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  • The Tragedy of Nepal

    United Nations Development Programme /flickr

    Kathmandu under construction. ©United Nations Development Programme /flickr

    Update on the Nepal catastrophe: second earthquake hitting the region on May 12 2015

    Nepal has still been in the process of recovering after the devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude when it was hit by a second one just today! The epicenter of this second earthquake was near Mount Everest in a depth of 10.1 miles and its shock waves were felt even in the Indian capital, Delhi. It was of magnitude 7.1, later upgraded to 7.4. Although, data about the damage is yet unavailable, it is imaginable how much it affected the country still suffering the consequences of the first quake of April 25.

    The first catastrophe killed over 8,000 people and destroyed entire villages and towns leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Now the world fears not only for the lives of the Nepalese but also the many doctors, rescue teams and other volunteers who were still in the Nepal helping. According to the few reports that already arrived, the people of Kathmandu were panicked when today’s earthquake reached the city, immediately trying to call their loved ones and rush home. The quake lasted for over one minute and probably caused further damage but hopefully not more deaths. The climbing expeditions of camp Everest were called off today for the following months.

    Unfortunately scientists are predicting more trouble ahead.

    According to the publication Science

    “Most of the region’s substantial earthquakes have occurred south of the line, where the plates are locked together and strain builds up. North of this “lock line,” however, the Indian plate dives downward and the character of the rock slab changes. Under higher temperatures and rising pressures, the brittle rocks become more plastic, and they creep past the Tibetan crust without rupturing. Or so researchers had thought.”

    Gavin Hayes of the US Geological Survey states:

    “We therefore have the potential for bigger earthquakes than we might have otherwise expected.”

    He estimates, that we can’t exclude even magnitude 9 earthquakes, not only in the region, but throughout India.

    You can also help the recovering country in many ways. One of the most noble causes is helping the children who lost their families and homes. You can donate to the Nepal Earthquake Children’s Relief Fund of the Save the Children charity. Even the smallest amount counts!

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  • All-inclusive cruising introduced by Norwegian Cruise Line

    Norwegian Sky cruise ship

    Norwegian Sky

    There is something new under the sun! Cruise lovers, especially those who prefer Norwegian Cruise Line will be happy to hear that their favorite company is introducing all-inclusive cruising to their menu. It is the next level of Freestyle cruising and a very comfortable option to guests who want to pay once and then enjoy all the food, drinks and amenities of their cruise ship. 

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  • The Best BMX Skateparks in Europe

    Nac Nac

    Nac Nac
    Photo credit: Fotache Sergiu

    The origin of BMX dates back to the 1970’s in Southern California, where several children were influenced by motocross stars of their time and started racing with their bikes on dirt tracks.

    By the mid 70’s BMX racing was a phenomenom and also at the same time achieved immense critical mass, and manufacturers began creating bicycles designed especially for that sport.

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  • Movile Cave in Romania – the only place in the world to survive a nuclear attack

    movile-cave

    Movile Cave @Rich Boden

    The mass media, the movies and the different news and conspiracy theory sites are full of ideas these days of how the world will end. The peak of the Cold War is probably the last time when there was so much talk of a possible nuclear apocalypse. Such a catastrophe would destroy everything on earth and life as we know it would seize to exist everywhere… almost everywhere. You would not believe that the only place in the world that would survive a nuclear attack is a small cave in Romania, near the Balck Sea. 

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  • The Biking Amsterdam

     

    A typical canal street

     

    Biking in Amsterdam is not only a great experience, but it’s also practical. There are many advantages relating about biking in Amsterdam.

    First of all, you can access all areas of the city, where cars are forbidden. This makes the city much more enjoyable, eco friendly, and active. The parking in Amsterdam with cars is also an issue, but not for the bike. It is a common habit to see many bike rental centers at the Dutch capital.

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  • Paris after the terrorist attack – is it safe to travel?

    Paris by night

    Paris by night ©Didier Bonnette/Flickr

    The terrorist attack from January 7 2015 on the offices of the Parisian satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo claimed 12 lives. The suspects of the attack were killed yesterday in a police raid after a huge manhunt across northern France but the events of last Wednesday raise several questions. One of the most important to answer is, is it safe to travel to Paris

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  • Quantum of the Seas – the newest cruise ship

    Quantum of the Seas

    Quantum of the Seas

    One of the best cruise lines in the world, Royal Caribbean, is about to let out their newest and most modern ship called the Quantum of the Seas. This 1,141 feet long cruise ship will embark on its first cruise in January 2015 and hit the Bahamas for 7 and 8 nights cruises.

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  • The troubles of Malaysia Airlines

    Malaysia Airlines aircraft

    Malaysia Airlines aircraft ©Aero Icarus/Flickr

    Malaysia Airlines is in great trouble these days and, we have to admit, they are doing something seriously wrong. First there was the case of the ‘lost’ flight MH370 over South East Asia and now the shooting of flight MH17 – the two tragedies claimed hundreds of lives.

    Now a series of serious questions arise regarding the sufficiency of the security measures taken by the airline company and everyone is asking whether it is their fault or not. Here is some insight about what happened with the two flights.

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  • Mediterranean cruise with Norwegian under $50 a day

    Norwegian Jade cruise ship

    Norwegian Jade ©Certo Xornal/Flickr

    Among the very best cruise deals our deal hunting editors could dig up for this time is a Mediterranean cruise under $50 a day. Sail the seas for 10 nights with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jade and pay from $499 per person.

    Don’t want to go too far? We also offer 3 nights Bahamas cruises from $279 per person, 6 nights Caribbean cruise with Celebrity from $469 pp, Hawaii cruises to all the islands from $999 pp and more. Act fast, the best deals always sell out first!

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  • 6 nights Greece vacation for $909 pp

    Santorini beach

    Santorini beach ©Joanne Yeung/Flickr

    Here comes another collection of the best travel deals one can find, like Greece vacations for $909 per person. Spend 6 nights at beautiful Greek locations like Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Crete or Santorini and have the vacation of a lifetime.

    The week’s best travel deals also include all-inclusive Costa Rica vacations from $629 per person, cheap Asia airfares from $607 on major airlines or The Windham New Yorker hotel under $200 per night. Book right now, these deals may sell out in a glance.

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