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Cold Snap Complicates Race to Save Quake Survivors

Rescuers battle cold snap, with temperatures as low as minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit

(Newser) - Subzero temperatures are complicating efforts to rescue people trapped and injured by an earthquake that struck China's Gansu province bordering Mongolia late Monday. The quake—described as a 6.2 magnitude temblor by the China Earthquake Networks Center and a 5.9 magnitude quake by the US Geological Survey—...

Earthquake Kills at Least 111 in China

More than 200 were injured in northwest, state media reports

(Newser) - An earthquake that struck northwest China killed at least 111 people late Monday, state media reported. Another 220 were injured, per the BBC . Rescue efforts were underway Tuesday morning in a high-altitude region where temperatures were running below 7 degrees, Reuters reports. The quake hit just before midnight in Gansu...

People Told to Be 'Thankful' After Deadly Earthquake

'This is clearly a tragedy, and yet it’s made into a celebration'

(Newser) - Chinese government officials are calling the deadly Sichuan earthquake's 10-year anniversary "Thanksgiving Day," but critics don't seem too thankful for the new term, the New York Times reports. "Everyone knows that the earthquake killed tens of thousands of people on that day, and yet you...

Strong Quake Rocks China, at Least 26 Dead

 China: 367 Dead, 
 1.8K Hurt in Quake 

China: 367 Dead, 1.8K Hurt in Quake

6.1 temblor is strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years

(Newser) - The death toll in the strong earthquake that rocked southwestern China, which initially was reported at 26 people, has now risen to at least 367 and looks likely to continue to rise. Some 1,881 people are reported injured. Yunnan province's information bureau earlier reported at least 120 of...

54 Dead in China Quakes
 Twin Quakes Kill 75 in China 

Twin Quakes Kill 75 in China

400 hurt in Gansu province

(Newser) - A pair of earthquakes have killed at least 75 people and left some 400 hurt in China's Gansu province, the BBC reports. The quakes' magnitude measured 5.98 and 5.6 respectively, according to the US Geological Survey; Reuters puts the first quake at 6.6. There have been...

China Flood Wipes Out Quake Memorial

Sichuan earthquake museum only opened in May

(Newser) - Western China's Beichuan county is having a terrible few years. The worst flooding the county has seen in 50 years has destroyed a high-profile memorial to the earthquake that ravaged the area in 2008, leaving 90,000 people dead or missing in Sichuan province and rendering the former county...

Strong Quake in China Kills 150+

It hits same region as devastating earthquake of 2008

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province today, leaving at least 156 people dead and more than 5,500 injured. This morning's quake triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power connections in mountainous Lushan county five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread...

Wave of Earthquakes Hits Southern China, Killing 50

A hundred thousand more evacuate after series of 5.6 quakes

(Newser) - A string of earthquakes shook southwestern China today, killing at least 50 people and injuring 150 more. At least 100,000 have been forced to evacuate, and more than 20,000 homes have been destroyed, the BBC says, based on Chinese state-run media reports. The quakes hit the mountainous region...

Big Quakes Trigger Small Ones—Not Other Big Ones
Big Quakes Trigger Small Ones—Not Other Big Ones
study says

Big Quakes Trigger Small Ones—Not Other Big Ones

So rest easy, California, your risk is no higher than normal

(Newser) - Over the past 15 months, large earthquakes have struck China , Haiti , Chile , New Zealand , Japan , and Burma . But those quakes weren't connected, and they won't trigger any other big ones, seismologists say. A new study shows that, even when they seem linked, large and distant quakes likely aren't—and while...

World's Costliest Natural Disasters

The price tag of 2008's earthquake in China? $147B

(Newser) - Japan's devastating earthquake has pushed natural disasters back into the headlines again, and the Telegraph runs down the most costly in history:
  • Earthquake in Sichuan, China, 2008: The 7.8-magnitude temblor killed more than 70,000 and left 11 million homeless. Cost: $147 billion.
  • Earthquake in Kobe, Japan, 1995: The

China to Monks: Get Out of Quake Zone

Beijing declares today day of mourning for Qinghai quake victims

(Newser) - Thousands of Tibetan monks who rushed to assist earthquake relief efforts in China's Qinghai province are getting the boot. The monks have played a vital role in the aftermath of the last week's earthquake in the predominately Tibetan region and beat the military to some areas. Chinese officials, however, say...

Survivors Struggle as China Quake Toll Hits 600

People of Tibetan region left without shelter in freezing temperatures

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of survivors spent the night in freezing temperatures after yesterday's earthquake on the Tibetan Plateau. The Chinese military is rushing in tents, food, and medical supplies, but the cold temperatures mean hope is fading for those still trapped in the ruins of schools and monasteries, Reuters reports....

400 Dead in China Quake
 400 Dead in China Quake 


400 Dead in China Quake

Victims trapped after 6.9 shaker rattles Tibetan plateau

(Newser) - At least 400 people were killed, some 10,000 injured and scores buried in collapsed buildings when a series of earthquakes up to 6.9 magnitude hit the western Tibetan plateau this morning. Chinese authorities are scrambling to get rescue workers to the sparsely populated area, which is mainly inhabited...

China Jails Quake Activist
 China Jails Quake Activist 

China Jails Quake Activist

Tan Zuoren sentenced to 5 years on subversion charges

(Newser) - A Chinese activist who blamed shoddy construction for the deaths of thousands of schoolchildren in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake has been sentenced to 5 years in jail for subversion. Tan Zuoren was charged for a document he wrote on the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square, but supporters believe he was...

Chinese Pandas to Head Home After Quake Fixup

Rare animals will return to Sichuan preserve by 2012

(Newser) - Sixty giant pandas displaced after a massive earthquake rocked China last year will head home to their nature preserve, reports Xinhua. China is pouring $55 million into rebuilding the endangered animals' Sichuan Province base that previously housed 63 pandas. One died in the quake, one went missing, and one died...

China Censors Artist Leading Quake Inquiry

Police stake out whistleblower's studio, shut down blog

(Newser) - The Chinese artist who has made investigating the deaths of children in the Sichuan earthquake a personal crusade is facing a government crackdown, reports the CBC. Ai Weiwei's widely read blog has been deleted, and plainclothes police officers are staking out his studio in Beijing. Ai has relaunched his blog...

Quake Survivors Find Love Among the Ruins

Hundreds remarry in quake-devastated Chinese city

(Newser) - A year after the quake that devastated China's Sichuan province, many survivors have new loves if not new homes, the Guardian reports. In Beichuan—where only 4,000 of the town's 22,000 people survived—some 600 widows and widowers have remarried, and the government hopes more will soon follow...

Artist Presses China on Child Quake Victims

A year after disaster, Ai Weiwei leads efforts to account for the dead

(Newser) - China today marked one year since the Sichuan earthquake that left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing. But the government has still not published results of an investigation, and parents whose children died in shoddily constructed schools have faced police intimidation. The parents have found an unlikely advocate, Time...

A Year After China Quake, a Baby Boom

(Newser) - The devastation is still raw from the earthquake that snuffed out thousands of young lives in rural China a year ago, reports the Los Angeles Times, but many grieving parents have found new hope in the form of another baby. More than 10% of new mothers in one Sichuan Province...

Dam May Have Triggered China Quake

Weight of water may have triggered the earthquake early

(Newser) - The damming-up of 320 million tons of water in a reservoir above a geological fault line may have contributed to the earthquake that left 80,000 dead or missing last year in China’s Sichuan province, US and Chinese geologists say. Whether or not the scientists are right, the suggestion...

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