Massive Power Outage In San Francisco, Huge Exercise Gotham Shield, Just As North Korea Threatens Missile Test.



by Pamela Williams

This is a breaking news story, and it will be written in a rough form as I get the news.  First of all, we have the AP saying:  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A power outage struck a wide area of San Francisco on Friday, blacking out about 90,000 utility customers, snarling traffic as intersection signals went dark and stopping the famed cable cars for a time.

Pacific Gas & Electric crews were assessing the problem and there was no immediate estimate for restoration of electricity.  

Brent Chapman, who works in billing and reporting for First Republic Bank, told his team to go home after huddling on a sidewalk and waiting for word of when power would be restored.

His team had been ready to send out a finished project Friday, one they’d been working on for six months, after some had pulled an all-nighter.

“It’s brutal. This is seriously the worst possible time that this could have happened,” he said. “I do not want to leave. I want to stay and get this done.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/2pN3o6b ) the outage also affected the Presidio, and KRON-TV reported effects stretched to the Marina/Cow Hollow area.

San Francisco has a population of about 850,000.
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But other big news that is very strange; but, nevertheless true is the following:

Exercise Series Name: Gotham Shield 17 (formerly known as Eagle Horizon)

Exercise Series Umbrella: FEMA CAPSTONE 2017

Exercise Run Date: April 18 – May 5, 2017

Exercise Location: FEMA Region II (mock detonation = Lincoln Tunnle New York, NY – [link to www.google.ca (secure)]

Exercise Theme: Duel Nuclear terrorism smuggling search & recover, duel nuclear terrorism render-safe, duel nuclear terrorism detonation response

Agencies involved: FEMA, DOD, USNORTHCOM, NORAD, FBI, New York OEM, DNDO, JTF2, Canadian Armed Forces…

Vital Archer is the annual U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) exercise aligned to the counterterrorism response operations, including weapons of mass destruction, outside the contiguous United States

Vibrant Response is U.S. Northern Command’s (USNORTHCOM) annual field training exercise for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive consequence management forces designed to improve their ability to respond to catastrophic incidents

Fuerzas Amigas is the United States and Mexico’s annual cross-border military operations exercise

Ardent Sentry is the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) and USNORTHCOM’s major annual exercise focused on Defense Support of Civil Authorities

Prominent Hunt is the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) National Technical Nuclear Forensics Ground Collection Task Force’s annual exercise centered on assessing the United States’ capability to collect radioactive evidence in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear detonation

Staunch Maple is the Canadian Joint Operations Command’s exercise to practice and improve Canadian Armed Forces’ ability to support other government departments and agencies in order to ensure the security and safety of Canada

sidenote: 1 element of Gotham Shield 2017 falls outside the standard timeline (TTX, 3 day exercise running from May 8-12 2017 (1.5 days short-term recovery, 1.5 days long-term recovery), location not yet determined.

The above is very strange, and here is a google link to it:  https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Lincoln+Tunnel,+New+York,+NY,+USA/@40.7656439,-74.0190575,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c25835ae442d21:0x2d54ad43ed6985ab!8m2!3d40.7595299!4d-74.00298

 

Also, here is the following from THE NEW JERSEY HERALD:  http://www.njherald.com/article/20170421/AP/304219884#

Emergency crews to conduct search and rescue drill

The Associated Press

Posted: Apr. 21, 2017 8:00 am

 

LAKEHURST, N.J. (AP) — Emergency crews want to see how they would respond to a large explosion in New Jersey.

They’ll converge on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Friday for Operation Fallout.

The drill is designed to develop and assess capabilities for search and rescue incidents. State responders will work with the National Guard to transport personnel and equipment.

Responders will search and rescue victims trapped in confined spaces and rubble.

 

Then here is this:

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A power outage at a midtown Manhattan subway station caused widespread delays during the morning commute on Friday.

https://www.rt.com/news/385600-us-japan-naval-drill-north-korea/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

Two Japanese Navy destroyers have joined the carrier strike group ‘USS Carl Vinson’ heading towards the Korean Peninsula for a massive show of force as North Korea prepares to mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military.

The Japanese warships, destroyers ‘Ashigara’ and ‘Samidare’, left the navy’s Sasebo base early on Friday for a rendezvous with the ‘USS Carl Vinson’ group off North Korean shores, NHK reports.

Defense Ministry officials said the details of the joint US-Japan naval exercise are yet to be determined. The drill comes as an apparent show of force aimed at deterring North Korea, which will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military next week.

Though little is known about the naval exercise, the event was announced by the Japanese Navy earlier last week.

“Japan wants to dispatch several destroyers as the ‘Carl Vinson’ enters the East China Sea,” said one of the Japanese military sources, as cited by Reuters.

The source added that the drills would involve helicopter landings on both American and Japanese ships as well as communications training.

The American strike group includes Nimitz-class aircraft carrier ‘USS Carl Vinson’ with her air wing, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers ‘USS Wayne E. Meyer’ and ‘USS Michael Murphy’, as well as Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser ‘USS Lake Champlain’.

The strike group will operate in the region under the operational control of the 3rd Fleet as part of the 3rd Fleet Forward initiative, according to the US Navy. 

 

Its arrival to the Western Pacific was marked by a string of conflicting statements from the White House and the Pentagon. Last week, US President Donald Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that “we are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful – far more powerful than the aircraft carrier.”

The news, however, was downplayed by US military officials after it emerged that the strike group was heading to Australia instead of the Korean Peninsula. Some American media reported that the USS Carl Vinson and her escort ships were operating near Indonesia.

 

Further, we have this:  https://www.rt.com/usa/385606-us-navy-f18-crash/

A fighter pilot was forced to eject during an attempted landing on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Celebes Sea, south of the Philippines, the US Navy has said. The pilot was recovered safely.  

The F/A-18E fighter jet, which was part of Carrier Air Wing 2, was on final landing approach after conducting “routine flight operations,” US 7th Fleet Command said in a statement.  The incident is under investigation.

“There are no apparent injuries at this time,” the Navy said, noting that the pilot has been evaluated by medical personnel aboard the Carl Vinson.

Published on Apr 21, 2017

There seems to be a massive power outage on both coasts at the moment. Areas of San Francisco, California have been hit hard. With people getting stuck in elevators for hours. Commuters were also trapped on trains in NYC Due to the Outage. This is being reported in small pockets across the country as well. Make sure to follow me on twitter for the latest updates. #California #SanFrancisco #NYC #NewYork#PowerOutage #Breaking #News.
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