April 12, 2012
Mexico City

Mexico City     Photo: kc_aplosweb/Flickr

Earthquakes Strike Western Mexico

No relation to Indonesian quakes

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Gulf of California Thursday morning following a 6.5 quake Wednesday evening in the western Mexican state of Michoacan. The temblors swayed buildings in Mexico City but have not been linked to major damage or casualties. In March, a 7.4 earthquake in Mexico damaged hundreds of buildings and killed at least two people. The Mexican quakes do not appear related to the massive 8.6 quake and its 8.2 aftershock that hit the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia on Wednesday and prompted thousands to flee the coast after a tsunami warning. No tsunami materialized and authorities so far have reported only five deaths and minimal damage. No tsunami warning is in effect in Mexico.

Read more at USA Today


Tony Martin time trial

Tony Martin time trial     Photo: tdm911/Flickr

Cyclist Tony Martin Injured in Crash

World champ hospitalized in Switzerland

German cyclist Tony Martin was is awaiting surgery in Switzerland after colliding with a car yesterday on a training ride and fracturing his left jaw and cheekbone. Martin, 26, is the reigning world time trial champion and rides for team Omega Pharma-Quickstep. On April 1, Martin's main competition for Olympic time-trial gold, Fabian Cancellara, shattered his collarbone in a crash at the Tour of Flanders. Martin was unconscious for 15 minutes following the accident and says he has little idea what may have happened. He is expected to undergo surgery next week.

Read more at Cyclingnews.com


Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear     Photo: S-t-v/Flickr

Alaskan Kodiak Bear Escapes Refuge

Electric fence was turned off

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center announced on Monday that a 300-pound Kodiak bear escaped from its enclosure near Portage, Alaska on April 3. The two-year-old bear, which was supposed to be transfered to a zoo in Sweden, slipped out through an electric fence that was turned off for maintenance. The refuge borders the Chugach National Forest, and a spokesperson for the center says the bear was last seen Tuesday night in the nearby mountains. "She could have just kept on walking and just walked into the Alaska wilderness. At this point in time, there's not a whole lot to be done," said Jessy Coltrane, the area biologist for Anchorage. The bear was brought to the center as a cub in December 2010 after being found alone on Kodiak Island at a time of year when bears typically hybernate.

Read more at the Washington Post


Nebraska state capitol

Nebraska state capitol     Photo: leish76/Flickr

Nebraska Approves New Keystone Study

State to investigate route around Sandhills

Nebraska lawmakers on Wednesday approved funding for a study that would examine an alternate route through the state for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The original route, which would have passed through the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region, was widely opposed in Nebraska. TransCanada will reimburse the state for the study, which is expected to cost $2 million. Bold Nebraska, a group that does not support the pipeline, expressed its disappointment that lawmakers were "rubber-stamping" the project without a known route.

Read more at The Lincoln Journal Star