Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Deadly Earthquake Rocks Guatemala

. Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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Three earthquakes rocked southern Guatemala on Monday in 90 minutes, shaking buildings in the capital, killing at least three people.

The quake struck near the southwestern coast of Guatemala, the area around Santa Rosa sugar cane plantations, and forced the evacuation of about 400 people and cut off the electricity and telephone service.


According to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the first quake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale which is followed about half an hour later by a second earthquake measuring 5.8 magnitude. The other three earthquakes that occurred after with smaller magnitude. Earthquake epicenter was located in the east and northeast Cuilapa and the larger one has a depth of 25 miles (40 km).

They rocked buildings in Guatemala City, about 33 miles (52 km) away.

This area is prone to earthquakes with more than 15,000 small earthquakes since 1979, said Eddy Sanchez, head of the geology agency of Guatemala.

A woman was killed when her house collapsed in the town of Cuilapa, near the epicenter, and two others died after their car was buried in a landslide on the highway.

In Chiquimulilla, there are landslide and made the vehicles fell and buried. There was material damage to vehicles and so far reported two deaths.

Many homes in the area around Santa Rosa that is made of mud bricks and a weak structure makes it vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake. Usually there is a landslide during seismic events, moreover have a lot of rain, so the situation could become more troubled.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

India Earthquake

. Monday, September 19, 2011
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An earthquake with magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter Scale struck the northeastern region of India and Nepal, Sunday (9/18/2011), and killed at least 16 people and destroyed several buildings.

The disaster came at 18:10 local time and its shocks felt in the region along the northeastern and eastern India including the capital New Delhi. The quake was followed by at least two aftershocks measuring M 6.1 and 5.3 on Richter Scale.

At least five people were killed in the state of Sikkim and more than 50 others wounded as reported to state officials, Karma Gyatso. In the state of West Bengal there were four people reportedly died while in Bihar there were two deaths.

Meanwhile, the Nepalese government announced there were five dead included two men and a child who hit the wall that collapsed near the British Embassy in the capital, Katmandu.

Extent of damage and casualties in the disaster can not be known with certainty because of the region there are also many people living in remote areas that are now isolated because landslides caused by the quake.

Lokanthali, Bhaktapur became one of the worst areas affected by the earthquake.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Microsoft Windows 8 has been Introduced

. Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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Microsoft finally officially released the latest operating system Windows 8 at BUILD conference attended by thousands of application developers in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday (13/09/2011). President of Microsoft's Windows Division, Stefen Sinofsky said Windows 8 as the major changes that have made by Microsoft after Windows 95.

In his presentation, he explained that Windows 8 will indeed offer a new experience compared to the previous operating system that supports full-featured touch screen and can be used in all kinds of devices like PCs and tablet.

From the display, the operating system presents a fresh menu like Windows Phone 7. The first screen presents a collection of information directly from the applications in use and the menus are arranged neatly with a design called the Metro. From the start menu, its consumer can also directly access the list of friends in social networks and favorite menus simply sliding the screen with the touch of a finger.

Windows 8 also supports various hardware platforms. Unlike previous Windows versions that support only the x86 processor architecture, Windows 8 also supports the ARM chip that is widely used in tablet devices generally. Form of devices will be much more sleek and thin and will have a longer battery life.

Sinofsky ensure that all the software that runs on Windows 7 will also can be used on Windows 8. A little different is the approach in terms of users to access multiple types of applications. If the previous operating system to force users always open the application one by one, on Windows 8 collaboration between applications began to be applied. For example through a feature that lets users access email information, Twitter, and social networks in one view.

Currently, Windows 8 are newly introduced to the developers because of the developer preview version. There is no certainty when this software will begin to be distributed to the market. Still have to go through the beta, release candidate, and release to manufacturing, before being distributed. Microsoft must make sure the quality is and is not dependent on deadlines.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Toyota Camry

. Saturday, September 10, 2011
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Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) USA officially launched the seventh generation Toyota Camry, best-selling sedan for 14 years. In addition to changes in appearance, its unit price is also more competitive.

From the exterior, the Camry's design looks more sporty. This emanated from the design of the headlamps are more slender and the lower middle there is a bulge. Likewise, sport-style grille (smaller) with a net models (not flipper). Then, the design on the bottom airscoop separated into three parts.
The rear is also change and its sporty impression is strong enough with the small wing at the top end of the trunk lid. Lamp model is no longer rectangular, but there are curves follow the trunk. Toyota claims the sedan is more spacious interior, complete security features, enhanced driving dynamics, and the cabin is quiet.

In addition to the body, Toyota Camry also replace the smallest engine 2.4-liter to 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), took 6-speed automatic transmission. Power output 178 HP, up 9 HP with torque of 230 Nm. Fuel efficiency is also increased by a record 10.6 km per liter in the city, 14.8 km per liter on the highway, and 11.9 km per liter of a combination of both.

Newer heart of pacemaker was inserted in the SE and XLE models, as well as some use the 24-valve, DOHC 3.5-liter V6, Dual VVT-i-powered 268 hp and 336 Nm of torque. Transmission 6-speed automatic with sequential shift. Fuel consumption of 8.9 km per liter in the city, 12.7 highway miles per liter, and 10.6 km per liter combination.

For security, all of Toyota Camry comes 10 point airbags, Toyota's Star Safety System ™ which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist. Now, all the cars there are also features Smart Technology Stops Brake override System and monitoring tire air pressure at the speedometer.

As a reference, Japan automotive maker has also revised Camry LE price (lowest model) 200 U.S. dollars to USD 22,500 and the most expensive XLE also deducted U.S. $ 2,000 up USD 24,725. Mid-size sedan was released to the market beginning in October 2011, then followed by other countries.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A giant crocodile caught in Philippines

. Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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OMG! A giant crocodile which weighs 1075 kilograms arrested in the Philippines, the length of this giant crocodile reached 6.4 meters. This giant crocodile captured by villagers and officials of captive breeding crocodile located in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur province, Philippines. Bunawan Mayor Cox Elorde said, the male crocodile snared and captured by dozens of villagers near the river after they held a hunt for three weeks.

Elorde said the giant crocodile ate a water buffalo in an attack witnessed by villagers last month and was suspected of killed a fisherman who went missing in July.

Elorde said he sought the experts help at a crocodile farm in western Palawan province. And about 100 people had to pull the one-ton saltwater crocodile, which weighs about 2,370 pounds, and reach 21-foot long, from the creek to a clearing where a crane lifted it into a truck. After initial sightings at a creek, the hunters set four traps, which the crocodile destroyed. Then they used sturdier traps using steel cables, one of which finally caught the enormous reptile late Saturday.

The giant crocodile will be the biggest star of tourist attractions. It was placed in a fenced cage in an area where the town plans to build an ecotourism park for species found in a vast marshland in Agusan, an impoverished region about 515 miles southeast of Manila.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Tropical storm Talas Hits Western Japan

. Monday, September 5, 2011
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Tropical storm Talas has hit western Japan and killed at least 24 people and 54 missing. Storm Talas, a deadly typhoon that struck Japan over the last few years. Talas is blowing about 108 kilometers per hour. River which flows also bring building materials and landslides that hoard hundreds of homes.

Local authorities reported, in Nara Prefecture, a ruined apartment that causes two people were killed and seven people remain missing. In the village of Totsukawa, Nara province, floods washed away 11 people in two houses. Four people were rescued but one later confirmed dead. 7 other people still missing.

Three people were killed and 19 missing in the prefecture. Flooding and landslides killed some more people in other regions in western and southern Japan.

While in Kansai prefecture and surrounding areas, 30.000 residents successfully evacuated.

In Wakayama Prefecture, 12 people were reported killed and 29 people remain missing. A person drowned while trying to rise to the top of his car and a man were also killed after being hit by a landslide. In the city of Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, a landslide destroyed three homes early Sunday morning. One person was killed and four people missing. Police said nine people are confirmed dead and 32 still missing in the prefecture.

More than 100 people injured in areas hit by the storm. Until now, the tropical storm Talas has been slowly moving toward the north in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). According to agency data tropical storm that hit Japan in October 2004, when 98 people were killed, while a hurricane in September 2004 killed 46 people.

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