Tsunami alert after 8.2 quake strikes off Chile

_73965188_021755056-1A quake of 8.2 magnitude has struck off northern Chile, triggering a tsunami alert and killing at least five people.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 20:46 local time (23:46 GMT) about 86km (52 miles) north-west of the mining area of Iquique.

Waves of up to 2.1m (6ft) have hit some areas in Chile, and there have been power cuts, fires and landslides.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated in affected areas, where a state of emergency has been declared.

Chilean TV broadcast pictures of traffic jams as people tried to leave.

Officials said the dead included people who were crushed by collapsing walls or died of heart attacks.


Indonesia volcano eruption leaves at least 16 dead

A villager run as Mount Sinabung erupt at Sigarang-Garang village in Karo district, Indonesia's North Sumatra province, February 1At least 16 people have been killed after a volcano erupted on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Mount Sinabung spewed hot gas, ash and rocks 2km (1.5 miles) into the air, after four years of dormancy.


Monster storm roars into Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines in this weather satellite image, taken at 0200 UTC 8 November 2013Typhoon Haiyan: residents flee



Iceland seeks UK funding for subsea cable project

Construction of £4.3bn subsea cable – the world’s longest – will link Iceland to UK electricity grid and could deliver five terawatt-hours a year

Iceland‘s president Olafur Grimsson is expected this week to call on the British government to provide financial support for the construction of a £4.3bn subsea electricity cable – which will be the longest in the world – linking his country to the UK’s electricity grid.

The ambitious project, drawing on hydro geothermal and wind power generation, could deliver five terawatt-hours a year to Britain at a cost 15% lower than offshore wind, according to Iceland’s state-owned electricity firm Landsvirkjun.

Grimsson’s presence at a conference in London on Friday, arranged by Landsvirkjun and the British-Iceland chamber of commerce, underlines the seriousness with which the project is being taken. The two governments have been exploring proposals for a cable after signing amemorandum of understanding last May. However, before the contract can be put out to tender the huge cost will have to be underwritten by British taxpayers.

Iceland enjoys the cheapest electricity prices in Europe thanks to abundant geothermal energy, wind and especially hydropower from glacial meltwater. The industry generates more than 12 gigawatt hours of electricity, about five times the demand from Iceland’s 317,000 population.

Wimbledon tennis balls travel over 50,000 miles to arrive at centre court

Slazenger balls that used to be made in Barnsley rack up huge journey across 11 countries, Warwick Business School finds


Nuclear power gets £10bn financial guarantee boost

Sheep in front of Hinkley Point nuclear power stationMinisters respond to warnings that UK is on brink of power blackouts with support for French generator EDF to build Hinkley Point nuclear power plant


Volcano project scours Iceland for early warning signals

Work is under way to improve monitoring of Iceland’s volcanoes and give earlier warning of possible eruptions.

The FutureVolc project is funded by the European Union and involves more sensors as well as better real-time data analysis.

It is a response to the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull, which closed down much of European airspace.

It is hoped the work will enable better detection of imminent eruptions and map their evolution.



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