mercoledì 22 ottobre 2014

Several shots have been fired outside and inside Canada parliament

BREAKING.Several shots have been fired outside and inside the nation's parliament in Ottawa. Witnesses reported seeing a gunman firing at the Ottawa War Memorial and then running toward the government buildings, where more shots were heard. A soldier has been wounded in the attack, Canadian media report.

lunedì 20 ottobre 2014

Nottinghamshire braced for Hurricane Gonzalo

Driving winds and heavy rain are set to batter Nottinghamshire as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo strike later today. The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for the county, with fallen trees and flooding potentially causing rush-hour chaos on Tuesday morning. A Met Office spokesman said: “The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo will run eastwards across the Atlantic, reaching the UK on Monday night,

mercoledì 15 ottobre 2014

‘Monster’ storm as wide as the Atlantic to hit Britain tomorrow

(Picture: NOAA)
Britain is set to be engulfed by a ‘monster storm’ of heavy rain and bad weather over the next five days. The storm, which stretches the entire width of the Atlantic, will bring heavy rain from tomorrow followed by more downpours over the weekend. Despite this, temperatures will be warmer than usual at around 20C due to low pressure to the west of Britain. Met Office forecasts expected up to 16mm of rain to fall an hour over parts of the south west from tonight before sweeping across Wales and along the south coast tomorrow. Thunderstorms are also expected in places.

Hurricane Gonzalo Strengthens on Path to Bermuda | Breaking News

Hurricane Gonzalo Strengthens on Path to Bermuda | Breaking News

martedì 14 ottobre 2014

North California must brace for major earthquake in near future - US Geological Survey

A passerby stops to take a picture of the earthquake-damaged Vintner's Collective building on August 26, 2014 in Napa, California. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / AFP)
Four segments of the San Andreas fault system in Northern California are due for an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 or greater, including a section that runs near infrastructure crucial to water supply in much of the state, according to a geological study.
The Green Valley fault northeast of San Francisco between the cities of Napa and Fairfield is poised for a magnitude-7.1 earthquake or stronger, said researchers from the US Geological Survey and San Francisco State University responsible for the report.
The fault is located near dams and aqueducts that supply water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers to the San Francisco Bay area, Southern California, and the farm-heavy Central Valley. The Green Valley fault’s last quake happened “sometime in the 1600s,” AP reported.
The northern Calaveras and Hayward faults in the eastern San Francisco Bay area, as well as the Rodgers Creek fault to the north, are the other segments with enough built-up tension for a magnitude-6.8 or higher quake, the researchers found.
The study, published Monday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, shows that California "needs to consider more seriously" the major earthquake risks in the region, James Lienkaemper, a US Geological Survey geologist and lead author of the study, told AP.
A passerby stops to take a picture of the earthquake-damaged Vintner's Collective building on August 26, 2014 in Napa, California. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / AFP)
The four segments at risk are part of the San Andreas fault system, the point at which the western half of the state is moving northwest away from the rest of the United States land mass at a rate of about 2 inches per year.
In 2006, a study of the San Andreas system found that it was past due for a major earthquake, one at least magnitude 7.0, especially in the southern section of its reach. The southern region of the fault has not seen a massive quake for around 300 years, the study concluded.
"The information available suggests that the fault is ready for the next big earthquake but exactly when the triggering will happen and when the earthquake will occur we cannot tell [...] It could be tomorrow or it could be 10 years or more from now," said author Yuri Fialko, of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.
Damage to a downtown building is seen after an earthquake in Napa, California August 24, 2014. (Reuters / Stephen Lam)
Damage to a downtown building is seen after an earthquake in Napa, California August 24, 2014. (Reuters / Stephen Lam)
Researchers for the report released Monday gathered data in part from regular readings of fault lines taken by geologists and San Francisco State University students beginning in 1979.

BREAKING: Suspected Case of Ebola in Mobile


UPDATE: The Mobile County Health Department released this statement: Doctors with the Mobile County Health Department on Tuesday afternoon evaluated a patient who reported having gastrointestinal symptoms. The patient also reported having been in contact with people who traveled from the Republic of Congo more than 45 days ago. Because of the patient’s reported symptoms and other factors, health officials decided the individual should be further evaluated by infectious disease specialists at an area hospital.

7.4 quake off El Salvador kills one

A 7.4 earthquake has struck about 106km (66 miles) off the coast of El Salvador, south-east of the city of Usulutan. One person was killed, the quake could be felt across Central America. The mayor of the city of San Miguel in El Salvador posted on Twitter that the one death took place when a man was struck by a falling electricity post. "It felt really powerful, suddenly the whole house started to move," Xiomara Amaya,