IMAGE: The Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the world's highest active volcanoes in Ecuador (Guillermo Granja / Reuters)
theatlantic.com - March 16th 2017 - Melody Schreiber
In April 2015, a volcano in Ecuador awoke from its restless slumber. The mountain shook with hundreds of earthquakes, and a thin tendril of steam escaped from Cotopaxi’s core. Each day, locals could see smoke and ash spiraling above the peak as seismic activity ramped up.
A strong Mw. 6.0 earthquake at a shallow depth of 4 km occurred at 01.36 UTC (03.36 local time) in Italy, in the province of Rieti (Lazio), at the border with Umbria and Abruzzi regions. The earthquake caused extensive damage in the area around the epicentre with a number of fatalities reported and a number of people under rubble or still missing as of 11.00 UTC (13.00 CET). Severe damage has been reported in the villages of Amatrice, Accumoli, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto.
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Image: Haitians in a cholera treatment center in 2011. Credit Andres Martinez Casares for The New York Times.
nytimes.com - July 6th 2016 - The Editorial Board
As Haitians were reeling from the devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, United Nations peacekeepers inadvertently compounded their troubles by bringing cholera to the island. Roughly 10,000 Haitians have died from the disease, which spreads easily in places with poor sanitation.
The United Nations hasn’t acknowledged its responsibility and has vigorously fought legal efforts to secure compensation for victims.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred on the central coast of Ecuador on 16 April 2016 at 23:58:37 (UTC), 6:58pm ECT. The epicenter was 16 miles SSE of the town of Muisne.
Another earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 struck Ecuador early Wednesday, 18 May 2016 at 2016-05-18 07:57:05 (UTC). The epicenter was 36 miles south of Esmeraldas at a depth of about seven miles, the USGS said.
Also, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck Ecuador on Wednesday 2016-05-18 at 16:46:44 (UTC). The epicenter was 24km NW of Rosa Zarate, at a depth of 31.0 km.
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - AUGUST 13: A young boy plays in the mud in a flooded lane inside the Chuchepati displacement camp on August 13, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal. About 7,144 people, hailing from different affected districts by the earthquake that hit Nepal, currently live in Chuchepati camp, with access to only 35 toilets and the help of only a few NGOs. Approximately 60,000 people are still living in over 100 official displacement camps throughout the affected districts. OMAR HAVANA VIA GETTY IMAGES
huffingtonpost.com - by Eleanor Goldberg - September 3, 2015
It’s been four months since Nepal’s deadliest earthquake hit. Yet, the country still has yet to dole out a cent of the $4.1 billion in donations it received, Reuters reported. . . .
. . . According to the news outlet, the government won’t start spending the relief funds until October. The delay is due to reluctance to start building work during monsoon season and the fact that plans still require approval.
Image: The next full-margin rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone will spell the worst natural disaster in the history of the continent. Credit Illustration by Christoph Niemann; Map by Ziggymaj / Getty
newyorker.com - July 20th, 2015 - Kathryn Schulz
When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh. Earthquakes are common in Japan—that one was the third of the week—and the participants were, after all, at a seismology conference.