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Earthquake in Philippines shakes at 6.7 Magnitude

Philippines Recent Earthquake Activity 02/07/12 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - The Philippines were shaken by several earthquakes starting on February 6, 2012, with several tremors measuring 5.0 and up to 6. 7 magnitude. Around 745 aftershocks have occurred in the Negros – Cebu Region of the Philippines over the last day.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake was downgraded from a 6.9 by the US Geological Survey (USGS). The closest city to this event is Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines, which is 44 miles north. The USGS received reports of severe to violent shaking of respondents with moderate to heavy damage. The earthquake happened at 11:49 am local time, February 6, 2012.

According to a Philippines Star report, officials believe that 52 people have died. This includes 29 people that are believed to have been buried by a landslide that was triggered by the earthquake. Another landslide also killed 10 people.

7.0 Magnitude Earthquake shakes Japan on New Year’s Day downgraded to 6.8 magnitude

January 1, 2012 Japan 6.8 magnitude earthquake map -

(Best Syndication News) - A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Japan on the first day of the 2012 (New Year); however, the US Geological survey downgraded the tremor to a 6.8 magnitude. The earthquake occurred at 2:27 pm at the epicenter, which was located on the Izu Islands.

The earthquake was centered 307 miles south-southwest of Tokyo. The nearest major city was 150 miles southwest of Hachijo-jima, on the Izu Islands in Japan. The exact location was at 31.416°N, 138.155°E at a depth of 216.6 miles.

Residents in Tokyo and the surrounding areas reported to the USGS that they felt light to moderate shaking with very light or no damage at all.

Multiple Earthquakes shake near Christchurch, New Zealand - Liquefaction Concerns

Recent Earthquake activity ChristChurch 12-24-11-

(Best Syndication News) Three major earthquakes shook near Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, December 23, 2011 with another 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurring during the morning on Christmas Eve day. The recent activity included 5.0, 4.8, 5.9, 5.8, and 5.3 magnitude tremors that all clustered within the two days. There was a total of 7 earthquakes in this area over the last two days.

Early into December 24, 2011 at 6:37:30 AM local time, a 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled 13 miles east–southeast of Christchurch according the US Geological Survey (USGS).

On December 23, a major tremor occurred at 3:18:02 PM at the epicenter. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred 9 miles East-Northeast of Christchurch, New Zealand. The exact location reported by the USGS was 43.491°S, 172.844°E. The earthquake epicenter was at a depth of 3 miles. Residents in near Christchurch reported to the USGS as being a strong to very strong shaking with light to moderate damage.

Bird Flu Mutation prompts New Concerns for Resurgence

Chicken- BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The bird flu pandemic warnings were of great concern starting in 2003, when the disease killed 331 humans, most of whom were infected by the contaminated poultry. Now, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) cautioned that a new mutation of the H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza is spreading across Asia. The Avian flu might be transmitted to humans even outside Asia.

The new virus strain is called H5N1 - The FAO organization explained migratory wild birds spread the virus to places that may have not seen the virus in the past. It is possible that the H5N1 strain can show up in places that have been virus-free.
Newly infected areas of the H5N1 virus in birds are in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Bulgaria, Romania, Nepal and Mongolia.

Ford and Toyota to collaborate on Hybrid Solution for SUVs and Trucks

Cars - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Ford Motor Company (NASDAQ: F) and Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE: TM) announced an equal collaboration to develop an advanced hybrid solution for light truck and SUV vehicles. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the project. The companies expect to have a formal agreement for the project sometime next year.

The two companies will work on a new hybrid powertrain system that will offer better fuel efficiency. They have both been working independently on the rear-wheel drive hybrid systems, but have now agreed to collaborate equally on a new solution for light trucks and SUV vehicles.

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