Jaar: 2017

Earthquake in Turkey and Greece leaves at least two dead in Kos, 200 injured

6.7 magnitude quake struck overnight between Bodrum and Greek islands, injuring 200 people and sending residents and tourists running into the streets

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.7 has killed at least two people on the island of Kos and injured 200 in Greek and Turkish coastal towns.

The quake struck near major tourist destinations around the Aegean sea in the early hours of Friday, Turkish and Greek officials said. Around 200 people have been injured, officials said, with at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors earthquakes, said it was a very shallow quake – only 10km (6.2 miles) below the seabed – off the southwestern coastal city of Marmaris in the Mugla province. The epicentre was just 10km south of the Turkish resort of Bodrum and 16km east-northeast of Kos. Read more

Updated: 21/07/2017 — 06:25

Experts to drill into Indian earthquake hotspot sparking mega-quake alarm

SEISMOLOGISTS are drilling into an earthquake hotspot in India, sparking fears that it could lead to huge tremor.

Experts to drill into Indian earthquake hotspot sparking mega-quake alarm | Getty

Indian scientists are going to bore a hole into a site where earthquakes frequently occur in a bid to determine whether they are caused by nearby water reservoirs.

Experts have been drilling into a mountain side in the Western state of Maharashtra where there is a nearby hydroelectric dam.

In 1962, an earthquake at the dam caused the reservoir to be filled with more than a trillion litres of water. Read more

Updated: 21/07/2017 — 00:59

Volcanic Eruption Could Threaten Tanzania’s Trackways

(Cynthia M. Liutkus-Pierce)

ARUSHA, TANZANIA—Two sets of hominin footprints could be lost if the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano erupts, according to a report in New Scientist. Scientists studying tremors in East Africa’s Rift Valley say the volcano, which has a widening crack on its west side, could erupt at any time. A set of 400 human footprints dating back 19,000 years is located just ten miles away from the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano at Engare Sero. The 3.7-million-year-old Laetoli hominin footprints are located a safer 70 miles away. Read more

Updated: 21/07/2017 — 00:54

13 killed in cloudbursts, flash floods, landslide in J&K

While 11 people have been rescued from the debris, many others are feared trapped and the toll is likely to rise, police said.

Jammu: Thirteen people were killed and 11 injured in separate incidents of cloudbursts, flash floods and a landslide in Doda, Kishtwar and Udhampur districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Six persons were killed and 11 injured after flash floods triggered by a cloudburst wreaked havoc in Thathri town of Doda district today inundating vast areas along the Batote- Kishtwar National Highway and washing away half a dozen houses. Read more

Updated: 21/07/2017 — 00:49

Road-widening project causes landslide in Baguio

Soil eroded under a house’s backyard after a landslide was caused by a road-widening project in Baguio City, Wednesday.

BAGUIO CITY – A landslide occurred in the backyard of one of the houses in Barangay Upper QM, Baguio City on Wednesday.

The landslide was caused by an ongoing road-widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Joy Diaz, the owner of the backyard, said she felt unsafe after the landslide.

While the project is for the betterment of their area, she said the government should ensure their safety and make the residents’ wellness one of the government’s priorities. Read more

Updated: 21/07/2017 — 00:46

Flash floods soak La Crosse area; more rain forecast for Friday

A man carries a boy down a flooded Main St. in downtown Arcadia Thursday where up to 10 inches of rain fell causing Turton Creek to flood. | Peter Thomson, La Crosse Tribune

No one was injured but nearly every major roadway was damaged by thunderstorms that pounded the La Crosse region Wednesday night and Thursday morning with up to 7 inches of rain, winds of 60 mph and flash flooding.

Meanwhile authorities are bracing for more rain expected to fall Friday even as rivers continue to rise.

Emergency crews rescued at least three people from flooded homes, La Crosse County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf said. Read more

Updated: 21/07/2017 — 00:41
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