For a short while, people in Japan panicked after getting a false warning that a massive earthquake had hit the Tokyo area, saying a magnitude-9.1 earthquake had struck. The announcement, which was canceled within seconds, set off alarmed chatter on Twitter. They’re investigating why the report got sent and said the reason may have been lightning hitting a monitor. Japan is among the most quake-prone nations in the world. A magnitude-9 quake off the northeast coast in March 2011 set off a giant tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and sent three nuclear reactors into meltdowns.
Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria. Not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in water competitions, but the AP’s tests indicate that tourists also face serious health risks. A study published over a year ago showed viral levels at up to 1.7 million times what would be considered worrisome in the United States or Europe. Athletes have been taking elaborate precautions to prevent illnesses that could potentially knock them out of the competition, including preventatively taking antibiotics, bleaching oars and donning plastic suits and gloves in a bid to limit contact with the water. Doctors warning no one should put your head in the water.
Searching for answers into the hot air balloon crash that took the lives of 16 in Lockhart Saturday morning. Deadliest hot air balloon crash ever.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower shooting, the first mass shooting on a college campus. They are going to dedicate a new memorial by Turtle Pond at the Tower Garden today. On this date in 1966, Charles Wittman, an engineering student took the lives of 15 people and wounded 34. Also, licensed holders can carry concealed handguns on public university campuses will take effect today.