Is the Shenzhen landslide the first of many more? The deadly landslide that buried part of the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen beneath a tide of red mud on Monday may be a devastating new consequence of China’s urban explosion, an expert has warned.
The destruction of 94 acres of the Guangming New District, which had sprung from the rice paddies in just a few decades, was sudden but a long time in coming. Even as the the neighbourhoods and factories were being built, the mountain of refuse that would destroy it all was piling up. Professor Dave Petley, pro-vice chancellor for research and enterprise at the University of East Anglia , said Shenzhen was the first time he had heard of a slide of construction waste. Almost always this type of accident can be traced back to the slag heaps of the mining industry. The government would now be scrambling to establish whether this was a one-off incident, or the first of more to come. “To me, this is completely new,” he said. Particularly badly affected are China, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Chile earthquake and tsunami: Hawaii on tsunami alert after 8.3 quake strikes Chile.
NOAA/National Tsunami Warning Center A powerful, tsunami-generating 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck just offshore the coast of central Chile on Wednesday evening, at about 7:54 p.m. local time.
New Christchurch slowly emerges from the rubble - BBC News. Standing behind wire fences, tourists stare at the crippled and neglected grand old lady of this wounded city.
The Anglican Cathedral was badly damaged during the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Christchurch in February 2011. Its famous spire fell in ruins, along with a section of the tower, but while there is fierce disagreement about its future, a short walk away at Latimer Square is a potent symbol of determination and renewal. The Transitional Cathedral is made mostly of cardboard and was designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. It opened its doors to worshippers in August 2013 and will be a spiritual headquarters until a permanent replacement is established. Maps Mania: Post-Earthquake Imagery from Nepal. Nepal’s Earthquake: Mapping its ripple effect across Asia - Washington Post. Nepal earthquake: Eight million people affected, UN says - BBC News. Eight million people have been affected by the massive earthquake in Nepal - more than a quarter of the country's population - the United Nations says.
International aid has started arriving but there is still huge need - 1.4 million require food aid, the UN said. The 7.8-magnitude quake hit Nepal on Saturday destroying buildings in Kathmandu and severely affecting rural areas across the region. The death toll has risen to 4,310, with almost 8,000 injured, officials say. Nepal and surrounding areas have continued to experience aftershocks. Thousands in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, spent a third night outside, too afraid to go back into their houses. Water, food and electricity are in short supply and there are fears of outbreaks of disease. The situation is critical in the remote rural regions towards the epicentre of Saturday's quake. "It is very difficult to reach them," he added.
Aid agency Oxfam says it is using land routes to get aid in and hopes to reach the epicentre region on Tuesday. An earthquake felt across South Asia - Washington Post. BGS sur Twitter : "Seismicity map for Nepal #nepal #earthquake... M7.5 - 35km E of Lamjung, Nepal. Tectonic Summary.
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Japan Mount Ontake volcano : Death toll rises to 48. Tsunami: Pictures from then and now. When disaster strikes, FEMA turns to Waffle House. When a big storm or tornado devastates a community, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) usually steps in to help state and local officials.
But in recent years, FEMA has been getting some help of its own from an unexpected source – one you see on almost every highway throughout the Southeast: Waffle House. During a busy lunch hour at a Waffle House in Norcross, Ga., manager William Palmer grills up a Texas Lover’s BLT for one of his customers on the high counter. But there were a couple of days last January where this Waffle House was packed to the brim.
It was during the ice storm that paralyzed the metro Atlanta area, and Palmer says people took refuge here. “A lot of people were stranded on the highway with cars and they couldn’t get to their cars,” Palmer said. Palmer and his employees worked shifts around-the-clock as the city thawed – the company put him and other employees up in hotel rooms nearby.