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US Marine Osprey Crash Lands, No Nuclear Material Onboard!

Why Crashed Osprey Did Not Have Nuclear Material Onboard!

A US Marine Osprey aircraft crashed in the California desert, with “early reports” of nuclear material onboard.

Find out what happened, and why there could not have been nuclear materials onboard!

Updated @ 2022-06-10 : Added confirmation of casualties from the crash.
Originally posted @ 2022-06-09

 

US Marine Osprey Crashed, No Nuclear Material Onboard!

An MV-22B Osprey aircraft belonging to the US Marine crashed in the California desert on 8 June 2022, and “early reports” that it carried nuclear material sparked fear.

The crash was announced and then confirmed by Naval Air Facility El Centro :

EMERGENCY ALERT! #NAFEC has just received reports of a downed aircraft in the vicinity of Coachella Canal Road and the 78. Installation Federal Fire, and Imperial County Fire Department are responding.

We can confirm that an aircraft belonging to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing crashed near Glamis, CA. Military and civilian first responders are on site.

The Osprey belonging to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered in Miramar, San Diego, was flying with a Marine unit of five onboard.

It crashed at around 12:25 PM local time in Imperial County, near Highway 78 and the town of Glamis. That’s about 50 km from the Mexican border, and 240 km east of San Diego.

On June 9, 2022, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar announced that all five Marines onboard the MV-22B Osprey were confirmed dead.

Press Release: 5 Marines dead in MV-22B mishap

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – (June 9. 2022) Five Marines with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW), have been confirmed deceased following an aviation mishap involving an MV-22B Osprey during a training mission near Glams, CA on the afternoon of June 8. 2022.

Maj. Gen. Bradford J. Gering, commanding general of 3rd MAW issued the following statement, “We mourn the loss of our Marines in this tragic mishap. Our hearts go out to their families and friends as they cope with this tragedy.

As a matter of policy, identities of deceased service members are not released until 24-hours after all next-of-kin notifications have been completed.

Equipment recovery efforts have begun and an investigation is underway.

While military service is inherently dangerous, the loss of life is always difficult. 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is committed to providing support to the families, friends, and fellow service members of the fallen Marines.

While the US Marines has not announced the names of the five dead, family and friends confirmed that 21 year-old Nathan Carlson from Illinois was one of them.

 

Why Crashed Osprey Would Not Have Nuclear Material Onboard…

It is unknown who started the rumours that the Osprey had nuclear materials onboard, but even content aggregator / fake news websites like Vancouver Times jumped on the bandwagon, claiming “Military aircraft believed to be carrying nuclear material crashes in California, multiple people killed“.

Naval Air Facility El Centro refuted the rumours of nuclear materials on the Osprey, stating :

Contrary to initial reports, there was no nuclear material on board the aircraft. More information will be made available as we receive it.

The Boeing MV-22B Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft that can land or take off as a helicopter, and “transform” into a turboprop aircraft once it’s airborne.

The US Marines use the Osprey used primarily to carry troops and supplies, as well as for medevac and rescue missions.

There is no Osprey mission tasking that would involve the transport of nuclear materials, or the use of nuclear weapons. In fact, there is no history of any Osprey in service ever doing so.

The US Marines do not have nuclear weapons in its inventory, and the Osprey has a history of reliability issues resulting in multiple crashes and 46 deaths :

  • July 1992 : Pre-production Osprey crashed after its right engine failed. All seven people onboard died.
  • April 2000 : An Osprey crashed in Arizona, killing all 19 people onboard.
  • December 2000 : An Osprey crashed in North Carolina, killing all four people onboard.
  • April 2010 : An Osprey crashed in Afghanistan, killing four people and injuring 16.
  • April 2012 : An Osprey crashed in Morocco, killing two people and seriously injuring two more.
  • June 2012 : An Osprey crashed in Florida, injuring all five onboard.
  • May 2015 : An Osprey crashed in Hawaii, kill two people and injuring 20 others.
  • December 2016 : An Osprey crashed in Okinawa, injuring two crew members.
  • August 2017 : An Osprey crashed in Australia, killing three people with 23 survivors.
  • March 2022 : An Osprey crashed in Norway, killing all four crew members.

It would not have been safe or prudent to transport nuclear materials using the Osprey, particularly on the continental United States, where there are other safer options.

 

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Did Sumatra Earthquake Topple These Shipping Containers?!

Watch the viral video of shipping containers toppling over, and find out if it happened during the Sumatra earthquake!

 

Claim : Sumatra Earthquake Toppled These Shipping Containers!

At 9:39 AM on 25 February 2022, people across South East Asia felt the tremors of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Almost immediately, netizens started sharing pictures and videos of people evacuating buildings, including a viral video of shipping containers toppling over.

Some people alleged it happened in Port Klang, Malaysia while others claim it happened in Pekan Baru, Indonesia.

 

Truth : Storm Eunice Toppled Shipping Containers, Not Sumatra Earthquake!

This is yet another example of fake news circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded 6 Days Earlier

The video is genuine, but was recorded 6 days before the Sumatra earthquake on 19 February 2022.

Fact #2 : It Happened At Rotterdam Port

The video was not recorded at Port Klang in Malaysia, or Pekan Baru in Indonesia.

The video was recorded at the Port of Rotterdam – Europe’s largest seaport, and half a world away from the Sumatra earthquake.

Fact #3 : Tremors Were Mild In Malaysia

While many people in the Klang Valley felt the tremors from the Sumatra earthquake, they were relatively mild.

They were certainly not strong enough to topple shipping containers, even empty ones.

Fact #4 : Storm Eunice Toppled Those Containers

The containers seen in the video were toppled by Storm Eunice, which recorded wind gusts of up to 196 km per hour (122 miles per hour).

Four people were killed in The Netherlands, not by those containers, but by fallen trees.

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Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the 2021/2022 school terms will be postponed 1 week after massive floods!

Here are the details…

 

Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

As detailed earlier, the 2021 school term in Malaysia will be extended into February 2022, while the 2022 school term in Malaysia will begin in March 2022.

On 24 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that the 2021/2022 school term will be postponed one week.

They made this decision after many teachers, students and their families were affected by massive floods.

Note : KPM did not reveal when the 2021 school term will end, and whether they will maintain the 3-week term holiday in March 2022.

Read more : Latest Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

Here is the new 2021/2022 school term schedule for the year 2022, based on what we know so far :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 December 2021 until 8 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 9 January until 3 March 2022
  • If they maintain the 3-week term holiday, it will be from 4 March until 27 March 2022

Note : Until further notice, schools will likely continue rotation, so half the students may not return to class until 16 January 2021.

Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 9 January 2022 3 March 2022 36
Term Holiday 4 March 2022 27 March 2022 24

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 11 December 2021 until 9 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 10 January until 4 March 2022
  • If they maintain the 3-week term holiday, it will be from 5 March until 27 March 2022

Note : Until further notice, schools will likely continue rotation, so half the students may not return to class until 17 January 2021.

Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 10 January 2022 4 March 2022 36
Term Holiday 5 March 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

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Power Out: TNB Shuts Hundreds Of Substations Due To Flood!

Power went out in many areas across Malaysia, after TNB shut hundreds of power substations due to flood waters!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Power Out: TNB Shuts Hundreds Of Substations Due To Flood!

On 19 December 2021, TNB announced that they shut down 333 power substations due to the dire flood situation, and the risk of further flash floods.

  • Pahang : 137 substations, 17251 homes affected
  • Selangor : 117 substations, 5062 homes affected
  • Kuala Lumpur : 45 substations, 4450 homes affected
  • Negeri Sembilan : 17 substations, 284 homes affected
  • Melaka : 10 substations, 634 homes affected
  • Kelantan : 7 substations, 470 homes affected

Some electricity supply through TNB mobile generators were provided to temporary evacuation centers (PPS) that were affected by the power disruption.

TNB had some advice for consumers in flooded areas :

  • Stay away from electricity poles, installations and cables that have been submerged in flood waters, even if they are insulated.
  • Be careful when using electrical appliances in flooded premises.
  • Avoid touching electrical appliances and switches with wet or damp hands.
  • Get a wiring contractor registered with the Energy Commission to inspect wiring in flooded premises, after waters recede

TNB also asked consumers to contact the TNB Careline at 15454 if TNB power installations or infrastructure had shifted or collapsed.

 

TNB Power Disruption : Current List Of Affected Areas

TNB has been gradually restoring power to areas where flood waters have receded. However, power may not be restored until TNB is certain that it is safe to reactivate the substation.

As of 5 PM, 20 December 2021, TNB power substations in these areas remained shut down :

Banting

1. Dipsol 2
2. Tn Metal
3. Dykas
4. Khee San
5. Aktif
6. Décor Trend
7. Jb Wood
8. Enviro Jalan Enggang
9. Nus Equip
10. Batu 9 Sijangkang
11. SSU Yty
12. Alami Banting
13. Invergold
14. Tan Soon Poh
15. Able 2
16. Jalan Helang
17. Fd Abadi
18. Tropikal Roofing
19. Jer Env
20. True Idea 2
21. Dbts
22. Kcn
23. Asata
24. Panglima City
25. SSU Teluk Panglima Garang
26. Canzo
27. Goodnite
28. Goodnite No 2
29. Bestari Jln Rajawali 1000kva
30. Wildinamis
31. Rotai
32. Aki Engineering
33. Continental
34. Taman Ibk
35. Taman Desa Melati
36. Padat Jalan Merak
37. Taman Desa Anggerik
38. Taman Bentara 7
39. Padat Jln Balam 4/10
40. Sherwood
41. Modern Storage
42. Radicare
43. Kayaba No. 2
44. Jenjarom Permai
45. Pulau Carey 3
46. Academik Golden Hope
47. Biogas Ldg West
48. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaaan Pulau Carey
49. Pdt Seksyen 4 West
50. West Est
51. Seksyen 7 Pulau Carey
52. Kampung Kurau
53. Bukit Bakong Pulau Carey
54. Seng Heng
55. Anika Asli
56. Hoe Heng
57. City Merine

Sepang

1. Rumah Pam Sungai Labu Lanjut
2. Concorde Inn
3. Telekom Klia
4. Jalan Dataran Abadi (Da) 3/1
5. Taman Ambar
6. Seri Ulu Langat
7. CRCC Dengkil
8. Pusat Serenti
9. Ikta Dengkil
10. Wetland
11. Taman Arkid
12. Taman Ruby
13. Hp Sungai Serdang
14. Sri Changgang
15. Jalan Maju 2/2
16. Bukit Changgang
17. Hp Permata
18. Agrotek
19. Jalan Ib 6 Taman Ib2
20. Taman Intan Baiduri
21. Taman Indah Putera
22. Salak Budi Jalan Sb4
23. Shy Salak Pekerti
24. Dataran Abadi
25. Jalan Da
26. Salak Kasih Dh
27. Salak Lestari Sl 13/1
28. Indah Puteri
29. Jalan Indah Puteri 27
30. Jalan Salak Kasturi
31. Jalan Sp3 Salak Pekerti
32. Salak Sp 6
33. Jalan Sp 18
34. Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan Salak Mahkota
35. Jalan Sp 20
36. BCHG
37. Taman Langat Utama
38. Taman Murni
39. Jalan Lg 33/1
40. Jalan Halia 6 Lg Utama
41. Jalan Kejora 2 Lg Utama
42. Sek Keb Rtb
43. Taman Langat Utama
44. Rtb No 1
45. Rtb No 2
46. Jalan Pudina 41 Lg
47. Jalan Lg2 2/11
48. Paya Rumput Hp
49. Taman Seri Ehsan
50. Bandar Seri Ehsan
51. Street Lighting
52. D-Menara 3
53. Black Top Industries
54. Jalan Lu 2/1
55. Masjid Bukit Changgang
56. Wtp Gs Worldwide
57. Kota Warisan
58. Putrajaya
59. Kip Mart
60. Pasaraya K-Mart
61. Rumah Pam Bchg
62. Horizon
63. Jasper Square No 1
64. Sps Warisan Megah
65. Cs Jalan Wb 1
66. Saujana Klia
67. Klia Avenue
68. Galeri Sunsuria
69. Jalan Ws 1
70. SSU Sunsuria City
71. Monet Lily
72. Jasper Square No 2
73. Giverny Walk
74. Monet Garden
75. Monet Springtime
76. Central Link
77. Tol Plaza

Shah Alam

1. Nippon Steel
2. Ikede
3. Johnson Control
4. Loji Najis Plot K & F
5. Rumah Pam Taman Mesra
6. Goudlene Fed Packaging
7. Oriental Summit
8. Align Reviera
9. Sri Muda
10. JPS Taman Sri Muda
11. Pangsapuri Damai
12. Timor Marine
13. Plot J Tadisma 1-2
14. Tong Yong
15. MHE Hicom A
16. Sangko Sankyo
17. Tech Park
18. Wako
19. Lai Sing
20. Kobe Precission
21. Bayer
22 Seri Muda
23. Pasar Seksyen 25
24. Fed Paper Product
25. Apartment Arte
26. Padat Rumah Pam Seksyen 13
27. Pump House PH 2E
28. Atlas Edible
29. Strong Crest
30. Napmax
31. Bukit Kemuning
32. Seksyen 23A
33. Seksyen 18
34. Nippon Exp Seksyen 21
35. JVC
36. SSU JEM
37. Zentraline
38. Pancuran Baiduri
39. Pangsapuri Damai Seksyen 25
40. Nanowater
41. Jaya Plastic 3
42. Pam Oksidasi 4A-2
43. Pantech
44. United Print Process
45. DCA Reality 1
46. Bakel Jalan 28/42
47. Kozato Kizai 1
48. Pasific Trustee
49. Taman Mesra
50. Bridgestone
51. Kolam Najis Sektor B
52. Shin Etsu Polymer
53. Sidel Distribution
54. Align Reviera 3
55. Atlas Edible
56. Strong Crest
57. Napmax
58. Bukit Kemuning
59. Hypermarket SAS
60. Hicom Telekom
61. Jalan 33/5
62. Jalan 33/7
63. Padat Teknik Murni
64. United Print Process
65. Malaysia Quartz
66. Pusat Latihan Eon
67. Melangkah Maju
68. Jaya Plastic
69. Super Oxygen
70. ASM Fico Semi Cond
71. MHE
72. Esso Kesas
73. David Warehouse
74. Hue Keat
75. Tiong Nam No 4
76. Lion No 7
77. F&N Jalan 26/35
78. Rumah Pangsa Kampung Baru Hicom
79. Gravitas
80. Kolam Oksidasi Sek 23
81. Seksyen 23A No 1 ,No 5, No 8, No 9
82. Carrefour Seksyen 23
83. Rumah Pan Saujana Indah
84. Saujana Indah
85. PHN Industry
86. Kampung Melayu Subang
87. Calcium Malaysia

Klang

1. Malgames Industries
2. Ching Shin
3. Aimwood
4. Soon Huat Rubber
5. Lee Chai Tiam
6. Poh & Chen L/I No 2
7. Sparkle Industries No 1
8. Cycle World
9. Good Performance
10. Lumi Glass
11. Li Hoe 2
12. Lim Chim Sim
13. Wangsa Kiliau
14. Shi Sei Auto Part
15. Chi Liung Complex
16. Karich
17. Chin Chin Teong
18. Bandar Putera
19. Lim Kien Hin
20. Bosta Industri
21. Eng Beng 3
22. Hoeken
23. Yong Sheng
24. Econmart Jalan Meru
25. Extron Manufacture
26. J&A 1
27. Amrich
28. Ng Tiong Seng 2
29. Thermo Form
30. Pelita Hebat
31. Taman Setia Restu
32. Taman Johan Setia Permai
33. Johon Setia Outdoor
34. Taman Wira Setia
35. Lancar Bersatu
36. Resolusi Hijau
37. Top Glove
38. Gp Autobat
39. Triplus
40. Ibex
41. Sukma Melati
42. Taman Meru Utama
43. Buditas
44. Ban Ngai
45. Yeoh Tiong Lay
46. Taman Meru Jaya
47. Taman Alam Indah
48. Taman Pesona Kemuning
49. Asrama Cipta Puri
50. Saujana Ikhlas
51. Taman Desa Kemuning 2
52. Len Brothers
53. Unitex Tyre
54. Taman Mutiara Kemuning
55. Jalan Padu 25/127 Bkmg
56. Bantin Properties
57. Taiko Metal-Klg
58. Milano Bakit Kemuning
59. Taman Desa Kemuning
60. Hup Lee
61. Arm Shield Klang
62. Eastern Lamp
63. Plastic Centre
64. Kemas Properties
65. Alpha Seiko Plastics
66. Nylex
67. Batu 8 Bkt Kemuning
68. Ng Teong Seng
69. Taman Sri Kemuning
70. Pdt Pekan Bkmg
71. Team Properties
72. P/P Nts
73. Lian Hup-Klg
74. Auto Industries
75. Jawa Plastik
76. Mtl Eng
77. Alpha Development
78. Asia Roofing
79. Pdt Nikmat Mujur
80. Secondary Fibre
81. Sin Len Metal
82. Trans Resources
83. Taman Sri Kapar No.2
84. Kampung Kenangan O/D
85. Khoo Say
86. Lim Chuey Hiong
87. Beauvic
88. Reban Ayam Perepat
89. Guan Chin Seng
90. Tee Chooi Ngoh
91. Padat Yap Timber
92. Horai
93. Kuan Seong
94. Pusat Ternakan Ayam Kampung Perepat
95. Tantex
96. Bandar Puteri

Rawang

1. Sri Aman

Kuala Selangor

1. Take Six
2. R. Khean
3. Jalan Harmoni 3
4. Agrotop
5. Kilang Papan Sekinchan
6. Polymix Plastic
7. Southdrop
8. Lph Brother
9. Reban Ayam Bahagia Kampung Parit Mahang
10. Reban Ayam 2 Jalan Bahagia
11. Reban Ayam Jalan Makmur
12. Parit Mahang 2

Subang Jaya

1. Kampung Tengah
2. Pangsapuri Lagoon
3. Kampung Kenanga
Puchong:
1. Lingkaran Dagang Mas
2. Taman Mas Sepang
3. Hup Lek Engineering
4. Rumah Kedai Mas Sepang
5. Jalan Dagang Mas 5
6. Pangsapuri Kalisa D Taman Mas
7. Apartment Kalisa M
8. Koi Prima
9. Jalan Industri Mas 5
10. Taman Mas Sepang No 2
11. Jalan Industri Mas 1 Mas Sepang
12. Loji Kumbahan Taman Putra Prima
13. Taman Putra Prima
14. Hee Kok Long
15. PDT Low Cost Flat
16. PDT KM Polishing
17. Kampung Sri Aman
18. Kampung Pulas No. 2-3
19. Kampung Bersatu

Bangi

1. Taman Jenderam Murni
2. Jenderam 2
3. Taman Jenderam Aman
4. Kampung Orang Asli Batu 28
5. Jalan JD
6. Kampung Asli Bukit Jenuk
7. Jenderam Harmoni
8. Shell Dengkil
9. Lestari Mewah
10. Semarang Mutiara
11. Jenderam Indah
12. Taman Semarang Sinar
13. Taman Semarang Indah
14. Jenderam Kolam A
15. Taman Intan
16. Jalan Delima
17. Taman Intan Compact
18. Taman Jed
19. Taman Bintang Mas
20. Taman Timah
21. Bandar Baru Dengkil
22. Pekan Dengkil
23. Taman Permata
24. Taman Baiduri
25. Kondo Putra Intan
26. Taman Baiduri
27. Fama Dengkil
28. Taman Crystal
29. Kompleks Kastam
30. Taman Dengkil Ria
31. Taman Kristal
32. Taman Mas
33. Pusat Perdagangan Deluxe ITC
34. Taman Emas 2
35. Khoo Swe Sem
36. Kabin Dengkil
37. Taman Semarang Intan
38. Jalan Aman Serenia
39. Persiaran Bandar Aman Serenia 8
40. Persiaran Bandar C/ Serenia 1
41. Persiaran Bandar Serenia
42. Batu 1 Dato Ahmad Razali
43.Ametis Jaya
44. Dengkil Central Point
45. Padat K. Siew Tiong
46. Taman Sri Dengkil
47. Padat Taman Putra Dengkil
48. Desa Dengkil
49. Khoo Swee Sem
50. Asrama Bestari
51. Taman Sri Delima
52. JPS Taman Permata
53. Padat Taman Dengkil
54. Kampung Ampang Tenang
55. P/SAM Batu 18/B20 3
56. Lampu Jalan Tol Serenia
57. Serenia

Cheras

1. PKNS Bukit Kundang
2. Kampung Darul Hidayah
3. Dusun Tua Seberang
4. Dusun Tua Masjid
5. Sungai Way Quarry
6. Richway
7. Orient Battery

 

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Shah Alam Toll Plaza : Still CLOSED After Flash Flood!

The Shah Alam toll plaza on the PLUS Highway remains closed, as PDRM + Bomba helped to rescue 226 victims!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Shah Alam Toll Plaza : Still CLOSED After Flash Flood!

At around 2 PM on 18 December 2021, a flash flood forced the PLUS Highway management to completely shut down the Shah Alam Toll Plaza and Interchange.

They also activated mandatory exits at the Subang and Seafield toll plazas to divert southbound and northbound traffic from the flooded Shah Alam toll plaza and interchange.

In addition, PLUS Highway also closed the entry lane at Bukit Raja, as well as the Setia Alam ramp to Shah Alam.

Motorists who are trapped between Setia Alam to Shah Alam, and between Subang to Shah Alam / ELITE Highway, were required to make an emergency U-turn via a temporary access that PLUS created.

19 December 2021 Update

By 7 AM, PDRM and Bomba rescuers located and transferred 226 victims who were trapped by the flash flood to other parts of the PLUS highway.

At 5:40 PM, PLUS Highway announced that the Shah Alam toll plaza will remain closed, and motorists would continue to be redirected to the Subang and Seafield toll plazas.

If you are planning to travel to, or from Shah Alam, using the PLUS Highway, you should seek an alternative route; or postpone your trip.

PLUS Highway will reopen the Shah Alam toll plaza once they confirmed it’s safe to do so.

 

Flash Flood Risk To Persist Until 19 December 2021

The Malaysia Meteorological Department warned that the severe rainstorm will persist at least until 19 December 2021 :

  • Dangerous (until 18 December 2021) : Selangor, Kuala Lumpur
  • Severe (until 19 December 2021) : Perak, Pahang, Selangor, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan

 

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SUKE Highway Crane + Beam Collapse Kills 3, Injures 1!

A launcher crane toppled over at the SUKE Highway construction site in Kuala Lumpur this morning, killing 3 workers and seriously injuring a passing driver!

 

SUKE Highway Crane Collapse Kills 3, Injures 1!

A launcher crane topped over at the SUKE Highway construction site in Kuala Lumpur this morning, crushing a car passing underneath.

Three construction workers from China died in the accident :

  • two of them fell from a height of about 120 feet / 36.5 metres, while
  • the third worker was trapped under the launcher crane, and could not be extricated

The driver of the Perodua Bezza car was seriously injured when a piece of the crane fell and crushed his car.

This is the second disaster to hit the SUKE Highway project this month, with a segment collapsing on 3 March 2021!

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Chua Jia Wen shared with us this picture that shows the concrete beam (seen in the video above) that fell after the crane collapsed on it.

It is a miracle that the massive concrete beam did not hit anyone below!

The massive concrete beam fell right in front of her condo! Imagine if cars were driving in and out at that time…

Here are pictures from the scene, taken by passerbys. We removed pictures of the bodies, out of respect for the deceased and their families.

 

SUKE Highway Crane Collapse : Road Should Have Been Closed!

According to Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, the road should have been closed when the crane was moved, as part of the SOP.

“In the implementation of such a project, if for example, you want to move the gantry launcher, the road needs to be closed. Once the structure has been safely (moved), only then can you reopen the route.”

He also said that the project contractor had been repeatedly warned to comply with the SOPs, and urged the Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) to investigate.

He said that if the contractor was found to have breached the SOPs, strict action should be taken, “These contractors can be blacklisted, not given any project for two years.

We certainly hope that the punishment for a tragedy that has so far killed three people and seriously injured one person is not just being blacklisted for two years!

 

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SUKE Highway Collapse : Overloaded Trailer The Cause!

A segment of the SUKE Highway under construction collapsed, after being hit by an overloaded trailer!

 

SUKE Highway Collapse : Van Trapped Under Wreckage

Just before 6 PM on 3 March 2021, an overloaded trailer hit the scaffolding for a segment of the SUKE Highway under construction near Bandar Tasik Selatan.

This caused a collapse that trapped a factory van with five people inside – all Malaysians who were on their way to work.

23 firemen, three fire engines and two emergency rescue vehicles were promptly despatched to extricate the trapped victims from under the wreckage.

All five were extricated in a 3-hour operation, and taken to the hospital. However, the police later confirmed that two died and three others were injured.

 

SUKE Highway Collapse : Overloaded Trailer The Cause!

According to Projek Lintasan Sungai Besi-Ulu Klang Sdn. Bhd, the collapse was caused by an overloaded trailer hitting scaffolding at the SUKE Highway construction site.

Please be informed that the said trailer was a private vehicle and is not involved in or affiliated with the construction of the SUKE highway in any way.

The accident at the MRR2 Highway near Bandar Tasik Selatan caused severe traffic congestion.

SUKE is currently extending all possible assistance and cooperation to the relevant authorities to ensure public safety.

 

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500 Radeon RX 5700 Cards Destroyed In Fire!

500 brand new AMD Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards meant for crypto-currency mining just burned up in a fire!

 

500 Radeon RX 5700 Cards Destroyed In Fire!

On 27 January 2021, Guntis Vitolins shared pictures of 500 Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards that were just destroyed in a fire.

This is how looks 500x RX 5700 burned $eth

 

RX 5700 Fire Started In Welding Accident!

But here is where it takes a strange twist. It was not an actual “mining accident”, as we might expect.

A welding accident apparently started the fire at this warehouse, where he was building his mining rigs.

Some 500 of his Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards – all brand new, in boxes – were destroyed in the fire, and firefighting operation.

Fortunately for him, his mining rigs survived, and just needed to dry out from the water.

Another crypto-miner estimated that the 500 destroyed Radeon RX 5700 cards would cost about US$300,000.

But you would be hard-pressed to find 500 of these cards on Amazon!

 

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Watch : Arecibo Telescope Before & During The Collapse!

The catastrophic collapse of the Arecibo telescope on 1 December 2020 was captured by a control tower camera and a drone.

Take a look at the just-released footage, and find out what it showed!

 

Arecibo Telescope : A Brief History

The Arecibo Telescope is a 305 meter wide radio telescope, with a steerable receiver hanging 150 meters over the spherical reflector dish.

Built over a natural sinkhole, it was completed in November 1963 and was the world’s largest single-aperture telescope for 53 years.

Culturally, the Arecibo Telescope is famous for the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program, and being featured in the 1995 James Bond film, Goldeneye; and the 1997 sci-fi film, Contact.

Scientifically, the Arecibo Telescope allowed for numerous discoveries in astronomy :

  • discovered the first binary pulsar in 1974, for which Hulse and Taylor won their 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • produced first radar maps of the surface of Venus in 1981
  • discovered the first millisecond pulsar (PSR 1937+21) in 1982
  • discovered ice at the north and south poles of Mercury in 1992
  • discovered the first ever exoplanet in 1992
  • discovering the first ever repeating fast radio burst (FRB) in 2016

 

Arecibo Telescope : Scheduled For Decommissioning

The Arecibo Telescope was damaged by hurricanes and storms over the years, as well as budget cuts.

The end came when an auxiliary support cable for the hanging platform broke on 10 August 2020, causing a 30 metre gash in the reflector dish.

Before a new cable could be installed, one of the two main support cables broke on 7 November 2020, shattering part of the dish.

On 17 November 2020, the National Science Foundation announced that it was impossible to repair the Arecibo telescope, and it will be recommissioned instead.

Unfortunately, before that could happen, the remaining support cables failed, and the hanging platform collapsed into the dish on 1 December 2020.

 

Watch : Arecibo Telescope Before & During The Collapse!

The National Science Foundation just released footage of the Arecibo telescope, before and during the collapse.

The footage was captured by a video camera from the control tower (Tower 12), and a drone inspecting the cables at the top of Tower 4.

Here is how the National Science Foundation described the footage of the collapse :

This video, that starts with a view of the top of Tower 4, was taken from the vantage point of an Arecibo Observatory drone, utilized for monitoring the condition of Tower 4 support cables.

Four cables are seen in the center of this video. The top cable does not support the telescope platform, but instead supports the catwalk described in the narrative for the previous video. The three lower cables are, from left to right, M4-1, M4-2, and M4-3.

Note that a number of individual wire strands of the M4-1 and M4-2 cables are noticeably broken at the beginning of this video. The M4-3 cable does not appear to have any broken wires at the beginning of this video.

The first indication of the coming failure is the breaking of another M4-2 wire, accompanied by a puff of “smoke” and chips of paint flying away from the surface of the cable. Four seconds later the entire M4-2 cable appears to disintegrate.

The failure of M4-2 is followed a fraction of a second later by the demise of M4-1, followed a fraction of a second later by the failure of M4-3.

The drone operator then swings the drone around to view the reflector dish and fallen platform, azimuth arm, Gregorian dome and the falling cables and catwalk.

The top section of Tower 12, near the Visitor Center, can be seen tumbling down the hill to the left of the operations building. The Tower 12 backstay cables that connect the top of Tower 12 to the ground cause damage behind Tower 12, well away from the edge of the telescope dish.

According to the NSF’s initial findings, the top section of all three support towers broke off, and both the 900-ton hanging instrument platform and its support cables fell onto the dish.

The observatory’s learning center sustained significant damage from the falling cables, although fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

This is what the Arecibo telescope looked like, after the hanging platform crashed into the reflector dish below.

 

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