On Monday, May 11th, we had a surge of power through our house so great, that it magnified the brightness of our lightbulbs tenfold.  The lights and one of the circuits proceeded to burn out, and the surge fried anything that was plugged in—as a strong burst of magnetic energy would. Even a surge strip did not keep the cable box from being fried. This type of situation has never occurred in our home in over 50 years. The event occurred at a little after 13:00 pm CST, or 18:00 UTC. No source was found for the surge, only a fried wire, which had caused a burning smell in the home. Certainly a malfunctioning wire, more than like fried by the surge as well, would not cause a surge in power, but a reduction in it. Would the Zetas care to comment on whether we are now experiencing  EMPs from PX on a more frequent basis? If so, would it be recommended that all electronics not in use be disconnected from their power source? Space was relatively quiet, but the magnetosphere was fluctuating widely. [and from another] http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news... The cut was said to have been caused by an electrical surge. People in the area say "Smoke was coming from the electric cupboard from 86 Deansgate when the power surge hit. 4 fire engines responded to the call". Jade Barrow is a receptionist at 86 Deansgate, and said the whole building shook. She said: "The firemen explained to me that an electrical surge is like 2 magnets hitting each other. That's why it all shook because of the force."  [and from another]http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=3863141%3ABlogPost%... May 15. After 15 days with approximately 300 hours of missing data, it appears the uninterrupted BATSRUS RCM image feed has resumed.


Air France 447 in 2009 and Malaysia 370 and the recent Germanwings A320 are in the news because they impact the airline industry, and the blame thus placed elsewhere. To date, pilot suicide, storms, and bad pilot judgement have been used, and how is the public to know otherwise? Electric trains such as the Disney Monorail  and DC Metro crash incidents in 2009 and the recent Amtrak 188 go into investigation while talking heads murmur about safety devices or track maintenance or mechanical failure, which ultimately get the blame.  

It is only when the public is broadly affected that the public can get a hint that something else is afoot. Cell phones are regularly having disrupted service but the blame is placed on blocked access to towers or bad weather. The blackberry outage in 2008 was blamed on a software glitch. If the public is frankly being lied to, engineers responsible for maintaining equipment and the grid are not fooled. The talk has spilled over into the press, or into conversations with the public. During the Washington DC blackout, the electrical problem was described at first by the Washington Post as a “surge”. 

This is a key determinant between a failed electrical system, a simple outage, and electro-magnetic pulse. Pulse is a surge, and the sudden increase in the amount of magnetons and their associated electrons, such that equipment controlled by a steady pace of either particle flow goes into a runaway state. When equipment is guarded by surge protection, to guard against lightning strikes, it will shut down, as a brownout situation can damage equipment. But unless a lightning strike was present, there can be no excuse for a pulse or surge other than the presence of the charged tail of Planet X, aka Nibiru.  

What can the public expect? As cell phone service and cable TV via satellite continues to degrade, as airplanes increasingly crash during complete electronics failure or are forced to land with smoke in their cockpits, as electric trains surge off the tracks and brakes fail, as transformers explode at dams and on the grid, and as residential lights flicker and erratic and unexplained and spotty blackouts descend, the public can expect endless inane excuses from the establishment. The truth will be withheld because mankind is so dependent upon his electrical systems and equipment that the thought of being without is unthinkable. It is mass denial. 

Source: ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for May 23, 2015

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Comment by M. Difato on April 2, 2019 at 3:55am

Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Oakland

 https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/southwest-flight-makes-emerge...

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A Southwest Airlines flight heading to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing in Oakland early Monday(Apr 1) after smoke was detected in the cockpit, authorities said.

Flight 2541 left Oakland at 8:42 a.m. and was not in the air long before the problem was detected on the Boeing 737-700 over the Central Valley.

The jet returned to Oakland International and arrived safely at 9:49 a.m.

No injuries were reported and crews were trying to determine the source of the smoke.

Southwest said the passengers would be transferred to other later flights.

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Flight Track Log (SWA2541)

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA2541/history/20190401/1535Z/...

Comment by Juan F Martinez on April 1, 2019 at 4:31pm

Major Airlines Hit With System-Wide Computer Outages 4-1-2019

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 30, 2019 at 8:44pm

https://offgridsurvival.com/trump-signs-executive-order-to-protect-...

Trump Signs Executive Order to Protect US from EMP attacks

“Today’s executive order – the first ever to establish a comprehensive policy to improve resilience to EMPs – is one more example of how the administration is keeping its promise to always be vigilant against present dangers and future threats,” she said.

This comes after DHS issued a dire warning last December, admitting that the federal government was not prepared for the chaos that would follow an EMP attack and warning the public to prepare for up to 6 months without power.

The Executive Order signed by Trump on Tuesday directs federal agencies to identify pieces of critical infrastructure that could be impacted by an EMP attack. National security adviser John Bolton will be overseeing the order’s implementation.

The Executive Order Reads (and can be seen on the White House Website HERE)

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has the potential to disrupt, degrade, and damage technology and critical infrastructure systems.  Human-made or naturally occurring EMPs can affect large geographic areas, disrupting elements critical to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity, and could adversely affect global commerce and stability.  The Federal Government must foster sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to improving the Nation’s resilience to the effects of EMPs.

Sec. 2.  Definitions.  As used in this order:

(a)  “Critical infrastructure” means systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters.

(b)  “Electromagnetic pulse” is a burst of electromagnetic energy.  EMPs have the potential to negatively affect technology systems on Earth and in space.  A high-altitude EMP (HEMP) is a type of human-made EMP that occurs when a nuclear device is detonated at approximately 40 kilometers or more above the surface of Earth.  A geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) is a type of natural EMP driven by a temporary disturbance of Earth’s magnetic field resulting from interactions with solar eruptions.  Both HEMPs and GMDs can affect large geographic areas.

(c)  “National Critical Functions” means the functions of government and the private sector so vital to the United States that their disruption, corruption, or dysfunction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.

(d)  “National Essential Functions” means the overarching responsibilities of the Federal Government to lead and sustain the Nation before, during, and in the aftermath of a catastrophic emergency, such as an EMP that adversely affects the performance of Government.

(e)  “Prepare” and “preparedness” mean the actions taken to plan, organize, equip, train, and exercise to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.  These terms include the prediction and notification of impending EMPs.

(f)  A “Sector-Specific Agency” (SSA) is the Federal department or agency that is responsible for providing institutional knowledge and specialized expertise as well as leading, facilitating, or supporting the security and resilience programs and associated activities of its designated critical infrastructure sector in the all-hazards environment.  The SSAs are those identified in Presidential Policy Directive 21 of February 12, 2013 (Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience).

Sec. 3.  Policy.  (a)  It is the policy of the United States to prepare for the effects of EMPs through targeted approaches that coordinate whole-of-government activities and encourage private-sector engagement.  The Federal Government must provide warning of an impending EMP; protect against, respond to, and recover from the effects of an EMP through public and private engagement, planning, and investment; and prevent adversarial events through deterrence, defense, and nuclear nonproliferation efforts.  To achieve these goals, the Federal Government shall engage in risk-informed planning, prioritize research and development (R&D) to address the needs of critical infrastructure stakeholders, and, for adversarial threats, consult Intelligence Community assessments.

(b)  To implement the actions directed in this order, the Federal Government shall promote collaboration and facilitate information sharing, including the sharing of threat and vulnerability assessments, among executive departments and agencies (agencies), the owners and operators of critical infrastructure, and other relevant stakeholders, as appropriate.  The Federal Government shall also provide incentives, as appropriate, to private-sector partners to encourage innovation that strengthens critical infrastructure against the effects of EMPs through the development and implementation of best practices, regulations, and appropriate guidance.

Sec. 4.  Coordination.  (a)  The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), through National Security Council staff and in consultation with the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), shall coordinate the development and implementation of executive branch actions to assess, prioritize, and manage the risks of EMPs.  The APNSA shall, on an annual basis, submit a report to the President summarizing progress on the implementation of this order, identifying gaps in capability, and recommending how to address those gaps.

(b)  To further the Federal R&D necessary to prepare the Nation for the effects of EMPs, the Director of OSTP shall coordinate efforts of agencies through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).  The Director of OSTP, through the NSTC, shall annually review and assess the R&D needs of agencies conducting preparedness activities for EMPs, consistent with this order.

Sec. 5.  Roles and Responsibilities.  (a)  The Secretary of State shall:

(i)   lead the coordination of diplomatic efforts with United States allies and international partners regarding enhancing resilience to the effects of EMPs; and

(ii)  in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other relevant agencies, strengthen nuclear nonproliferation and deterrence efforts, which would reduce the likelihood of an EMP attack on the United States or its allies and partners by limiting the availability of nuclear devices.

(b)  The Secretary of Defense shall:

(i)    in cooperation with the heads of relevant agencies and with United States allies, international partners, and private-sector entities as appropriate, improve and develop the ability to rapidly characterize, attribute, and provide warning of EMPs, including effects on space systems of interest to the United States;

(ii)   provide timely operational observations, analyses, forecasts, and other products for naturally occurring EMPs to support the mission of the Department of Defense along with United States allies and international partners, including the provision of alerts and warnings for natural EMPs that may affect weapons systems, military operations, or the defense of the United States;

(iii)  conduct R&D and testing to understand the effects of EMPs on Department of Defense systems and infrastructure, improve capabilities to model and simulate the environments and effects of EMPs, and develop technologies to protect Department of Defense systems and infrastructure from the effects of EMPs to ensure the successful execution of Department of Defense missions;

(iv)   review and update existing EMP-related standards for Department of Defense systems and infrastructure, as appropriate;

(v)    share technical expertise and data regarding EMPs and their potential effects with other agencies and with the private sector, as appropriate;

(vi)   incorporate attacks that include EMPs as a factor in defense planning scenarios; and

(vii)  defend the Nation from adversarial EMPs originating outside of the United States through defense and deterrence, consistent with the mission and national security policy of the Department of Defense.

(c)  The Secretary of the Interior shall support the research, development, deployment, and operation of capabilities that enhance understanding of variations of Earth’s magnetic field associated with EMPs.

(d)  The Secretary of Commerce shall:

(i)   provide timely and accurate operational observations, analyses, forecasts, and other products for natural EMPs, exclusive of the responsibilities of the Secretary of Defense set forth in subsection (b)(ii) of this section; and

(ii)  use the capabilities of the Department of Commerce, the private sector, academia, and nongovernmental organizations to continuously improve operational forecasting services and the development of standards for commercial EMP technology.

(e)  The Secretary of Energy shall conduct early-stage R&D, develop pilot programs, and partner with other agencies and the private sector, as appropriate, to characterize sources of EMPs and their couplings to the electric power grid and its subcomponents, understand associated potential failure modes for the energy sector, and coordinate preparedness and mitigation measures with energy sector partners.

(f)  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall:

(i)    provide timely distribution of information on EMPs and credible associated threats to Federal, State, and local governments, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and other stakeholders;

(ii)   in coordination with the heads of any relevant SSAs, use the results of risk assessments to better understand and enhance resilience to the effects of EMPs across all critical infrastructure sectors, including coordinating the identification of national critical functions and the prioritization of associated critical infrastructure at greatest risk to the effects of EMPs;

(iii)  coordinate response to and recovery from the effects of EMPs on critical infrastructure, in coordination with the heads of appropriate SSAs;

(iv)   incorporate events that include EMPs as a factor in preparedness scenarios and exercises;

(v)    in coordination with the heads of relevant SSAs, conduct R&D to better understand and more effectively model the effects of EMPs on national critical functions and associated critical infrastructure — excluding Department of Defense systems and infrastructure — and develop technologies and guidelines to enhance these functions and better protect this infrastructure;

(vi)   maintain survivable means to provide necessary emergency information to the public during and after EMPs; and

(vii)  in coordination with the Secretaries of Defense and Energy, and informed by intelligence-based threat assessments, develop quadrennial risk assessments on EMPs, with the first risk assessment delivered within 1 year of the date of this order.

(g)  The Director of National Intelligence shall:

(i)   coordinate the collection, analysis, and promulgation, as appropriate, of intelligence-based assessments on adversaries’ capabilities to conduct an attack utilizing an EMP and the likelihood of such an attack; and

(ii)  provide intelligence-based threat assessments to support the heads of relevant SSAs in the development of quadrennial risk assessments on EMPs.

(h)  The heads of all SSAs, in coordination with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall enhance and facilitate information sharing with private-sector counterparts, as appropriate, to enhance preparedness for the effects of EMPs, to identify and share vulnerabilities, and to work collaboratively to reduce vulnerabilities.

(i)  The heads of all agencies that support National Essential Functions shall ensure that their all­hazards preparedness planning sufficiently addresses EMPs, including through mitigation, response, and recovery, as directed by national preparedness policy.

Sec. 6.  Implementation.  (a)  Identifying national critical functions and associated priority critical infrastructure at greatest risk.

(i)   Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of SSAs and other agencies as appropriate, shall identify and list the national critical functions and associated priority critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets, including space-based assets that, if disrupted, could reasonably result in catastrophic national or regional effects on public health or safety, economic security, or national security.  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall update this list as necessary.

(ii)  Within 1 year of the identification described in subsection (a)(i) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of other agencies as appropriate, shall, using appropriate government and private-sector standards for EMPs, assess which identified critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets are most vulnerable to the effects of EMPs.  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide this list to the President, through the APNSA.  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall update this list using the results produced pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and as necessary thereafter.

(b)  Improving understanding of the effects of EMPs.

(i)    Within 180 days of the identification described in subsection (a)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of SSAs and in consultation with the Director of OSTP and the heads of other appropriate agencies, shall review test data — identifying any gaps in such data — regarding the effects of EMPs on critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets representative of those throughout the Nation.

(ii)   Within 180 days of identifying the gaps in existing test data, as directed by subsection (b)(i) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of SSAs and in consultation with the Director of OSTP and the heads of other appropriate agencies, shall use the sector partnership structure identified in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan to develop an integrated cross-sector plan to address the identified gaps.  The heads of agencies identified in the plan shall implement the plan in collaboration with the private sector, as appropriate.

(iii)  Within 1 year of the date of this order, and as appropriate thereafter, the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the heads of other agencies and the private sector, as appropriate, shall review existing standards for EMPs and develop or update, as necessary, quantitative benchmarks that sufficiently describe the physical characteristics of EMPs, including waveform and intensity, in a form that is useful to and can be shared with owners and operators of critical infrastructure.

(iv)   Within 4 years of the date of this order, the Secretary of the Interior shall complete a magnetotelluric survey of the contiguous United States to help critical infrastructure owners and operators conduct EMP vulnerability assessments.

(c)  Evaluating approaches to mitigate the effects of EMPs.

(i)    Within 1 year of the date of this order, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretaries of Defense and Energy, and in consultation with the Director of OSTP, the heads of other appropriate agencies, and private-sector partners as appropriate, shall submit to the President, through the APNSA, a report that analyzes the technology options available to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure to the effects of EMPs.  The Secretaries of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security shall also identify gaps in available technologies and opportunities for future technological developments to inform R&D activities.

(ii)   Within 180 days of the completion of the activities directed by subsections (b)(iii) and (c)(i) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of other agencies and in consultation with the private sector as appropriate, shall develop and implement a pilot test to evaluate available engineering approaches for mitigating the effects of EMPs on the most vulnerable critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets, as identified in subsection (a)(ii) of this section.

(iii)  Within 1 year of the date of this order, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of relevant SSAs, and in consultation with appropriate regulatory and utility commissions and other stakeholders, shall identify regulatory and non regulatory mechanisms, including cost recovery measures, that can enhance private-sector engagement to address the effects of EMPs.

(d)  Strengthening critical infrastructure to withstand the effects of EMPs.

(i)    Within 90 days of completing the actions directed in subsection (c)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretaries of Defense and Energy and in consultation with the heads of other appropriate agencies and with the private sector as appropriate, shall develop a plan to mitigate the effects of EMPs on the vulnerable priority critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets identified under subsection (a)(ii) of this section.  The plan shall align with and build on actions identified in reports required by Executive Order 13800 of May 11, 2017 (Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure).  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall implement those elements of the plan that are consistent with Department of Homeland Security authorities and resources, and report to the APNSA regarding any additional authorities and resources needed to complete its implementation.  The Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretaries of Defense and Energy, shall update the plan as necessary based on results from the actions directed in subsections (b) and (c) of this section.

(ii)   Within 180 days of the completion of the actions identified in subsection (c)(i) of this section, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Energy, shall conduct a pilot test to evaluate engineering approaches used to harden a strategic military installation, including infrastructure that is critical to supporting that installation, against the effects of EMPs.

(iii)  Within 180 days of completing the pilot test described in subsection (d)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of Defense shall report to the President, through the APNSA, regarding the cost and effectiveness of the evaluated approaches.

(e)  Improving response to EMPs.

(i)    Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Homeland Security, through the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the heads of appropriate SSAs, shall review and update Federal response plans, programs, and procedures to account for the effects of EMPs.

(ii)   Within 180 days of the completion of actions directed by subsection (e)(i) of this section, agencies that support National Essential Functions shall update operational plans documenting their procedures and responsibilities to prepare for, protect against, and mitigate the effects of EMPs.

(iii)  Within 180 days of identifying vulnerable priority critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets as directed by subsection (a)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretaries of Defense and Commerce, and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, shall provide the Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and the Director of OSTP with an assessment of the effects of EMPs on critical communications infrastructure, and recommend changes to operational plans to enhance national response and recovery efforts after an EMP.

Sec. 7.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 26, 2019.

The Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Energy, Commerce and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are among some of the agencies that will be involved with protecting the country from an EMP attack as mandated in the executive order. For more information on preparing for EMP attack, check out our article here.

Comment by M. Difato on March 29, 2019 at 3:12pm

Fire mishap averted at power plant

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/jharkhand/fire-mishap-averted...

 

major fire broke out in a transformer near the captive power plant complex of Siyaljori-based Electrosteel Steels in Bokaro’s Chandankyari block, about 30km from the district headquarters, on Sunday morning, but timely action helped to prevent a potential tragedy.

The Rs 2.5-crore transformer was gutted in the incident and knocked out power in the factory for four hours, but no loss of human life or injury was reported.

The 33KVA transformer had to be replaced with a new one with the same capacity to restore electricity supply.

Sources in the factory and local residents said the fire broke out around 7.45am when a monkey jumped onto the transformer located outside the power plant complex comprising two facilities of 66 megawatt capacity each.

“The fire was triggered by a short circuit following a friction between two parallel output cables. The monkey was killed in the incident,” a resident said.

The security staff immediately turned off the power supply switch at the plant, leading to the blackout.

The flames were brought under control within half an hour with the help of fire hydrants.

“We saw thick cloud of smoke and flames and thought the factory had caught fire. We were scared that the fire may spread to the adjoining areas, putting our lives at risk, “ a resident of Siyaljori said.

Senior general manager (administration) of Electrosteel Steel, C.P. Pandey, said there was no loss of life or injury as the incident took place outside the power plant complex.

“We made the entire plant operational again within four hours,” Pandey added.

He said the plant was adequately equipped to handle such emergencies and the fire was doused with the help of only two hydrants.

On whether the workers were evacuated from the factory during the incident, Pandey said, “It was not needed. The transformer was situated at a distance from the power plant. There was no threat to the lives of the employees.”

Officer in-charge of Siyaljori police station Punam Toppo, who had rushed to the site, said she was informed about a major fire in the factory, but when she reached the spot she found the transformer had caught fire, which was contained within half an hour.

“There are too many monkeys in the area. Sunday’s incident was caused by a short circuit after a simian jumped onto the transformer,” Toppo said while ruling out any sabotage angle.

Notably, a contract labourer Kartik Chandra Mahto was killed while his colleagues Upendra Mahto and Prasad Mahto fell ill following a gas leak at the sinter plant of Vedanta-owned Electrosteel Steels on December 2 last year.

The factory management had to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of the deceased.

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Transformer down, fire reported in Memorial Park

A transformer sparked a fire in Memorial Park Tuesday morning. Posted: March 26, 2019
 https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/hfd-transformer-down-fire-...
 
 

HOUSTON — Smoke can be seen coming from Memorial Park in west Houston.

Firefighters with the Houston Fire Department say a transformer started the fire. They are on the scene working to put it out.

The location is at Memorial Loop and West Memorial Loop. At this time, no injuries have been reported.

Details are very limited.."

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Power outage strikes downtown Boise

The outage affected hundreds of customers and traffic signals in the downtown area.
 https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/power-outage-strikes-downto...
 

BOISE, Idaho — Hundreds were without power after an outage hit downtown Boise Thursday afternoon.At around 1 p.m., a total of 513 customers were affected, according to Idaho Power. The outage also affected traffic signals in the area, causing slowdowns throughout downtown.  Power was fully restored to customers by late Thursday afternoon. There is no word on what caused the outage.

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Utility pole fire burns half an acre, causes power outage at CBA

 https://www.syracuse.com/crime/2019/03/utility-pole-fire-burns-half...

 

 DEWITT, N.Y. -- A utility pole fire burned half an acre of vegetation and caused a power outage at Christian Brothers Academy on Thursday afternoon, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire was called into the Onondaga County 911 Dispatch Center at 2:39 p.m. on Thursday (Mar 28), according to 911 dispatch logs.

An arrester on the utility pole exploded and, when it landed, grass caught fire, deputies said.

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Equipment failure causes power outage in SE Cedar Rapids

 https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Alliant-3000-customers-without-po...

 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Alliant Energy said a failure at a substation on Mt. Vernon Road caused a power outage on Cedar Rapids SE side Thursday morning (Mar 28).

The outage began just before 8:30 a.m., when more than 3,000 customers were affected, according to Alliant's website. By 10:30 a.m., just under 1,200 customers were still without power.

Alliant said crews were working to reroute power to affected customers.

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Power outages across Regina and province slowly being resolved

 https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/power-outages-across-regina-n...

 

 

 Typically outages are caused by one of three things: weather, aging infrastructure or the environment — things like trees or animals, Cherry said.

"We're investing a lot of money on an annual basis [on infrastructure], that's why sometimes, our rates have to go up," Cherry said. "We're trying to improve or replace some of that aging infrastructure."  

Cherry said crews found two lines down near the intersection of Winnipeg Street and 14th Avenue. He said there was also a pole fire at Osler Street and 11th Avenue.

"There were also a couple of transmission lines that went down in the northwest part of the city, as well," Cherry said, stating that substations in the city were causing some of the issues.

As of Wednesday morning, Cherry said it's unclear just how many homes were affected.

"SaskPower doesn't know for certain whether the power is out till people call in and tell us," he explained.

Up to date information on the outages across the city can be found on SaskPower's website or by calling 306-310-2220.

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Parkside Jr. High expected to reopen Monday after electrical fire

 https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/parkside-jr-high-expected-to-...

 

 

NORMAL — Parkside Junior High School is expected to be ready for students' return from spring break after an electrical fire at the school Wednesday morning. Utility crews are working to repair the damage caused by the fire that began outside the building at 101 N. Parkside Road. 

Neighbors reported the fire just after 5 a.m. Flames, estimated to rise 20 feet according to a witness, were seen in the main bus duct that feeds electricity into the building.

"The original piece of equipment from 1974, the bus duct (the main electricity feed) — that's completely ruined," said Joe Adelman, director of operations for the McLean County Unit 5.

The blaze did not reach the inside of the school. The roof was inspected for damage from burning debris, but Unit 5 officials said none was found.

No injuries were reported, and classes and school operations were not interrupted since the district is on spring break this week. There was no immediate information on what caused the fire.

Workers from Corn Belt Energy and Illinois Prairie Electric were called to the school to assess the damage and begin repairs. Three large transformers were removed from a concrete pad adjoining the school. One transformer was heavily damaged with signs of smoke on its exterior.

A school maintenance worker said trucks removed food stored in the school's freezers early Wednesday morning. There had been no assessment if computers or servers in the school were damaged.

Comment by jorge namour on March 28, 2019 at 3:30pm

BRASIL- VIDEO: Latam plane suffers energy loss in Brasilia and needs to do 'pacifier' to take off

03/27/2019

Problem made flight leave with an hour and a half of delay to Amapá. Company denies 'electric pane'.

https://g1.globo.com/df/distrito-federal/noticia/2019/03/27/video-a...

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Plane suffers energy fall in Brasilia and needs to do 'pacifier' to take off

A flight from Brasilia to Macapá delayed takeoff due to a power outage on Tuesday night (26).

A video obtained by the G1 shows the moment when the pilot informs the passengers and the crew that it would take an external power source to turn on the airplane ( see video ). The procedure is similar to the "pacifier" procedure performed on cars when the battery fails.

The image shows passengers in the dark while listening to the pilot's message.

"We will start our engines with the help of an external power source, and I reiterate that this condition is totally safe and does not interfere with our flight, I just need an external power source to start our engines," pilot on the radio.
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World Seismology
March 22 at 12:26 AM ·
H️Hello, we have been notified that in some sectors of Santiago de Chile some problems with electrostatics have been perceived (small electric shocks or hearing a crunch when removing a garment)

Could you tell us in which commune the affected are and date?

PS: We do not seek to alert, sometimes these anomalies are natural .. in other occasions they are associated with earthquakes or weather (climate) etc.

Comment by M. Difato on March 27, 2019 at 6:34am

Fort Lauderdale FPL substation fire leaves thousands without power

https://wsvn.com/news/local/fort-lauderdale-fpl-substation-fire-lea...

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A fire at a Fort Lauderdale Florida Power and Light substation has left thousands without power.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to the Sistrunk substation along the 400 block of Northwest Sixth Street, around 8 p.m., Tuesday (Mar 26).

Fort Lauderdale Police confirmed the fire started because of a lightning strike.

Neighbors said they heard loud explosions before the power went out for a second, then the lights flickered and then the power went out again.

“Very loud explosions. I was over on Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street. The flames were so huge. They were going … I don’t know how high,” witness Shawn Williams said. “So scary, and the explosions were so loud. I threw my car into reverse to get away. I could feel the heat, and I thought it was going to overtake me. It was unbelievable. Over an hour, but we’ve seen like four explosions. Each one was larger than the next. They were almost right after each other, but then the flame would go up, and it was just massive. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said officials have a helicopter circling overhead to survey some of the outages.

Trantalis said, “It’s just for people to stay out of this area as much as possible. If you need to travel normally through this area, please find an alternative route. The signals are working partially here on Sistrunk [Boulevard] and also on Andrews [Avenue] and U.S. 1. Broward [Boulevard], Sunrise Boulevard, try to stay off those streets. We are trying to restore power as soon as possible, but it’s best not to be traveling tonight.”

As of 9:45 p.m., FPL said approximately 22,000 customers are without power because of the fire.

FLFR said crews have the fire under control and that they are working with FPL to restore power.

“Luckily, FPL has been successful in restoring power little by little incrementally,” Trantalis said. “We have a helicopter flying overhead to give us a real-time estimate as to what areas are being restored.”

The outage cancelled a scheduled performance of “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Tuesday night.

No injuries have been reported.

  https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-ne-fire-fort-lauderda...

Comment by M. Difato on March 25, 2019 at 2:20pm

United Airlines flight from Melbourne to LAX forced to make emergency landing

 https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/united-airl...

 Smoke was coming from the cockpit of a United Airlines flight out of Melbourne before it made an emergency landing, according to reports. 

A United Airlines flight from Melbourne to Los Angeles has been forced to make an emergency landing tonight after reports of smoke coming from the cockpit.

UA99 left Tullamarine Airport shortly after 1pm towards the west coast of the United States when something went wrong. It landed at La Tontouta International Airport at Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, shortly after 4pm.

The Boeing 787-9 dreamliner was carrying 256 passengers and landed without any issues.

Passenger Nathan Lanier shared pictures of the aircraft on the runway three hours from Melbourne.

“Didn’t expect to end our trip in New Caledonia but want to commend the Captain and his crew of UA99 for a calm and professional emergency diversion,” he wrote.

https://twitter.com/treehousenate/status/1110074249153114112

A United Airlines spokesperson said they were on hand to assist passengers with whatever they needed.

All passengers are expected to spend the night in Noumea.

United Airlines has been approached for comment.

The emergency landing comes 15 days after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on March 10 killing all 157 people on board.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 was the second of its kind to be involved in a similar incident. A Lion Air plane carrying 189 people crashed in Indonesia in October, killing everyone on board.

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NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA
MONDAY 25-MAR-201912:33PM AEDT
(2 hours 8 minutes late)
MONDAY 25-MAR-201904:22PM +11

Image source: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL99/history/20190324/2325Z/YM...

Comment by M. Difato on March 21, 2019 at 1:03am

Midrand residents dealt another electricity blow

 https://www.enca.com/news/update-midrand-residents-dealt-another-el...

JOHANNESBURG - Midrand residents will suffer another electricity blow after a transformer caught fire at the Allandale substation.

The substation houses both Eskom and City Power infrastructure.

But according to City Power, the transformer may belong to Eskom.

Several areas around Midrand are without power, namely Rabie Ridge, Mayibuye, Commercial Extension 9, Austin View and some parts of Glen Austin.

City Power and Eskom technicians are on site to determine the cause of the fire.

Posted: Wednesday 20 March 2019 - 5:56pm

 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhCFWHxuD1Q

https://twitter.com/eNCA/status/1108365779131658245

Comment by M. Difato on March 19, 2019 at 4:08pm

Suspicion of fire in cargo hold prompts emergency British Airways landing in St. John's

 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/british-airway...

 

All 209 people aboard are safe

A British Airways Boeing 777 carrying 209 people landed safely at St. John's International Airport after declaring an emergency early Tuesday morning.

The flight was a few hours in the air — it had left JFK International Airport in New York City, head for London's Heathrow Airport — when the pilot announced there may be a fire in the cargo area.

"We were just told pretty quickly by the captain that there'd been an alarm — a potential fire — in the forward hold, and we were diverting back to Canada, which took about an hour," said James Sterling, one of the passengers. 

Sterling said it took about an hour from the announcement to touchdown on the tarmac at the St. John's airport, around 2:30 a.m. local time.

"It's not a great situation to be in, but everyone was pretty calm and the crew were great. Didn't get a sense of real panic." There was no fire, but crews were on scene when the plane landed. 

Those onboard were taken to local hotels for the night.

St. John's Regional Fire Department Deputy Chief Rick Mackey said his crew had dispatched 12 vehicles to the scene as a precaution.

He was happy to see the plane land without incident. 

Comment by M. Difato on March 18, 2019 at 11:54pm

Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Valley Airport

 https://www.kveo.com/news/local-news/plane-makes-emergency-landing-...

 MCALLEN - An American Airlines plane makes an emergency landing at the McAllen International Airport this

morning. The airline says flight 4158 was traveling from Dallas-Fort Worth when the pilot detected smoke going

into the cockpit. The flight landed safely. No injuries were reported.

Posted: Mar 18, 2019 05:08 PM CDT

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