April 19, 2016
MINAMIASO, Japan - The U.S. military prepared to join relief efforts Monday in disaster-stricken areas of southern Japan as authorities struggled to feed and care for tens of thousands of people who sought shelter after two powerful earthquakes that killed at least 42 people. Ten people remained missing Sunday, and rescuers were redoubling search efforts on the southern island of Kyushu, where many areas were cut off by landslides and road and bridge damage. Forecasts for heavy rains, which would make land and collapsed buildings even more unstable, added to the urgency of the searches.
February 6, 2016 |
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building and trapping people inside. A news agency reported that 120 were rescued. Firefighters scrambled to the site with ladders, cranes and other equipment and pulled survivors from the building in the southern city of Tainan, footage from local TV broadcasters showed. It was unclear how many people were trapped inside. Some reports said dozens or scores of people might have been in the building at the time of the collapse.
January 29, 2016 |
AN F-35C AND AN F-18 that were conducting supersonic testing Thursday may have caused the sonic boom felt across much of the coast of New Jersey, naval officials said. The jets came from the naval air station in Patuxent River, Md. The public affairs office there said that military aircraft routinely conduct test flights offshore in an area called the "Test Track," which "parallels the entire coast of the Delmarva Peninsula. "Test aircraft from the naval air station execute supersonic flights almost daily in the test track, and most of these sonic booms are never felt on land," said spokeswoman Connie Hempel said.
January 14, 2016
William A. Del Monte, 109, the last survivor of the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, died Monday at a retirement home in nearby Marin County. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday. His niece, Janette Barroca of San Francisco, confirmed his death of natural causes. He'd been doing "great for 109 years old," Barroca said Monday. Mr. Del Monte was just 3 months old when the quake struck, forcing his family into the streets to escape in a horse-drawn buckboard with fire burning on both sides, Barroca said.
September 10, 2015 |
Quake was back at Bok. Daniel "Quake" Gibbons, a proud member of the Class of '93 and an immovable force on the offensive line of the Bok Technical High football team, had read on Facebook about an alumni gathering at a new restaurant atop his alma mater's roof. Gibbons wasn't going to miss it. He was looking forward to busting it up with his old Wildcats teammates, catching up with the cheerleaders, and maybe even running into some of his old auto-body shop teachers. The posting said to bring Bok gear if you had it, so Gibbons, who is 41 and works as a security guard in West Philadelphia, proudly broke out his royal blue 1992 division championship jacket.
June 13, 2015 |
When Samir Panthi saw television images of the mass destruction from earthquakes in Nepal, his homeland, he didn't sleep for days. The earthquakes April 25 and May 12 took the lives of more than 8,500 and left more than 19,000 injured. Months later, catastrophes such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons - often in developing nations - have an enormous effect on the labor pool in those countries and their ability to produce asinternational suppliersto customers as far away as Philadelphia, retail experts say. In Nepal's case, handwoven rugs - the country's leading export - and all those involved in the production process were adversely affected.
May 19, 2015 |
Andrew Towne, 33, was eating lunch in a tent at base camp on Mount Everest when the ground beneath him began to sway. He and others scrambled out of the tent, said Towne, a new graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. That's when "we saw this wall of snow descending to the north. " The avalanche that followed would bury large areas of base camp, killing 19 climbers - just a fraction of the devastation in Nepal, where that magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25 and a second one on May 12 left more than 8,000 dead and 20,000 injured and destroyed 489,000 homes.
January 28, 2015 |
A minor earthquake occurred near Downingtown on Sunday evening, possibly triggered by activity at a nearby quarry, Columbia University scientists said Monday. The magnitude of the quake was measured at 2.7 and there were no reports of damage or injury, according to Patty Mains, a spokeswoman for the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. The quake occurred at 6:25 p.m. with an epicenter in the north end of East Bradford Township - about a mile south of a quarry owned by Lehigh Hanson Inc. in East Caln Township.
July 24, 2013 |
BEIJING - Rescuers with shovels and sniffer dogs combed through collapsed hillsides Tuesday as the death toll rose to 89 from a strong earthquake in a farming region of northwest China. Five other people were listed as missing and 628 injured in Monday morning's quake near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province. About 123,000 people were affected by the quake, with 31,600 moved to temporary shelters, the provincial earthquake administration said on its website. Almost 2,000 homes were destroyed, and about 22,500 damaged, the administration said.
June 6, 2013 |
In 1973, when the Philadelphia Orchestra made history in China, Inquirer music critic Daniel Webster was there. Now David Patrick Stearns reports on the 2013 visit, building on this long relationship. LUSHAN, China - The scenery is lush, rugged, and mountainous, and the inhabitants still use variations on rickshaws that urban China left behind long ago. But as idyllic as it may seem, this is no place to be during an earthquake. Some 120 miles from Sichuan province's capital of Chengdu, Lushan County is set in steep terrain that means there's a long way for things to fall - rocks, large buildings, or already-crumbling homes.