World Population reaches 7 BILLION
World is “verge of new recession”
Hell has broken loose: Snowstorm has hit the US East Coast, with some areas of Massachusetts seeing more than 27in (68cm) of snow.
More than three million homes have lost their electricity supply from Maryland to Massachusetts – some residents may be without power for several days. Wind speed: 111km/h
States of emergency declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and parts of New York.
In New York City, a new record for October snowfall was set when 1.3in fell in Central Park. Only three other snowy October days have been recorded in the park in 135 years of record-keeping.
5.8 earthquake has rattled the east coast of the United States.
The quake centred on the state of Virginia but was felt in Washington, where the Pentagon and US Capitol were evacuated, as well as in New York.
The National Cathedral was among buildings damaged, although there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Federal officials said two nuclear reactors had been taken offline near the epicentre of the quake but that no damage had been reported.
A total of 12 nuclear plants declared “unusual events” after the quake. (23 Aug.2011, BBC news)
Airlines are envisioning a booming summer season as fares have risen and planes are expected to be full. However, challenges are expected in the fall, and jet-fuel costs have increased about 33% from a year ago. Carriers are already planning to reduce capacity once the summer comes to a close, and some have started offering sales for travel after the vacation season. ASTA News, June 17th 2011.