Haiti remembers quake dead amid political crisis

Jan 13, 2015

Haiti remembers quake dead amid political crisis

Haiti marked the fifth anniversary Monday of the massive earthquake that ravaged an already desperately poor nation, even as it sought a way out of its latest debilitating political crisis. Five years after the unprecedented category 7 quake killed at least 300,000 people and ...

Jan 6, 2015

Powerful quake jolts Christchurch; no damage or injuries

A powerful magnitude-5.6 earthquake Tuesday jolted awake many residents in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. The quake struck at 6:48 a.m. local time, according to the United States Geological Survey. The epicenter ...

Jan 5, 2015

U.N. disaster conference scheduled for Sendai in March

Tens of thousands of civil servants and representatives of nongovernmental organizations are to meet in the Tohoku region this spring to examine global approaches to disaster response. The U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in the city of Sendai from ...

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

Dec 19, 2014

Buildings wrecked on 3/11 proposed as disaster memorials

An advisory panel to the Miyagi Prefectural Government said Thursday it will recommend that four facilities wrecked in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami be preserved as memorials of the tragedy. The buildings include the three-story disaster headquarters in the town of Minamisanriku, where ...

Oct 31, 2014

Host cities for 3/11 memorial centers selected

The government on Friday chose two cities to host memorial facilities for the victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. One will be built in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, and the other in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The basic design concepts will be determined in ...

Niigata remembers victims of 2004 quake

Oct 23, 2014

Niigata remembers victims of 2004 quake

Residents across Niigata Prefecture attended events on Thursday to remember the 68 people killed in the 2004 Niigata-Chuetsu earthquake. “We must convey the lessons from the disaster to the next generation,” Ojiya Mayor Yasuo Yatsui said at a 10th-anniversary memorial ceremony in Nagaoka co-sponsored ...

Oct 21, 2014

6-magnitude quake felt on Ecuador-Colombia border

A magnitude-6 earthquake rattled Ecuador’s border with Colombia on Monday, shaking low-lying buildings and frightening residents in the sparsely-populated area. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 3:33 p.m. EDT, had a depth ...