March 24, 2014
News by Numbers
108 people are missing and 8 are confirmed dead as of today due to the mudslide on Sunday March 23 in the state of Washington. The landslide, at least 135ft wide and 177ft deep, destroyed 30 houses covering a large area near the city of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle. 5 people died at the scene and the third one in the hospital. More rain is expected and many people have been advised to move to a higher level, as the area has had those same problems with unstable land in the past.
59 people died in Guinea because of Ebola outbreak, according to UNICEF.
The symptoms of Ebola are fever, vomiting and diarrhea, which were first noticed last month, but the virus spread quickly. “In Guinea, a country with a weak medical infrastructure, an outbreak like this can be devastating,” the UNICEF representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya, said in the statement. The disease is highly contagious and can be contracted by interacting with infected people or any of the objects belonging to them, as well as by consuming the meat from ill animals. People from the West African nation have been advised to stay calm and strictly follow the rules of hygiene and report any suspicious cases.
15 years ago a Rembrandt painting had been stolen and it was recovered this week in France.
“L’enfant a la bulle de savon” (The child with soap bubble) is a 17th century painting by the Dutch painter Rembrandt, valued at 3.2m euros ($441.4 million) when it was stolen from a museum in the city of Draguignan in 1999. Police arrested two men who supposedly had to receive a transaction in a hotel the following day, one of them being a former insurer. The painting was stolen from Draguignan’s Musee Municipal d’art et d’histoire during the city’s Bastille Day celebrations in July 1999.
168,000 gallons of oil were spilled in the 53-mile waterway linking the busiest American petrochemical port to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Houston Ship Channel was shut down due to the oil spill. At the entrance of the channel, a vessel collided with a cargo ship on Sunday, spilling fuel that will be cleaned by four skimming boats. It is estimated that 4,000 barrels or 168, 000 gallons of fuel oil were spilled as the result of the collision. The Houston Ship Channel remained shut down on Sunday to contain the environmental damage and prevent additional collisions, said Coast Guard captain, Brian Penoyer, who commands the maritime safety service’s units in Houston and Galveston, Texas.
20 million dollar Faberge egg was found by an American scrap metal dealer from U.S. Midwest.
The 3-inch golden egg belongs to the court of imperial Russia and was stolen from St. Petersburg after the 1918 Bolshevik Revolution and reappeared in the U.S. An unidentified man in the United States spotted the egg while searching for scrap gold and purchased it for $14,000. The man tried to sell the egg and was shocked and fearful when his internet search revealed its original owner was a Russian Tsar. The Tsar, Alexander III, had given this egg to his wife, Maria Feodorovna, for Easter in 1887.