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Taiwan earthquake rescuers face threat of landslides, rockfalls as death toll at 12

Hualien, Taiwan Reuters Rescuers in Taiwan faced the threat of further landslides and rockfalls in their search on Friday for a dozen people still missing from this week’s earthquake, as the death toll rose to 12 and some of the stranded were brought to safety. Searchers discovered two more bodies after Wednesday’s quake of magnitude […]

Resilient Taiwan responded fast to earthquake after years honing skills

Hualien, Taiwan Reuters When a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Taiwan’s scenic and largely rural east coast county of Hualien on Wednesday, local official Chang Tung-yao knew exactly what to do, having experienced a similar temblor six years before. Within two hours of the quake, which struck just before 8am as people were getting ready for […]

Taiwan earthquake injuries top 1,000, missing hotel workers found

Hualien, Taiwan Reuters The number of people injured in a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in eastern Taiwan climbed past 1,000 on Thursday though the death toll remained steady at nine, with dozens workers on their way to a hotel in a national park mostly now found safe. The temblor, the strongest in 25 years, hit on […]

Taiwan’s strongest earthquake in 25 years kills nine; 50 missing

Updated: 8:15am, 4th April, 2024 (AEDT) Hualien, Taiwan Reuters Taiwan’s biggest earthquake in at least 25 years killed nine people on Wednesday and injured more than 900, while 50 workers travelling in minibuses to a hotel in a national park were missing.  Some buildings tilted at precarious angles in the mountainous, sparsely populated county of […]

Three dead, 1,000 homes destroyed in Papua New Guinea quake, Australian media report

Sydney, Australia Reuters Three people were killed and over 1,000 homes destroyed after a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea on Sunday, local and Australian media reported on Monday. Sunday’s quake hit the remote East Sepik province in the north of the country at the depth of 65 kilometres, the German Research Center for […]

Essay: How Haiti became a failed state

NICHOLAS FORSANS, co-director of the Centre for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at Essex University in the UK, looks – in an article first published on The Conversation, at the background to the deteriorating security situation in Haiti…

Children traumatised by Nepal quake need aid to rebuild lives – UNICEF

Kathmandu, Nepal Reuters About 68,000 children and their families who survived Nepal’s deadliest quake in eight years need further humanitarian aid to rebuild their lives, UNICEF said on Sunday, 100 days after the tremors that devastated parts of west Nepal. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck two districts of Jajarkot and Rukum West in the remote […]

Christians in Turkey pray for return to the ruins of ancient Antioch

Antakya, Turkey Reuters The Antioch Greek Orthodox Church brought Christians together in Turkey’s Antakya for centuries until last year, when an earthquake killed dozens of them and sent hundreds more fleeing. Though it now lies in ruins, many pray it will again bring them back. “Our churches are levelled and our bell towers are silent,” […]