Strong 7.5 earthquake hits near Acapulco, Mexico

By RedFlag

MEXICO CITY – A powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its magnitude at 7.5 and said it was centered near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

An Associated Press reporter said it was felt strongly in the resort city but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The quake shook Mexico City for at least 30 seconds, with buildings swaying as people fled high rises and took to the streets. Because of the Easter holiday, that city was less crowded than usual.

Mexico City is vulnerable even to distant earthquakes because much of it sits atop the muddy sediments of drained lake beds that quiver as quake waves hit.

The magnitude-8.1 quake in 1985 that killed at least 6,000 people and destroyed many buildings in Mexico City was centered 250 miles away on the Pacific Coast.

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DEADLY AVALANCHE At least 12 dead, 4 missing in Mount Everest accident

By RedFlag

KATMANDU, Nepal – An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak.

The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts.

An injured survivor told his relatives that the path up the mountain was unstable just before the avalanche. As soon as the avalanche hit, rescuers and climbers rushed to help.

Rescue workers pulled out 12 bodies from under mounds of snow and ice and were searching for the four missing guides, Lamsal said. Officials had earlier said three were missing.

The avalanche hit an area nicknamed the “popcorn field” for its bulging chucks of ice and is just below Camp 2, Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association said. Camp 2 sits at an elevation of 6,400 meters (21,000 feet) on the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) mountain.

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Harry Reid Calls Cliven Bundy Supporters “Domestic Terrorists,” Does Glenn Beck agree? (PODCAST)

By Austin Petersen

Nevada Senator Harry Reid took a swipe at the protesters supporting rancher Cliven Bundy in his war against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Reid claimed that the rancher’s supporters were “domestic terrorists,” and challenged their patriotism. Meanwhile, radio host Glenn Beck cautioned against potentially violent protesters who were the “right’s version of Occupy Wall […]

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