Italian quake toll nears 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors

Aug 25, 2016

Italian quake toll nears 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors

The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose to at least 247 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck mountain communities 140 km ...

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Are disasters inherent risks?

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Clearly current measures worldwide to cope with disasters and threats to human life are considered inadequate, yet some people in Britain think that overbearing health and safety regulations are curbing the spirt of adventure in the young.

Rescuers lose contact with nine climbers

Jan 6, 2013

Rescuers lose contact with nine climbers

Police and rescue personnel were scrambling to locate missing mountain climbers Saturday after losing contact with at least nine of them in four central prefectures. In Toyama Prefecture, police were searching for four people who disappeared as their Tokyo-based group headed for Mount Tsurugi in ...

Japan's seismic nerve center

Apr 10, 2011

Japan's seismic nerve center

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The Earthquake Phenomena Observation System, located inside the Japan Meteorological Agency in Tokyo's central Otemachi district, is usually operated by five teams of seven who work in rotating shifts that span every minute of the year. But at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 this ...