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Mississippi flooding

Photo: The News Star The Mississippi River is again flooding about 8,500 acres of farmland in East Carroll Parish’s Bunches Bend, which suffered a spectacular levee failure during the Great Flood of 2011 that wiped out $10 million in crops planted there then. Producers have since repaired the original breach on the northern end of the levee through a special… Read more →

5.7 quake rattles Afghanistan, kills 7, tremors felt in India and Pakistan

Photo: RT / AFP At least seven people died, dozens sustained injuries and many homes were destroyed when a powerful 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan, officials said. Six people died in Nangarhar province and 75 were injured, local spokesperson Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said. Forty of the wounded were given first aid, and the rest were admitted to hospital for further… Read more →

Flooding threatens already drenched Midwest, South

(CNN) – A powerful spring cold snap brings more rain and snow to a soggy U.S. heartland Wednesday, putting more pressure on riverside communities from the upper Midwest to the Deep South. The residents of Grafton, Illinois, north of St. Louis, will see the worst of the floodwaters through Friday as the Mississippi River peaks at more than 11 feet above… Read more →

Mississippi cresting but Midwest flooding still a concern

GRAFTON, ILL.The Mississippi River is topping out at some problematic spots, but there is growing concern that spring floods are far from over. The river was at or near crest at several places Sunday between the Quad Cities and near St. Louis. Some towns in the approximate 100-mile stretch of river from Quincy, Ill., to Grafton, Ill., reached 10-12 feet… Read more →

At least 40 dead in Iran after magnitude-7.8 earthquake

Photo: (REUTERS) At least 40 are dead after a major earthquake struck Tuesday near the Iran-Pakistan border, Iranian state-run Press TV says. An Iranian official told Reuters that hundreds more are feared dead. State-run Pakistan Television, meanwhile, said at least six people were killed on its side of the border and at least 47 others were injured. Up to 1,000 mud… Read more →

Mt Fuji may erupt by 2015

Photo: Wikipedia. TOKYO —Since the Great Tohoku Earthquake of March 2011, scientists have been anxiously watching the massive volcano known as Mt Fuji for signs of activity. In September of last year, a report was released stating that Mt Fuji’s magma chamber pressure had risen to a worrisome 1.6 megapascals, which is estimated to be higher than when it last… Read more →

‘Irreparable’ safety issues: All US nuclear reactors should be replaced, ‘Band-Aids’ won’t help

Photo: AFP/ Stan Honda All 104 nuclear reactors currently operational in the US have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko said. The comments, made during the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, are “highly unusual” for a current or former member of the safety… Read more →