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Aftermath of the earthquake in Chile

A deadly 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile Saturday morning. More than 24 hours later, 300 are dead in Chile as a result of the quake and damages are expected to total into the tens of billions of dollars. Some residents in the town most affected by the quake, Concepcion, are still trapped under rubble, BBC News.

The earthquake will also effect global markets because Chile’s copper mines and oil refineries have been shut down, Reuters.

A tsunami alert that was issued for the entire Pacific has been lifted. Japan is maintaining a tsunami alert and has evacuated residents of coastal areas but the danger has mostly passed, Vancouver Sun.

Recent major earthquake timelines, Al Jazeera.

Photos of the quake, CNN.

Maps and info on the earthquake from the U.S. Geological Survey, USGS.

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Breaking: Massive earthquake hits Chile

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.

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Iran to Send ‘Most’ of Newly Disclosed Enriched Uranium to Russia

Talks in Geneva, Switzerland between Iran, the U.S., Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany ended successfully today. Iran has agreed to ship most of the enriched uranium produced at a recently disclosed nuclear site to Russia and France to be used as fuel for medical isotopes. There is currently a world shortage of medical isotopes, Reuters. Iran will also allow inspectors into the facility, New York Times.

Hundreds of people remain missing after tsunamis struck the Pacific islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga. The death toll currently stands at just under 200, but entire villages were washed away and emergency workers are still looking for survivors, Reuters.

Just days after being hit by Typhoon Ketsana, the Philippines is bracing for another storm, Typhoon Parma, which is expected to reach the area by Saturday, Reuters.

Rescue teams are still looking for survivors in Padang, Indonesia, Al Jazeera. The earthquake was not unexpected, especially in Padang which lies on one of the Earth’s most active fault lines, BBC News. Eyewitness accounts by two Britons living in Padang, BBC News.  

Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis announced that he will retire at the end of the year. Lewis was criticized for his decision to buy failing brokerage firm Merrill Lynch earlier this year. Though Bank of America’s stock is currently trading for less than it did in 2001, Lewis will retire with a more than $53 million pension plan, CNN.

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Breaking: Two Major Earthquakes Hit Asia

Two large earthquakes have occurred in the Eastern hemisphere, only minutes apart. The first occurred in the Bay of Bengal, near the Andaman Islands, and had a magnitude of 7.6. Seismologists say it is an aftershock of the 9.2 magnitude 2004 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

The second quake occurred off of Japan and was in the range of 6.4-6.7. Multiple reports say it was felt in Toyko. A tsunami warning has been issued for Japan. A tsunami warning for the first earthquake has been issued for India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh, BNO News.

Update: BNO reports two feet high waves have hit the coast of Omaezeki in Japan.

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Iranian Plane Crash Kills All 168 Aboard

A plane has crashed in northern Iran, most likely killing all 153 passengers and 15 crew onboard. The plane was en route from Tehran to Yerevan, Armenia. Iran is not allowed to buy new planes from Western countries because of sanctions and most of its fleet of Russian planes is quite old, BBC News.

A new report from “Breaking the Silence” says that Israeli soldiers used Palestinian civilians as human shields during the conflict in Gaza last year. Soldiers say the army policy was at target civilians and that “in urban warfare everyone is your enemy,” Haaretz.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has rocked the coast of New Zealand. The earthquake was feared to have triggered a tsunami headed in the direction of Australia, but the tsunami warning has been canceled, CNN.

A member of the Movement for the Emanicipation of the Niger Delta guerilla group has announced a 60 day ceasefire. Niger’s president is currently unwell and ineffective and several groups are at odds in a battle to control lucrative Nigerian oil, Voice of America.

China has issued a warning to its citizens in Algeria after receiving threats from al Qaeda. China has caught the attention of al Qaeda due to its harsh crackdown on Muslim Uighurs in the Chinese city of Urumqi on July 5, Reuters.

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No Tsunami in Wake of Honduras Earthquake

Local radio reports one fatality in the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook Honduras for 88 seconds early this morning. While feared, a tsunami watch has been called off. See CDB’s live blog for a timeline of the events.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for Israel to stop building settlements in the West Bank, BBC News.

Transcript of the telephone conversation between Rod Blagojevich’s brother, Robert, and Roland Burris, the current US Senator from Illinois, C-SPAN.

In business news, Time Warner will separate from AOL, USA Today. AOL will be a publicly traded company. The AOL-Time Warner merger came at the height of the dot-com boom in 2000. It was shocking at the time because AOL, an internet company whose stock value had shot up during the 90s, bought Time Warner, a traditional media company with physical assets. January, 2000 write-up of the deal, CNN Money.

The Queen’s representative in Canada, Governor General Michelle Jean, showed her support for Canadian seal hunters by talking part in a traditional seal hunt in Nunavut this week. Canadians are largely supportive of the act as it is an Inuit tradition, but the European Union moved earlier this month to block the sale of seal products, Montreal Gazette.

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