6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks buildings in Anchorage – AOL News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 rocked buildings and shattered roads Friday morning in Anchorage, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami. The tsunami warning was lifted without incident a short time later. There were no immediate reports of any deaths or serious injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the first and more powerful quake was centered about 7 miles (12 kilometers) north of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, with a population of about 300,000. People ran from their offices or took cover under desks.
A large section of road near the Anchorage airport collapsed, marooning a car on a narrow island of pavement surrounded by deep chasms in the concrete.
The shaking broke store windows, opened cracks in a two-story building downtown, disrupted electrical service and disabled traffic lights, snarling traffic. It also threw a full-grown man out of his bathtub.
All flights were halted at the airport after the quake knocked out telephones and forced the evacuation of the control tower, and the 800-mile Alaska oil pipeline was shut down while crews were sent to inspect it for damage.
Anchorage’s school system canceled classes and asked parents to pick up their children while it examined buildings for gas leaks or other damage.
Officials opened an Anchorage convention center as an emergency shelter. Gov. Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration.
Cereal boxes and packages of batteries littered the floor of a grocery store, and picture frames and mirrors were knocked from living room walls.
People went back inside after the first earthquake struck, but the 5.7 aftershock about five minutes later sent them running back into the streets. A series of smaller aftershocks followed.
A tsunami warning was issued for the southern Alaska coastal areas of Cook’s Inlet and part of the Kenai peninsula. Kodiak police on Kodiak Island warned people in the city of 6,100 to “evacuate to higher ground immediately” because of “wave estimated 10 minutes.”
Michael Burgy, a senior technician with the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said the tsunami warning was automatically generated based on the quake’s size and proximity to shore. Scientists monitored gauges to see if the quake generated big waves. Because there were none, they canceled the warning.
In Kenai, southwest of Anchorage, Brandon Slaton was alone at home and soaking in the bathtub when the earthquake struck. Slaton, who weighs 209 pounds, said it created a powerful back-and-forth sloshing in the bath, and before he knew it, he was thrown out of the tub by the waves.
His 120-pound mastiff panicked and tried to run down the stairs, but the house was swaying so much that the dog was thrown off its feet and into a wall and tumbled to the base of the stairs, Slaton said.
Slaton ran into his son’s room after the shaking stopped and found his fish tank shattered and the fish on the floor, gasping for breath. He grabbed it and put it in another bowl.
“It was anarchy,” he said. “There’s no pictures left on the walls, there’s no power, there’s no fish tank left. Everything that’s not tied down is broke.”
Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the 49 other states combined. Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes because of tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region.
Alaska has been hit by a number of powerful quakes over 7.0 magnitude in recent decades, including a 7.9 that hit last January southeast of Kodiak Island. But it is rare for a quake this big to strike so close such a heavily populated area.
David Harper was getting some coffee at a store when the low rumble began and intensified into something that sounded “like the building was just going to fall apart.” Harper ran to the exit with other patrons.
“The main thought that was going through my head as I was trying to get out the door was, ‘I want this to stop,'” he said. Harper said the quake was “significant enough that the people who were outside were actively hugging each other. You could tell that it was a bad one.”
On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a 9.2 earthquake, the strongest recorded in U.S. history, centered about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Anchorage. The quake, which lasted about 4½ minutes, and the tsunami it triggered claimed about 130 lives.
Kendals in Manchester city centre SAVED from closure – Manchester Evening News
Kendals in Manchester city centre SAVED from closure Nearly 600 jobs saved after landlord strikes new deal with House of Fraser Share Kendals has been saved from closure after new terms on its lease were agreed Get Manchester City FC updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
Kendals in Manchester city centre has been saved from closure after the landlord agreed new rates with owner Mike Ashley.
House of Fraser confirmed on Friday afternoon that the flagship store would continue trading – also securing the jobs of the 568 people who work there.
It is understood Manchester council has been mediating between Mike Ashley and the landlords to reduce the sky-high rent of £4.36million a year.
A council spokesman said: “Manchester City Council was instrumental in positively working alongside House of Fraser and the landlord to help secure the future of this store.
” Approximately 568 jobs have been saved and one of the region’s most iconic department stores lives on.”
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for the city and I am proud that the council has been able to play a constructive role in saving a real Manchester icon and hundreds of jobs.
“I’d like to thank all involved for their positive engagement in this process.”
Sports Direct billionaire Mike Ashley, who bought House of Fraser for £90m in August, added: “This demonstrates that when landlords, local authorities and retailers work together the outcomes can be outstanding. Breaking news in Greater Manchester
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“When working together we can make a real difference to the high street.”
Ram Rasiah, who represented House of Fraser during negotiations, described the result as a ‘significant deal’ for Manchester.
The development marks a dramatic turnaround after staff were told on October 19 that the store would be closing in January.
Customers arrived that morning to find the doors shut. Mike Ashley (Image: PA)
The M.E.N was then the first to report the news that the famous department store was due to shut its doors after 180 years of trading.
It sparked a huge reaction from customers and leaders in the region who vowed to do all they could to keep Kendals, as it has always been known, open.
Among them were Manchester councillors Pat Karney and William Jeavons.
Tonight Mr Karney tweeted: “Wow. Just heard. Kendals Saved.560 jobs saved. Happy Christmas Kendals Staff.
“We have talked to so many distraught staff over the last few weeks.
“We are so pleased for all the staff who can now have a great Christmas. Bring back the Kendals name.” (Image: MEN MEDIA)
Just last week, the Santa’s Grotto had opened at Kendals for what was expected to be the last time.
Store manager Anne Latham said then: “For years generations have been visiting the famous Kendal’s Grotto and this year is no exception.
“For one last time before we close come along and have an experience to remember.
“See Santa in his grotto, meet his playful elves, have your picture taken, or why not join us on a Saturday and Sunday for breakfast with Santa.” Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now
According to Land Registry records Kendals is owned by Deansgate Jersey No.1 Ltd, a limited company based in Jersey.
The landmark Grade II listed building was put for for sale in 2016 by its owner, described at the time as a ‘private investor’, for £84.5m.
It was reported House of Fraser then had 33 years left on its lease, at an annual rent of £4.36m.
Speaking at the time Oliver Foster, investment director at estate agents Savills, which were handling the sale, described as a ‘rare opportunity to acquire a prime landmark department store’ adding he expected ‘long unexpired lease term to House of Fraser and attractive yield to generate high levels of interest among investors based in both the UK and overseas’.
In August, the BBC reported some House of Fraser landlords had been asked to sign rent deals equivalent to 5 per cent of a store’s turnover.
The corporation reported the deal would mean most landlords will end up taking a financial hit, but that that was better than closing stores.
In September, Mike Ashley said Altrincham’s House of Fraser store had been saved from closure.
Ashley struck a last-minute deal with the property’s landlord to ensure the store can keep trading.
The Stamford Quarter store – known as Rackhams – was earmarked for closure in June when the chain’s then owners announced a ‘restructuring proposal’.
At the time it was reported the move would result in about 45 job losses.
Rackhams was one of 31 House of Fraser stores set to shut, including the flagship Oxford Street branch in London.
But rescue deals were struck to save 20 of the 31 closure-threatened stores, saving about 3,500 jobs. Like us on Facebook
Wildfires: Trump officials accused of using tragedy to ease logging | US news
The Trump administration has been accused of using the deadly wildfires in California to push for weakened environmental rules in forests, opening them up for more logging.
Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, said that he hoped new legislation would allow for the “thinning” of forests to help prevent wildfires. He said he was confident Congress would soon pass a new farm bill that would remove environmental reviews for the removal of trees and brush, as well as the building of roads through federal forests.
“We have to manage our forests,” said Zinke on a visit to the charred remains of Paradise , a town in northern California that has been razed by the so-called Camp fire. The death toll from the fire stands at 88, making it the deadliest in California’s history.
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“It shouldn’t be as hard; sometimes it is,” Zinke said of forest management . “I think our practices over the period have ended up to where we are today. Maybe this is the time to take a horrendous experience like this, and move things along to where we don’t have to do this year after year. It’s unacceptable.”
Zinke was joined on the Paradise tour by Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary, who also backs greater intervention in forests. “People say they want pristine forests – well, this doesn’t look pristine to me,” Perdue said, referencing the ashy remains of Paradise. “Pristine is well-managed, groomed forests.”
But environmentalists claimed that the administration, led by Trump, who has blamed “gross mismanagement of the forests”, was using the fire to pave the way for more logging on federal land, with potentially disastrous results.
“Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke are being dangerously dishonest,” said Chad Hanson, a forest ecologist who was involved in a major 2016 study that found that logged areas with lower environmental protections have the most intense, fast-moving fires.
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“They are trying to use this tragedy to help logging interests, which is one of the most disgusting things I’ve seen in my career. They are trying to eliminate half a century of environmental protections and turn over forests to the logging industry.”
Since 2011, an area east of Paradise has been set aside for logging, with the Camp fire racing through it rather than slowing down. Instead of selectively eliminating flammable fuel from the forest, “thinning” usually involves removing trees and leaving behind debris and invasive weeds that are actually far more effective at spreading fires, Hanson said.
“Zinke and Perdue are pushing extreme logging provisions that experts say won’t protect Californians from these blazes,” said Randi Spivak, public lands director at the Center for Biological Diversity.
“Their so-called solutions could actually worsen wildfire risk. It’s misleading and dangerous to give people a false sense of security that they can log their way out of this, especially in the face of climate change.”
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Fire experts have backed a variety of measures, such as allowing remote fires to burn, making buildings more fire resistant and widening roads, as a way to reduce wildfires. Zinke has also backed many of these reforms, as well as improving evacuation routes, and claimed his concept of forest management has been mischaracterized.
“It’s not clear-cutting, it’s coming in and thinning those forests,” Zinke said on Monday. “Logging has become a pejorative term of just massive hillsides of clear-cutting, and that’s not what we’re talking about. That’s not what producing fuel load is all about.”
The Trump administration is less enthusiastic about addressing the link between climate change and wildfires, an influence made clear in a major federal government climate report released last week that warned the area burned annually in the western US could increase by up to six times by the middle of the century due to rising temperatures.
Asked by the Guardian about whether the wildfires would make the administration rethink its reversal of climate regulations, Zinke demurred.
“We’ll go through it with a fine-tooth comb,” he said of the climate report. “I think we’ll look at all things considered. We’re gonna to look at the report, seriously. I’ve asked the US Geological Survey, for example, the last hundred years, tell me what the sea level has risen? In 20 years. Do you know?
“Regardless of whether you believe or don’t believe in climate change, it doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility of mitigating destruction of these fires.”
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VIDEO: Butte County sheriff’s deputy’s dramatic body camera footage from Camp Fire – The Mercury News
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PARADISE — Butte County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Parmley was on Pentz Road attempting to rescue four nurses when his patrol car broke down.
With embers swirling around him, he set out on foot surrounded by flames. Parmley switched on his body camera “in hopes of capturing what he thought were going to be the last moments of his life,” the sheriff’s office said Thursday.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea released the dramatic three-minute video on Thursday in response to a public records request. Most deputies did not turn on their cameras, the sheriff said, and Parmley’s footage might be the only of its kind from the sheriff’s office.
It begins as Parmley was on Pentz Road near Feather River Hospital to rescue nurses. He soon encountered neighbors walking in a daze. It was morning but the sky was as dark as night.
“Oh, it’s not good,” Parmley said as a woman screamed in the distance. Three individuals appeared, walking ahead of him with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. “Hey guys walk toward the left,” the deputy is heard saying.
A nurse asks him: “Are they coming for us?”
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Seconds later, the headlights of a tractor peek through the dense smoke, as Parmley pulls out his flashlight and signals for the driver to stop. “Can we get in?” someone asks. “Yeah, come on,” the driver said, honking his horn to announce his presence.
Brexit will make UK worse off, government forecasts warn – BBC News
Brexit will make UK worse off, government forecasts warn 28 November 2018 Share this with Whatsapp Image copyright Getty Images The UK will be poorer economically under any form of Brexit, compared with staying in the EU, new government analysis suggests. Official figures say the UK economy could be up to 3.9% smaller after 15 years under Theresa May’s Brexit plan, compared with staying in the EU. But a no-deal Brexit could deliver a 9.3% hit, the new estimates say. The prime minister said her deal was the best one available for jobs and the economy. “Our deal is the best deal available for jobs and our economy, that allows us to honour the referendum and realise the opportunities of Brexit,” Mrs May said at Prime Minister’s Questions. The government’s Brexit deal faces a potentially difficult vote in the House of Commons on 11 December. Before that Mrs May is touring the country to promote the deal and was due to be in Scotland on Wednesday afternoon. Confusingly the 83-page document does not forecast the impact of the prime minister’ current deal. Instead it looks at the potential impact of the proposals agreed by the Cabinet at Chequers in July, which is the basis of the current proposal. Under those circumstances the economy would be 3.9% smaller than if the UK had remained part of the European Union. The estimates do not put a cash figure on the potential impact on the economy, but independent experts have said that 3.9% of GDP would equate to about £100bn a year by the 2030s. The government report also examines three other possible scenarios including a no-deal Brexit, which would be the most damaging. The economy will continue to grow under all the scenarios, but there is a wide variation in how much. What is the political reaction? Former Brexit Secretary David Davis questioned the research, saying previous Treasury forecasts had been proved wrong and were based on “flawed assumptions”. Chancellor Philip Hammond said the planned Brexit deal combined most of the economic benefits of remaining in the EU with the political benefits of leaving the EU. Asked if the UK would be poorer under Mrs May’s deal, he said: “The economy will be slightly smaller in the prime minister’s preferred version of the future partnership.” But Mr Hammond argued that staying in the EU was not politically “viable”. What about trade deals? Veteran Conservative Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash said Mr Hammond was effectively arguing for the UK to stay in the European Union in his “extraordinary” statement. He said the chancellor had ignored potential economic benefits of leaving the EU, asking: “What about the trade deals which could give us the most enormous opportunities throughout the world, if we are able to strike them?” Under Mrs May’s deal, the UK would be able to negotiate trade deals during the transition period after 29 March’s Brexit day, but would not be able to implement them until the end of the planned 21-month transition period, which could itself be extended. More on this story