Photos show devastation of Chinese earthquake as injury toll reaches 15,000
The efforts under way Monday in mountainous Sichuan province after a quake Saturday that killed at least 188 people showed that the government has continued to hone its disaster reaction — long considered a crucial leadership test in China — since a much more devastating earthquake in 2008, also in Sichuan, and another one in 2010 in the western region of Yushu.
“Lushan was so heavily hit and my family’s house toppled. It has been such a disaster for us,” said Yue Hejun, 28, as he waited to recharge his family’s three mobile phones at a charging stall, volunteered by a communications company and co-ordinated by the government in a new addition to the arsenal of services after natural disasters. “If we can charge our phones, we are at least able to keep in touch with our family members outside and that helps to set our minds at ease.” (AFP Photostr / AFP / Getty Images)
‘It’s just dried up’: B.C. earthquake pulls plug on centuries-old Haida Gwaii hot springs
Days after the remote B.C. archipelago of Haida Gwaii emerged virtually unscathed from Canada’s second-strongest earthquake, locals discovered that the shifting earth had mysteriously switched off a centuries-old hot spring considered sacred by the Haida.
“It’s a very culturally significant site — even today Haida people would go down to take advantage of healing properties of the springs,” said Ernie Gladstone, a field unit superintendent for Gwaii Haanas National Park, of which Hot Spring Island is a part. (Photos: Margo Pfeiff; Parks Canada)
Iran raises toll from Saturday’s earthquakes to 306 dead, over 3,000 injured
Iran raised the death toll from Saturday’s twin earthquakes to 306, a day after rescuers called off the search for survivors, state media reported.
Heath Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi told a session of parliament Monday that the number jumped by about 50 after victims expired in the hospital. More than 3,000 people were injured in the earthquakes, she added in comments broadcast on state radio.
The death toll included some 219 women and children, Dastjerdi said, adding that around 2,000 injured people had been released from hospitals soon after the quake since they had only minor injuries. (Photos: AFP/Getty Images; Reuters; AP Photo)
Massive 8.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia, tsunami warning in place
n 8.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending residents around the region scurrying from buildings and raising fears of a huge tsunami as in 2004, but authorities said there were no reports suggesting a major threat.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in Aceh, the Indonesian province closest to the earthquake.
The quake struck at 0838 GMT and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said soon afterward a tsunami watch was in effect for the entire Indian Ocean. It later said the threat of a big tsunami had receded, although the warning remained in place.
“It doesn’t look like a major tsunami. But we are still monitoring as tsunamis come in waves,” Victor Sardina, a geophysicist on duty at the Hawaii-based institute, told Reuters.
Individual countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, issued their own warnings. (Photos: AFP/Getty Images)
See how Japan has rebuilt since the earthquake and tsunami
Japan’s Reconstruction Agency will be inaugurated Friday, almost 11 months after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. The agency will streamline the process to help municipalities, set up special reconstruction zones and provide subsidies for disaster-hit local governments. More photos here.
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Haiti still devastated two years after the earthquake
The Haitian people mark the second anniversary Thursday of the devastating earthquake that ravaged their impoverished Caribbean country, as president Michel Martelly held out new promises to rebuild the shattered land.
The 7.0 magnitude quake on Jan. 12, 2010, lasted only 10 to 20 seconds but toppled buildings and homes like cards and killed roughly 300,000 people and left more than 1.5 million homeless. (Photos: Swoan Parker/Reuters; Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images)
A minor earthquake rattled the eastern seaboard Tuesday afternoon, the effects of which are being reported in Toronto, New York, Washington, D.C., and as far away as North Carolina.
The U.S. Geological Survey website is reporting the earthquake measured 5.8 in magnitude and originated at Mineral, Va., approximately 150 kilometres south of Washington, D.C.
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