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Greece orders villages evacuated in quake-hit area



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People setup tents at the village of Fostena, Greece, Monday June 9, 2008. Seismologists warned Monday that a strong aftershock was expected in southwestern Greece a day after a powerful earthquake killed two people and injured nearly 150. The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, struck Sunday afternoon near the western port city of Patras, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) west of Athens, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said

Authorities evacuated three villages in southwestern Greece on Monday after seismologists warned that a strong aftershock was expected in areas where a powerful earthquake killed two people and injured more than 200.

Fish

Navy ships' sonar may have led 26 dolphins to their death

Sonar devices on board Naval vessels was today blamed for the death of 26 dolphins who died when they swam up a river in Cornwall.

But initial post-mortem examinations of seven of the animals revealed no clues as to the cause of the mass stranding.

The animals appear to have been well-fed and there were no obvious signs of disease or poisoning.

Dead Dolphin
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British Divers Marine Life Rescue have suggested that the sonar used by military ships had disorientated the Common dolphins.

Bizarro Earth

Ravaged China town flooded as quake lake drains

BEICHUAN - Muddy lake water from a dangerously unstable "quake lake" rushed into the devastated Chinese town of Beichuan on Tuesday, covering about a third of the settlement where the water level was rising fast.

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Soldiers pile up stones to build a temporary dam against the possible coming floods at the earthquake-hit Yong'an town of Anxian County, Sichuan province, June 9, 2008.

Brown water, clumps of trees and occasional vehicles pushing against buildings were moving quickly into low-lying areas of the town, washing away remains of buildings, bodies and valuables left under the rubble.

The water level at the Tangjiashan quake lake formed by China's most devastating earthquake in decades dropped by nearly two meters (seven ft) in one hour on Tuesday, after soldiers used explosives to widen a sluice, Xinhua news agency said.

Cloud Lightning

4 homes washed away in Wisconsin as Midwest rivers swell

LAKE DELTON - Floodwater washed away four houses and threatened dams in Wisconsin on Monday as military crews joined desperate sandbagging operations to hold back Indiana streams surging toward record levels.

Bizarro Earth

At Least 7 Quakes Occur In Northern California Area In 3 Days

DANVILLE ― The East Bay has been rattled by numerous small earthquakes from Friday through Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The most recent jolt occurred at 12:25 a.m. on Sunday with a magnitude of 1.9.

It was the second quake felt within an hour by Contra Costa County residents; a magnitude 1.5 quake struck about 11:50 p.m. on Saturday.

Attention

UK: 21 Dolphins die after mass stranding

Twenty-three dolphins have died after becoming stranded on the Cornish coast.

An RNLI lifeboatman described Porth Creek near Portscatho as a "scene of carnage" after 21 dolphins died there. One was believed to be pregnant.

Stop

At least 60, oil-covered penguins on Uruguayan beaches

At least 60 dead penguins washed up on Uruguay's coast Sunday in an incident that an environmentalist linked to a fuel spill following a boat crash near Montevideo's port days ago.

Another 34 penguins, covered in oil but alive, also appeared on the beaches of this South American nation's southern coast, Richard Tessore of the Fauna Marina environmental group told local online news outlet Observa.

Heart

China Offers Reverse Sterilization to Mothers Who Lost Children in Quake

China is sending a medical team to its earthquake ravaged southwest to offer reverse sterilization surgery for women who lost their only children in the May 12th quake.

China's "one-child" policy limits most families to a single child in most cases and many mothers opt for sterilization surgery after giving birth.

Cloud Lightning

Moderate earthquake hits central Philippines

A magnitude-5.3 earthquake hit Mindoro Occidental province in Southern Luzon, the Philippines, before dawn Sunday, without causing damage or casualties, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Cloud Lightning

Moderate earthquake hits Peru

An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale occurred Saturday in the Pacific Ocean waters near the Peruvian capital Lima. No casualties or property losses have been reported so far.

The epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean waters, some 49 km southeast of the city of Callao, near Lima, a report released by the Peruvian Geophysics Institute said