Earth ChangesS


Flood death toll hits 7 in Romania

The number of dead from floods in eastern Romania rose to seven on Friday with one person still missing, authorities said after torrential rains ceased.

Heavy rains have washed away dozens of homes in Vrancea, Bacau and Vaslui counties since Wednesday, forcing hundreds out of their homes.


"The death toll has risen to seven people, one is still missing and 1,391 persons were evacuated," said deputy interior minister Victor Dobre.


Tremors rattle Taiwan's capital

Two strong tremors rattled Taiwan's capital early on Friday, officials and witnesses said, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the first quake at 6.5 at 01:51 am local time. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said a second tremor followed four minutes later with a magnitude of 5.7.

Red Flag

Dead Sharks Wash Ashore on Ore. Beaches

NEWPORT, Ore. - A number of young sharks are washing up dead on Oregon's beaches this summer, but researchers are unsure why.

The dead sharks reports started in mid-August, said Bill Hanshumaker, public marine education specialist at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Cloud Lightning

1 missing as heavy rains fall on much of Texas

Much of North Central Texas was under a flood warning and authorities were searching for a woman swept away by moving water after torrential rains inundated several areas early Wednesday.

Searchers were combing a creek in the San Antonio suburb of Helotes for a 29-year-old woman. Police say the woman, Christina Marie French, and her 24-year-old male companion escaped early Wednesday morning from a car that was swept from a flooded bridge. They were clinging to branches, waiting for help. The man was rescued, but the woman was swept away by the flood waters.

Bizarro Earth

Another earthquake shakes Mexico's Gulf of California

An earthquake hit Mexico's Gulf of California on Tuesday, not far from the site of a stronger quake recorded on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The magnitude 5 quake hit about 100 miles north of the resort of Los Cabos on the tip of Baja California, at a depth of 6.2 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

An earthquake hit Mexico's Gulf of California on Tuesday, not far from the site of a stronger quake recorded on Saturday.

Cloud Lightning

Strong typhoon closes in on Tokyo

A strong typhoon closed in on Tokyo Thursday, bringing downpours and gusts that injured 18 people and disrupted hundreds of flights, officials and reports said.

Japan went on alert for landslides and floods as it braced for Typhoon Fitow, which is expected to hit the capital and its vicinity by early Friday.



New virus, Israeli acute paralysis virus, may be killing bees

WASHINGTON - A newly discovered virus may be killing bees or may be making some bees vulnerable enough to disappear, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

While the virus probably does not alone account for what scientists call colony collapse disorder, or CCD, it could help explain what is happening to bees across the United States, they said.

The virus, called Israeli acute paralysis virus, or IAPV, was discovered in Israel in 2004 and is new to science.


Emergency regime announced in Tuva over forest fires

An emergency regime has been announced in four regions of Tuva, republic in south-central Siberia, over big forest fires, a duty officer of the republic's forest agency told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

Over the past 24 hours the number of fire beds increased from 32 to 36 scorching big acreage of 1,900 hectares. Dry weather triggered Tuva's forest fires in late August.

Local weather forecasters say heat waves exceeding 30 degrees above zero will continue and no rains are expected.

Cloud Lightning

Felix's Toll Rises, Henriette in Mexico

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua - Doctors threw together a makeshift clinic Wednesday to tend to the injured after powerful Hurricane Felix flooded their hospital and wrecked villages on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast. Remnants of the storm drenched Central America in rain and the death toll rose to at least 18 with dozens more missing.


Brilliant! Wrong Fish Used to Save Species

©AP Photos/Colorado Division of Wildlife
These undated photos show the endangered greenback cutthroat trout, left, and the Colorado River cutthroat trout , right.

DENVER - A 20-year government effort to restore the population of an endangered native trout in Colorado has made little progress because biologists have been stocking some of the waterways with the wrong fish, a new study says.