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Earthquake speculation as tremors felt in Rutland

Several Twitter users in central England have reported tremors akin to a small earthquake this morning.


What the hell was that. Whole house shook about 7.07am! It was either an explosion or earthquake in Rutland. Anyone else feel it ?


#earthquake in #rutland at 7:05. It woke me up. All of the sheep and birds are busily talking about it.


Just thought the bath had fallen thro the ceiling but it was just an #earthquake in #rutland. Husband thought id fallen over-rude #pregnant


Pensioners could be given death date estimate

Steve Webb said insurers could use a number of factors to make the estimates.
Steve Webb said insurers could use a number of factors to make the estimates. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Pensioners could be given an estimate of when they might die to help them manage their finances, according to ministers.

As part of Government guidance intended to help pensioners plan how much to spend and save, pensions minister Steve Webb said insurance companies could look at factors such as smoking, eating habits and socio-economic background when determining approximate life expectancy.

The guidance, which could be rolled out in April next year, may form part of a major shake-up of the pensions system.

The reforms also include measures to allow the withdrawal of money directly from a pension savings pot, without leaving them tied up in annuities.

Read: Pension reforms 'could leave older people at risk'

South Korean relatives are 'completely in shock'

Relatives of the pupils who were on board a ferry which sank yesterday are travelling to the south of the country because "they are not getting any answers", according to a South Korean-based journalist.

Jason Strother told Daybreak he had travelled to Ansan to the school where some of children are believed to be from, to speak to "cousins, aunts and uncles".

"One man I spoke to said he was completely in shock. His 17-year-old nephew was on that boat.

"There has been no word from him since it sank yesterday, and he is hoping that by going down there he'll actually get some answers, because they are not getting any here."


Baby born deaf set to hear for the first time

A baby who was born deaf is set to hear sound for the very first time today. Amelie from Holywell has already undergone gruelling surgery to get had an electronic device implemented. This will provide her with a sense of sound for the first time.

In December, the 20-month-old stopped breathing after receiving an anaesthetic ahead of a life-changing operation to help her hear.

This meant surgeons had to abandon plans to insert bilateral cochlear implants - a surgically implanted electronic device which provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf.

But last week the implants were put in place and her mother, Vicky, described the operation as being a success.

It was a day the family thought they may never have seen.

Amelie was born profoundly deaf when she arrived premature after 28 weeks, suffered a major loss of blood while inside Vicky, resulting in her having nine blood transfusions and spending her first 102 days in Glan Clwyd Hospital.

The toddler has also undergone a heart operation during her short life.


William and Kate 'will return' to Blue Mountains

The stunning views from one of Australia's most visited beauty spots left the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge declaring they will return some day.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand in front of the 'Three Sisters' rock formation. Credit: Reuters

William described the breathtaking Three Sisters viewing point across the Blue Mountains as "a great place for a picnic" while Kate discussed bush walking and said they would come back.

The couple were greeted at the beauty spot by around 3,000 well-wishers lining crash barriers.

William and Kate, who wore a Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress and wedges, were welcomed by cheers from the crowds and walked down to a platform to see the majestic views across the Blue Mountain range.

Rescuers hammer on ferry hull in hope of survivors

Rescuers were hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korea ferry hoping for a response from hundreds of people believed trapped after the vessel started sinking more than 24 hours before.

Coastguard and navy divers were diving into the waters at the site of the accident, about 20 km (12 miles) off the country's southwestern coast, searching for any sign of the 290 missing people.

Grieving parents accused officials of being slow to react and for lack of information. "I am really angry with the government," said Kwak Hyun-ok, whose daughter who was one of 340 children and teachers from one school on the vessel.

"There is no meaning to life without my daughter," Kwak told Reuters.

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