Mass Evacuation sa East Coast USA, Ipinatutupad na Dahil kay Hurricane Sandy

admin   •   October 29, 2012   •   2583

Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 28 at 1302 UTC (9:02 a.m. EDT). The line of clouds from the Gulf of Mexico north are associated with the cold front that Sandy is merging with. Sandy’s western cloud edge is already over the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. (Credit: NASA GOES Project)

WASHINGTON DC, USA— Puspusan na ang paghahanda ng mga residente sa East Coast ng Amerika dahil sa banta ng tinaguriang super storm na si hurricane Sandy.

Ayon sa National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), posibleng magdulot si hurricane Sandy ng “life-threatening” na pagbaha sa mid-Atlantic coast dahil sa taglay nitong malakas na hanging aabot sa 80 miles per hour.

Sa panayam ng UNTV News kay NOAA Meteorologist Daniel Porter, posibleng tahakin ng hurricane Sandy ang East Coast at posibleng mag-iwan ito ng matinding pinsala.

“The remnants of hurricane Sandy are expected to move into the East Coast region by Monday night with the effects turning into Monday afternoon and will most likely continue into Tuesday and potentially into Wednesday as well.”

Dahil dito, nagpatupad na ng mass evacuation sa North Carolina at Virginia, na unang tatamaan ng hurricane.

Plano na rin ng mga opisyal sa Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire at kahit sa Maine na magpatupad ng emergency evacuation.

Sa New Jersey, nagdeklara na ng state of emergency si Governor Chris Christie at pinasimulan na rin ang malawakang evacuation sa mga nakatira malapit sa Ocean City.

Sa ngayon libu-libong flights na ang kanselado habang ilang estado na ang nakakaranas ng power blackout.

Bilang paghahanda, pinayuhan ng weather center ang mga residente na agad nang lumayo sa mga lugar na malapit sa ilog at sa dagat dahil sa banta ng flashfloods.

“The expected wind speed of Hurricane Sandy moves into the East Coast are expected to be around  80 miles an hour right now James what we can expect with that is that people should be alert and aware of beach erosion as well as strong winds moving through the region as well as heavy rain fall when people should remember to not drive through flooded rivers  or to flooded roads,” pahayag pa ni Porter.

Sa ngayon ay nasa Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at nasa layong 395 miles sa timugang bahagi ng New York si hurricane Sandy. (James Bontuyan  &  Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

LOOK: NASA’s image of the day, the ‘Mystic Mountain’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 5, 2019

NASA posted the ‘Mystic Mountain’ as its image of the day.

It was like seeing a glimpse of colorful hues performing a chaotic waltz, a tempest of blue, red, and green. The contrasting colors created a masterpiece that was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

The ‘Mystic Mountain’ lies in the Carina Nebula which is 7,500 light-years away.

According to NASA the image was captured in 2010. The colors in this composite image correspond to the glow of oxygen (blue), hydrogen and nitrogen (green) and sulfur (red).—AAC

Massachusetts 1st US state to ban flavored tobacco, vaping products

Robie de Guzman   •   November 28, 2019

New York, USA – Massachusetts  on Wednesday become the first state in the United States to ban flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a bill to that effect.

This law seeks to make these flavored tobacco products less attractive to the youth amid a wave of vaping-related illnesses and deaths.

Anti-smoking groups hailed the initiative, which restricts the sale and consumption of flavored vaping products immediately and that of menthol cigarettes from June 1, 2020.

In recent months, Massachusetts and other states, including Michigan, Montana, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington, have temporarily banned or restricted the sale of vaping products.

But Massachusetts is now the first state to impose a permanent ban on all flavored tobacco or nicotine vaping products.

The new law specifically restricts the sale of these products to licensed smoking bars, exclusively for on-site consumption.

The ban extends to menthol cigarettes and flavored e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco.

It also imposes a 75 percent excise tax on nicotine vaping products and gives public health officials new authority to regulate the products. EFE-EPA

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NASA to test robot in Antarctica for extra-terrestrial exploration

Robie de Guzman   •   November 20, 2019

Sydney – The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will test an under-ice robot during Antarctica’s summer with a view to using it to look for extra-terrestrial life on one of Jupiter’s moons in 2025.

The one-meter (three feet) long robotic rover is buoyant and has two wheels to operate on the under-side of ice, the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) said in a statement.

“The rover is unique in that it uses buoyancy to stick to the underside of the ice and move upside-down using wheels, so it can get up close to the ice-water interface for sensitive measurements,” NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Andy Klesh said.

The robot has already been deployed in Alaska and the Arctic and will be tested in Antarctica at Australia’s Casey research station for three weeks.

Much like a submarine, the rover can remain in one spot for long periods of time without expending energy.

In 2025, NASA plans to send a mission to Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, believed to be one of the likeliest places in the solar system to find alien life.

“NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter in the late 1990s investigated the planet’s moons including Europa. They found strong evidence there was a salty ocean beneath Europa’s thick icy crust, as well as a rocky sea floor,” NASA scientist Kevin Hand said.

“This salty ocean could hold more than twice as much water as Earth and have all the right ingredients to support simple life organisms,” he added.

NASA would have to drill through between 10 to 20 kilometers (6-12 miles) of icy crust before it can reach the water, a matter that has not yet been resolved.

“We don’t really know how to manage this yet, but it’s likely we will have to drop transmission pucks every 100 meters to carry signals from the rover up to a surface base station, before the information is beamed back to Earth via satellite,” Klesh explained. EFE-EPA

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