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Nebraska residents get rude awakening with rare earthquake: 'Our feet were just jiggling and bouncing around'

Nebraska earthquake

Nebraska experienced a rare, magnitude 4.2 earthquake Sunday afternoon that set floors shaking and pots banging but didn't appear to cause any damage.

"Our feet were just jiggling and bouncing around," said Kim Harig, who was working at the Webster County Community Hospital in Red Cloud, Nebraska, on Sunday afternoon when the quake hit.

"I said, 'Do you feel that?' and my colleagues all felt it. I said, 'It must be an earthquake.'"

It was, in fact, a 4.2 earthquake whose epicenter was about 15 miles to the northeast of Red Cloud, just above the Kansas border in the southeastern part of the state. The US Geological Survey put the exact location at 6.2 miles north-northeast of Guide Rock, Nebraska.

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Tennessee tornadoes leave at least 6 dead, tens of thousands without power

Tennessee tornadoesSevere storms and tornadoes in Tennessee left at least six people dead on Saturday and caused what local emergency services described as extensive damage with tens of thousands of residents without power.

"At this time we can confirm that three people are deceased, two adults and one child as a result of the tornado that touched down this afternoon. Additionally, 23 people have been treated at the hospital," the Montgomery County in Tennessee said on its Facebook page.


Earth on verge of five catastrophic climate tipping points, scientists warn

Five catastrophic tipping points for Earth

Many of the gravest threats to humanity are drawing closer, as carbon pollution heats the planet to ever more dangerous levels, scientists have warned.

Five important natural thresholds already risk being crossed, according to the Global Tipping Points report, and three more may be reached in the 2030s if the world heats 1.5C (2.7F) above pre-industrial temperatures.

Triggering these planetary shifts will not cause temperatures to spiral out of control in the coming centuries but will unleash dangerous and sweeping damage to people and nature that cannot be undone.


The asterisks on COP28’s climate pledges

COP28's climate pledges

A flurry of pledges during the opening days of the United Nations climate summit steered clear of a key proposal for limiting global warming: phasing out fossil fuels.

Nearly 120 countries promised Saturday to triple the world’s renewable energy capacity and double the global rate of energy efficiency, while oil and gas companies committed to ending methane emissions by 2030. On the same day, the U.S. pledged $3 billion to help nations adapt to climate change and reduce emissions, while announcing a sweeping final rule to slash methane emissions from oil and gas operations. (The money pledge is “subject to the availability of funds,” the Treasury Department cautioned.)

Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp summed it up as “the single most impactful day” at the annual U.N. climate summit in the nearly 30 years they’ve been occurring.


Caught on camera! The world's biggest iceberg, a megaberg, 3 times size of New York City

Iceberg three times size of NYC

Megaberg on the move: Massive iceberg is 'on the move' near Antarctica after sitting still for decades

"It is incredibly lucky that the iceberg’s route out of the Weddell Sea sat directly across our planned path, and that we had the right team aboard to take advantage of this opportunity," said Andrew Meijers, chief scientist on the research ship, in a statement.

"We’re fortunate that navigating A23a hasn’t had an impact on the tight timings for our science mission, and it is amazing to see this huge berg in person – it stretches as far as the eye can see," he said.

A23a made worldwide news last week after it moved out of the Weddell Sea sector into the Southern Ocean. It calved from the Filchner Ice Shelf in 1986, before being grounded on the seabed nearby, the British Antarctic Survey said. A23a will now likely be swept along by the Antarctic circumpolar current into "iceberg alley," putting it on a common iceberg trajectory toward the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.


Iran-linked cyberattacks threaten equipment used in U.S. water systems and factories

Iran linked cyber attaccks threaten water

An Iran-linked hacking group is "actively targeting and compromising" multiple U.S. facilities for using an Israeli-made computer system, U.S. cybersecurity officials say.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said on Friday that the hackers, known as "CyberAv3ngers," have been infiltrating video screens with the message "You have been hacked, down with Israel. Every equipment 'made in Israel' is CyberAv3ngers legal target."


Private detective who led a hacking attack against climate activists gets prison time

Exxon knewAn Israeli private investigator who orchestrated a global hacking operation that targeted American climate activists and foundations was sentenced in federal court to nearly seven years in prison after pleading guilty.

The emails obtained through the hacking were published in the American media. Federal prosecutors said that oil giant ExxonMobil then used the news reports to fight multiple state investigations.

The activists were victims of a hacking attack led by private investigator Aviram Azari. Federal prosecutors in New York say Azari was a key figure in a "massive computer hacking campaign that targeted thousands of victims worldwide," including climate activists in the U.S., government officials in Africa, members of a Mexican political party and critics of a German company called Wirecard.


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