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Indonesian mud volcano could redirect rivers

LONDON - The collapse of the world's fastest-growing mud volcano could redirect nearby rivers and threaten villages in Indonesia, researchers said on Wednesday.

Bizarro Earth

Minor earthquakes continue to jostle Northern Nevada

RENO -- A magnitude 3.2 earthquake shook Mineral County, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The temblor that struck shortly before 10 p.m. Friday was centered near the historic mining town of Rawhide about 115 miles southeast of Reno, officials with the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Bizarro Earth

6.4 Earthquake hits Philippines

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean off the northern Philippines Sunday morning and was felt as far as southeastern Taiwan, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The epicenter was about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Basco, the capital of the Batan Islands in the Philippines and about 340 miles (550 kilometers) south of Taipei, Taiwan.

Bizarro Earth

China breathes more easily as quake-lake fears ebb

YINGXIU - Fears of a devastating flood from a lake formed by last month's Sichuan earthquake eased on Sunday after hundreds of soldiers and engineers successfully completed a channel to drain away the rising water.

Authorities had evacuated 197,000 people and drawn up plans to move as many as another 1.3 million because of the risks posed by a collapse of the Tangjiashan lake, one of 30 created by landslides touched off by the quake.

bridge over the Fujiang River
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People pass a bridge over the Fujiang River which connects to the Tangjiashan quake-lake in Youxian district of Mianyang, Sichuan Province June 1, 2008.


Colombia landslide kills at least 6, more missing

BOGOTA - Colombian emergency workers and residents used spades and rescue dogs to hunt for victims on Saturday after rains trigged a landslide that killed at least six people when it swept over a poor Medellin neighborhood.

Colombian rescue workers
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Colombian rescue workers search for victims after a flood in Medellin May 31, 2008. Floods triggered by rains destroyed at least 20 homes, killing six people and left 30 missing, authorities said.

Better Earth

China kicks off drive to kick plastic bag habit

BEIJING - China on Sunday became the latest country to declare war on plastic bags in a drive to save energy and protect the environment.

Under new regulations, flimsy bags under 0.025 millimeters thick are banned and shopkeepers must charge for carrier bags. Those found breaking the law face fines and could have their goods confiscated.

Chinese Shopper
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A shopper puts groceries he bought in his own bag after stores in China stopped giving free plastic bags at a supermarket in Beijing June 1, 2008. China is trying to kick a 3 billion-a-day plastic bag habit. The world's most populous nation on Sunday will join a growing list of countries, from Ireland to Bangladesh, that are aiming to change shoppers' habits when a ban on the production of plastic bags under 0.025 millimetres thick comes into force.


Bat die-off in Northeast still mysterious

With white nose syndrome mortality at 90-95 percent, species is threatened.

There'll be fewer bats in backyards across the Northeast this summer after a mysterious ailment drove starving bats from their caves in the dead of winter in a futile, desperate search for insects in the region's frozen, bug-free landscape.


Mysterious Fish Deaths in Georgia

The state is investigating a mysterious substance that apparently killed hundreds of fish in a private pond over Memorial Day weekend.


Report shows little land recovery from Katrina

In the year after hurricanes Katrina and Rita turned 217 square miles of Louisiana's coast into open water, researchers found little in the way of land recovery, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

Officials say the significant land loss is a continuing crisis that calls for serious restoration efforts.

Nineteen additional square miles of land were seen in satellite images in 2006, according to the recently released USGS report.

Cloud Lightning

Tornado tears up homes, trees in Indianapolis, Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - A tornado tore through the east side of Indianapolis, ripping roofs off several apartment buildings, snapping trees and leaving a trail of downed power lines and debris.