October 18, 2018

Review Category : People

Zimbabwe latest: US embassy tells citizens in Zimbabwe to 'shelter' after explosions heard in capital Harare

Zimbabwe latest: US embassy tells citizens in Zimbabwe to 'shelter' after explosions heard in capital HarareThe American embassy has told its citizens in Zimbabwe to seek shelter after explosions reportedly reverberated through the capital of Harare. “US citizens in Zimbabwe are encouraged to shelter in place until further notice,” the embassy said in a statement posted on its website. The embassy added that diplomatic employees had been advised to remain at home on Wednesday due to “ongoing political uncertainty through the night”.


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Airbus lands biggest-ever contract for 430 A320s

Airbus lands biggest-ever contract for 430 A320sAirbus announced its biggest-ever order on Wednesday, signing a deal to supply 430 of its medium-range A320 family of aircraft to US investment firm Indigo Partners, at a list price of $49.5 billion (42 billion euros). "An order for 430 aircraft is remarkable," said Airbus chief operating officer, John Leahy. The announcement sent Airbus's share price soaring, rising by more than 3.0 percent to 86.09 euros in a generally softer market.


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Series of small earthquakes reminds California it is overdue for 'the big one'

Series of small earthquakes reminds California it is overdue for 'the big one'A series of small earthquakes have rocked the San Francisco area, sparking renewed fears that the San Andreas Fault is ready for a long-overdue serious seismic shift. A 4.6-magnitude earthquake hit Monterey County in California on Monday morning, with nine smaller aftershocks being triggered. The tremors were felt 90 miles away, in San Francisco.  Annemarie Baltay, a seismologist with the US Geological Survey, told SFGate that the "swarm" of earthquakes and aftershocks were typical. “It’s as if someone put an oil can into the fault and lubricated it,” she said. Mexico City was hit by a 7.1 earthquake on September 21 But any action along the San Andreas Fault, running from the Gulf of California to the region of Cape Mendocino, has long been cause for concern.  Its last major earthquake was in October 1989, in Loma Prieta – a shift which killed 64 people and left 16,000 homes damaged.  Southern California has over 300 faults, and the majority of the population live within five miles of one. It is believed the San Andreas Fault could spark an earthquake of up to 9.2 on the Richter scale. Scientists predict that a 7.8-magnitude earthquake could kill over 1,800 people and destroy or badly damage 300,000 buildings and homes. Did you feel the M4.7 NE of Gonzales, CA? Let us know here - https://t.co/d68QotdXXupic.twitter.com/tbxZAYPs5t— USGS (@USGS) November 13, 2017 Unlike most natural disasters, earthquakes are notoriously hard to predict. “Lots of seismologists have worked on that problem for many decades,” said Greg Beroza, a professor of geophysics at Stanford university. He told Vox: “We’re not predicting earthquakes in the short term. That requires us to know all kinds of information we don’t have.”


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