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PLANETDATA / MARITIME SECURITY NEWS April 8, 2010

Huricane Researchers Predict Above-Average 2010 Season

Apr 7, 2010 — Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project is once again the first out of the gate with hurricane season predictions for the U.S., and this year researchers say to expect an above-average season for the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. The Tropical Meteorology Project predicts 15 named tropical storms for 2010, of which eight will become hurricanes. And of the eight, half may develop into major hurricanes (Category 3 - 5).

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Indonesia: 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Off Northern Sumatra

Apr 6, 2010 — An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck about 6:15 EDT today off the coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. According to the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, a local tsunami watch is in effect for some areas.

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South Korea: Cause of South Korean Ship Sinking Still Unknown

Apr 6, 2010 — Senior level military and intelligence officials from the U.S. and South Korea are expressing doubts that North Korea had anything to do with the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel, Cheonan last month. However, the investigation into the cause of the deadly incident is far from over. Among the theories still on the table are an old mine, a North Korean torpedo, an onboard explosion, or metal fatigue fractures in the ship.

http://www.planetdata.net/sites/maritime/news.php?story=29950

Somalia: South Korean Warship Chasing Hijacked Oil Tanker

Apr 5, 2010 — South Korea has sent one of its naval destroyers to try and intercept an oil supertanker that was hijacked by suspected Somali pirate on Sunday. The Samho Dream was carrying oil from Iraq to the U.S. when it was seized about 800 miles from the Somali coastline. The ship has 24 crew on board - five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos.

http://www.planetdata.net/sites/maritime/news.php?story=29914

Australia: Vessel Leaking Oil on Great Barrier Reef

Apr 4, 2010 — The Chinese-owned Shen Neng 1 ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef on Sunday. The 230m-long bulk coal carrier, which is carrying 975 tons of heavy fuel oil and 65,000 tons of coal, is leaking oil, and officials are concerned that the vessel could break apart on the reef.

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