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Two Dutch survivors of the recent K2 avalanche got airlifted to a hospital in Pakistan Monday. One other It...
Two Dutch survivors of the recent K2 avalanche got airlifted to a hospital in Pakistan Monday. One other Italian climber reportedly arrived at basecamp Tuesday and will be airlifted once the weather clears. An ice avalache hit the world’s second highest mountain on Friday after 17 climbers from different international expeditions reached the K2 peak together. The avalanche hit at about 5-miles up in the ‘Dead Zone’, taking down the safety ropes meant for the mountain descent. The death toll is currently marked at 11 people. Many climbers consider the K2 to be a more technically challenging summit than the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest. This is the deadliest event on K2 since 1985 when 13 of 27 climbers reportedly died after reaching the top of the mountain. A Los Angeles plot of land reached more than 800-degrees on Friday, causing local firefighters and geologists to survey the 2-acre area north of Fillmore. One theory is that the land is an active landslide that over the past 60-years has trapped particles found in oil products deep in the ground and after the land dried out, oxygen got to the particles and caused combustion. Firefighters got the 800-plus-degree temperature reading after noticing smoke rising through 5-different cracks in the ground. The land is owned by the government and no equipment or buildings exist on it. The ground is now reportedly cooling off and it is not a threat to public safety. This area has recorded extremely high-temperatures several times since 1987. And there’s another extra fee to fly the blue skies. JetBlue Airways announced Monday that it will start charging for travel pillows and blankets on flights 2-hours and longer. With a 7-dollar price tag for both, the company said this kit is for keeps. The carrier stated that the pillow and blanket fabric was developed by CleanBrands and it’s eco-friendly, meaning that it blocks dust mites, pollen, mold spores, and dander. Also in the kit is a 5-dollar coupon to Bed, Bath & Beyond. This kit is the most recent addition to the a-la-carte menu offered by the company to balance increased fuel prices. JetBlue said last month that it expects to earn about 40-million-dollars this year when flyers dish out extra money for a little extra leg room, plus 20-million-bucks for the 15-dollar-fee for a second checked bag, and the company plans to bring in about 50-million-dollars from ticket-change fees.
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