Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PLANETARY TREMORS: Strong 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Chilean Coast - Tremors Felt In Western Argentina! [MAPS + TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location.

February 9, 2016 - CHILE A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 has struck off the coast of central Chile, centered off Tongoy and La Serena, seismologists say. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

The earthquake, which struck at 9:33 p.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered in the ocean about 48 kilometers southwest of the coastal town of Tongoy, or 89 kilometers southwest of La Serena. It struck about 19 kilometers deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to Chile's national seismological agency.

USGS shakemap intensity.

Moderate shaking was felt in the Coquimbo Region, according to Chile's National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI). "The characteristics of the earthquake do not meet the conditions necessary to generate a tsunami off the coast of Chile," ONEMI said in an alert. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

Citizens on the streets of La Serena. In some localities power outages were reported , but no major damage has been reported so far

Other details were not yet available, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Chile and the wider region are on the so-called 'Pacific Ring of Fire' which is regularly struck by large earthquakes, including the Great Chilean earthquake that struck the coast of central Chile on May 22, 1960. The 9.5-magnitude earthquake, the largest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded, left between 490 and 5,700 people killed.  -
BNO News.

Seismotectonics of South America (Nazca Plate Region)

The South American arc extends over 7,000 km, from the Chilean margin triple junction offshore of southern Chile to its intersection with the Panama fracture zone, offshore of the southern coast of Panama in Central America. It marks the plate boundary between the subducting Nazca plate and the South America plate, where the oceanic crust and lithosphere of the Nazca plate begin their descent into the mantle beneath South America. The convergence associated with this subduction process is responsible for the uplift of the Andes Mountains, and for the active volcanic chain present along much of this deformation front. Relative to a fixed South America plate, the Nazca plate moves slightly north of eastwards at a rate varying from approximately 80 mm/yr in the south to approximately 65 mm/yr in the north. Although the rate of subduction varies little along the entire arc, there are complex changes in the geologic processes along the subduction zone that dramatically influence volcanic activity, crustal deformation, earthquake generation and occurrence all along the western edge of South America.

Most of the large earthquakes in South America are constrained to shallow depths of 0 to 70 km resulting from both crustal and interplate deformation. Crustal earthquakes result from deformation and mountain building in the overriding South America plate and generate earthquakes as deep as approximately 50 km. Interplate earthquakes occur due to slip along the dipping interface between the Nazca and the South American plates. Interplate earthquakes in this region are frequent and often large, and occur between the depths of approximately 10 and 60 km. Since 1900, numerous magnitude 8 or larger earthquakes have occurred on this subduction zone interface that were followed by devastating tsunamis, including the 1960 M9.5 earthquake in southern Chile, the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the world. Other notable shallow tsunami-generating earthquakes include the 1906 M8.5 earthquake near Esmeraldas, Ecuador, the 1922 M8.5 earthquake near Coquimbo, Chile, the 2001 M8.4 Arequipa, Peru earthquake, the 2007 M8.0 earthquake near Pisco, Peru, and the 2010 M8.8 Maule, Chile earthquake located just north of the 1960 event.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Large intermediate-depth earthquakes (those occurring between depths of approximately 70 and 300 km) are relatively limited in size and spatial extent in South America, and occur within the Nazca plate as a result of internal deformation within the subducting plate. These earthquakes generally cluster beneath northern Chile and southwestern Bolivia, and to a lesser extent beneath northern Peru and southern Ecuador, with depths between 110 and 130 km. Most of these earthquakes occur adjacent to the bend in the coastline between Peru and Chile. The most recent large intermediate-depth earthquake in this region was the 2005 M7.8 Tarapaca, Chile earthquake.

Earthquakes can also be generated to depths greater than 600 km as a result of continued internal deformation of the subducting Nazca plate. Deep-focus earthquakes in South America are not observed from a depth range of approximately 300 to 500 km. Instead, deep earthquakes in this region occur at depths of 500 to 650 km and are concentrated into two zones: one that runs beneath the Peru-Brazil border and another that extends from central Bolivia to central Argentina. These earthquakes generally do not exhibit large magnitudes. An exception to this was the 1994 Bolivian earthquake in northwestern Bolivia. This M8.2 earthquake occurred at a depth of 631 km, making it the largest deep-focus earthquake instrumentally recorded, and was felt widely throughout South and North America.

Subduction of the Nazca plate is geometrically complex and impacts the geology and seismicity of the western edge of South America. The intermediate-depth regions of the subducting Nazca plate can be segmented into five sections based on their angle of subduction beneath the South America plate. Three segments are characterized by steeply dipping subduction; the other two by near-horizontal subduction. The Nazca plate beneath northern Ecuador, southern Peru to northern Chile, and southern Chile descend into the mantle at angles of 25° to 30°. In contrast, the slab beneath southern Ecuador to central Peru, and under central Chile, is subducting at a shallow angle of approximately 10° or less. In these regions of “flat-slab” subduction, the Nazca plate moves horizontally for several hundred kilometers before continuing its descent into the mantle, and is shadowed by an extended zone of crustal seismicity in the overlying South America plate. Although the South America plate exhibits a chain of active volcanism resulting from the subduction and partial melting of the Nazca oceanic lithosphere along most of the arc, these regions of inferred shallow subduction correlate with an absence of volcanic activity. - USGS.

GLOBAL COASTAL EVENT: Storm Imogen Rages, Blasts French Town With Foam; Orange Weather Warning, The Second Most Severe Level, Issued For Western France! [VIDEOS]

February 9, 2016 - FRANCE - Like scenes from an old-school horror flick, a freaky blanket of foam has emerged menacingly from the Atlantic Ocean, eating up stretches of road in a coastal town in Brittany.

Strong winds have sent heaps of thick foam over the flood walls of Saint Guenole Port and onto the streets of Penmarch.

The creamy foam phenomenon, which resembles a wave of porridge, is the result of wind whipping up dead algae, proteins, sea salt, and pollution into a frothy brew, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explains.

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An orange weather warning - the second most severe level - has been issued for much of the western of France by Meteo France in recent days. The deluge of suds has engulfed roadways, burying signs and lampposts in the fishing town.

Video from the area shows the terrifying blizzard sweeping over coastal defences and covering everything in its path.

WATCH: Raging Storm Imogen blasts French town with foam.

It’s not the first time the moussey deluge has emerged from the sea.

WATCH: In footage filmed back in March 2014, locals standing on the shoreline appear to be swallowed whole by incoming waves of sea foam.

- RT.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Meteor Fireball Seen Over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! [VIDEO]

© YouTube/Bramon (screen capture)

February 9, 2016 - BRAZIL - Bramon has just released the video of the meteor that ruptured over Rio de Janeiro, in the first minutes of the 08th of February.

Meteoroid Flight Path.
© JVCastro

According to the reports the fireball possessed green color and shone as much as the planet Venus ending its trajectory in the sky with an explosion.

WATCH: Fireball over Rio de Janeiro.

- Lunar Meteorite Hunters.

EXTREME WEATHER: Deadly Lightning Bolt In Kapiri-Mposhi, Zambia - Three People Killed!

February 9, 2016 - ZAMBIA - A 36-year-old woman and her two children aged 18 and six have died after being struck by lightning in Kapiri Mposhi, Central Province commissioner of police Lombe Kamukoshi has said.

Ms Kamukoshi said in an interview yesterday that this happened on Saturday in Mukonchi around 15:00 hours while the family was working in a maize field during a downpour.

"We received a report from Emmanuel Kangwa, 46, at Kapiri Mposhi Police Station that three people had died in a field after being struck by lightning," Ms Kamukoshi said.

She identified the deceased as Lillian Nanyangwe, 36, and her two daughters, Bertha Nawakwi, 18, and Blessings Mwape, six.

Ms Kamukoshi said Ms Nanyangwe's one-year-old son identified as Paul Siwakwi, who was strapped to her back, sustained a swollen face and is admitted to Mukonchi clinic in Kapiri Mposhi. - Zambia Daily Mail.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Cadaver Of Whale Washes Up At Brahmagiri, Off The Indian Coast?!

Cadaver of Whale

February 9, 2016 - BRAHMAGIRI, INDIA - Days after dead whales were found near the coast in Odisha's Ganjam and Kendrapara locale, another cadaver of whale was found from the coast close Motagaon zone in Brahmagiri locale on Tuesday morning.

Prior this month, a cadaver of a whale measuring 33 feet long with a width of 12 feet was located at Podampetta coast in Ganjam area on February 3 while the corpse of another whale measuring 66 feet long was found at Chinchiri mouth at Rajnagar in Kendrapara locale on February 5.

A few days before this, a giant dead whale washed ashore at the Juhi beach in Mumbai.

Last month, carcasses of more than 60 whales were sighted along the coast in Tamil Nadu a month ago

Following the death of the whales, the State Environment and Forest department has decided to apprise the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF) of the unusual death of the giant marine mammals. - The Samaya.

PLANETARY TREMORS: 2.9 Magnitude Earthquake Recorded Near Mount St. Helens, Washington - USGS!

A 2.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded near Mount Saint Helens Monday morning. © MyNorthwest

February 9, 2016 - WASHINGTON STATE, UNITED STATES - A 2.9-magnitude earthquake hit just south of Mount St. Helens Monday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was recorded at 8:50 a.m.

The earthquake, according to the USGS, wasn't very strong. Only three people reported feeling it, as of 10:30 a.m.

It's the strongest earthquake in Washington in February. A 2.6-magnitude quake was reported Feb. 5 near Tacoma. - MyNorthwest.

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Beer Attacks People On Turkish Street And Mule Deer Attacks Man In Draper Backyard, Utah?! [VIDEO]

Sedated: Police used a tranquiliser gun to calm the animal

February 9, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Bear attacks people on Turkish street

This is the terrifying moment a huge bear was let loose in a city - and started attacking local residents.

The huge creature was spotted by horrified passers-by as it ran through the streets in Turkey. The exact location of the footage is not clear.

The video then takes a dark turn, as the bear grabs hold of one man and drags him to the floor.

Panicked bystanders attempt to help him and are eventually able to drag him away from the angry animal.

 WATCH: Terrifying moment huge bear goes on the rampage in city and attacks residents.

Police, with the help of animal experts, were eventually able to sedate the bear with the help of a tranquiliser gun.

It is then seen lying on the pavement as concerned onlookers gather nearby.

It is not clear if anyone was hurt during the incident. - Daily Mirror.

Mule deer attacks man in Draper backyard, Utah

A mule deer attacked a Draper man in his backyard Monday, causing "significant wounds" to the man, as well as an injury to the family dog.

The attack, which occurred around 8 a.m. in the SunCrest subdivision in the southeast area of the city, resulted in officers "putting the deer down" after subduing the animal in a struggle, according to a statement issued by Draper.

The injured man's daughter called police to say the deer had hurt the family dog and "was engaged" with her father, city officials said.

"When Animal Services supervisor Dennis Wilson arrived on scene, he found the man lying on the ground with the deer pushing its antlers down into him," a news release states. "Officer Wilson grabbed the deer and pulled the antlers away from the man. The man was able to get up and walk back to the house."

WATCH: Mule deer attacks man in Draper backyard, Utah.

Wilson said Monday that he struggled with the deer and gained control, taking the animal to the ground in the corner of the yard. Two patrol officers responded to the scene as backup between 10 and 15 minutes later, he said. Police eventually shot and killed the deer, according to city spokeswoman Maridene Alexander.

"If not for the actions of officer Wilson, there could have been far more serious injuries," she said in the statement.

The man suffered multiple puncture wounds that were considered significant, but not life-threatening, said Draper Police Deputy Chief John Eining. He transported himself to Intermountain Medical Center after being treated at the scene. His dog also suffered a puncture wound, but was expected to survive.

Mitch Ingersoll, the victim's brother, said the man was trying to save his dog by approaching the deer. His brother got into a headlock with the deer, but then tripped and fell and the animal began to gore him, according to Ingersoll.

At that point, Ingersoll said, his brother did everything he could to prevent the animal from gashing him even worse.

"If it was a child or an older person, it could have ended very tragically," Ingersoll said. "(My brother) said, 'I thought it was going to kill me.'"

The man's punctures were to an arm and both legs, and he also suffered cuts on his face, Ingersoll said.

Wilson said he suffered a minor scratch and several holes were poked in his clothes by the deer's antlers. Several of his buttons were popped off by the deer, which was kicking him and trying to spear him with its antlers.

Eining said deer attacks are "extremely rare" and described Monday's ordeal as an isolated incident. Wilson agreed, saying it's his first such call in 26 years of public service. He advised that residents avoid all potentially dangerous wildlife just in case. Those whose pets are being attacked should call police rather than confronting the animal, Wilson said.

Police believe it's likely the deer was trapped in the yard after jumping a fence to get in. The deer was also injured while trying to get out of the yard and may have been startled by the dog, which could have contributed to the animal's behavior. - KSL.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: The Effects Of Magnetic Polar Migration - The Latest Incidents Of Plane Crashes Across The Globe!

February 9, 2016 - EARTH - Here are the latest incidents of plane crashes across the planet.

Two pilots killed as Pakistan Army jet crashes near Gujranwala

Two pilots died on Tuesday after a Pakistan Army training aircraft Mushaq crashed near Gujranwala, Express News reported.

The pilots were identified as Major Azhar and Captain Ahmad, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

The jet fighter was on a routine training session when the tragic incident occurred that resulted in the immediate death of the pilots flying the jet.
Earlier in August 2015, as many as 12 army personnel were killed when their helicopter crashed near Mansehra.

In another similar incident in May 2015, the ambassadors of Norway and Philippines and six others were killed when an army helicopter crashed in Naltar area of Gilgit.

Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed grief over the death of two pilots killed in the plane crash. - Tribune.

Former Sikorsky President Jeff Pino Killed In Arizona Plane Crash

Former Sikorsky president Jeff Pino,
pictured here in this 2010 file photo
(MARK RANDALL / Sun Sentinel)
A former president of a major aircraft manufacturer was one of the two people killed after their World War II-era plane crashed and burned near the town of Maricopa.

Pilot Jeffrey Pino, 61, was formerly the president of Sikorsky Aircraft, a Connecticut-based aircraft manufacturer. The second victim was identified as 72-year-old Nickolas Tramontano of Brookfield, Connecticut, Mark Clark of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said.

"The Sikorsky family is saddened to learn of the sudden loss of former President Jeff Pino. We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers of sympathy and support to his family and friends during this difficult time," current president Dan Schultz said in a statement posted on the company's website.

Schultz said Pino, who last lived in Chandler, Arizona, was Sikorsky's president from 2006 to 2012, during which he "brought personal energy and passion for aviation innovation to our industry."

"We remember Jeff as a leader, pioneer, innovator and advocate. May his family be comforted by the lasting impression and legacy Jeff has left behind," Schultz said. Last year, Lockheed Martin bought Sikorsky Aircraft, which, among other things, makes the U.S. military's Black Hawk helicopter, for $9 billion.

Preliminary information on the Friday crash indicated the plane was a P-51D Mustang, a type of single-engine American fighter used during World War II, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The spokesman said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash in Maricopa, which is about 35 miles south of Phoenix. - Courant.

No injuries in Gold Beach plane crash

Photo via Patrick Ferguson
A Cessna crashed at the Gold Beach Airport Monday morning but no injuries were reported, according to officials.

A witness says the plane slide about 50 feet, flipping it upside down after it came in to land too low.

Two people were on the plane, but officials say they walked away from the crash.

The airport was closed for 20 minutes following the crash. - KTVL.

Search continues for woman killed in plane crash off San Pedro

Divers recovering debris from the crash site.
Courtesy Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
A search will continue in the ocean off San Pedro Tuesday for the body of woman killed in the in-flight collision of two small planes, including one that carried two men whose bodies have been found.

The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. Friday, and a small debris field was found soon afterward. About 2 p.m. Sunday, the bodies of the two men were found about two miles outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The men, one 61 and the other 81, were believed to be in one plane and a woman was believed to have been piloting the second. She was identified by her husband as Mary Falstrom, 72, of Torrance.

Rich Falstrom told NBC4 that his wife had 25 years of experience as a pilot and was a flight attendant when she was younger.

“I’m sure she was just doing her normal routine and apparently didn’t see the other plane, and they didn’t see her,” he told the station.

Mary Falstrom, who volunteered at the Western Museum of Flight in Torrance Municipal Airport, told her husband Friday that it was a perfect day to fly, the Daily Breeze reported.

“She ran in and said, ‘It’s a beautiful day, I have to go flying,”‘ Rich Falstrom told the newspaper, recalling the last conversation he would have with his wife of 24 years. “I said, “Have fun.”‘

The two men in the second plane were also from the South Bay area, a Coast Guard official said.

Their names were withheld pending family notification, according to the coroner’s office. However, one of the men was identified by friends as Martin Clement, a Catholic church deacon who worked as a financial planner.

The recovery efforts were being led by the Sheriff’s Emergency Services Detail, part of the Special Enforcement Bureau.

The remains and wreckage were located in county waters by a sheriff’s dive team with the assistance of Los Angeles Port Police, the Long Beach Police Department and county lifeguards.

The find came as a sheriff’s helicopter crew searched from the air while crews and divers aboard department boats searched on and below the ocean surface, said Capt. Jack Ewell of the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau.

“The search efforts were primarily underwater operations, utilizing three different types of sonar devices to search the ocean floor for wreckage,” Ewell said. “Remotely operated underwater vehicles were also deployed, along with divers.”

The wreckage of one plane and two victims were found in water 105 feet deep, Ewell said.

The men were aboard a Beech 35 Bonanza, and the woman was piloting a Citabria. Both aircraft were operated out of the Torrance Municipal Airport.

The crew of a fishing boat was the first to report a plane hitting the water on Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash. - My NEWS LA.

Minor Injuries Reported in Small Plane Crash at Santa Barbara Airport

Emergency crews responded to a a small plane crash on the southwest end of the Santa Barbara airport Monday afternoon.

The crash was reported at about 5:40 p.m. The non-commercial plane crashed in a slough area at the airport.

Rescuers say the pilot was the only one on board. He managed to get out of the wreckage on his own, but when he complained of back pain he was taken to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital.

A Santa Barbara Airport spokesperson said that the plane's relatively new engine failed at 300 feet after takeoff. The pilot glided the plane into the slough that connects to Goleta Beach.

The runway was closed briefly to allow emergency vehicles to safely maneuver to the crash site.

Airport operations manager Tracy Lincoln said not fuel was spilled. He credits the pilot for knowing what to do in an emergency.

The identity of the pilot has not been released and the wreckage has not yet been removed.

The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the incident. - KEYT.

3 missing after apparent small plane collision near LA

Two pilots and a passenger are missing after two planes apparently collided over the ocean just off Los Angeles. Dozens of people were called in for an overnight search operation.

Two men aged 61 and 81 were aboard one of the planes, a Beechcraft 35, while the other one, a Super Decathlon, was piloted by a 72-year-old woman.

Both planes flew from the nearby Torrance Airport and went off radar just after their courses intersected in mid-air at about 3:30pm on Friday, the Coast Guard said.

Searchers found wreckage, including a pilot’s logbook and tail numbers from the Beechcraft plane. However no sign of the three missing people or the second aircraft was found.

The search operation for possible survivors is being conducted over a 200-square-mile area and is expected to continue throughout the night and into Saturday. Officials stated the water is warm enough for someone to survive overnight.

"We don't want to give up until we really feel that there's no chance of finding survivors,” Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams said.

The nearest harbor entrance was closed to traffic while the search continued.

The crash site is near the Angels Gate light, a historic lighthouse at the San Pedro Breakwater. The area is popular with flight students. There were two similar collision incidents in 1986 and in 2001, although the former didn’t result in any fatalities as both aircraft managed to return to their airports. - RT.

Three die in Johannesburg plane crash in South Africa

A light aircraft has crashed in the South African city of Johannesburg, killing all three people on board, emergency officials have said. "Paramedics found the bodies of three people lying inside the aircraft," ER24 medical service told News24 website.

The plane crashed into shacks in Benoni, about 40km (25 miles) east of the city. Footage on social media show emergency services taking bodies away from the crash site.

The BBC's Pumza Fihlani in the city says incidents like this are not common in South Africa. The country has a very good record of air safety, she adds. - BBC.

Two men survive plane crash into Atlantic Ocean off Miami-Dade coast

Two people were rescued after a small plane went down in shallow ocean water off Haulover Beach in northeast Miami-Dade, Aerial images showed a small,
fixed wing plane in about 20 to 25 feet of water not very far from shore off Collins Avenue and 108th Street. Credit: TheSamiJoShow

Beachgoers in Miami witnessed a spectacular scene Tuesday when a Piper plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, lifeguards brought passengers safely to shore and salvage crews lifted the aircraft from the sea bottom and towed it toward land. The two men in the plane, which belongs to a Fort Lauderdale flight school, survived with minor injuries, officials said.  Colombe Pelletier, 70, visiting North Miami Beach from Quebec, was sunbathing at Haulover Beach with her husband and friends and saw the plane approach the inlet.

"I said to my husband, 'That plane is very low,'" Pelletier said about the water landing she described as being very smooth and flat. "Immediately, the doors of the plane opened and two men were on the wing and pulled out two bags."

Miami-Dade Fire's Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Marcel Lopez, 40, was keeping watch from Tower 1 and noticed the Piper approaching from the south. "I knew it was going to crash," Lopez said of the aircraft, which ditched in the water at 11:47 a.m. The plane's propeller was going very slowly; Lopez said it seemed to have lost power.

Lopez ran down the tower stairs, grabbed a surfboard and rescue buoy and swam toward the men as they stood on the wings. The water was about 20 feet deep. Tidal currents can move at 8 mph or more through the inlet and near the jetties, Lopez said.

At about the same time, a boater used a VHF radio to report the crash to the U.S. Coast Guard, gave the plane's position and said it was already sinking. The pilot and passenger were identified Tuesday night as Juan Jose Ortiz Carrera, 20, from Ecuador, and Fabian Ignacia Bobadilla-Ruiz, 24, from Chile.

With one man on the surfboard and the second man holding onto the rescue buoy, Lopez got them to the water's edge. Lifeguard Daniel Gunder, also with Miami-Dade Fire's Ocean Rescue, helped get the second man to shore before the two were turned over to paramedics, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez said. "We've had plenty of boats capsize and made many rescues, on both the surfboard and Jet Skis," said Lopez.

A lifeguard since 2000, this was his first plane crash. "I'm glad we have the training to respond and save people," Lopez said. He was unconcerned about possible dangers involved with a plane crash, such as fire or a sinking wreck. "By the time the whole thing is over, you don't think about it," Lopez said of the rescue, which he estimated took about eight minutes. Pelletier said she was surprised to see the plane fall from the sky, "but I didn't think anybody was going to die because it came in so smooth and the men got out so quickly." - Sun Sentinel.

More wreckage found after fatal Barwon Heads plane crash in Australia

Police and the Coast Guard search for the missing plane crash victim.
Photo: Joe Armao
More wreckage has been found but one body is still missing after a light plane plummeted into the water near Barwon Heads on Friday, killing three people. A fourth body is yet to be located amongst the debris as Water Police search an exclusion zone about four kilometres off shore between Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads.

Police believe the engine block, prop and part of the fuselage of the doomed Piper Cherokee aircraft have been found, however divers are waiting for better weather before exploring the wreck. Access has been restricted to the site, with police believing that the body may be trapped in the wreckage on the ocean floor.

Daniel Flinn, 55, Donald Hateley, 68, and Ian Chamberlain and his partner Dianne Bradley, both in their 60s, were on board the plane which was flying from from Moorabbin Airport to King Island. Three bodies were found not long after the plane plunged into the surf just after midday last Friday, however police are still trying to find a male body.  Most of the plane's debris has already washed ashore since the crash, including a document which may hold clues to why the plane went down. - The Age.

Plane crash off St Elizabeth coastline, Jamaica

The St Elizabeth police have said they received a telephone call regarding the sighting of a supposed
aircraft crashing off the coastline in south St Elizabeth.

A police source said the Jamaica Defence Force is investigating the matter.

“We can’t say if it’s a fact, but we got a call that a plane was seen on fire and then was seen to plunge into the sea,” the source said.

Radio Jamaica (RJR) reported a earlier that people claiming to be eyewitnesses in the Lovers Leap area of south-east St Elizabeth had reported seeing the plane go down. - Jamaica Observer.

'Peculiar' plane crash in Utah

The great outdoors holds a lot of undiscovered country and surprises, and a Utah hunter said he's never seen anything like what he came across Wednesday along a remote stretch of land southwest of Park Valley. "There's nobody out there — it's sagebrush," said Tom Austin, who runs a predator-only guide service called, Predator Strikeforce.

"We saw something shiny." Austin and others in his group moved closer, and couldn't believe what was in front of them. "It was an airplane on its lid," he said. "I was dreading going over there and finding a pilot still trapped inside." To Austin's surprise, however, he could see nobody in or around the small plane.
"There was one vehicle track coming in and [it] circled around the plane, a couple foot tracks coming out to the vehicle, and … gone," he described.

(Photo: Stuart Johnson/Deseret News/KSL Chopper 5, Deseret News)

Finding nobody around the overturned Cessna 205, Austin said he and his group backed away in hopes of leaving the site as undisturbed as possible, and then called the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office. According to a statement issued by Box Elder County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dale Ward, a detective subsequently contacted the Federal Aviation Administration. An investigator from the FAA told the detective the crash had been reported Tuesday, and that the two men onboard the plane were unharmed and were safely at home, the statement said.

The statement offered no details of the cause of the crash, and efforts to reach the FAA for additional information Wednesday afternoon did not result in an immediate response. A relative of the owner of the plane declined comment when contacted Wednesday evening. Austin said it wasn't the first plane crash he had encountered in the wilds, but was different because the previous one was marked off by tape and appeared to have been investigated.

It also hasn't been the only unusual find on the hunt for Austin, who said he had also come across burned-out cars, abandoned suitcases containing children's clothing, and people in need of rescue. "I found a 15-year-old girl that had been digging herself out of a snowbank with her bare hands for about four hours," he said. Austin said he was relieved to learn that the people in this accident were not injured. "Last thing I want is for somebody to be injured, you know — especially out there," Austin said. "Scary place." - KSL.

Small plane crashes in Fort Bend, Texas; pilot dies, passenger hurt

Flames engulfed a small plane Monday, Feb. 1, 2016
at a private air strip in Arcola.
One person died and another was seriously injured when a small plane crashed and caught fire Monday morning at an air strip in Arcola, in Fort Bend County. The pilot, identified as 68-year-old Johnny Michael Johnson, died at the scene, according to a state Department of Public Safety news release. He was a flight instructor with an Arcola-based flight school, Houston Light Sport Aviation.

The passenger on board the plane, identified as 20-year-old Nezabian Derrale Thomas, was injured and transported to Memorial Hermann in Houston. Details of his injuries were not immediately released. He remained in critical condition late Monday. The incident occurred around 10:20 a.m. at the Arcola airport on Highway 6 near McKeever Road, according to the release.

Online Federal Aviation Administration data show the plane, a P92 Echo Super, was registered to Houston Light Sport Aviation, LLC. The aircraft type was described as fixed wing single-engine. Johnson was listed on the company's website as an instructor. His past experience included having been a staff flight instructor with the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, and a member of the Air Force and Coast Guard auxiliaries.  An Indianapolis native, Johnson "got to Texas as soon as he could," his bio reads.

Troopers said the aircraft was taking off when it hit a stationary plane. Confusion was initially created about the incident because original reports indicated the plane may have caught fire while a mechanic was working on it.

The crash occurred near a hangar, between two parked aircraft, and the plane looked as if it had been sitting there all along, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said. It's possible the pair was practicing landings at the time of the crash, Lunsford said. The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation. - Chron.

F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes in Arizona, pilot killed

A man is feared dead after an F-16 fighter jet from Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix crashed Thursday in a remote area of northwestern Arizona, authorities said. Base officials said the man with the Taiwanese Air Force was flying solo and engaged in air-to-air combat training with an instructor when his F-16 went down for still unknown reasons.
The fire from an F-16 fighter jet.
A student pilot from

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke, said rescue crews on the ground have been unable to find the pilot, whose name wasn't released. "All indications lead me to believe that the pilot did not survive the accident," Pleus said at a late afternoon news conference. "But until we have 100 percent confirmation, we will continue search efforts."

Pleus said the student pilot had been in a training program for the past six months at Luke, which is a major pilot-training base for the Air Force and foreign military services. The crash occurred at about 8:45 a.m. in rugged terrain about 10 miles southwest of Bagdad in Yavapai County. The crash site, in a sparsely populated area, was located by a helicopter crew about four hours later.

Bagdad is about 85 miles northwest of Luke, which is located in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. Pleus said an interim safety board has been formed to conduct a preliminary investigation into the crash. Recent previous crashes involving F-16s from Luke included one on a training mission in southern New Mexico. That pilot ejected safely.

An instructor pilot and a student pilot also ejected safely in June 2013 after their two-seat F-16 hit several birds during takeoff from Luke. The jet crashed in a farm field. An Air Force investigation report said the instructor pilot was at fault because he made a rapid climbing turn after the bird strike, robbing the plane of airspeed and the ability to recover and return to the base.
In July 2008, an Ohio Air National Guard pilot died when he blacked out and his F-16 crashed in western Arizona. An Air Force investigation board found that the 26-year-old pilot made an improper turn during a dogfighting maneuver in which high gravitational forces came into play. - ABC News.

Small passenger plane emergency landing on motorway near Moscow

A Wilga-35 four-person passenger plane made an emergency landing near the city of Sergiev Posad in Moscow Region. The plane landed safely on a dividing strip along Yaroslavl motorway, reportedly after its engine failed. Only the pilot was aboard the plane and, according to local authorities, there were no reports of injuries. An investigation has been launched into the incident.

WATCH: Plane emergency landing in Moscow.

- RT.

American Airlines: 7 hospitalized after severe turbulence aboard flight to Italy

Severe turbulence aboard an American Airlines flight carrying 203 people to Italy left seven people hospitalized, the airline said.

American Airlines said Flight 206 from Miami to Milan landed safely Sunday night in Newfoundland, Canada, where it was diverted.

"It was met by paramedics who evaluated passengers and crew," the airline said.

Three flight attendants and four passengers were taken to a hospital after the incident, the airline said.

'It rolled on its side'

Passengers described chaotic scenes when turbulence hit.

"It rolled on its side. Everything went flying. It was pretty intense," passenger Karen Case told CNN partner CBC in Canada.

Case said the plane dipped two times. "I really thought that was it," he said.

Terrified passengers screamed while others grasped for oxygen masks, Gustavo Canda told CBC. Others passed out.

Unplanned stop

Another passenger said she at least checked one destination off her travel list.

"Always wanted to come here, maybe not under these circumstances," Jill Nelson-Debord told CBC about their unplanned stop in Newfoundland.

The Boeing 767 took off from Miami on Sunday afternoon. It landed at St. John's International Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Sara Norris declined to provide details on the nature of the injuries. - CNN.

MiG-31 fighter jet crashes in Siberia, pilots eject safely

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet has crashed in the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The pilots were able to eject safely and no casualties have been reported.

The war plane was not carrying any missiles and did not cause any damage on the ground when it crashed. Preliminary reports say that a technical failure was responsible for the plane going down.

The Defense Ministry confirmed that the pilots were able to eject from the plane safely, and once they landed they were in radio contact.

An investigation team from the ministry is heading towards the crash site to try and find out what caused the plane to crash.

The Mikoyan MiG-31 (NATO code name ‘Foxhound’) is a Soviet-design supersonic interceptor and is one of the world’s fastest aircraft. MiG-31 production was suspended in 1994 and a program is underway to modernize all of the planes of this type that are operated by the Russian Air Force. - RT.

WORLD WAR Z: Plagues & Pestilences - Zika Virus Prompts Urgent Debate About Abortion In Latin America!

February 9, 2016 - LATIN AMERICA - Across Latin America, calls to loosen some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world in the face of the Zika virus outbreak are gaining momentum but encountering strong and entrenched opposition.

In El Salvador, where abortions are banned under any circumstance, the health minister has argued for a revision of the law because of the dangers the virus poses to fetal development.

In Colombia, an organized movement to lift restrictions on abortion has gained allies in the government but has run into determined opposition from religious authorities. The same is happening in Brazil — and some doctors say that as a consequence, illegal, back-alley abortions are on the rise.

Nearly everywhere in Latin America, including in those countries hit hardest by Zika, women who wish to terminate their pregnancies have few legal options. But as U.N. health officials have projected as many as 4 million infections in the Americas this year, activists are pressing lawmakers to act as swiftly as possible to ease rigid restrictions.

Several governments in Latin American nations have responded to the crisis by urging women to postpone pregnancy. But the availability of contraceptives is limited, especially in rural Latin America, and church authorities in the heavily Roman Catholic region oppose their use.

“If I were a woman, had just got pregnant and discovered that I had been infected by the Zika virus, I would not hesitate an instant to abort the gestation,” columnist Hélio Schwartsman wrote in the daily newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo. Each mother should be able to follow her own instincts, he said.

Those calls have been echoed by others here in Brazil, the center of the outbreak, where the government estimates that as many as 1.5 million people may have caught Zika. It is spread mostly by infected mosquitoes, but it also can be transmitted through sexual contact. Researchers also recently detected “active” Zika cells in saliva and urine.

Brazil’s government blames the virus for a sharp increase in reports of children born with undersize heads, a condition known as microcephaly, but doctors say they’re only beginning to understand the dangers posed by Zika to neurological development.

Uruguay and Cuba are the only nations in Latin America where abortion is legal and widely available. Other countries allow it in cases of rape, incest or when a mother’s life is in danger.

In Chile, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and El Salvador, the procedure is banned completely. All four have reported cases of Zika, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other nations in Latin America, including Colombia, the country with the second-highest number of Zika cases to date after Brazil, permit abortions in cases in which the mother’s health is in danger or a fetus displays signs of a severe deformity. In Brazil, abortion is allowed if the woman has been raped, her life is in danger or the fetus has anencephaly, in which part of the brain or skull is missing.In Colombia, a woman was allowed last week to abort her fetus at 32 weeks, the first known case of a Zika-related legal abortion in the country, according to Colombia’s leading weekly magazine, Semana. The fetus had severe cranial

deformities and microcephaly, according to the report, but the mother’s decision to abort so late in her pregnancy ignited a fierce debate on social media.

Colombian officials say that 3,100 pregnant women in the country have tested positive for Zika, but they have not publicly confirmed any cases of Zika-related microcephaly.Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria Uribe has said pregnant women infected with the virus could be allowed to have abortions under one of the country’s legal exceptions. (Pregnant women aren’t the only people who should be wary of Zika — Gaviria has linked the virus to three deaths associated with a form of paralysis called Guillain-Barré syndrome.)

“We hope Zika changes the debate,” said Silvia Plana, director of Coordination for the Life and Health of Women, an abortion rights legal aid group in Colombia.

The government says Colombia probably has 80,000 to 100,000 Zika cases, with as many as 650,000 infections possible this year.“The pro-abortion lobby is taking advantage of this to liberalize the legislation,” said Danelia Cardona, a psychiatrist and director of the Episcopal Conference of Colombia’s Department for the Promotion and Defense of Life. She said it was inappropriate to modify legislation about “something as serious and delicate as human life” because of Zika, in the midst of what she called “a temporary and uncertain situation.”The virus is believed to be especially dangerous to women during the end of their first trimester of pregnancy, a critical stage in the development of the central nervous system. But it is extremely difficult for doctors to detect such damage, even several months later, so granting women access to legal abortions based on an ultrasound diagnosis of microcephaly would do little to alleviate the risks of giving birth to a child with severe impairments. Brazilian activists want women who have been diagnosed with Zika to be able to terminate a pregnancy on that basis alone.A growing concern among pediatricians is that Zika could inflict harm to developing brain tissue in other, less obvious ways than microcephaly.

That condition could be the “tip of the iceberg” of a series of neurological problems, some of which might not show up in the brain scans used to spot microcephaly, and it might not even show up for years to come, said Isabel Madeira, president of the state pediatrics society in Rio de Janeiro.

These could include epilepsy, behavioral problems and mental retardation, said Heloisa Pereira, a leading pediatric neurologist in Rio.

“It could be that these children are born with a normal head size but manifest other problems later in life,” Pereira said. “We don’t know because we haven’t had the time to monitor their development. We are confronting something new.”Women on Web, an international group based in Canada that provides advice and medication for women wanting an abortion in countries where it is banned, said it has seen a surge in inquiries from women in Brazil.

About 10 percent of the 96,000 that emails the group receives every year come from Brazil, a spokeswoman said. Normally, the group asks for a donation of $78 to $100 to send abortion-inducing drugs through the mail. Often, government customs inspectors seize the pills.

On Feb. 1, Women On Web announced it would send the drugs free to women with Zika. Emails from women in Brazil have increased more than 25 percent.

Upper and middle class women can opt for safer, if illegal, abortions at discreet private clinics in Brazil, said Rebecca Gomperts, the group’s founder, but for poor women the only option may be cheap back-alley clinics.

“We just hope that women won’t resort to really dangerous methods,” she said.

An estimated 800,000 to 1 million illegal abortions take place in Brazil every year, and about 200,000 women are hospitalized with complications from the procedure.

WATCH: What you need to know about the Zika virus.

“Imagine the stress, the worry, the desperation of not knowing what will happen with you or the fetus. It is intense suffering,” said attorney Sinara Gumieri, a member of Anis, a feminist group preparing a new proposal to Brazil’s Supreme Court giving women with Zika access to abortion. Most of those affected are women in poorer northeastern Brazil where the outbreak has been concentrated.

The proposal also will call for better social services for children with microcephaly and those who care for them.

But Brazil’s powerful antiabortion lobby includes many influential female doctors and academics.

The Brazil Without Abortion movement, which claims 100,000 members across the country, has attacked the Anis proposal. Its president, Lenise Garcia, also a microbiologist at the University of Brasilia, compared it to “Nazi philosophy.”

“The mentality that is behind this is the same,” Garcia said. “It is prejudice against a disabled person.”

Women who have Zika should be offered counseling and support, not an abortion they will later regret, Garcia said.

In El Salvador, where abortions are banned under all circumstances, including rape and risks to the mother’s life, women convicted of having the procedure can be sentenced to decades in prison.

But at least 100 pregnant women have tested positive there for Zika so far, and the spread of the virus has intensified the debate about whether the country should ease its blanket prohibition. The health minister, Violeta Menjívar, raised the possibility that abortion laws could be revised. - Washington Post.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Dengue Fever Outbreak On Hawaii's Big Island - State Of Emergency Declared!

February 9, 2016 - BIG ISLAND, HAWAII - The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday to deal with a growing outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months.

As a result of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's order people on the Big Island will be allowed to resume disposing of old tires in landfills, since tires which are left lying around are a known breeding spot for mosquitoes.

There have been 250 confirmed cases of dengue fever on the island since Oct. 29, making it the largest outbreak in the state since the 1940s, according to the mayor's declaration and Hawaii health officials.

Dengue fever causes flu-like symptoms and can develop into the deadly dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said in a statement he supported the efforts on the Big Island but would not issue a statewide emergency declaration unless the outbreak spread to other islands or expanded to include other diseases, such as the Zika virus.

Zika is spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean and has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil.

WATCH: Dengue Fever Press Conference.

Last month, a baby born with brain damage at a hospital in Oahu, Hawaii, was apparently the first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in a birth on U.S. soil, health officials said.

Dengue is not endemic to Hawaii but has occasionally spread after being imported by infected travelers. The outbreak on the Big Island is the first cluster of locally-acquired dengue fever since a 2011 outbreak on Oahu, the Hawaii Department of Health said. - Yahoo.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: United Nations - MILLIONS COULD DIE From Future Global Pandemic Unless World Health Organization URGENTLY Reforms!

February 9, 2016 - HEALTH - A future global epidemic could result in millions of deaths according to a new UN report, which would be far worse than the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa. The study also urges the World Health Organization to reform in order to be ready to combat future crises.

The report, entitled “Protecting Humanity from Future Health Crises,” is particularly relevant following the outbreak of the Zika virus in South and Central America. The study has been critical of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which killed more than 11,000 people.

The UN panel is urging the body to reform in order to prevent future outbreaks, which could have dire consequences, with the report stating that if a highly pathogenic influenza virus was to surface, it could “rapidly result in millions of deaths,” as well as causing “social, economic and political disruption.”

Worryingly still, the report, which has been posted online in advanced, unedited form in the UN’s Daily Journal, mentions that this is “not an unlikely scenario.”

“The high risk of major health crises is widely underestimated, and … the world’s preparedness and capacity to respond is woefully insufficient. Future epidemics could far exceed the scale and devastation of the west Africa Ebola outbreak,” the chair of the panel, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete stated.

The world’s attention is now focused on the Zika virus, which has been spreading from Brazil. Countries in the region have been caught off guard due to a lack of understanding about the disease, which has been linked to thousands of cases of brain damage in new born babies in the region.

A WHO spokeswoman told Reuters that the organization sprang into action following the outbreak of the virus, with the body working together to try and combat its effects.

She added that the WHO "is fully committed to urgently reforming our emergency work to address all emergency health risks and events in a predictable, capable, dependable, flexible and accountable manner.”

Among the recommendations from the UN panel was the need for the WHO to build a new Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response, which "must have real command and control capability, access to specialized human and operational resources to execute a health response.”

The report also mentioned that there needs to be greater coordination in fighting global outbreaks and is "convinced that there is no substitute for having a single global health leader" and that "the World Health Organization should become this leader.”

Since the turn of the century, the world has witnessed a number of epidemics, which include four major outbreaks of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia and South Korea, the pandemics of H1N1 and H5N1 influenza, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The report says that these are all a “stark reminder” of the threat posed by emerging communicable diseases to humanity.

Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust charity has welcomed the moves put forward by the panel, while also stating that there is a general consensus that action needs to be taken and that organizations are learning from the mistakes that were made during the Ebola outbreak.

"Epidemic and pandemic diseases are among the greatest of all threats to human health and security, against which we have for too long done too little to prepare," he said, as cited by Reuters.

"After four inquiries into the preventable tragedy of Ebola, there is now a strong consensus about what must be done. The WHO’s leadership and member states must make 2016 the year of decision and act now." - RT.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: 2 Passenger Trains Collide Head-On In Bavaria, Germany - 9 People Dead, Over 150 Others Injured! [VIDEO]

Aerial view shows firefighters and emergency doctors working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, on February 9, 2016. Two Meridian
commuter trains operated by Transdev collided head-on near Bad Aibling, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) southeast of Munich. Getty Images.

February 9, 2016 - BAVARIA, GERMANY - Two Meridian passenger trains collided head-on near the town of Bad Aibling in Bavaria, Germany. One train reportedly derailed as a result of the collision. Police report multiple injured and at least 9 dead.

Local police spokesman Jürgen Thalmeier told Rosenheim24 that "several people have been killed in the crash." Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that according to police about 150 people have been injured, of them 55 seriously. A police source said that nine people have been confirmed dead.

Rescue works are now completed at the site.

Two people are still missing, RIA Novosti reported, citing local police official Robert Kopp.

One of the train drivers is among the dead, a police source told RIA Novosti.“This is the biggest accident we have had in years in this region and we have many emergency doctors, ambulances and helicopters on the scene,'' police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told The Associated Press.Police, firefighters and other rescue workers were on the scene three minutes after the crash,

Germany's Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt told a press-conference later on Tuesday.

Rescue teams had to work in harsh conditions, the minister said, adding that many had to work in shifts and some required psychological counseling following what they had to deal with.

The site of the crash is difficult to access, which made rescue efforts more complex. Victims of the crash who were in the worst condition had to be transported closer to water first, before being taken on board helicopters.At 8:45 a.m. CET, police tweeted that a rescue operation was in full swing, with over 100 emergency service vehicles in operation, The Local reports.

Police spokesman Jürgen Thalmeier said the trains collided between the local railway stations of Holzkirchen and Rosenheim. The incident occurred at about 7 a.m. local time (6:00 GMT). Bad Aibling is 60 kilometers southwest of Munich.

Here are more images, courtesy of Getty Images:

Drivers of both trains hadn't had visual contact and didn't see the other vehicle approaching until the very last moment, Dobrindt told journalists, saying that both trains were traveling at a high speed of up to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) allowed on this part of the railway. There was no time to brake, the official said.

One of the trains was traveling with a delay, the media was told.

A system designed to automatically apply emergency brakes on trains if they end up on the same track was in place, the transport minister said. It was introduced across Germany after a fatal 2011 train collision.

WATCH: Several dead, 150+ injured after 2 passenger trains collide head-on in Germany.

"These past years I was convinced that such tragedies won't be possible," Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said at the press-conference, adding that the government has invested a lot of money so that "two trains shouldn't be on the same track at the same time."

The investigation is ongoing, officials said, calling for any speculation to be avoided. They said that as of now it is difficult to establish whether human error or a technical malfunction caused the crash.

There were three black boxes on the trains, the transport minister said. Two of them have been already retrieved, while one more is somewhere deep in the wreckage.

All local ambulance vehicles have been dispatched to the crash site. Nordbauyerischer Kurier reports that eight medical helicopters have been spotted in a nearby field. “I've never in my life seen so many ambulances,” a BR24 reporter said from the scene of the crash.

Helicopters from Austrian emergency services have reportedly been dispatched to the crash site in neighboring Germany.

It is believed that due to Bavaria's Fasching carnival being celebrated this week, the trains could have been carrying fewer passengers than usual. - RT.

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - 1,747 Village Roads Closed Due To Heavy Snowfall In Eastern Turkey

Heavy snowfall continues to paralyze Turkey.

February 9, 2016 - TURKEY - Heavy snowfall, which started falling in several provinces across eastern Turkey on Saturday, caused the cancellation of many flights and led to the closure of roads, the Cihan news agency reported on Sunday.

A total of 1,747 village roads were closed due to heavy snowfall and storms in eastern Turkey. The roads include 791 in Erzurum, 362 in Muş, 262 in Kars, 252 in Ağrı, 50 in Erzincan and 13 in Ardahan.

Snow reached a depth of 95 centimeters in central Muş, 77 centimeters in Ağrı city center and 32 in central Kars.

Teams from the Special Provincial Directorate are working to clear snow from the roads.

The lowest temperatures in the region were recorded in Ağrı (minus 10 degrees Celsius), Erzincan (minus 9 degrees), Erzurum (minus 6 degrees), Kars (minus 4 degrees), Ardahan (minus 3 degrees) and Iğdır (minus 2 degrees).

Several flights to and from Muş and Erzurum on Sunday were cancelled due to the harsh weather conditions. - Today's Zaman.

GLOBAL COASTAL EVENT: Storm Imogen Batters The Coasts Of England And Wales With Strong Winds And Massive Waves - Power Outages And Transportation Disruptions; Dozens Of Flood Warnings; Woman Left Covered In Blood, With Broken Arm After Hit By Colossal Wave And Swept 50 Feet Along Cornish Seafront! [PHOTOS]

Waves crash over the cliffs at Sennen near Land's End yesterday as parts of Britain were battered by Storm Imogen

February 9, 2016 - ENGLAND - A couple taking pictures of Storm Imogen had a lucky escape when they were hit by a gigantic wave and swept 50ft along the seafront.

The pair had been photographing the wild weather at South Quay in Newquay just after 4pm yesterday when they were knocked over by the colossal wave.

The woman is helped back to safety after suffering multiple head injuries and a broken arm while trying to take pictures of Storm Imogen at Newquay's South Quay

The woman suffered a broken arm after she landed in a boat on the quay, while her partner was washed into some railings which stopped him falling into the harbour.

A group of four RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) volunteers witnessed the entire episode and immediately went to help the terrified couple.

The woman was found extremely dazed and confused, with multiple head injuries as well as the broken arm.

Dramatic pictures show the man being knocked to the ground as the powerful wave struck.

Her partner, who was also taking pictures of the stormy weather, was knocked to his feet as the waves crashed into the quay

The man was blown into the railings, which prevented him being swept into the harbour as the waves loomed large in the background

Meanwhile, rescue teams are spending a second day searching for RSPCA inspector Mike Reid who disappeared while trying to rescue birds as Storm Imogen lashed a Cornwall beach.

Mike Reid, 54, went to save the stranded gannets at Porthchapel Beach, near Penzance, at about 2pm on Sunday, but has not been seen since.

As he was on a night shift, he was only reported missing at 6am the following morning. 
His family fear he may have been swept out to sea and are anxiously awaiting news at the family home. 

His wife Tracey, 45, said she feared he had fallen over a cliff and been swept into the sea.

 Fierce winds whipped up giant waves and left homes without power

Waves crash over the cliffs at Sennen near Land's End in Cornwall yesterday as Britain was battered by severe weather

Imogen strikes: Waves hit the Cornish coast at Porthleven today, about 20 miles east of Porthchapel Beach

Two men risked their lives by playing in these huge waves in Porthleven, Cornwall, during yesterday's storm

High tide and bluster hits England's southwest coasts.

Massive waves crash over the cliffs at Sennen near Land's End in Cornwall today as experts said sea conditions were 'phenomenal'

Storm Imogen brought huge waves to the coast of Cornwall today including at Sennen where they engulfed the hillside

She said: 'He loves animals and would do anything to rescue them. We are all devastated and feeling numb, but we just don't know what is happening at the moment.'

Conditions out at sea reached 'phenomenal' states, with waves topping 16m (52ft 6in) and a monster of 19.1m (63ft) recorded off St Ives. 

Several people were injured yesterday, including two children who had a stone wall fall on them in Bretforton, near Evesham in Worcestershire.

The incident came less than two weeks after the local authority inspected the wall and found no immediate danger to the public.

Huge waves were seen drenching the coast of Porthleven in Cornwall as waves reached up to 63ft in nearby St Ives

Land's End: Waves crash over the Longships Lighthouse just off the Cornish coast as the ninth named storm of the season hit Britain

Storm Imogen whips the sea into a writhing foam in Croyde, Devon, as thousands of homes were left without power

Waves lash the seafront at Westward Ho! in Devon as Storm Imogen whipped the sea into frenzy across much of southern England

Blackpool: High winds and big waves batterws the Lancashire coast as many parts of Britain were hit by severe weather

A man in his 70s had a broken leg and his dog was killed after a garden wall blew on to them in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, at about 8am yesterday.

Meanwhile in the St Annes area of Bristol, a man in his 40s was injured after trees fell on to a three-storey block of flats.

Elsewhere, a father and daughter near Exeter had a 100ft tree blown on to their car outside their house, minutes before they were due to leave for school.  - Daily Mail.