Sunday, April 5, 2015

FRINGE STARGATE: Large Hadron Collider At CERN Fired Up After 2-Year Break - New Run Will Focus On Searching For DARK MATTER And Trying To Reach OTHER DIMENSIONS!



April 5, 2015 - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- After a two-year refit, the CERN nuclear research center has restarted the Large Hadron Collider (some say that’s why the latest lunar eclipse was so short). The new run will focus on searching for dark matter and trying to reach other dimensions.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced on Sunday that one of the two beams had completed a circuit of the LHC’s 27-kilometer ring of superconducting magnets in an underground facility on the Swiss-French border.

The collider has been upgraded to run at a higher energy and with a greater intensity of collisions. This time the ‘Big Bang’ accelerator is going to run for three years, with operators busy 24-hours a day. First experiments are slated for late May.

“The LHC will be running day and night. When we will get results, we don’t know. What is important is that we will have collisions at energies we’ve never had before,”
CERN spokesman Arnaud Marsollier said in March.

“If something interesting appears in this new window we will see it. It might be two months from now or two years, we’re not able to say. It took 50 years to find the Higgs boson and 20 years to build this machine, and it will be running at least until 2035, so we can be patient,”
he added.




With its beam energy level now reaching 13 tera-electron volts (TeV), the refitted ‘atom smasher’ is now nearly twice as powerful as it was two years ago.

The LHC is now believed to be powerful enough to ‘capture’ dark matter, which is believed to make up some 70 percent of matter in our universe.

The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particles accelerator, was active between 2008 and in 2012, and made what is probably its most valuable discovery: it registered the mysterious Higgs boson subatomic particle, the so-called "God particle" that gives mass to other particles, and is believed to be the key to understanding the constructs of the universe.

This standard model of particle physics works with 17 subatomic particles, of which 12 are thought to build matter, while the remaining five, including the newly discovered Higgs boson, are called “force carriers.”


WATCH: CERN's Large Hadron Collider back in action and twice as powerful.




In 2013, the LHC was stopped when scientists realized that if they wanted to get deeper into the rabbit’s burrow, the collider needed a higher output.

The LHC was set to be re-started on March 31, but the launch was delayed while CERN solved a technical problem, which turned out to be a small piece of metal debris in the system. They removed it and completed final testing.

After the restart, relatively weak beams of protons will be sent through the LHC ring in opposite directions, reaching velocities close to the speed of light. But first collisions marking the beginning of the second stage of experiments are likely to happen no earlier than June.

New discoveries could be expected somewhere in the middle of 2016. - RT.




GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Popocatepetl Volcano Explodes In Mexico With Towering Eruption - 37 Fumes In The Last 24 Hours! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]



April 5, 2015 - MEXICO
- In the last 24 hours the system of monitoring of the volcano Popocatepetl registered 37 low intensity exhalations, accompanied by small emissions of steam, gas and sometimes light amounts of ash.

Also, the National Center of disaster prevention (CENAPRED) reported that also 11 explosions were recorded, among the most important the occurred are yesterday.






This morning there were two explosions, the first took place at 08:45 hours, which generated a column 1.6 km height with moderate content of ash, while the second took place at 10:18 hours creating a column of 2 km in height.

Also at 8:00 in the evening the volcano recorded another explosion more with incandescent material on its slopes.


WATCH: Strong explosion of the Popocatepetl volcano on April 4, 2015 as seen from Puebla.




CENAPRED said that he remains the permanent monitoring of the activity of the Colossus. - Razon. [Translated]




INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: "Exploded In Mid-Air" - Helicopter Crash In Malaysia; All Six People Aboard, Including Top Government Officials, Killed!


April 5, 2015 - MALAYSIA
- A helicopter crash in Selangor, south of Kuala Lumpur, has killed all six people aboard including a former cabinet minister and key political ally of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak.

The aircraft carrying Jamaluddin Jarjis, a lawmaker and a senior member of Mr Najib's political party UMNO, crashed into a rubber plantation in the town of Semenyih.

Other passengers aboard were the prime minister's chief-of-staff Azlin Alias, Kedah businessman Robert Tan, pilot and Chempaka Aviation owner Cliff Fournier, co-pilot Ajdiana Baiziera and a bodyguard named only as Raskan.

Speaking to reporters in Semenyih, Prime Minister Najib paid tribute to the victims.

"This comes as a great loss to me and my family because Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis had been close to me since our university days," he said.

He said the same went for Azlin Alias, his private secretary and office chief-of-staff.

"Azlin agreed to leave his corporate job to serve the country and government," he said.




"He was very close to me and this is a big loss.

"I hope both their families are strong in facing this tragedy. I will pray for them."

Malaysian home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi joined Mr Najib at the media conference, and told The Star newspaper earlier in the evening that Mr Jamaluddin, the parliamentary member of Rompin, was aboard the aircraft.

"We are still gathering information on the crash," he said.

"The police are working with the fire and rescue department."

An eyewitness told Malaysia's official Bernama news agency that the helicopter "exploded in mid-air" during heavy rain at around 4:50pm local time.

"Then, the debris, tail and blades were thrown all over the place," the eyewitness, who was not named, was quoted as saying.


File photo of Jamaluddin Jarjis serving as second minister of finance at an ASEAN meeting in 2003. (AFP: Romeo Gacad/file)

Media reports say the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department confirms that all six bodies have been found.

As well as his role as the MP for Rompin, Jamaluddin Jarjis was the chairman of PR1MA, the 1Malaysia People's Housing Corporation, and was a former special envoy to the United States, science and technology minister, and second minister of finance.

The victims were believed to be returning from the wedding reception of the prime minister's daughter.

The prime minister has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the crash. - ABC News Australia.




SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Second Sun Memes - Real-Life 'Tatooine' Planets With Two Suns May Be More Common Than Previously Thought!

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one. The planet, called Kepler-16b (illustrated here),
is the most 'Tatooine-like' planet yet found in our galaxy.

April 5, 2015 - SPACE
- Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, may exist only in the make-believe world of Star Wars, but astronomers have long known that planets with two suns exist in the real world too.

So far, mostly gas giant planets have been observed orbiting twin stars. But a new study suggests that rocky Earth-like planets can form in binary star systems -- and are likely quite common in the universe.

"Tatooine sunsets may be common after all," study co-author Dr. Ben Bromley, an astrophysicist at the University of Utah, said in a written statement. “For over a decade, astrophysicists believed that planets like Earth could not form around most binary stars, at least not close enough to support life."

Astrophysicists had speculated that the uneven gravitational pull of twin stars would prevent orbiting rocks and dust from coalescing to form Earth-like planets -- and even send planet-forming material on destructive collision courses.


Kepler 16b has been dubbed Tatooine, due to the double sunset on the Star Wars planet.

“Planets form like dust bunnies under your bed, glomming together to make larger and larger objects,” study co-author Dr. Scott Kenyon, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said in the statement. “When planets form around a binary, the binary scrambles up the dust bunnies unless they are on just the right orbit.”

The researchers used computer simulations and mathematical models to show that Earth-like planets could indeed form in a binary star system -- that is, if the planet-forming material orbits its host stars in a concentric, oval-shaped orbit. And the resulting rocky planets may be able to survive for tens of thousands of years, The Telegraph reported.


In this acrylic painting, Bromley illustrates the view of a double sunset from an uninhabited Earth-like planet orbiting a pair of stars.
Ben Bromley, University of Utah


The takeaway, according to Bromley, is that it's just as easy for an Earth-like planet to form around a binary star as it is to form around a single star like our sun.

The study, “Planet Formation Around Binary Stars: Tatooine Made Easy,” was submitted to the Astrophysical Journal and uploaded to the online research archive arXiv.org on March 12, 2015. - Huffington Post.



INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crashes In Lake Orienta, Florida, United States - The Pilot Escaped Unhurt!

Sea plane crashes into lake

April 5, 2015 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Altamonte Springs police are investigating after a small sea plane crashed in Lake Orienta Saturday.

Police said the pilot didn’t bring up the plane’s landing gear, causing the nose of the aircraft to go under water, partially submerging the plane.

The pilot wasn’t injured and got out of the lake safely.

A boater in the area helped pull the plane to shore.

The Seminole County Fire Department pumped water out of the plane and got it out of the water.

Fire officials responded to the scene about 11 a.m.

The identity of the pilot has not been released. - WFTV.




SOLAR WATCH: "Canyon Of Fire" Opens On The Sun - Monster Filament Of Magnetism Stretches Halfway Across The Stellar Object, Splitting The Sun's Atmosphere, Hurling CME Into Space; Glancing Blow To Earth Possible By April 7th!


April 5, 2015 - SPACE
- A filament of magnetism stretching halfway across the sun erupted during the late hours of April 4th (22:00-23:00 UT).

The eruption split the sun's atmosphere, hurling a CME into space and creating a "canyon of fire" shown here in a movie recorded by the Solar Dynamics Observatory:

WATCH: Filament Eruption on the Sun.




The glowing walls of the canyon trace the original channel where the filament was suspended by magnetic forces above the sun's surface. From end to end, the structure stretches more than 300,000 km--a real Grand Canyon.

Fragments of the exploding filament formed the core of a CME that raced away from the sun at approximately 900 km/s (2 million mph): image. Most of the CME will miss Earth, but not all. The cloud is expected to deliver a a glancing blow to our planet's magnetic field could on April 7th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.

Incoming CME

A CME hurled into space by the 'canyon of fire' eruption, described below, could sideswipe Earth's magnetic field on April 7th. Polar geomagnetic storms and auroras are possible when the CME arrives.

Sunspots

X-Ray activity during the past 24 hours was technically low. A filament eruption in the southern hemisphere resulted in a long duration C3.8 hyder flare event, along with a coronal mass ejection (CME) that appears to be directed mostly to the east and away from our planet.




According to the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), a weak glancing blow shock passage may still be possible by April 7th.

Geomagnetic storming is not currently expected to come from this.

 All visible numbered regions, including sunspot 2320 are currently stable.

Coronal Hole

Earth is inside a stream of solar wind flowing from the indicated coronal hole.




- Space Weather | Solar Ham.



GLOBAL VOLCANISM: All The World's Volcano Webcams - Never In The History Of Volcanology Have So Many Volcanoes Been Monitored! [LIST]

Explosive eruption at Mexico's Colima, capture on the Webcams de Mexico camera on April 2, 2015. Webcams de Mexico (captured by Erik Klemetti)

April 5, 2015 - EARTH
- Never in the history of volcanology have so many volcanoes been monitored. We have the ability to sit and watch hundreds of volcanoes as they sleep, rumble or erupt — all from the comfort of our homes or offices. This instant connectivity to volcanoes in some of the most remote parts of the world is what gives us the impression that there are more volcanic eruptions today than in the past. There really aren’t more, but rather we hear about or see the eruptions much faster. With the network of webcams and the peering eyes of satellites, almost no volcano can erupt on the planet and we not notice. So, fear not, volcanism isn’t on the rise but our ability to see the action live is.

Check out the list below of volcano webcams, sorted by geographic location. I can’t guarantee that they all work — webcams are tricky to keep operational even in ideal conditions — but even clicking through a few shows just how restless many volcanoes around the globe are. If you find a broken link or discover a new webcam not on the list, let me know in the comments. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can find it when some volcano does start acting up around the world!

Last updated April 2, 2015.



Pacific

Hawai’i (United States)
Haleakala – info – webcam
Kilauea - info
webcams: Pu’u O’o Crater | Pu’u O’o East FlankHalema`uma`u Crater from HVOHalema`uma`u Crater overlook
thermal webcams: Halema`uma`u Crater overlookPu’o O’o Crater | Pu’u O’o East Flank
mobile webcams: two | three | four
Mauna Kea – info – webcam
Mauna LoainfoMokuʻāweoweo Caldera webcam | Mokuʻāweoweo Caldera thermal webcam
Mariana Islands (United States)
Anatahaninfowebcam
Paganinfowebcam


Western/Southern Pacific

Japan – The Japanese Meteorological Agency has a page of 40+ webcams, but the names are all in Japanese. Google Translate does a good job of translating the names of volcanoes in the table on the right-hand side of the page to find your volcano of choice. However, they don’t allow direct links to the webcams, so the Japanese volcano webcams listed below are in addition to those on the JMA website.
Asama – info – webcams: one | two
Aso – info – webcams: crateronetwo | three | four – multiple views | five
Bandaiinfoone | two
Chokaiinfowebcam
Daisetsuinfowebcam
Fujiinfo – webcams: multiple cameras linkedone | two | Shimiza port | Fujinomiya City | Lake Tanuki | Lake Saiko | Lake Kawaguchi | Mt. Mitsutoge | Fujiyoshida City | Oshino | Gotemba
Hiuchiinfowebcam
Iwate – infowebcam
Kirishimainfo – webcams: two | three | four | five | six
Myokoinfo – (none right now)
Nikko-Shirane – infowebcam
Nisekoinfowebcam
Norikurainfowebcam
Ontakeinfowebcam
Rausuinfowebcam
Rishiriinfo – webcams: one | two
Sakurajimainfo – two webcams: one | two | four (selection of webcams – click on map) | five (selection of webcams – see map at bottom)
Unzeninfowebcam
Usuinfowebcam
Yakeinfo – webcams: (none right now)
Yoteiinfo – webcams: one
New Zealand
Auckland Volcanic Fieldinfowebcam
Lake Taupo – info – webcam
Ngauruhoe (Tongariro) – info – webcam
Ruapehuinfonorth | south
Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe (Tongariro) – webcam
Taranaki – info – webcams: onetwo
Tongariro – info – webcam
White Islandinfo – webcams: Crater floor | Coast (from Whakatane) | Crater rim | West rim
Kermadec Islands (monitoring administered by GNS New Zealand)
Raoul Islandinfowebcam
Philippines
Taalinfowebcam


Northern Pacific

Russia
Avachinskyinfowebcam
Bezymianny - infowebcam
Gorelyinfowebcam
Kizimeninfowebcam
Kliuchevskoi – info – webcams: one | two | three
Koryakskyinfowebcam
Koryaksky and Avachinskyinfo Avachinskywebcam
Shiveluchinfo – webcams: one | two | three
Tobalchikinfowebcam
Alaska (United States)
AVO has a multitude of webcams – and the ability to watch multiple webcams simultaneously.
Akutan – info – webcam
Augustineinfo – webcams: Island | Lagoon | Low light | from Homer
Cleveland – info – webcam
Edgecumbeinfowebcam
Fourpeaked – info – webcam
Iliamnainfo – webcams: one | two
Katmai – info – webcam
Makushininfowebcam
Pavlof – info – webcam (use the Cold Bay webcam – northeast view)
Redoubtinfo – webcams: Hut | DFR | CI
Shishaldin – info – webcam
Spurr – infowebcam
Ugashik-Peulik – info – webcam
Veniaminofinfowebcam (use Perryville webcam – northwest view)


Indian Ocean

Indonesia
PVMBG maintains a list of their volcano webcams. They can load very slowly and tend to be down/not updated.
Bromoinfowebcam
Gamalamainfowebcam
Kelutinfowebcam
Lokoninfowebcam
Sinabunginfowebcam
Reunion Island (France)
Piton de la Fournaiseinfo – webcams: four different views | Piton Partage


Europe

Azores (Portugal)
Picoinfo – webcams: one | two | three
Italy
Etnainfomultiple INGV webcams (both visual and thermal) | multiple webcams from Guide Etna | multiple webcams from Radio Studio 7
Stromboli and Vulcano (Aeolian Islands) - Stromboli info / Vulcano info – multiple webcams
Vesuviusinfomultiple webcams | two
France
Puy de Dôme - infowebcam
Greece
Santoriniinfo – webcams: one | two | three | multiple views
Turkey
Araratinfowebcam
Canary Islands (Spain)
Hierroinfo – webcam
La Palma – info – summit webcam
Tenerife/Teideinfo – webcams: one | two
Iceland
Barðarbunga (Holuhraun) – info – one | two | multiple webcams
Eyjafjallajökull – infowebcam
Geysirinfowebcam
Grímsvötninfowebcam (nearby glacial outlet)
Heklainfo – webcams: one | two
Kverkfjöllinfowebcam
Surtsey (Vestmannaeyjar)infowebcam
Jan Mayen Island (Norway)
Beerenburginfowebcam


Caribbean/Central America

Guatemala
Fuego – infoone | two
Santiaguito (Santa Maria)infoone | two
Costa Rica
Poásinfo – webcam
Irazú – infowebcam
Turrialbainfowebcam
Mexico
Colimainfowebcam
Iztaccihuatl & Popocatépetl – Iztaccihuatl infowebcam
Michoacán-Guanajuato Volcanic Fieldinfoone | two
Pico de Orizabainfowebcam
Popocatépetlinfo – webcam: Altzomoni Tlamacas | Tlamacas | Tianguismanalco | four
Nicaragua
Cerro Negroinfowebcam
Concepcióninfowebcam
Masayainfocrater | two | three
Momotomboinfowebcam
San Cristóbalinfowebcam
Telícainfowebcam


South America

Colombia
Azufralinfowebcam
Chiles/Cerro Negroinfowebcam
Cumbalinfowebcam
Galerasinfo – webcams: one | two | three | four
Huilainfo – multiple webcams
Machíninfowebcam
Puracé – infomultiple webcams
Ruizinfo – webcams: one | two | three
Sotará – infowebcam
Tolimainfowebcam
Ecuador
Reventadorinfoone | two | three (thermal)
Tungurahua – infoone | two | three
Chile
Antucoinfowebcam
Calbucoinfo – webcam
Chaitén – info – webcams: Camping | Aeródromo
Copahueinfowebcam
Hudsoninfowebcam
Lascarinfowebcams
Llaimainfowebcams
Mocho Choshuencoinfowebcam
Planchon Peteroa – infowebcam
Osorno - info – webcam
San Joseinfowebcam
San Pedro/San Pablo – infowebcam
Villarricainfowebcams | two


North America

United States
Yellowstoneinfo | YVO – webcams: Old Faithful | Old Faithful (realtime video) | Mammoth Hot Springs Terrace | Mammoth Hot Springs | Mt. Washburn | Biscuit Basin
Cascade Range, California and Arizona / CVO & CalVO
Adams – infoone | two | from Rainier Camp Muir
Bachelorinfowebcam
Bakerinfowebcam
Crater Lake – infoone | two
Glacier Peakinfowebcam
Hoodinfo – webcams: Mt. Hood Meadows (multiple) | Timberline Lodge
Lassen Peakinfowebcam | visitor center
Mammoth Mountaininfo – multiple webcams
Medicine Lakeinfowebcam
Mono Lake area – Mono info | Inyo info | Mono Lake infomultiple webcams (requires registration)
Rainierinfoone | two | Carbon River | UW Campus | Space Needle
Saint Helensinfo – webcams: high resolution (two)
San Francisco Volcanic Field – info – webcam
Shastainfowebcam | Shasta and Medicine Lake | Shasta Ski
Three Sistersinfoone | two
Antarctica
Erebusinfo | monitoring – webcams: multiple (including thermal camera for crater)

- WIRED.



GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The Globe - County In The United Kingdom Faces Sinkhole Explosion; Two Injured After Vehicle Plunges Into Sinkhole In Sheffield Beach, South Africa; Massive Sinkhole Opens Up Near Stark Street Bridge, Oregon, United States; Large Sinkhole Closes Road In Durban, South Africa!

April 5, 2015 - EARTH - Here are several of the latest reports of sinkholes across the globe as monumental planetary transformations continue.


How a county in the United Kingdom faces slumping into the past with sinkhole explosion

Collapse of four garages into sinkhole after dissolution beneath it Credit: British Geological Survey © NERC

They’ve brought traffic to a stand-still, swallowed people’s garden sheds, even uncovered long buried graves.

The sinkhole has become a rather familiar sight in the county over recent years.

Just this year, a shed in Swanley was consumed as the ground below it literally opened up beneath it. Homes and businesses arond a square in Gravesend had to be evacuated after a gaping hole appeared just last month, while perhaps the best known of them all, was when a 15ft-deep hole suddenly emerged on the central reservation of a busy stretch of the M2 near Faversham this time last year, forcing a partial closure for nine days.

So just what are these sinkholes - or in some cases Deneholes (deep. ancient, man-made chalk mines) and how are they being created?

The M2 hole, which was some 15ft deep and required more than 40 tonnes of pea shingle to fill in, was caused by the wet weather wearing down the soil and weakening the roof of an old man-made chalk mine, according to experts, who found evidence of the activity on old maps.

Initially, however, there was uncertainty, as the entire area rests on chalk bedrock, called the Seaford Chalk Formation. This mineral is partially soluble by weakly acidic water. If it’s swamped with water, either because of heavy rainfall or a burst water main, it can erode very fast. Large swathes of the county’s geological formation has chalk underlying it, and this has led to fears that sinkholes could crop up with greater regularity. Especially given climate change making us more vulnerable of heavy, prolonged periods of rainfall.

Dr Vanessa Banks is the team leader for shallow geohazards and risks at the British Geological Survey – the leading geoscience research unit in the country.

She told KoS that there was scope to see more occurrences of such holes in Kent in the future.

“There are a number of issues to be concerned with in the future. High rainfall in Kent could lead to more sinkholes appearing, as water is normally the trigger for them to form,” explains Dr Banks.

She said the county was an area which, historically, had a greater number of small chalk mines. These ancient chalk mines - which normally only comprise one shaft, and a single chamber are the Deneholes.

Dr Banks said: “In medieval times, chalk would be dug up and used on the fields to get them ready and primed for crop planting. Kent also has a number of historic brickworks which would have made used of mined chalk. Where it was taken from the ground, once the reserves were exhausted, the Deneholes would be capped, usually with organic material like wood.

“This organic matter can, over time, give way, leading to deneholes appearing suddenly. Water, again, can exacerbate this degradation of material and speed the whole process up.”

Liquid penetration, it seems, is key to the sinkhole issue. During 2014, a large number of sinkholes appeared, particularly during the early part of the year.

Dr Banks and the BGS attributed this to what was described by the Met Office as an ‘exceptional period of winter rainfall’. Between December 2013 and January 2014, the south east witnessed 372.2mm of rain. That was more than any other two month period since 1910.

Dr Banks told KoS: “Those storms saw a powerful jet stream weather pushing low pressure across the Atlantic which hit the UK. If we saw more of this weather over Kent, then we would almost certainly see more sinkholes and Deneholes likely to emerge.”

According to environmental consultant Alice Roper, based on Sheppey, that could be a problem.

Ms Roper said: “Our climate is changing in the UK, and most projections are that we will start to see milder, but wetter weather across the country. This will obviously lead to higher levels of rainfall, which will impact the stability of the ground in places which have lots of chalk.

“Sudden bursts of rain can overwhelm the drainage system already, and this is likely to get worse with more of it across the county. In areas which are underlain by chalk, this could lead to water erosion which could make them unstable.”

While sinkholes are an issue, Deneholes could be the big issue in the future. because of the abundance of chalk mining in the county.

Secretary of the Kent Underground Research Group, Hugh Farrar, said that the extent of the chalk mining holes is unknown in the county – according to him, there could be hundreds which are currently lying undiscovered.

He told KoS: “They’re quite widespread across the county, with the peak chalk mining activity around the 13th and 14th centuries. Some people will tell you that there are thousands, though I’d be a bit more conservative with my estimate and say it’s more likely to be in the hundreds. The reality is though, we don’t actually know really, and we don’t have any idea where they are.

“They are only really likely to be discovered when eventually their cap fails, or someone stumbles across one.”

However, according to Mr Farrar, there is good news for people panicking about their house sinking into one of the county’s Deneholes.

“There isn’t a real reason to worry too much about Deneholes, as the vast majority of them were dug in very agricultural areas. Because of the chalk’s primary use on the fields, you’re unlikely to find many, if any in urban areas.”

And the BGS say that they are working hard to make sure that no other unexpected chasms open up across the county.

Dr Banks said: “Currently, the BGS is going through historical maps and archives to database as many Deneholes as possible. Many locations are laid out on historical maps, but they have fallen off current maps. That means we are trying to update all known locations so that we can make sure they are protected.

“Sinkholes are also being investigated, although as they form naturally, they take a bit of modelling. We are currently working on susceptibility mapping to try and predict the areas which are likely to be most prone to them. In Kent, there are likely to be a number of areas which are susceptible to sinkholes forming because of the underlying geology.” - Kent News.


Two injured after vehicle plunges into sinkhole in Sheffield Beach, South Africa


Two people were injured after their vehicle drove into a sinkhole at the intersection of Colwyn and Sheffield drives in Sheffield Beach, on KwaZulu-Natal's Dolphin Coast last night.


The beach buggy dived into the deep sinkhole on Sheffield Drive.  © Allan Johns

© Netcare 911

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said reports from the scene indicated the people had been travelling in the heavy rain when their vehicle plunged into a sinkhole.

"Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the people managed to escape from the wreckage of their vehicle. After medics treated them at the scene, they transported the injured to a local hospital for the care that they required," he said. - Citizen.


Large sinkhole closes road in Durban, South Africa


The sinkhole appeared in Essenwood and St Thomas roads in Durban.  © RescueCare

A large sinkhole appeared in Essenwood and St Thomas roads in Durban late on Thursday afternoon, forcing authorities to close the roads.


Durban Rescue Care operations director Garrith Jamieson said paramedics were called to a "road collapse" on Thursday.

"Previously paramedics have attended to the same intersection for the same incident where a vehicle actually fell into the hole," said Jamieson."Fortunately this time no vehicle was involved. The road was quickly cordoned off and all the necessary authorities are on the scene to try and fix the situation."  - The Citizen.


Sinkhole repaired near Stark Street Bridge, Oregon; road reopens

The sinkhole on Southeast Stark Street.(Photo: Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office)

Multnomah County crews closed Southeast Stark Street for a few hours on Saturday to repair the road after sinkholes began developing near the Stark Street Bridge.

The road was closed between Southeast Kerslake Road and the Stark Street Bridge.

Multnomah County Road Maintenance workers responded to a 911 call about potholes in the road. They determined the potholes were actually sinkholes, according to Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Crews completed temporary repairs and the road was reopened to traffic just after 4 p.m.

Further repairs will be done Monday, April 6, but they will not necessitate a full road closure, Alexander said. - KGW.



INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Plane Crash Just Short Of Surprise Runway In Arizona - Pilot Taken To Hospital With Minor Injuries!

A small plane crashed just shy of power lines near the Loop 303 and Cactus Road Saturday afternoon, officials said. The pilot was taken to
a hospital with minor injuries.
(Photo: Surprise Fire Department)

April 5, 2015 - ARIZONA, UNITED STATES
- A small plane crashed at a private airfield near Loop 303 and Cactus Road on Saturday afternoon, a spokesman for the Surprise Police Department said.

The plane had a single occupant who was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Lt. Mike Donovan said.


(Photo: Surprise Fire Department)

The single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft took off from Glendale Airpark on Saturday afternoon and landed short of the air strip near Loop 303 and Cactus Road, Donovan said.

The Federal Aviation Administration lists the plane as a Jabiru 3300 light-sport aircraft.


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According to the FAA website, the Jabiru is registered to a Waddell man. It was not immediately clear if the owner was the pilot in Saturday's crash. - AZ Central.