Live updates- Earthquake of 7.3 magnitude strikes near Iraq-Iran border: Six dead, several injured | The Indian Express

The quake was even felt in the Iranian capital Tehran, with some villages hit by power cuts, Iranian state TV reported.

A massive earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Iraq on Sunday, 103 kms (64 miles) southeast of the city of As-Sulaymaniyah, the US Geological Survey said, reports Reuters. US Geological Survey initially said the quake was of a magnitude 7.2, before revising it to 7.3.

Source: Live updates- Earthquake of 7.3 magnitude strikes near Iraq-Iran border: Six dead, several injured | The Indian Express

Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-quake/strong-earthquake-hits-iraq-and-iran-killing-at-least-145-idUSKBN1DC0VZ?il=0

House-Sized Asteroid 2012 TC4 Passes Earth Safely

Asteroid 2012 TC4 flew within 26,000 miles of Earth on Thursday, giving scientists an opportunity to test their system for detecting possible collisions.

Although the 50- to 100-foot asteroid was not in danger of hitting Earth and wasn’t large enough to survive hitting the atmosphere even if it did approach, scientists could use the close flyby to see if their system works. As of right now, no known asteroid is projected to hit Earth in the next 100 years.

Source: House-Sized Asteroid 2012 TC4 Passes Earth Safely

Build-up to Yellowstone eruption could take just 10 YEARS | Daily Mail Online

Researchers from Arizona State University made the discovery after analysing rocks from Yellowstone’s Lava Creek Tuff – a fossilised deposit of ash from Yellowstone’s last supereruption

Their study revealed trace crystals in the ash which contained details of temperature, pressure and water beneath the volcano.

Speaking to the New York Times, Dr Christy Till, an author of the study, said: ‘We expected that there might be processes happening over thousands of years preceding the eruption.’

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Source: Build-up to Yellowstone eruption could take just 10 YEARS | Daily Mail Online

Warm Antarctica Caves Show Signs of New Species, Study Says – The Daily Beast

Warm caves under Antarctica’s glaciers may be hiding previously undiscovered plant and animal species, scientists say. A new study led by Australian National University revealed an extensive network of warm caves around Mount Erebus, an active volcano in Antarctica. Soil samples taken from the caves turned up traces of DNA that could not be identified, lead researcher Ceridwen Fraser said early Friday. “The results from this study give us a tantalizing glimpse of what might live beneath the ice in Antarctica—there might even be new species of animals and plants,” Fraser said, according to Agence France-Presse.

Soil samples taken from caves around Mount Erebus revealed unrecognizable DNA.

Source: Warm Antarctica Caves Show Signs of New Species, Study Says – The Daily Beast

China’s president urges Trump to use restraint over North Korea

During a phone call with President Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping urged both sides not to do anything that will aggravate tensions, Chinese state media reported.

After a week of threats and counter-threats between Washington and Pyongyang, Xi urged both sides not to do anything that would aggravate tensions, China’s CGTN state television network reported.

Source: China’s president urges Trump to use restraint over North Korea

10 earthquakes recorded in the Sooner State within 24 hours | KFOR.com

OKLAHOMA – At least 10 earthquakes have been recorded in the Sooner State within the past 24 hours.We’ve become fairly used to earthquakes in Oklahoma the past few years, but a recent uptick in the frequency of the earthquakes has some people looking for answers.After a 4.2 quake struck near Edmond Wednesday night, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission said its Induced Seismicity Department and the Oklahoma Geological Survey are investigating the recent quakes.

Source: 10 earthquakes recorded in the Sooner State within 24 hours | KFOR.com

Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care | Fortune.com

What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the idea that the web is open to everyone, meaning that internet service providers can’t block content or intentionally slow down load times for particular websites. The principle, which was initially approved by the FCC in 2010, essentially states that web access is a human right that should be available for all.

Why would internet service providers want to change that?

Because ISPs like ComcastVerizon and AT&T could make a substantial profit by charging users to access certain websites or by charging extra for “fast lanes” that allow internet companies willing to pay to bypass slower bandwidth.

Source: Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care | Fortune.com

Montana Earthquake Is Felt For Hundreds Of Miles Early Thursday : The Two-Way : NPR

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 startled many people out of their sleep in western Montana early Thursday. The shallow quake was felt for hundreds of miles from its epicenter southeast of Lincoln, including in parts of neighboring states and in Canada.

The earthquake was the strongest to hit western Montana in years; it was followed by at least 10 measurable temblors with magnitudes of up to 4.9.

Source: Montana Earthquake Is Felt For Hundreds Of Miles Early Thursday : The Two-Way : NPR

Xi Jinping warns of ‘red line’ as Hong Kong marks 20 years of Chinese rule – CNN.com

China’s President Xi Jinping has warned that efforts “to challenge the power of the central government” in Hong Kong are “absolutely impermissible,” as the former British colony marked 20 years of Chinese rule Saturday.

Story highlights

  • Xi Jinping is making his first visit to Hong Kong since taking power in 2013
  • The city is marking 20 years since the handover from British to Chinese rule

Source: Xi Jinping warns of ‘red line’ as Hong Kong marks 20 years of Chinese rule – CNN.com

At least 19 killed in hotel attack in Somalia’s capital

At least 19 people were killed when Islamist attackers launched a car bomb and gun attack on a busy hotel and adjacent restaurant in the Somali capital, a police officer said on Thursday.

A car driven by a suicide bomber rammed into the Posh Hotel in south Mogadishu on Wednesday evening before gunmen rushed into Pizza House, an adjacent restaurant, and took 20 people hostage. Posh Hotel is the only venue with a discotheque in the capital.

Source: At least 19 killed in hotel attack in Somalia’s capital

California Sea Level Could Rise 10 Feet By End Of This Century | The Huffington Post

Airports, roads, towns and homes could be swamped, a state report says.

A California government council is warning that climate change could cause ocean waters off the coast to rise far higher than previously anticipated ― an increase in sea-level by as much as 10 feet by the end of the century.

This worst-case scenario would destroy airports in Oakland and San Francisco, and would swamp roadways, low-lying bridges, railroad tracks, farmland, beaches and some towns. As many as 42,000 homes would be completely submerged, warns the report released this month by a California Ocean Protection Council advisory team. The council adopted an updated report with higher sea-level estimates on Wednesday.

Source: California Sea Level Could Rise 10 Feet By End Of This Century | The Huffington Post

Brazil prosecutors file charges against former president | Fox News

Sao Paulo state prosecutors say they filed money laundering and misrepresentation charges against former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva because of evidence he and his family unduly benefited from a real estate scheme that adversely affected thousands of families.

Source: Brazil prosecutors file charges against former president | Fox News

 

How to watch the upcoming total solar eclipse across the Pacific

On March 8 and 9, a total solar eclipse will darken the sky over the Pacific Ocean, but unfortunately, not too many people are well placed to see it.

Watch it online

Given few people will be able to see the totality of the eclipse, there are a number of online resources available. Telescope service Slooh will be live streaming the eclipse from an undisclosed location in Indonesia, hosted by astronomer Paul Cox, from March 8, 11 p.m. Universal Time. Panasonic will also live broadcast the event from Ternate Island, Indonesia from Tuesday, March 8, 8 p.m. Universal Time.

Source: How to watch the upcoming total solar eclipse across the Pacific

 

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Major 8.2 magnitude quake strikes southwest of Indonesia

A powerful and shallow earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday.

Source: Major 8.2 magnitude quake strikes southwest of Indonesia

Indonesia Issues Tsunami Warning After Big Quake Strikes

A powerful and shallow 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Service said the temblor was centered “in the ocean” at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning following the event, according to Reuters.

Source: NBC News

Downtown Missoula march will show support for refugees – KPAX.com | Continuous News | Missoula & Western Montana

MISSOULA –Dozens of people are expected to march in downtown Missoula Tuesday evening to show support for Syrian refugees, and to send a message of acceptance.

The march comes after several heated gatherings, especially in Ravalli County last month where hundreds came to express fear and concern over Montana hosting any refugees fleeing the ongoing Syrian Civil War for relocation. Soft Landing Missoula’s march, planned for this evening, is being held in response to that anti-refugee sentiment.

Source: Downtown Missoula march will show support for refugees – KPAX.com | Continuous News | Missoula & Western Montana

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Magnitude-6.2 earthquake jolts Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region, felt in Pakistan | Q13 FOX News

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 17 people were injured in a magnitude-6.2 earthquake that shook the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region Friday, officials said.

The injuries occurred in various localities of Peshawar, Pakistan, about 200 miles from the quake epicenter, according to Peshawar District Officer Muhmand Asim Khan.

The epicenter is in Afghanistan’s Ishkashim district, a mountainous area where the majority of homes are made with mud and are prone to earthquakes. People living in this area are mainly impoverished farmers, Khan said.

More precisely, the quake struck some 25 miles west-southwest of Ashkasham, Afghanistan, and 175 miles northeast of that country’s capital, Kabul, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Another global seismic network, GEOFON, reported on its website that the tremor was slightly stronger as a magnitude 6.3.

That network said the quake was centered about 125 miles deep.

 

 

Source: Magnitude-6.2 earthquake jolts Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region, felt in Pakistan | Q13 FOX News

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