RussianTown Plagued By Massive and Spontaneous Sinkholes
Apr 16, 2012 11:39
Sinkholes just sounds so scary. And everytime I see one, it's as if apocalypse is near. The latest, is in the city of Berezniki, Russia. "In the West," the New York Times explains, "mines are usually located far from populous areas, to reduce the risks of sinkholes to homes and other buildings.
Berezniki, a city of 154,000 that began as a labor camp, was built directly over the mine-a legacy of the Soviet policy of placing camps within marching distance of work areas."
With collapsing salt pillars and widespread erosion in the derelict mines below the city, Berezniki is thus "afflicted by sinkholes, yawning chasms hundreds of feet deep that can open at a moment's notice."
The city has responded with "24-hour video surveillance."
On a screen in the command center late last year, one such hole appeared as a small dark spot in a snowy field in the predawn hours, immediately threatening to suck in a building, a road and a gas station. "I looked and said, 'Wow, a hole is forming,'" recalled Olga V. Chekhova, an emergency services worker who monitors the video... While scientists have so far successfully predicted each sinkhole, the chasms can open with astonishing speed. On Dec. 4, as Ms. Chekhova watched the dark spot on her screen expand, witnesses began calling an emergency number for reporting sinkholes. They had heard a loud swooshing noise.
The town wants to fight holes with science, although your first reaction would be to jet the hell out of there as fast as you can. The sensors include a set of high tech monitors which include video surveillance system, seismic sensors, regular serveys and satellite monitoring of the changes in altitude of roofs, sidewalks and streets.
Would these measures be enough to prevent people from suffering from it? Probably not. But its good to have a prevention / warning system ahead.
"In my view, we need to move the entire town," one of the residents says, with what seems like obvious melancholy. He's not reaching for a sketchbook or planning robotic future cities on stilts. "Every house has cracks."
Human waste will never be the same again. Why? Because U.K has started using our poop to run its 'Bio-Bus' which has now taken to the streets. The bus runs on biomethane gas which is produced from treated human waste, and unused food. Don't worry. They have those impurities and bad odors removed, so you don't have to 'experience' the smell. Read more
Apple already had an Apple Watch before launching their current version - the one that's going to sync with your iPhone and do all sorts of stuff. The original on the other hand, doesn't need any apps. Check it out below: Read more
Using a company with a good reputation to offer managed services can be a beneficial way to free up resources and reduce costs - your own staff will have more time to spend on their strategic ICT work within your business and instead of having to recruit and train more on-site employees of your own to handle routine maintenance, you can rely on the managed services provider to take care Read more