Tuesday, September 28, 2010

irishtimes.com:'Hundreds dead' in Mexico landslide

'Hundreds dead' in Mexico landslide

A landslide that buried some 300 homes in southwestern Mexico early
today is feared to have killed hundreds while they slept, local
authorities and media said.




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Sunday, September 12, 2010

irishtimes.com:Breaking up Belgium would be hard to do

Breaking up Belgium would be hard to do

Belgium�s Flemings and Walloons cannot form a government, and some say
the regions are ready for divorce. But who would get Brussels, the
national debt and the football team?




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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Indonesia volcano erupts again

An Indonesian volcano that lay dormant for 400 years shot ash 5km into
the air today in what was its biggest eruption since it became active
last week.

Moderate earthquake hits Iran

A moderate earthquake of magnitude 5.3 struck southwestern Iran today,
the US Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of
any injuries or damage.

15 missing in Guatemala landslide

Guatemalan emergency workers temporarily suspended their search for
victims of a massive landslide last night due to darkness.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Heavy rains strike Guatemala

At least 18 people were killed in Guatemala yesterday as heavy rains
lashed the Central American nation and southern Mexico.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mayor: Quake hit city 'like an iceberg'
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker is thankful there has been no loss of life but there had been considerable damage across the city and outlying areas. Christchurch has been left devastated after a massive ... More

Friday, September 3, 2010

Earthquake strikes New Zealand's South Island

Earthquake strikes New Zealand's South Island
Quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale hits west of Christchurch, with residents reporting collapsed buildings
Jo Adetunji and agencies
Saturday September 4 2010
The Guardian


A powerful earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale struck New Zealand's South Island tonight.
The quake hit 19 miles west of Christchurch, on the south of the island, at 4.35am local time. It shook a wide area with some residents reporting collapsed buildings, bridges and power cuts.
Christchurch, which has a population of around 400,000 people, was also rocked with a series of sharp aftershocks. Minor injuries have been reported but no deaths.
Colleen Simpson, from Christchurch, said panicked residents ran into the street in their pyjamas. She said some buildings had collapsed, there was no power, and the mobile telephone network had failed. "There is a row of shops completely demolished right in front of me," she told the Stuff news website.
Another person from Christchurch, Kevin O'Hanlon, said the jolt was extremely powerful.
"I was awake to go to work and then just heard this massive noise and 'boom'," he said. "It was like the house got hit. It just started shaking. I've never felt anything like it."
Bruce Russell, 50, said that although he lives in Lyttelton, a port town to the south of Christchurch, which is on firmer volcanic ground, the earthquake had been "very alarming."
"We were woken up at 4.30am and it swayed like a ship at sea," he said. "It was very alarming. We have no power, which is a problem across [Christchurch]. We're listening to reports on a wind-up radio. It's still very frightening."
Russell said he had not experienced an earthquake on this scale before.
There were local reports of looting on one of Christchurch's commercial shopping streets and police were advising residents to stay inside until given an all-clear.
The geological agency GNS Science said the earthquake struck at a depth of 21 miles below the Earth's surface and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said "no destructive widespread tsunami threat existed, based on historical earthqake and tsunami data".
New Zealand lies above an area of the Earth's crust where two tectonic plates collide. The country records more than 14,000 earthquakes a year ? but only about 150 are usually felt. School children in the country often undertake earthquake drills.

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Low tax makes Ireland flag of convenience for some multinationals

BACKGROUND:Not all companies lured by our generous tax regime have
brought much in terms of jobs and investment, writes CARL O'BRIEN, Chief reporter