Daily Digest: Indonesian disasters, BA’s criticism, hungry bears

Katherine Lymn

Happy hump day. Your Daily Digest for October 27:

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake and subsequent 10-foot tsunami wave killed at least 272 people in the Mentawi Islands of Indonesia today, according to the New York Times. Bad weather and rough waters are making rescue efforts difficult. The quake occurred near the same fault as a far more tragic one in 2004 that killed 230,000 people. To top it all off, a volcano erupted 750 miles east of the Islands, killing 30 more and displacing 30,000. Authorities had warned locals of the impending eruption, but many waited until the last minute to get out of the area.

The head of British Airways has criticized the United States’ flight security standards, saying Britain should stop “kowtowing” to American security, and that British passengers should not be required to take off their shoes and have their laptops check for flights to the U.S., the Guardian reports. Chairman Martin Broughton’s remarks were not disputed by BA. “We all know there’s quite a number of elements in the security programme [British sic] which are completely redundant and they should be sorted out,” Broughton said.

And, one more reason to be happy you’re not dead in Russia: bears facing a shortage of traditional food near the Arctic Circle have begun eating corpses after figuring out how to open coffins in the Russian village of Vezhnya Tchova, the Guardian reports. The cemeteries serve as “giant refrigerator[s],” said one wildlife expert, and the corpses serve as easy-access food. “The story is horrible,” the expert said. “Nobody wants to think about having a much loved member of their family eaten by a bear.”