Sunday, January 8, 2012

Is a gunman on the loose in Arizona? Vacationing couple shot dead as they sat in their car admiring the view

A couple on vacation from New Hampshire were found shot dead in their car near the scenic resort town of Sedona, in Arizona.

The killings of James Johnson, 63, of Jaffrey, and Carol Raynsford of Nelson, also 63, remain a mystery, and detectives are trying to trace their travels in an effort to identify suspects.

Arizona police said they were shot with a .223-calibre rifle at close range. Cartride shells from the weapon were found by authorities on both sides of the vehicle, suggesting one of the victims was forced to wait in horror as their companion was killed.

Police fear it was a random and unprovoked attack, sparking concerns the gunman could strike again. Read More

Victorino Chua Released on Bail in Relation to the Stepping Hill Hospital Investigation

A 46-year-old male nurse suspected of murdering three patients at Stepping Hill Hospital has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Victorino Chua was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of tampering with medical records at the hospital in Stockport, Cheshire.

He was further arrested on Saturday on suspicion of three counts of murder and 18 counts of causing grievous bodily harm.

He has been bailed in relation to all matters until an unconfirmed date in April pending further inquiries.

Detectives are probing the poisoning of patients at the hospital last summer.

Chua, who lives locally, is being detained over the contamination of saline drips in June and July last year, causing patients' blood sugar to fall in "hypoglycaemic episodes". Read More

6.6 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 9th Jan 2012

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has struck the Santa Cruz Islands at a depth of 49.6 km (30.8 miles), the quake hit at 04:07:17 UTC Monday 9th January 2012
The epicenter was 363 km (225 miles) East of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

Note; The station closest to the epicenter measured this earthquake at a 7.5 Magnitude, a further 16 stations measured this earthquake between 7.1 and 7.5 Magnitude

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA REGION - 9th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck the Tonga Region at a depth of 36.5 km (22.7 miles), the quake hit at 03:43:33 UTC Monday 9th January 2012
The epicenter was 172 km (106 miles) Southeast of Nulu'Alofa, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 9th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the Kermadec Islands Region at a depth of 36.7 km (22.8 miles), the quake hit at 02:38:07 UTC Monday 9th January 2012
The epicenter was 176 km (109 miles) ESE of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 8th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck Halmahera, Indonesia at a depth of 86.9 km (54 miles), the quake hit at 23:45:19 UTC Sunday 8th January 2012
The epicenter was 117 km (72 miles) Northeast of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 8th Jan 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck South of the Fiji Islands at a depth of 524.2 km (325.7 miles), the quake hit at 23:40:58 UTC Sunday 8th January 2012
The epicenter was 322 km (200 miles) SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN - 8th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck Eastern Honshu, Japan at a depth of 67.2 km (41.8 miles), the quake hit at 22:13:10 UTC Sunday 8th January 2012
The epicenter was 68 km (42 miles) ESE of Morioka, Honshu, Japan
No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 8th Jan 2012

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck Vanuatu at a depth of 40.2 km (25 miles), the quake hit at 21:51:50 UTC Sunday 8th January 2012
The epicenter was 50 km (31 miles) Northwest of Port-Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Injuries or Damage at this time