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Moderate quake shakes Britain; rare to the area

Published April 29, 2007


LONDON - A moderate earthquake rattled parts of southeast England on Saturday, toppling chimneys from houses and rousing residents from their beds. Several thousand people were left without power in Kent County, EDF Energy said. One woman suffered minor head and neck injuries, the ambulance service said. The British Geological Survey said the magnitude 4.3 quake struck at 8:19 a.m. local time and was centered under the English Channel, near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 4.7. There are thousands of moderate quakes on this scale around the world each year, but they are rare in Britain. Saturday's quake was the strongest in Britain since a magnitude 4.8 quake struck the central England city of Birmingham in 2002.


Helicopter crashes on busy city street

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - An air force helicopter crashed on a busy street in a central Philippine city on Saturday, pinning a motorcycle taxi and hitting another with its spinning rotors. At least seven people on the ground and one air force member were killed. The Vietnam War-era UH-1H Huey was preparing to land after a training flight when it crashed about a mile from the Mactan air base, said Lt. Col. Epifanio Panzo, an air force spokesman. Investigators were sent to determine the cause. The military's more than 30 Hueys are the workhorses of the Philippine air force.


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