(News from three days ago)

Uracas, the northernmost of the islands known as the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands may have been destroyed in an incident of unknown origin. Fishermen, sailors, and pilots report huge explosions and large fires on the island. The explosions are reported to have started at approximately 3:00 a.m. local time. Fires continue to burn on the island and a thick plume of smoke can be seen rising from it. At this time the island has been totally unresponsive to attempts to contact it. The cause of the explosions is unknown.

(Today's News)
Canadian Tourist Killed in Bus Accident

A Canadian tourist was killed late this morning in a tour bus accident. Canadian businessman Taylor Kerry was struck and killed by an Island Tours tour bus on Pale San Vitores Road at approximately 10:00 this morning. Witnesses gave conflicting accounts of how the accident occurred. Some stated that Mr. Kerry leaped into the road just in front of the oncoming bus while others claimed that Kerry must have fainted and fallen down in front of the bus. Bus driver Kameron Chatsaga stated that there was nothing that she could have done. "One second the road was clear, and then suddenly he was on the road right in front of the bus," stated a visibly shaken Chatsaga. Chatasaga has been driving buses for Island Tours for two years and has a clean driving record. Taylor Kerry was a guest at the new Grand Imperial Resort Hotel and had just arrived on Guam two days ago. He was purportedly investigating investment opportunities for an American-Canadian property development company. No one else on the bus was injured although the bus stopped abruptly in an attempt to avoid hitting Mr. Kerry.


U.S. Navy Frigates and U.S. Air Force fighter jets continue the patrol the area around Uracas, the northernmost island of the Northern Marianas Islands, a U.S. Commonwealth territory. It is suspected that the island has been totally destroyed by an explosion or explosions of unknown origin. Witnesses report huge explosions occurring at approximately 3:00 a.m. three days ago, after which contact with the island was totally lost. Fighter jets from Guam's Andersen Air Force base were immediately scrambled to investigate the explosions. No information on what was discovered by the Air Force surveillance has been released though. All inquiries into the matter have been responded to by a terse, "No comment," by Air Force spokespersons. At present US Navy and Air Force patrols have kept anyone from approaching the island. Smoke continues to rise from fires burning on the island. It is feared that all inhabitants of the island have perished.

Unconfirmed accounts speak of strange fast-moving lights appearing in the sky before the explosions occurred.

Uracas is approximately 600 kilometers north of Guam. It is the northernmost island of the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, a protectorate of the United States of America. Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Marianas.