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Satellite pictures suggest Sudanese weapons factory hit by air strike US monitoring group says images are consistent with attack from air as Khartoum accuses Israel over Yarmouk bombing
theguardian.com, Saturday 27 October 2012 15.55 EDT
The Yarmouk military complex in Khartoum, Sudan seen in a satellite image made on 12 October, prior to the alleged attack. Photograph: AP Satellite images of the aftermath of an explosion at a Sudanese weapons factory this past week suggest the site was hit in an air strike, a US monitoring group said Saturday. The Sudanese government has accused Israel of bombing its Yarmouk military complex in Khartoum, killing two people and leaving the factory in ruins. The images released by the Satellite Sentinel Project to the Associated Press on Saturday showed six 52-foot wide craters near the epicenter of Wednesday's explosion at the compound. Military experts consulted by the project found the craters to be "consistent with large impact craters created by air-delivered munitions", Satellite Sentinel Project spokesman Jonathan Hutson said. The target may have been around 40 shipping containers seen at the site in earlier images. The group said the craters center on the area where the containers had been stacked. Israeli officials have neither confirmed nor denied striking the site. Instead, they accused Sudan of playing a role in an Iranian-backed network of arms shipments to Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel believes Sudan is a key transit point in the circuitous route that weapons take to the Islamic militant groups in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Sudan was a major hub for al-Qaida militants and remains a transit for weapon smugglers and African migrant traffickers. Israeli officials believe arms that originate in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas go through Sudan before crossing Egypt's lawless Sinai desert and into Gaza through underground tunnels. The Satellite Sentinel Project is a partnership between the Enough Project, a Washington-based anti-genocide advocacy group and DigitalGlobe, which operates three commercial satellites and provides geospatial analysis. The project was founded last year with support from actor George Clooney, and in the past has used satellite images to monitor the destruction of villages by Sudanese troops in the country's multiple war zones. Opened in 1996, Yarmouk is one of two known state-owned weapons manufacturing plants in the Sudanese capital. Sudan prided itself in having a way to produce its own ammunition and weapons despite United Nations and US sanctions. The satellite images indicate that the Yarmouk facility includes an oil storage facility, a military depot and an ammunition plant. The monitoring group said the images indicate that the blast "destroyed two buildings and heavily damaged at least 21 others", adding that there was no indication of fire damage at the fuel depot inside the military complex. The group said it could not be certain the containers, seen in images taken 12 October, were still there when explosion took place. But the effects of the blast suggested a "highly volatile cargo" was at the epicenter of the explosion. "If the explosions resulted from a rocket or missile attack against material stored in the shipping containers, then it was an effective surgical strike that totally destroyed any container" that was at the location, the project said. Yarmouk is located in a densely populated residential area of the city approximately 11km southwest of the Khartoum international airport. Wednesday's explosion sent exploding ammunition flying into homes in the neighborhood adjacent to the factory, causing panic among residents. Sudanese officials said some people suffered from smoke inhalation. A man who lives near the factory said that from inside their house, he and his brother heard a load roar of what they believed was a plane just before the boom of the explosion sounded from the factory. In the aftermath of Wednesday's explosion, Sudanese officials said the government has the right to respond to what the information minister said was a "flagrant attack" by Israel on Sudan's sovereignty and right to strengthen its military capabilities. In a Friday speech marking Eid al Adha, Islam's biggest holiday, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir called Israel "short-sighted," according to comments published by the Egyptian state-owned paper Al Ahram. The president likened the incident to the 1998 bombing by American cruise missiles of a Khartoum pharmaceutical factory suspected of links to al-Qaida. Some Israeli commentators suggested that if Israel did indeed carry out an airstrike causing Wednesday's blast, it might have been a trial run of sorts for an operation in Iran. Both countries are roughly 1,000 miles (1,600km) away from Israel, and an air operation would require careful planning and in-flight refueling.
Posted by Geezer Power at 1/28/2015 10:15:00 PM
Evidence of temperatures hot enough to melt concrete and steel are everywhere you look in this video footage, yet there also places where you would expect maximum damage, that look like nothing happened. The Coca Cola truck sitting by the skeleton of Tower 2 looks normal, while in other places there are cars and trucks with melted engine blocks and missing glass that are blocks away from the ruins of the buildings.
This appears to be the end part of a floor truss with part of the floor pan and the end of the zig zag bar that re-enforces it. There was 4 inches of concrete poured over the top of the studs. The question is...how did the concrete floors disappear and why is there fused concrete bonded to the studs and the end piece. My first guess is that the concrete was suspended in plasma and was possibly attracted to the iron which acted as a heat sink.
Kudos to WTC911demolition for posting this...
A clip from...
WTC911demolitionPublished on Apr 14, 2012
extended raw footage from two cameras (cut at 22:18) from about 11:20 am to afternoon sometime.. 911datasets.org release 25, 42A0113 - G25D23 some available in release 14, WNBC Dub3
Posted by Geezer Power at 1/28/2015 10:01:00 PM
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Cowell Lime Works
Cowell Lime Works Historic DistrictTreeAndSeaTV
Uploaded on Dec 15, 2010
A history and tour of the Historic District at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lime was manufactured here in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Wordgeezer... Qct. 10, 2014
Thank you for this excellent piece of history. I remember hiking in the Wilder ranch in the 1950's. One of the things I remember is the old kilns. We could go inside them to see the beautiful glass on the old firebrick. The main house, barns, cookhouse, and out buildings were like a time capsule, and in pretty good condition. Further up on the right side of Bay Street was a limestone cave that us kids spent a lot of time at. Inside there was a hole that led to a space with some spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. The hole was so small that it was difficult to crawl through, we called it the "sweat hole". If our parents had known about this, I doubt that they would have ever let us do any cave exploring.
I lived in Santa Cruz from 1948 through 1975. I now live in Oregon, but SC is my home, although, in reality, I am a Caligonian that remembers being a beach rat that hung out on Cowells Beach. Why did I leave SC?...because...maybe it was because the Dream Inn was built or that the Eucalyptus grove, by Steamer Lane is gone...
Peace & goodwill to all who live there...It just might be the most comfortable place on the planet...G%
For more information, visit the website: http://limeworks.ucsc.ed
Posted by Geezer Power at 10/10/2014 10:10:00 AM
Friday, September 12, 2014
I wonder if this was saved for evidence?A Coca Cola truck that was sitting near the skeleton of WTC 2 appears to be untouched while there are burning cars in many places, There is dilapidated steel everywhere, but not so much that rescue workers can't walk around the ruins. I met a fellow who was a metal worker who was there for the cleanup. He told me that the significant thing to him is that the towers were gone, that there was very little of anything remaining. Looking at some of the latest foia videos of Ground Zero, I can, more clearly, see what he meant...G%
Posted by Geezer Power at 9/12/2014 06:00:00 PM