Alarm bells silent in first tsunami test since ’04

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe noticeable difference between the exercise and a real event was that the phones in Hawaii were silent. Normally, as soon as warnings are issued, the center is flooded with calls from governments and media, while scientists try to answer questions and monitor seismic activity. Governments were to report back on how efficiently they received the warnings, which are relayed through nearly a dozen circuits, including weather services, e-mails and faxes. Few were reporting problems. EWA BEACH, Hawaii – Scientists tested the Pacific Ocean’s tsunami-warning system Tuesday, sending alarms about imaginary earthquakes to more than 30 countries at risk for another disaster like the one that swept the Indian Ocean in 2004. The warning system has been in place since 1965, but Tuesday’s exercise was its first extensive test since the Asian tsunami that left at least 216,000 people dead or missing, sparking international calls for improvement. At the start of the test, a beeping sound filled the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, signaling a mock magnitude-9.2 earthquake off the coast of Chile. Within 10 minutes, warnings clearly labeled as part of the exercise went out from the Hawaii facility, as well as the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center near Anchorage. It was the first of nine bulletins issued throughout the day, warning of a fictitious wave that grew to as big as 30 feet. Tsunamis generally travel at the speed of a commercial jet, but the center increased the speed four times, for the drill to finish in six hours. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The importance of a fall herbicide program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest When it comes to weeds, staying ahead of the game is a key to clean fields. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Territory Manager Matt Stroud tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that putting together a fall herbicide plan will lay the groundwork to a clean start in 2018.last_img

What Would You Look Like As An Early Hominid?

first_imgYou can debate how much we have evolved emotionally since our early primate days in Africa, but there’s no arguing about our looks. At that point in human development. we were to beauty what the butt is to fine cuisine – distantly related, and in all the wrong ways.How can we tell? Popular Science has a new $6 iPad app that maps your face to the digital skulls and muscles of eight of our extinct forebears. And the results aren’t pretty. Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#education#edutech#ipad apps#science jim nash 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Ugly Is As Ugly WasPS Evolver is a top-rate teaching app, concisely explaining a lot about these early hominids and the worlds in which they lived. But you’ll want to buy it for the face-mapping feature. It’s one thing to know that our various ape-like ancestors had a jutting jaw, a flat and flaring nose or a brow you could rest a pencil on. It’s another to see how you’d have looked with those features.Seeing my skin wrapped around an ancient, weirdly constructed skull was bracing, and made me wonder again if Mick Jagger isn’t really a flash-frozen caveman rescued from a peat bog in the 1950s. I mean, check it out:It’s Easy To Travel Back In TimeGetting the images is easy. Match your eyes and mouth to guides on your iPad’s screen (sorry, iPad only) and take a photo. The app shows you thumbnail images of your ape self, there for you to choose. Click on one, and you can expand, shrink and spin the image on every axis.There’s plenty of information about that particular failed branch of the human experiment, including a sober, PBS-esque voiceover about their lives. Learn how long they lived, how big their brains were (one line’s brains were larger than ours), even what liked to eat them.The app crashes too often, and for some reason, the Neanderthal face-map sometimes doesn’t render, but bagging on the app because of this is like complaining about the wrapping paper on a birthday present. There’s a lot of enjoyment here. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

It was a satisfying win: Shane Warne

first_imgRelieved to snap their losing streak, Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne on Sunday expressed satisfaction at the intensity and character showed by his team during their comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Kochi Tuskers Kerala in Jaipur.Talking to reporters after Rajasthan’s third victory, the Australian spin legend said the past week was very tough on them and the losses really hurt the team.”We had to play four matches in seven days and that in far corners. We also played pretty disappointing cricket but I am happy with the way the boys have come and responded,” Warne told reporters at the post-match press conference.”After three dismal losses we sat together and had honest chats among us. The sessions with trainer Jeremy Snape too helped us a lot. We were back at the drawing board and came up good. The losses had hurt us and I am happy we have responded well with intensity,” he said.Asked if today’s opening line up with Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson at the top would be maintained, Warne said the playing eleven is chosen keeping in view the opposition.”Tait took three for 23 but could not find a place today because pitch seemed to be low. I feel we need more pace in our attack. Watson and Siddharta (Trivedi) are doing well but still we need more pace in our attack,” he said.”We are happy to be back home and if we win remaining four here we can be among top four. But anything can happen in 20-20. See we beat Kochi easily but they had beaten top teams like Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata in their previous three matches,” he added.advertisementWarne also felt the toss didn’t play a role on Sunday.”The toss was not really that important. See how easily we chased,” he added.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Crores for Indian Olympic medallists, but what will para-athlete Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda get?

first_imgWhen a regular athlete wins a medal at an international stage, he or she is lavished with praises and cash awards, but the case with a para-athlete seems to be a whole new ball game in the country.High jumper Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda made the nation proud by winning the first medal for India at the ongoing Paralympic Games in London. However, despite the historic medal win he seems to be getting a step-motherly treatment.The 24-year old from Karnataka, who has an impairment in his left leg, had sailed over a height of 1.74 metre in the final of the Men’s High Jump F42 event to finish second on Monday night.While crores of rupees were lavished on the Indian Olympic medal winners, Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken tweeted that the silver medallist should get Rs 30 lakh. However, he was yet to make an official announcement.So far, only the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has announced to award him Rs 10 lakh.This is in sharp contrast to the awards that the central and state governments showered on the six Olympic medal winners, who were awarded more than Rs 1 crore each along with various other material benefits.It now remains to be seen if the Karnataka government takes note of Girisha’s achievement and rewards him for it.Maken announces SAI job for GirishaMeanwhile, Maken on Wednesday also promised a job for Girisha at Sports Authority of India (SAI). The minister made the announcement on micro-blogging site Twitter.Maken Tweeted: “Paralympic silver medallist Nagaraj to be offered a job of coach in Sports Authority of India at an officer level!”It could be mentioned that Girisha wanted recognition of his achievement and a job for his victory at the Paralympic Games.advertisementlast_img read more