March 8, 2010
Posted: 1744 GMT

It seems every other week brings news of another major earthquake.

Today's 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Eastern Turkey comes on the heels of highly destructive quakes in Taiwan, Chile and, of course, Haiti.

Is there a rise in the number of powerful tremors? If it feels like we've been experiencing a spike in that type of natural disaster, it isn't supported by the data: the U.S Geological Survey says that the frequency of earthquakes isn't rising.

But what about how close the quakes have been to each other? If there are 12 to 13 major quakes a year around the world, how do we explain that so may of them have taken place in the first few moths of 2010?

We will try to answer that question and bring you the latest from Turkey.

Plus, we will talk about the bloody and deadly sectarian violence in Nigeria. Our Christian Purefoy is in the area where Muslims and Christians have been attacking each other. This latest round of fighting has been particularly – even shockingly – deadly. We'll break down the reasons behind the ethnic and economic strife.

We are also live in Iraq with the mood a day after crucial parliamentary elections.

On a lighter note, we'll talk about the big winner at yesterday's Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. The Hurt Locker won for best director and best picture.

I can't say I'm a huge fan of the movie. Some of the inconsistencies, but mainly a lead character that never moved me, kept me from being as enthusiastic about the film as others have been. But the truth is that it touched a nerve in America, a country still heavily ensconced in Afghanistan and with almost 250,000 troops deployed in two warzones.

We'll also look back at an awkward "Kanye moment" involving the best documentary short winner.

And, don't forget we're debuting new music and jazzier IDesk graphics today!

See you at the IDesk,


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nimitz benedicto   March 8th, 2010 6:32 pm ET

what really made it interesting:
will Kathry beat her ex-J.Cameron? Yes she did.
will Sandra best Meryl? Yes she did

Some questions begging apt replies:
what reasons conviced the Oscar voting members Best Picture = Hurt Locker?
is it politicall and/or morally right to use movies as a propaganda tool on the paying public who paid for 2 hrs of entertainment?

what's the latest news about actions/results vs the somali pirates?


Thot   March 8th, 2010 6:56 pm ET

I was expecting that journalists who have been to Iraq had more reserved opinions about “The Hurt Locker”. Well, it may have some of the inconsistencies, but it's only a movie. I wonder if “Apocalypse Now” and “Platoon” didn't have inconsistencies as well. No matter how hard they try to fallow the real facts, movies will always have inconsistencies. That's why is good we have news channels. 😉

Can't say if the best actress award was fairly delivered or not since I didn't saw “The Blind side” yet.
But I always loved Sandra Bullock. I think I saw every movie she made after I saw her for the first time in “The Vanished”. More then loving her as an actress, I love her personality, Call her “girl next door” type or whatever, I think she is one of those rare cases, in show business, of great humbleness, simplicity, intelligence, fair-play and great sense- of-humor. She might not be as talented as Meryl Streep, but she as those extra qualities that make Sandra, Meryl, and other alike, special women.
And since this is International Women Day, I salute and praise all those special women, famous, or not, that try, in their own way, to make, the world and life better. It's not always a fair journey for them, but yet they still keep on trying and doing their job.

Joel   March 9th, 2010 1:51 am ET

"Some of the inconsistencies" Come on, Hala! It's just a movie! And not a documentary kind of movie! Have you ever heard of artistic license? Well deserved Oscar, I have to say. Avatar had nothing (NOTHING) but visual effects. I would also had loved to see Up or Up in the Air get the best pic award. They were more deserving than that over-priced movie.

But I still can't believe Miss Congeniality is the new best actress! 🙂

Biruzz   March 9th, 2010 3:44 am ET

Hurt locker is a good movie.

Would you have been moved if there was a prima donna playing the main role?PLEASE. Opps then again you actualy think Lady Gaga has talent.

Silly me.

A. Smith, Oregon   March 10th, 2010 9:55 am ET

The experts that CNN brought on to ask about the multiple on-going Earthquakes stated, 'there was no connection whatsoever' between each of the recent multiple earthquakes along the Volcanic Ring of fire in the world.

This reminds me of the nay-sayers about Global Warming. There's still some wing-nut or crack-pot out there that see's the recent Glacier's break off from Antarctica the size of Rhode Island and loudly state there is no Global Warming, see it's snowing on the US East Coast.

Thanks entirely to the nefarious nature of the recent Bush-Cheney administration, many Americans including myself have very little faith that governmental agency's which monitor earth's state of geologic changes as well as earths atmospheric changes are publicly disclosing its findings.

The recent rash of large earthquakes along the Volcanic Ring of fire would seem to indicate a possible movement of magma below the earth's surface in many of those locations. This might explain why the Siberian permafrost in the frigid oceans are now releasing massive amounts of Methane Gas. Sooner or later, Global Warming is going to lead to a buildup of heat in the earths mantle and core leading to magma movement and volcano eruptions venting excess thermal heat.

Rados   March 10th, 2010 4:05 pm ET

I believe Hala and other CNN people who actually were in Iraq and know how thing work on the ground.
This movie is probably just another Hollywood attempt to make the nation feel better and forget all the misery they brought to Iraq.
Avatar at least has a better and real message, not just the SCI FI effects.

ibrahim abdullahi dutse   March 10th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

It is indeed sad and most unfortunate that we still experience this same calous killimgs and mayhem just like the other one we experienced sometimes in January this year . The only difference is who the victims are this time around . Can we continue with this kind of killings in the name of revenge ?The population of plateau state is not up to three million by the last census ! From 2008 to date over 5000 lives are gone ! Enough is enough .

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