Sunday, June 2, 2013

Philippine official said an earthquake in the region has injured at least 9 people, set off a landslide and damaged more than 30 houses in a southern province.

Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza of North Cotabato province said that the quake, which struck late on Saturday with a magnitude of 5.7, also cracked roads, damaged the approach to a bridge and damaged water supply pipes in two farming villages in Carmen town in her province.
Mendoza says the quake damaged a school in the village of Kimadzil, adding residents remained jittery because of continuing aftershocks. The Philippine archipelago is located in the Pacific 'Ring of Fire', where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.
A magnitude-7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people on the northern island of Luzon in 1990.
A 5.5-magnitude quake struck in a remote area off the Solomon Islands on Sunday.

The US Geological Survey said the tremor, at a depth of 70 kilometres (43 miles), struck in the Solomon Sea at 3:32 am local time (17:32 GMT today) about 84 kilometres southwest of Chirovanga.
The USGS PAGER (Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response) issued a green alert level projecting a very low risk of casualties or economic losses.
In February the remote town of Lata was hit by a devastating tsunami after a 8.0-magnitude earthquake. The tsunami left at least 10 people dead, destroyed hundreds of homes and left thousands of people homeless.
The Solomons are part of the 'Ring of Fire', a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 2007 a tsunami following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake killed at least 52 people in the Solomons and left thousands homeless.


Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.5
  • 2 Jun 2013 05:43:03 UTC
  • 2 Jun 2013 13:43:04 near epicenter
  • 2 Jun 2013 09:43:03 standard time in your timezone
Location 23.792N 121.135E
Depth 14 km
  • 25 km (15 mi) SE of Buli, Taiwan
  • 39 km (24 mi) E of Lugu, Taiwan
  • 49 km (30 mi) ESE of Nantou, Taiwan
  • 49 km (30 mi) ESE of Zhongxing New Village, Taiwan
  • 734 km (455 mi) ENE of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.6 km; Vertical 6.6 km.   

AirAsia Brings Home Gold from The BrandLaureate Best Brands Award
Tony Fernandes is Aviation Man Of The Year
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SEPANG, 1st JUNE 2013 – AirAsia, the world's best low cost airline four times running was once again honoured at the BrandLaureate Best Brands Award ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur recently. 
The airline received "The BrandLaureate President’s Award" in the Best Low Cost Carrier category. The President’s Award is indeed an exceptional one as the winners are specially evaluated and chosen by the President of The BrandLaureate organisation. 
AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was also named as The BrandLaureate "Aviation Man of The Year" at the award ceremony. 
Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said "We are honoured to receive this award. It is a recognition of the hard work, determination and effort from AirAsia Allstars. We have a pool of talented individuals who are constantly innovative and changing the aviation industry and I am extremely proud of them". 
Dubbed as The Grammy Awards for Branding, TheBrandLaureate Best Brand Awards is the number one branding award in Asia Pacific. Aimed at nurturing and promoting local brands the recipients of the award are judged on various aspects including brand strategy, brand culture and brand performance.

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