Friday, May 2, 2014

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Two Trains Collide In Seoul Subway, South Korea - Over 200 Injured; Over 1,000 Evacuated!

May 02, 2014 - SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Over 200 people were injured as two trains collided in the subway of South Korea's capital. About 150 were reportedly hospitalized with mostly minor injuries, while around 1,000 commuters were safely evacuated.


South Korean railway workers inspect two damaged trains after they collided at
Sangwangsimni station in Seoul on May 2, 2014 (AFP Photo / Jung Yeon-Je)

The accident occurred on Line 2 of the subway in east Seoul at around 15:35 local time (06:35 GMT). One train ran into the back of another, which had stopped between stations due to a mechanical problem.

According to a preliminary investigation, the train's automatic distance control system may have malfunctioned, the Associated Press reported, citing officials.

The driver of the moving train said he applied the emergency brake after noticing a stop signal but wasn't able to halt in time, Seoul Metro official Jeong Su-young said.

“A proceed signal changed to a stop signal, so we used the emergency gear, but we could not attain the 200 meter emergency distance. This is why the train crashed. This is how we understand it. The exact cause will be announced after investigating further.”

In total, 238 people sustained injures due to the incident at Sangwangsimni station, The Korea Herald reported, citing firefighters.


Passengers on the opposite side look at a damaged subway train as workers check it at a
subway station in Seoul May 2, 2014 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)

About 150 people remain hospitalized, according to AP.

The majority of those injured received bruises, scratches, and other minor injuries. However, one person is reportedly being treated for a brain hemorrhage and one of the train drivers has undergone surgery for a fractured shoulder.

“I fell forwards maybe two or three meters,” 26-year-old Lee Dong-hyeon, an office worker on the moving train, told Reuters. “It was like tripping over when running really fast.”

Korean media reported that there were long delays in giving instructions to passengers about what to do following the incident.




The collision's impact derailed one subway car. Passengers had to walk through the tunnel to get back to the station, YTN television reported.

Many injuries were caused by passengers jumping from the subway cars onto the tracks, according to a government emergency official. An onboard announcement initially told commuters to stay inside, though most passengers ignored it and forced the doors open to escape, witnesses told Reuters.

The accident in the subway comes less than two weeks after a South Korean ferry capsized and sank, leaving more than 300 dead or still listed as missing. - RT.



ICE AGE NOW: Are We Now In A Mini-Ice Age - Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Is 50 PERCENT Above Previous Record?!

May 02, 2014 - ANTARCTICA -   Have you read about this startling news in the mainstream media?




If Antarctic sea ice had shrunk by even a minuscule .000001 percent, the media would be all over it.

Why is Antarctic sea ice growing at such a rapid rate?




"Antarctic sea ice has been growing rapidly over the last 30 years, because Antarctica is getting colder," says Steven Goddard website

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April 28 Antarctic sea ice area anomaly 50% above the previous record

Thanks to George Martinez for this link.

Source: arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu

  - Ice Age Now.



MONUMENTAL PLANETARY TREMORS: Global Seismic Uptick - Time-lapse Animation Reveals Planet Earth As It Was Rocked By Record-Breaking Earthquakes In April 2014! [VIDEO]

May 02, 2014 - EARTH -   The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that jolted parts of Indonesia today served as a reminder of just how active the seemingly-solid ground beneath us can be.




And these reminders have become increasingly frequent. On average, the world only sees one or two earthquakes per month that are 6.5-magnitude or higher.

But April produced a higher-than-normal number of the major seismic events, as revealed in this incredible time-lapse video.


Earthquakes happen every day, and as this animation shows, small ones happen at least once an hour.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), which issues alerts for tsunamis, there were 13 major earthquakes in April. Five were higher than 7.8, which prompted tsunami warnings.

Moderate-to-large earthquakes are less common, but last month was 'easily a record for this institution,' according to the PTWC.

The time-lapse takes you on a journey of all recorded large and medium-sized earthquakes that took place from January through to April of this year.

The Earth appears calm up until April 1 when a huge 8.2 magnitude earthquake rocks northern Chile.

From there, the Earth continues to shake with another huge earthquake that hits the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.

The activity doesn't let up all month. But what is interesting, according to the PTWC, is the sheer number of other earthquakes that weren't part of these two major clusters.

There were isolated larger-than-normal quakes all over the world - in Nicaragua, Mexico, Canada, and even an unusual one in the South Atlantic.

The Centre gave no indication to what might have been behind the huge change in seismic activity.

The animation concludes with a summary map showing all of the earthquakes in this four-month period.


WATCH:  Global earthquake animation - January to April, 2014.




  - Daily Mail.