Investigation underway after fire leaves 1 hurt in McKeesport

Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that left one person hurt in McKeesport.

The fire was reported a little after 4 a.m. Wednesday at a building in the area of May Street and Fifth Avenue.

The extent of the injuries to the person hurt is unknown.

Source: Investigation underway after fire leaves 1 hurt in McKeesport

Man injured after manhole explosion

PITTSBURGH —One man was injured after an explosion from a manhole Sunday morning.

Pittsburgh police and EMS responded to the 2800 block of New Beaver Avenue for reports of an explosion just before 11:15 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Duquesne Light’s full statement below:

“Earlier today at approximately 10:40 a.m. a Duquesne Light employee working in an underground manhole on New Beaver Avenue on the North Side was injured when a cable failed. The employee was transported to Mercy Hospital where he is being treated. The safety of our employees and customers is always our top priority and our thoughts go out to this employee, his family and his colleagues. An investigation into the cause of the accident is currently underway. At this time there is no evidence of live electrical contact. This was an isolated issue— no one else was injured and no customers are out of power.”

Source: Man injured after manhole explosion

Third explosion reported at volcano in St. Vincent – CNN

 

(CNN)The La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted a third time on Friday, according to officials.

The volcano “continues to show periods of explosive activity,” said Dr. Erouscilla Joseph, director of The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC).
Joseph reported the third explosion in an audio update issued Friday evening. She didn’t provide additional details about the third explosion, but it appears it was smaller than the previous two. The center is working with local authorities to monitor the volcano’s activity.
On Saturday morning, island residents woke up to “extremely heavy ash fall and strong sulphur smells which have now advanced to the capital,” according to a Twitter post from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

Source: Third explosion reported at volcano in St. Vincent – CNN

13 Displaced After Fire At Apartments Over Jack’s Bar – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Thirteen people were displaced after a fire over Jack’s Bar on the South Side.

It happened on East Carson and 12th Street Monday evening. The owner of Jack’s says the front part of the bar was not damaged, though the backroom sustained heavy smoke and water damage. The front portion of the bar will reopen on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m.

 

Pittsburgh Public Safety says thirteen people on the residential floors were displaced, but are all accounted for. Firefighters saved a kitten from inside one of the apartments and gave it some oxygen before reuniting it with its owner.

“I tried everything I could to find my cat and I couldn’t do it,” Pete said. “I couldn’t see. I couldn’t breathe. So I had to go out the window.

“I couldn’t believe it. I thought she was lost because there was so much smoke in my apartment and I thought she probably died of smoke inhalation.”

Fire officials say the majority of the damage is to the top floor of the building.

As the crews battled the flames, police worked to keep people back while a section of East Carson Street was shut down.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Chief Darryl Jones said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Red Cross is helping at least 10 people.

Source: 13 Displaced After Fire At Apartments Over Jack’s Bar – CBS Pittsburgh

41 killed in landslides and floods in Indonesia; dozens missing

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Landslides and flash floods from torrential rains in eastern Indonesia killed at least 41 people and displaced thousands, the country’s disaster relief agency said Sunday. More than two dozen others were still missing.

Mud tumbled down from surrounding hills onto dozens of homes in Lamenele village shortly after midnight on Adonara island in East Nusa Tenggara province. Rescuers recovered 35 bodies and at least five injured, said Lenny Ola, who heads the local disaster agency.

Flash flooding killed at least six people elsewhere, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Relief efforts were hampered by power cuts, blocked roads covered in thick mud and debris as well as the remoteness of the area surrounded by choppy seas and high waves, said the agency’s spokesperson, Raditya Jati.

Source: 41 killed in landslides and floods in Indonesia; dozens missing

Trio of earthquakes rattles L.A. area before dawn – Los Angeles Times

Three earthquakes centered in Inglewood shook the Los Angeles area early Monday.

A magnitude-4.0 earthquake was reported at 4:44 a.m. Monday near Inglewood, less than half an hour after two smaller foreshocks hit the same area.

The larger quake was felt across Southern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A magnitude-3.3 temblor that preceded it hit the same area at 4:15 a.m., while a magnitude-2.5 shaker struck at the same time about two miles away. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The main earthquake was centered near the intersection of Prairie and Century boulevards. It occurred less than a mile from Lennox, less than a mile from Hawthorne and one mile from Los Angeles.

It was followed by several smaller quakes in the Inglewood and Lennox area.

Earthquake expert Lucy Jones said on Twitter that the magnitude-4.0 quake was strong enough to be “felt by most people awake in LA” but noted that it had occurred “very deep” in the earth, about 12 miles down. She added it was likely not on any mapped faults. The foreshock and flurry of aftershocks occurred at about the same depth, Jones said.

A KCBS-TV news broadcast was on the air when the magnitude-4.0 temblor struck.

Source: Trio of earthquakes rattles L.A. area before dawn – Los Angeles Times

Person struck and killed by train in Jeannette, Westmoreland County

One person is dead after being struck by a train in Jeannette, Westmoreland County.

The incident happened around 11:35 p.m. Tuesday near Railroad and North 7th streets.

The identity of the person killed has not been released.

Source: Person struck and killed by train in Jeannette, Westmoreland County

Suez Canal Stuck Ship Freed – The New York Times

After five days of struggling to free the Ever Given from where it ran aground, the vessel was partially refloated and, according to shipping officials, close to fully freed.

The giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal was refloated on Monday and is being secured, maritime services company Inchcape said in a Twitter post.

But it remains unclear what the condition of the stranded ship is and when the canal would be open to traffic, with Inchcape saying that “more information will follow once they are known.”

Efforts to free the mega vessel, known as the Ever Given, have lasted for nearly a week. The ship became stuck last Tuesday after running aground while entering the Suez canal from the Red Sea.

Ever Given is one of the largest container ships in the world. It is a 220,000-ton mega ship nearly a quarter-mile long with a 20,000 container capacity.

Source: Suez Canal Stuck Ship Freed – The New York Times

5 dead after helicopter crash in Alaskan glacier – ABC News

Five people were killed and one was hospitalized following a helicopter crash in an Alaskan glacier, officials said.

The Alaska Department Of Public Safety said Alaska State Troopers were alerted Saturday night of reports of an overdue helicopter and crash in the Knik Glacier, roughly 54 miles east of Anchorage.

Source: 5 dead after helicopter crash in Alaskan glacier – ABC News

Tennessee flash flooding leaves 4 dead, forces rescues for trapped residents | Fox News

Major flash flooding overnight in central Tennessee left four people dead with numerous people trapped by rising waters, authorities said.

A man was found in a submerged car near a creek, Fox 17 Nashville reports. Another man was found on a golf course after police say he may have left his vehicle and been swept away. Another man and a woman were found near a homeless camp.

Accounts included reports of emergency responders assisting people at apartment complexes and drivers traveling along flooded area roadways.

Source: Tennessee flash flooding leaves 4 dead, forces rescues for trapped residents | Fox News

Substantial water main break shuts down Pittsburgh road

What Pittsburgh Public Safety described as a substantial water main break has closed a local road.

The 500 block of Parkwood Road was closed due to the break, which happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Penn-American Water is responding and, according to Pittsburgh Public Safety, engineers will be called in to assess the damage to the road at Parkwood Road and Mountain Avenue.

Police were on the scene to redirect traffic.

Source: Substantial water main break shuts down Pittsburgh road

‘It looks like the end of the world’: China’s worst sandstorm in a decade chokes Beijing

“This is the most intense sandstorm in China in the past 10 years,” China’s National Meteorological Center said Monday.

China’s capital city woke up to yellow skies Monday as the biggest sandstorm the country has seen in a decade swept through it, sparking new health fears.

The thick brown dust shrouded Beijing‘s iconic landmarks, including the Forbidden City, and downtown skyscrapers at times disappeared from view, enveloped by clouds of sand.

The visibility in the capital was reduced to less than 1,000 meters (3,300 feet), China’s English-language news agency CGTN reported, forcing residents who dared venture outside to wear improvised headgear to protect their faces.

Traffic was snarled and more than 400 flights out of the capital’s two main airports were canceled, The Associated Press reported.

Source: ‘It looks like the end of the world’: China’s worst sandstorm in a decade chokes Beijing

PHOTO GALLERY | ’17 feet deep’: Johnstown’s 1936 flood claimed 25 lives, brought federal response | News | tribdem.com

Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, the Tuesday, March 17, 1936 edition of The Johnstown Tribune foreshadowed a historic tragedy in the city.

Source: PHOTO GALLERY | ’17 feet deep’: Johnstown’s 1936 flood claimed 25 lives, brought federal response | News | tribdem.com

Car bomb explodes in Somalia’s capital, killing at least 20 people – CNN

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)At least 20 people were killed and more than 30 others wounded in a car bomb blast in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Friday night, police and emergency services said.

A car packed with explosives was detonated at the gates of Luul Yemeni restaurant near the port at around 8 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET), Captain Aden Osman, a senior police officer in the capital, confirmed to CNN.
The explosion was followed by heavy gunfire.
The powerful blast caused widespread destruction of several buildings and business centers in the area, Osman added. Aamin Ambulance services confirmed 30 people have been wounded in the bombing and were rushed to local hospitals.

Source: Car bomb explodes in Somalia’s capital, killing at least 20 people – CNN

Stone Wall Partially Collapses In Pittsburgh Neighborhood – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With heavy rain and snow melt having been prevalent over the last several days, a stone wall in one Pittsburgh neighborhood partially collapsed.

The wall partially collapsed along Woodland Avenue in the Marshall-Shadeland section of the city.

Source: Stone Wall Partially Collapses In Pittsburgh Neighborhood – CBS Pittsburgh