Fukushima Nuke Plant Leaking Large Quantities of Radioactive Water
Up to 120 tons of radioactive water may have leaked from one of the seven underground storage tanks at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, contaminating the surrounding ground, Tokyo Electric Power Co was reported as saying.
The storage tanks hold about 13,000 cubic meters of contaminated water, which TEPCO is transferring to other tanks nearby, Kyodo news wire quoted the utility as saying.
Third large oil spill in 7 days: Shell Pipeline ruptures in Texas
Thousands of gallons of oil have spilled from Shell Pipeline in West Columbia, Texas, the third incident of the kind in a week, said a report.
Manatee death toll rising in Florida despite Red Tide ebbing
Red Tide, a deadly algae bloom, has killed at least 241 manatees in Florida so far this year, surpassing the previous record of 151 deaths set in 1996.
The recent Red Tide bloom in the Gulf of Mexico began in September 2012 covering a 70-mile (113-km) stretch of southwest Florida’s coast from Sarasota County to Lee County, which is home to a large population of the state’s estimated 5,000 manatees, said a report.
Meanwhile, deaths of 85 manatees since July on Florida’s Atlantic coast remain a mystery. The mass die-off occurred in the Indian River Lagoon, Brevard County.
Mount Karangetang: A Mountain of Fire
Lava spewes from the top of Mount Karangetang. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.
- One of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, Karangetang, aka, Api Siau, is a located on the northern part of Siau Island.
- Karangetang was one of the three volcanoes that erupted after the The Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11, 2011.
UK temperatures over the past week fell to among the coldest experienced in April for nearly 100 years, with maximum temperatures barely above the freezing in many parts of the southeast, reports said.
At -11.2ºC (11.8 degrees Fahrenheit), the village of Braemar in Scotland, about 90 km west of Aberdeen, held the joint coldest weather anywhere in the UK in April for nearly a century.
US Weather: Snow Impacting the Upper Midwest and Northern Great Lakes
‘A storm system moving through the Upper Midwest will bring a round of late-season winter weather to parts of the northern Great Lakes region on Saturday. The heaviest snow will fall from northeastern Minnesota through northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. These areas could see up to 6 inches of snow.’ NOAA reported.