Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades – CNN

(CNN)A pair of new studies released on Monday share a same ominous message — that our planet’s ice is melting at an alarming rate, which is bad news for global sea levels.

According to a study led by Eric Rignot from the University of California at Irvine, which looked at details of ice and snow from the entire continent of Antarctica since 1979, Antarctica’s crucial ice sheet has been melting for the entire 39 year period, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

Source: Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades – CNN

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Earth’s North Magnetic Pole Is Moving Faster Than Expected

Northern pole is moving faster than expected, forcing change in navigational models

(NEWSER) – Attention anyone who navigates by compass, be they shipping companies, aircraft, or uber-serious hikers: North may not be where you think it is. The magnetic north, that is. Nature reports that the Earth’s northern magnetic pole has moved so quickly since the last update of an official guide known as the World Magnetic Model in 2015 that scientists are jumping in early to update it again instead of waiting until 2020. The move was supposed to happen on Tuesday, but it will now wait until Jan. 30 because of the government shutdown. It seems the pole, whose movement is notoriously difficult to predict, is speeding away from the Canadian Arctic on its way to Siberia much faster than scientists predicted three years ago.

Source: Earth’s North Magnetic Pole Is Moving Faster Than Expected

Bangladesh election marred by violence – CNN

(CNN)At least 15 people were killed in election-related clashes in Bangladesh on Sunday, local police officials told CNN.

Bangladeshis were voting on whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third consecutive term in an election marred by allegations of human rights abuses by her government.
The military was deployed across the country to try to prevent the violence seen during recent polls, which were tarnished by a low turnout and boycotted by the largest opposition group and its allies.
But nine people were killed in Chittagong division alone on Sunday, police official said.

Source: Bangladesh election marred by violence – CNN

Disaster Relief: U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage after Anchorage Earthquake

The magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Friday morning just outside of Anchorage, causing major infrastructural damage to homes, buildings and roads throughout the city.

“People have had ceilings fall in, furniture fall over and the safety of their homes compromised,” explained John Norris, U-Haul Company of Alaska president.

“This event has created a need for a secure place where people can stow their belongings while they prepare aftershocks and the rebuilding process. We want our neighbors to know that we’re here to help. Our disaster relief program is one way we can give back to the community.”

People seeking additional information or needing to arrange for 30 days free self-storage should contact the nearest participating U-Haul facility:

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With U-Box containers, you can conveniently pick up our custom-designed trailer and take your U-Box with you. U-Haul also can store your U-Box container in our secure warehouses or pick up and deliver it to a location of your choice.

Source: Disaster Relief: U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage after Anchorage Earthquake

Major Earthquake Strikes Anchorage, Alaska; Roads Destroyed, Buildings Cracked | The Weather Channel

The tremor was felt as far away as Fairbanks. Here’s the latest.

At a Glance

  • A major earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday morning.
  • The 7 magnitude tremor heavily damaged roads and left some structural damage.
  • No deaths have been reported as a result of the quake.

Source: Major Earthquake Strikes Anchorage, Alaska; Roads Destroyed, Buildings Cracked | The Weather Channel

Mysterious ripple detected — but not exactly felt — around the world

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -Strange seismic waves rippled around the globe on Nov. 11 — but nobody, including experts here in Hawaii, can quite figure out why.

It started off about 15 miles off the shores of Mayotte, a small French island between Africa and the northern tip of Madagascar, according to this article by National Geographic.

Gerard Fryer at the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Geophysics and Planetology says the seismic frequency doesn’t match that of an earthquake or even magma moving underground.

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits western Iran; 200 injured – Channel4000

(CNN) – At least 200 people were injured in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck near the border with Iraq, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

Sunday’s quake in the western part of the country was about 6 miles deep, the US Geological Survey said.

Buildings were damaged in various rural areas in SarPol-e zahab and Qasr-e-Shirin, causing walls of some homes to fall, says Fars.

Tremors could be felt as far away as Baghdad. Social media users in the Iraqi capital uploaded videos of furniture moving and chandeliers swinging.

The quake was about 12 miles from Sarpol Zahab, Kermanshah province, the USGS said.

Iran sits on a major fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian plates and has had many earthquakes.

Source: Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits western Iran; 200 injured – Channel4000

Trade war: China record surplus with the US in September, Beijing says

A worker transporting steel cables at a steel factory in Nantong, China. 
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A worker transporting steel cables at a steel factory in Nantong, China.

China recorded a record trade surplus of $34.13 billion with the U.S. in September amid intense trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

The world’s two largest economies are locked in a bitter trade dispute, with U.S. President Donald Trump taking issue with his country’s massive trade deficit against China.

For January-September, China’s trade surplus with the United States was $225.79 billion, compared with about $196.01 billion in the same period last year, Reuters calculations showed.

 

Source: Trade war: China record surplus with the US in September, Beijing says

FBI director says bureau is investigating 5,000 terrorism cases across the world – ABC News

“Right now, as I sit here, we’re currently investigating about 5,000 terrorism cases across America and around the world and about a thousand of those cases are homegrown violent extremists and they are in all 50 states,” Wray said in his prepared testimony.

He said the threat of a large scale, big city attack still exists from groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS but homegrown violence is as prevalent as ever.

“National security remains the FBI’s top priority and counterterrorism is still a paramount concern but that threat has changed significantly since 9/11,” Wray said.

Source: FBI director says bureau is investigating 5,000 terrorism cases across the world – ABC News

How an Indonesian teenager who survived 49 days adrift at sea was rescued – YouTube

A teenager has been rescued after surviving for 49 days adrift at sea in a fishing hut. Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, from Sulawesi in Indonesia, works as a lamp keeper on a floating fish trap, known locally as rompong, 125km out at sea. In mid-July, heavy winds snapped its moorings and it drifted to the ocean. The teenager had a few days’ worth of supplies and survived by catching fish and cooking them by burning wood from his hut; he sipped seawater through his clothing to minimise his salt intake. The Indonesian consulate in Osaka said a Panamanian-flagged vessel, MV Arpeggio, picked him up in waters off Guam on 31 August – more than a month and a half later.

Three new ghost-like species found in world’s deepest marine trenches

Freaky sightings from the alien-like world at the bottom of the oceans.

Thousands of meters below the ocean’s surface in the deep trenches, everything is in pitch black and the pressure can be up to a thousand times greater than at the sea level. This unexplored environment looks and feels like it’s from an alien planet — and the creatures that inhabit it are no different. Three new such species — translucent, scaleless, ghost-like creatures — were recently fished out of the bottoms of the ocean, off the coasts of Peru and Chile.

Atacama snailfish. Credit: Newcastle University.

Source: Three new ghost-like species found in world’s deepest marine trenches

Buildings are evacuated as powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Venezuela | Daily Mail Online

A powerful earthquake has rocked the Carribean and South America, as the first images of the devastation begin to emerge.

A tremor has shaken eastern Venezuela through to Colombia and Trinidad, causing buildings to be evacuated in Caracas and Bogata.

Cars have been flattened by collapsing walls, supermarket shelves have been completely wiped out and gaping holes in the ground have begun to emerge in Trinidad.

The quake has been placed at a 7.3 magnitude with its epicentre being 13 miles southwest of Irapa, the U.S. Geological Survey says.

Source: Buildings are evacuated as powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Venezuela | Daily Mail Online