The earthquake occurred at a depth of about 5 miles.. It was a minor 2.9--but minor is meaningless when you consider the location, a city that isn't equipped or ready to handle shaking of much measure..
Reports indicate a loud and thunderous sound also accompanied the quake as it rattled the nerves of the windy--and shaky--city..
French prosecutor Brice Robin gave further chilling details of the final ten minutes in the cockpit before the Airbus A320 plunged into the French Alps killing 150 people. Revealing data extracted from the black box voice recorder, he said the co-pilot - named as 28-year-old German Andreas Günter Lubitz - locked his captain out after the senior officer left the cockpit.
THE CO-PILOT was alive and breathing when the plane crashed .. The latest news accounts state that it was an 11 minute descent--not 8 or 18 as previously reported.. According to prosecutors commenting on the voice recording, the final 11 minutes inside the cockpit were calm, with Lubitz showing no trace of panic as he prepared to mass murder 150 people, including innocent children..
According to prosecutors, screaming could be heard on the audio recording only in the last few minutes, and death was instantaneous for those on board when the plane crashed. Whether that is true or not, perhaps we'll never know.. …
News agencies are blasting information around the world today that the Germanwings Flight 9525 which crashed over the French Alps was most likely taken down on purpose..
Last night, it was revealed that a pilot was locked out of the cabin and audible noises were heard of him trying to break the doors--all of this as the flight glided to the hell on earth for 18 minutes. A plane filled with 150 innocent people, including high school and two infants..
This breaking news is being reported by various agencies tonight.. I chose the words from the NEW YORK TIMES as they best describe what stumped officials are contemplating as the search for debris and body aorta continue in the French Alps:
PARIS — As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.
A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.
“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”
It will not hit us.. But it’s relatively close and will be viewed by professional and amateur astronomers alike..
It’s also a huge reminder—in size and meaning—of how much is beyond us that can endanger this planet.
While we argue about useless memes and toil away with trouble, the danger lurks in our galaxy. It can strike at any time. So far we’ve been lucky.. But you sure would think by now we would have found a way to find these threats and do something about them …
Earlier today it was announced that two Americans were on board flight 9525 when it went down over the French Alps.. Now the names have been revealed:
Yvonne Selke of Nokesville, Virginia, was a longtime and highly regarded employee of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. Daughter Emily was a 2013 graduate and music industry major from Drexel University in Philadelphia
Remi Jouty, the head of BEA, is quoted by media sources as saying that the debris field in the French Alps where Germanwings flight 9525 crashed is 'not characteristic' of a plane that exploded in mid-air.. MORE: It would be more a plane that broke apart as it hit the ground, the official said..
At this point, investigators are being dropped by helicopter to the site of the crash.. The rugged terrain and weather conditions have complicated matters..
Investigators have managed to hear some audio from the flight data recorder, one of two so-called "black boxes" on the flight. The other "black box," the flight data recorder, has not yet been found, Jouty said. Earlier, French President Francois Hollande said the outside frame of the second "black box" has been found, though not the recorder itself.
Manufacturing and the service industry may be hardest hit during the robot boom happening in the job market.. But who knew that Hollywood stars would face the same peril..
Carolyn Giardina, reporter for the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, has a fascinating article running today about how Paul Walker was digitally created for FURIOUS 7.. Walker died in a tragic accident during filming of the movie, but that doesn't stop his starring role in the film.. HR reports, Today, it's possible to create an actor entirely from digital composites. The Mill, for example, has completed a 90-second Johnny Walker ad featuring a CG Bruce Lee for agency BBH in China. "We created his entire face in CG and hand-animated that, using shots of the actor for reference," says Shenfield. He believes that a CG actor is an option, as long as artists can create his face convincingly. "The eyes require a lot of work," he says. "Keeping motion continuous in the musculature and the eyes is the key …
Some television systems are programmed to scroll a standard emergency alert text message and in some cases, the message may not contain the word “TEST.” An audio message will say that the message is only a test, but if the volume is turned down or otherwise unheard, viewers may not realize the message is a test.” This seems to be the year to warn California about urgent needs to prepare for killer quakes.. Movies and television are constant reminders with upcoming summer entertainment featuring California breaking off of the United States. Also official warners from official places are speaking out about upcoming dangers during the next decade when it comes to the chances for quakes or even tsunamis..
Tomorrow will be a test of nerves.. Especially for those who don't know it's a 'test' ..
Accused Newtown shooter Adam Lanza's house has been wiped from the face of the earth.. Making good on promises to destroy it, the town of Newtown Connecticut purchased the 2-acre lot and 3100 square foot home for $1 .. it was torn down and will now be used as an empty space.
According to reports, neighbors wanted the house gone, saying it served as a reminder of the events of December 2012 in Sandy Hook elementary school.
Everything in the house was already removed prior to the razing. Reports indicate that rugs, curtains, furniture, fixtures, and all the rest were removed from the property and incinerated.
36 Yogananda Drive is now just an address. No home. Just a vacant plot of ground on top of a hill..
John Lichfield with the UK INDEPENDENT reports this for history: The French environment and transport minister, Ségolène Royal, said that the crew of the Airbus A320 had stopped responding on radio at 10.30am yesterday when the aircraft was over the Mediterranean. The aircraft slammed into the sheer side of a mountain in the French Alps soon after 10.48am. For those 18 minutes, it gradually shed height from 28,000 feet to less than 2,000 feet without transmitting any form of distress signal. This information is also being reported: The French interior ministe…
Today as the Germanwings flight fell to the earth over the French Alps, other news was silently being reported at the Large Hadron Collider. There was a short circuit.. Now the big firing up has been postponed, it is being reported..
This is how Reuters captured the event for historical record:
CERN scientists expressed disappointment at the last-minute problem, in just one of the underground machine’s eight sectors, which have been rewired and checked thoroughly during the closedown. But the research centre’s director general, Rolf Heuer, played down its significance.
“All the signs are good for a great run 2,” he said in a statement. “In the grand scheme of things, a few weeks delay in humankind’s quest to understand our universe is little more than the blink of an eye.”
Scientists and engineers at CERN, mindful of a serious leakage in 2008 which caused a delay of two years in the start-up for the first LHC run, have long insisted that there can be no rushing into full operations.
The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 today is a story only a few hours old. But already theories are advancing online. Conspiracy theories.. One because the trip the plane was making was from Barcelona to Barcelonnette .. Strange, perhaps..
Already, though, it's taking 'flight' online.. That, along with questions of whether scientists were on board, perhaps officials or authorities that someone wanted to 'take out' ..
Another theory actually says that CERN--firing up the Hadron Collider soon to full power--is the reason for the crash.
Just when you think your plight in the grand scheme of things matters a bit, news comes along to give perspective to just how tiny we all are. Today, two examples exist in science news, presented for your review:
When considering the history of our universe, and the ever-changing space around us, it’s pretty amazing that we are even here. That somehow we evolved into the creatures of habit we have.. and somehow still survive in a very hostile existence..
We are somehow alive..
No matter how big of planets of the past crashed and asteroids smashed.
A passenger jet carrying 152 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said..
Various sources reporting: The crash site was at Meolans-Revels, near the popular ski resort of Pra Loup, according to Eric Ciotti, the head of the regional council in southeast France… There are also reports that the Germanwings Airbus A320 sent out a distress signal prior to the crash.. A long search and rescue operation has now begun, as the crash site is in an extremely mountainous region.. The CEO of the airline said that there were, in all, 152 people on board. That number includes two babies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that “we don’t know much about the flight and the crash yet. And we don’t know the cause.” And more, the AP reporting:
The owner of a campground near the crash site, Pierre Polizzi, said he heard the plane making curious noises shortly before it crashed. “At 11.30, I heard a series of loud noises in the air. There are oft…
The show was great and interesting. True crime fascinates me … actually scares me.
The intense reality that exists beyond the safety of our locked doors and closed windows is abhorrent, often. There is much to be written and told of true crime—too much to start now. But I’m curious how many others out there are interested in true crime.. How many people are both fascinated and horrified by the macabre.. and how many fear reality more than fiction?