Monday, March 14, 2016

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Chicago-Bound Amtrak Train Derails In Kansas - Over 140 People On Board, Nearly 30 Injured!

March 14, 2016 - KANSAS, UNITED STATES - Five rail cars of Amtrak's Los Angeles-Chicago passenger train have derailed in Kansas. Approximately 142 passengers and crew were on board, 29 of whom sustained injuries and are being treated in local hospitals.

UPDATE: The engineer applied the emergency brakes after noticing a "significant bend in a rail," an unnamed official familiar with the investigation told AP Monday afternoon. Investigators are now checking if a vehicle may have damaged the track, the agency reported.

The incident occurred in Gray County, Kansas, some 3 miles (about 5km) outside Cimarron.

"Just after midnight CT, Amtrak Southwest Chief Train 4, operating from Los Angeles to Chicago, derailed some cars approximately 20 miles west of Dodge City, Kansas, on BNSF track," Amtrak said in a statement, adding there were approximately 128 passengers and 14 crew members on board.

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Local emergency responders provided on-site response, while approximately 20 passengers were transported to hospitals in Garden City and Dodge City, the passenger rail service said.

The number of hospitalized increased to 29, Gray County spokeswoman Ashley Rogers said later in the evening, Associated Press reported. No life-threatening wounds were sustained by the victims, she added.

Susan Morgan, the mother of one of the passengers, told KAKE News the Southwest Chief train was heading east from Los Angeles toward Chicago. Morgan said her daughter, a college student in Arizona, was helped out of a window to safety after the train started shaking while traveling at 75 miles per hour (120km).

Eight people were killed and over 200 injured last year in May when an Amtrak train heading from Washington to New York tumbled from its rails just outside Philadelphia. The train was traveling at more than 100 miles per hour (over twice the speed limit) when it entered a curve in the tracks and derailed, investigators said. - RT.


RATTLE & HUM: Mysterious Sounds Heard Across The Planet - Mysterious Metallic Sound Recorded In Bern, Switzerland?! [VIDEO]

March 14, 2016 - BERN, SWITZERLAND - This strange sound was recorded in Bern on March 4, 2016.

The metallic noise started at around 1:30 am and lasted to around 4:00 am.

What was it please?

This weird noise sounds metallic, as if people were blowing leaves away... But that's impossible in the middle of the night.

It's neither a car nor a motorcycle passing by ...

WATCH: Monumental Earth Changes.

They would have then a great problem! The loud noise is coming from all over. Maybe are they repairing something on the street in the area.

But if it was the case, they would also have had to advise the residents... I suppose!

This sound is really annoying and woke everybody around at night... What do you think that was? - Strange Sounds.


EXTREME WEATHER: More Signs Of Increasing Magnetic Polar Migration - Lightning Strikes Kill 5 In Uttar Pradesh, India!

March 14, 2016 - INDIA - Five people were killed in lightning strikes after heavy rain lashed parts of Uttar Pradesh, damaging standing crops and disrupting normal life.

Several parts in the neighbouring state of Bihar received light to moderate rainfall.

In Uttar Pradesh, the death toll in the rain-related incidents went up to 10.

According to reports, rain and hailstorm lashed Mirzapur, Varanasi, Lucknow, Chandauli, Allahabad and some other districts in the eastern region.

The rain, which was accompanied by strong winds, damaged standing wheat, mustard and cereal crops.

Alert in Bihar

The Met Department has issued alert for a possible hailstorm and squall, followed by rainfall, in northeastern part of Bihar particularly in Purnia, Katihar, Araria and Kishanganj. - Deccan Herald.


EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Windstorm Over Northwest United States "Spiraled Like A Hurricane", Weather Service Says - Storm Had Extreme Low Pressures More Familiar To Florida?!

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March 14, 2016 - UNITED STATES - The windstorm that swept through the Northwest on Sunday had some of the wind speed and low pressure associated with tropical hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

We nearly witnessed a hurricane.

The spring storm that rushed through the Northwest on Sunday, bringing wind gusts as high as 80 mph on the coast, showed a classic spiral pattern and extreme low pressures more familiar to Florida.

"Storm looks like a hurricane! The central pressure is deeper than expected, 978 mb," the National Weather Service vented on Twitter around 1:30 p.m., with a photo of the eye of the storm offshore from Olympic National Park.

The intensity was expected to peak at 4:30 p.m., and dissipate over Vancouver Island in a few hours, said Jay Albrecht, a weather-service meteorologist in Seattle.

The edges of the spiral extended Sunday afternoon from Arlington to just north of Hoquiam, he said, taking in large areas of Puget Sound and the Pacific Coast.

Gusts reached 82 mph at Destruction Island on the north Pacific Coast, 74 mph at Moclips beach just north of Grays Harbor, and 62 mph at Discovery Park in Seattle, he said.

High winds shut down traffic lights around the region Sunday, snarling traffic.© Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times

Winds were shifting direction around the epicenter, which passed Forks at around 3:30 p.m. On the Olympic Peninsula, wind directions pivoted during the day from northeast, to northwest, to west, Albrecht said.

The low-pressure center of the storm attracts winds inward, but the rotation of the earth counters that tendency by pulling wind directions "to the right," he said. So on the coast, winds began from the south, then kept shifting as the eye moved toward Canada.

On the edge of the storm, the Seattle area received winds from the south, the same direction as during any ordinary rainstorm.

Albrecht called Sunday's episode an "extratropical storm," meaning outside the tropics but with similar characteristics. Gusts hovered near the 74 mph benchmark that defines hurricane-force winds, he said.

But there were big differences:

A hurricane can last for weeks, but this Northwest storm took about one day to travel from northern California to British Columbia, Albrecht said. The center of the action sped north at about 40 mph through Washington state, compared to 10 mph or 15 mph for a tropical hurricane.

Also, hurricane winds are sustained in a gulf-type storm. Here, gusts were brief.

The low atmospheric pressure of 978 millibars off the Olympic Peninsula compared to 990 or 1,000 millibars during a basic windstorm, or 1,015 millibars on a nice March day, Albrecht said.

The weather system arrived four hours earlier than meteorologists expected, so the worst phase ended by late afternoon, instead of around 9 p.m. Sunday.

It followed another windstorm last week, when gusts reached 60 mph in the Puget Sound area.

Low pressures are a product of the global water cycle, which produces the familiar jet stream over the Pacific. Winds in the upper atmosphere, at 30,000 to 40,000 feet elevation, have reached 230 mph to 240 mph recently, Albrecht said. The jet stream has been intense, perhaps because of the El NiƱo seasonal pattern, he said.

As for the spiral effect — winds that gain speed near the storm's center — he compared that to a figure skater who spins faster by retracting her arms. - The Seattle Times.


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Massive Sinkhole Opens Up Outside Of Home In Cornwall, England - Measured Over 300 FEET DEEP! [VIDEO]

The depth of the massive sinkhole was filmed by a camera attached to a drone.© Apex

March 14, 2016 - ENGLAND - A massive sinkhole has opened up in Cornwall - only yards away from the back door of a house.

Footage captured by a drone shows the giant 300ft deep gaping hole outside the home in Scorrier, an area with a history of mine workings.

It appeared after a huge mineshaft collapsed next to the property.

Mark Thomas, who captured the video, wrote: 'A massive mineshaft opens up under a garage at a house in Scorrier near Redruth in Cornwall.

WATCH: Sinkhole opens right behind Cornwall house.

'This shaft is truly massive and is approximately 300ft to water and god knows how deep from there!'

Fortunately, the home it appeared under is unoccupied.

Stuart Dann, from Mining Eye, said that the discovery was totally unexpected. 'The hole opened up when experts were drilling down the patio. Both houses nearby are empty, which is a very good job.'

Dann added: 'Structural engineers are deciding the future of the bungalow but cracks suggest that it may be joining a flooded piece of history, hundreds of metres underground.' - Metro.


EXTREME WEATHER: Over Two Million People Brace For More Severe Weather Conditions In Southern United States - Over 24 Inches Of Rainfall Results In Widespread Flooding, Submerging Homes And Prompting Mass Evacuations! [VIDEOS]

Heavy rain, strong winds and tornadoes ravaged states in the south.
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March 14, 2016 - UNITED STATES - At least 24 inches of rain fell in the hardest hit places, causing chaos for rescue workers.

Six people have died in southern states as a result of widespread flooding and extreme weather which has submerged homes, prompted large evacuations and caused chaos for authorities and rescue workers.

Now around two million people are bracing for more bad weather this week.

Heavy rain and rising rivers have affected Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas over the last week, according to The Weather Channel.

In Louisiana, authorities evacuated close to 3,300 people and hundreds of pets. Around 5,000 homes in the state were damaged by flooding, with 800 houses in Mississippi also affected.

Up to 24 inches of rain fell in some places and the impacts are expected to continue over the coming days and weeks as the rivers continue to rise.

The AP reported that Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the entire state and sent 1,000 soldiers and air crews to help with rescues. President Obama signed an order declaring the flood in the state an emergency on Sunday.

Four deaths were reported last Wednesday in Louisiana, all as a result of driving or traveling on flooded roads.

A 78-year-old man's boat overturned while he attempted to cross a flooded section of highway. A 75-year-old man also died when he crossed a flooded highway in his car.

Another 22-year-old man drowned after his car was swept off the road by floodwater.

A six-year-old girl also died when her mother lost control of the car they were driving in. The river along the Mississippi-Louisiana border could reach 21 feet, according to the National Weather Service forecasts, the same height as experienced during the 1983 flood, the AP said.

WATCH: Widespread flooding in southern states.

In Oklahoma, a 30-year-old man drowned in his car after trying to cross a flooded bridge. His passenger managed to swim to safety.

A Mississippi sheriff's deputy was hospitalized after his patrol car skidded into a ditch last Friday, and he is reportedly recovering at home.

Six tornadoes were confirmed in Texas last week after the recent spell of extreme weather.

Strong winds have torn the roofs from houses and petrol stations. One man was taken to hospital when winds peeled a roof off a building and dumped it on top of a van, according to the Dallas Morning News.

In the same state, a 22-year-old man drowned after he went kayak fishing before a storm approached. - Independent.


ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - Giant Sperm Whale Found Dead On East Bali Beach; Dolphins, Whales Found Dead On Queensland Beach; And More Than ONE MILLION Sea Slugs Wash Onto Thai Beach?! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

A sperm whale was found washed up in Klungkung, Bali on March 14, 2016.© Instagram @widia_pranata

March 14, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Giant sperm whale found dead on East Bali beach

A beached whale, reportedly measuring 16.2 meters in length, was found in Klungkung, East Bali early on Monday morning.

Local fishermen Negah Sunarta, 37, and Nengah Darpa, 35, found the whale at Batu Tumpeng Beach, Gelgel Village when they were catching lobster.

"We usually look for lobsters on this beach. We were shocked with the whale. After we approached, it turned out to be dead," Sunarta said, as quoted in a report by Praise Sukiswanti, published by Sindo News.

The whale caused quite the commotion as hundreds of curious people apparently gathered around it to gawk and take pictures.

Unfortunately, as you can see from some of these photos posted to social media, the dead whale was not allowed to rest in peace right away as people saw a photo op and jumped right on.

Along with the many photos all over Bali social media, the presence of the poor washed up whale was confirmed by Klungkung Police Chief Arendra Wahyudi, who said on Monday afternoon that police were still coordinating with the Klungkung Department of Fisheries and Marine Affairs, the Natural Resource Conservation body (KSDA), and the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPKB) to remove the whale from the beach.

A KSDA officer, Wayan Surata, told Tribun Bali that the whale was Physeter macrochepalus, or a sperm whale.

He added that he believes the whale was separated from its group and must have drifted off before it was stranded on the East Bali beach, that's part of the whale's migratory route. - Coconuts Bali.

Dolphins, whales found dead on Queensland beach

A female whale, her calf and a dolphin have been found dead on Sunshine Coast beaches in Queensland.

The pygmy sperm whale calf and dolphin became stranded at Peregian Beach, while the mother whale was found about 2km north near Noosa on Sunday, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection says.

Samples have been taken from the animals and a local council is arranging for the carcasses to be removed.

Photos of the animals were posted to the Peregian Beach Village Facebook page on Sunday.

"Sadly 3 sea mammals have washed up dead on the early morning high tide," the post read.

"The Coolum Coast Care team are on the scene with Humpback Whale research scientist Dr. Michael Noad, who just happened to be coming down to check the surf."

The post said it wasn't known how the mammals died, but it appeared the whales had been bitten by sharks. - 9 News.

More than 1 million sea slugs wash onto Thai beach

Marine experts are attempting to understand why more than a million sea slugs washed up on a Phuket beach this morning.

The name 'sea slug' is a common name used specifically for gastropods that are not shell-bearing or appear not to be shell-bearing. Experts believe that the sea slugs found on Kamala Beach are, in fact, sea hares. However, they have yet to determine the exact species.

"Adult sea hares are mostly large, bulky creatures. Juveniles are usually not noticed along the shoreline," said Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong from the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC). "However, that doesn't appear to be the case here."

WATCH: Slimy balls infest Kamala Beach.

'Sea hare' is a direct translation from the Latin lepus marinus, which is derived from their rounded shape and from the two long rhinophores that project upwards from their heads, thought to look similar to the ears of a hare.

"A team was sent up there to collect samples of both the animals and the seawater to determine exactly what has caused this," said Charatsee Aungtonya, a marine expert from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Region 5.

Officials at the PMBC and the DMCR Region 5 were made aware of the situation after local social media networks became abuzz with pictures of the tiny marine creatures on the shore of Kamala. - Phuket Gazette.