Regional Public Radio: The Land Down Under Dec 29, 2019 19:42:33 GMT
Post by studentloandebt on Dec 29, 2019 19:42:33 GMT
Hi, I'm Polo Wormman, this is The Globe.
Dangers of Reagent
Summer in the southern hemisphere is allowing primary sector businesses and unions access to areas that are hard to reach outside the summer months, specifically the cold southern side of the Turink Mountains in Debsia. Being geographically difficult to access, these lands are relatively isolated and untouched by humanity, making it one of the most resource plentiful areas on the planet. However, that may soon change after a large deposit of Reagent Crystals were discovered in the region, spurring companies and unions to move in. Long lasting reagent crystals are not common on the market due to their difficulty in accessing, being mainly located in cold and high elevation areas, making them a lucrative product to sell at a high price.
Despite the warmer temperatures making travel to the area less blocked by snow and ice, the area is still difficult to access with there being no roads, ports, nor airstrips to land planes, along with the Turink Mountains to the north making land and air travel harder as well. The most accessible and common way to enter the area is by water, with companies sending supplies and crews on large cargo ships sailing through the Suceavija Sea. This poses its own risks, however. The Connolly Circumpolar Current is one of the fastest oceans currents in the world and can make the water dangerous to sail in as well as slowing the speed of ships sailing from the east, costing more fuel and going through resources like food and supplies quicker. To avoid going against the current, many sail from the west instead, making port at the nation of Dekks and continuing on. However, that comes with its own risk as well. With most of the Suceavija Sea being within the Connolly Circle, ice bergs and sea ice, even in the summer months, pose risks to sailors who spend more time in the Connolly Circle if heading from the west instead of the east.
That is not stopping the Invisible Hand, however. Armed with thick siding and large ice breaker, the SS Invisible Hand, one of the many ships navigating into the area, is carrying over 2,000 miners to the area to begin work while the temperatures are high enough. Crews and companies will only have a limited amount of time of a few months to work before temperatures lower to allow sea ice to build up again, which can trap anyone in the area for months with little chance of rescue or resupply.
Cruise Ship Sinks Off Coast of Suceavalgid
Already there have been accidents in the Suceavija Sea this season. A cruise ship, the Southern Iceberg, hit an iceberg yesterday. More than 200 passengers and crew took to lifeboats after their cruise ship slammed into an iceberg and sank off the coast Suceavalgid. All 207 passengers and crew spent about three hours on lifeboats before they were rescued by a passing ocean liner. Captain Victor Powell told RPR by phone: "Everyone is in good condition. No hypothermia developed, everyone has food and clothes. Everything is ok."
The ocean Liner SS Margret, transporting workers in our previous story, took the passengers to a Dekksian military base for an overnight stay, a military spokesman told reporters today.
The Debtian company Polar Sights that ran the ill-fated cruise said it was making arrangements to fly all 207 passengers to their respective home countries.
"Their families have been contacted and they have been able to talk to loved ones They're all in good spirits," said Polar Sights spokesperson Taylor Ghonson "We're going to work out arrangements for flying them back home".
Large Earthquake Possible In Future
For the past few weeks, scientists have been detecting seismic energy coming from Suceavalgid. These small quakes, while not large enough to cause large damage or even be noticeable to humans, are appearing in large enough number that it has raised concerns among seismologists. They warn that it could be sign of a possibly large earthquake in the near future. A Xingalese Observatory had this to say "Predicting earthquakes is a difficult thing to do because there are not many signs of when one will occur. However, the sudden seismological activity from a relatively inactive region is cause for concern." In reaction to this, the Iskarian nation of Dimmsdab has seen a sudden rise in earthquake insurance prices in reaction to seismic activity that is on the other side of the globe from them.
I'm Polo Wormman, this is The Globe.