Day: November 2, 2018

Japanese island disappears…


TOKYO: Missing – A tiny island in northern Japan. Or so authorities fear, prompting plans for a survey to determine if the outcrop has been washed away, ever-so-slightly shrinking the country’s territorial waters.

The island, known as Esambe Hanakita Kojima was only officially surveyed and registered by Japan’s coastguard in 1987, who couldn’t even say exactly how big it was.

Until recently, it rose 1.4-metre above sea level, and was visible from the very northern tip of Japan’s northern Hokkaido island.

But now, it has disappeared.

“It is not impossible that tiny islands get weathered by the elements,” a coastguard official told AFP.

The disappearance of the island “may affect Japan’s territorial waters a tiny bit”, she added, but only “if you conduct precision surveys”.

Japan pours resources into protecting its outer islands, particularly the remote Okinotori islands in the Pacific, which secures a significant portion of the nation’s exclusive economic zone.

It is also locked in disputes with neighbours, including China and South Korea, over the sovereignty of several islands in the region.

Prone to earthquakes and severe weather, Japan has found itself not only losing, but sometimes gaining territory thanks to natural disasters and extreme weather.

In 2015, a 300m strip of land emerged from the sea and attached itself to the coast of Hokkaido.

Initially, the phenomenon raised fears of mysterious seismic activity, but geologists said it was probably the result of a landslide that pushed the underwater surface up.

And in 2013, a volcanic island appeared around 1,000km south of Tokyo, engulfing an existing island and continuing to grow.



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Chaos after CARNIVAL ship lists mid-cruise…



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Carnival Cruise Line officials say a fin stabilizer is to blame for one of its ships tilting several hours after leaving Port Canaveral on Sunday evening. 

Guests told News 6 they had never experienced this kind of listing, which means to tilt or lean, while on a cruise ship.

“I didn’t think anything of it, since it’s not uncommon for ships to rock back and forth. But it didn’t rock back. It kept leaning,” David Crews, of Long Island, said in a message to News 6. “Plates and silverware started sliding off the tables. Then the tables themselves started to slide. Glasses and plates started to fall and shatter. At this point, it was pure chaos. Screams. Cries. Panic.”

After leveling back to normal, the ship continued its weeklong Caribbean cruise. Pictures show some guests carrying around life jackets for the remainder of the night for safety.

The Carnival Cruise Line released the following statement: 

On Sunday evening, Carnival Sunshine experienced a technical issue which caused the ship to list. There was never any issue with the safe operation of the ship and our officers quickly intervened to correct the situation. 
 
Following the incident, evening events resumed for our guests. Carnival Sunshine proceeded on its Caribbean cruise as scheduled. We are very sorry for the disruption this caused. The ship remains fully operational and will sail as scheduled.  We remain confident of the safety of the ship as we are committed to the safety of our guests and crew.

Guests on board said they eventually received a note from the captain, going into more detail about how the ship’s fin stabilizer caused the issue. The letter explained how a fin stabilizer is not a safety feature of the ship, but helps smooth the ride against wind and waves.

 

The Carnival Sunshine is one of the oldest ships in Carnival’s fleet. It was born as the Carnival Destiny in 1996, the world’s largest cruise ship at the time, but was renamed after an extensive renovation several years later. 

News 6 has learned some guests cut their trip short, preferring to fly home early when the ship docked after the incident in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

The Carnival Sunshine is expected to dock at Port Canaveral on Friday morning. 

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Actor Admits Severing Arm to Land War Veteran TV Roles?



Actor Admits Severing Arm to Land War Veteran TV Roles?

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