April 2014 News Roundup

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This past month has definitely been one to remember.  The world is constantly changing and there always big news events happening and if you’ve fallen off the earth for a little while, here’s a list of a couple things you might have missed this month:

April 1st Pacific Ocean Earthquake

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On April 1st, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake rattled an area of the Pacific Ocean near the coast of Chile. The actual earthquake was felt in Chile, Peru and Bolivia. The aftershocks felt were of magnitudes slightly higher than 5.0 that eventually decreased as days passed on.  The disaster caused landslides, resulting in about five casualties. The earthquake triggered a 2.11 meter tsunami that struck the city of Iquique.  Other tsunamis of similar sizes hit the coasts of Pisagua and Arica.

North Korea holding American

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On April 10th, North Korea took an American man into custody after he fled America for political asylum.  Until recently, the man was unnamed when KCNA (Korean Central News Agency) revealed him as Miller Matthew Todd.  According to KCNA, Todd used a tourist visa in order to get into the country and then claimed that he came to North Korea to seek shelter.  Although the United States states says that the welfare of Americans is its top priority, they didn't release much information.

Blood Moon

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On April 15th, stargazers were able to watch a lunar eclipse take place from approximately 2am until 4:30am.  In some areas, like Atlanta, the viewing experience was ruined due to clouds or rain.  However, in an area with clear skies, observers were able to see the moon in all its glory.  It had a deep red tint and was even dubbed “the blood moon” because of the color.  If you missed the event because you actually make sure you get enough sleep at night, you can watch a really cool time-lapse of it above.

South Korean Ferry Disaster

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On April 16th, a ferry going from Incheon to Jeju in South Korea capsized and sunk.  The ferry, the MV Sewol, was carrying 476 passengers at the time.  Though the numbers are still changing as rescue efforts are still in effect, there have been 187 deaths and 115 people left missing.  Only 174 people are noted down as survivors.  Most of the passengers on the ship were high school students of Danwon High School in Ansan City.  Nearby fishing ships and other commercial vessels were the first to respond to the tragedy while the South Korean Coast Guard took nearly 30 minutes to offer any assistance. As a result of the accident, the school’s vice principal, Kang Min-kyu, who was rescued from the ship, was found hanging in a tree near the high school because he took full responsibility for the loss of the students’ lives.  The Prime Minister of South Korea, Jung Hong-won, announced that he will resign from his position after the aftermath of the accident.

Michigan’s ban on Affirmative Action

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On Tuesday, April 22nd, the Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in the state.  Affirmative Action is the process of given people of minorities (specifically race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin) more consideration for job positions or college acceptances in order to offer them opportunities they may not have had otherwise.  Many people see this as a type of discrimination against people who do not fall under any of the categories included under the practice.  The ban originated as a way to eliminate the affirmative action policy at The University of Michigan in their college application process.  This topic is extremely controversial and both sides of the argument are very fueled.

 

We all hear about how important it is to stay on top of the news so that we can be educated about what is going on in the world today but sometimes life just gets in the way.  Try to take some time and check up on your favorite news websites or download an iPhone app for daily updates!  I find the New York Times app to be really great for giving me notifications of the biggest stories each day!

 

Until next time,

Keith Coldon

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