Massive landslide kills 400; more deaths feared, Afghanistan

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Landslide Alert

Description of . This image made from AP video shows people searching for survivors after a massive landslide landslide buried a village Friday, May 2, 2014 in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, which Afghan and U.N. officials say left hundreds of dead and missing missing. (AP Photo via AP video)

More than 400 people have been killed in a massive landslide in the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan on Friday, officials said.

Fazludin Ayar, a provincial police chief, has confirmed the death of 400 people including women and children.

“A village that has about 215 houses is completely buried under mud and rocks,” he said.

Description of . Afghans search for survivors after a massive landslide landslide buried a village Friday, May 2, 2014 in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, which Afghan and U.N. officials say left hundreds of dead and missing missing.(AP Photo/Ahmad Zubair)

He said around 300 families, who were in danger of another landslide, had been evacuated to safer areas.

Shah Waliullah Adib, governor of the Badakhshan province, told an Anadolu Agency correspondent that more than 700 people were feared death in the landslide.

He said the landslide occurred in the mountainous Argoy district after heavy rainfalls on Friday afternoon.

Description of . Afghans search for survivors after a massive landslide landslide buried a village Friday, May 2, 2014 in Badakhshan province, northeastern Afghanistan, which Afghan and U.N. officials say left hundreds of dead and missing missing.(AP Photo/Ahmad Zubair)

“No rescue teams have arrived at the scene yet,” he said, adding that residents of the nearby villages turned up for help.

In a statement released from his office, Afghan president Hamid Karzai said he was deeply saddened…

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Study: ‘worst drought of this century barely makes the top 10 ‘

Inconvenient!

Watts Up With That?

From Bringham Young University:

Tree rings reveal nightmare droughts in the West

If you think the 1930s drought that caused The Dust Bowl was rough, new research looking at tree rings in the Rocky Mountains has news for you: Things can get much worse in the West.

In fact the worst drought of this century barely makes the top 10 of a study that extended Utah’s climate record back to the year 1429.

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S0 News May 2, 2014: Starwater Oceans, Solar Uptick Imminent?

The Best Soil For A Home Garden

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image credit: Mel Bartholomew

By Ken Jorgustin

The most important thing for a successful home garden is it’s soil. You need the best soil possible. If you are working on garden beds, container gardens, or other small efficient home garden spaces where a very large quantity of soil may not be required, consider the following.

Instead of trying to improve your existing soil with special ingredients to offset or compliment your soil issues (sandy, clay, ph, drainage, nutrients, etc.,) avoid the hard work and start with a perfect soil mix.

Here’s how:

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6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes Pacific near New Caledonia, no damage

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Caladonia May 1 6.6 mag
MAY 2014AUSTRALIA – A strong but fairly deep earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean near the French territory of New Caledonia on Thursday evening, but there were no reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warnings were issued, seismologists said. The6.6-magnitude earthquake at 5:36 p.m. local time (0636 GMT) on Thursday was centered in the Pacific Ocean about 201 kilometers (125 miles) west-northwest of the uninhabited volcanic island of Hunter, which is part of the French territory of New Caledonia. It struck about 105 kilometers (65 miles) deep, making it a fairly deep earthquake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Computer models showed some 45,000 people on islands near the epicenter may have felt light shaking, but damage or casualties were neither expected nor reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which initially measured the tremor as having a magnitude of 6.7, said the earthquake…

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Block-long sinkhole swallows cars in Baltimore, Maryland

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May 2014MARYLAND– A block-long sinkhole opened up in a residential neighborhood in rain-soaked Baltimore on Wednesday, devouring cars and forcing the evacuation of several houses. The sinkhole opened next to railroad tracks used by CSX in the first block of 26th Street in northeast Baltimore, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management said. A photo uploaded to the Twitter account showed several cars swallowed in the pit. CSX said an embankment collapsed onto the railroad tracks. It said rail traffic in the area has been suspended. Residents in the rowhouses on the block were being evacuated and a building inspector was called to the scene, the fire department said. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said there were no injuries or fatalities. Cars sit on the edge of a sinkhole in the Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore, April 30, as heavy rain moved through the region. –NBC News

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