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Earthquake in Philippines shakes at 6.7 Magnitude

Philippines Recent Earthquake Activity 02/07/12 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - The Philippines were shaken by several earthquakes starting on February 6, 2012, with several tremors measuring 5.0 and up to 6. 7 magnitude. Around 745 aftershocks have occurred in the Negros – Cebu Region of the Philippines over the last day.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake was downgraded from a 6.9 by the US Geological Survey (USGS). The closest city to this event is Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines, which is 44 miles north. The USGS received reports of severe to violent shaking of respondents with moderate to heavy damage. The earthquake happened at 11:49 am local time, February 6, 2012.

According to a Philippines Star report, officials believe that 52 people have died. This includes 29 people that are believed to have been buried by a landslide that was triggered by the earthquake. Another landslide also killed 10 people.

California Air Resources Board approves new Clean Vehicle Rules through 2025

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Air Resource Board unanimously approved a new clean car and light truck rules through 2025. California has been working on the Advanced Clean Cars program for the past three years.

The goal is to cut smog and greenhouse gases. The government agency said that these new rules would help save drivers money on fuel and would create jobs.

7.0 Magnitude Earthquake shakes Japan on New Year’s Day downgraded to 6.8 magnitude

January 1, 2012 Japan 6.8 magnitude earthquake map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication News) - A 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Japan on the first day of the 2012 (New Year); however, the US Geological survey downgraded the tremor to a 6.8 magnitude. The earthquake occurred at 2:27 pm at the epicenter, which was located on the Izu Islands.

The earthquake was centered 307 miles south-southwest of Tokyo. The nearest major city was 150 miles southwest of Hachijo-jima, on the Izu Islands in Japan. The exact location was at 31.416°N, 138.155°E at a depth of 216.6 miles.

Residents in Tokyo and the surrounding areas reported to the USGS that they felt light to moderate shaking with very light or no damage at all.

Housing and Economy Forecast by NAR – Outlook Optimistic for 2012 and 2013

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(Best Syndication News) - The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is forecasting a positive economic recovery for the next two years. The economy will not be back to the pre-recession levels, however the trends are looking better for housing and employment. The unemployment numbers will still remain high, the report suggested. The NAR said there were slight gains in the real estate marketplace, but there is still a ways to go.

The number of newly constructed homes crumbled during the recession and hit a low in 2009, with an ever so slight increase in 2010 and 2011. The NAR forecast predicts a slight increase again in new home construction, but anticipates that 2013 will be around half the volume of 2005. The NAR based their forecast on the population growth of 3 million each year, but mentions that it has slowed down to 2 million in 2011.

New California Booster Seat Law begins January 1, 2012

Rear of Car - BSN

(Best Syndication News) A new California law will go into effect for booster seats starting on January 1, 2012. The new rule changes the guidelines for booster seat usage.

The new law requires children under 8 years of age to use a booster seat in the back seat of all the vehicles they ride in, unless they measure at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Children at that age will likely require a booster seat. This replaces the current law that required children up to age 6, or weighing less than 60 pounds, to use a booster seat.

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