MAGNITUDE 5.0 – RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN
Subject To Change
Depth: 2 km
Distances: 490 km E of Taipei, Taiwan / pop: 7,871,900 / local time: 02:35:43.0 2014-01-12
141 km W of Naha-shi, Japan / pop: 300,795 / local time: 03:35:43.0 2014-01-12
138 km W of Itoman, Japan / pop: 57,184 / local time: 03:35:43.0 2014-01-12
MAGNITUDE 5.0 – NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
Subject To Change
Depth: 10 km
Distances: 1926km (1197mi) SW of Santa Cruz das Flores, Portugal
2051km (1274mi) ENE of Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda
2054km (1276mi) NE of Saint-Francois, Guadeloupe
2055km (1277mi) NE of Le Moule, Guadeloupe
2064km (1283mi) NE of Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe
Dead Sperm Whale Washed Up Near Edinburgh Beach – Very Unusual
A dead sperm whale has been washed up near a beach in Edinburgh.
An animal welfare charity said they were alerted to the incident on the shore near the Rockville hotel in Joppa at about 05:15.
Scottish Animal Welfare’s Ch Supt Int Drummond said: “On arrival it was clear life was extinct, so there was no need to mount a rescue operation.”
Initial reports said it was a basking shark. However, experts later confirmed they believed it was a sperm whale.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue were called out to check over the mammal, and at about 08:00 the Scottish SPCA officially confirmed it was dead.
A marine biologist is expected to take samples from the whale before it is either pushed out to sea or removed from the water. Edinburgh Council will be responsible for its removal.
‘Serious Damage’ In English Channel Three-Boat Crash
A collision involving three vessels in the English Channel has caused “serious damage”, the coastguard said.
Lifeboats were called at about 03:00 GMT after the crash, about nine miles off the coast at Dungeness in Kent.
A Liberian-registered cargo ship, heading towards Genoa in Italy, passed between a tug and a smaller vessel it was towing, causing serious damage.
No-one was injured in the crash. Lifeboat crews remain with the tug and towed boat.
The Dungeness lifeboat was initially sent to the scene, but has been replaced by the Dover lifeboat and the Galatea, a Trinity House vessel, which are trying to tow the boats back to shore.
The crew of the tug is still on board, the coastguard said.
The cargo ship is now anchored at Newhaven.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is at the scene.