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Multiple Earthquakes shake near Christchurch, New Zealand - Liquefaction Concerns

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(Best Syndication News) Three major earthquakes shook near Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday, December 23, 2011 with another 5.0 magnitude earthquake occurring during the morning on Christmas Eve day. The recent activity included 5.0, 4.8, 5.9, 5.8, and 5.3 magnitude tremors that all clustered within the two days. There was a total of 7 earthquakes in this area over the last two days.

Early into December 24, 2011 at 6:37:30 AM local time, a 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled 13 miles east–southeast of Christchurch according the US Geological Survey (USGS).

On December 23, a major tremor occurred at 3:18:02 PM at the epicenter. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred 9 miles East-Northeast of Christchurch, New Zealand. The exact location reported by the USGS was 43.491°S, 172.844°E. The earthquake epicenter was at a depth of 3 miles. Residents in near Christchurch reported to the USGS as being a strong to very strong shaking with light to moderate damage.

Toy Bears donated to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

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(Best Syndication News) - An outside carnival company named Helm & Sons Amusements, decided to give over 70 stuffed bears to children at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

The Director of Operations, Jason Halsey said, “We think it is important to give, especially during this season of giving. If these bears make patients smile and help get them through the day, it is all worthwhile.” Halsey also stated that their business is also very family oriented.

The bears were used to help children during procedures and to help the children cope with homesickness.

Around a third of the bears given to the children at ARMC will go to the burn center. Sadly, one third of the burn patients are under the age of 18.

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake shakes near Ontario, California

(Best Syndication News) - A 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook California residents in the early morning hours today. The tumbler struck at 12:32 am only 4 miles between Ontario and Mira Loma California.

The exact location of the 3.6 magnitude earthquake was at 34.023°N, 117.577°W with a depth of 1.6 km.

The USGS received hundreds of reports from people who felt the event. Most people that were closest to the epicenter reported that it was a light tremor. A couple of Hesperia and Apple Valley residents reported that they felt a weak event.

The US Geological Survey reported other small 1.0 – 1.9 magnitude earthquakes throughout the greater Los Angeles region over the past week.

Presidential Dollar Coins production downsized to save US Government $50 Million Annually

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Presidential dollar coins were not as popular as first anticipated and will be scaled back to save taxpayers' money. Since the 2005 Presidential $1 Coin Act, the US Mint has accumulated a 40 percent surplus of these coins that were returned to the Federal Reserve because not enough people wanted to use them.

Sitting in storage at Federal Reserve Bank vaults is over $1.4 billion in these Presidential dollar coins. Vice President Biden and U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Geithner said that this excess is enough to supply Americans with these coins for the next decade.

The US Mint plans were to make another 1.6 billion coins up until 2016. However, the Obama Administration is putting halt for producing more $1 coins to be used for circulation. However, the law still requires that the coins be minted in small numbers in order for coin collectors to purchase. The new coins would not cost taxpayers money to produce.

Ailing US Postal Service proposes Slower Mail Delivery and Downsizing

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(Best Syndication News) - Today, the US Postal Service announced proposals that could help turn their operations around financially. The proposals include downsizing their operations and slowing mail delivery down for some First-Class Mail delivery times.

The USPS said they needed to reduce their operational expenditures by $20 billion by 2015 to return to a profitable status. To do this, the agency is proposing consolidation of the postal network. This would mean closing some facilities, which would eliminate processing equipment, vehicles, and employees. They project an annual savings of $2.1 billion annually by doing this downsizing. By 2015, the USPS expects to save up to $3 billion annually.

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