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Ancash Earthquake

The 1970 Ancash earthquake was an undersea earthquake that affected the Peruvian regions of Ancash and La Libertad. Combined with a subsequent landslide, it killed 47,194 people and was the most catastrophic natural disaster ever recorded in the history of Peru. The 45-second quake destabilized the northern wall of Mount Huascarán and triggered a rock and snow avalanche that buried the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca. What did the earthquake register on the Richter scale?



The Lotus Eaters

In Greek mythology, the Lotophagi, or lotus-eaters, were a race of people from an island near N Africa. Lotus fruits and flowers were the dominant plant life on the island and the primary source of food for its inhabitants, a peaceful, apathetic people calmed by the plant's narcotic effects. The Lotophagi are mentioned in Homer's epic poem the Odyssey as well as by the Greek historian Herodotus. In modern usage, the term “lotus-eater” is used to describe a person who frequently does what?

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Walt Whitman

Whitman was an American poet whose works celebrate the freedom and dignity of the individual and sing the praises of democracy and the brotherhood of man. His Leaves of Grass, unconventional in both its content and technique, is one of the most influential volumes of poetry in the history of American literature. He also penned "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," which is considered one of the finest elegies in the English language and is a tribute to what US president?

Last updated on Saturday, 31st May 2008

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