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November 3, 2013
The engines are being shut down on our flight to refuel for a return flight to ATL [Atlanta]. What a joke! This is outrageous.
Airplane passenger Hanson Slaughter • Discussing, via text message, the status of his flight into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, which landed on time but has been held at the airport out of an abundance of caution (with passengers still inside) after the airport received a bomb threat. The airport just received an all-clear after a full evacuation of the facilities had been ordered and a sweep of the airport had taken place.
19:26 // 11 months ago
October 28, 2012
Just an update to our post from earlier: The New York Times has created a Google Maps mashup explaining the zone system being used in NYC. As this isn’t going to be as useful if the power goes out, we’re going to leave up the original PDF, which includes locations of shelters and precautions you should take, for purposes of printing out. But this should help. (thanks waterman12053 for the find)

Just an update to our post from earlier: The New York Times has created a Google Maps mashup explaining the zone system being used in NYC. As this isn’t going to be as useful if the power goes out, we’re going to leave up the original PDF, which includes locations of shelters and precautions you should take, for purposes of printing out. But this should help. (thanks waterman12053 for the find)

16:31 // 1 year ago
April 17, 2012
For the elderly, this is normal. Whatever the volcano wants to do is fine. But younger people, like myself, are always alert.
San Pedro resident Jaime Romero • Discussing the effect that the recent activity of Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano has had on the small town where he lives. Schools in at least five towns near the volcano canceled class, after Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention increased warnings about the possibility of a volcanic eruption. Emergency crews currently patrol the area around the volcano, ready to mobilize at a moment’s notice if an emergency evacuation order is given. source (viafollow)
17:52 // 2 years ago
August 31, 2011
The ground is so dry, because of the drought, that one welding spark or a cigarette tossed could easily ignite a fire.
Jesse Moore, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth, Texas • Commenting on how easy it is to start wildfire. Texas is seeing one of the worst fire seasons on record, including the devastating fires earlier this year in April. The fires started on Tuesday; as of Wednesday night, the wildfires have damaged 39 homes and buildings over 6,200 acres of land. These wildfires are also threatening cities in Oklahoma. Authorities have asked local residents to evacuate, so stay safe, guys. source (viafollow)
22:52 // 3 years ago
June 23, 2011

Southwest fires slowly (but surely) getting contained

  • monument Officials told the last of the evacuees from this fire that they can return home today. That’s the good news. The bad news: Though firefighters hope to declare potential victory soon, the fire is only 59 percent contained and may keep burning until mid-July.
  • wallow That one is still burning. The largest active fire in the U.S. and the largest in Arizona’s history, it’s currently around half the size of Rhode Island. A highway around the area is open now, but homes are still being evacuated. This fire is about 60 percent contained. source

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16:25 // 3 years ago
March 11, 2011
Via BBC: "Russia evacuates 11,000 people from areas that could be affected by #tsunami, including Kuril islands and Sakhalin island"

Via BBC: "Russia evacuates 11,000 people from areas that could be affected by #tsunami, including Kuril islands and Sakhalin island"

3:07 // 3 years ago
March 2, 2011

David Cameron steps up British efforts to help out in Libya

  • last week The British government faced criticism over the speed in which it got its own people out of a very volatile situation in Libya. Rescue planes only came to oil fields days after the crisis started.
  • this week As a sign in contrasts, David Cameron is now planning on evacuating 6,000 Egyptians from the border of Libya and Tunisia. The decision caught British officials off guard with its speed. source
10:43 // 3 years ago
March 1, 2011

U.N. worried about conditions for mass of Libyan refugees

  • 150,000 people have fled from Libya source

» The concern: Too many people evacuating too fast, causing difficult food, water and health conditions for refugees. The agency said that it was ”becoming critically important that onwards transport becomes quickly available to avoid a humanitarian crisis.”

13:20 // 3 years ago
February 2, 2011

U.S. State Department: Plan to leave Egypt tomorrow, Americans

  • before The U.S. started offering Americans in Egypt an opportunity to get out of the increasingly-volatile country. Many took them up on it.
  • now The U.S. is telling Americans to go to the airport ASAP if they plan to go, because it’s unlikely they’ll fly out after Thursday. source
22:43 // 3 years ago
January 31, 2011

The U.S. starts evacuating American citizens out of Egypt

  • 2,400 Americans on the waiting list (so far) source

» Only around 219 have left so far: With 52,000 Americans situated in Egypt at the moment, getting them all out, or even a good portion, might be quite the ordeal. And it’s not a cheap one for the evacuees, either. The U.S. is having the evacuees sign a clause promising to pay the government back for the trip elsewhere. The “elsewhere” varies – one flight headed to Cyprus while another headed to Athens.

10:20 // 3 years ago