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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 84km SW of Iquique, Chile

Iquique Quake_100414
Event Time
2014-04-11 00:01:44 UTC
2014-04-10 19:01:44 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
20.748°S 70.724°W depth=17.5km (10.9mi)

Nearby Cities
84km (52mi) SW of Iquique, Chile
158km (98mi) NNW of Tocopilla, Chile
255km (158mi) S of Arica, Chile
265km (165mi) NW of Calama, Chile
542km (337mi) SSW of La Paz, Bolivia

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.1 - 10km W of Valle San Francisco, Nicaragua

Valle San Francisco Quake_100414
Event Time
2014-04-10 23:27:46 UTC
2014-04-10 17:27:46 UTC-06:00 at epicenter

12.514°N 86.379°W depth=13.0km (8.1mi)

Nearby Cities
10km (6mi) W of Valle San Francisco, Nicaragua
34km (21mi) NE of Nagarote, Nicaragua
36km (22mi) SW of Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua
37km (23mi) ENE of La Paz Centro, Nicaragua
44km (27mi) NNW of Managua, Nicaragua

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More mystery explosions in London shake homes

Loud Bang
© Nigel Sutton
Will Wheatcroft heard another loud bang on Monday night at 10pm.

Noise experts are scratching their heads over mysterious "explosions" in Highgate - after dozens of residents reported hearing 
another loud bang this week.

People living in the Shepherd's Hill and Archway Road area of Highgate said they heard a loud explosion noise - similar to a bomb or gas explosion - just 
before 10pm on Monday.

Last week, the Ham&High reported that residents in Highgate have been hearing the loud booming sounds for about 18 months.

Officers from Haringey Council's noise team are investigating but the local authority has been left baffled by the phenomenon.

Will Wheatcroft, 31, said he heard the latest "very loud explosion" while sitting on the sofa with his fiancée Stephanie in his Stanhope Road home.

"Really it sounded like a car bomb or a gas explosion," he said. "It made us turn around and say, 'What the hell was that?'

"I expected to hear sirens a few minutes afterwards, but there weren't any. After reading the Ham&High, I can now understand why, because it happens a lot."

Residents in Muswell Hill and Crouch End have also reported hearing the noises, that are said to be so loud they shake the foundations of their homes.

One Twitter user reported hearing another loud bang on Tuesday night at about 10pm in Crouch End. A couple in Priory Gardens, Highgate, have contacted Haringey police about the sounds.

Comment: Kids with bangers?

As usual the authorities have no clue what they're dealing with. Based on similar reports pouring in from across the US, these booms are probably either seismic or cosmic in nature.


Lovelock sez: Saving the planet from climate change is 'beyond our ability'

James Lovelock
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James Lovelock, who first detected CFCs in the atmosphere and proposed the Gaia hypotheses
The scientist and inventor James Lovelock claims we should stop trying to save the planet from global warming and instead retreat to climate controlled cities

Saving the planet from climate change is 'beyond our ability' and we should stop wasting time trying to tackle global warming, a leading scientist has claimed.

James Lovelock, who first detected CFCs in the atmosphere and proposed the Gaia hypotheses, claims society should retreat to 'climate-controlled cities' and give up on large expanses of land which will become uninhabitable.

Lovelock, who has just published his latest book A Rough Ride To The Future, claims we should be 'strengthening our defences and making a sustainable retreat.'

"We're reaching an age in history where you can no longer predict the future with any hope of success.

"We should give up vainglorious attempts to save the world.

Recently filmed giant oarfish washes up dead on Mexican beach

Rare: The giant Oarfish
The elusive 15ft oarfish was spotted swimming in shallow waters in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico

A giant underwater creature which inspired stories of sea monsters has been filmed by a tourist - but sadly came to a fishy end.

The elusive 15ft oarfish was spotted swimming in shallow waters in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Tour guides from Un-Cruise Adventures, who organised the expedition, were thrilled to get up close to the mysterious creature.

However, after briefly delighting onlookers with its appearance, the oarfish beached itself on nearby Isla San Francisco and died.

Lia Stamatiou, expedition leader for Un-Cruise Adventures said: "I learned about the oarfish as one of those fish you study but never see.

"Seeing it swim up to us on the beach I was completely stunned.

Comment: See also: Rare footage shows two live oarfish swimming near the shore

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Heavy ice likely to have crushed 9 blue whales to death off Newfoundland

© Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans
Blue whale carcasses were spotted on the ice on southwest coast of Newfoundland.

Warning: Disturbing images. Blue whale carcasses were spotted on the ice off the southwest coast of Newfoundland, while a sperm whale carcass washed up on the southeast coast.

Several endangered blue whales have been found dead in ice off Newfoundland - probably crushed to death by ice, says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

DFO said the carcasses of blue whales were spotted last month, stuck in thick ice off of the southwest coast of the island.

Dr. Jack Lawson, a researcher with DFO, told Global News he and a colleague spotted nine dead whales while flying over the ice, about 40 nautical miles west of Cape Anguille. He said they were around 20 metres long - the "length of two school buses."
Cloud Lightning

Powerful cyclone Ita approaches Australia's northeast coast

Cyclone Ita track

Cyclone Ita bears down on northeast Australia.
A powerful hurricane bore down on Australia's northeast coast Thursday, threatening tourism towns, low-lying communities and crops such as sugar cane.

Officials warned that Tropical Cyclone Ita was the most powerful storm to threaten Queensland state in three years. The cyclone - as hurricanes are often known in this part of the world - is expected to batter the coast with destructive winds and damaging flooding by the time it makes landfall late Friday.
Ice Cube

US largest steel mill stands idle due to ice coverage on Lake Superior

Gary works steel mill idle
© AP
Frozen: U.S. Coast Guard a convoy of Great Lakes cargo ships line up to follow an icebreaker on the St. Marys River, which links Lakes Superior and Huron. U.S. Steel said Monday, April 7, 2014 that its largest mill in Gary, Indiana, is on limited production because of a lack of raw materials

U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews kept up their battle on Monday to clear pathways for vessels hauling vital raw materials on the ice-clogged Great Lakes, where a shipping logjam forced a weeklong shutdown of the nation's largest steel factory.

Traffic remained largely at a crawl after a winter that produced some of the heaviest ice on record across the five inland seas, where more than half the surface area remained solid this week.

Icebreaking ships slogging across Lake Superior were still encountering ice layers 2 feet to 3 feet thick. In some areas, wind and wave action created walls of ice up to 14 feet high.

United States Steel Corp.'s plant in Gary, Indiana, had resumed limited operations after receiving a shipment over the weekend of iron ore from a company mill near Detroit, which was sending one additional load, spokeswoman Courtney Boone said.

Two ships were scheduled to arrive Tuesday with ore from mines in northern Minnesota following a two-week voyage across Lake Superior, which ordinarily would take three days.

Other companies were hoping their supplies would be adequate to avoid significant disruptions.

'Nobody's stockpile situation is very good,' said Glen Nekvasil, a spokesman for the Lake Carriers' Association, which represents companies that operate 57 U.S.-flagged freighters on the Great Lakes. 'It's still very slow sledding.'
Arrow Down

Bananageddon: Deadly fungus decimates global banana crop

© Independent
Disease spreads from Asia to Africa and may already have jumped to crucial plantations in Latin America

Scientists have warned that the world's banana crop, worth £26 billion and a crucial part of the diet of more than 400 million people, is facing "disaster" from virulent diseases immune to pesticides or other forms of control.

Alarm at the most potent threat - a fungus known as Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4) - has risen dramatically after it was announced in recent weeks that it has jumped from South-east Asia, where it has already devastated export crops, to Mozambique and Jordan.

A United Nations agency told The Independent that the spread of TR4 represents an "expanded threat to global banana production". Experts said there is a risk that the fungus, for which there is currently no effective treatment, has also already made the leap to the world's most important banana growing areas in Latin America, where the disease threatens to destroy vast plantations of the Cavendish variety. The variety accounts for 95 per cent of the bananas shipped to export markets including the United Kingdom, in a trade worth £5.4bn.
Cloud Grey

Huge strange cloud engulfs Alicante beach in Spain

Unusual phenomenon: The huge cloud which rolled into the city of Alicante form the sea caused concern among some locals at first

A huge cloud was filmed engulfing the main beach in Alicante, causing concern among locals and holidaymakers and prompting debate as to its cause.

The huge white mass is seen rolling across the sands of Albufereta beach, obscuring everything in its path - despite an otherwise cloudless sky.

Some speculated that the cloud was smoke from a fire, while others compared the apocalyptic scenes to the smoke cloud left behind when thousands of firecrackers are set off for the Las Fallas festival in neighboring Valencia.