Hawaii on alert after Japan earthquake

Speed of Tsunami across Pacific Basin. Source: Sky News

By Susannah Radford

In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, a 4.5 magnitude earthquake has just shaken Hawaii’s Big Island.  Residents in the low-lying areas of the islands have been ordered to evacuate to higher ground as the tsunami waves are expected to hit around 3am local time.  Tourists staying at the world-famous Waikiki beach are also being evacuated. [Read more…]

Tsunami hits Japan

Japan Earthquake Epicentre. Source: BBC News

By Susannah Radford

An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter Scale shook Japan at 2.46pm local time near Sendai.  The earthquake which is the largest for 140 years, was centred  20 miles underground about 250 miles from Tokyo.  While aftershocks have continued, the tsunami is of immediate concern reaching up to 10 metres in height. At least 29 people have been reported dead. [Read more…]

International News Belt

Europe

Riot police clash with strikers outside a major oil refinery in France as the forces attempt to put an end to the 10-day-long blockade of the terminal. The action was prompted when the protests against the government’s plans to increase retirement age caused thousands of petrol stations across France to run dry.

A Dutch ferry was overturned after colliding with a German freight ship on the Amsterdam-Rhine canal. Divers and a helicopter with thermal image have been deployed but no victims have been found so far.

Asia

China’s Internet censorship ways are spreading to south-east Asia. Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma and the Philippines are moving towards blocking ‘critical’ content online to stifle dissent.

Tibetan students in China protesting for the right to study in their own language have increased in numbers. The movement formed in response to unconfirmed reports of plans to replace the Tibetan language with Chinese in classrooms.

Americas

President Obama speaks out against bullying in light of recent suicides of gay teenagers in America. An array of politicians, celebrities and bloggers have spoken out for the ‘It Gets Better Project’, launched last month by activist Dan Savage.

Former Canadian air force commander sentenced for life for murders of two women. Colonel Russell Williams also pleaded guilty to sexual assault and 82 counts of breaking and entering to steal women’s underwear.

Africa

Guinea presidential election may be delayed for a third time. The computers for vote-counting having been stolen and the failure to distribute key materials may stop the first democratic election in Guinea in 52 years set to happen on Sunday.

Stowaway crocodile may have caused plane crash in Congo. The disaster that killed 19 people and a British Pilot in August may have been due to an escaped crocodile causing panic on board, as told by the sole survivor.

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