EDM Wednesday Briefing: San Bernardino Help Needed, North Korea "H-Bomb" Test, Suspicious Package, California Weather
EDM Wednesday Briefing January 6, 2016: FBI asking for timeline assistance from San Bernardino shooting, North Korea reports a successful test of a hydrogen bomb, officials indicate seismic waves too small for "H-Bomb," suspicious package left at door of German Chancellory, El Niño storms has California officials concerned.
FBI Asks Public for Help With 18 Minute Gap on Day of San Bernardino Attacks
- Investigators are reaching out to the public for help in determining the whereabouts of Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29 the day of the attacks in San Bernardino. The FBI indicates that the time in question is from 12:59 p.m. to 1:17 p.m.
- More than 500 interviews have been conducted, with at least 500 pieces of evidence collected, and 29 search warrants carried out.
- The FBI indicates that terrorists appear to have acted alone without any overseas guidance.
North Korea Reports Successful Hydrogen Bomb Test
- North Korea reportedly had a successful test of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that registered seismic waves at 5.1 internationally.
- Australia suggests that these waves were too low for a successful hydrogen bomb test, but South Korea and Japan are not taking the incident lightly. Both nations condemn the test and China has also indicated it is unhappy with the North Korean pursuit of nuclear weapons.
- The UN Security Council will reportedly be conducting an emergency meeting today to discuss further actions against North Korea.
In Germany, Suspicious Package Delivered to Chancellor Angela Merkel
- A suspicious package was found outside the entrance to the Chancellory in Germany. Although nothing has been found, it is the latest in a series of potential security threats to various locations in Europe.
- Europe has been on a heightened security level since multiple coordinated attacks in Paris left 130 dead and more than 350 people injured, some with devastating consequences, during the attacks.
- Threats of more attacks led officials in Munich, Germany to evacuate two train stations and flood the city with specialized police on New Year's Eve.
- Prior to that, and directly following the Paris Attacks, Brussels, Belgium was virtually shut down out of security concerns and due to an extensive manhunt for suspects from the Paris Attacks
California Concerned Over Steady Storm Influx, El Niño to Blame
- Many officials in California are concerned over the steady stream of storms building over the Pacific Ocean that are likely to impact the state. El Niño is being blamed for the constant storms that while they are not due to be intense, are likely to be unrelenting.
- Steady rains forced the closure of freeways throughout the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, and the concern is the increased saturation of hillsides from the impending steady rains resulting in significant landslides and mudflows. The next bought of rain is due on Wednesday morning with rain totals expected to be one to two inches.