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Mexico earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes off Pacific coast

Mexico earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes off Pacific coast

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAn earthquake described by Mexico's president as the country's strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least six people.One person also died in neighbouring Guatemala, its president has said. The quake, which Mexico's leader Enrique Peña Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan.A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, with three-metre-high waves possible, and other nearby countries.The quake, which struck at 23:50 local time on Thursday (04:50 GMT Friday), was felt in Mexico City, with buildings swaying and people running into the street. The tremors there, about 1,000km from the epicentre, were reported to have lasted up to a minute.President Peña Nieto said some
A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

Science
A mariner who has spent years travelling "hundreds of thousands of nautical miles" to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a "raft" of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square miles (2.5m sq km) is concentrated in a region of the South Pacific. Capt Charles Moore has just returned from a sampling expedition around Easter Island and Robinson Crusoe Island. He was part of the team which discovered the first ocean "garbage patch" in the North Pacific gyre in 1997 and has now turned his attention to the South Pacific.Although plastic is known to occur in the Southern Hemisphere gyres, very few scientists have visited the region to collect samples.Oceanographer Dr Erik van Sebille, from Utrecht University, says the work of Capt Moore and his colleagues wi...
Sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with ship in Pacific

Sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with ship in Pacific

World
June 16 (UPI) -- Seven U.S. sailors are unaccounted for and others were injured early Saturday after a Navy warship collided with a container ship in the Pacific off the coast of Japan, authorities said.The collision occurred in the Philippine Sea between the merchant ship and the U.S. Navy's guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald. The vessel's commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, had to be medically evacuated from the ship, officials said.The Navy Times reported that the ship endured substantial damage and had limped back to land under its own power."The extent of number of personnel injuries is being determined," the 7th Fleet said in a statement Friday.The Navy said it was working with the Japanese Coast Guard to conduct a medical evacuation for one sailor, but did not specify if th...