Magnitude 7.7 Quake Strikes Off Canadian West Coast

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada.

It was followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock several minutes later and several other aftershocks were also reported.

The quake hit Queen Charlotte Islands after 8 pm local time, Saturday at a depth of about 3 miles (5 kilometes) and was centered 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Masset, British Columbia.

The quake was felt across much of north and central British Columbia but there were no immediate reports of major damage.

The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska and Hawaii.

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Two Malaysians Arrested In Lebanon Over Al-Qaeda Link

The Lebanese authorities have arrested two Malaysians aged 21 and 28, believed to be suicide bombers and suspected to be linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist organisation.

Malaysian ambassador to Lebanon Ilango Karuppannan told Bernama that, “They will be brought to court on Monday (tomorrow) and we will ask them whether they require counsel.”

On Thursday, Lebanon’s Al-Joumhouria newspaper, quoting security sources, said the Malaysians were detained by army intelligence on charges of being al-Qaeda members.

Utusan Malaysia reported that the suspects, Rafik Mohammed Aaref dan Mohammed Razin Shaaban were arrested at a hotel in Beirut Hamra.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said that Wisma Putra was closely monitoring the matter.

Photos: Hurricane Sandy Left Bahamas, 43 Killed In Caribbean

Residents of Leogane, Haiti find higher ground as the water level continues to rise Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Residents of Leogane have had five consecutive days of rain in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which caused serious flooding and claimed at least 26 lives in the impoverished country. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Carl Juste)

Hurricane Sandy left Bahamas late Friday and is now heading northward toward the U.S. East Coast, where it threatens to join with winter weather fronts to create a super storm.

At least 43 people were killed across the Caribbean.

A British CEO of an investment bank was reported killed in Bahamas due to the category 1 Hurricane Sandy.

Officials at Deltec Bank & Trust identified him as Timothy Fraser-Smith.

On Thursday Hurricane Sandy pounded Cuba as a category 2 hurricane killing at least 11 people in eastern Santiago and Guantanamo provinces.

In Haiti at least 29 people were killed by Hurricane Sandy.

In Jamaica, a person was killed and another person was killed in Puerto Rico.

This is a disaster.

A man walks along a street where electrical lines hang damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Friday Oct. 26, 2012. Sandy was a Category 2 hurricane when it wreaked havoc in Cuba on Thursday, killing 11 people in eastern Santiago and Guantanamo provinces as its winds and rain destroyed thousands of houses and ripped off roofs. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
A fallen tree and toppled light poles block a road in Kingston, Jamaica, after the passing of Hurricane Sandy, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Sandy, which made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Kingston, crossed over Jamaica killing an elderly man when a boulder crashed into his clapboard house, police said. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)
Residents wade through a flooded street caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy rumbled across mountainous eastern Cuba and headed toward the Bahamas on Thursday as a Category 2 storm, bringing heavy rains and blistering winds. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Damaged houses are seen on the shore of a river after heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Sandy was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica who was crushed by a boulder. Another man and two women died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Students play in the waves crashing against the Malecon after the passing of Hurricane Sandy in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A driver maneuvers his classic American car along a wet road as a wave crashes against the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A woman washes her clothes in front of her damaged house after the passing of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Thursday Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
Fallen palm trees lie on a road after the hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Thursday Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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‘Edge’ by Mikko Lagerstedt

The photographer’s latest project, aptly titled “Edge”, features a series of haunting pictures of the brilliant night time sky contrasted above faintly lit landscapes.
(Photo by Mikko Lagerstedt)

Mikko Lagerstedt is a brilliant self-taught photographer from Finland.

Lagerstedt’s images seemingly connect far-off, untouchable galaxies with mystical-looking Finnish landscapes.
(Photo by Mikko Lagerstedt)
“I want to send the picture viewer a feeling of what I felt at the time I took the picture,” he says. “It’s the most important thing in my photos.”
(Photo by Mikko Lagerstedt)
The subtle lighting in Lagerstedt’s photographs gives them a haunting feel.
(Photo by Mikko Lagerstedt)
A big, starry sky looms above a rocky coastline. Distant stars illuminate and reflect off a shimmering coastal landscape.
(Photo by Mikko Lagerstedt)

Hurricane Sandy Pounds Jamaica

Hurricane Sandy’s howling winds and pelting rains lashed precarious shantytowns, stranded travelers and downed power lines Wednesday as it roared across Jamaica on a course that would take it on to Cuba and then possibly threaten Florida and the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)

Jamaica has been hit by the eye of  a category 1 Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday evening, October 24, 2012, bringing heavy rain and powerful wind.

It was the first time since 24 years ago Jamaica had been hit directly by the eye of hurricane.

So far at least two people died, a man in Jamaica and a woman in Haiti due to the Hurricane Sandy.

The heavy rain brought by the hurricane can cause flash floods and mudslides that will cause more disaster to Jamaica.

After pounding Jamaica, Sandy then headed for an overnight landfall in eastern Cuba and then will go on to threaten the Bahamas and possibly Florida.

A view of the Hope River as it begins to swell with rain from approaching Hurricane Sandy in Kingston October 24, 2012. Hurricane Sandy raced toward the southern coast of Jamaica on Wednesday and is expected to make landfall later in the day, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. A hurricane warning was in effect for both Jamaica and Cuba, although forecasters said Sandy is expected to be a weak Category One hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity, with winds topping out at 80 mph (130 kph). REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy
Residents evacuate their home as waves crash in the Caribbean Terrace neighborhood of eastern Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Hurricane Sandy pounded Jamaica with heavy rain as it headed for landfall near the country’s most populous city on a track that would carry it across the Caribbean island to Cuba, and a possible threat to Florida. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)

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Amazing 3D Art By Ramon Bruin

It’s amazing how Ramon Bruin could draw those wonderful 3D illustrations.

Ramon is a freelance Dutch artist who graduated from the Airbrush Academie in the Netherlands.

Feather of a raven: “Airbrushing is a great technique for making paintings with depth and realism,” Bruin told the New York Daily News. The 31-year-old artist’s work weaves, bends, and wraps across the page.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Hold the candle: And, indeed, to get his creations to come alive and jump off the pages, he adds subtle props such as a candle, pencils, pens, or even his own fingertips.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Come out and play: There is a certain sneaky quality to his drawings. Bruin calls the technique “anamorphis.”
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Bridge: Bruin has been airbrushing for 10 years, but only began experimenting with 3-D illusion drawings in 2010, he told the Daily News.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Beezzz: “Within these 10 years I tried many different techniques and styles,” Bruin told the Daily News.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Toiletpaper planecrash: … yes, toilet paper rolls.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Ladderboys: His illustrations reveal his imagination, creativity, originality, and …
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)

Magnifying glass: Although some of his work appears rather simplistic, other illustrations are…
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)
Maya temple: And, each illustration is much more than a simple sketch on paper.
(Courtesy of Ramon Bruin)

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