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3 mild earthquakes rattle New Hampshire

After people called to report hearing explosions, emergency officials initially thought there had been underground methane gas blasts. But it turns out that New Hampshire actually had three small earthquakes over the weekend.

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Lightning damages Jesus statue

Don't look for any religious symbolism here - it was only a freak act of Mother Nature, says Sister Ilaria.

The nuns at Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden were thanking God on Sunday that no one was hurt when a bolt of lightning shot out of the sky and struck their 33-foot statue of Jesus.

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The statue, damaged Saturday, was sent from Italy in sections in 1954. No one was hurt by the falling pieces.

The lightning bolt broke off one of Jesus' arms and a hand and damaged one of his feet, sending marble plummeting to the ground during a Saturday afternoon storm.


Magnitude 4.2 earthquake shakes Riverside County

A small earthquake shook Riverside County on Friday, although there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The magnitude 4.2 quake struck at 10:11 p.m., about 11 miles north of Indio and about 18 miles east of Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Mudslide fully changes terrain in Kamchatka's Valley of Geysers

A powerful mudslide has fully changed terrain at one of Kamchatka's most remarkable sites, the Valley of Geysers, eyewitnesses who observed the area from aboard a helicopter just minutes after the slide told Itar-Tass.

No one was killed or injured in the calamity. At the moment when the mudslide went down into the valley, a group of 19 tourists and six members of auxiliary personnel were there.

Eyewitnesses said the stream of mud and rocks destroyed two outbuildings in the lower part of the valley.

Mud fully covered a part of the area where the world-famous geysers are located.


Earthquake kills three, injures 290 in south-western China

A strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck an area of south-western China's Yunnan province early Sunday, destroying houses, killing at least three people and injuring nearly 300.

The epicentre of the quake at 5:34 a.m. (2134 GMT Saturday) was at 23.0 degrees north and 101.1 degrees east in Yunnan's Ning'er county, near the border with Myanmar, the China Earthquake Administration said.


Just in time for the G8 summit: Global warming 'is three times faster than worst predictions'

Global warming is accelerating three times more quickly than feared, a series of startling, authoritative studies has revealed.

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Global Warming: They call this a consensus?

"Only an insignificant fraction of scientists deny the global warming crisis. The time for debate is over. The science is settled."

So said Al Gore ... in 1992. Amazingly, he made his claims despite much evidence of their falsity.

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Tornado Tears Through Eastern Iowa

Kelly Goodwin sifted through the rubble of what used to be her kitchen, dazed after a tornado ripped through eastern Iowa and flattened dozens of homes in three communities.

Hours earlier, she was spending a quiet afternoon in her home when she heard the wind howl. She glanced out the window, saw a tree rip from the ground and hurried to the basement.


Argentina cold snap causes energy woes

A cold snap in Argentina led to electricity and natural gas shortages this week, idling factories and taxis and causing sporadic blackouts in the capital.

Beset by the coldest May since 1962, millions of residents fired up space heaters, straining Buenos Aires' electrical grid for three nights and forcing authorities to slash power supply nationwide and briefly cut domestic natural gas provisions and exports to Chile.

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Frog "Juice" May Be Next Big Bug Repellent

Although the chemical known as deet currently dominates the mosquito-repellent market, nature is full of bug-banishing strategies.

Native Americans once smeared goldenseal root on their bodies to ward off bites. And today candles made with oil from citronella grass help keep the bugs away from backyard barbecues.

Now a team of Australian researchers has isolated one of the most effective natural mosquito repellents yet from an unlikely source: smelly frog skin.

Craig Williams is an ecologist at the University of Adelaide in Australia who led the research team.

"Because frogs have delicate skins designed for absorbing water from their environment, they are vulnerable to things like infections, predators, and [parasites that live in skin]," he said

"So frog skin is really a portable pharmacy" full of chemicals for keeping the amphibians healthy.