Category Archives: Earthquakes

Fukushima 360: walk through a ghost town in the nuclear disaster zone – video

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What happens to a town that has been abandoned for seven years after a nuclear meltdown? Greenpeace took former residents and a 360-degree camera into the radiation zone north of Fukushima to mark the anniversary of the disaster. The Fukushima Daiichi plant was damaged by a tsunami triggered by a magnitude-9 earthquake on the afternoon of 11 March 2011. The tsunami killed almost 19,000 people along the north-east coast of Japan and forced more than 150,000 others living near the plant to flee radiation. Some of the evacuated neighbourhoods are still deemed too dangerous for former residents to go back.

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Papua New Guinea earthquake: anger grows among 'forgotten victims'

Half a million people affected by the disaster as aftershocks claim more lives and aid groups struggle to reach worst-hit areas

Aid workers and government officials have been threatened by people in Papua New Guinea who are angry at the slow delivery of emergency help 10 days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the highlands.

Related: ‘People are slowly dying’: PNG earthquake sparks state of emergency

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Papua New Guinea aftershocks prompt fears earthquake toll could exceed 100

Assessments of scale of damage and injuries have been slow to filter out from region where magnitude 7.5 quake struck

At least 55 people have been confirmed dead and authorities fear the toll could exceed 100 from last week’s powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea, as survivors faced more shaking from the strongest aftershock so far.

Southern Highlands governor William Powi said people were feeling traumatised from the disaster and ongoing aftershocks. The latest was a magnitude 6.7 quake that struck just after midnight local time, the strongest shake since last Monday’s deadly magnitude 7.5 quake that destroyed homes, triggered landslides and halted work at four oil and gas fields.

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'People are slowly dying': PNG earthquake sparks state of emergency

Worst-hit areas remain cut off as Papua New Guinea’s prime minister tells of ‘unprecedented disaster’

Nearly five days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, the worst-hit regions remained largely cut off on Friday, with aid only just starting to arrive in some affected areas and the government declaring a state of emergency.

The Red Cross estimated an initial 2000 people were in urgent need of emergency supplies, while Reuters reported that the death toll had climbed to 31 and would probably rise further.

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Papua New Guinea: at least 16 dead after strongest ever earthquake hits

Authorities are still trying to assess the extent of the damage to remote highland regions of the country after massive quake

The impoverished Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea has been devastated by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that has claimed at least 16 lives and brought the heartland of the country to its knees.

The earthquake, the strongest ever to hit the country, struck the southern highlands, Hela province and the western highlands region early on Monday morning, but the extent of the devastation took days to emerge because of the area’s remoteness.

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Two people confirmed dead in 6.4-magnitude Taiwan earthquake

More than 100 have been injured and guests are believed trapped inside a partially collapsed hotel

A shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Taiwan has struck the eastern city of Hualien, killing at least two people and injuring more than 100.

The Central News Agency reported that the ground floor of the Marshal hotel in Hualien had caved in and people were believed to be trapped inside.

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‘Like thunder in the ground’: Texans fear link between quakes and fracking waste

Wastewater injection, a byproduct of fracking, is the likely culprit behind a surge of earthquakes in northern Texas – and residents want accountability

An earthquake, Cathy Wallace says, feels like “a rumble – it’s like thunder in the ground coming towards your house like a train and you can hear it and feel it coming”.

Wallace is not based in California, or in any of the US’s well-known seismic hot-spots. She lives in north Texas, historically one of the country’s least earthquake-prone regions – until the drillers came.

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