Thursday, January 14, 2016
4 DEAD IN INDONESIA TERRORIST ATTACK EXPLOSION.AND ALSO A 6.7 QUAKE IN JAPAN.AND SUNKEN SHIP FOUND WHILE HUNTING FOR MH370.
FREESCALE LAB IN ISRAEL CLOSES ALMOST 2 YEARS AFTER MH370 CRASH
6.7 51km SE of Shizunai, Japan 2016-01-14 03:25:34 UTC 51.4 km
Ocean search for Malaysian airliner finds 2nd shipwreck-Associated Press By ROD McGUIRK-JAN 14,16-YAHOONEWS
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The undersea search for the Malaysian airliner that vanished almost two years ago has found a likely 19th century shipwreck deep in the Indian Ocean off the west Australian coast, officials said Wednesday.A sonar search for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 found what appeared to be a man-made object on Dec. 19, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement. A follow-up investigation using an underwater drone captured high-resolution sonar images on Jan. 2 that confirmed that the find was a shipwreck, said the bureau, which is running the search for the Boeing 777 which vanished on March 8, 2014.The Shipwreck Galleries of the Western Australian Museum conducted a preliminary review of the images and advised that the wreck was likely to be a steel or iron ship dating from the turn of the 19th century, the bureau said.The bureau on Thursday corrected the potential age of the wreck to the middle of the 19th century or later."It looks like a large iron or steel sailing ship sitting upright and very intact dating from mid-to-late 19th, possibly early 20th century," museum maritime archaeologist Ross Anderson told the bureau in a statement."It appears it is collapsing in classic iron ship fashion with the bow and stern triangles upright and intact and side plating collapsing out to starboard," Anderson added. Anderson said he was not able identify the name of the ship based on the image or say whether it had three or four masts, which would narrow the possibilities. He estimated it was 80 meters (260 feet) long."It is all but impossible to identify ships or their country of manufacture/port of origin without being able to do more detailed artefact studies, as so many have been lost over the years," Anderson said."Often the best clue is something like crockery that may have visible the name of the shipping line or similar," he added.The wreck was found under water 3.7 kilometers (12,100 feet) deep, 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) southwest of the Australian port of Fremantle where the three search vessels are based, the bureau said.The sea hunt similarly found what appeared to be a man-made object in March last year 3.9 kilometers (12,800 feet) deep. But it wasn't until May that a closer look confirmed that it was not plane wreckage but the wreck of a cargo ship built in the mid-to-late 19th century. Hundreds of such ships were lost during voyages across the Indian Ocean. Neither ship is likely to be identified because of the cost of mounting closer examinations. Flight 370 is thought to have crashed in the Indian Ocean with 239 passengers and crew aboard more than 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) southwest of Australia after mysteriously flying off course during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.Searchers have been combing a 120,000-square-kilometer (46,000-square-mile) part of the Indian Ocean since late 2014. A wing flap found in July on the other side of the Indian Ocean when it washed up on Reunion Island is the only debris recovered.More than 80,000 square kilometers (30,000 square miles) of the seafloor have been scoured so far, and the search is scheduled to be wound up by the middle of the year if nothing else of Flight 370 is found.___This story has been corrected to showwreck could date back to mid 19th century, not 1800.
AND THIS IS INTERESTING.MY HUNCH WAS MH370 LANDED IN INDONESIA.AND THIS BOMB KILLS AT LEAST 4 IN INDONESIA.COINCIDENCE OR WHAT.
Blasts, gunfight in Indonesian capital; at least three dead-Reuters-JAN 14,16-YAHOONEWS
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Several explosions went off and gunfire broke out in the center of the Indonesian capital on Thursday and police said they suspected a suicide bomber was responsible for at least one the blasts.Media said six bombs went off and a Reuters witness saw three dead people and a gunfight going on.One blast was in a Starbucks cafe and security forces were later seen entering the building."The Starbucks cafe windows are blown out. I see three dead people on the road. There has been a lull in the shooting but someone is on the roof of the building and police are aiming their guns at him," said a Reuters photographer.Indonesia has been on edge in recent weeks over the threat posed by Islamist militants and counter-terrorism police have launched a crackdown on people with suspected links to Islamic State. According to the official Jakarta police Twitter account one explosion went off in front of a shopping center called the Sarinah mall, on a main city avenue. Media said a police post outside the mall was blown up."I saw a police officer shot right in front of me," one witness told TV One.Police snipers were deployed, according to media.A U.N. building near the scene was in lock-down with no one allowed in or out, a witness said. Some other buildings in the area were evacuated.Indonesia's central bank is located in the same area, and a spokesman for the bank said a policy meeting would go ahead as planned later in the day.A separate explosion was heard in the western suburb of Palmerah, according to a domestic media tweet, but there were no other details immediately available.Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, the vast majority of whom practise a moderate form of the religion.The country saw a spate of militant attacks in the 2000s, the deadliest of which was a nightclub bombing on the holiday island of Bali that killed 202 people, most of them tourists.Police have been largely successful in destroying domestic militant cells since then, but officials have more recently been worrying about a resurgence inspired by groups such as Islamic State and Indonesians who return after fighting with the group.The last major militant attacks in Jakarta were in July 2009, with bombs at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels.(Reporting by Jakarta Bureau; Editing by Robert Birsel and Simon Cameron-Moore)
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