Ten years after an earthquake devastated their country, many Haitians have little hope

Ten years ago today a massive earthquake struck Haiti, transforming capital city Port-au-Prince into a nightmare in seconds. Some 70,000 people would be buried within a week’s time. Hundreds of thousands more would follow them to the grave.


Puerto Rico Hit by Another Magnitude 6 Earthquake

Puerto Rico was hit by a series of new earthquakes on Saturday including one which measured 6.0 on the Richter scale, according to the United States Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and no tsunami warning was issued.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement on its website that “based on available data, there is no significant tsunami threat” from the latest incident.


Iran’s missile attack on US bases destroyed $40 million helicopter, 9 tents and some hand tools

The U.S. military has finished its damage assessment of Iran’s ballistic missile attacks on two U.S. bases on Tuesday and the results, according to one official, are “pretty skimpy.”

A U.S. military source, speaking to the Washington Examiner, said the total damage assessment from the missiles is “one rescue helo and nine canvas shelters.”

That total damage assessment comes just days after President Donald Trump announced no U.S. or Iraqi personnel were killed in the attack. Trump did say there was some “minimal damage” at the U.S. military bases Iran attacked.


Iran acknowledges accidentally downing Ukrainian jetliner

Iran announced Saturday that its military ‘unintentionally’ shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

The statement came Saturday morning and blamed “human error” for the shootdown.

The jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at U.S. forces.

Iran had denied for several days that a missile downed the aircraft. But then the U.S. and Canada, citing intelligence, said they believe Iran shot down the aircraft.

The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials.


Teen discovers new planet while interning with NASA

A New York teen reached for the stars last summer and found a one-of-a-kind planet.

Wolf Cukier, 17, an intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, last July, was tasked with going through data on star brightness from the facility’s ongoing Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission or TESS. The Scarsdale High School senior was looking at a foreign system located 1,300 light-years from Earth. He said he then observed what appeared to be a slight darkness in one of the system’s suns.

It turned out that darkness was a planet 6.9 times larger than Earth that orbited two stars, what scientists call a circumbinary planet.


Iran refuses to hand over the crashed Ukrainian Boeing 737’s black box to the embattled manufacturer

Iranian authorities are refusing to hand over a flight recorder recovered from Wednesday’s plane crash in Iran to Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, according to Iranian media.

Crash investigators had found one of the two so-called black boxes from the Boeing 737-800 that crashed near Tehran at about 6:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Iran’s state media reported. All 176 people aboard the flight were killed.

Black boxes record flight data and audio from the cockpit, and they often provide valuable insights into how a crash took place.

Ali Abedzadeh, the head of Iran’s civil aviation authority, said Iran would not give the black box to Boeing, according to Reuters, which cited the semiofficial Mehr news agency. He did not appear to specify a reason.


Puerto Rico hit with 6.4 magnitude earthquake, islandwide blackout reported

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake was registered off the coast of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, killing at least one person and causing an island-wide blackout.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit just south of the island at 4:24 a.m. at a shallow depth of roughly six miles. A tsunami warning was not issued.

At least one person has died in the quake. Teacher Rey González told the Associated Press that his uncle was killed when a wall collapsed on him at the home they shared. He said 73-year-old Nelson Martínez was disabled and that he and his father cared for him.