EDM Friday Briefing: Suspicious Items That Shut Down NYC Subway Station Were Just Rice Cookers
Emergency and disaster management briefing for August 16, 2019: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his family survive the crash of their private jet in eastern Tennessee; an autopsy shows the gunman who opened fire outside a bar in Dayton, Ohio, had drugs and alcohol in his system; NOAA reports that July was allegedly the hottest month since 1880 on Earth; China Lake naval base damages are estimated at over $5 billion following the July 5 earthquake in Ridgecrest; the source of the Legionnaire's outbreak at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has been found; a Ural Airlines flight makes an emergency landing in a cornfield after a bird strike on takeoff; suspicious items left at the Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan were deemed safe by the bomb squad; and Ebola has spread to another province in the DRC.
1) A private jet carrying Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and his family crashed at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee at about 3:38 p.m. Thursday. The Cessna Citation Latitude, N8JR, caught fire after landing when it ran off the end of the runway and through a fence. All five people on board the plane -- including the two pilots, Earnhardt, Jr., his wife Amy, and daughter Isla -- were able to escape the fiery crash without serious injury.
JUST IN: Video footage from the scene of a plane crash in Tennessee. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy were on board, according to ABC affiliate WJHL https://t.co/dJy7nGqLUf pic.twitter.com/CUjZpykxrh
— WLOS (@WLOS_13) August 15, 2019
2) The Montgomery County coroner in Dayton, Ohio, stated that the gunman, Connor Betts, 24, had cocaine, Xanax, and alcohol in his system when he shot and killed nine people earlier this month. Police also made a statement that they were thankful no deaths resulted when rounds fired by responding officers struck and wounded two people. Nine people died on August 4 when Betts opened fire at about 1:00 a.m. outside a bar in the Oregon District of Dayton. Police later arrived on the scene and were able to shoot and kill the gunman.
The Montgomery County coroner says the Dayton gunman had cocaine and other drugs in his system at the time of the mass shooting that killed nine people before police fatally shot him https://t.co/rXrUOcPGXB #10TV
— 10TV.com (@10TV) August 15, 2019
3) According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth in the last 140 years. The average temperature in July was allegedly 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit (F) above the 20th-century average of 60.4 degrees Fahrenheit and broke the previous record set in 2016. One weather station, Markusvinsa, north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, allegedly recorded a temperature of 94.6 degrees Fahrenheit on July 26.
McKenna refers to agencies like NOAA to warn Cdns July 2019 was hottest on record. It couldn't be the data was manipulated. Here's Winnipeg mean monthly temp last 10 yrs:
2019 20.2C https://t.co/PW9MNmLcuy
— dougbrogers26 (@Rogers26B) August 15, 2019
4) The powerful 7.1 earthquake that struck Ridgecrest, California on July 5 caused an estimated $100 million in property damage in the sparsely populated communities of Ridgecrest and Trona. Significant damage also occurred at the massive Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake -- where America's most advanced weapons are tested -- just three miles from Ridgecrest. At least 20 percent of the 3,600 buildings are deemed unsafe or use-restricted. Damages were estimated at $5.2 billion for the repair or replacement of buildings, including the air traffic control tower, water pipes, electrical lines, a laboratory, tools and specialized equipment.
China Lake naval base was so badly damaged by the earthquakes that officials are suggesting several buildings be demolished and replaced.
The cost of returning the facilities to normal could top $5 billion. https://t.co/f6OmBjB5VZ
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 15, 2019
5) The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed that the source of the Legionnaire's outbreak that led to the death of one person and sickened a confirmed three others has been identified at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Testing revealed that the Legionella bacteria was in the hotel's cooling tower and a decorative fountain located inside the atrium. According to the public health department, the entire hotel water distribution system underwent remediation and the hotel has now reopened.
Sheraton Atlanta Confirmed As Source Of Legionnaire's Outbreak https://t.co/X2MwB128Y8
— Atlanta Patch (@AtlantaPatch) August 16, 2019
6) A Ural Airlines flight departing Moscow's Zhukovsky Airport, carrying 226 passengers, was forced to make an emergency landing in a cornfield after striking a flock of birds. The airplane struck the birds just after takeoff from the airport on Thursday, causing the aircraft to lose both engines during climbout. The entire flight lasted just two minutes, and the pilot, who is being dubbed a hero, successfully landed the airplane in the cornfield without engines and with the landing gear up. Only minor injuries were sustained by passengers during the landing.
Passenger video captures moment a Ural Airlines A321 makes emergency landing in a corn field following a bird strike on both engines during takeoff from Zhukovsky airport (Video:bazabazon). https://t.co/DcW24EYmXl pic.twitter.com/fEpufQbTuu
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) August 15, 2019
7) A subway passenger reported finding two suspicious items left on the floor of the Fulton Street subway station to two NYPD counterterrorism officers at around 7:00 a.m. Friday morning, prompting the evacuation of one train and disrupting subway service at the station for about an hour. The bomb squad investigated the items, which turned out to be rice cookers, and gave the all clear at the subway station around 8:20 a.m. Another pressure cooker was found next to garbage at 16th Street and 7th Avenue in Chelsea, which authorities say may or may not be related to the incident at the Fulton Street station.
BREAKING: NYPD seeks tall, thin white man seen pushing shopping cart near Fulton Street subway station as person of interest in rice cookers scare https://t.co/kpJbBWLtov
— News Breaking LIVE (@NewsBreaking) August 16, 2019
8) Ebola has spread to another province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where one of two people confirmed with the disease has died. The year-long outbreak of the deadly disease began in the North Kivu province and has since spread to the neighboring Ituri province and now South Kivu. It has also crossed into Uganda. It is the deadliest outbreak on record and was declared a global health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) in July.
— STAT (@statnews) August 16, 2019