Authorities warn considerable damage to poorly built structures possible in Sulawesi from 6.8-magnitude quake A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked eastern Indonesia, reportedly killing one person and triggering a brief tsunami warning that sent panicked residents fleeing to higher ground. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres off the east coast of Sulawesi island, the US Geological Survey said. A, killing more than 4,300 people.
A new theatre backed by George Clooney is giving hope to some, but the city where thousands were left homeless is still a building site As the world’s on the earthquake-ravaged central Italian city of L’Aquila for the G8 summit in July 2009, a more discreet gathering was about to steal the limelight. San Demetrio ne’ Vestini, a village about 13km away welcomed its own illustrious visitor when George Clooney flew in from his Lake Como home to inaugurate the construction of a new theatre to replace one destroyed in nearby Casentino earlier that year. The Hollywood actor’s support helped to boost donations, and the restoration of the theatre has become one of the few sources of civic pride in an area that is still a long way from a full recovery.
Governor of flood-hit Khuzestan province says residents are being moved to shelters Authorities in Iran are evacuating six more towns in the flood-hit south-western province of Khuzestan, Iranian state TV has reported. Gholamreza Shariati, the provincial governor, said rescue teams were taking residents to nearby shelters on Saturday, including three army barracks.
Residents on Penang Island have filmed a huge water spout that formed near the shore at Tanjung Tokong. The spout was seen spinning for about five minutes before it briefly arrived on land and dissipated. It reportedly caused minor damage including blowing roofs off some buildings. There have been no reports of casualties
More accurate investigation technique finds far more quakes than had previously been recorded, though most were tiny Scientists counted 1.8 million earthquakes in California from 2008 to 2017, most of them so tiny that no one feels them. Using a more accurate way of finding teeny tiny earthquakes, scientists recorded far from temblors than the current catalog of just under 180,000 for that decade, , according to a report in the journal Science on Thursday.
Onagawa was already in decline when it was obliterated in 2011 by the Tohoku tsunami. Can it both rebuild and rejuvenate itself? On the shore of eastern Japan a wrecked police station lies on its side, ripped from the ground by that devastated the country in 2011. “We are going to keep that building as a reminder of the disaster,” says Yoshinori Taura, assistant director of the town of Onagawa’s recovery promotion division. “To make sure the memories are passed to the next generation.” By having these facilities in the centre of town we hope that we will be able to attract a new energy and a new vibe
We hope that the way we rebuild the town will serve as a model to deal with how to bring people back to the community and stay in the community
A blizzard hitting the U.S. Rockies was forecast to move eastward over the next day. The coming storm was expected to exacerbate flooding along the Missouri River in areas where dozens of levees were breached in March.
Parts of Okuma are open for business once again, but only a few hundred former residents have moved home A town next to the wrecked Daiichi nuclear power plant partially reopened on Wednesday, eight years after a triple meltdown forced tens of thousands of people in the area to flee. About 40% of Okuma, which sits immediately west of the plant, was declared safe for residents to make a permanent return after decontamination efforts significantly reduced radiation levels.
Iranian government criticised over response to crisis that has left thousands displaced The death toll from two weeks of flooding in Iran has risen to 62 as frustration mounts inside the country at the government’s handling of the crisis and an international dispute has broken out over whether renewed US sanctions are blocking aid. Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, and the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, have been engaged in a war of words over the crisis. Zarif attacked the US for “economic terrorism” and said it was blocking the shipment of vital rescue equipment.
Millions of survivors face dire conditions after the tropical cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique’s coast, unleashing hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded swathes of the country. More than two million people have been affected in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, where the storm killed 60 and displaced nearly a million people. Hundreds are still missing in Mozambique and Zimbabwe