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Businesses that can produce during storm add to region’s reputation for resilience

Jiffy-Tite’s Lancaster factory took the full brunt of this week’s winter storm, but while the auto parts maker was snowed in, it kept working. Employees stuck at the plant worked 16-hour days, filling high-priority customer orders. Executives on snowmobiles delivered pizza to the trapped crew. And when the snow finally stopped and workers could begin to venture out, two executives packed a crucial order onto a snowmobile trailer and delivered it to a company in Lockport…

 

Earthquake Today in Japan: 6.8 Quake Collapses Homes, Causes Injuries

Japan-Earthquake_Druk-676x450TOKYO—A strong earthquake in the mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics destroyed more than half a dozen homes in a ski resort town and injured at least 30 people, officials said. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck Saturday near Nagano city shortly after 10 p.m. (1300 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake’s magnitude at 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami…

 

Winter to arrive with below-freezing icy blast

Winter will arrive in Britain next week with frosts and freezing fog Photo: GETTY

Winter will arrive in Britain next week with frosts and freezing fog Photo: GETTY

The first icy blast of winter will hit Britain next week as temperatures drop below freezing and Arctic winds being an end to the mild Autumn. Temperatures will drop to 19F (-4C) in some areas of the country with fog blanketing large areas at the beginning of the week. It will follow and unseasonably mild weekend with temperatures in the south reaching 58F (15C). However, the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain in Eastern Scotland from 9pm on Friday until 9am on Saturday, with up to 40mm expected on higher ground and the possibility of localised flooding…

 

Generous donations help 2013 tornado victims get back on their feet

Almost from the moment the tornado roared out of central Illinois the morning of Nov. 17, 2013, the money has come pouring in to the region to assist its victims. “We received an envelope from a kindergarten class in the Chicago suburbs with a bunch of crumpled dollar bills and some coins totaling $21,” said Mark Roberts, CEO of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. “And we received a $500,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. It was amazing to see the generosity both great and small that was directed toward our community.”…

 

Map: The 556 meteors and asteroids that have hit Earth’s atmosphere since 1994

The good news is that virtually all of these objects burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere, and most posed no danger to us. That even includes the largest of these impacts: the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February 2013 (shown as a relatively large yellow circle on the map). Though the explosion released about as much energy as the detonation of 500 tons of TNT, shattered windows, and caused about a thousand injuries, the meteor itself broke up in the air and landed in small pieces on the ground…

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