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China on red alert as typhoon threatens storm surge

China on red alert as typhoon threatens storm surge

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China has issued a red alert as a typhoon bringing torrential rain and gales descends on its eastern coast, threatening an intense storm surge up the Yangtze river.Flood prevention efforts are being stepped up along Asia's longest waterway in the wake of the top-level warning, which has also led authorities to ready evacuations, suspend train and air travel and call for vessels to return to port. Typhoon Lekima is expected to bring heavy rain and storm-force winds to Zhejiang, Shanghai and other neighbouring provinces before making landfall on Saturday. Image: Vessels have been urged to return to port as China braces itself for extreme weather The typhoon has already forced Taiwan to cancel flights and order the closure of markets, of...
Mexico City issues emergency alert as wildfire smoke fills air

Mexico City issues emergency alert as wildfire smoke fills air

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May 14 (UPI) -- Mexico City's environmental officials issued an emergency alert Tuesday as nearly two dozen fires worsened poor air quality in the region. The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis urged residents to avoid outdoor activities, and infants, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses to stay indoors entirely. The city's IMECA air quality index increased from 144 to 158. The index includes five levels on a scale from zero to more than 200. Zero to 50 is "good," 51 to 100 is "regular," 101 to 150 is "bad," 151 to 200 is "very bad" and more than 200 is "extremely bad." Firefighters are attempting to contain the wildfires, but to help reduce pollution in the city, officials asked residents to reduce emissions from vehicle use and notify authorities of any activities t...

Boeing didn’t tell airlines that safety alert wasn’t on

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Boeing says it didn't tell pilots and airlines that a safety alert on its 737 Max jets was not working until after one of the planes crashed in Indonesia last year. The safety alert, called an "angle of attack" (AOA) indicator, tells pilots if a sensor is transmitting bad data. It was designed to warn pilots about the kind of sensor malfunction that occurred in the crash in Indonesia and another five months later in Ethiopia. It had been operational in previous versions of the 737, but was switched off in the 737 Max. Boeing said Sunday that the planes could be flown safely without the alert, but said it will be included in the 737 Max before the planes are flown again.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International
Strasbourg shooting: France hunts gunman as alert level raised

Strasbourg shooting: France hunts gunman as alert level raised

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Media playback is unsupported on your device France has issued a maximum level of alert as police hunt a gunman who opened fire at a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg.Three people were killed and 13 wounded, eight of them seriously.The gunman, 29, known to authorities as having been radicalised in prison, escaped after reportedly being injured.Some 350 officers are involved in the search for the gunman. The deputy interior minister has acknowledged he may no longer be in France.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the country had issued an "urgence attentat" (emergency attack) alert, expanding police powers and creating the highest degree of vigilance.He added that border controls had been strengthened and security at al...
Workers of Hawaii agency that sent false alert seen sleeping

Workers of Hawaii agency that sent false alert seen sleeping

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An employee of the Hawaii agency that mistakenly sent cellphone and broadcast alerts about an imminent missile attack earlier this year said he saw staff members watching movies or TV on the job. The worker wrote an email to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency's administrator saying another staffer witnessed all three people on duty asleep. The email was dated Jan. 14, the day after the alert went out. The employee's name wasn't released. A different agency worker mistakenly sent the warning that a ballistic missile was heading to the islands, leading hundreds of thousands of people to believe they were about to die in a nuclear attack. The button pusher thought it was a real emergency even though other workers understood it was an exercise. The agency later fired him. It took the age...