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See the Moment a Great White Shark Attacked a Film Crew

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUCKLAND, New Zealand) — Groups protesting the shark cage-diving industry in New Zealand are now using footage of a great white shark attacking two film crew members on a small boat to highlight what they see as a growing problem.

The video was part of the Discovery documentary, Lair of the Megashark, which aired last year.

Two film crew members can be seen on a small inflatable boat when suddenly, a shark lunges and can be seen trying to bite the dinghy’s rope connecting it to a larger boat.

“I don’t think this is such a brilliant f****** idea you know,” a voice can be heard saying. “I don’t think we can have a boat in there. I really don’t.”

Many locals believe close encounters such as these are the result of cage-diving, which makes sharks comfortable around boats and humans, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Fisherman Richard Squires told the newspaper he was attacked by sharks recently — and believes sharks are getting more comfortable around boats because of cage diving.

“We’ve been attacked twice,” he said. “A shark came up and bit a buoy on the stern of the vessel, it came charging out of the water with its mouth open.”

The Herald added New Zealand’s First Members of Parliament Clayton Mitchell and Winston Peters went to a public meeting about the shark problem last week.

“We are calling on the government to put a moratorium on this and actually do a comprehensive study on what the impact [of cage diving] is,” Mitchell said. “When you start bringing the sharks in close to your boat for the thrill-seekers, like any animal, their behavior becomes modified.”

However, Allan Munn, who directs conservation services for the southern South Island, told the Herald it was “highly unlikely” shark diving had anything to do with increased great white activity.

A few miles away in Southern Australia, a 26-year-old surfer was in critical condition Monday following a shark attack this past Saturday, local Adelaide paper, The Advertiser, reported.

Local fishermen said the “attack does not bode well for the popular shark diving industry who they say we’re looking to expand their operations to those waters,” The Advertiser reported.

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Nepal Earthquake Rescue Teams En Route in Wake of Devastation

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by

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JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — Rescue crews from around the globe are headed to Nepal in the race to provide disaster relief and pull survivors still beneath the rubble in the wake of Saturday’s earthquake that toppled temples, triggered a Mt. Everest avalanche and devastated the capital of Kathmandu.

This comes as officials said Monday that death toll had surpassed 4,000.

The U.S. government is providing an additional $9 million in assistance, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday, in addition to the $1 million already provided.

U.S. disaster relief teams are en route to join U.S. Special Forces already in Nepal. A search-and-rescue team from California took off for Nepal late Sunday night, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Crews from Israel, Japan, Australia, India, China, Germany, Canada and New Zealand are also headed to the region.


Even social media is contributing to the rescue efforts. Facebook has activated its “safety check” feature, which allows users to tell friends and family they are safe. Google has also activated its own disaster tool called “person finder” and is updating satellite imagery to help with relief efforts.

At Mt. Everest, where the magnitude-7.8 quake triggered an avalanche, three helicopters have started to rescue up to 150 stranded mountaineers. The mountain is too treacherous to walk down; the only way to evacuate safely is by helicopter.

Kat Heldman of San Diego was on Mt. Everest when the deadly avalanche struck, which she described as “a white billowing cloud.”

“I thought I was dead,” Heldman said.

Tents, clothing and oxygen supplies are strewn across the mountain as rescuers try to reach survivors before supplies run out or another aftershock hits. Nearly the entire 100,000-soldier Nepalese army is involved in rescue operations, the army said. Many climbers remain unaccounted for.

In Kathmandu, many streets are impassable, filled not only with rubble but with the injured. Drone footage captures the chaos in the streets as global rescue teams continue to dig through collapsed buildings in search for buried survivors.

Thousands of people are fleeing Kathmandu, unwilling to go into any building, fearing the effects of another aftershock.

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Nepal Earthquake: Americans Trying to Get Out Describe ‘Really Bad’ Situation

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by

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Omar Havana/Getty Images(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — Alex Diaz is just one of hundreds of Americans stuck at Kathmandu airport trying to flee the aftermath of this weekend’s deadly quake in Nepal.

Diaz, who hails from New York, described the situation at the airport as a “complete madhouse” — with many Americans stuck trying to leave the disaster ravaged country.

“It’s really bad,” he told ABC News. “Flights are not leaving, or landing fast enough, so many diversions. My flight out is stuck in Dhaka.”

As the situation worsens at the airport, officials announced on Monday that the death toll had topped 4,000.

Diaz was visiting Nepal when the quake struck and is now urgently trying to leave along with countless Americans.

The U.S. State Department has not indicated exactly how many Americans are in Nepal who are trying to get out.

Diaz said the situation at Kathmandu airport it is “past desperate.”

“We are just exhausted and resigned,” he added. “Some people have been in this terminal for days. Basically you’re living landing to landing. If your plane can land and only then you can get out, but you don’t know which ones will land.”

Diaz says people are sitting in the terminal tracking flights on flightradar24.

“Every so often one lands and that airline’s people scuttle to the super crowded gates or they run out of fuel and divert and everyone madly dashes out to the ticket counters. You just don’t know which ones will leave,” he said.

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Nepal Earthquake: For Climbers on Mount Everest, a Terrifying Tragedy

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Nick Cienski considers himself fortunate.

He was on Mount Everest with his team when a massive earthquake — and avalanche — hit. The disasters are responsible for more than 4,000 deaths, plus 18 people killed on the mountain.

Cienski was located at the edge of the avalanche.

“When you looked up and saw this thing coming at you, it was like out of a Hollywood movie. It was huge, this huge wave of snow,” he said in an interview with ABC News. “We just hunkered into our tents and started praying and lived through it.”

Cienski didn’t initially believe that it was an earthquake, but he understood the gravity of the situation when the snow headed in his direction.

“Once we hunkered into our tent, my wife and I were just sort of huddled in our sleeping bags holding each other and this whole tent was just moving with the wind and the snow being pelted into it,” he said. “You can’t really describe it. It was incredibly terrifying. We had no idea if we were going to get ripped off the ground inside these tents and flung into rocks and who knows what, and thank the Lord we weren’t.”

Cienski and his wife started working their way to harder-hit areas, witnessing the destruction — the winds, rocks and ice ripping through tents.

“Some people were incredibly badly broken up,” Cienski said. “The early evening was the most difficult, as we started to retrieve bodies. It was very difficult. Some of these people were incredibly badly damaged and hurt and, in some cases, in pieces, and so the evening was very, very somber, indeed.”

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Finnish Man Nearly Finished with Country After $60K Speeding Ticket

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by

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plusphoto/amanaimagesRF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A wealthy Finn is fed up with his country after being slapped with a speeding ticket that topped a hundred thousand dollars.

According to the local publication Italehti, Finland’s speeding fines are linked to the wealth of the offender, and thanks to businessman Reima Kuisla’s 2013 salary of over four million bucks, his ticket for doing 64 miles an hour in a 50 mile per hour zone will cost him 54,000 Euros, or the equivalent of more than 58,600 U.S. dollars.

Kuisla took to Facebook to complain about the fine, saying, “I would have thought ten years ago that I should seriously consider moving abroad. Finland is an impossible country…for certain kinds of people with large incomes…”

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Israeli Defense Forces Thwart Attack From Syria, Raises Alert Level

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 by

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Joel Carillet/iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Several alleged terrorists were killed Sunday night while trying to place explosives along the Syrian-Israeli border, the Israeli Defense Force announced.

An IDF patrol identified the targets around 9:30 p.m. local time who were “attempting to place an explosive device against IDF forces on Israel’s border with Syria.”

“Terrorists armed w/ explosives along Israeli-Syrian border were en route to imminent attack on our forces. Our air force neutralized threat,” the IDF tweeted.


In response to the incident, the IDF said it is raising the alert level along Israel’s northern border.


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Pope Francis Offers Prayers for Victims of Nepal Earthquake

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 by

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neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) — After Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Pope Francis offered his prayers for the victims from his balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square.

The pope called for help for the survivors during his weekly Sunday blessing.

Francis said he was praying for the victims, the injured and all those suffering from this calamity.

He urged others to lend them support and fraternal solidarity.

The quake damaged a large swath of territory, destroying Kathmandu, dozens of small villages and shaking the slopes of Mount Everest where it triggered an avalanche that partially buried a base camp where foreign climbers were staying.

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Three Americans Among Dead in Nepal Earthquake

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 by

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ABC News(KATHMANDU, Nepal) — Three Americans were among the thousands killed in a massive earthquake that struck Nepal’s capital on Saturday.

The State Department hasn’t identified any of the three, but two of the Americans were killed in an avalanche on Mt. Everest that was triggered by the magnitude 7.8-earthquake near Kathmandu.

Seattle-based Madison Mountaineering said on its website that Marisa Eve Girawong was a camp medic who was killed when the avalanche hit her base camp. Google executive Dan Fredinburg was also killed in the avalanche.

Girawong, a physician’s assistant, had attended school in Chicago and focused on trauma and wilderness medicine, said Madison Mountaineering. An avid rock climber and mountaineer, she had reached the summits of Mt. Washington and Mt. Rainier.

The earthquake has killed more than 2,100.

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Americans in Nepal Describe Massive Earthquake and Devastating Aftermath

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 by

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Abigail Hunter (BAKTAPUR, Nepal) — An American traveling in Nepal described the moment a massive earthquake hit Saturday, as she witnessed “the whole ground, all the temples… moving at once.”

“It was huge. Everyone felt it,” Abigail Hunter said. “A lot of screaming going on, a lot of bricks coming down.”

Hunter, the sister of an ABC News employee, is traveling in Baktapur, about 30 minutes away from Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

The magnitude-7.8 quake hit about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu, just before noon local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. More than 2,100 people are dead and the death toll is expected to rise.

Hunter said she saw people pulling others out of buildings and using motorbikes and small trucks as makeshift ambulances.

“The streets are littered with bricks, debris, loads of dust,” she said. “[It] was hard to see during the earthquake with all the dust.”

A magnitude-6.6 aftershock hit about an hour after the initial earthquake and smaller aftershocks followed in the region for hours.

During the aftershocks, “Lots of people [were] praying to the actual temples,” Hunter said.

Hunter said she watched as families ran to their homes to see if anyone was still inside.

“Everyone was very scared,” she said. “Lots of crying, families trying to find each other.”

“I’m from California, I’ve felt smaller earthquakes before but [I’ve never] felt anything like this,” Hunter said.

Now in the earthquake’s aftermath, Ayal Weiner-Kaplow, another American visiting Bhaktapur, said water wasn’t flowing and most of the remaining food was dried junk food and crackers.

He said he wandered around in search for something to eat until he came upon a restaurant.

“A restaurant owner filled us up — all of our bottles — and gave us potatoes, bread, and chicken, refused payment adamantly,” he said. “I was actually moved to tears.”

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Chilean Volcano Forces Thousands From Homes

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 by

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zapatisthack/iStock/Thinkstock(ENSENADA, Chile) — Chileans are digging out from under 15 inches of heavy inches of heavy ash, after twin eruptions from the Calbuco volcano Wednesday and Thursday spewed smoke, ash and lava 6 miles high.

More than 6,500 people have been evacuated from towns within 12 miles of the volcano, which had been dormant for more than 40 years.

Authorities worry there could be addition eruptions to come, as attention also turns to the weather.

Rain is forecast in the area over the next several days, which could solidify the thick layer of ash and ravel into rock-hard cement.

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