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Powerful earthquake shakes China

chengdu quake china
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Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for "all-out" efforts to rescue victims of an earthquake measuring 7.8 that has hit south-west China, say reports.

The quake struck 57 miles (92km) north-west of Sichuan's provincial capital, Chengdu, at 1428 (0628 GMT).

China's state-run Xinhua news agency said Premier Wen Jiabao was travelling to the area and troops were being sent to help with disaster relief efforts.

The extent of the damage is not clear and there are no casualty reports yet.

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Tornadoes kill at least 22 across US

Rescue crews on Sunday searched through rubble for survivors a day after tornadoes tore across the United States killing at least 22 people and shattering homes and businesses, officials said.

US President George W. Bush called it a "sad day" for devastated communities in the states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Georgia and promised emergency federal aid.

Missouri's department of emergency management said 14 people were confirmed dead in the state, with scores more injured.

"We are still conducting some search and rescue today," department spokeswoman Susie Stonner told AFP, adding that some of the injured were "in hospital in critical condition."

Numerous tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma late Saturday as the storms ripped across the state at 35-45 miles per hour (55-70 kmh), killing seven in the area near the town of Picher, the Oklahoma department of emergency management said. Some 150 people were injured.


Volcano's Deadly Ash Harming Stranded Animals in Chile

Tens of thousands of animals have been trapped under a blanket of deadly ash in the aftermath of a volcanic eruption in southern Chile.

The long-dormant Chaitén volcano began spewing an enormous plume of ash visible from space and scattered debris over towns and villages on May 2.

Residents within a 30-mile (50-kilometer) radius of the volcano were forced to evacuate the area, which includes Chaitén - the town nearest the volcano - as well as the Futaleufú Valley, a rural zone populated largely by small farmers.

©AP Photo/Mario Mendoza
Abandoned cattle are seen under a plume of smoke from the nearby Chaitén volcano on May 6, 2008.

Many small farmers were forced to leave their livestock behind as the volcano - which erupted May 2 - continued to spew fiery debris.

On Thursday the Chilean government announced a plan to evacuate the animals, the only source of income for many local residents.


Even More Evidence Global Warming is a Joke

Recommended for your reading: Are Global Warmists Pulling a Cool Fast One? by Marc Sheppard. This article is published online in the American Thinker, one of the best blogs in existence.



Are Global Warmists Pulling a Cool Fast One?

Mounting evidence of lower temperature trends despite rising atmospheric CO2 levels is becoming a real problem for the greenhouse gas crowd. And reports that the cooling appears to follow a period of dormant solar activity aren't likely to ease their anxieties.

Indeed, without an immediate alarmist course correction, years of "the science is settled" campaigning could prove for naught, as prolonged temperature dips decimate the primary anthropogenic argument. After all, Lord Gore has shouted the IPCC's proclamation of a 0.3°C warming over the next decade from virtually every rooftop. Given new data projecting the contrary, he and his green hordes will need to find a way to not only explain the error, but keep the AGW dream alive.

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India: Lightning kills 11 in Malda & Siliguri

Lightning killed 11 persons in north Bengal as a Nor'wester raged through the region this afternoon.

Ten of the victims, including a CPM panchayat poll candidate, were from Malda.

Taking a break from a hectic campaign schedule, Habibur Rehman, 42, contesting from the Bhado gram panchayat, was sipping tea at a roadside stall, when a bolt from the sky struck him. He died on the spot.

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19 dead in Missouri, Oklahoma after new round of tornadoes

Picher tornado

Many have fled this depressed, pollution-scarred mining town. Those who have chosen to stay or have not yet relocated face a new heartache. A tornado ripped through a 20-block swath of Picher late Saturday afternoon, killing at least seven people. The same storm system then moved into southwest Missouri where tornadoes took the lives of at least 12 others, authorities said.


6.7 undersea quake near Guam; no damage reported

The U.S. Geological Survey says an undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 has shaken Guam.

There were no immediate reports of damage in the U.S. territory Saturday morning. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu says the quake failed to generate a destructive, widespread tsunami.


Vermont, US : Local bees skirt colony collapse

Commercially managed bee hives continue to suffer from a mysterious loss across the country, though local beekeepers say the situation in Vermont is stable.

A survey released this week by the Apiary Inspectors of America found that the nation's beekeepers lost about 32 percent of their hives since last year.

Bees play an important role in pollinating fruit trees and bushes and hive operators travel with their bees to commercial growers around the country when flowers are in bloom.


Burma: The river of death

For the people living alongside the Payapon river - a branch of the mighty Irrawaddy - the slow-moving waters have always been a sustainer of life. The river has provided irrigation for their crops, as well as clean, sweet water for washing and bathing, and the fish from which so many of them make their livelihoods.