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An earthquake has struck in South America, just off the coast of Chile, causing devastating effects.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake hit 7.7 magnitude and struck just 140 miles southwest of Puerto Montt today.

This has triggered a tsunami warning from the US Pacific Warning Centre, which could affect areas just over 600 miles of the earthquake's epicentre.

The Chilean Navy has also issued a tsunami alert.

People in the area are also being warned about after shocks they might face in the hours after the quake.

Such a terrible thing to happen on Christmas day.



As the economic crisis continues apace in struggling Venezuela, hospitals are rapidly running out of cash. 

Indeed, one maternity unit – where some 4,000 babies have been born this year alone – has been forced to place sleeping newborns in cardboard boxes due to the lack of suitable cots. 

The images – believed to be captured anonymously by medics at the hospital – we're shared online by human rights campaigner and academic Manuel Ferreira. They have now caused outrage in the South American country. 

Local media reports state that the photos show the inside of the Domingo Guzman Lander hospital in Barcelona, in the north-eastern state of Anzoategui.

Douglas Leon, president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation, claimed some hospitals are working with just five percent of the medical equipment that they actually need.

Venezuela is currently in the midst of the worst economic crisis in its history. The oil-rich country has declared a state of emergency as ordinary families go without food.

Supermarkets are largely empty and looting by angry mobs is widespread. With inflation running at 500 percent, unemployment is pushing towards 20 percent.

According to Transparency International, Venezuela remains the ninth most corrupt country in the world.



Miranda Kerr always looks so happy – and why wouldn’t she? She’s gorgeous and she’s the proud mum of a beautiful little baby – but she’s also been getting some help in the happiness department.

The maca plant, which is found in South America, was fed to mice over six weeks and amazingly, those given the highest dose were found to exhibit the least depressed behaviour. According to research at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, their levels of cortisol (stress hormone) decreased, while their levels of dopamine (happy hormone) increased.

Miranda Kerr is among a selection of celebs who include this miracle plant in their diet – so no wonder she looks so happy! You can buy this as a supplement in health food shops and not only is it found to help depression, but also IBS symptoms, acne and it’s also said to boost your energy and libido!

We’ll have what Miranda is having!



Despite a confirmation from film director, Morgan Spurlock that a sequel to One Direction’s hit film This Is Us was happening, it seems unfortunately for fans that is not the case.  

The band’s record label has officially come out and said that despite recent reports, a sequel to the band’s documentary film won’t be happening.

This Is Us showed what life was like for boys on the road during their Where We Are Tour last year.

The film was such a hit with fans that a sequel seemed likely, but Columbia Records have stated that director Spurlock was not filming a documentary sequel for the band.

“(Spurlock) is not involved with any filming with the band. There’s always filming on the road, but not for a second feature film.”

This goes against what the director said last month, where he even said that filming was already taking place in South America for a film’s follow up.

1D have just finished their tour in South America and will be coming to Dublin at the end of May.

So there may be no This Is Us sequel, but at least the lads will be hitting Irish shores soon!



If your bucket list doesn’t have ‘visit Machu Picchu’ on it then something is amiss.

Located 7,000ft above sea level, this 15th century Inca site (see how we slipped a little bit of history in there…) sits above the Urabamba Valley in Peru and definitely has the wow factor!

This video beautifully shows off one of South America’s most incredible and popular tourist attractions in such a way that you’ll be booking the next flight out of here – well maybe not the next…

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