Posts Tagged ‘explosion’

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Due to current events, I am feeling compelled to write about what’s going on.

In a time less than an hour and a half from the time this post is being written, another explosion has been reported in the city of Austin, Texas.

Since the second of March, there has been several incidents in which an explosive device either has detonated or had been detected.

Of course the most recent explosions are… for lack of a better term… still “fresh” and investigations are underway.

A number of people have been injured, and one teenager has died in these attacks in which law enforcement seem to believe have more links than what the public realizes.

Personally I am shocked that none of these explosions had happened anywhere near or even during the SXSW Festival, which just officially ended on the 18th. bibf.png

I am thankful however that at least ONE explosive device was found before it was able to hurt or kill anyone.

Explosion #2 that happened on the 12th of March was close enough to where I live that I actually HEARD the blast roar through the air when it happened. Sadly, that was the same explosion in which one was killed and one injured.

Now the citizens of Austin, Texas have gone from frustration and shock and surprise, to absolute terror and fear.

I am personally angry. But I felt it very necessary to write this post to let you all know that I am uninjured and that a majority of these explosions are not anywhere near where I am. Explosion #2 was still a few miles away. But I AM OKAY!!!!

And in my anger, I am offering to donate an old wheelchair that I have to give to the person or persons responsible because they are going to need it if the law abiding and scared citizens catch them in the act before the police do. There are reasons why they say that you “Don’t Mess With Texas.”

 

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“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”~ Dalai Lama

Its been a very difficult week for the United States of America. So many tragedies happening. Not too long after the Boston Marathon bombing came the news of a fertilizer plant that exploded in a small town called West, Texas.

West, Texas is just a few miles north of Waco, Texas.

It is a very sad story to hear and there is going to be a very difficult uphill battle for the town and its citizens.

Many people in Texas were horrified upon hearing the news. And even a full day later after the explosion, officials are not given any information on casualties and/or deaths.

This story broke nationwide for sure.

And throughout the pandemonium  hearing different stories that were actually never official that maybe up to 60 people had died in this explosion. Even early this morning there was a possible death toll of 5-15 people. But again, nobody is talking about those kinds of numbers. There are however, first responders and firefighters who missing at this hour.

After reading countless posts on Facebook about this tragedy closer to home, we enter the people whom I have given this month’s Compassion Award.

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Brenda Flores, Auggie Del Ray

The band that I have recently been writing about, BEAUTIFUL DISTURBANCE, who comes originally from Waco, Texas had many compassionate posts by its members. Auggie Del Ray and Brenda Flores.

Just hours after the news had broke about this story, Auggie Del Ray was so moved that he decided that he wanted to do something for the people of West, Texas who were suffering.

The story last night was that many of the citizens were being evacuated and more or less left homeless until fires at the plant could be contained and the threat was diminished.

Auggie Del Ray in an act of selflessness, posted on his personal Facebook profile that HIS home would be open to those who were being displaced and evacuated.

He also was encouraging for those who could help to do so. No matter if it meant donating money or blood.

Then this afternoon, BEAUTIFUL DISTURBANCE came together as the family that they are, and now are going to give 100% of the proceeds of the band’s merchandise sold on the 18th and 19th of April to the victims of West, Texas.

Any kind of merchandise that you can find on their website, ALL the money will be donated!!!

It was very awesome gesture on behalf of Auggie, Brenda, and the rest of the band. And it floored me that they were so very willing to do this.

These kinds of tragedies will only be overcome by people willing to donate. Usually this means a lot of money for the restoration and rebuilding of what was lost, which was a lot!!!

So go ahead and buy yourself a t-shirt, some posters, a wristband, whatever you like. And do so knowing that your purchases will go towards the hurting victims of this disaster.

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meteor“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. “~ Jack London  

Here we go, science nerds!!!

So as you already heard the news about the meteor exploding over the skies of Russia, you’re probably running around helplessly trying to find your local true science version of any character from the television series The Big Bang Theory in hopes of them being able to tell you just what in the world happened and what does that now mean for the Earth.

In Chelyabinsk, Russia was a meteor falling to Earth at a speed of almost 44 times faster than the speed of sound. It exploded while still in the air and caused such a sonic boom when it blew up that countless windows were blown out and even though there are zero fatalities from any debris of this hitting, there are over 1,000 reported injuries. Most of them from pieces of flying glass from shattered windows. And a few being reported of people struck by falling debris.

Some thought it was a missile attack. Others thought it was the end of the world. But I can just imagine that EVERYONE thought that it was time to change their underwear when moments after it exploded, the sonic boom reached their sense of hearing.

It was the subject of many around me today, and some who had never paid attention in science class before wondered if this sort of thing could happen again.

Guess what? This is not the first and it won’t be the last. 255841main_tunguska-browse_med

Enter:  Tunguska in Siberia, 1908.

The same thing had happened over the skies of Siberia. The majority of the meteor is said to have actually made contact with the Earth. Even though back then, there was an explosion and sonic boom that devastated the lands.

There are some that have their own theories in Siberia of areas of land where there are giant craters which could have been created by impact.

Some of which have yet to be proven or dis-proven.

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But in 1908, I think that the impact was much scarier than the event that happened in Chelyabinsk in 2013.

Technology has most certainly changed in the past 105 years.

How terrifying that blast must have been when it was heard and felt.

These kinds of air blasts do actually happen more times than reported. Especially if they happen over land that is not densely populated or if the blast happens over ocean water.

The blast that happened in 2013, was over a city that has a population of over 1 million people. And again, there were no reports of death. Only minor injuries to people and of course there were material and structural damages reported.

Then we have the news of the asteroid that hurled by the surface of the Earth. And that news got swept under the rug compared to this news of the meteor. But the asteroid was measured at less than 15,000 miles away from the Earth, and ironically was 5,000 miles closer to the Earth than our man-made communications and television satellites. So it got closer than the reception that we have coming to us from space to watch television.

Already the 46th day of the year in 2013, and so much stuff has happened.

What’s been going on in your neck of the woods as of lately????