An enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and pedestrians in northwest China, sparking an explosion and killing nine people, state media said Tuesday.Footage showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road as the vehicle – jutting into the air – sank into the ground.Several people disappeared into the sinkhole as it spread, including what appeared to be a child. The incident also triggered an explosion inside the hole, video showed.Sinkholes are not unknown in China, where they are often blamed on construction works and the country’s rapid pace of development.The incident occurred at around 5:30 pm (0930 GMT) on Monday in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province, the state-run broadcaster CCTV said
Things appear to only get worse for Boeing these days and Thursday was no different, as the American company disclosed more than a hundred pages of internal emails and instant messages to congressional investigators that showed employees describing coverups and concern over the safety of the 737 Max airliner. Whether employees are grousing or exaggerating or being darkly sardonic, the internal comments give an unvarnished view of some of those closest to the aerospace manufacturing company’s production of the 737 Max, the plane that has since crashed twice and been grounded worldwide. The nature of the crashes—particularly the functioning of the airliner’s software system—has raised troubling questions about the Boeing’s willingness to pursue profit at the expense of safety, its relationship with regulators, and what exactly it knew about the problems in its marquee aircraft.
A Boeing Co. 737 jet carrying at least 170 people crashed in Iran shortly after takeoff due to technical problems, according to local media reports.
State television reported that the plane crashed at 6:22 a.m. local time. Four helicopters and 22 ambulances had been sent to the crash site, according to reports, but severe fire was hampering rescue efforts.
Emergency personnel are trying to rescue any survivors, Pirhossein Koulivand, head of the Iranian Emergency Organization, said on state-run IRINN.
The 737-800 jet was headed for Ukraine, the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency reported. The website flightradar24 showed Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 left Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport for Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport early Wednesday morning local time.
Police in Australia have arrested and charged two dozen people they say deliberately lit blazes during the wildfire season that has so far killed at least 18 people, destroyed thousands of homes and ravaged over 10 million acres of land.
New South Wales police said that since the beginning of November, 24 people have been charged over allegedly deliberately lighting fires as officers continue to investigate the role that arson has played in the devastation. Starting a wildfire can result in a jail sentence of up to 21 years.
“Investigations into the cause, origin and overall impact of fires are continuing and since the latest State of Emergency was declared…Strike Force Tronto has provided expertise to six police area commands and eight police districts,” NSW police said in a statement.
The arch was just one of the few naturally occurring arches on the island until a 5.8-magnitude quake that struck early Monday morning off the island’s southern coast caused it to collapse.
The Monday morning earthquake destroyed five homes in Guánica and heavily damaged dozens of others. It also caused small landslides and power outages. The quake was followed by a string of smaller temblors.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. —
Multiple people are dead and multiple others are in the hospital after a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday morning, officials have confirmed.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed in both directions between the New Stanton exit and the Breezewood exit while police investigate.
If you are taking the Turnpike headed east, crews are detouring you off at the New Stanton exit. pic.twitter.com/pc2OQjtgV4— Chris Hoffman (@NewsmanChris) January 5, 2020
It’s unclear if there were any injuries in the crash.
The bridge reopened to all traffic shortly after 6 p.m.
The span carries Route 8 across the Allegheny River between the borough of Sharpsburg and the Pittsburgh city neighborhoods of Morningside and Lawrenceville.
Police told Channel 2’s Michael Seiden right now they don’t suspect foul play, but they won’t know for sure until the medical examiner completes their investigation.Co-workers told Seiden that Leslie Kochensparger had only been on the job for two weeks at the store before she was found dead inside a locked bathroom.
Police say another employee made the disturbing discovery on Monday morning at the store location along Barrett Parkway.
“It gives me chills to think about it. Very sad,” one shopper said.
According to a police report, an employee tried to use the bathroom, but the door was locked.
When he returned, it was still locked so he knocked several times.
When he didn’t get an answer, investigators said he took matters into his own hands using his pocketknife to open the lock.
As soon as he walked in, he found his co-worker “slumped over the toilet,” the report said.
He immediately called 911 and then moved her to the floor.
On Tuesday night, a spokesperson for Whole Foods Market sent Seiden a statement saying, “We are grieving the loss of our fellow team member and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”
According to the McCandless Police Chief Ryan Hawk, the call came in just before 2:30 p.m.
He said a man and a woman got into an argument outside of the home and the man went back into the home.
That’s when Hawk said the woman heard a gunshot and immediately called 9-1-1. McCandless Police and the North Hills Special Response Team arrived at what they believed to be a domestic situation. They treated this as a barricaded situation, not knowing what was happening inside.
When they were able to get into the home, they found the man dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“Deceased since that gunshot was heart,” said Chief Ryan Hawk. “At this time, we can say this was not a situation where anyone was barricaded.”
LOS ANGELES — With the ranks of homeless people growing faster than housing is being built, one of the most popular strategies for reducing homelessness has become to simply keep people in their homes.
In theory, a small infusion of cash, counseling or legal aid could be the difference that prevents someone from ending up on the street. But reality isn’t so simple.
Of the tens of thousands of people who are on the brink of losing their homes every year in California and across the country, only a tiny fraction do.
“Only 1 in 10 people who seem like they are going to become homeless — actually become homeless,” said Phil Ansell, director of Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative.
Less than two years after reopening under the Gander Outdoors name, the Greensburg location has permanently shut its doors.
A sign reads: “It is with great regret that we announce the closing of Gander Outdoors of Greensburg, PA. We have enjoyed serving our customers in the community and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the closure of the store.”
A worker who was at the store Friday said the location closed Dec. 22.
The move comes months after Camping World Holdings Inc., the entity that bought Gander Mountain’s assets in bankruptcy proceedings in 2017, according to a news release.
Dan Dibartola, 47, of Greensburg, was looking to buy a fishing license Friday when he discovered the Greensburg store was closed. He noted he had purchased a three-year membership to the store about six months ago.
A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia’s capital Saturday morning, killing at least 76 people including many, authorities said. It was one of the deadliest attacks in Mogadishu in recent memory, and witnesses said the force of the blast reminded them of the devastating 2017 bombing that killed hundreds.
- At least 12 people were reported dead after a passenger jet crashed after takeoff from a Kazakh airport today
- The plane ‘smashed through a concrete fence and then into a small building immediately after losing altitude’
- Authorities found 35 survivors with injuries.
The helicopter was found about 9:30 a.m. Friday in a mountainous area on the east side of the island of Kauai, authorities said. A pilot and six passengers, including two children, were on board.
Authorities said in a news release that they were sending additional resources to search for survivors.
Kauai Fire Department Battalion Chief Sol Kanoho said “no actionable information on the status of the passengers” was available during a news conference Friday afternoon.
The U.S. Coast Guard had resumed its search for the tour helicopter more than 12 hours after it vanished during a flight over the nearly uninhabited island.The helicopter had been due to arrive back at Kauai’s Na Pali coast at 5:21 p.m. local time on Thursday but never made it back. Authorities last made contact with the chopper around 4:40 p.m. when the pilot reported the tour was leaving the Waimea Canyon area, Hawaii News Now reported.The Coast Guard initially sent an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew and a cutter but found no sign of the aircraft.The weather conditions in the area were considered challenging, the local news outlet reported.
Officials confirmed the fire is happening in the 400 block of Freeport Road.
According to officials, the fire started when a vehicle hit another vehicle, and then hit a gas line that ignited the fire.
Video from the scene showed firefighters working to put out flames.
One house was destroyed by the fire. At least one vehicle was also destroyed.
Three homes in total were impacted by the fire.
Everyone inside the homes got out safely.
A huge redwood tree fell and killed a man visiting Muir Woods national monument park in California on Christmas Eve, authorities said on Thursday.
Subhradeep Dutta, 28, of Edina, Minnesota, died while walking on a marked dirt trail with two other people in the park north of San Francisco famous for its towering trees, according to the Marin county coroner’s office and a spokesman for the park.
Dutta was pinned by the trunk of the 200ft (61-meters) tree and was pronounced dead at the scene. The trunk measured more than 4ft (1.22 meters) in diameter.
A woman injured by falling debris was taken to the hospital for treatment. A man hiking with the group escaped injury.
The tree fell following a series of winter storms over the past two weeks.
ALL Westbound lanes are now OPEN and the detour has been lifted at Somerset Exit #110. Emergency units continue to operate in the area of the New Stanton Exit #75. Stay alert for units on the shoulder. https://t.co/3xCbVPACi4
— PA Turnpike Alerts (@PATurnpikeAlert) December 24, 2019
The accident happened on the westbound part of I-76 between New Stanton (Exit 75) and Irwin (Exit 67).
SKY 4 OVER TURNPIKE CRASH: This is a view @SamDHallJr had in Sky4 today. @Firechief26 says the tractor trailer that caught fire was carrying car batteries. @Elena_WTAE says the area closed has started to see a slow flow of traffic move through. pic.twitter.com/o6vCQV54Ra
— Chris Lovingood WTAE (@CLovingoodWTAE) December 24, 2019
(CNN)Two freight cars fell into the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, early Saturday morning when part of a Maryland-bound train derailed, according to a CSX spokesman.The train was traveling between Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and Sandy Hook Road in Maryland when seven grain cars derailed over Winchester and Potomac Railroad Bridge. All the rail cars — including the two that fell into the Potomac River — were empty and no injuries were reported, CSX Spokesman Bryan Tucker told CNN.The cause of the derailment remains unclear and is under investigation, CSX said. The railway is working to swiftly to clean up and restore the area, according to Tucker.Washington County Emergency Management said it “is closely monitoring the scene and reports no injuries, no spills, no hazardous materials and no immediate danger to the public,” according to a statement on the agency’s website.
A large portion of Australia is on fire after weeks of extreme heat, strong winds and drought that have created ideal conditions for hundreds of bushfires to thrive across the country. Several fires have been burning since November, particularly in the eastern state of New South Wales.
The fires threaten many of Australia’s largest population centers, including Sydney, a city of more than 5 million, which has been cloaked in smoke. Blazes have destroyed hundreds of homes and almost 3 million acres of bushland, threatening the habitat of countless wildlife, including already endangered koalas. One fire in the state of Victoria has reportedly become large enough to generate its own weather.
The fires come after years of drought in parts of the country and record-breaking heat. Earlier this week, Australia had its hottest day on record — only to break that record the following day. And fire season has just begun, leaving many bracing for worse.
HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
Two men were injured Thursday afternoon when the cellphone tower they were erecting collapsed in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County.
Firefighters and paramedics used all-terrain vehicles to rescue the pair from a hilltop wooded area above Route 130 near Jeannette.Jamie Shaw, Hempfield’s director of code and safety, said the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the incident.
Shaw said the unidentified men were putting together a new section of the tower when it shifted just after 12:30 p.m. and they fell about 30 feet.
Both were taken by ambulance to area hospitals with serious but not life-threatening, injuries, Shaw said.
Some people in Westmoreland County were evacuated after a tractor trailer hauling propane overturned.
everal homes and a business had to evacuate.HAZMAT crews were on scene monitoring the scene and supervised a change over of the propane to another tractor trailer.
With so many active volcanoes on the planet, tourists are seeking out thrills on mountains from Japan to DR Congo.
Some of those have had eruptions in the recent past but still – or possibly because of that – are high up on the list of visitors.
“Getting close to volcanoes offers a rare opportunity to experience the power of the restless earth: the smouldering, seething release of pressure from the brittle crust of earth caused by the crush of tectonic plates,” says travel journalist Simon Calder.
“But with the reward comes a range of risks. They can include sulphur dioxide and other toxic volcanic gases, material from the volcano being thrown out, lava flows and possible resulting wildfires, landslides and, for coastal locations, tsunamis.”
So here’s an overview of several of the world’s most popular and recently active volcanoes.
A volcano has erupted in New Zealand with 100 people in the vicinity – leaving some unaccounted for, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.
Tourists were seen walking inside the rim of the White Island crater just moments before the eruption.
The local mayor told New Zealand media she feared there had been injuries.
White Island, or Whakaari, is off the coast of North Island – and is one the country’s most active volcanoes.
Despite that, the island is a tourist destination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available.
Indian authorities investigated the cause of a devastating fire Sunday that killed at least 43 people in a crowded grains market in central New Delhi while chaos unfolded outside a hospital where some of the victims were taken.
NEW DELHI — Indian authorities investigated the cause of a devastating fire Sunday that killed at least 43 people in a crowded grains market in central New Delhi while chaos unfolded outside a hospital where some of the victims were taken.
Firefighters fought the blaze from 100 meters (yards) away because it broke out in one of the area’s many alleyways, tangled in electrical wire and too narrow for vehicles to access, authorities at the scene said.