NEWS: Collapse of Road Tunnel Leading to Mt. Fuji. Nine Dead.


Japan Road Tunnel Collapse

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Rescue teams in central Japan are still trying to reach several missing people after the collapse of a major road tunnel.

Police say five people were killed and a number of cars remain trapped in the nearly five-kilometre long Sasago tunnel.

The structure was built into hills leading to Mount Fuji, about 80 kilometres west of Tokyo.

CCTV images showed the collapse of several ceiling panels along a roughly 60 metre stretch of the road.

Drivers described narrow escapes from falling debris, and a long walk through the darkness after abandoning their cars.

“At one point I realised that my car was in split in two and there weren’t any other vehicles behind me,” said one woman.

Smoke was seen billowing from the tunnel, thought to have been caused by at least one car catching fire.

There has been no word yet on why the structure, which opened in 1977, suddenly collapsed.

Officials say there was no earthquake in the area this morning.

Source: euronews

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News: Mothers in Minneapolis Gave Birth to 19 Boys in 62 Hours


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“The U.S. birth rate dipped in 2011 to the lowest ever recorded, led by a plunge in births to immigrant women since the onset of the Great Recession,” says the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. 

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Baby Foster rests at the Amplatz Children’s Hospital less than 12 hours after being born on Monday, November 26, 2012. He came just three hours before the girl who broke the streak of nineteen consecutive boys, the longest the hospital has ever had. (Pioneer Press: Chris Cooper)

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In India, the law forbids the doctors to reveal the sex of a fetus before birth even to its parents. However, here in U.S. I do not see any such restrictions imposed on medical persons.

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The University campus of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This year on Black Friday the university of Minnesota Medical Center in Fairview, Minneapolis, celebrated ‘Boys Friday’.

The hospital delivered 19 boys in a row in 62 hours from about 5 pm on Friday 23rd until 7:15 am on Monday 26th to the amazement of the hospital staff who said they have never seen or heard of such a phenomenon in their lives without a single girl born in-between.

Statistics

  • 19 baby boys totaling 363 inches, and 115 pounds.
  • The range of  babies’ weights spanned eight pounds from smallest to biggest.
  • The probability of 19 boys being born in a row, in any hospital happens to be 1:500,000 i.e.,  if we assume a 50:50 chance of having a boy or a girl being born, then this occurrence yields 0.5 to the power of 19.
  • For the month of November, the hospital has seen 106 boys delivered as opposed to 77 girls.

The baby girl who broke the streak, lies with four of the nineteen consecutive boys born at the Amplatz Children Hospital in Minneapolis on Monday, November 26, 2012. (Pioneer Press: Chris Cooper)

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The streak came to an end at 7:15 am. Monday with the birth of a baby girl named Ladan.

By the way, Ladan’s father Mohamed Guled happens to be the CEO of Dauus that manufacturers diapers.

“When I heard about the story I thought, ‘that’s amazing. Why don’t we give 3 months’ supply of diapers to all the mothers that had all those boys,” Guled said and kept his word.

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