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February 07, 2013
Solomons quake shows might of 'Ring of Fire'
Sydney (AFP) Feb 6, 2013
A huge earthquake that struck off the Solomons Islands Wednesday was another reminder of the power of the volatile "Ring of Fire", a vast zone of volcanic instability that encircles the Pacific Ocean. The 8.0-magnitude earthquake was feared to have flattened villages in the Solomons, and generated small tsunami waves that reached Pacific nations' coasts, triggering emergency sirens and evacuations. Australia's earthquake monitoring agency and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a wave measur ... read more
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Energy leaders say climate crisis more urgent
Energy industry leaders on Wednesday called for a fresh push in the fight against climate change and urged governments to make it easier for the world's poor to access power sources. ... more

Scramble to reach tsunami-hit villages in Solomons
Disaster relief agencies were scrambling Thursday to reach tsunami-hit villages in the Solomon Islands, warning the death toll following a powerful 8.0-magnitude quake is likely to rise. ... more

Russia claims record dive but no monster in deep freeze
Russian explorers claimed a record Wednesday in diving to the bottom of a remote lake at the coldest time of the year but said they could not find its most famed inhabitant, a mythical Loch Ness-style monster. ... more
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EP to vote on EU fishing policy reforms
The European Parliament was set to vote on major reforms, including a controversial ban on all fish discards at sea, to the European Union's common fisheries policy. ... more


2 Great Lakes at record low levels
Record low water levels have been measured in two of the Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says. ... more
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Minnesota cancels moose season
Minnesota's moose population has plummeted by half since 2010, prompting state officials Wednesday to announce the cancellation of this year's hunting season. ... more

New date seen for creation of Himalayas
The tectonic plate collision between India and Asia that created the Himalayas may have occurred 10 million years later than previously thought, geologists say. ... more
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Indonesian Komodo dragon attack leaves two hospitalised
A Komodo dragon in Indonesia has attacked two employees in one of the giant lizards' protected island habitats, leaving its victims hospitalised with serious injuries, an official said Wednesday. ... more

China bans ads on gift-giving to officials: media
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China jails pollution protesters: state mediaw
A Chinese court has jailed three people and given 13 others suspended sentences over their roles in a violent anti-pollution protest last year, state media said. ... more

China province stops some labour camp terms: media
A Chinese province has said it will no longer send people to controversial "re-education through labour" camps for three types of political offences, state media reported Thursday. ... more
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