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The smoke will rise from the Diag at high noon Saturday.

It’s the perennial sign that spring has come to Ann Arbor.

That’s right -- Hash Bash is back. While weed is legal, marijuana enthusiasts will still gather on the University of Michigan campus to smoke down and advocate for their favorite plant.

There is a long list of speakers ranging from cannabis activists to politicians.

Meanwhile, a mystery is brewing underneath Main Street in the heart of Ann Arbor.

Wednesday was the annual test of Alaska’s tsunami warning system. Radio and TV stations along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska were expected to broadcast a test of an emergency alert – similar to what you’d hear during a real tsunami.

But some communities didn’t hear it at all, including Homer, Kodiak, Unalaska, Sitka, Ketchikan and Kenai.

Dave Snider, with the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, says a combination of technical glitches, along with some confusion, prevented the test from reaching those places. Forecasters in Anchorage failed to pass the message along.

“I think it was just that they were confused about what kind of tests were running,” Snider said.

An abundance of caution

Wednesday’s tsunami warning test was an annual test. It runs every year in March, with the goal of refining the way tsunami warning alerts are delivered to the public.

But when forecasters at the NWS Office in Anchorage received the test signal, they failed to enable the regional Emergency Alert System. So the message never reached radio stations like KBBI in Homer, KMXT in Kodiak or KUCB in Unalaska.

Tsunami warnings in the state follow a complex chain of communication. When forecasters at the Tsunami Warning Center trigger a warning, it goes to NOAA offices like the National Weather Service stations in Anchorage and Juneau. That’s stage one.

When they’re conducting regular monthly tests, that’s where the chain stops.

“But this test was designed to go further than the normal monthly communications tests,” Snider said. “And in this case, the problem is we just need to be more clear about what kind of tests we’re running.”

Wednesday’s warning was a rare kind of test, one where the Tsunami Warning Center tries to simulate a real tsunami threat by jumping into stage two: the Emergency Alert System, which notifies the public through radio and TV broadcasts. And that’s the part that didn’t happen for stations that rely on the NWS office in Anchorage.

When it comes to testing tsunami warnings in Alaska, the team is a bit out of practice, which may have contributed to the breakdown in communication. The annual test has been canceled in recent years when real tsunami threats happened, like the volcanic eruption near Tonga last year and an earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska in January 2018.

Snider also said he believes that past mistakes have caused some hesitation when it comes to sending out test warnings. For instance, in a 2018 incident a routine test activated the Emergency Alert System by accident.

“I think there’s some well placed hesitation during tests,” Snider said. “Out of abundance of caution, and truthfully, you know, previous years of false alarms.”

This week emergency services offices across the state are raising awareness about tsunamis and how to prepare for them.

Tsunamis are typically formed when an undersea earthquake forms a tidal surge that can be devastating to coastlines thousands of miles away. Tsunamis can happen along any large body of water but are most common in the pacific.

Due to this added risk, local emergency management offices are taking extra precautions.

"Typically, we will receive a tsunami warning if there is an undersea earthquake and then there is a series of buoys called the dart system that will detect a potential tsunami and we will receive either a tsunami advisory, tsunami watch, or tsunami warning," Scott Milner, SLO County Emergency Services coordinator told KSBY. "This year we actually installed tsunami zone warning signs along the coasts so residents should see those signs and be able to know if they are entering or leaving a tsunami hazard zone."

Although advanced warning systems can give hours of preparation time ahead of a tsunami if one is detected it is important to take action quickly.

"Be aware of your surroundings and get to a higher area if you are at the beach and then also keep a cell phone with you while at the beach," Milner said. "Along our coast from Oceano to Cayucos we have early warning system sirens so if the sirens sound you need to turn to TV, radio, or cell phone for additional information."

To look up your address and for more information, you can visit prepareslo.org.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A group of around 400 people rushed into the Tennessee state capitol building in Nashville on Thursday morning to protest for stricter gun laws following the mass shooting at the Covenant School earlier this week.

Around 500 protesters gathered at 8:00 a.m. local time before a large group of them moved into the capitol building carrying signs and shouting, “No action, no peace!” and “What do we want? Gun control! When do we want it? Now!”

Footage from inside the state capitol showed at least six Tennessee state troopers holding back a crowd of angry protesters as they attempted to reach lawmakers.

National Weather Service St. Louis radar update delayed due to potential severe weather

The National Weather Service has announced the upgrade would be delayed until April 6.

“Due to the increasing threat of severe weather Friday and into early next week, we have worked with our radar contractor to DELAY the NWS St. Louis radar upgrade until April 6th. This means our radar will be operational for the severe threat on Friday and any additional severe thunderstorm threats we may see early next week,” read an email sent Wednesday afternoon to NWS partners.

The upgrades are now scheduled for April 6 to April 12.

THE ORIGINAL DOOMSDAY DUTCHIE STORY BELOW:

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - The radar for the National Weather Service St. Louis will go down this Thursday for a scheduled vital upgrade to the system. But the planned upgrade comes as St. Louis prepares for the threat of severe weather this week.

“We understand there is a threat of severe weather across the area on Friday. However, with over 122 radars across the country needing this upgrade, our ability to flex the dates on such short notice is extremely limited. Therefore, as of now, we still plan to begin the radar upgrade as scheduled THIS Thursday, March 30th,” read an email to NWS partners.

Kevin Deitsch is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NWS St. Louis and said they are prepared for the radar outage to last until April 6. They will rely on radars from the surrounding state and other parts of Missouri.

“The radars, luckily they overlap enough where we can still see all the storms in all the areas to give us the coverage we need to issue life-saving warings,” he said.

The NWS issues warnings which are then taken by partners like the local Emergency Management Agencies, who then sound the tornado sirens.

Jani Albright, the assistant director for St. Charles EMA, said they are prepared.

“We’re ready to do our part to notify people that they need to seek shelter,” she said. That includes using alternate radars as well.

Deitsch also says their trained storm spotters in the area will also be helpful to see what’s happening on the ground.

Friday is a First Alert Weather Day, with severe storms possible in the afternoon and evening.

News4 reached out to the National Weather Service in Washington, D.C. to see if there was a chance of postponing the upgrade.

“We are watching the evolving forecast and will make a final decision about the radar upgrade schedule tomorrow,” said Susan Buchanan, Director of Public Affairs for the National Weather Service.

A large area of the middle of the country could see severe storms, including possible tornadoes Friday.

Here's an animated version of the X-class and latest M-class #SolarFlare as seen from @NOAA's #GOES16🛰️ #SUVI instrument during the very early hours of March 29 and today. The flare affected radio communications across southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand for about one hour.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Maule, Chile on Thursday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The quake was at a depth of 15 km (9.32 miles), EMSC said.

ANN ARBOR, MI -- Marijuana enthusiasts can discover new shops and explore Ann Arbor — while supporting a nonprofit — with a scavenger hunt benefiting expungement efforts in Michigan.

The Hash Bash Treasure Hunt will take participants through marijuana dispensaries across Ann Arbor, where they can collect special discounts, pre-rolls, edibles and other products.

Participants will receive a map of participating locations redeemable from Wednesday, March 29, through Monday, April 3. Hash Bash, an annual rally now in its 52nd year, will start at noon Saturday, April 1.

A train hauling ethanol derailed Thursday morning in Raymond, Minnesota, igniting several rail cars and forcing nearby residents to evacuate, officials said.

Preliminary information suggests 14 of the train's 40 cars were carrying hazardous material, "including ethanol, which was released -- leading to a fire," US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CNN on Thursday.

The train was carrying mixed freight, including ethanol and corn syrup, said Lena Kent, general director of public affairs for BNSF Railway.

Ethanol is a highly flammable chemical. Exposure can lead to coughing, dizziness, the feeling of burning eyes, drowsiness and unconsciousness.

The derailment happened around 1 a.m., the Raymond Fire Department posted on Facebook. Homes within a half-mile of the derailment were evacuated, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said.

There were no injuries immediately reported, and railroad personnel will work with first responders, Kent said.

The main track is blocked, and an estimated time for reopening the line was not available.

"The City of Raymond is not accessible to the public, so Unity Church in Prinsburg is willing to be a drop off location for bottled water and snacks for the firemen," the wife of a fire department member said, according to the department's Facebook page. "These brave souls have been working hard for hours already, and have several hours of work ahead for them."

The cause of the derailment is under investigation.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed a nearby highway due to the derailment and blaze, the fire department said.

The derailment happened nearly two months after another train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio -- igniting a dayslong inferno, spewing poisonous fumes into the air and killing thousands of fish.

A military investigation is underway and multiple deaths are being reported after two Blackhawks from Fort Campbell crashed on Wednesday night in Trigg County.

Fort Campbell officials confirmed two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) helicopters were involved in a crash, but did not confirm if there were casualties and said the status of the crew members is unknown at this time. The command is currently focused on caring for the servicemembers and their families.

The crash happened just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday near Maple Grove Road and Lancaster Road. The crewmembers were flying two HH60 Blackhawk helicopters during a routine training mission when the incident occurred.

TIJUANA, Baja California — Officials in Mexico announced lane closures, emergency drain repair work, and additional safety measures after a massive sinkhole formed in the Matadero Canyon in Tijuana near a well-traversed highway.

The Baja, California, Mexico government and the Tijuana City Council came together at a joint press conference where leaders addressed the landslide.

"The priority is the safety of the population, and that's why the decision was made to restrict the circulation of the two lanes in the direction of the Playas de Tijuana," said the National Coordinator of Civil Protection in Tijuana, Laura Alzúa.

A gaping hole, caused by a torrential downpour during a past atmospheric river, opened near the highway's right lane leading to Playas de Tijuana on March 17.

JFK Airport: Live Fire Training Exercise, producing fire/smoke in controlled fashion away from public areas.
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According to the official twitter account of JFK airport, there is a live burn training exercise that is causing the smoke.
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Firefighters are responding to 149th St & Rockaway Blvd for the report of smoke.
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The address reported for this incident has changed to 149th St & Rockaway Blvd.
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Citizen user video shows smoke visible in the direction of JFK Airport.
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Incident reported at JFK Airport.

This is becoming routine. The sun just produced another X-class solar flare, the 7th of 2023. The X1.2-category explosion came from sunspot AR3256 near the sun's southwestern limb:

Radiation from the flare ionized the top of Earth's atmosphere, causing a strong shortwave radio blackout over southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Ham radio operators may have noticed loss of signal below 30 MHz for as much as an hour after the peak of the flare (March 29th @ 0233 UT).

The flare was impulsive, and was probably too brief to lift a CME out of the sun's atmosphere. We will monitor SOHO coronagraph images in the hours ahead for confirmation. Stay tuned.

Shortly before midnight an earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale shook Molise and was also felt in nearby regions. No injuries, but today schools remain closed in 30 municipalities

In the last 24 hours the USGS has detected ovar 60 tremors under the lake. The largest registered magnitude 3.1 57km south east of Mammoth, WY.

By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

Although the earthquake swarm that rumbled under Yellowstone Lake on Wednesday morning will certainly fire up the conversation about a civilization-ending volcano erupting in the area, officials say not to worry.

The 60-plus earthquakes that hit the area were tiny in magnitudes ranging from 0.1 to 3.7 and happen frequently.

“Earthquake sequences like these are common and account for roughly 50% of the total seismicity in the Yellowstone region,” scientists from the University of Utah said in response to the earthquakes.

Only two of the temblors registered at a mark that someone could be able to feel it with one coming it at 3.0 and another at 3.7. Anything under a 3.0 is difficult for people to sense.

Plus, the earthquakes were under a lake, so unless someone was scuba diving in the area, most likely no one experienced it firsthand.

Additionally, it’s not a great time to scuba dive in Yellowstone Lake as the temperatures were in the lower 20s and it was snowing.

Yellowstone officials were not able to confirm the presence of any scuba divers during the time of the earthquakes.

Happens All The Time

To put this all in perspective, Yellowstone has been home to about 1,000 small quakes a year since 1973. That’s 2.7 a day on average, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The only thing more frequent than Yellowstone earthquake swarms are stories about Yellowstone earthquake swarms possibly signifying the “big one” is right around the corner.

Last month, the concern was upped a level when panicky doomsayers predicted earthquakes would ignite the super-volcano located in Yellowstone.

That made Mike Poland, the scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Observatory, laugh.

“That’s a bunch of hogwash,” Poland told Cowboy State Daily.

“It is very unusual for an earthquake to trigger volcanic activity. We know this, for one, because in 1959 there was a M7.2 on the northwest border of Yellowstone and it did not result in a major eruption,” Poland said, referring to the Hebgen Lake earthquake on Aug. 17, 1959.

“It changed some geyser behavior because it sloshed around underground conduit systems, but that’s about it,” he said.

So for now, humanity can rest easy. The swarm of earthquakes is normal and we shouldn’t explode any time soon.

Carry on.

Occurred #erupsi G. Anak Krakatau on Tuesday, March 28 2023, at 07:43 WIB. The eruption column height was observed ± 2000 m above the summit. The eruption was recorded on a seismograph with a maximum amplitude of 65 mm and a duration of 118 seconds.

DAISYTOWN, Pa. — The sound of rushing water is the new normal for Daisytown residents. The water isn’t flowing down the creek, but rather deep into a newly opened hole.

“I saw the sinkhole and found out that it had collapsed from the mine,” said Barbara Huey who lives in Daisytown.

The USGS National Earthquake Information Center reported a 1.4 magnitude earthquake centered 13 km north-northeast of Winnsboro.

The earthquake happened Monday morning at 6: 33 a.m.

Search teams in Ecuador are combing the mud for survivors of a landslide that buried entire families in the mountains outside the town of Alausí.

More than 60 people have been reported missing after tonnes of mud slid down the hillside in the Chimborazo region.

Government officials said seven people were confirmed dead.

More than 30 have been rescued alive.

The landslide happened on Sunday night after months of heavy rain.

Early on Monday, the government had said that at least 16 people had died, but it later revised the figure down to seven.

As of 17:00 local time (12:00 GMT) on Monday, 64 people remained missing.

Rescue workers said they had heard sounds which led them to believe a 12-year-old boy could still be alive under the mud.

Newspaper El Comercio published footage of the moment search teams asked for silence as they listened out for sounds.
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Local media said that residents had been warning of fault lines forming in the area following heavy rains. Just days ago, the highway linking Alausí with Guamote was closed indefinitely after the tarmac had cracked open.

One resident told local media that "the mountainside slid down like a rocket" on Sunday evening, burying several homes under earth and rocks.

Local radio reporters described "heart-wrenching scenes" as relatives rushed to the site looking for their loved ones.

President Guillermo Lasso visited the area on Monday. In a tweet, he said that help was arriving "from all sides".

"You're not alone, the whole country is behind you," he added.

But during his visit, some people booed and whistled, while others shouted "Lasso out". Residents told local media that they were angry, alleging that their warnings about the precarious state of hillside dwellings had not been acted upon.

The landslide comes just over a week after an earthquake struck Ecuador's southern coast, leaving more than a dozen people dead.

Look out the window tonight! Five planets will be visible Tuesday, including Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Uranus.

Venus and Mars will be the easiest to identify. Venus will be the biggest and brightest planet in the sky and will be located west after sunset.

Mars will look bright red and be high in the southwest sky.

Jupiter, the second brightest planet, won’t be as easy to spot. Jupiter was high in the sky earlier this month but has been slowly descending. To view Jupiter, you’ll need to have a clear and obstruction-free view of the western horizon. Mercury will also be close to Jupiter.

Local Astronomer Jay Reynolds said that March and April are the best time of year to easily see Mercury.

Uranus might be the most difficult to identify without a telescope. It will appear faint, looking very similar to a star.

“(Uranus) is too dim and the Sun is too bright in the Western sky to easily be seen. If you have good telescope skills, then you have a crack at seeing it but, the view is going to look poor,” Reynolds said.

At around 6:18 pm on the 28th, there was an earthquake with a seismic intensity of 4 in Hokkaido, Aomori Prefecture, and Iwate Prefecture. There may be some tidal changes due to this earthquake, but there is no worry about damage from the tsunami.

A quake with a seismic intensity of 4 was observed in Hakodate City, Hokkaido, Hiranai Town, Aomori Prefecture, Noheji Town, Shichinohe Town, Gonohe Town, and Morioka City.

In addition, shaking with a seismic intensity of 3 was observed in Hokkaido, Aomori Prefecture, and Iwate Prefecture, including Higashi Ward, Sapporo City, Aomori City, and Takizawa City, Iwate Prefecture.

In addition, shaking with a seismic intensity of 2 or 1 was observed over a wide area of ​​Hokkaido, Tohoku, Ibaraki, and Saitama prefectures.

According to observations by the Japan Meteorological Agency, the epicenter was off the east coast of Aomori Prefecture, the depth of the epicenter was 20 kilometers, and the magnitude, which indicates the scale of the earthquake, was estimated to be 6.1.

The earthquake may cause some tidal changes of less than 20 centimeters in the central Pacific coast of Hokkaido, but no tsunami damage is expected.
Higashidori nuclear power plant in Higashidori, Aomori Nuclear facility in Rokkasho
According to Tohoku Electric Power, the Higashidori Nuclear Power Station in Higashidori Village, Aomori Prefecture, which observed a seismic intensity 3 tremor, is currently out of operation, and no abnormalities due to the earthquake have been confirmed.

In addition, according to Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited, no impact from the earthquake has been confirmed at nuclear facilities such as the spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture, where tremors of seismic intensity 3 were also observed.

In any facility, there is no change in the value of the monitoring post that measures the radiation dose in the surrounding area.
Tohoku/Joetsu/Hokuriku Shinkansen No impact from the earthquake
According to JR East, the Tohoku, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines were not affected by the earthquake and are operating as usual.

Oil well fire? Really and no fracking earthquakes either? 🤦🏻‍♀️
WAYLAND, Mich. — Crews are responding to an oil well fire in Allegan County Monday afternoon.

Police say the well caught fire around 3 p.m. in the area of 132nd Avenue and Division Avenue in Wayland.

Crews were able to get the fire out, which they believe started in a tank. Allegan Emergency Management says it was a petroleum fire, meaning they had to use foam to take out the blaze, instead of water.

No one was injured or in the area when the fire began. There is no threat or danger to the public.

North Korea has once again raised its threat to use nuclear weapons.

"We must be perfectly prepared to use nuclear weapons anytime and anywhere," said Kim Jong-un.

North Korea claimed yesterday that it also conducted a nuclear air explosion demonstration.

Let's find out more details by connecting reporters.

Correspondent Han Sang-yong.

[Reporter]

Yes, North Korea has raised the level of nuclear threats once again by targeting South Korea and the United States.

While guiding the nuclear weaponization project, Chairman Kim Jong-un instructed to "increase the production of weapons-grade nuclear materials."

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Chairman Kim received a report from the Nuclear Weapons Research Institute on the "recent yearly business structure and production status for qualitatively strengthening the DPRK's nuclear force in accordance with the direction and strategic policy of nuclear weapons development."

In particular, Chairman Kim emphasized at this meeting, "We will never use nuclear weapons only when we are perfectly prepared to use nuclear weapons anytime, anywhere."

"When the powerful and superior nuclear force takes an offensive posture, the enemy fears us and does not dare to touch our national sovereignty, institutions and people," he said.

He also ordered, "We should expand the production of weapons-grade nuclear materials with a promising outlook and continue to accelerate the production of powerful nuclear weapons."

Along with this, North Korea asserted through North Korean media today that yesterday (27th), it assumed a nuclear strike and conducted a nuclear aerial bombardment training demonstration.

North Korea also released a picture of what appears to be a tactical nuclear warhead.

During the training, "an educational demonstration shooting was conducted with two ground-to-ground tactical ballistic missiles in the form of nuclear air explosion strikes," the news agency reported.

The missile was equipped with a "test combat unit simulating a nuclear combat unit" and claimed to have "conducted a virtual nuclear strike and exploded the combat unit in the air at 500m above the target."

North Korea also announced that it conducted an underwater strategic weapon system test for three days from the 25th.

Previously, South Korean military authorities announced that North Korea had detected two short-range ballistic missiles fired into the East Sea from the Junghwa area in North Hwanghae Province yesterday morning.

So far, it has been reported by the press office.

#Kim Jong-un #Nuclear Weaponization Project #Tactical Nuclear Warhead #Education Demonstration Shooting

Yonhap News TV article inquiries and reports:

SPALDING COUNTY, Ga. — Residents near a Spalding County reservoir got a scare Monday morning after officials with the National Weather Service said that failure of the dam was “imminent” and ordered an emergency evacuation.

Spalding’s Emergency Management Agency now says the dam is not in jeopardy of failing, but flash flooding is occurring.

Emergency crews are working to evacuate some residents, according to the National Weather Service.

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