May 29, 2016

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Ecuador rocked by aftershock near area of last month’s quake

QUITO, Ecuador — A powerful magnitude 6.7 aftershock early Wednesday rattled Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating earthquake hit a month ago, knocking out power and scaring still-traumatized residents as they slept but only limited damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday that the quake’s epicenter was 35 kilometers (21 Read More…

Nepal has done little to protect itself from next ‘big one’

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Last year’s massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people, yet could have been much deadlier. It was spared not by disaster preparedness, but by the calendar. It hit on a Saturday. Most children were out of school, and most adults were working in their fields, rather than in the hundreds of Read More…

Girls scarred by Nepal earthquake share friendship, but not luck

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nirmala pouts when her father fits the prosthetic leg onto her stump and wraps the long straps around her waist. He whispers quiet encouragement in her ear as she grumbles. Finally, she limps around the Kathmandu sweatshop that is now her home. As soon as she can she takes off the plastic Read More…

A year after devastating earthquake, little progress in rebuilding Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — The violence of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake left countless towns and villages across central Nepal in a shambles. Almost one year later, a shambles they remain. The country has made almost no progress in rebuilding hundreds of thousands of homes, schools and government buildings, as well as some 600 historical structures, including ancient Read More…

Ecuadorean president says sales tax increase, levy will help rebuild after earthquakes

QUITO, Ecuador — President Rafael Correa said Ecuador’s worst earthquake in decades caused billions of dollars of damage and he is raising sales taxes and putting a one-time levy on millionaires to help pay for reconstruction. The damage from 7.8-magnitude quake adds to already heavy economic hardships being felt in this OPEC nation triggered by Read More…

Devastated Ecuador rocked by another earthquake

MONTECRISTI, Ecuador — A fresh tremor rattled Ecuador before dawn Wednesday, a magnitude-6.1 magnitude jolt that set babies crying and adults pouring into the streets, fearful of yet more damage following a monster earthquake over the weekend. It was the strongest aftershock yet following the magnitude-7.8 quake that killed more than 500 people. The U.S. Read More…

Future uncertain for picturesque Japanese village slammed by earthquake

MINAMIASO, Japan — A picturesque mountain village that depended on tourists, university students and retirees faces an uncertain future after last week’s devastating earthquakes in southern Japan: Will they come back? At least 14 people died in Minamiaso, including tourists and students, and the search for three still missing continued Wednesday. The second of two Read More…

No hot food or flush toilets as shelters overwhelmed after Japanese earthquakes

MINAMIASO, Japan — In this mountainous Japanese town known for its hot springs, prized beef and Jersey milk cows, more than 2,000 people have taken refuge from earthquakes at school gymnasiums and community centers, surviving on rock-hard biscuits, cold rice balls and bread. There is no running water to bathe or flush toilets. Many elderly Read More…

Rescuers race against time to find Ecuador quake survivors

MANTA, Ecuador — Rescuers are in a race against time to find survivors from a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake as the death toll from Ecuador’s strongest earthquake in decades has risen above 400. On Monday, teams from Ecuador and neighboring countries fanned out across the country’s Pacific coastline to look for the dozens of people still Read More…

Death toll rises above 270 in Ecuador earthquake

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador — It was supposed to be a family reunion to celebrate a young relative’s start of college. But the gathering ended in tragedy when a collapsing building crushed 17-year-old Sayira Quinde, her mother, father and toddler brother in their rusting Chevy Blazer. A grief-stricken aunt, Johana Estupinan, now is making the longest journey Read More…