tuesday.


At least three people have been killed by the severe weather across Argentina, according to Aljazeera. Nearly 3,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes due to the recent storms.

This same storm system brought more than 50 mm (2 inches) in less than 6 hours to the Buenos Aires area, leading to flash flooding.

Rosario, to the northwest of Buenos Aires, was blasted by severe thunderstorms that brought wind gusts around 100 kph (60 mph) along with hail and heavy rainfall.

Farther to the southwest, Neuquen received record setting rainfall as the storm brought days of rain to the area.

Rainfall totaled more than 250 mm (10 inches) at Neuguen airport since the start of April, more than than they normally receive in an entire year. Yearly rainfall averages just over 175 mm (7 inches).

Some of the most fertile crop lands in Argentina got the heaviest rainfall from this storm which could delay harvesting of crops that are still in the fields.

Satellite image showing the storm system Monday night.

The weather continues to improve on Tuesday across northern and northeastern Argentina, including Buenos Aires, as the heaviest rainfall pushes through Uruguay and into southeastern Brazil.

Periods of rain will continue across central Argentina as the storm departs on Tuesday; however, the worst of the storm has passed in these areas as well.

A period of dry and comfortable weather will follow this storm across central and northern Argentina, lasting into the weekend. - AccuWeather.

THE THEATRE OF WAR: The Ukrainian Crisis - Second United States Navy Destroyer Heads To The Black Sea!

April 09, 2014 - THE BLACK SEA - Another US military ship is set to be deployed in the Black Sea amid the Ukrainian crisis. The US Navy destroyer Donald Cook will join the USS Truxtun, whose stay in waters bordering Russia was extended to ‘conduct drills’ with Romania and Bulgaria.

The USS Donald Cook (AFP Photo)

“We’ll also send another ship to the Black Sea within a week,” Derek Chollet, the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs told the House Armed Services Committee, as he said the Department of Defense sanctioned to prolong USS Truxtun’s stay in the Black Sea “to conduct exercises with Romanian and Bulgarian naval forces,” after it left the region on March 21.

Chollet highlighted the main pillars of the Department of Defense response to the crisis in Ukraine and how they fit within the overall policy of US response towards Russia, saying that Moscow's move to accept Crimea's choice to join Russia “challenges our vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.”

The Pentagon maintains senior-level defense dialogue with Ukrainian officials since the outbreak of the crisis, Chollet said.

“We have led efforts at NATO to offer Ukraine greater access to NATO exercises, invited Ukraine to participate in the development of military capabilities and provided capacity-building programs to the Ukrainian military,” he said.

On Monday the Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren also stated that a second US ship will soon arrive to the Black Sea. No details have been provided, but DoD official told AFP that USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer, has been deployed.

On Tuesday, headlines in Bulgaria circulated reports emerging from the Bulgarian Defense ministry, that a missile cruiser USS Donald Cook is soon to arrive to the Black Sea to join the war games.

Donald Cook is capable of firing SM-3 missiles, which allows the ship to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. It is deployed in Spain as part of the US missile shield program in Europe. The vessel is expected to dock into a number of ports along Romanian and Bulgarian coast, and bring some additional 175 US marines to the Romanian coast.

Last week, the Pentagon announced that the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response force in Spain will be reinforced with 175 marines.

“We’re increasing the number from 500 to 675,” Warren said, claiming that the move had been planned last year.

While the additional marines will officially be part of the Spain-based force, Warren said they are to be based in Romania where they will join nearly 300 marines already in the country.

Warren insisted that the purpose of additional deployment of another ship is done “primarily to reassure our allies and partners in the region that we’re committed to the region,” he said. “We’re still planning the details of our operations in the Black Sea but we expect port calls and exercises with other Black Sea nations.”

This is the fourth US warship to visit the Black Sea since February, a trend Moscow heavily criticized in the past.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Washington as violated the Montreux Convention which regulates the number ships that can enter the Black Sea.

“There exists the Montreux Convention, which gives extremely clear criteria limiting the deployment of warships not belonging to the Black Sea governments in regard to tonnage and length of stay,” Lavrov said.

“We have noticed that US warships have extended their deployment beyond the set terms a couple of times lately, and at times they did not always comply with the regulations that are set within the Montreux Convention.” - RT.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States & England - Evansville Road Shut Down After Huge Sinkhole Size Increases In Indiana; Sinkholes Still Plague Palmyra, Pennsylvania; Work To Repair Sinkhole Starts In Derry Township, Pennsylvania; And Crawley Dual Carriageway Where Sinkhole Emerged Shut For A Week, UK! [PHOTOS]

April 09, 2014 - UNITED STATES & ENGLAND - The following stories constitutes some of the latest incidents of sinkholes across the United States and England.

Evansville Road Shut Down After Sinkhole Size Increases In Indiana

A sinkhole has a road closed to traffic in Evansville.

It's at the intersection of Sycamore and MLK. This is the sinkhole we first told you about last week and now it has grown even larger.

The area is closed off to traffic and city crews are now back on scene trying to repair it again.

No word on how long it might take to get that busy intersection back open.

14 News is continuing to follow these developments, and we will have the latest on air, online at and on mobile with the 14 News mobile app. - 14News.

Sinkholes Still Plague Palmyra, Pennsylvania
A front end loader is used to fix a sinkhole on South Grant Street south of Cherry Street in Palmyra on Monday.
Borough officials believe the new sinkhole may be connected to a hole that opened at a nearby
property in the past few weeks ago. Earl Brightbill — Lebanon Daily News

With April showers and the spring thaw, sinkholes are starting to open again around Palmyra.

On Monday, borough crews worked on filling a new sinkhole that was reported during the weekend in an alley along the 300 block of East Cherry Street between South Harrison and South Grant streets. Crews also were patching a sinkhole about two feet in diameter that reopened on South Grant Street on Friday, according to a borough official.

The latest sinkhole was reported Sunday in an alley next to 320 E. Cherry St., borough manager Roger Powl said. He believes it may be connected to a sinkhole that opened on that property at the rear of the house two or three weeks ago.

"It's probably the same hole. It's just getting larger," he said. "It's about the diameter of a basketball."

In October, three large sinkholes opened in the same block of East Cherry Street between the alley and South Grant Street, forcing the evacuation of several families. Residents have been concerned that sinkholes will migrate.

With the recent rain showers, Powl said, it's not unusual to have sinkholes open in Palmyra. For now, the borough is doing just a temporary fix on the sinkholes.

"We're doing a temporary fill with clay and millings in order to keep water out," he said

Last month, the borough hired a Derry Township engineering firm to conduct a geophysical survey in the neighborhood to determine how to fix sinkholes permanently.

Powl said ARM Inc. is expected to finish its study this week. The borough expects to receive the study results within a week to 10 days. Until the study is completed, he said, it doesn't make sense to do more than a temporary fix.

Meanwhile, work on another sinkhole - this one in Derry Township, not far from Palmyra - was postponed because of rain Monday. Crews are expected to start work Tuesday. PennDOT had planned to start repairs on the sinkhole along Route 422 near East Derry Road.

PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said maintenance crews noticed a depression in the roadway about a year ago.

"It had been stable until a few weeks ago," he said.

Fill lies atop a sinkhole on Monday after the hole opened on the property of Tara
Hogarth at 320 E. Cherry St. in Palmyra.  Earl Brightbill — Lebanon Daily News

The pavement dropped a few inches in the past few weeks, which prompted crews to go out and excavate the area and determine the extent of the problem, he said. The depression is along the eastbound lane, but it appears to extend into the westbound lane.

"It's not much of a problem for cars, but the dip is more apparent with trucks," he added.
The repair operation is expected to start soon after 7 a.m. and will affect both directions of the morning commute, according to a PennDOT news release. The traffic signal at the intersection will be placed on flash, and flaggers will assist motorists through the work area.

Traffic delays are expected, the release continues. About 15,375 vehicles travel on this portion of Route 422 on a daily basis.

Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes or allow additional time in order to avoid delays. Drivers are also asked to slow down when approaching and driving through the work zone.

PennDOT crews first need to excavate and determine the size of the sinkhole, the release states. Depending on this determination, the repair work may take most of the day to complete. - ID News.

Work To Repair Sinkhole Starts In Derry Township, Pennsylvania

PennDOT road crews have started work to repair a sinkhole along Route 422 at the east end of Derry Township.

PennDOT crews will first excavate and determine the size of the sinkhole. Depending on the size, the repair work may take most of the day to complete, according to a PennDOT news release.

The repair work is affecting both directions of Route 422, and a traffic signal at the intersection of East Derry Road has been placed on flash. Flaggers are assisting drivers through the work area.

Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes or allow additional time in their travel plans in order to avoid delays.

The work was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed because of rain. - ABC27.

Crawley Dual Carriageway Where Sinkhole Emerged Shut For A Week, UK
CLOSED: The dual carriageway is set to be shut for more than a week

One side of a dual carriageway in Crawley where a "sink hole" has emerged is expected to be closed for more than a week, it has been revealed this morning (Monday).

It appeared yesterday afternoon (Sunday) on the northbound side of the A23 (London Road) between the Fleming Way roundabout, where Astral Towers is based, and the roundabout for Lowfield Heath, close to Gatwick Airport.

A Thames Water spokeswoman described the hole as a "void" as it had been caused by a pressured pipe leaking, rather than a sinkhole, as they occur naturally.

She added: "Thames Water engineers are investigating a leak on a large pressurised sewer pipe beneath the A23 between Crawley and Gatwick Airport.

"The A23 will be closed northbound between the Fleming Way and Lowfield Heath roundabouts.

"Thames Water is working with West Sussex County Council and emergency services to put diversions in place.

"The closure is expected to last beyond this week while investigations continue.

"We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and will open the road as soon as it is safe to do so."

Thames Water have previously said that a large sewer pipe under the A23 started leaking, causing the hole.

Engineers working on the leak noticed "subsidence" in the road.

Crawley Borough Council had also said last night that there were concerns that the southern carriageway could start to sag too, but that is open at present. - Crawley News.

STAR WARS NOW: U.S. Navy To Test High-Powered Electromagnetic Rail Gun Aboard High-Speed Vessel In 2016 - That Can Fire 23-POUND Projectiles Up To SEVEN TIMES The Speed Of Sound And Over 100 MILES! [VIDEO+PHOTOS]

April 09, 2014 - UNITED STATES - As the US Navy touts the capabilities of its new, high-powered electromagnetic rail gun, the service has announced its goal of testing the weapon at sea in 2016.

Joint Venture High Speed Vessel.(AFP Photo)

The rail gun, often likened to something out of “Star Wars,” uses electromagnetic energy to fire 23-pound projectiles up to seven times the speed of sound and over 100 miles. While testing has so far taken place solely on land, the Rear Admiral Matt Klunder of the Naval Research team said that in two years the weapon would be placed on the high-speed USNS Millinocket for sea trials.

"It's now reality and it's not science fiction. It's actually real. You can look at it. It's firing," Klunder said to Reuters.

Screenshot from YouTube user U.S. Navy

The current models of the rail gun – one developed by General Atomic and one by BAE Systems – can fire a single projectile at a time, but the next phase of development will see BAE working on a version that can fire multiple shots in rapid succession and auto-load its ammunition.

As noted by Reuters, US officials are wary of the notion that competing nations could erase the country’s edge in military capabilities -- notably, RT reported in 2012 that China has developed anti-ship ballistic missiles, which the rail gun is intended to neutralize.

If the tests are successful, the weapon’s deployment could maintain that advantage even as defense budgets shrink. "I think that's a pretty good deterrent message to our adversaries out there that want to threaten our nation," Klunder said to Fox News.

WATCH:  Navy to deploy electromagnetic rail gun.

"I think they're going to think long and hard about do I even want to engage the United States of America with the threat knowing that we've got a rail gun system now that will take anything out of the sky that they're going to send at us." - RT.

The phrase "faster than a speeding bullet" just took on a whole new meaning.
Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder shows the projectile.
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"An electromagnetic rail gun is a gun that uses just electricity -- no gun powder -- and, oh, by the way, can shoot a projectile like this, well over 100 miles at Mach 7," said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, the Chief of Naval Research, which developed the rail gun. "Seven times the speed of sound."

An electromagnetic pulse propels a projectile down the barrel, creating a fireball of molten steel. The projectile sheds its steel cladding, and, in video released for the first time Monday, it smashes into a dummy warhead that represents an incoming missile. An explosion is caused by the sheer force of the impact.

"This is a lab gun, and it shoots a slug about this big," Klunder said, holding up a slug. "So think about that. A slug that big -- a slug that big going Mach 7 puts a hole through six half-inch steel plates this big. Just this little slug."

"There's not a thing in the sky that's going to survive against that," Klunder added.

The hyper velocity projectile, can also be seen going through three reinforced concrete walls. The Navy already has missiles that perform the same feats, but they cost millions of dollars each.

The projectile put a hole through six half-inch steel plates.
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This costs right here about $25,000," Klunder said.

Both the cost and size -- it weighs 23 pounds -- mean they can be bought and stored aboard ships by the hundreds.

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"Someone may be sending a multimillion-dollar missile at us, and I'm going to take it out with a $25,000 projectile round," Klunder said. "I'll take that trade every single day."

But not so fast. The first rail gun won't go to sea until 2016, and then only aboard a cargo vessel for testing. It will be the end of the decade before the rail gun appears on warships. - CBS.