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Meteotsunami: Imsida Hit By Flooding Yesterday

Meteotsunami: Imsida Hit By Flooding Yesterday
Jun 14 2024 Share

People in Imsida yesterday may have noted a significant rise in water levels yesterday as the locality was hit by a meteotsunami.

Oceanography Malta Group at the University of Malta explained that these phenomena are triggered by rapid atmospheric pressure changes, often associated with severe weather.

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This was detected by the scientists at UM using ‘cutting edge sea level radars and atmospheric pressure sensors ‘strategically placed along our coast.’

A meteotsunami is a tsunami-like sea wave caused by rapid barometric pressure changes, often due to severe weather like thunderstorms and squalls. Unlike regular tsunamis, meteotsunamis result from atmospheric disturbances and are enhanced by coastal features like bays and inlets.

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‘Swifties’ Dance So Hard They Set Off Earthquake Monitors

'Swifties' Dance So Hard They Set Off Earthquake Monitors
Jun 14 2024 Share

Fans at Taylor Swift’s concerts in Scotland last weekend danced so vigorously that they triggered earthquake monitors, as reported by the British Geological Survey (BGS).

Seismic activity was detected up to six kilometres away during her performances at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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The activity peaked during her song “…Ready For It?” on all three nights, generating enough energy to charge 6,000 car batteries, equivalent to 80 kilowatts.

BGS seismologist Callum Harrison noted, “Clearly Scotland’s reputation for providing some of the most enthusiastic audiences remains intact!” Other hits like “Cruel Summer,” “Champagne Problems,” and “Shake It Off” also caused significant seismic spikes.

Friday’s show was particularly notable, potentially the most attended concert in Scottish history, with Swift calling it the “wildest way to welcome a lass to your city.”

The concerts, part of Swift’s 15 UK shows, are projected to inject nearly £1 billion into the UK economy. Following her performances in Scotland, Swift will continue her tour in Liverpool, Cardiff, and conclude with eight shows at London’s Wembley Stadium later this month and in August.

Despite the noticeable seismic activity, the vibrations were unlikely to be felt beyond the immediate vicinity of the stadium.

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Uniformed Officers To Patrol MCAST Campuses

Uniformed Officers To Patrol MCAST Campuses
Jun 14 2024 Share

MCAST has launched a new initiative to enhance safety and security on its campuses by partnering with the Malta Police Force. Under this plan, uniformed police officers will patrol the Paola, Qormi, and Mosta sites for several hours each week, starting next week and resuming in October 2024.

The college emphasized that “the presence of police officers on-site will serve to enhance safety on our campus for the students and the MCAST staff community.” Officers will have the authority to conduct searches on students and their belongings if there is reasonable suspicion of prohibited or stolen items.

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To facilitate these searches, each institute will provide enclosed and private areas. This proactive approach aims to prevent incidents and ensure a secure environment, reflecting MCAST’s commitment to the well-being of its community. The college believes that this measure will “significantly contribute to the prevention of any unpleasant incidents and ensure peace of mind for all employees and students.”

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Wholesome Local Election Roundup

Wholesome Local Election Roundup
Jun 14 2024 Share

As the counting of the local council elections continues, more and more wholesome moments are being highlighted all over Malta.

To start off, Rohasia Zammit and Mario Fenech from Birżebbuġa and Iklin respectively were elected together to represent the people of their localities.

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Meanwhile, Birgu mayor John Boxall’s son Karl was elected mayor of Għaxaq on behalf of the Labour Party. This could see a father and son becoming mayor as we await the counting of Biru’s votes, where the father has served as mayor for 30 years.

Meanwhile, PN’s Kyle Mifsud was elected for the Żurrieq local council – but also became a father to twins just hours later as his election was announced.

Jordan Galea Pace’s grandmother Vivienne Galea Pace was also elected into the Sliema council, extending the political activism Jordan is known for.

This just scratches the surface of other wholesome election news, including the election of mother and son Steve and Lillibeth Żammit Lupi.

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