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Iquique, Chile

Chile - Physiography

Chile - Physiography

On April 1, 2014, a magnitude 8.2 earthquake occurred 95 km northwest of Iquique, Chile triggering tsunamis along the coast. This earthquake was located in the Iquique seismic gap. Historical records indicate that a M8.8 earthquake occurred in this area in 1877. The seismicity rates have been increasing in this region from 2001 to the present.  Read More

Iraq

Iraq: Country Profile

Iraq: Country Profile

On April 30, 2014, Iraq is scheduled to hold elections. The president is elected by the Council of Representatives (parliament) to serve a four-year term (eligible for a second term). President Jalal Talabani was reelected in 2010. Nuri al-Maliki is the current Prime Minister. Iraq has a unicameral form of government with the Council of Representatives comprising 325 seats; 8 seats are reserved for minority representation. The highest court, Federal Supreme Court, consists of 9 judges.  Read More

Kiev, Ukraine

Street map of central Kiev

Street map of central Kiev

Ukraine

Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine (population 2.779 million) is the capital of the country, as well as its largest city. Other major cities include: Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, and Donetsk. Kiev is also spelled: Kyiv (pronounced KAY-yiv). After Russia, the Ukrainian republic was the most important economic component of the former Soviet Union, producing about four times the output of the next-ranking republic.  Read More