At least seven miners have been killed after an explosion in an underground coal mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Another 19 miners are missing. About 200 miners are employed by the mine owned by the Massey Energy company, AP.
At least five U.S. Consulate security guards were killed in Peshawar, Pakistan today after the Taliban implemented suicide bomb attacks. Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber killed 45 people in the Dir region during a political rally, LA Times.
The site Wikileaks, which is dedicated to posting leaked documents online for public viewing, has posted a video on its site of the 2007 killing of 12 civilians in Baghdad by American soldiers. Reuters, the news agency for which two of the dead worked, had previously tried to obtain the video using the Freedom on Information Act, BBC News.
About an hour ago, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Baja California, Mexico, close to the U.S. border. Geologists have initially said the quake was very shallow and about 6 miles deep. Reports also indicate that the quake could be felt in Los Angeles. So far a few eyewitnesses have said they’ve spotted damage in Mexico, but with electricity and telephone lines down near the epicenter, reports are scarce. Follow updates with the Los Angles Times.
An earthquake with an 8.8 magnitude has struck offshore, near Concepcion, Chile. The USGS has said the earthquake’s depth was over 21 miles, which is deep, but there are reports of significant damage and at least four people dead at this time (total updated at the end of post). At least three afterhshocks, one a magnitude 6.7, have also hit.
A tsunami watch is in effect for Ecuador, Colombia, Antartica, Panama and Costa Rica. BNO News is reporting: “A tsunami may have been generated that could potentially impact the U.S. west coast, British Columbia, and Alaska.”
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Update: 10:41am EST: 122 people are confirmed dead by local media and a tsunami is supposed to reach Hawaii’s shores within the next hour. The tsunami warnings for Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama have been called off.
Update: 5:56am EST: BREAKING — A TSUNAMI WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL OF THE PACIFIC, including Hawaii, Mexico, Japan, and the Philippines.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck 10 miles outside of Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. A Reuters reporter on the scene hasreported seeing dead bodies in the city and devastated buildings, with CNN calling the event “catastrophic.”
At least two large aftershocks have been reported since the initial quake, measuring at magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.5. A third aftershock of 5.1 is now being reported. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas and its cities suffering from serious overcrowding, MSNBC.
Confusion in the U.S. capital city as several news outlets are reporting a compromise has been reached in the Senate to drop the public option from the healthcare reform proposal. However, Reuters reports that, via Sen. Harry Reid, the public option is still on the table. More details to come.
Group G is considered the “Group of Death” with strong records from Brazil, Portugal, and rising power Ivory Coast. The 1st and 2nd from each group and 3rd and 4th teams will play each other first. A schedule can be found here.
12 people are dead and 31 injured after gunmen opened fire at the U.S. military base Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas at approximately 1:30 pm CST this afternoon. One gunman is dead and two others are said to be in custody. Fort Hood is currently on lockdown.
Live Updates (most recent will appear at top):
- The two soldiers who had initially thought to have been involved in the shooting have been released. Another soldier is in custody and is cooperating with authorities.
- MSNBC says that the man identified as the primary shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, was set to be deployed to Iraq on November 28. Sources say that Hasan was an Army psychiatrist and specialized in post traumatic stress disorder. Hasan was born in Virginia and attended Virginia Tech, MSNBC.
- CNN says that Fort Hood has had the most suicides among service members since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq started.
- The AP has a list of mass shootings in the United States in the past 18 years, Associated Press.
- Fort Hood has lost more soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq than any other U.S. base. The Times Online has a gripping account of the emotional toll war takes on soldiers and their families at Fort Hood.
- Past instances of violence at Fort Hood, Fox News.
- CNN says all the victims are adults. 25,000 are on the military base any given day, inc. families and children.
- Jake Tapper of ABC reports that the main suspect in the shooting (presumably the suspect who was killed) is Major Malik Nadal Hasan.
- US Army requesting all Fort Hood Soldiers to text family to let them know they are ok. Pass It On #FortHood #FtHood (via MishaRN)
- The Red Cross provides a Safe and Well List during disasters. People can add themselves to the list which is searchable.
- Press Conference with Fort Hood’s Commanding General: Shooter entered soldier readiness center where soldiers are processed before being deployed overseas. 12 dead and 31 wounded. Primary shooter was a soldier. Two other possibly involved soldiers are under suspicion and are being held. The gunmen were wearing military uniforms and were soldiers.
BNO News is reporting that winds from Hurricane Rick have reached 180mph. This makes Rick the second strongest eastern Pacific hurricane on record, after 1997’s Linda. The storm is moving towards Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, but it is not expected to be a category 5 storm when it makes landfall. Heavy rain should hit Mexico’s southern coast tonight and the hurricane will reach the shore later next week.