February 22, 2018

Turkey earthquake rescuers in race against time

Rescue teams in Turkey are continuing to search for people trapped under rubble after 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the eastern Van region on Sunday. Some 265 people died and 1,140 have been injured according to Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin, and the death toll is expected to rise after … [Read more...]

Earthquake hits US East Coast

A strong 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the East Coast of the United States of America and Canada, shaking buildings and forcing evacuation of office buildings. Buildings in Boston were evacuated, and the earthquake has been felt as far away as Toronto. Traffic lights were knocked out … [Read more...]

Japan sacks three top nuclear power officials

Three men in charge of nuclear power safety and policy have been sacked with the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit and earthquake hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant showing no signs of abating. Japan's Trade and Industry Minister, Banri Kaieda, said the three senior officials would be held … [Read more...]

Cardboard Cathedral planned for quake ravaged Christchurch

Plans for a temporary Christchurch Cathedral made from cardboard have been unveiled in the quake ravaged city today. The proposed temporary building designed as a substitute for badly damaged Christchurch Cathedral was outlined by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, The Press newspaper today … [Read more...]

NZ goldfish survive 134 days without food after quake

Two goldfish have survived 134 days without food following the Christchurch earthquake in February. The two goldfish, named Shaggy and Daphne after characters from the animated television show Scooby Doo, have become the smallest and hardiest survivors of the devastating February earthquake in … [Read more...]

7.6 Earthquake in Pacific puts New Zealand on tsunami alert

A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake near the Kermadec Islands in the Pacific Ocean has put New Zealand on tsunami alert. The estimated height of a tsunami from this quake is only around a metre and is due to hit the North Island of New Zealand this morning. New Zealand Civil Defence said it … [Read more...]

Japan’s reconstruction minister quits after one week in job

Japan's new Minister for Reconstruction, Ryu Matsumoto has announced his resignation after just a week in the job following insensitive comments he made to governors' of tsunami affected areas. Matsumoto had been widely criticised for threatening the governors' that the government would not help … [Read more...]

Earthquake hits Victoria, Australia

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake has struck south-east of Melbourne, sending tremors throughout its suburbs and Southern Victoria. Twitter is awash with reports from people in the city centre, Thomastown, Prahran, Blackburn and other inner suburbs. The quake hit at 11.32am and registered 4.4 on the … [Read more...]

Tsunami alert in Japan after 6.7 magnitude earthquake

Japan issued a tsunami alert after a magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck in the northeast of the country, shaking areas hardest hit by the March 11 quake and tsunami disasters. The meteorological agency said the latest jolt hit at 6:51 am, 50 kilometres off the east coast of Miyako, Iwate … [Read more...]

Chile hit by 6.5 magnitude earthquake

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck the Antofagasta region of northern Chile today, but at this stage there are no reports of damage or injuries. The tremor struck at 12.35pm local time, at a depth of 111km and was located 89km northeast of the city of Calama, a city of 100,000 people, the … [Read more...]

Latest Christchurch tremors on different faultline to February quake

Yesterday's major earthquakes in Christchurch,New Zealand were on a different faultline to the one which devastated the city on 22nd February seismologists say. GNS Science seismologist Bill Fry said yesterday's 5.6 and 6.3 earthquakes were on a fault structure 2-3km south of the Port Hills … [Read more...]

Tropical storm hammers Fukushima nuclear plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has suspended outdoor work at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant as a tropical strom hammers the north-east coast of Japan. The storm comes just days after, TEPCO admitted that it was not prepared for bad weather. Heavy rain and strong winds from … [Read more...]

Fukushima nuclear plant worker dies in waste disposal building

The operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked and earthquake damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant says a contract worker in his 60s has died after collapsing at the facility's waste disposal building. Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Naoyuki Matsumoto says the man was carrying equipment at … [Read more...]

Spain 5.3 magnitude earthquake death toll rising

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in south-eastern Spain. The Central government minister for the area reports that at least ten people have been killed. The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at 6:47 p.m. (local time) and was centered about 50 kilometres southwest of Murcia, near the … [Read more...]

Large 5.3 aftershock quake hits Christchurch

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has hit Christchurch at 1749 local time this evening. The aftershock was centred 10km north-east of Diamond Harbour at a depth of 11km. The Strategy building in Victoria Street tilted during the tremor and several nearby roads had been closed to the public, Civil … [Read more...]