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Last 50 Workers Evacuated after another Explosion Rocks Nuclear Reactor in Japan

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(Best Syndication News) A new fire at the #4 reactor of the Fukushima nuclear plant is raising new concerns and questions about safety. Radiation levels have now risen so high that workers needed to halt operations.

The new blaze broke out on Wednesday morning while Japanese television stations displayed smoke rising from the nuclear power plant. Reports are coming in from Japan that helicopters may be used to spray boric acid on the reactor to stop fuel rods from overheating.

Several local reports have said that there have been low levels of radiation detected in Tokyo. Weather forecasters now say the winds are blowing directly into the capital city.

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Japan Rocked By Large Earthquake Today

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(Best Syndication News) Today a large earthquake rocked the ocean off the coast of Japan (see maps below). The 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, or more precisely 193 km (119 miles) southeast of Morioka, Honshu.

The large distance from the epicenter reduced the risk of casualties or damage. The large earthquake was felt as far away as Tokyo where buildings reportedly rocked back and forth.

There was a tsunami warning issued and a 24 inch (60cm) tsunami did hit the town of Ofunato.

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Two major Earthquakes shake New Zealand today causing deaths and serious damage

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Two major Earthquakes shake New Zealand today causing deaths and serious damage

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(Best Syndication News) - Near Christchurch, New Zealand in the South Island of the country, there was two major earthquakes that shook, one was a 6.3 magnitude and was followed by a 5.6 magnitude a few minutes later.

The first earthquake was the 6.3 magnitude tremor that was located at 43.600°S, 172.710°E at a depth of 3.1 miles said the US Geological Survey. The event happened at February 22, 2011 at 12:51:43 PM local time at the epicenter. It was near Christchurch, New Zealand. The quake was reported to have lasted around one minute.

The second earthquake happened a few minutes later at 01:04:18 PM local time at the epicenter which was located at 43.580°S, 172.798°E at a depth of 4.2 miles. This was nearby and probably would be considered an aftershock tremor.

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Travel Promotion Act will Charge $14 for Foreign Travelers entering the US

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Travel Promotion Act will Charge $14 for Foreign Travelers entering the US

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(Best Syndication News) - Starting on September 15th, the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 will require international travelers coming from 36 different countries to pay a $14 entry fee to visit the United States. The fee is for those international tourists that plan to stay fewer than 90 days. The ten-dollar portion of the fee will help fund tourism in the United States and the remaining four-dollars will help pay for registration costs for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization which is handled by the US Customs Border and Border Protection. The fee is a one time charge that will cover the visitor for a two year time period. So if they travel often, they won't have to keep paying every time they visit.

The bill was introduced because of a decline in visitors coming to the United States. The law makers felt that increased advertising for tourism paid for by the collected funds will help to improve the industry. The Travel Promotion Act was signed into law by President Obama on March 4, 2010.

The countries that are involved in this Travel Promotion Act fee are mostly from European countries, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

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Mount Sinabung Volcano erupts in Indonesia prompting Evacuations

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Mount Sinabung Volcano erupts in Indonesia prompting Evacuations

Indonesia Volcano Activity Map - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A minor volcanic eruption occurred at volcano inside of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia in the early morning hours of August 29, 2010. It has been over 400 years since the last time that the Mount Sinabung volcano erupted. The eruption caused ash to reach 0.93 miles high into the atmosphere. There was lava flowing from the crater of the volcano. So far there hasn't been any damage to property.

The Indonesian volcano eruption caused the authorities to evacuate approximately 18,000 people living near it. Because the volcano hasn't erupted for so many years scientists are not sure what it will do and the government issued the highest-level warning in the area for this eruption.

Indonesia has many volcanoes on the island chain and has been called the “Pacific Ring of Fire.”

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