A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska early Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake’s epicenter hit near Cook Inlet, 162 miles southwest of Anchorage. It was about 50 miles deep. Joshua Veldstra, a professional photographer who lives in Homer, said the earthquake lasted about 30 seconds.
“When it hit, it was just soft at first, and it just kept getting bigger,” Veldstra said. “It was one of those moments where you didn’t’ know if it was going to get worse or if it was going to calm down.” Anchorage police tweeted that there were no reports of major damage or injury following the earthquake.
The USGS reported that there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage, but the agency’s “Did You Feel It?” map shows strong shaking could be felt near Anchorage. The National Weather Service said there was no tsunami threat from the quake because of how deep it struck.
Two smaller earthquakes — a 4.0 and a 3.2 — struck within 30 minutes after the first one. CNN
National Review loses presidential debate partnership
National Review is paying the price for its special edition anti-Trump issue out Friday, “Against Trump Symposium.” The Republican National Committee reportedly “disinvited” the conservative magazine from participating in the upcoming Feb.
25 presidential debate after it posted 22 essays from conservative thinkers explaining why Donald Trump should not become the Republican presidential nominee. “We expected this was coming,” National Review publisher Jack Fowler said of the RNC snub. “Small price to pay for speaking the truth about The Donald.” Trump then called the magazine a “dying paper” that “people don’t even think about.”
National Review agreed to partner with NBC for the Republican debate scheduled for Feb. 26 in Houston, Texas. Shortly after, the partnership for the pre-Super Tuesday debate was suspended and the RNC selected CNN as its replacement, according to Fowler’s report.
The debate was rescheduled for Feb. 25 and set to feature National Review alongside Salem Radio and Telemundo as partners. Politico
Advisers to Bloomberg, 73, apparently said his campaign interest is fueled by Donald Trump’s high polling in the crowded Republican field as well as Bernie Sanders‘ gains on Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. He would reportedly be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his own money, anonymous Times sources said.
Mr. Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race. He has already taken concrete steps toward a possible campaign, and has indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his fortune on it. The New York Times
A blizzard blanketing the East Coast from New York City to Washington, D.C., left at least 17 dead and paralyzed much of the region as it brought record-breaking snow to several major cities.
The blizzard dumped 26.8 inches of snow on New York City, its second greatest snowfall on record. Travel bans also shut down New York and Baltimore, which saw its greatest snowfall on record as 29.2 inches fell.
The snowstorm also left power outages, flight cancellations, and car crashes up and down the eastern seaboard. Abc News
Thai and Malaysian officials will investigate whether a large piece of curved metal found on the southern Thai coast could be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But analysts are already at odds about whether the debris likely came from a plane. The debris was found Friday by a fisherman on the coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Malaysia’s official Bernama news agency reported Sunday.
The Thai Civil Aviation Department will dispatch air accident investigators to the site Monday, Deputy Director General Umphawan Wannago told CNN. There, they will meet Malaysian aviation investigators, she said.
MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014. It was flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, when it disappeared from radar. Almost two years later, families of the 239 people on board still don’t know what happened to their loved ones.
But last year, they received some sobering news: Malaysian and French officials said a piece of debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion came from MH370. CNN
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