Monday, July 11, 2011

7.0 earthquake shakes northeastern Japan

A strong earthquake struck the same area on Sunday in northeast, but there was no evidence of further damage along the coast or in the Fukushima nuclear plant collapsed, officials said. The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted a tsunami warning for the region before noon, after initially urged residents in the disaster area away from the coast.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimated its magnitude at 7.0 and said it occurred at a depth of 18 kilometers off the northeast coast, shortly before 10.00 local time. The same area was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami in March, which left 21,000 people dead and missing. The disaster of March 11 to cut power plant in Fukushima and detonated a nuclear crisis.

Israel has expelled 36 pro-Palestinian, 82 are still pending

Thirty-six pro-Palestinian activists from Europe and allowed to enter Israel were expelled Sunday, July 10. 82 remained in detention pending deportation. These expulsions involve 22 Belgians, 13 Germans and a Spaniard, she said, adding that a Belgian couple had been returned in the night. The 82 activists still pending are held in the prison Ela Beersheva in southern Israel, and that of Guivon in Ramle, near Tel Aviv. The majority are French, but there are also Americans, Belgians, Bulgarians, Spanish and Dutch.

Twenty-one miners trapped in a mine in eastern China

Twenty-one miners were trapped by rising water in an iron mine in eastern China, Monday, July 11 reported the state media. Seven people managed to escape when the water is mounted in a well in the city of Weifang in Shandong province, Sunday to 23 hours (15 hours in Paris), reported Xinhua. An investigation was initiated to determine the cause of the accident, the fourth in a mine in less than two weeks, according to Xinhua.

Obama: 10 days for the agreement on debt

Ten days to reach an agreement on debt. Barack Obama convenes again at the White House to Congressional leaders this afternoon after a meeting that lasted an hour and a half Sunday. The time for a solution to the impasse are shortened: August 2, when the United States could rise to the first default in history, is close by and after reaching an agreement can serve the technical time in Congress to increase the debt ceiling.

Eruption of an Indonesian volcano: the population evacuated

Indonesia ordered, Monday, July 11, the evacuation of hundreds of people living on the slopes of the volcano Lokon, after raising the alert level to maximum for fear of an imminent eruption. Mount, which culmunine to 1580 meters in the north of the island of Sulawesi (Celebes), entered into an eruptive period in recent days by projecting an ash plume at a height of 500 meters.

Protesters attack U.S. embassy with eggs

Syrian pro-government protesters threw tomatoes, eggs and rocks at the U.S. Embassy to protest the visit of Ambassador Robert Ford the besieged rebel stronghold of Hama, U.S. officials said. A senior State Department official said there were no reports of injuries, but that the embassy employees were hit by food thrown.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Ford traveled Thursday to Hama, where he was greeted by a friendly crowd that put flowers and olive branches on his car, while chanting "Down with the regime." Supporters of the government of President Bashar Assad responded Friday with a demonstration outside the embassy which lasted until Saturday.