HT-20170924-59953-USA – Heat Wave – USA – North-America

Fall officially began Friday, but the first few days may seem like summer is still lingering in Metro Detroit. By 3 p.m. Saturday, temperatures in Metro Detroit reached 90 degrees, breaking a record set in 1936 by one degree, said Jordan Dale, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. “We expected it to reach up to 90 degrees, but it should be topped out and we have a chance again tomorrow to break another record,” Sara Pampreen, another meterologist at the National Weather Service, said Friday there have only been four days during the summer in Metro Detroit …

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HZ-20170924-59951-USA – HAZMAT – USA – North-America

Officials said 18 people were hospitalized after a hazmat incident at a DuPont facility in Wilmington. Around 11 a.m., New Castle County Paramedics arrived at the DuPont Experimental Station located on 200 Powder Mill Road, where personnel working within the facility were possibly exposed to an unknown substance. DuPont spokesman Dan Turner said contractors were doing remediation work in a lab discovered an unidentified “rust-colored material released from ductwork.” The contractors were removed from the building and sent through a decontamination area. Each worker was then evaluated by …

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EQ-20170923-59950-PRK – Earthquake – North Korea – Asia

A 3.5-magnitude earthquake was detected in northern North Korea on Saturday afternoon, near the nation’s known nuclear test site, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. “This event occurred in the area of the previous North Korean Nuclear tests,” the USGS said on its website. “We cannot conclusively confirm at this time the nature (natural or human-made) of the event.” The earthquake-monitoring agency in neighboring China said it suspected that the North Korean quake, which occurred at 3:59 p.m. local time, was caused by an explosion, though the magnitude was significantly lower than a …

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FL-20170923-59949-PRI – Flood – Puerto Rico – Caribean Sea

A failing dam in Puerto Rico endangered tens of thousands of people and left officials scrambling to conduct mass evacuations on Friday. “This is an extremly dangerous situation. Buses are currently evacuating people from the area as quickly as they can,” the National Weather Service (NWS) in San Juan said in a statement. Authorities were reportedly trying to save some 70,000 people. There have been 13 deaths on the island since Hurricane Maria ripped through the Caribbean, leaving the entire US territory without power for the foreseeable future. The governor said that Maria was the worst …

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VE-20170923-59948-VUT – Volcano Eruption – Vanuatu – Pacific Ocean – West

The volcanic alert level for Manaro Voui volcano on Ambae island was raised to the second highest (4: “moderate eruption”) on Vanuatu’s scale of 1-5 this Saturday, as the activity intensified gradually over the past weeks. A vent in or near the caldera lake Voui has been producing mild ash emissions over the past weeks, but these have now become stronger and for the first time lava glow also was observed, suggesting that the eruption is transitioning from phreatic (steam-driven) to magmatic (arrival of fresh magma). According to local press articles, authorities in Vanuatu are preparing to …

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ED-20170923-59947-USA – Environment Pollution – USA – North-America

The operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline is reporting an oil spill at the Marine Terminal in Valdez. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company estimates the volume of crude oil spilled to be less than 100 gallons. Crews reported seeing a sheen on the water late Thursday morning. The spill is not ongoing. According to Alyeska, the spill happened during yearly maintenance testing of the loading arms at Berth 5. “During a pause in the testing, oily test water flowed back through hose and piping related to the maintenance, out of the fire system salt water intake piping, and into Port Valdez,” Michelle …

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