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All bodies recovered after Kyrgyz landslide

Kyrgyzstan landslide
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The bodies of the 16 people who died when a landslide hit a village in south Kyrgyzstan's Jalal-Abad province have been recovered by rescue workers, an emergency services spokesman said on Friday.

The landslide occurred early on Thursday, and buried five homes in the village. Nine children were among the dead.


22 dead in earthquakes in Afghanistan

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Reduced to rubble: An Afghan man stands amid the destroyed houses in Sherzad, following an earthquake in the districts of Khogyani and Sherzad in Nangarhar province, on Friday.
Bhezad Kheil - Two earthquakes shook eastern Afghanistan early Friday, collapsing mud-brick homes on top of villagers while they slept and killing at least 22 people.

The quakes hit four villages in the high mountains of the eastern province of Nangarhar, about 50 km from the Pakistan border.

Afghanistan's Hindu Kush mountain range is hit by dozens of minor earthquakes each year. Many Afghan homes are made of dried mud, so even moderate earthquakes can cause many deaths and major damage to infrastructure. The poverty-stricken nation is also battling a strengthened Taliban insurgency and another four people were killed in attacks on Friday.

Shafiqullah, from the village of Bhezad Kheil, said 21 people were buried in a cemetery following the quake, including two of his young neighbors. Nijad, 10, and Sima, 7, both died after the roof above their second-story bedroom collapsed, raining down wood beams and chunks of mud, he said.

"There were two shakes," said Shafiqullah, 30. "The first shake was very strong, when everyone was asleep. The first shake destroyed everything. Then the crying and the shouting started."


Two more quakes hit Indonesia

Two more earthquakes, both 5.3 magnitude, hit South Pagai on the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia's West Sumatra early Friday, weather officials said.

The quakes followed a 6.0-magnitude tremor Thursday that shook island residents but caused no injuries or damage, as also was the case on Friday, the Jakarta Post said.


USGS: 6.0 quake strikes off coast of Chile

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Chile.

The USGS says the temblor had a magnitude of 6.0 and hit a little after 10 p.m. local time Thursday (0200 GMT Friday).


Earthquakes reported in Israel, Lebanon, West Bank

Ten small earthquakes hit northern Israel, southern Lebanon and parts of the northern West Bank Friday afternoon, the largest of which measured 4.2 on the Richter scale.

The Geophysical Institute of Israel (GII) said the largest of the quakes occurred at 2:04pm. No damage has been reported.


EPA Proposes Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposal today finding greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public's health and welfare, a determination that could trigger a series of sweeping regulations affecting everything from vehicles to coal-fired power plants.

In a statement issued at noon, EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson said, "This finding confirms that greenhouse gas pollution is a serious problem now and for future generations."

She added, "This pollution problem has a solution - one that will create millions of green jobs and end our country's dependence on foreign oil."

Comment: While the emissions produced by unregulated industries do cause real and painful impacts on peoples' health and the environment, their disputed impact on "global warming" neglects a huge piece of the puzzle:

Forget About Global Warming: We're One Step Away From Extinction!


New Bigfoot activity noted in Siberia

More evidence of the abominable snowman (more politely known as a Yeti or Bigfoot) has been uncovered in Russia's Kemerovo Region in southwestern Siberia, the Moscow newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reports.

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Vladimir Makut, a local administrator in the Tashtagol district of Kemerovo Region, noted in an interview with the newspaper that sightings of unusual large creatures in the area date far back into Soviet times, when the area contained several prison colonies. The creatures inspired such dread that the prisoners sometimes refused to go out to work. The local native people, the Shors, also have numerous legends about wild "dark people." Specialists note, however, that, historically, more yeti activity has been recorded in neighboring regions. The Soviet Academy of Sciences even set up a commission to investigate those reports in 1958. It concluded that Altai, which Tashtagol borders on, is a breeding ground for the creature. There the yetis have been sighted in pairs and yeti children have been seen.


Wolf that traveled 1,000 miles to Colorado found dead

Denver - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Colorado Division of Wildlife says a gray wolf that wandered into Colorado from Montana has died, but they are still trying to figure out what happened to it.

The female wolf was being tracked by a GPS collar as it traveled from Montana through three other states, a journey of nearly 1,000 miles, before it ended up in Colorado. She was only 18 months old when she separated from her pack just north of Yellowstone National Park in September.

Better Earth

Polar 'bugs' may explain how life survived snowball Earth

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Analysing DNA fragments from the "blood falls" has revealed that the bacteria survive on organic compounds trapped with them all those years ago that will eventually run out.
A bacterial lost world trapped beneath Antarctic ice may help explain how life persisted during the "snowball Earth" period when almost all of the globe's surface was frozen over.

Isolated for at least 1.5 million years from close relatives that live in the ocean, the Antarctic microbes live in a super-salty lake sealed with a 400-metre slab of ice, called Taylor Glacier. But each summer, the temperature warms enough for a trickle of extremely cold water to flow to the surface.

Antarctic explorers and scientists noted the deep red colour left by these flows, created by iron in the water, and called them "blood falls".

Bizarro Earth

The Consequences of 'Drill, Baby Drill': More Than 90 Oil Spills a Day in the U.S.

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And that's just the fraction of reported spills. While big tanker disasters make the headlines, the daily toll of the oil industry is huge.

The 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska on March 24 got much attention, including reports that significant oil still pollutes the area and many fish and animal species and the Alaska Native economies that relied on them have still not recovered.

Meanwhile, the captain of the Cosco Busan oil tanker which slammed into San Francisco's Bay Bridge and caused a major spill in November 2007 is currently on trial.