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Targeted Attacks and Suicide Bombings Continue in Iraq

Date of Occurrence: April 20, 2014 Location: Baghdad, Iraq Event: Suicide Bombings and Targeted Attacks Fatalities: 19 Injuries/Displaced: 36

Multiple attacks across Iraq have killed at least nineteen people and wounded over thirty-six.  In one attack, a suicide bomber drove his car into a police checkpoint in Suwayrah (25 miles south of Baghdad) killing 12 and wounding 19.  At another security checkpoint in Madain (Southeast Baghdad), a car bomber struck an army checkpoint killing three and injuring twelve.

Two attacks on Sunday targeted a Shiite  college when one suicide bomber with an explosives belt targeted the main gate of the college and a second group of militants attacked the back gate. Other attacks included roadside bombs and drive by shootings.

Source:

USA Today

 

7.2 Quake Rocks Mexico

Date of Occurrence: April 18, 2014 Location: Guerrero, Mexico Event: Earthquake Fatalities: None Injuries/Displaced: None

A large 7.2 earthquake hit in the western state of Guerrero, Mexico (near Acapulco) on Friday, April 18th at 9:27 am.  Mexico City, located over 200 miles from the earthquake, were alerted over a minute (71 seconds) before the quake struck thanks to Mexico’s early quake warning system which has been in place for over 21 years and alerts residents via sirens, television broadcasts, and an earthquake radio system.  Similar systems are found in Japan and other countries.  The USGS has a prototype alert system that hasn’t been developed further] due to lack of funding.

No injuries or major damage has been reported.

Sources:

Euro News

Los Angeles Times

Deadly Avalanche at Mount Everest

Date of Occurrence: April 19, 2014 Location: Mt Everest, Nepal Event: Avalanche Fatalities: 12 Injuries/Displaced: 40

Twelve Sherpas were killed and dozens injured by an avalanche that occurred on Mount Everest.  The Sherpas were traveling a popular route to summit the mountain.  This  requires traversing underneath a moving glacier and well-known hazard known locally as Golden Gate due to the shape of ice formations.  While traversing,  a piece of ice broke off of a moving glacier and setting off an avalanche.

Sources:

Times of India