Sunday, July 29, 2012

Second Highest Tornado Ever

Drivers on Saturday captured images of a tornado near the top of Mt. Evans.

The tornado is estimated to have touched down at about 11,900 feet, on the Colorado mountain.

That height makes it the second highest recorded tornado, in history.

In 2004, a tornado was recorded on California's Sequoia National Park over Rockwell Pass, with an altitude of more than 12,000 feet.

Mountain tornadoes aren't as common as ones on the plains, but they are spotted every few years.

No one was hurt, and no real damage was done by this twister.

It did however give the witnesses quite a thrill.

Anti Nuke Protests in Tokyo

Sunday, in Tokyo, thousands marched through the streets in protest.

The peaceful march ended with a candle light rally outside of The Diet building.

They were protesting to demand that all nuclear power be banned.

Earlier this month two reactors were restarted.

All fifty reactors, in Japan, were turned off in May for full checks, after the multiple meltdowns that occurred at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Fukushima Daiichi's issues were caused by last year's tsunami.

Basescu Likely to Hold Power

Romanian President Traian Basescu may manage to hold onto power, despite being massively unpopular.

Sunday saw Romanians head to polls in his impeachment referendum, but due to low turn out the vote might not make it.

Basescu asked his supporters to boycott the recall, and that move may be what saves him, as laws require that the vote be made by at least fifty percent of eligible voters.

It is the second time, within five years, that Romanians have had a vote on whether or not to impeach Basescu.

Parliament is dominated by allies of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who has made it a personal goal to oust the President.

Ponta, and others, have stated that Basescu's time in office has shown that he is unfit for the position.

A lot of the unhappiness with the President is based upon austerity measures that were put in place, in order to secure a loan from the International Monetary Fund.

Under the austerity measures, wages were cut by one fourth and sales tax was raise to twenty-four percent.

The last two Prime Ministers were victims of the austerity measures unpopularity, and Ponta has done everything he can to not be seen as part of them.

Mazda Recalls 217,500 Tributes

Mazda has announced a recall of 217,500 Tributes.

Tributes made from 2001-2008, that have the 3.0 liter V6 engine, are subject to the recall.

A manufacturer error has led to the possibility of sticky gas pedals.

If the gas pedal sticks whilst driving, it would lead to unintended acceleration, and an inability to brake or slow the car.

No injuries or deaths have been reported due to this issue, the company is trying to take care of the possible problem before any incidents occur.