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Rumblings in Greece
This week's earthquake in Greece was much smaller than last month's Turkish
quake. Damage, for the most part, was limited to the northwest suburbs of
Athens. But with some scientists now saying the region is "a plate of glass
in slow motion shatter," the question is, how safe is the Adriatic?
Waverely Person, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says the
warnings should be taken with at least a few grains of salt.
Person: "Many people say the same thing about California here in the United
States they say the same thing about Alaska and other areas in the United
States. But people don't stop traveling because of that. The thing is to be
prepared and know what to do in case you are in an earthquake."
That means take cover under a table, or in a doorway if you're indoors, or
move to an open space away from buildings if you're outside. Here are some
resources about earthquake preparedness:
The Stats Speak for Themselves
Well, the numbers are in, and for American Airlines, they're not good.
American led the pack in "most passenger complaints" in July, this
according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. American had over 50
percent more complaints than United, the nation's largest carrier.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines had the fewest complaints and the best
on-time record. Arizona's America West was the worst at sticking to its
You already know it costs too much to fly into London's Heathrow airport.
Well, now one British carrier has put a price tag on it. The small,
London-based British Midland airline is saying business travelers paid
over $4 billion dollars too much to fly between the Heathrow and the U.S.
All this is because a U.S.-British treaty lets only four airlines fly the
North Atlantic routes. British Midland wants in on the action and they're
trying to get travelers to intervene on their behalf. See, talks started
earlier this year to let more airlines fly between Heathrow and the U.S.,
but negotiations deadlocked. All of which leaves carriers like British
Midlands out in the cold and airfares, according to many, unfairly high.
Harrods Goes Online
But the bigger question is, will anyone even be going to London after
November? That's when the high-class (and high-priced) Harrods department
store launches its own Internet shopping site. With Harrods.com, there's really no reason to
jump the Concorde for those much-needed diamond-encrusted watches or to buy
any of over 150 teas on sale. But British tourism officials say they're
actually not all that worried. They claim there's still plenty of reasons
to visit London.
by Cheryl Glaser
NYC Battles Bugs & Bacteria
New York is under attack...by bacteria and bugs. First came the state's
largest E. Coli outbreak after tainted water at a state fair killed
one person and forced almost 500 to seek medical attention. Then, New York
City this week began airborne spraying of the controversial pesticide
malathion. This to exterminate mosquitoes carrying a potentially deadly
strain of encephalitis, which has already killed three in Queens. When in
New York, you can call 888-663-6692 for the very latest about pesticide
spraying and the encephalitis outbreak. You can also visit this Web
site for more info.
And we've told you before about the Y2K computer glitch. U.S. air travel
systems received high marks in Congress this week, but international
progress is unclear. The government has yet to hear from 41 countries
regarding their Year 2000 efforts, and the FAA expects just two-thirds of
international airlines to be ready for the change by the end of September.
Expect warnings soon about who and where to avoid when traveling on New