LOS ANGELES ‘ MASSIVE FIRE HAS ENGULFED APARTMENT BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION ‘


#AceBreakingNews – LOS ANGELES – Dec.08 – A massive fire has engulfed an apartment building under construction in down-town Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), firefighters were battling the blaze at the corner of Temple and Fremont streets, the Los Angeles Times reports. The LAFD has subsequently tweeted the exact location of the incident.

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The fire apparently broke out in an apartment complex under construction near the four-level freeway interchange junction on the northern edge of downtown. A picture of the site is available on Google maps.

Social media users in the city have been quick to post pictures of the pillar of fire reaching up into the night sky, with some taking a more ominous interpretation of the blaze.

PHILIPPINES: ‘ HALF A MILLION PEOPLE FLEE FROM ONSLAUGHT OF SUPER TYPHOON HAGUPIT ‘


#AceNewsServices – PHILIPPINES – Dec.06 – More than half a million people in the Philippines are fleeing the oncoming typhoon Hagupit. It is one of the world’s biggest peacetime evacuations as the storm, approaches the country’s east coast.

Although it has not been categorized as a ‘super typhoon,’ like Typhoon Haiyanit, which decimated parts of the country 13 months ago, it still has the potential to cause widespread damage and create storm surges up to 4.5 meters.

The latest update from Philippine weather authorities said that Hagupit, which means “smash” in Filipino, was weakening slightly, though it still has powerful gusts. 

The Philippine weather authorities said that as of 16:00 local time on Friday (08:00 GMT) Hagupit was 370km (230 miles) east of Eastern Samar and moving at 13km/h, a relatively slow speed.

It is expected to make land early on Sunday morning. “We call on residents to voluntarily evacuate because the forecast is there will be a storm surge,” said Sofronio Dacillo, head of the disaster agency in the island province of Biliran, which was reported by Reuters.

Haiyan – known as Yolanda in the Philippines – was the most powerful typhoon ever recorded over land. It tore through the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving more than 7,000 dead or missing.

Projected path of Typhoon Hagupit
Hundreds of residents take shelter inside the provincial capitol of Surigao city close to central Philippines, 5 December 2014

Tens of thousands sought shelter as the typhoon neared

It could bring storm surges up to one storey high, as well as heavy rain and the risk of landslides, officials have warned.

Schools and government offices are closed in some areas and there were long queues at shops and petrol stations as people stocked up on supplies.

‘Deja vu’

In Tacloban, many people have taken shelter in the sports stadium.

“It’s deja vu, but not the same as last year with Haiyan,” local resident Mariano Tan Jr told the BBC.

“We’re already prepared… we’ve stored basic commodities – water, rice, beans, fuel. We’re also prepared in case of a power cut.

“We intend to stay,” he added. “We survived last year, we will do it again tomorrow. We will still stand our ground because no calamities can break us apart.”

About 19,000 people from coastal villages are in 26 evacuation centres, Tacloban’s disaster office spokesman Ilderando Bernadas told Reuters.

He said that number was expected to double as the authorities began forcing people to evacuate.

Filipino fishermen carry a fishing boat as strong winds brought by an upcoming typhoon hits Legazpi city, Albay province, Philippines, 5 December 2014

Fishermen are returning to shore and anchoring their boats in anticipation of the typhoon

COLUMBIA: ‘ TWELVE COAL MINERS DIED IN UNDERGROUND MINE THAT FLOODED ‘


#AceWorldNews – COLUMBIA – October 31 – Twelve coal miners have died in north-eastern Colombia after a perforation made in a subterranean water source flooded the underground mine Thursday, trapping 28 workers, Ansa news agency reports (in Spanish).

“Unfortunately, all the miners are dead,” said Carlos Mario Usma, Amaga municipality’s environmental director. “They were trapped at more than 200 meters, and the cavern is completely flooded.”

He added that rescue workers are now focused on removing the miners’ remains.

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SRI LANKA: ‘ AT LEAST HUNDRED DEAD AND HUNDREDS MORE MISSING IN MUDSLIDE AFTER MONSOON ‘


#AceWorldNews – SRI LANKA – October 29 – At least hundred people are believed to be dead and around hundreds more reported missing after heavy monsoon rains triggered mudslides in central Sri Lanka on Wednesday, AFP said.

“We have reports of 140 houses getting washed away in the mudslides,”said Sarath Kumara, a spokesman for the national Disaster Management Centre (DMC).

' 10 dead, over 250 missing in Sri Lanka mudslide '

‘ 10 dead, over 250 missing in Sri Lanka mudslide ‘

Police, security personnel and local volunteers were continuing a major operation to search for survivors.

Sections of several national highways were also washed away by the rains.

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HAWAII: ‘ LAVA FLOW FROM KILAUEA VOLCANO MOVES INTO PEOPLES HOMES AS THEY MOVE OUT ‘


#AceWorldNews – HAWAII (Pahoa) – October 29 – Jeff and Denise Lagrimas’ single-story home is just across the street from properties where lava from Kilauea volcano is expected to slither past on its way to the ocean.

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lava from Kilauea volcano is expected to slither past on its way to the ocean.

But they’re moving to another town 14 miles away before they’re able to find out whether this forecast comes true or whether the molten rock oozes into their home instead.

HAWAII RESIDENTS LEAVE HOMES AS LAVA FLOW NEARS

“I don’t want to stick around and just wait for it to come and take it,” Denise Lagrimas said while taking a break from loading kitchen cups and bowls in cardboard boxes.

“I don’t want to stick around and just wait for it to come and take it,” Denise Lagrimas said while taking a break from loading kitchen cups and bowls in cardboard boxes.

“You just never know.”

Civil defense officials in Hawaii County said late Tuesday the lava was about 370 yards from the main road in Pahoa town, the commercial center of Puna, a sprawling, mostly agricultural and forested part on the Big Island.

The lava entered private property next to the main road and was burning tires and other materials. This prompted authorities to warn downwind residents with respiratory problems to stay indoors. The lava was edging forward at a rate of about 10 to 15 yards per hour.

Earlier Tuesday, the lava burned down an empty shed.

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ISTANBUL: ‘ NINETEEN MINE WORKERS TRAPPED IN COAL MINE COLLAPSE ‘


#AceWorldNews – ISTANBUL – October 28 – Nineteen miners were trapped on Tuesday after a coal mine in southern Turkey collapsed following a flood inside the mine, local media reported.

Nineteen workers trapped in mine collapse in southern Turkey

Nineteen workers trapped in mine collapse in southern Turkey

Rescue teams and medics were sent to the mine in the town of Ermenek in Karaman province, about 110 km (70 miles) north of Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline.

Media reports said the collapse occurred after water that had built up inside the mine coursed into areas where the workers had been located.

“The water accumulated underground has flooded into the gallery. According to initial reports 25 workers have been saved while 19 workers remain trapped,” Karaman Governor Murat Koca was quoted as saying by Turkey’s Dogan News Agency (DHA).

The flood occurred shortly after midday about 300 meters below ground, DHA said.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan were heading for the mine, local media reported.

Turkey is no stranger to mining disasters and the country has one of the world’s worst industrial accident records. Its worst ever mining disaster took place less than six months ago in the western town of Soma, where 301 workers were killed.

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Nineteen workers trapped in mine collapse in southern Turkey

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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HAWAII: ‘ KILAUEA VOLCANO ERUPTS AS MOLTEN LAVA FORCES RESIDENTS TO GET READY TO FLEE ‘


#AceWorldNews – HAWAII – October 28 – Dozens of Hawaii residents have been told they might have to evacuate because molten lava from a volcano is headed toward their homes.

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‘KILAUEA VOLCANO ERUPTS AS MOLTEN LAVA FORCES RESIDENTS TO GET READY TO FLEE ‘

The lava from Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanos, was about 100 yards from a home Monday morning,

Hawaii County Civil Defence officials said.

Back in 2012:A surge of lava spews out of a rupture in the lava tube system and is heading down steep cliffs, or pali in Hawaiian. This strong flow is being supplied lava from Kilauea Volcano’s Pu`u O`o Crater four miles to the north-west.

The rupture was at the 1600-foot elevation about four miles north-west of Kalapana Gardens, and directly above the old Royal Gardens subdivision.

Further down the mountain he shot the rough a`a lava and chunky pahoehoe lava river, and at the 800-ft elevation videoing the lava ‘toes’.

Video Shot Courtesy of Leigh Hilbert on February 24th, 2012  

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