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Cow Skull

Record cold kills cattle and rice in Vietnam

Record-setting cold weather has killed more than 8,000 cattle and 100,000 hectares of paddy rice in northern Vietnam since mid-January, officials said Tuesday. Most of the cattle have died in northern mountainous provinces, where temperatures during the month-long cold spell have sometimes dropped to below zero Celsius, a rarity in Vietnam.


Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Hits Nevada


A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck near the town of Wells in northeastern Nevada at dawn on Thursday, shaking residents in their beds and causing some damage, the U.S. Geological Survey and residents reported.

"It lasted about 10-15 seconds," area resident Susan Shaw told Reuters by telephone. "I live about 20 miles from Wells and it shook the whole house. It was scary but there was no major damage."

Nevada Earthquake
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Nevada on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Evil Rays

Norway's biggest quake hits Svalbard archipelago

An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude -- the biggest in Norwegian history -- jolted the sparsely populated Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic on Wednesday night, the Norsar seismic research institute said on Thursday.

"This is the biggest earthquake on Norwegian territory in history," the institute said in a statement.


Philippine floods leave 12 dead, 100,000 displaced

At least 12 people have been killed and more than 100,000 displaced by flash floods and landslides as heavy rain lashed the central Philippines, relief workers said Thursday.

The military has begun flying relief supplies to some of the worst affected areas and rescuing residents trapped by rising flood waters.

Better Earth

Total lunar eclipse to turn Moon red

A total eclipse will turn the Moon red in the small hours of Thursday morning for about an hour.


New freezing weather hits Saudi Arabia

Northern regions of Saudi Arabia have been hit by the second cold spell this winter, the Al-Watan daily said on Wednesday.

This winter is said to be the coldest in Saudi Arabia in 30 years.

Temperatures in northern and northwestern parts of the country plunged to -5 degrees Centigrade (23 Fahrenheit) with bitterly cold winds raging at speeds of 60 km/ph (37 m/ph). Local residents are staying indoors whenever possible amid fears of hypothermia.


Cold spell claims over 1,100 lives in Afghanistan

The amount of people killed by freak freezing weather in Afghanistan since December last year has risen to over 1,100, the country's Ministry for Emergency Situations said on Wednesday.

This winter is the coldest in the last 30 years in Afghanistan, with temperatures reaching lows of -30 degrees Centigrade (-22 Fahrenheit) in 17 of the country's 34 provinces, national weather authorities said.

Bizarro Earth

Major earthquake off coast of Greece

Greece was just hit by its second major earthquake in less than a week.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 6.2 temblor was centered about 140 miles southwest of Athens. A quake with the same strength was recorded in that area on Valentine's Day.

Earlier today, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake shook Indonesia. Reuters says it killed at least three people and injured more than two dozen others.


Update: Three killed by Indonesian quake

At least three people have been killed and 25 seriously injured by a 7.5-magnitude quake near Indonesia's western Aceh province, officials say.

Indonesia Quake

Bizarro Earth

Strong quake strikes near Indonesia's Aceh

Jakarta - A 7.5 magnitude quake struck off Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no reports of deaths or casualties and no local tsunami warning was issued.