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Earthquake Of 6.2 Magnitude Strikes Off Coast Of Japan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck off the northeast coast of japan late on Thursday, local time, with buildings swaying in Tokyo and elsewhere. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that there was no danger from a tsunami, and they had not had any immediate reports of damage or injuries. However, they did say that there could be a slight change in the level of the sea because of the quake. According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicentre was 156 km northeast of Tokyo, and was at a depth of 10 km, occurring at 5pm local time. The Tokyo Electric Power Company said there was no new damage to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant which was hit so hard by the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March which killed … Read entire article »

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Utah Biker Saved From Fiery Crash By Passersby

On Monday a Utah motor cyclist was saved from a fiery crash by passersby who took the time, and put their own lives at risk to save the man who was trapped beneath a burning car. So many times, people have chosen not to get involved in situations, but this was one time that turned out well, thanks to the bravery of some students, and other passersby. Brandon Wright was riding his motor cycle to school at the Utah State University when he was involved in a collision with his bike hitting the car’s hood, but Wright himself ended up pinned underneath the car. Chris Garff a university staffer, saw the smoke, and video taped the scene from indoors, and watched as students rushed to try to tip the car. The first attempt … Read entire article »

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U.S. Hikers held For Two Years To Be Freed By Iran

On Tuesday it was announced that the two Americans who have been held in jail in Iran for two years are to be allowed to go free, once the bail of $500,000 is paid for each of them.  According to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal who are now both 29, could be released in just a few days, although they had been sentenced to eight years in jail for spying and crossing the border illegally. The two friends were hiking back in 2009 along with Sarah Shourd when they strayed across an unmarked border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan, and were arrested by security officers from Iran. The three were jailed, but Shourd was released in September of last year because of health issues, once the sum … Read entire article »

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82 Victims Killed In Petrol Pipeline Explosion In Kenya, So Far

A petrol pipeline leak in Nairobi, Kenya led to an explosion and fire which has killed at least 82 people, while injuring over 115 others. An oil spill at a Kenya Pipeline Company depot in Nairobi resulted in many in the informal settlement close by trying to collect the petrol in any containers they could. The spill passed through a slum area, and people did not want to waste this precious fuel. It is thought that the explosion occurred when the wind changed direction, and blew sparks over the petroleum fuel from the garbage fires which are constantly burning, leading to the explosion and fire. Many had their clothing set on fire, and jumped into the river to try to save themselves. Unfortunately many died in the river. The Red Cross have said … Read entire article »

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Explosion At Nuclear Site In Southern France, But No Radiation Leaked

An explosion at a nuclear waste treatment plant in the south of France has killed one person and injured four others, but the company has reported that there has been no radiation leaked outside of the site. A spokeswoman for Electricite de France said that the Centraco plant which is near Marcoule said there were no chemical leaks or radioactive leaks. In news of the explosion, shares in EDF are reported to have slumped by over seven per cent in Paris. The nuclear plants in France, as in many other countries, are undergoing safety checks as a result of the nuclear disaster in Japan in March of this year, caused by an earthquake and tsunami, to discover whether France’s plants can withstand floods, earthquakes, as well as a loss of power, as … Read entire article »

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Missing 3 Year Old B.C. Boy Returned Home Safely

September 11th will have special memories for the Hebert family, since it was the day that Kienan Hebert was returned home safely between 3 a.m. and 3:15 a.m. into an empty house. His parents were staying with friends during the ordeal which began on Wednesday morning when they went to wake Kienan only to find that he wasn’t in his bed. Frantic searches began, with the police unsure whether Kienan had been sleepwalking, although he had never left the house before while sleep walking, or whether he had been abducted. By 6pm on Wednesday an Amber Alert was issued asking everyone to look out for Kienan and for Randall Hopley, who was a possible suspect. The alert was repeated over and over, in B. C. and spread to Alberta and the United … Read entire article »

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9/11 Remembered At 10 Year Anniversary Of Horrific Attacks

It is an emotional weekend for thousands of Americans, Canadians, British and people in many other countries, as the world remembers the horrors of the terrorism attacks on the United States on 11 September, 2001. Ceremonies were held at Ground Zero in New York with President Obama paying tribute to the thousands who died that day, a day which changed so many lives forever, and not just the lives of Americans. On Saturday, over seven thousand people went to the dedication of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, which is a tribute to the 40 passengers and crew aboard the jet who so bravely fought against their hijackers but who were killed when their plane crashed. The tears are flowing for many as videos and images of that terrible day are replayed … Read entire article »

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Earthquake Shakes Up B.C.

On Friday a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook Zeballos on Vancouver Island, British Columbia at 12;30pm, with shock waves spreading through Metro Vancouver and even south into Seattle. Aftershocks of up to 4.9 followed, and although no injuries or damage was reported, it has shaken up many B.C. residents. There was no tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, although a warning was sent to be prepared for local swells. However, Vancouver Island provincial emergency centres were activated Friday in case they were needed, and the utility companies, BC Hydro and Telus immediately began checking for any damage to their lines. Victoria, the capital of B.C. and Nanaimo did not seem to be affected by the quake which was centered much further north, about 80 km south of Port Alice, in … Read entire article »

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Carson City Shootings At IHOP Leave At Least 2 Dead

Officials in Carson City, Nevada, reported on Tuesday that at around 9 a.m. local time a gunman opened fire in an IHOP restaurant, the International House of Pancakes, killing at least one person before he tried to take his own life. When police responded to a shots fired call they discovered a group of five or six people in the parking lot had been shot, with more victims discovered inside the restaurant. Helicopters were reported to have been flown in to help the injured and fly them to local medical centers for treatment. According to Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, at least two of the people who died were members of the military, which has resulted in extra security being implemented at the military installations nearby. “At this point, seven persons were … Read entire article »

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Western Japan Hit By Typhoon Talas Causing Deaths And Evacuations

Typhoon Talas, one of the deadliest recently made landfall in Japan on Saturday and has left at least 20 people dead, with many more missing, after rivers flooded and swept away buildings and caused landslides which crushed homes. With heavy rains triggering more landslides, the government has ordered the evacuation of 460,000 people in the west and central Japan regions. However, there are hundreds of others reported stranded because of the flooded rivers, and collapsed bridges, and as a result of the record rainfall which has fallen in some areas of Japan, this is the worst storm since 2004. The typhoon has caused record amount of rainfall in some areas, making it the worst storm to hit the country since 2004 when in September over 40 people died and then in October … Read entire article »

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Victoria Cops Wins At World Police and Fire Games In New York

Lane Douglas-Hunt a 24 year old police constable working in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada won the Toughest Competitor Alive competition this week in New York City where the 2011 World Police and Fire Games were being held, and she won this despite being allegedly stabbed by a shoplifter in January 2011. During the alleged attack Douglas-Hunt received severe stab wounds which required surgery to her left hand, and needed months of rehabilitation. She was unable to work out for two months. Guy Hervé Seguin has been charged with attempted murder in the incident which occurred on 17th January, but his trial is not until in February 2012. In a statement, Douglas-Hunt said “It was a long day of competition, but it is so rewarding to come away with the medal. It was … Read entire article »

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NYC Markets Expected to Open On Monday As Usual

The Mayor of New York City,  Michael Bloomberg has said that he expects the stock exchanges to be open for business on Monday, although some of its workers may not be able to get there due to the shut down of transportation systems over the weekend as Tropical Storm Irene passed through the area. The evacuation order for New York City was expected to be lifted at about 3pm EST on Sunday. The opening of the stock exchanges on Wall Street will depend on the amount of damage that is accessed, and the amount of flooding too. Some 62,000 households in New York were without power on Sunday in the afternoon due to the storm which was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it lost some of its … Read entire article »

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Mexico Casino Set On Fire, 52 killed in Monterrey

In what Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon is calling an “aberrant act of terror and barbarity”, the country is reeling after a popular casino, the Casino Royale in Monterrey had gas spread around the bingo area, which was then set alight with Molotov cocktails, killing at least 52 innocent people. Many people were trapped in the casino which is in Mexico’s third largest city. This latest terrorism took place on Thursday afternoon, in what is considered to be an upper middle class area in a casino which caters to bingo and the betting on horse races and sports events. At present, no deaths from gunshot wounds have been reported, and it has been said that most deaths appear to be from smoke inhalation or being crushed to death as others tried to … Read entire article »

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Naoto Kan, Japan’s Prime Minister To Resign On Monday

On Friday the Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced that he is resigning after only 14 months in office, and will officially step down on Monday when the ruling party votes to pick a new leader. This will be Japan’s sixth Prime Minister in just five years. Mr Kan’s approval ratings have plummeted in recent months due to his handling of the earthquake and tsunami which occurred back on 11 March 2011, but was followed by the nuclear crisis, as the Fukushima Power Plant suffered damage and began leaking radioactivity into the air and sea. The resignation was expected, as Kan had promised that he would step down. The Japanese people who have been evacuated from around the Fukushima plant are unhappy with slow recovery efforts, not knowing when they will be … Read entire article »

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Meagan Toothman, Indiana State Fair Victim To Donate Organs

The collapse of a stage and scaffolding at the Indiana State Fair on 13 August this year is claiming another victim, which will bring the number of deaths to seven with over forty injuries, some very serious. Meagan Toothman who is 24, remains on life support with no hope of recovery after high winds estimated to be at 60-70 mph toppled scaffolding and a stage at the fair in Indianapolis causing very serious head injuries to Toothman, and many others. Her family’s website on Monday states that “Late last night it became apparent that our Meagan was no longer with us. The decision was made to allow to her to be at peace. This afternoon she is scheduled for a surgery that will provide gifts of sight, health, and life to dozens … Read entire article »

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Canada’s Opposition Leader Jack Layton Dies At 61 After Battle With Cancer

On Monday, Canada began mourning the loss their Opposition Leader Jack Layton, who lost his battle with cancer, despite his optimism and his fighting spirit that he would be back at work in September. Mr. Layton was a well liked and respected politician, something that cannot be said of many in the political world, and it is going to leave a huge position to be filled in the New Democratic Party, NDP. He announced in July that he was suffering from a new cancer, but declined to say what exactly, but he was expecting to beat this latest set back, although at the press conference announcing his sick leave, he appeared very frail and gaunt. The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, had this to say upon hearing of the death of Mr. … Read entire article »

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Storm Blows Over Tents During Pope’s Speech Saturday

It seems that no one is immune to the forces of nature, since on Saturday electrical storms and strong winds blew over tents injuring seven and cut short the Pope’s speech about defending traditional marriage during events at the World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid, Spain. Heavy rain soaked the crowd, and one person suffered from a broken leg. Some pilgrims were not able to receive Holy Communion as a result of the temporary chapels being blown over, but also because the sacrament wafers were damaged by the storm. Earlier in the day, the Health services reported that they had needed to treat over 2,000 people, many for heat exhaustion when the temperatures rose above 40C. Pope Benedict XVI spent four days on this visit, one which was not as smooth running as … Read entire article »

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Survivors Return To Utoeya Island Ahead Of A National Day Of Remembrance In Norway

A month after the massacre of 69 people on the island of Utoeya in Norway, hundreds of survivors, along with their relatives and loved ones, and Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg headed to the island to try to come to terms with the horror so they can move forward with their lives. On 22 July, Anders Behring Breivik went to the island after setting off an explosion at the government buildings which killed 7 in the center of Oslo, the capital of Norway, and once there, dressed as a police officer, he gathered people around him, mostly youths attending a summer camp, supposedly to inform them of the bombing, but instead he opened fire. The camp was being held for the youth of the Labour Party which is ruling in Norway. Breivik … Read entire article »

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