A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late yesterday in the wake of the fatal major quake on Tuesday, but there were no reports of damage and a precautionary tsunami alert along the coast and in neighbouring Peru was called off.
It was the strongest of several aftershocks that followed the 8.2-magnitude quake blamed for six deaths in the same region on Tuesday.
Chile’s emergency office Onemi said there were no initial reports of casualties or serious damage from the latest quake. Continue reading
The trust set up to manage Hadrian’s Wall is to close in six months after funding dried up, leaving support for the World Heritage Site “uncertain”.
Hadrian’s Wall Trust revealed it is to close this week, with a series of organisations scrabbling to put funding in place to ensure one of Britain’s most famous monuments can be adequately maintained in the long term.
Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of the Trust, said: “We hope and pray resources can be found to keep the heritage site safe” after confirming that funding cuts had forced the trustees to close the seven-year-old organisation. Continue reading
Much of the extreme weather that wreaked havoc in Asia, Europe and the Pacific region last year can be blamed on human-induced climate change, the UN weather agency has said.
The World Meteorological Organisation‘s annual assessment said 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record. Thirteen of the 14 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century.
Rising sea levels are leading to more damage from storm surges and coastal flooding, the agency’s secretary-general Michel Jarraud said.
Typhoon Haiyan, which struck in November, killed at least 6100 people and caused billions of pounds worth of damage in the Philippines and Vietnam. Continue reading
A social media campaign by Aberdeen FC fans has propelled a 1980s hit by The Human League into the iTunes top 5.
Dons fans have embraced Don’t You Want Me – a number one in 1981 – by changing the lyrics to “Peter Pawlett Baby”.
Campaigns on Facebook and Twitter to get the song to the top of the charts have snowballed since the club won the Scottish League Cup on Sunday – with the song echoing in the background Continue reading
A dad of three who had a quadruple heart bypass after drinking eight litres of Irn-Bru a day has admitted he can’t kick his habit.
Andrew McSherry, 52, said: “I did give up for a few months but I just couldn’t live without it.
“I shouldn’t drink it. The doctors have told me not to but I just can’t help it.
“My wife’s always moaning at me but there are worse things to be addicted to.
“I’m amazed I haven’t turned orange.” Continue reading
Rare jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr during the making of the 1965 Beatles’ film Help! sold for more than £50,000 apiece on Thursday.
A piano used in the movie – which Sir Paul McCartney worked at while composing the classic song Yesterday – fetched a similar sum.
The jacket worn by Harrison sold for £54,000 including buyer’s premium and the one worn by Starr fetched £61,100, both to UK collectors. The 1907 Bechstein grand piano sold for £57,500, to a South American collector. Continue reading