Long Time No See

Well it’s been a awhile since my last blog post….again.

I know I promised to post more. But you know, either stuff got in the way or I just didn’t feel like making a post.

Well so, there have been quite a few things that have happened since my last post. The first thing is that my birthday passed by on the 6th of this month. (May 6th, for anyone who may stumble on my blog and read this after this month.)

Anyhow in the most recent news, there was a derailment of an Amtrak train, train number 188, in Philadelphia Pa; that claimed the lives of seven people, that is the count as I am writing this blog, and sent nearly 200 people to the hospital with varying degrees of injuries.

May everyone take a moment to remember those killed and injured.

The engineer was going 106 mph in a curve where it a train can only go 50 mph. So everyone is wondering if he knowingly went that fast or if there was some short of mechanical malfunction that caused the train to go that fast.

I’d really like to know why the train was going that fast, especially since it was said that the train had left the station in Philadelphia only ten minutes before the derailment.

I guess all will be answered in due time after the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) reviews the data on the event recorder. The event recorder is just like the black box on an air plane, it records data from the trains system as the train operates, they just for some reason don’t call the recorder on a train a black box.

The next thing is that there was not one but two 7+ magnitude earthquakes that have hit the country of Nepal over the past two weeks or so. The first one was an 7.8 that struck on April 25th, and killed around 8,000 people in Nepal, though that number could be higher. The quake also killed 78 people in India, 25 people in Tibet, and 4 people in Bangladesh. 19 people were killed in avalanches on Mount Everest.

The second earthquake was a 7.3 on May 12th. which has killed at least 76 people. Since it occurred so close to the 7.8 Earthquake on April 25th, this latest earthquake is considered an aftershock and not its own earthquake.

Among the missing from this latest earthquake are six United States Marines and two Nepalese soldiers who were on a Marine UH-1 Huey that went missing while they were bringing aid to a village in central Nepal.

I think I’ll leave it off here for now, don’t want to overwhelm everyone in one post.