Saturday, March 29, 2014

Earthquake may have hit on dangerous fault that worries scientists

The magnitude-5.1 earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday was a 10-second reminder of a fault that seismologists believe can produce a catastrophic disaster.

The Puente Hills thrust fault is so dangerous because of its location, running from the suburbs of northern Orange County, though the San Gabriel Valley and under the skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles before ending in Hollywood.

Experts say a major 7.5-magnitude earthquake on the fault could do more damage to the heart of Los Angeles than the dreaded Big One on the San Andreas fault, which is located on the outskirts of metropolitan Southern California.

The size of Friday’s quake was considered moderate, but it packed a punch. Residents within 10 miles of the epicenter in La Habra reported toppled furniture, broken glass and fallen picture frames. Several water mains broke, and a rockslide in Carbon Canyon caused a car to overturn, leaving those inside with minor injuries.,0,2176617.story#ixzz2xPXOUqIk

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

FAA Orders Boeing to Fix Possibly Dangerous 747 Software Fault

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday ordered an immediate fix to the latest version of the Boeing 747-8 airliner, saying a software glitch could cause it to lose thrust when close to landing and fly into the ground.

The FAA's so-called airworthiness directive covers Boeing's 747-8 and 747-8F planes fitted with certain General Electric engines. It calls for replacing defective software with a new, improved version.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Russian Duma Approves Crimea Annexation

Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has overwhelmingly voted to ratify a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine.

The lawmakers voted on the measure Thursday, and the parliament's upper house, the Federation Council, will hold a similar vote on Friday.

On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders signed the treaty making Crimea part of Russia after Mr. Putin declared in a speech that the peninsula had always been an "inalienable" part of Russia.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

United Kingdom to introduce 'highly secure' 1-pound coin in 2017

March 19 (Reuters) - Britain plans to replace its 1-pound coin in 2017 with "the most secure coin in circulation in the world" as it cracks down on fake currency, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

The design of the current pound coin, which has been in circulation for more than 30 years, leaves it vulnerable to sophisticated counterfeiters, the Treasury said.

"The Royal Mint estimates that about 3 percent of all 1 pound coins, or 45 million, are now forgeries. In some parts of the United Kingdom country, it is as high as 6 percent."

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U.S. suggests Baltics war games in response to Russian "land grab"

WARSAW, March 18 (Reuters) - The United States is considering sending troops for war games in the Baltic states bordering Russia, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday in an effort to reassure NATO allies alarmed at the Kremlin's intervention in Ukraine.

Moscow's despatch of troops to Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula and its unilateral declaration that the area is now part of Russia have left NATO member states in eastern Europe worried that they could be next in line.

In the Polish capital on the first leg of a two-day trip to the region, Biden condemned Russia's actions in Crimea as a land grab, and he said NATO's commitment to protect any of its members from attack was unwavering.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Rancher Faces $75,000-A-Day In EPA Fines For Building Pond On His Land

A Wyoming rancher is facing a $75,000 a day fine from the Environmental Protection Agency because he built a stock pond on his own property.

The agency claims private landowner Andrew Johnson violated the Clean Water Act by building the pond near a stream, and has ordered him to restore the land back to its original state.

“EPA appears more interested in intimidating and bankrupting Mr. Johnson than it does in working cooperatively with him,” three US Senators wrote in a letter to the agency about Johnson’s case. A spokesman for Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) gave Off The Grid News a copy of the letter.

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It's Holi - Let The Colorful Celebrations Begin!

Festivals are a way of life for people that practice Hinduism. Not a month goes by without one. However, very few are as fun or as widely anticipated as Holi, the festival of colors. Celebrated annually at the beginning of spring, on the day following a full moon, this year's festivities will take place on March 17th.

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