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USGS Updates Magnitude of Japan’s 2011 Tohoku Earthquake to 9.0

The USGS has updated the magnitude of the March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake in northern Honshu, Japan, to 9.0 from the previous estimate of 8.9. Independently, Japanese seismologists have also updated their estimate of the earthquake’s magnitude to 9.0. This magnitude places the earthquake as the fourth largest in the world since 1900 and the […]

Question of the Week: Should the United States should continue using Nuclear Energy?

Last week we asked you if you agreed with the US Supreme Court decision in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church. 43 Residents responded with 24 residents (56%) saying they disagreed, 16 Residents (37%) saying agreed, and 3 residents (7%) saying they were unsure. The question of the week poll is unscientific and does not […]

Branstad releases statement on devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan

State of Iowa Seal

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today released the following statement in response to the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that affected Japan: “I was saddened to learn of the tragic devastation that rattled the nation of Japan today. Japan is an important and valued partner in our trade and economic development efforts, and […]

Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunamis

I join President Obama in offering our sincere condolences for the loss of life and damage caused by the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan. We are closely monitoring the tsunamis that may impact other parts the world, including Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States.   The U.S. Government has offered immediate disaster […]

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Update 1

From FEMA’s blog: FEMA is closely monitoring the affects of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan early this morning, and through our regional offices in the West Coast and in the pacific area, we are in close contact and coordination with state and local officials and stand ready to support them in any […]

Bosnia and Herzegovina Government Formation Impasse

Following the meeting yesterday between U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg and European Union Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia Miroslav Lajcak, the United States continues to be deeply concerned over the stalemate in government formation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly the Federation institutions. This impasse is preventing Bosnia and Herzegovina from addressing […]

Violence in Cote d’Ivoire

The United States strongly condemns Laurent Gbagbo’s acts of violence perpetrated against the people of Cote d’Ivoire, including his security forces’ attack yesterday on unarmed women demonstrators that left seven dead. Gbagbo and his forces have shown a callous disregard for human life and the rule of law, preying on the unarmed and the innocent. […]

UN General Assembly Suspends Libya’s Human Rights Council Membership

The United States applauds the move by the UN General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership rights in the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We continue to demand an immediate halt to the violence perpetrated by the Qadhafi government against its own citizens. The General Assembly today has made it clear that governments that turn their […]

U.S. forces respond to gunfire aboard the S/V Quest

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2011) — At approximately 1 a.m. EST today, while negotiations were ongoing to secure the release of four American hostages, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the pirated vessel (S/V) Quest. As they responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot […]

Situation in Libya

The United States is gravely concerned with disturbing reports and images coming out of Libya. We are working to ascertain the facts, but we have received multiple credible reports that hundreds of people have been killed and injured in several days of unrest – and the full extent of the death toll is unknown due […]


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