Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Planet Earth Today

USGS: 7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes in Guerrero region of Mexico   CNN - March 20, 2012

Tourists and residents told CNN they felt the earthquake in the resort city of Acapulco, which, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, is about 120 miles west of the epicenter. Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in a Twitter post that there were no immediate reports of serious damage.

6.2-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia   CNN - March 20, 2012

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Papua, Indonesia, on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was 66 kilometers (41 miles) deep, the USGS said. Its epicenter was 154 kilometers, or 96 miles, south-southwest of Jayapura.

Study: 5 million face increased flooding risk   CNN - March 20, 2012

Rising sea levels combined with storm surges will put more than 5 million people on U.S. coastlines at risk of flooding during the next 30 years, according to new research. The combination could raise sea levels during storms to 4 feet above the high-tide line, threatening property that contains 2.6 million homes on 3 million acres of land, according to the report released Wednesday by Climate Central, a nonprofit research and journalism organization based in New Jersey.