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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