Emergency and disaster management briefing for June 12, 2017: A sinkhole opened in Ocala, Florida rupturing a gas line, an easyJet plane diverts to a German airport after a suspicious conversation is overheard, Britain's terror threat level remains at "severe" following more arrests in the London Bridge attack, June 12 marks the one year anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in the United States, an Amber Alert issued in Wisconsin has been canceled, Conagra issues a massive canned pasta recall, Georgia officials have no leads on the source of the potent prescription street drug causing massive overdoses, and severe weather is poised to strike the Plains and Midwest states until midweek.
- A sinkhole opened up in Ocala, Florida on Saturday, swallowing a car as the driver rapidly scrambled to safety. The sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a Checkers restaurant and ruptured a gas line. Officials said the gas line hole was repaired quickly, but the cause of the sinkhole is still unknown although recent heavy rains may have contributed to its creation.
- On Saturday, an easyJet plane traveling from Slovenia to Stansted, Essex in the United Kingdom made an unscheduled landing at Cologne-Bonn airport for what pilots reported were operational reasons. The plane was actually diverted due to passenger reports of a suspicious conversation occurring between three men on the aircraft that included words such as "explosive" and "bomb." Upon arrival, the plane was evacuated using the emergency slides, causing nine people to receive medical treatment.
- The terror alert level in Britain remains at "severe" -- a threat level that means officials believe an attack is "highly likely" but not imminent, even as they have arrested yet another individual they believe is connected to the June 3 London Bridge attack. Police in London shot and killed the three terrorists responsible for the attack and have since arrested 18 people in connection with the attack, 12 of whom have been released and six which still remain in police custody. The attack on June 3 killed a total of eight people and injured 48 -- who were transported to local hospitals and all of whom survived.
- June 12 marks the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States in modern history. Pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, Mateen opened fire at the club during Latin night, killing 49 people before being shot and killed by police after a three-hour standoff. A candlelight vigil was held outside the club at about 2:00 a.m. where survivors, club employees, and local officials gathered at the approximate time the shooting took place. Other vigils are planned for later in the day, both at the club and in downtown Orlando.
- An Amber Alert issued for Jaiden Hunt from the Township of Knowlton in Marathon County, Wisconsin was later canceled after the 8-year-old boy was found safe. The alert was issued when police were notified that the boy was with his father who was allegedly armed with a machete and high on methamphetamine. The boy was found safe and the father, Jamie Hunt, 34, was taken into custody.
- Conagra, the parent company of Chef Boyardee and other brands, issued a recall of about 700,000 pounds of canned pasta due to an undeclared allergen in its products. The pasta labels do not declare the milk ingredient present in the canned food, which can be dangerous to anyone who has an allergy to milk. The recall was issued on June 9, which lists several products and brands, and the company is urging consumers to check the labels and return the product or throw it away.
- Georgia officials still have no leads on the source of the prescription painkiller street drug that has killed four and caused dozens of overdoses in recent days. Preliminary results indicate that the drug contains two synthetic opioids, with one being chemically similar to fentanyl--but was previously unidentified. At one fifth the cost of heroin, the drug is 30-50 times more powerful, and fentanyl can be extremely dangerous--just two grams can be fatal.
- Weather forecasters are predicting that severe storms will impact the Plains and Midwest at least until the middle of the week. Forecasts are calling for the likely occurrence of damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes with these systems that are moving rather slowly across the area. The severe weather follows damaging storms over the weekend that occurred in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, causing tree damage and cutting power to nearly 90,000 customers in Minnesota after wind gusts reached anywhere from 60 to 80 mph. Near Lincoln, Nebraska Monday morning, hailstones up to the size of golfballs were also reported.
Three men detained after unscheduled easyJet landing in Cologne https://t.co/1yTIuMefSx
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Important recall for those with kids who love spaghetti and meatballs. https://t.co/hxRXSPq9du
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