U.S.Greece: Reinforcements sent to fight 4 fires on Evia island
Southern California was rocked by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey said, with authorities warning that the temblor, the largest in two decades, might not be the day’s last.
The shallow quake struck in the vast desert region of the Searles Valley in San Bernardino County just six miles (10 kilometers) from the town of Ridgecrest at 10:33 a.m. (17:33 GMT), but was felt 160 miles away in Los Angeles and even as far as Las Vegas in the neighboring state of Nevada.
Local authorities emphasized that the end of the earthquake did not mean residents were yet in the clear, however President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that „All seems to be very much under control!”
Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones told a press conference that residents „will continue having a lot of aftershocks,” adding that dozens had already occurred and that some may be as strong as magnitude five.
Emergency responders did not immediately report mass injuries or any deaths, but USGS seismologist Rob Graves said that „this earthquake is large enough that the shaking could have caused damage.”
The quake was the largest in Southern California since 1999 when the 7.1-magnitude Hector Mine quake struck the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base, according to The Los Angeles Times.
The fire department in Kern County, which encompasses Ridgecrest, reported it was „working nearly 2 dozens incidents ranging from medical assistance to structure fires in and around the city” and that evacuations were underway at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department meanwhile said that „buildings and roads have sustained varying degrees of damage.”
This included „buildings with minor cracks; broken water mains; power lines down; rock slides on certain roads,” but no injuries or fires.
The quake struck at a depth of 5.4 miles (8.7 kilometers) in the vast desert region, lasting multiple seconds.
Its epicenter was located in or on the edge of the US Navy’s sprawling desert bomb testing range known as China Lake.
The Naval Air Weapons Station covers 1.1 million acres (445,000 hectares) and strictly controls the airspace above it. Inside, the Navy develops and tests missiles, bombs, artillery shells and other war ordnance, and the aircraft used to deliver it.
An official at China Lake said there was „substantial damage” to their facilities, including fires, water leaks and spills of hazardous materials.
Los Angeles International Airport said its runways were unharmed, with operations continuing as normal.
The city’s police, meanwhile, reported on Twitter that they had not „received any reports of damage or calls for service.”
– ‘Even bigger earthquake’ –
While California is the most populous state in the US, the quake was located in a sparsely populated portion of the Mojave Desert.
Jones said there is a small possibility this quake is the prelude for a larger tremor.
„There is about a one-in-20 chance that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake within the next few days, that we have not yet seen the biggest earthquake of the sequence,” she said.
Celebrities in Los Angeles were quick to react to the trembling.
„Been living in Los Angeles all my life,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay wrote on Twitter. „That was the longest earthquake I’ve ever experienced. Not jerky. Smooth and rolling. But it was loooong.”
Greece briefly shuts the Acropolis as Athens sizzles
ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece shut the Acropolis Hill for a few hours on Thursday to protect visitors to one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions from a heatwave that has engulfed Athens.
The monument, home to the Parthenon temple that is visited by millions of tourists every year, was closed between 1000 and 1400 GMT on Thursday, authorities said.
Greece’s meteorological service had forecast temperatures peaking at 38 Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit) in Athens by midday, though the temperature on the Acropolis hill which overlooks the city is always higher due to its altitude and a lack of shade.
„The meteorological service had forecast that the temparature felt on the hill would be forbidding, more than 44 degrees Celsius,” said a spokeswoman for the Acropolis complex.
It is the first time that hot weather has shut down the Acropolis this summer, though it also happened last year.
Greece saw record tourist arrivals in 2018 of 33 million people and expects a similar number this year.
(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Gareth Jones)
What would happen to our world if bees were to become extinct? Letterbox florist Bloom & Wild has investigated exactly this with a new campaign – and the outcome depicts some very eerie images.
Without bees pollinating, our trees and plants would seriously struggle to grow. New research published by Nature Communications has revealed that 33% of wild pollinator species have decreased in recent years, with populations of American Bumble Bees dropping by 89% from 2007 to 2016.
In response to this new research, Bloom & Wild has looked into what would happen to the environment – and to some of the most colourful places in the world – if bees were to die out completely. From Hyde Park in London to Hitachi Park in Japan, this is how our planet would look without the help of bees.
„It’s surprising to think how much bees have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing, from the crops that everyone needs for nutrition to the beautiful flower arrangements that we create at Bloom & Wild to bring joy to our customers. Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem that needs to be protected,” Caroline, lead florist at Bloom & Wild explains.
Without the help of bees, trees and flowers wouldn’t be able to grow, and even wildlife could become extinct without nutritious plants in the food chain. Farmer’s fields would also be under great threat without bees pollinating their crops.
Take a look for yourself at just what could happen in a bee-less world…
Hyde Park, London: before
Hyde Park, London: after
Hitachi park, Japan: before
Hitachi park, Japan: after
Kew Gardens, UK: before
Kew Gardens, UK: after
„Without any bees at all the main thing that would suffer is the recruitment rate of insect-pollinated plants (ie the number of new plants of each species that started growing each year),” says Dr Richard Comont at The Bumble Bee Conversation. „Obviously this would be particularly serious for annuals which are entirely insect-pollinated as recruitment would drop right off (though not completely as many have long-lived seeds).
„There would definitely be noticeable effects from the reduced amount of fruit, both on humans (higher prices, less availability) and fruit-eating animals (no food). Again though, the decline would be a question of degree, not a cliff edge.”
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Start Something Priceless: Seeing the World Through
Paulo del Valle’s Lens
One look at Paulo del Valle’s photography is enough to inspire awe. The Brazilian photographer is renowned for his stunning landscape shots and captivating commercial imagery, which he travels all over the world to capture. But it wasn’t always this way.
“I grew up thinking I wanted to be a doctor,” del Valle says. “But I was always creating, and I started using photography to explore and show off the ‘carioca’ style of my beautiful city, Rio de Janeiro.”
Photography became a window into new experiences, and it changed del Valle’s life. The positive response to his Rio street photography inspired him to study photography more seriously, and he became a master of sharp photos with pops of color and well-composed symmetry. Before long, del Valle had amassed hundreds of thousands of followers and was jet-setting from bustling metropolises to remote destinations.
It was an adjustment, but traveling is now a way of life and a personal philosophy for del Valle. “It puts life into perspective,” he says. “When I started traveling, I stopped complaining about the little things. I became a bigger man and a better person.”
Del Valle’s favorite trip, so far, was an excursion to Japan, a place he hopes to return to soon with his fiancée (whom he met while traveling, of course). From ultramodern Tokyo to the shrines of Kyoto, del Valle was smitten with the entire country, in large part because the culture is entirely different from anything he’d known. “What impacted me the most was seeing how polite people in Japan are, how they take care of each other, clean up after each other,” del Valle remembers.
The experience broadened del Valle’s horizons and deepened his understanding of the value of traveling widely. “When you meet new cultures and inspiring people, you get a little bit from each one of them,” he says. “You start being more polite, engaging with people differently, and more ready for whatever comes your way.”
Most of del Valle’s trips these days are work-related, which means he doesn’t often get to choose the location. But he’s developed tips and hacks to navigate this busy, globe-trotting lifestyle. He always looks up locations on Instagram—”it’s an amazing platform to plan your trips”—to see when they’re crowded and to strategize angles and perspectives for his photos. From there, he plans out a detailed daily itinerary based on geographic convenience. And he packs as little as possible, including avoiding cash in favor of his Platinum Mastercard. “I use it for everything,” he says. “I love accumulating miles, and I also love that I am always protected with travel insurance whether I’m renting a car or if I have a health issue.” The card also offers complimentary car rental upgrades, plus benefits at more than 1,000 luxury resorts and hotels, including early check-in and late check-out—important perks for travelers, like del Valle, who work and live on the go.
At the top of del Valle’s travel wish list are a trio of dream destinations for landscape photographers: Iceland, Chilean Patagonia, and Alberta, Canada. Closer to home, he revels in the culture and excitement of soccer in Brazil (o país do futebol—”the country of football,” as the locals call it).
“In Brazil, we breathe soccer,” he says. “One of the most amazing experiences anyone could have in Brazil is going to a soccer match, seeing the vibe, how people are so crazy and passionate about it.” Del Valle can’t wait for the CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2019 tournament this June. Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are host cities, and there are Priceless experiences available to Mastercard holders while in the Cidade Maravilhosa.
Traveling was never Paulo del Valle’s destiny. But once he started, he became inspired: to be a better photographer, a better person, and a better citizen of the world.
The journey continues. “Now I want to go everywhere, meet everyone, taste a bit of everything and experience many different cultures,” he says. “I truly believe that people should travel, if they can, to see how it can impact your life.”
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