Friday, April 29, 2016

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Statoil Helicopter Crashes Off Norway Coast - 11 Of 13 On Board Reported Dead!

-- A helicopter has crashed near Fjell . At least 15 passengers feared dead ~NRK
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April 29, 2016 - NORWAY - Eleven people have been killed in a helicopter crashed off the west coast of Norway near Bergen, AFP reports. A Briton, an Italian and 11 Norwegians were amongst those on board the helicopter, which was totally destroyed on impact.

“We have received many, many reports of a helicopter crash just west of Turoy near Bergen. Many people have reported that they heard an explosion and saw smoke. We can confirm that a helicopter has crashed and that there are people in the sea,” police told the Verdens Gang newspaper.

Norwegian police have told the broadcaster NTB that there were 13 people on board the helicopter when it came down. The area has frequent helicopter traffic servicing offshore oil platforms in the North Sea off the Norwegian coast. The Rescue Coordination Center has yet to receive any information about any survivors.

According to the Bergens Tidende newspaper, police say they have found dead bodies, as the rescue attempts continue. The dead bodies were found on land, though the exact number of those who perished has not been announced.

“We do not know the sequence of events or what the helicopter to come down,” Bjorn Jarle, from the Rescue Coordination Center for South Norway.

Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway.

Reports say there was no problem with the weather as conditions were good for flying, according to local meteorologists.

The helicopter that came down is believed to be a Eurocopter and was owned by the CHC Helicopter Group, which specializes in providing offshore transportation to the oil-and-gas industry.

Norwegian oil company Statoil has confirmed to the Aftonbladet publication that the crashed helicopter came from the Gullfaks B platform - a North Sea oil field operated by Statoil.

Ivar Moen, from the Rescue Coordination Center for South Norway, told Verdens Gang that diving equipment is being brought to help with the rescue operation.

“There are a lot of people who can help in the area, but the Rescue Coordination Center has requested vessels with the capacity to dive. The Norwegian Stealth Frigate, the Otto Sverdrup will help with the rescue attempts and is heading to the area,” he said.

Statoil is setting up an emergency center in Bergen, while it confirmed that 11 of those on board worked for the oil firm.

The oil giant has also said that all helicopters of a similar type to the one that crashed have been temporarily taken out of service.

- RT.


ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Migratory Patterns And Disaster Precursors - 2 More Oarfish Appear Off Taiwan During Seismic Activity?! [PHOTOS]

Fishermen were stunned after discovering the fish. CEN

April 29, 2016 - TAIWAN - Two rare earthquake fish were thrown out of the water after a ' mud volcano ' erupted off the coast of Taiwan.

The volcano erupted early Thursday morning in the city of Pingtung following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake.

Fishermen were delighted to find the oarfish, also known as earthquake fish, both measuring 4.4 metres - twice as long as beanpole footballer Peter Crouch - and weighing a whopping seven stone.

Four eruption mouths were spotted in a paddy field in Wandan Town and the hot slurry almost destroyed the whole field.

Local villagers dug ditches immediately to drain the slurry away and doubted that the eruption may have a connection with the early earthquake that hit the east coast.

The huge fish both measure more than 4 metres in length. CEN

The fish weighed a whopping seven stone. CEN

The 5.6-magnitude earthquake occurred in the waters off Hualien County, Taiwan at around 11:17pm and in the following several hours, around 30 aftershocks between 3.5 and 5.6 magnitude were spotted.

The latest earthquake monitored at 4 magnitude occurred around 11am on Thursday. There have been no casualties reported.

Experts say that the aftershocks may last two to three days.

"We predict that the mud volcano eruption may last for two to three days. And it may be accompanied by some magnitude 5 earthquakes," said Kuo Kaiwen, director of Taiwan Earthquake Monitoring and Report Center.

- Mirror.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Seismic Activity Increases At Turrialba And Irazu Volcanoes In Costa Rica - 75 EARTHQUAKES In Less Than 12 HOURS!

April 29, 2016 - COSTA RICA - The Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI in Spanish) reported today that the seismic activity at the volcano Turrialba increased in the last hours.

The Observatory recalled that last Saturday, nearly 75 earthquakes took place in less than 12 hours between the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes.

The National Seismological Network said that so far is been observed the normal steam and gases plume rising from the volcano.

The vapor plume started forming above Turrialba’s crater in the early hours of Thursday, April 28.OVSICORI

After more than a century inactive, seismic activity was recorded at the Turrialba volcano on January 5, 2010.

Turrialba is the second highest volcano in the country after the Irazu is located in the district of Santa Cruz, in the canton of Turrialba, in the province of Cartago.

- Prensa Latina.


ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - Wettest April In 15 Years As Colder Than Normal Temperatures Hit The Netherlands!

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April 29, 2016 - NETHERLANDS - This month was the wettest April the Netherlands has seen in 15 years, according to weather service Weeronline.

The Netherlands had a national average of 65 millimeters of rain, compared to the normal of 44 millimeters.

The region between Zuid-Holland and Groningen got between 80 and 100 millimeters of rain this month. Warffum in Groningen even got 110 millimeters, 2.5 times the normal April rain.

This is the most rain the Netherlands had in April since 2001, when the country got 75 millimeters.

The weather was also too cold for the usual April. The first half of the month was two degrees above average.

But due to the recent cold period, the monthly average is 8.7 degrees, compared to the normal of 9.2 degrees.

Despite the too cold weather and too much rain, the Netherlands actually had more than normal sunshine in April.

The country had 193 hours of sunshine this month, compared to the usual 178 hours.

- NL Times.