Breaking: Tsunami warning issued for Hawaii 28 Oct 2012 A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked an island off the west coast of Canada Saturday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center originally said there was no threat to the islands, but a warning was issued later Saturday and remains in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday.
Tsunami Warning Issued for Southern Alaska 28 Oct 2012 A tsunami warning for southern Alaska and northern British Columbia has been downgraded to an advisory, while a warning has been issued for Hawaii. In addition, the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says parts of coastal Oregon and northern California have been placed under a tsunami advisory. The alerts came after the U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit in the Queen Charlotte Islands area Saturday night.
7.7 earthquake hits Haida Gwaii Region 27 Oct 2012 A tsunami warning is in effect for the British Columbia coast after a major magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the Queen Charlotte Islands region at 8:04 p.m. local time Saturday night. The epicenter of the earthquake was located 198 kilometres south-southwest of Prince Rupert at a depth of 10 km in a seismically active region, said the U.S. Geological Survey and Earthquakes Canada, who measured the quake at a magnitude of 7.7. Earthquake Canada initially measured it at magnitude 7.1 but altered their report later Saturday.
16 nuclear plants in Hurricane Sandy's potential path 26 Oct 2012 U.S. electric companies from Maine to Florida are preparing for heavy wind, rain and flooding that could take down power lines and could close some East Coast nuclear plants early next week when Hurricane Sandy comes ashore. There are more than a dozen nuclear plants near Hurricane Sandy's path in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.
NRC Monitors Nuclear Plants in Hurricane's Projected Path 26 Oct 2012 Nuclear reactors in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are being monitored for potential impacts by Hurricane Sandy, a Category 1 storm that may strike anywhere from Delaware to southern New England. "Because of the size of it, we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants," Neil Sheehan, a spokesman based in Philadelphia for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said by phone today. "We will station inspectors at the sites if we know they could be directly impacted." The NRC met earlier today to discuss the necessary precautions to take for the storm, Sheehan said. Plants must begin to shut if wind speeds exceed certain limits, he said.
Radioactive cesium found in West Coast albacore tuna 25 Oct 2012 Oregon State University researchers have found traces of radioactive cesium from last year's Japanese nuclear reactor disaster in West Coast albacore tuna. Scientists from the university and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collected and tested fish caught off the West Coast before and after the [Fukushima nuclear meltdowns], the Longview Daily News reported. The team's findings are in line with work by researchers in California, who announced in May that they had found traces of radioactive cesium in bluefin tuna caught off the southern coast.
60,000 National Guard troops in nine states ready to assist local authorities 28 Oct 2012 More than 50 million people from the mid-Atlantic to New England braced Saturday for a potentially massive storm, as Hurricane Sandy churned northward on a collision course with another storm system that is sweeping in from the west. More than 60,000 National Guard troops in nine states were ready to assist the local authorities... Gov. Chris Christie (R) of New Jersey told residents that they should be prepared to go 7 to 10 days without electricity. [Right, that's so no one in the 'blue states' will be able vote on November 6. --LRP]
Conn. Towns Order Mandatory Evacuations Sunday --Mandatory evacuations underway 27 Oct 2012 Three Connecticut towns have ordered mandatory evacuations for flood-prone areas ahead of Hurricane Sandy. East Haven is asking residents near the shore to begin evacuations starting at 8 a.m., Sunday. Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau has issued a mandatory evacuation for the town's beach area beginning at noon on Sunday. Bridgeport has ordered families out of low-lying areas also starting at noon on Sunday.
NYC moves to protect rail, subway lines 27 Oct 2012 Work was underway Saturday to protect the nation's largest transportation network, the rail and subway lines in and out of New York City, from Hurricane Sandy. The storm headed toward the city held the potential for high winds and heavy rain that could make operating transit lines as well as tunnels and bridges dangerous, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Transit officials were preparing "for the worst," MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said in a statement.
Hurricane Sandy prompts Obama, Romney to cancel Virginia rallies 27 Oct 2012 Hurricane Sandy has prompted the two presidential campaigns to cancel scheduled events in Virginia. Mitt Romney's campaign said it was cancelling scheduled Virginia appearances Sunday at Haymarket, about 35 miles west of Washington, D.C., and in Richmond. Also, The White House said President Barack Obama would be returning to Washington to monitor Sandy's progress after an event in Ohio and thus cancelling a planned northern Virginia event. Obama had planned to attend a rally Monday in Prince William County with former President Bill Clinton.
Pentagon warns WikiLeaks against releasing information about their military prisons 27 Oct 2012 The Pentagon has warned WikiLeaks against releasing information about their military prisons, saying it threatens national security and undermines relationships. [LOL! I think the horse is out of the barn on that one. Here's a link to the documents.]
No letup in carnage in Iraq as day's death toll hits 49 27 Oct 2012 Police and hospital sources say at least 49 people have been killed and 63 others injured in bombings and shooting incidents across Iraq. On Saturday evening, two car bombs detonated in Sadr City on the northeast edge of Baghdad, killing 23 people on the second day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) holiday, Reuters reported. Hours earlier, a roadside bomb planted near an open-air market in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Maama killed seven people, including three children at a playground. Thirteen people were also injured.
Seattle police plan to deploy spy drones 26 Oct 2012 The FAA has approved the Seattle Police Department to start using surveillance drones for law enforcement, but protesters are making it clear that they're willing to put up a fight. The SPD displayed a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on Thursday that they intend on using soon to monitor criminal activity across the city, but opponents of drone use came out in droves to protest the proposed plans. The SPD is one of only law enforcement agencies given the go-ahead by the Federal Administration Agency to show officers the ins-and-outs of UAVs.
Mechanical problems delay first lady's plane 27 Oct 2012 First lady Michelle Obama is returning to Washington after her plane was delayed in Nevada Friday night because of mechanical problems. A McCarran International Airport spokesman says her aircraft was held up for three hours but departed about 9 p.m. PDT. Glenn Gardner says he doesn't know the nature of the mechanical issues that delayed her flight home.
Sen. Rubio's daughter in car accident 27 Oct 2012 Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's is en route back to Miami after his 12-year-old daughter was in a car accident Saturday, according to a statement by his office. "Amanda Rubio, the oldest daughter of Senator Marco Rubio was injured in an accident this afternoon... She was airlifted to Miami Children's Hospital with a head injury. She has been admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She is in fair condition." "The Rubio's are touched and grateful for calls from President Obama and Vice President Biden, and Governor Romney's personal message earlier today," a Rubio spokesman said.
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