Friday, March 13, 2015

DELUGE: Flooding Kills At Least Nine In Luanda, Angola - Hundreds Of Homes Submerged; Widespread Material Damage!

Damage caused by rains in Luanda. © Pedro Parente

March 13, 2015 - ANGOLA
- Floods in the Angolan capital, Luanda, have left at least nine people dead and four others missing, state news agency Angop reported on Sunday.

A government official was quoted by Angop as saying the deaths were caused by destruction to houses during heavy rain on Saturday. Some of the victims were children according to the official.

Most of the affected areas were in the outskirts of Luanda, including in Kilamba Kiaxi, the site of a showcase public housing development with thousands of apartments built by Chinese firms two years ago.

According to Angop, hundreds of homes were submerged in the flood, causing widespread material damage, with 500 houses affected in the Samba and Coreia suburbs alone.

A road near Luanda's port had to be shut due to a landslide caused by the rains, Angop said.

Angola, Africa's No. 2 oil producer, is in the process of revamping infrastructure that was destroyed by a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002.

The conflict led to the migration of thousands from the interior of the country to the capital, for safety. As a result, Luanda has an estimated population of 5 million people, many of whom live in shanty towns called musseques.  - TVC.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across North America - Car-Sized Sinkhole Opens Up In Cornwall, Ontario And Sinkhole Appears In Fort Campbell, Kentucky!

March 13, 2015 - NORTH AMERICA - A section of Fifth Street East outside Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School collapsed late Wednesday night causing a giant sinkhole. A sinkhole forced soldiers at Fort Campbell to take evasive maneuvers to get around post.

Car-sized sinkhole opens up in Cornwall, Ontario

Three public works employees check where a backhoe with a jack hammer is excavating the site of a sinkhole on Fifth Street East in the early morning hours
of March 12, 2015. A water main break caused part of the street to collapse.  © Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston

A section of Fifth Street East outside Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School collapsed late Wednesday night causing a giant sinkhole.

The hole, which took up the entire left lane of Fifth Street, was about the size of a compact car.

A Cornwall public works supervisor watches for equipment to arrive at the site of a sinkhole on Fifth Street East on March 12, 2015.
A water main break was to blame for the sinkhole.   © Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston

Typically, fluctuating temperatures above and below freezing like Cornwall has experienced the last couple of days is extremely hard on water mains.

A Cornwall public works supervisor and roughly a half dozen workers could be seen inspecting a large cavity under the street before a backhoe with a jack hammer was brought in around 1:30 a.m.

Workers could be seen rerouting water in order to make repairs and it's believed that water service in the area wasn't affected.

A section of Fifth Street East from Sydney Street to Amelia Street was closed overnight to traffic.

It's not known when the street will reopen. - Cornwall News Watch.

Sinkhole appears in Fort Campbell, Kentucky

A sinkhole forced soldiers at Fort Campbell to take evasive maneuvers to get around post.

The 20-by-20 hole opened up on Monday on the corner of Wickham Avenue and 101st Road Cole Park Commons.

Geologist Kallina Dunkle with Austin Peay State University believes the snow and ice followed by rain caused the sinkhole.

"Times when we tend to get more rain and especially this year with getting the snow melt on top of the rain, it's going to be more likely," Dunkle said.

Dunkle said sinkholes are fairly common in Tennessee, particularly in Clarksville where there is a lot of limestone. Dozens of sinkholes have opened up on Austin Peay's campus over the past decade.

WATCH: Sinkhole opens up at Fort Campbell.

"We can imagine where typically a series of caves or systems that might be connected, and so when all that soil starts to get washed out into the underlying system, you end up with a depression at the top," Dunkle said.

Last spring, construction crews discovered a relatively small sinkhole near Austin Peay's football field. The sinkhole expanded and was nearly 60 feet deep.

Bill Persinger with Austin Peay said at no time was anyone or any building in danger.

Since sinkholes are so common on campus, support systems have been put in place under each structure to ensure its stability.

"Our Sundquist Science Building is actually our largest building on campus," Persinger said. "It had issued there. And usually it boils down to structuring the building right, getting the right size, putting concrete in certain areas to make sure the building will stay there."

Engineers at Fort Campbell are looking at assessing the sinkhole there this week to see how deep it is. They said it could take anywhere from two weeks to several months to fill. - WSMV.

ICE AGE NOW: Weather Anomalies - Very Unusual Snowfall Forces Closure Of Puebla, Mexico Highway!

© Mexico News Daily

March 13, 2015 - PUEBLA, MEXICO
- Snow closed some roads yesterday in Michoacán, but today the wintry conditions have moved to the State of Mexico and Puebla, closing the Mexico City-Puebla freeway early this morning.

Officials closed the highway about 4:30am between the San Marcos toll booth, on the outskirts of the Federal District, to Río Frío in the State of Mexico, near the Puebla border.

The Federal Highways and Bridges Agency, Capufe, issued a warning via Twitter at 7:51 to urge drivers to use alternate routes. The 5 de Mayo freeway has also been closed, according to another report.

As many as 18,000 residents of the communities of Río Frío, Llano Grande and Avila Camacho are reported to have been cut off by the closure of the highway.

Yesterday, Civil Protection officials in Michoacán described as very rare the sight of snow on various hills in the municipalities of Paracho, Nahuatzén, Cherán and Zacapu.

The Zacapu-Zamora highway was closed for a while due to a heavy hailstorm at about 1:00pm, blanketing the road with four centimeters of ice and causing at least four accidents.

Officials said that with the exception of the Pico de Tancítaro, with an altitude of 3,485 meters, the sight of snow on five hills in the region was uncommon.

The National Meteorological Service said the center of the country is being affected by cold front #41, and the combination of cold air and Pacific moisture are bringing about colder temperatures, rain and snow.

WATCH: Unusual snowfall in Puebla.

- Mexico News Daily.

WEATHER PHENOMENON: "Portal To Heaven" - Rare, Strange And Spectacular Cloud Formation Observed Over Western Turkey!

Strange 'portal to heaven' cloud over Turkey

March 13, 2015 - TURKEY
- A rare cloud formation in western Turkey has gone viral on social media, dubbed "a portal to heaven."

A cloud over the Söke district of the Aydın province initially appeared as a ring on the evening of March 10. As the sun began to set, the circumference of the ring grew larger and the lower rim of the cloud approached the horizon.

Söke resident Yasin Toköz filmed the moment and shared it on social media, which led some Twitter users to liken the natural formation to supernatural phenomena.

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus, often an image or sound, being perceived as significant. - Hurriyet Daily News.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Second Of Guatemala's Three Volcanoes Now Active - Showering Nearby Towns With Ash!

The active Fuego volcano in Guatemala. Now a second volcano, Santiaguito, has rumbled into life. © AFP

March 13, 2015 - GUATEMALA
- Two of Guatemala's three active volcanoes have now rumbled to life, officials said Wednesday, one day after the Santiaguito volcano began belching smoke and showering nearby towns with ash.

Guatemala's Fuego volcano, in the southwest, over the past several weeks has spewed adjacent towns with soot, forcing the temporary closure last month of a neighboring airport.

Now the Santiaguito volcano in the west has awakened as well, emitting columns of ash 400 meters (1,300 feet) tall above its crater.

Santiaguito, whose peak soars to 2,500 meters above sea level, is located in western Quetzaltenango province.

The sleeping giant began to stir on Tuesday, but officials said that thus far, they have not had to evacuate populated areas nearby.

The 3,700-meter tall Fuego — whose name means fire in English — last month spewed out large columns of ash, prompting an orange alert and forcing nearby residents to wear protective masks.

In 2012, several thousand people were evacuated from Fuego's slopes after an eruption.

Officials said they are keeping an eye on Guatemala's third active volcano, Pacaya, in the south. So far, there is no indication that it has been roused from its slumber - The Japan Times.