Japanese fix massive city sinkhole within 48 hours

November 15, 2016 by  
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Within two days of swallowing a five-lane city street, a sinkhole in Fukuoka, Japan has been repaired – though, as the Guardian reports , the street’s re-opening was delayed several days for safety reasons. The sinkhole opened up on 8 November, and one week later, the street officially reopened to pedestrian and vehicular traffic with an apology from the city’s mayor. The 98-foot-long sinkhole in Fukoaka affected a sewage pipe, traffic lights, as well as utility pipes, all of which have been restored with fresh gas and power lines, the Guardian reports. Local press claim Fukuoka workers filled the urban cavity with 6,200 cubic meters of sand and cement, working around the clock to restore the busy thoroughfare. Related: Terrifying sinkhole swallows five-lane street in Japan Mayor Soichiro Takashima said the street is now 30 times stronger than it was before, adding that the city has assembled a panel of experts to determine what caused the sinkhole. Earlier reports placed blame on construction of new subway lines. “We’re very sorry for causing great trouble,” the mayor said, according to the Telegraph . “Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by groundwater circulating through them,” according to the USGS. Evaporite rocks, where sinkholes are commonly found, underlie up to 40 percent of US territory. Via The Guardian Images via Hideyuki Hongo, USGS

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UK Architect Transforms Decrepit Public Bathroom Into Incredible Private Home

July 23, 2013 by  
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African Rhinos Completely Wiped Out in Mozambique Due to Poaching

May 2, 2013 by  
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The African Rhinoceros evolved over millions of years, and despite living on earth for eons, it has not been able to survive the greed of human beings. Conservationists have announced that the last 15 of the animals were killed by poachers last month in Mozambique’s section of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Slaughtered for their horns , which fetch higher prices than gold on the Asian market for their supposed cancer-curing and aphrodisiac properties, rhinos in neighboring areas are also in peril. To add to the tragedy, authorities believe that the poachers were aided by the park rangers sworn to protect them. Read the rest of African Rhinos Completely Wiped Out in Mozambique Due to Poaching Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , african rhinoceros , black market , Conservationist , game ranger , great limpopo transfrontier park , horn , international fund for animal welfare , kelvin alie , kruger , mozambique , poacher , South Africa , Telegraph , wildlife trade , Zimbabwe        

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Architects Preserve 2,000-Year-Old Thula Fort in Yemen

May 2, 2013 by  
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Brazil Breaks Chile’s Record for the World’s Tallest Lego Tower

April 11, 2011 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Here at Inhabitat , we’ve got a whole lotta Lego going on, but even we couldn’t come close to Sao Paulo’s love for the colorful building blocks.

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The Week in Animal News: Chimp Mourns Child, Sled Dogs Slaughtered, and More (Slideshow)

February 4, 2011 by  
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Screenshot: The Telegraph For what is believed to be the very first time, researchers have captured the behavior of a female chimp mourning her recently deceased 16-month-old child, detailing how non-human primates respond to death. We also have the sobering story of sled dogs slaughtered, the world according to a cockroach, bald eagles in love, people living with animals, and more in The Week in Animal News

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Is Sustainable Design Wearing Thin?

February 4, 2011 by  
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Hundreds of Indian Workers Trafficked to the U.S. for Defense Subcontractor Signal International

February 4, 2011 by  
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Image: Signal International After Hurricane Katrina, Signal International lost a lot of its workforce. To fill in the newly missing spots, it had a recruiter to import workers from India: workers who were told they’d come to America for a great job and be given permanent residency for themselves and their families—in exchange for a $20,000 recruitment fee to cover travel costs, visa, etc. That was how about 500 workers made their way (though the amount of the fee varied) to the U.S.

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New Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown on Climate, Energy, and Environment

January 20, 2010 by  
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Photo via the Telegraph In what truly is an embarrassing defeat for Democrats, the Massachusetts Senate seat once held by the late liberal icon Ted Kennedy has been won by Republican candidate Scott Brown. The Democratic candidate turned out an awful campaign, and now many a headline proclaims how health care is now threatened.

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Mike Brune Takes Over At Sierra Club

January 20, 2010 by  
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photo via flickr The Sierra Club today announced that Rainforest Action Network Executive Director Mike Brune will be taking over the top spot at the Club. Brune guided RAN for seven years and leaves them as one of the most effective campaigning organizations in the country. At the Sierra Club, Brune will have more tools at his disposal, including the Club’s local chapters, revered coal campaign, 700,000 members, and its much larger budget….

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