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Greg Mortenson Disputes 60-Minutes Charges

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(Best Syndication News) Best-selling author and humanitarian, Greg Mortenson, is being accused of lying to sell books. There are also accusations that his charities spend more money on domestic fundraising than they do actually building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

There are schools being built by Mortenson’s non-profit, according to a report by CBS 60-Minutes. But the schools being built by the Central Asia Institute (CAI) are not receiving the continued funding to keep them open. Some schools visited sit “empty”.

Despite the accusation, Mortenson stands by the accuracy of his books.

Japan sustains another major aftershock - 7.1 magnitude earthquake today

Japan sustains another major aftershock - 7.1 magnitude earthquake today

Japan Earthquake Map -

(Best Syndication News) - Japan hasn't stopped with aftershocks since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred on March 11th, but today there was a sizeable 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook near the east coast of Honshu, Japan that prompted the Japanese government officials to issue a tsunami alert which has since past.

The earthquake occurred on April 07, 2011 at 11:32:41 PM local Japan time at the epicenter location. The USGS reported the exact location of the earthquake was at 38.253°N, 141.640°E and was 30.4 miles deep. The nearest city was 41 miles east of Yamagata, Honshu, Japan.

Several people in Toyko, 205 miles away from the location of today's earthquake, reported to the USGS that the shaking felt anywhere from moderate to very strong.

The tsunami alert was announced for Japan, but soon after had been canceled.

New Japan Earthquake shakes with 6.5 magnitude tremor

New Japan Earthquake shakes with 6.5 magnitude tremors

Japan Earthquake today 6.5 Magnitude in Red -

(Best Syndication News) - While the aftershocks have been continuing since the big 9.0 magnitude Japanese Earthquake on March 11, a new sizable 6.5 magnitude earthquake shook near the east coast of Honshu, Japan on March 28, 2011 7:23 am local time (3:24 PM Pacific Time in US on March 27).

The earthquake has caused a small tsunami alert issued by Japanese official, but the US Geological Survey said that Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California coasts are not included in the tsunami warning.

The Japan Nuclear crisis still is ongoing. Japanese government prime minister officials said that they are encouraging residents that live between 20 and 30km from the nuclear power plants to voluntarily evacuate. As of March 27, 2011 the officials said that high levels of radioactive substances were found in water at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

California Radiation Levels - No harmful amounts says EPA

California Radiation Levels - No harmful amounts says EPA

EPA website tracking radiation from Japan Nuclear Event

(Best Syndication News) - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with the Department of Energy have released a statement saying that no harmful levels of radiation have reached California or Washington State. The EPA has a real time radiation detection system called RadNet that would alert them if there was a problem.

On March 18, 2011, the EPA said that the Sacramento, California monitoring location detected minuscule amounts of iodine isotopes and other radioactive particles. The amounts they report are as follows:

Approximately 0.0002 disintegrations per second per cubic meter of air (0.2 mBq/m3). Specifically, the level of Iodine-131 was 0.165 mBq/m3, the level of Iodine-132 was measured at 0.03 mBq/m3, the level of Tellurium-132 was measured at 0.04 mBq/m3, and the level of Cesium-137 was measured at 0.002 mBq/m3.

Corporations pledge millions to help Japan Earthquake Victims

Corporations pledge millions to help Japan Earthquake Victims

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(Best Syndication News) - There have been several United States corporations that have announced financial support to help with the recovery efforts of the Japan earthquake.

Delta Airlines announced that they will pledge up to $1 million in cash to help donate to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Delta will immediately provide a $250,000 cash donation to the organization. Then for every cash donation that Delta customers and employees can also donate at a Delta-Red Cross website. Delta also will provide cargo and passenger assistance to move supplies and worker to and from disaster areas, which they have done worldwide.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced that they will commit $1.22 million to the American Red Cross Society to aid the Japan earthquake relief efforts.

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