Archive | May 22, 2017

Terror Attack? Explosion At Manchester Arena, UK – Many Injured – Fatalities Reported

Police in Manchester have urged people to stay away from Manchester Arena following reports of an explosion during a concert.
 
Officers say they are responding to a “serious incident” but have not yet released any further details.
 
Witnesses reported hearing a “huge bang” at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig.
 
Majid Khan, 22, said: “I and my sister, along with a lot of others, were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10.45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely
 
panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
 
“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us.
 
“Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.”
 
Suzy Mitchell, who lives opposite the venue, said: “(I) just heard a huge bang from my bed, came out to the front of my apartments (we’re on the top floor so have perfect view) and everyone was running away in big crowds.
 
“The bang was so big I heard it from my room which is at the back of the apartment blocks.
 
“Currently lots of emergency services going to and from. But can’t see anything substantial as of yet except fleeing people and lots of cars.”
 
Network Rail says that lines out of Manchester Victoria station are currently blocked.
Courtesy of Sky News

MAGNITUDE 2.1 LONG VALLEY AREA, CALIFORNIA, USA

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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 403 km N of Los Angeles, United States / pop: 3,793,000 / local time: 10:19:36.7 2017-05-22
185 km SE of Carson City, United States / pop: 55,300 / local time: 10:19:36.7 2017-05-22
95 km E of Mariposa, United States / pop: 2,200 / local time: 10:19:36.7 2017-05-22
6 km E of Mammoth Lakes, United States / pop: 8,300 / local time: 10:19:36.7 2017-05-22
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MAGNITUDE 5.3 TONGA

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 411 km SW of Apia, Samoa / pop: 40,500 / local time: 05:41:06.1 2017-05-23
179 km N of Neiafu, Tonga / pop: 4,400 / local time: 05:41:06.1 2017-05-23

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State of emergency declared as Greece battles locust plague on Agios Efstratios Island

Locusts on Agios Efstratios (pic courtesy of Stella Spanou)
Locusts swarming across the land on Agios Efstratios
Villagers on a tiny Greek Aegean island, Agios Efstratios, are battling a plague of locusts and a state of emergency has been declared there.
 
The island has about 200 residents who rely on agriculture and fishing. Locust infestation is a recurring problem.
 
A member of the local administration, Stella Spanou, told the BBC that sheep were starving as so much vegetation was being devoured by the locust swarms.
 
Students from Athens have sprayed the pesticides diflubenzuron and spinosad.
 
“It’s difficult because of the landscape – they have to go on foot. The eco-friendly chemicals are working, they got good results,” Ms Spanou said.
 
“But there are still many locusts because they couldn’t spray everywhere.”
 
The students, from the Agricultural University of Athens, sprayed under the expert supervision of scientists.
 
They got a special government permit for the pesticides because those chemicals were not registered for use against locusts, team leader Antonios Tsagkarakis told the BBC.
 
The island, 30km (19 miles) south of Limnos, has one village, where vegetable gardens are being destroyed by the locusts. “The chemicals cannot be used in the village,” Ms Spanou said.
 
Agios Efstratios is part of the EU’s Natura 2000 conservation network – it has a special status because of its rare flora and fauna.
 
The island is not a big tourist destination. By July-August most of the locusts will have disappeared, Ms Spanou said, but the problem is that they keep coming back. The swarms are not thought to be migratory.
 
Next year, Mr Tsagkarakis said, the Athens students will use a geographic information system (GIS) and drones to help fight the locusts.
 
The Greek island’s caves, cliffs and pools provide habitats for monk seals, falcons, seabirds and migratory birds.
 
The island’s important vegetation includes rare Valonia oak (Quercus macrolepis), sea daffodils (Pancratium maritimum) and extensive seagrass beds (Posidonia oceanica).
 
“Many times we asked the government to declare an emergency, but it is expensive to do so. They acted this time because the problem is really big. It means we can overcome bureaucratic problems and do things much quicker,” Ms Spanou said.
 
Compensation for the islanders – perhaps in the form of a tax deduction – is under discussion.
Courtesy of BBC News

MAGNITUDE 3.2 FRANCE

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Depth: 0 km

Distances: 160 km E of Saint Helier, Jersey / pop: 28,000 / local time: 14:56:33.7 2017-05-22
42 km NE of Caen, France / pop: 111,000 / local time: 15:56:33.7 2017-05-22
7 km S of Sainte-Adresse, France / pop: 8,400 / local time: 15:56:33.7 2017-05-22

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MAGNITUDE 5.5 KURIL ISLANDS

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Depth: 40 km

Distances: 522 km E of Sapporo-shi, Japan / pop: 1,884,000 / local time: 20:00:55.9 2017-05-22
512 km SE of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation / pop: 177,000 / local time: 22:00:55.9 2017-05-22
80 km E of Шикотан, Russian Federation / pop: 2,100 / local time: 22:00:55.9 2017-05-22

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MAGNITUDE 2.1 SPAIN

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Depth: 15 km

Distances: 401 km N of Lisbon, Portugal / pop: 518,000 / local time: 04:36:41.0 2017-05-22
76 km N of Viana do Castelo, Portugal / pop: 15,600 / local time: 04:36:41.0 2017-05-22
45 km W of Pontevedra, Spain / pop: 81,600 / local time: 05:36:41.0 2017-05-22
31 km SW of O Grove, Spain / pop: 11,300 / local time: 05:36:41.0 2017-05-22

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MAGNITUDE 4.6 BAFFIN BAY

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1445 km NW of Nuuk, Greenland / pop: 14,800 / local time: 23:35:50.5 2017-05-21
977 km NW of Ilulissat, Greenland / pop: 4,500 / local time: 23:35:50.5 2017-05-21

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