Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Spring Equinox 2019

What is the Spring Equinox?

Spring equinox is another name for the equinox also known as vernal equinox and March equinox. An equinox is the moment in time (not a day-long event) when the Sun stands directly above the equator and day and night are of approximately equal length. For the Northern Hemisphere, the spring equinox is the moment when winter ends and spring begins, while for the Southern Hemisphere it is the moment when summer ends and fall (autumn) begins.

In the Northern Hemisphere the spring equinox occurs every year between March 19 and March 21. The dates given on this page are based on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which for practical purposes is equivalent to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). While the spring equinox occurs at the same moment in time all over the world, the date and local time differ from place to place depending on the year and a location's time zone. For locations that are ahead of UTC (further east) it may fall on the day after, and for locations that are behind UTC (further west) it may fall on the day before. To find out the exact date and time of the spring equinox 2019 in your area use this seasons calculator.

The spring equinox is one of four days (two equinoxes and two solstices) throughout the year that mark the beginning of a new season. The other days are the summer solstice (beginning of summer), the fall equinox (beginning of fall) and the winter solstice (beginning of winter).

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Spate of Fire break outs

Huge Geylang Fire Across 7 Shophouses Took 60 Firefighters To Extinguish
From a video recording of the fire, the flames appear to reach almost 4 storeys high

SCDF arrived with a total of 60 firefighters and 17 firefighting vehicles to extinguish the fire. After 3 whole hours of aiming 9 high-powered water jets at the stubborn fire, it was finally snuffed out.

The firefighters then continued spraying water at the burnt surfaces to prevent the fires from rekindling. According to the SCDF, the fire had managed to spread so quickly because of the shared roof of the shophouses. Adding to that were the highly combustible furniture stored inside.

Out of the 7 shophouses, 5 were entirely engulfed by the flames.

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Massive fire breaks out at shophouses along Geylang Road

Dozens of firefighters were deployed early on Sunday (March 17) after a massive fire broke out at Geylang Road.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the blaze at 643 Geylang Road at about 1.10am. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find the raging fire spreading to a row of double-storey shophouses.

"SCDF quickly deployed its resources around the affected area to contain the fire," it said in a Facebook post.

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Photos and videos: Raging fire engulfs 7 shophouses at Geylang Road

A huge fire that broke out along Geylang Road in the wee hours of Sunday (March 17) saw a row of seven shophouse units engulfed in flames.

Stomper Jasmin sent to Stomp videos of the blaze, which several people can be seen filming while standing behind a police cordon. Similarly, photos taken by Stomper Sunny show how a crowd had gathered at the scene.

In a series of posts on Facebook, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the fire along 643 Geylang Road at around 1.10am and deployed resources around the affected area to contain it.

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Fire leads to 12-hour power outage at Newton Food Centre

A fire in Newton Food Centre's electrical switch room yesterday caused a power outage lasting nearly 12 hours, shuttering stalls and disappointing customers.

Singapore Civil Defence Force officers extinguished the blaze using two compressed air foam backpacks and a fire extinguisher after being alerted at about 9.45am. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The subsequent power disruption meant stalls were closed for the day.

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50 evacuated after fire at Bedok HDB flat

About 50 residents were evacuated from a Bedok North Housing Board block after a fire broke out in a unit yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus had to force their way into the burning flat on the 18th floor of the building at 180 Bedok North Road.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post that it was alerted to the fire at about 1.20pm.

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50 residents evacuated as fire engulfs HDB flat at Bedok North Road

A fire engulfed an HDB flat in Bedok North Road on Wednesday (Mar 6) afternoon, forcing the evacuation of about 50 residents.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted to a fire on the 18th storey of 180 Bedok North Road at about 1.20pm.

The fire had engulfed the entire unit due to the "vast accumulation of combustible items" within the flat, they said in a Facebook post.

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Fire involving praying altar breaks out at Teban Gardens Road unit

A fire broke out in a flat at Block 52 Teban Gardens Road on Friday evening (March 8).


The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told Stomp that it responded to the incident at 7.06pm.

The fire, which involved a praying altar, was extinguished by the SCDF using one water jet.

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Bedok North Road fire: 65-year-old unit owner had more than 1,000 books in his flat

A 65-year-old Bedok North Road resident whose flat caught fire on Wednesday (March 6) has been living there alone for 19 years.

It was earlier reported that the fire broke out in the 18th-floor unit at Block 180 Bedok North Road, at around 1.20pm. Around 50 people were evacuated.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said firefighters had to conduct forcible entry to gain access into the unit, which had a "vast accumulation of combustible items within it."

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Fire breaks out at Golden Wall Flatted Factory and causes $200k worth of damage

When Stomper SP Lim looked out of her window at around 8am on Thursday (March 7), it was so smoky that she thought there was haze.


It turned out that a fire had broken out opposite her unit at Golden Wall Flatted Factory.

SP Lim took photos of the thick smoke and sent them to Stomp.

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Vegetation fire near Lim Chu Kang cemetery put out by SCDF after 19-hour operation

A vegetation fire the size of a football field broke out near Lim Chu Kang Chinese Cemetery on Monday morning (Mar 4).

It was extinguished by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) after a 19-hour firefighting operation that lasted through the night.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the SCDF said this has been one of the longest SCDF operation involving vegetation fire in recent years.

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38 evacuated after fire breaks out at Bendemeer block during wee hours

Thirty-eight people were evacuated after a fire broke out at Block 43 Bendemeer Road during the wee hours of Saturday (Feb 23).

A Stomper, who is a resident at the block, filmed several photos of the blaze and shared them with Stomp.

In response to a Stomp query, the Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to the fire at around 3.20am.

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Man and woman suffer smoke inhalation after fire breaks out in Jurong West bedroom

Two people were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at Block 517A Jurong West Street 52 in the early hours of Sunday (Feb 24).

Around 90 residents were evacuated by the police, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) in response to queries by Stomp. The SCDF said it was alerted to the fire at about 1.30am.

The fire, which involved the contents of a bedroom, was extinguished by the SCDF using one water jet and one compressed air foam backpack.

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Members of public put out fire that broke out at Bendemeer Market

A fire broke out at Bendemeer Market and Food Centre on Saturday afternoon (Feb 16) and was put out by members of the public.

The fire involved the contents of a stall. Stomper Gary alerted stomp to the incident and shared videos he had received from a friend of the fire.

In the videos, flames could be seen coming out on top of one of the stalls at the food centre.

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Tenants evacuated after fire breaks out at The Centrepoint

A fire broke out at a shop on the first floor of The Centrepoint on Saturday night (Feb 16).


A Stomper alerted Stomp to the incident and shared photos she took at the scene. Stomp understands the fire broke out at Italian shoe brand Geox's shop.

In the photos, the front shutter of the store appears to be damaged and black marks can be seen on the floor.

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Cleaners empty out bins after fire breaks out at Jurong East rubbish collection centre

A fire broke out at the rubbish collection centre at Block 311 Jurong East Street 32 on Wednesday morning (Feb 13).

Stomper Aloysius alerted Stomp to the fire and shared photos of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers at the scene.

"Before the SCDF arrived, I saw cleaners trying to put out the fire," he told Stomp.

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1 taken to hospital for smoke inhalation after fire breaks out in Yishun flat

One person suffered smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a ninth-storey unit at Block 221 Yishun Street 21 on Thursday morning (Feb 14).

In response to a Stomp query, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it responded to the incident at around 9.15am.

The fire, which involved the contents of the unit's kitchen and living room, was extinguished by the SCDF using two compressed air foam backpacks and one water jet.

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Residents hear loud bang after discarded items catch fire at lift lobby of Hougang HDB block

A fire broke out at the lift lobby of Block 696 Hougang Street 61 in the early hours of Wednesday morning (Feb 13).

Stomper Yamin, a resident at the block, alerted Stomp to the incident and shared a video he took at the scene.

"I heard a loud bang as I was walking home," he told Stomp in a phone interview.

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Overheating wok causes fire at Telok Blangah hawker centre, 12 stalls affected

A fire broke out at a hawker centre in Telok Blangah on Monday morning (Feb 11).

Stompers Gary and Edros alerted Stomp to the incident and shared a video of the scene that has been circulating online.

In the video, the fire appears to have started at a hawker stall which sells fish cakes.

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1 hurt, residents evacuated after fire at St Regis Residences in Tanglin

A resident was injured and others were evacuated from the St Regis Residences in Tanglin after a fire broke out late on Wednesday night (Feb 20).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received reports of the fire at 33 Tanglin Road and responded to the blaze at 11.30pm.

"Upon SCDF's arrival, the building management had already initiated an evacuation of the building," said the SCDF.

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Fire breaks out at Upper Bukit Timah condo, resident evacuates after grabbing passport and cash

A fire broke out at Springdale condominium along Hindhede Walk in the Upper Bukit Timah area this morning (Nov 22) at about 5.41am.

Stomper Vikash, a resident of the condominium, alerted Stomp to the fire.

He told Stomp he heard people shouting from the ground floor at about 5.30am.

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Holy Smoke, So Many Fires!

A SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) flight enroute to Milan from Singapore this morning caught fire after being forced to make an emergency return to Changi Airport. All passengers are unharmed.

According to a statement by SIA, flight SQ368 took off at around 02.05am but had to turn back after pilots detected an engine warning. The Boeing 777-300ER safely landed at about 06.50am but its right wing went ablaze shortly after with all 222 passengers and 19 crew still onboard.

Airport emergency services were activated and put out the flames caused by a fuel leak. Passengers then disembarked via stairs with no one injured. SIA said that passengers will be transferred to another aircraft which is expected to depart for Milan on the same day.

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Fire Fire Burn So High!

Her flat had been gutted by a fire and her maid taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

Worried that her maid would have no clothes to wear after she was discharged, Mrs Gina Ong said she bought new clothes for her.

"But police told me not to see her," the 32-year-old interior designer added.

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