Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:37:14 GMT
A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic...More >>
A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic...More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:17:27 GMT
China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders.More >>
China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the...More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:53:08 GMT
European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.More >>
Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks....More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:33:28 GMT
Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.More >>
Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on...More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:30:08 GMT
By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at...More >>
By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next...More >>
YAMAL PENINSULA, SIBERIA (RNN) – An area of Siberia known as “the end of the earth” has a recently-discovered, large crater denting its surface.
Helicopters spotted the mysterious crater on July 10, and it’s estimated to be more than 328 feet in diameter, according to the Siberian Times.
Anna Kurchatova of The Siberia’s Sub-Arctic Scientific Research Center told the Times that the crater was likely caused by an underground explosion that happened as a result of global warming.
“She postulates that gas accumulated in ice mixed with sand beneath the surface, and that this was mixed with salt – some 10,000 years ago, this area was a sea,” the Times writes.
The crater is 20 miles from Russia’s most important and largest natural gas and oil area, the Bovanenkovo field. The oil field was first discovered in 1972. According to Industry Week, the Bovanenkovo field is home to an estimated 177 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
The area is also known for reindeer herds, migratory birds and woolly mammoth fossils, according to the Times.
Experts from the Center for the Study of the Arctic and Russian Academy of Sciences plan to travel to the area and collect soil, water and air samples to investigate the reasons for the crater’s appearance.
Scientists have also dismissed the possibilities of a meteorite or UFO landing in the area.
Yamal is translated “end of the earth” by the area’s indigenous population, the Nenets. The peninsula, located on the northwestern point of the Russian continent, is mostly permafrost and is largely underdeveloped, jutting beyond the Arctic Circle. The region is also one of the youngest areas geologically in the world.
With many out and about on lunch hour, a near-derecho force squall line with 80+ MPH winds slammed through NE Arkansas and the MO Bootheel, leaving behind damage that few have seen from straight line winds.More >>
With many out and about on lunch hour, a near-derecho force squall line with 80+ MPH winds slammed through NE Arkansas and the MO Bootheel, leaving behind damage that few have seen from straight line winds. More >>
Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:36:08 GMT
Most of the 1,200 people driven to evacuate by a Northern California wildfire that destroyed 13 homes have been told they can safely return after a series of steady gains in the firefight.More >>
Fire crews gained ground Tuesday on two of the largest wildfires in California, lifting evacuation orders for about half the homes in the path of a blaze in Yosemite National Park and redeploying firefighters battling...More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:55:10 GMT
A 20-year-old man died after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted a Southern California beach, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people, authorities said.More >>
A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 8:35 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:35:38 GMT
Fire crews were battling two fast-moving wildfires in California that threatened many homes and forced hundreds of evacuations, officials said.More >>
In a story July 27 about California Wildfires, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the type of aircraft assisting firefighters battling a wildfire outside Yosemite National Park. They were fixed-wing airplanes...More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:56:22 GMT
A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in the coastal city of Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens...More >>
A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 3:52 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:52:30 GMT
Authorities say powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed 10 homes and damaged others, though there are no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries.More >>
Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:28 GMT
Authorities now say 14 people - including a 15-year-old - have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically.More >>
A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.More >>