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7.7-magnitude earthquake in Chile, tsunami warning lifted

earthquake in ChileA 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit Chile Sunday. There were tsunami warnings, but they have been lifted.

The quake hit 150 miles southwest of Puerto Montt, at a depth of 9 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Chile's national emergency office issued an alert and ordered an evacuation.

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A 148-year-old temperature record broken in Australia

Australia heat recordSydney has just broken a record that has stood since 1868 - the overnight temperature stayed above 27C.

In December 1868, Sydney registered a minimum temperature of 26.3C, a record that had stood ever since.  On Tuesday night, the minimum was 27.1C.  It also makes it the second hottest night on record for any month of the year, a Bureau Of Meteorology spokesperson said.

Sydney is experiencing high temperatures, at day and night, and in December, that is surprisingly uncommon.

Tuesday saw a maximum temperature of 39C and on Wednesday, it was 37.5.

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After 5-year study, scientists say unchecked Arctic melting may bring irreversible change

Arctic ice melting irreversibleQuickly melting ice in the Arctic with no effort to stop it may someday bring a stage where critical ecological change is uncontrollable, a team of international scientists said in a "groundbreaking" new report Friday.

In the Arctic Resilience Report, released Friday, the team of scientists said Arctic ice is melting faster than ever before and it will probably only get worse. In fact, the ecological change currently happening in the Arctic region is unprecedented, they say, and could one day become irreversible.

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Trains collide in Florida, leak 15,000 gallons of fuel

Trains collide in Florida, spill fuelTwo CSX trains collided and overturned in Northern Florida early Wednesday morning, resulting in a fuel leak of up to 15,000 gallons, according to officials.

No injuries were reported in the head-on collision that occurred around 4:15 a.m. in Marion County, Fla., about an hour and a half north of Orlando.

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Substantial damage after earthquake rattles major Oklahoma oil hub

Oklahoma earthquakeDozens of buildings sustained "substantial damage" after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck an Oklahoma town that's home to one of the world's key oil hubs, but officials said Monday that no damage has been reported at the oil terminal.

Cushing City Manager Steve Spears said 40 to 50 buildings were damaged in Sunday's earthquake, which was the third in Oklahoma this year with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater. No major injuries have been reported, and Spears said the damage included cracks to buildings and fallen bricks and facades.

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Massive marine park declared in Antarctic Ocean

marine park in AntarcticThe world's biggest marine park is to be be created in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million sq km, after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached by 24 countries and the EU.

The deal, sealed on Friday in Hobart, Australia, after years of negotiations and with Russia dropping its long-held opposition, will see a massive US and New Zealand-backed marine protected area established in the Ross Sea.

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World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

wild animals on track to be lost by 2020The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.

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