Thousands of people fled villages in the central Philippines on Thursday before one of the year’s strongest typhoons strikes the region, including a province devastated by an earthquake last month.
Super Typhoon Haiyan intensified and accelerated as it moved closer to the country with sustained winds of 225 kilometres per hour and ferocious gusts of 260 km/h. It could further strengthen and pick up speed as it moves over the Pacific Ocean before slamming into the eastern province of Samar early Friday, government forecaster Buddy Javier said. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday rose to 93, as rescuers struggled to reach patients in a collapsed hospital. Centuries-old stone churches crumbled and wide areas were without power.
Bohol police chief Dennis Agustin said 77 of the deaths came from the province. At least 15 others died in nearby Cebu province and another on Siquijor Island.
The quake struck at 8:12 a.m. and was centered about 33 kilometers below Carmen city, where many small buildings collapsed.
Many roads and bridges were reported damaged, making rescue operations difficult. But historic churches dating from the Spanish colonial period suffered the most. Among them was the country’s oldest, the 16th-century Basilica of the Holy Child in Cebu, which lost its bell tower. (Photo: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Two girls have been arrested in the death of a 12-year-old central Florida girl who authorities say committed suicide after being bulled online by several girls for nearly a year, a sheriff said Tuesday.
The girls are 12 and 14, and they have been charged with felony aggravated stalking, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities have said Rebecca Sedwick was “terrorized” by as many as 15 girls who ganged up on her and picked on her for months through online message boards and texts. Some of the girls’ computers and cellphones were seized in the investigation. (Photo: Handout)
On Sept. 9, authorities say, Rebecca climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant and hurled herself to her death.
The bullying began over a “boyfriend issue,” and Rebecca had become depressed, Judd has said.
A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 5-meter-long, serpent-like oarfish.
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature to shore on Sunday.
Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime.
“We’ve never seen a fish this big,” said Mark Waddington, senior captain of the Tole Mour, CIMI’s sail training ship. “The last oarfish we saw was three feet long.” (AP Photo/Catalina Island Marine Institute)
So as this is likely the first government shutdown in the memory of most if not all of the people posting here on tumblr (I was 8 in 1995), it might be helpful to refresh our memories on what exactly is going to happen when the federal government doesn’t have a budget.
Indigenous people of Brazil trying to prevent their eviction from an old indigenous museum which they have been living in for the past 7 years.
On March 22nd all of the inhabitants and their supporters were forcibly removed or arrested.
The building is being destroyed to make a parking lot
…for the Olympics.
Fuck the Olympics.
what’s happening in Brazil is incredibly important and more people need to know about it. I only know what I’ve seen on tumblr so far, but it is abundantly clear that something is very wrong with the way the Brazilian government is treating its people. the word needs to get out and the government needs to be held responsible for its actions. but god forbid it interfere with the Olympics. and god forbid they put this story on CNN.
the revolution will not be televised. the media is not an ally. keep fighting for what’s right, Brazil, and we will keep sharing your story.
There are real people under your entertainment. Remember them. Fight for them.
Syrians retrieve ‘sleeping’ dead after alleged chemical attack kills more than 500 people, including scores of children
The men, women and children lying undisturbed in their beds had looked so peaceful they might have been just sleeping, Abu Nidal thought, as he and other rescuers dragged their bodies into the street.
His was one of many accounts of a massive assault on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that activists say killed more than 500 people on Wednesday morning. They say some of the bombs were loaded with chemical agent, which would make it the worst chemical attack since Syria’s two-year conflict began.
“We would go into a house and everything was in its place, every person was in their place. They were lying where they had been. They looked like they were asleep. But they were dead,” he told Reuters by Skype from the suburb of Erbin. (AP Photo/Local Committee of Arbeen)
If the world is looking for evidence of the Syria chemical attack, it isn’t hard to find
If the world is looking for evidence, it is not hard to find. The poison that poured from the skies over several suburbs of Damascus on Wednesday may have killed hundreds, but it has left twitching, fainting, confused but compelling survivors.
“I was asleep,” a 13-year-old boy called Abdullah told The Daily Telegraph Thursday. “Then my breath seized up. I tried the stairs but I couldn’t find the steps: I had lost control of my body.”
His father and brother are dead, he said, but his mother was still alive.
Mohammed Ibrahim, 24, described how he had heard the explosion. “I ran outside to help,” he said. “I saw women and children lying in the streets dying or collapsed or already dead, even babies.
“I became contaminated myself and fainted, and I don’t remember anything after that. I just woke up two hours ago. But I have lost my cousins, a lot of my family members, neighbours.” (Photo: AP Photo/Shaam News Network)
Floods in Philippines — Office workers cross a flooded street using makeshift floats during heavy rain at the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Flooding caused by some of the Philippines’ heaviest rains on record submerged more than half the capital Tuesday, turning roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters. The government suspended all work except rescues and disaster response for a second day. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Probably the most important post of 2013.
EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS ME BETTER REBLOG THIS
I DONT CARE WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOUR BLOG IS ABOUT
Reward offered in turtle beating
The Global Conservation Group of Watertown is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the beating of a snapping turtle. It happened at the Delbrook Golf Course in Delavan on June 10 between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. The female turtle, looking for a place to lay her eggs, was found lying in the sand in a bunker with holes in its shell. It was also struck in the right eye, a wound which appeared to have been from a golf club. The turtle will have surgery today and has about a 40-60% chance of survival. Anyone with information about this case should call the DNR hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. Callers can remain anonymous.
The assholes who did this needs to get the shit beat out of them. This is fucking ridiculous. I hope to fucking god that they get caught. How could someone do this? This makes me sick.