Four killed in Northern California helicopter crash

Colusa County sheriff’s deputies and Sacramento River Fire Division personnel discovered the bodies after they responded to a report around 1:15 p.m. that a helicopter had gone down near a highway in the small town of Colusa, about 70 miles northwest of Sacramento, the sheriff’s said in a statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash with the Federal Aviation Administration, said the helicopter was a Robinson R66. Robinson Helicopter Co. described the R66 as a five-seat turbine helicopter powered by a Rolls-Royce turboshaft engine.

No further details were immediately available.

 

Source: Four killed in Northern California helicopter crash

1 dead after tanker crashes, spilling fuel and causing large fire

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – One person was killed and a large fire broke out following a fuel tanker crash on Sunday afternoon.

According to authorities, the driver of a large fuel tanker lost control of the vehicle, causing it to fall off of the ramp from I-595 westbound to the Turnpike southbound.

There has been no word from officials on whether any other vehicles were involved.

Authorities have also not provided any information on the identity of the person who died.

All eastbound lanes of I-595 in the area of Davie Blvd. were closed, as was the southbound entrance ramp from the Florida Turnpike to I-595, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Source: 1 dead after tanker crashes, spilling fuel and causing large fire

Wildfires in southern Turkey leave 3 dead, 58 hospitalized

 

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Thursday began investigating the cause of a string of forest fires in Turkey’s Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions, including two near the coastal resort town of Manavgat that killed three people and sent over 50 others to the hospital as homes burned down.

A wildfire that broke out Wednesday in Manavgat, in Antalya province, and was fanned by strong winds and scorching temperatures, was largely contained, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said. But another fire that started overnight and swept through the district of Akseki, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north, kept firefighters engaged.

Three people were killed in those fires, and authorities evacuated nearly 20 neighborhoods or villages.

The Antalya region is a popular vacation destination for tourists from Russia and other parts of Europe.

Fires also broke out Thursday in 16 other locations, including in the Icmeler region, close to the resort of Marmaris, 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Antalya, that briefly threatened holiday homes and hotels. A hotel in the Aegean beach resort of Guvercinlik, near the town of Bodrum, was also evacuated, Pakdemirli said.

Source: Wildfires in southern Turkey leave 3 dead, 58 hospitalized

Magnitude 8.2 earthquake on Alaska Peninsula; tsunami alert canceled

Tsunami warnings were lifted for Alaska and the rest of the Pacific after a huge earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck the seismically active U.S. state Wednesday.

  • Tsunami warnings were lifted for Alaska and the rest of the Pacific after a huge earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck the seismically active U.S. state in the late hours on Wednesday.
  • There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property.
  • The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) canceled warnings issued for Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, while the public broadcaster NHK said there was no risk to Japan. Authorities in New Zealand also said they did not expect any flooding in coastal areas.

Source: Magnitude 8.2 earthquake on Alaska Peninsula; tsunami alert canceled

Germany explosion: One dead and four people missing after blast at industrial park | World News | Sky News

A body has been recovered and four people remain missing following an explosion at a German industrial park used by chemical companies.

The blast in Leverkusen, which has left at least 16 others injured, was declared an “extreme threat” by authorities.

The head of the chemical park said he was “deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the death of an employee”.

Source: Germany explosion: One dead and four people missing after blast at industrial park | World News | Sky News

Boat fire reported at Pittsburgh marina

Dark smoke could be seen coming from Branchport Boat Club in the Chateau neighborhood early Tuesday afternoon.

Marina owner Wayne Jones told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reporter David Kaplan that two boats were totaled. One boat caught fire and sank.

Jones said no one was at the marina when the fire started and no injuries were reported.

Source: Boat fire reported at Pittsburgh marina

Utah I-15 crash: 7 people are dead and several more injured after sandstorm leads to multiple crashes – CNN

Seven people are dead and several more were critically injured when authorities say a sand or dust storm caused visibility issues that led to a series of crashes involving 20 vehicles in Utah Sunday evening.

The crashes happened on I-15 near Kanosh, the Utah Department of Public Service (DPS) said in a news release.

Several people were transported to local hospitals in critical condition, officials said. Authorities did not specify how many people were injured but noted there could be more fatalities.

Source: Utah I-15 crash: 7 people are dead and several more injured after sandstorm leads to multiple crashes – CNN

Fire burns through auto body shop in Westmoreland County

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. —An electrical issue may have been the cause of a fire that broke out in an auto body shop in Lower Burrell, Westmoreland County, on Sunday night.

The fire was reported at around 11:10 p.m. at Sharpe Auto Repair on Chester Drive, just off of Leechburg Road.

Firefighters said the fire started in a back room that had a refrigerator and a hot water tank inside.

The flames spread all the way up to the rafters.

No one was hurt.

Source: Fire burns through auto body shop in Westmoreland County

Crews make progress on huge Oregon wildfire, homes threatened in California

The nation’s largest wildfire raged through southern Oregon on Friday, but crews were scaling back some night operations as hard work and weaker winds helped reduce the spread of flames even as wildfires continued to threaten homes in neighboring California.

In Montana, five firefighters remained hospitalized a day after a thunderstorm and swirling winds blew a lightning-caused wildfire back on them, federal officials said.

The five had joined other crews working on the 1,300-acre Devil’s Creek fire burning in rough, steep terrain near the rural town of Jordan. The firefighters were building a defensive line Thursday when the weather shifted, Bureau of Land Management spokesperson Mark Jacobsen said.

Jacobsen declined to release the extent of the firefighters’ injuries but said they were still being evaluated and treated Friday. The firefighters included three U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew members from North Dakota and two USDA Forest Service firefighters from New Mexico.

The blaze is among a number burning across the U.S. West, where extremely dry conditions and recent heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight.

In Oregon, the Bootleg Fire has destroyed an area half the size of Rhode Island. It was 40% surrounded after burning some 70 homes, mainly cabins, fire officials said. At least 2,000 homes were ordered evacuated at some point during the fire, and an additional 5,000 were threatened.

The upper eastern edge of the fire continued to move toward Summer Lake, jumping fire lines Thursday and prompting an evacuation order for some portions of Lake County to be raised to “Go now!” fire officials said.

Winds up to 10 mph (16 kph) could drive the flames through timber but not at the pace seen last week, when the wind-driven blaze grew exponentially, fire information officer Angela Goldman said.

The fire, which was ignited by lightning, had been expanding by up to 4 miles (6 kilometers) a day, pushed by strong winds and critically dry weather.

Source: Crews make progress on huge Oregon wildfire, homes threatened in California

Texas house explosion injures multiple people including children, officials say | Fox News

A house explosion in a Dallas suburb injured at least six people, authorities said Monday.

Plano Fire-Rescue responded to the 4400 block of Cleveland Drive following the blast around 4:45 p.m., a department spokeswoman told Fox News. Three adults and three children were taken to hospitals but the extent of their injuries was not disclosed, Fox-owned station KDFW-TV reported.

The force of the explosion essentially flattened the home and caused significant damage to nearby homes.

Neighbors say it happened during a storm. They saw a flash and heard a loud-shaking boom.

The impact of the explosion felt by people living a mile away. Many walking to the scene were in disbelief.

It’s unclear what caused the explosion. It happened as a thunderstorm moved through the neighborhood.

“I just happened to be looking out my window right as it happened and it was a big flash of bright light,” said Taylor Reddick, who lives nearby. “It had been lightning a lot already, and I just saw a huge black smoke go up and debris go flying in the air. It all happened very fast.”

Plano Fire says only one person was inside the home when it exploded. Most of the injured lived nearby.

Tony Clark says he saw children leaving the neighboring home to get into an ambulance on their own.

“Yeah, I didn’t see any wounds or anything on them. They walked just fine,” he said.

Investigators from the Plano Fire Department, Atmos, Oncor, and the Plano Police Bomb Squad all came out to the scene.

Power and gas were cut off to the block. The Plano Fire Department says it’s standard protocol.

Source: Texas house explosion injures multiple people including children, officials say | Fox News

US blames China for hacks, opening new front in cyber offensive – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)The United States and its foreign allies on Monday accused China of widespread malfeasance in cyberspace, including through a massive hack of Microsoft’s email system and other ransomware attacks, a dramatic escalation in the increasingly urgent attempt by the Biden administration to stave off further breaches.

In a coordinated announcement, the White House and governments in Europe and Asia identified China’s Ministry of State Security, the sprawling and secretive civilian intelligence agency, with using “criminal contract hackers” to conduct a range of destabilizing activities around the world for personal profit, including the Microsoft hack, according to a senior US administration official.
The administration official also said China was behind a specific ransomware attack against a US target that involved a “large ransom request” — and added that Chinese ransom demands have been in the “millions of dollars.”
The public disclosure of the Chinese efforts amounts to a new front in an ongoing offensive by the Biden administration to bat away cyberthreats that have exposed serious vulnerabilities in major American sectors, including energy and food production. The extent of Chinese involvement in hiring criminal networks to invade and extort money around the world came as a surprise to the White House, officials said.
“What we found really surprising and new here was the use of criminal contract hackers to conduct this unsanctioned cyber operation and really the criminal activity for financial gain. That was really eye-opening and surprising for us,” a senior administration official said on Sunday ahead of the announcement.

Source: US blames China for hacks, opening new front in cyber offensive – CNNPolitics

Auto body shop catches fire after powerline falls in McKeesport

MCKEESPORT, Pa. —An auto body shop caught fire after a powerline fell on it in McKeesport Friday.

Flames and smoke billowed from the McKeesport Auto Body on Rebecca Avenue.

“Half the building, you can see the flames behind the smoke. It’s noticeably above the building, so it had to be something serious,” said witness Justin Bowers.

At least one person was sent to the hospital for a medical emergency.

Fire crews from across the Mon Valley assisted McKeesport. There were several water tanks at the scene.

The McKeesport emergency management coordinator said initially there was no water pressure and high tension wires fell on the building.

Source: Auto body shop catches fire after powerline falls in McKeesport

3 dead, 2 taken to hospital in suspected carbon monoxide exposure during Michigan music festival, police say – CNN

Three men were found dead inside a travel trailer Saturday at a country music festival in southern Michigan in what police believe is a case of carbon monoxide exposure, officials said.

Two other men inside the trailer were taken to a hospital after first responders found them unresponsive and performed CPR at the scene, the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The pair were in critical condition and being treated for acute carbon monoxide poisoning, police said.
Emergency officials responded to the trailer after receiving a call around 1:27 pm Saturday regarding unresponsive people at a campground in Woodstock Township during the Faster Horses Festival, a multi-day country music festival.
“The caller was a friend of the five males and became concerned when he had not heard from them,” police said.
Police are investigating the “tragic incident” as suspected exposure to carbon monoxide from a generator that was located near the travel trailer.
“First responders stress the importance of keeping generators away from camping areas, tents, travel trailers, etc. as well as exhaust fumes from running vehicles,” police said.

Source: 3 dead, 2 taken to hospital in suspected carbon monoxide exposure during Michigan music festival, police say – CNN

Police Provide More Info On Fatal Motorcycle Crash – ButlerRadio.com – Butler, PA

Police are providing more information on a fatal crash that happened late last month.

The motorcycle crash happened on Chicora Road around 9:15 p.m. on June 29th. Police say 70-year-old Thomas Curry of Rimersburg was driving north near Holly Road when a deer ran out in front of him.

He collided with the deer and his bike then overturned in the opposite lane.

Curry fell off his bike and was flown to UPMC Presbyterian where he later died from his injuries.

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China vessels dumping human waste in parts of West Philippine Sea, photos show | GMA News Online

Human waste and sewage from hundreds of Chinese ships anchored in the South China Sea and parts of the West Philippine Sea are causing massive marine damage to the resource-rich waters, a US-based expert said Monday.

Liz Derr, founder and CEO of Simularity, which specializes in geospatial analysis and provides satellite data imagery, revealed that Chinese ships have been dumping raw sewage every day for several years on reefs, creating harmful Chlorophyll-a blooms in the waters.

“It is so intense you can see it from space,” Derr told an online forum hosted by the Stratbase ADR Institute on the 5th anniversary of the Philippines’ landmark arbitral tribunal victory against China.

Showing satellite images in the last five years, Derr said effluent from Chinese ships are causing elevated concentrations of Chlorophyll-a leading to “a cascade of reef damage that will take decades to recover even with active mitigation.”

Source: China vessels dumping human waste in parts of West Philippine Sea, photos show | GMA News Online

17 women escape Somerset County house fire

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– Crews responded to a house fire in Somerset County at a rental property that 17 women were able to safely escape.

The fire happened at a rental property at 145 Robert Brown Road, Confluence, Pa. in Somerset County, Sunday, July 11.

There were 17 women inside sleeping when the fire happened. One girl woke up to the smell of smoke and got all the other women out safe.

Source: 17 women escape Somerset County house fire

Death toll rises to 90 in Miami Beach-area condo building collapse

Search efforts have accelerated in the last week after the demolition of a remaining structure that prevented teams from accessing some of the debris.

Confirmed deaths rose to 90 in the recovery efforts in the Miami Beach-area condo building collapse as crews continue to sift through the debris more than two weeks after the Champlain Towers South fell in the middle of the night.

At least 71 of the victims have been properly identified with next-of-kin notifications provided to their families, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Sunday morning. Search efforts have accelerated in the last week after officials demolished a still-standing section of the building that prevented teams from accessing a portion of the debris pile.

An estimated 31 people remain unaccounted for.

Source: Death toll rises to 90 in Miami Beach-area condo building collapse

At least 52 killed in Bangladesh factory fire as workers trapped inside by an illegally locked door – CBS News

A fire engulfed a food and beverage factory outside Bangladesh’s capital, killing at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door, fire officials said Friday.

The blaze began Thursday night at the five-story Hashem Foods Ltd. factory, in Rupganj, just outside Dhaka, sending huge clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky. Police initially gave a toll of three dead, but then discovered piles of bodies on Friday afternoon after the fire was extinguished.

Source: At least 52 killed in Bangladesh factory fire as workers trapped inside by an illegally locked door – CBS News

Heat Wave Kills 1 Billion Sea Creatures Off Canada’s West Coast : NPR

 

With the Pacific region hitting record-setting temperatures in the last few weeks, a new study from Canada shows the heat waves’ enormous impact on marine life: an estimated 1 billion sea creatures on the coast of Vancouver have died as a result of the heat, a researcher says.

But that number is likely to be much higher, professor Christopher Harley from the University of British Columbia says.

“I’ve been working in the Pacific Northwest for most of the past 25 years and I have not seen anything like this here,” he said. “This is far more extensive than anything I’ve ever seen.”

Harley reaches his estimates by counting the number of sea creatures, mostly mussels, in a section that he says is representative of an entire beach. He varies measuring some beaches that are rocky and some that are not to get a full estimate for the entire ecosystem.”

This is a preliminary estimate based on good data, but I’m honestly worried that it’s a substantial underestimate,” Harley told NPR from a beach in British Columbia, where he continues to survey the casualties from the most recent heat wave.

Source: Heat Wave Kills 1 Billion Sea Creatures Off Canada’s West Coast : NPR

Boulders roll onto highway following 6.0 California-Nevada earthquake, aftershocks expected for days | Fox News

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake along the CaliforniaNevada border south of Lake Tahoe sent boulders cascading onto a freeway and was followed by dozens of aftershocks Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Shaking was felt as far away as San Francisco and Las Vegas.

The temblor, which hit just before 4 p.m. PT was centered near the sparsely-populated town of Walker, California. No major damage has been reported.

“The ground was shaking pretty bad, and then everything started falling,” Carolina Estrada, manager at the Walker Coffee Company, said. Estrada said syrup bottles broke, dishes fell to the ground and the roof of the shop caved in a bit.

“We ran out of the building,” she said, adding that “boulders the size of cars” fell onto U.S. 395 as the shaking continued.

A section of 395 was temporarily closed because of rock slides, according to The Los Angeles Times. More aftershocks are expected for days. Driver Brett Durrant shared several videos on Twitter of the rock slides and its aftermath on the highway. Lorri Martin, who works at the Walker Country Store, said she was labeling items when the quake hit so she stood in the bathroom doorway. “This thing shook like it was moving onto the highway,” she said, according to The Times. “It rocked and rolled. Everything broke.”

California state Sen. Mike McGuire tweeted, “That was a heckuva earthquake to hit the Capitol.” He was inside the Sacramento capital when the quake hit. “People in the area should expect aftershocks for days following an earthquake of this size,” said Jason Ballman with the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California.

The quake occurred along the Antelope Valley fault, which extends across the state line near Topaz Lake. Quakes aren’t uncommon there, seismologists said. Last month, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattled the eastern Sierra town of Lone Pine and sent boulders crashing down Mt. Whitney.

Source: Boulders roll onto highway following 6.0 California-Nevada earthquake, aftershocks expected for days | Fox News

Live Updates: Earthquakes hit Central California, Sierra Nevada | The Sacramento Bee

UPDATED: USGS officials are updating information quickly.

An earthquake jolted Central California on Thursday afternoon, shaking up residents of the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys.

The shaking struck at 3:49 p.m., registering magnitude 5.9, and was centered in the Little Antelope Valley about four miles south of Coleville in Mono County, about 150 miles east of Sacramento.

Source: Live Updates: Earthquakes hit Central California, Sierra Nevada | The Sacramento Bee

Miami condo collapse death toll hits 64 as rescue efforts end | Miami condo collapse | The Guardian

Rescue efforts at the site of the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside, Florida, officially ended late on Wednesday night as officials have said there is no chance of life in the rubble.

More victims were recovered on Thursday, bringing the death toll by the early evening to 64 and the number of those still unaccounted for down to 76. Of those who were recovered, 35 have been identified.

Some families of those who have lost loved ones were taken to the site of the wreckage in the afternoon while recovery crews paused their work in order to pay their respects.

Thursday marked two weeks since the building collapsed in the early morning of 24 June. “Over the last 14 days, you all know our search and rescue teams … have been digging through this collapse. They’ve used every possible strategy and every piece of technology available to them to find people in the rubble,” the Miami-Dade mayor, Daniella Levine Cava, said on Wednesday, adding that rescuers have removed more than 7m pounds of concrete and debris from the mound.

Source: Miami condo collapse death toll hits 64 as rescue efforts end | Miami condo collapse | The Guardian

1 dead, another injured after crane tips over in Philadelphia

One man was pronounced dead and another injured after a crane toppled over at a Philadelphia construction site.

One man was pronounced dead and another injured after a crane toppled over at a Philadelphia construction site. Police said the accident happened Tuesday night in the University City section.

The crane reportedly fell over with one worker inside the cab and another trapped under the equipment. According to fire officials, heavy equipment was being moved off a tractor-trailer to a job site when the crane fell.

One fire commissioner said it helped emergency teams that the event happened at night due to high traffic in the area during the day. However, he said “there were two individuals that were hurt here, that’s still tragic in the same.”

Both men were eventually taken to the hospital where one man was pronounced dead and the other’s condition is currently unknown. The area remained closed on Wednesday as investigators evaluated the scene.

Source: 1 dead, another injured after crane tips over in Philadelphia

Death toll up to 32 in Miami Beach-area condo building collapse

The confirmed death toll in the partial collapse of a Miami Beach-area condo building rose to 32 Tuesday, the 13th day of an ongoing search for victims.

Four bodies were recovered overnight, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said during a morning news briefing. Twenty-six of the victims have been identified, she said.

While 113 people remain “potentially unaccounted for,” only 70 of those people are confirmed to have been in Champlain Towers South in Surfside when half of it crumbled in the early morning of June 24, she said.

The numbers of people accounted for, which now stands at 191, and people unaccounted for have fluctuated as detectives work to audit a list of those reported missing since the collapse.

Levine Cava said reaching some family members who originally called to report someone missing has become a challenge, making “it very difficult to determine whether an individual was in fact in the building.”

She urged family members to reach back out with more information, if possible.

Source: Death toll up to 32 in Miami Beach-area condo building collapse

Japanese landslide kills 3 people and leaves another 80 missing

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said workers were doing everything to try “to rescue those who may be buried under the mud.”

Rescue workers slogged through mud and debris Monday looking for dozens feared missing after a giant landslide ripped through a Japanese seaside resort town, killing at least three people.

Eighty people were still unaccounted for, according to Shizuoka prefectural disaster management official Takamichi Sugiyama. Officials were preparing to release their names, hoping to reach some who might not have been caught in the landslide.

Initially, 147 of those people were unreachable, but that number was revised downward after city officials confirmed some had safely evacuated or were away when the disaster struck, it said.

The disaster is an added trial as authorities prepare for the Tokyo Olympics, due to start in less than three weeks, while Japan is still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters that rescue workers, including police, self-defense troops, firefighters and coast guard personnel, are doing their utmost “to rescue those who may be buried under the mud and waiting for help as soon as possible.”

Source: Japanese landslide kills 3 people and leaves another 80 missing

One person dead, three injured in accident on raft ride at Iowa amusement park – CBS News

One person died and three people were injured on a water ride at an Iowa amusement park on Saturday. One of the rafts on the Raging River ride at Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa flipped, resulting in the fatal accident, CBS News affiliate KCCI reports.

Adventureland Park officials said in a statement to CBS News that the ride remains closed as the investigation continues. “Adventureland is saddened to learn of the passing of one Guest involved in the Raging River accident on the evening of 7/3/21,” officials said in the statement.

Adventureland is working closely with both the State and local authorities on the investigation. “At this time, we ask for your thoughts and prayers for the Guest and their family, as well as for our team members who were on site,” the statement reads.

Adventureland officials said six people were on the raft when the accident occurred.

The ride is located at a remote distance from park entrances, which fire officials said made getting to the incident difficult.

“The farthest units I guess walked 200-300 yards maybe,” said Lance Routson, with the Altoona Fire Department. “The closest (walked) maybe about a hundred. That’s the closest we could actually get an apparatus there, and they would have to walk the rest of the way and carry their equipment and so forth back.”

It first opened in 1983. It was manufactured by Intamin Amusement Rides based out of Switzerland.

Park officials said Raging River underwent inspection Friday before reopening to the public for the first time since 2020.

Source: One person dead, three injured in accident on raft ride at Iowa amusement park – CBS News