February 16, 2009 in City

Earthquake shakes Prince William Sound


Several communities have reported feeling a 4.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Alaska’s Prince William Sound region.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said Valdez and Glennallen were among communities that felt the 10:35 a.m. Sunday quake.

The earthquake was centered about 33 miles north of Valdez. There are no reports of damage.


Parachutist dies jumping from base

A parachutist jumping from a mountain base in Arizona has died after falling 250 feet with a chute that apparently failed to open.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Matteson said dispatchers received a 911 call around 2 p.m. Sunday that a parachutist had been injured after jumping off a mountain base near Saguaro Lake northeast of Phoenix.

The man’s name has not been released.


Mystery fireball streaks across sky

What looked like a fireball streaked across the Texas sky on Sunday morning, leading many people to call authorities to report seeing falling debris.

“We don’t know what it was,” said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Roland Herwig.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office used a helicopter to search after callers said they thought they saw a plane crashing, a spokesman said.

“We don’t doubt what people saw,” but authorities found nothing, said spokesman John Foster.

The U.S. Strategic Command said there was no connection to the sightings over Texas and Tuesday’s collision of satellites from the U.S. and Russia.

“There is no correlation between the debris from that collision and those reports of re-entry,” said Maj. Regina Winchester, with STRATCOM.

From wire reports

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