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7.3 Earthquake Located East of the South Sandwich Islands

USGS 2006-01-02 -- A major earthquake occurred at 06:10:49 (UTC) on Monday, January 2, 2006. The magnitude 7.3 event has been located EAST OF THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

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Fires destroy homes as heatwave hits Australia

Raging bushfires have destroyed at least 10 homes and threatened scores more in southeast Australia as a scorching heatwave hit Sydney with its hottest New Year's Day on record.

Temperatures soared up to 47 degrees Celsius (116 degrees Fahrenheit) as hundreds of firefighters backed by aircraft battled the blazes and sweltering residents of coastal cities flocked to the beaches.

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California Storm Prompts Evacuation Plea

NAPA, Calif. (AP) - A powerful storm sent rivers and creeks over their banks and into cities and set off mudslides that blocked major highways across Northern California on Saturday. At least a dozen people had to be rescued from the rushing water, and forecasters were warning of another storm on Sunday.

California officials urged residents along the Napa and Russian rivers and on hillsides to collect their valuables, gather emergency supplies and get out.

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Mount St. Helens releasing lava at astonishing pace

SEATTLE, Washington -- Roughly every three seconds, the equivalent of a large dump truck load of lava -- 10 cubic yards -- oozes into the crater of Mount St. Helens, and with the molten rock comes a steady drumfire of small earthquakes.

The unremitting pace, going on for 15 months now, is uncommon, said U.S. Geological Survey geologist Dave Sherrod. Experts say it is unclear what the activity signifies or how much longer it will continue.

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Strong earthquake jolts Panama

PANAMA CITY, Dec. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale rattled Panama on Friday afternoon, but no major damage or injuries were immediately reported.

The quake was centered in the Pacific Ocean, 335 kilometers southwest of Panama City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center. It was felt across western Panama.

Panamanian officials said there was no immediate fear that the quake could lead to a tsunami.

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Foot-and-mouth outbreak confirmed in Shandong

BEIJING -- An outbreak of Asia Type One foot-and-mouth disease has occurred in Changqing District of Jinan City, capital of east China's Shandong Province, China's Ministry of Agriculture announced on Friday.

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Weather turns warmer after three die in snow and ice

The snowy aftermath to Christmas largely melted away yesterday in a slushy mess and driving rain, but only after claiming at least three more lives as morning blizzards buried cars on east coast roads.

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Tropical Storm Zeta Forms in Atlantic

MIAMI - Tropical Storm Zeta formed Friday in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, another installment in a record-breaking hurricane season that officially ended last month.

Zeta, the 27th storm of the season, formed Friday about 1,000 miles south-southwest of the Azores islands, according to an advisory posted on the National Hurricane Center's Web site. It posed no immediate threat to land.

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Freak Tropical Storm Forms in Atlantic

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Europe Hammered by a Second Snowstorm

VIENNA, Austria - Europe's second snowstorm this week piled drifts onto railway tracks and roads Friday, slowing buses, trains and trams and stranding motorists. At least two people were killed in mass pileups and a week of icy weather was blamed for dozens of other deaths. In Poland, police said 23 people had frozen to death in recent days, with the last victim found Friday.