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Thousands of Dead Bees Wash Ashore on Naples
by NBC Miami
Thousands of dead and dying bees are washing up on a popular beach in
Naples beach goers had to watch where they stepped Tuesday after some
people say they have been stung just along the shoreline, according to
NBC affiliate WBBH-TV.
Martha Duff lives in Naples and recently had a painful encounter with
"I've been stung a couple of times and at first, I didn't know what it
was and then I realized and then I had an allergic reaction," Duff said.
Naples residents say the problem started only a few days ago. They are
both concerned and confused.
"Why are there bees? Where are they coming from? And why are they in a
very specific area of the beach?" Duff said.
A bee expert told WBBH that seeing bees wash up at the beach is very
unusual. The cause could be anything from a nearby pesticide spraying
forcing them to the water or a swarm flying overhead that became
exhausted and flew into the water.
Magnitude 7.9 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea
by Joe Sutton and Susannah Cullinane, CNN
(CNN)A magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck west of Papua New Guinea.
The quake was 153 kilometers (95.5 miles) deep and centered 40
kilometers (24 miles) west of the town of Panguna, according to the US
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has advised that tsunami waves of up
to a meter above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Papua
New Guinea and nearby Solomon Islands.
Preliminary reports said the earthquake, which occurred at 2:30 p.m.
local time Sunday (11:30 p.m. Saturday ET) measured 8.0 but USGS later
downgraded its magnitude.
The USGS estimates that 72,000 people would have experienced severe
shaking as a result of the quake.
The predominant structure of homes in the area meant they were
vulnerable to earthquakes, it said, and fatalities were possible.
CNN's Derek Van Dam contributed to this report.
Magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes near Tabiauan, Philippines
The United States Geological Survey reports a magnitude 7.3 earthquake
struck near Tabiauan, Philippines on Tuesday.
An earlier report had stated that the preliminary magnitude was a 6.9,
but was later updated by the USGS.
The quake hit at 2:13 PM local time at a depth of 622 kilometers.
There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake.
More information on this earthquake is available on the USGS event page.
See the latest USGS quake alerts, report feeling earthquake activity and
tour interactive fault maps in the earthquake section.
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