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Tragic tales of loss in Taiwan as search for quake survivors ends

Taipei - As rescuers in Taiwan said they had retrieved all the missing from the ruins of a building felled by an earthquake, a tragic picture emerged of the cross-section of society killed in the disaster.

5.8-magnitude quake hits New Zealand city: USGS

Wellington - A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the New Zealand city of Christchurch Sunday, seismologists said, sending goods flying off shelves.

Taiwan to seize assets of collapsed building developer

- Almost a million dollars in assets belonging to the developer and three associates of a building in Taiwan felled by an earthquake will be seized, a court ruled Friday, with more than 90 residents confirmed dead in the disaster.

Calls for safety overhaul in Taiwan after quake disaster

Taipei - As rescuers continue the grim task of digging bodies from the rubble of an apartment complex that collapsed in a Taiwan earthquake, anger is growing over the shoddy construction of the building and the island's questionable safety record.

Taiwan developer grilled over collapse of quake building

Tainan - Taiwan prosecutors Wednesday questioned the developer of an apartment complex that collapsed during an earthquake as prosecutors detailed flaws in the construction of the building where nearly 100 people remain trapped.

Miraculous quake survivors

Paris - Rescue workers are racing against time to locate survivors in the debris of a Taiwanese apartment complex, hoping for the kind of miracle that has happened in the past.

Taiwan developer quizzed over quake collapse as 100 still buried

Tainan - The developer of a 16-storey Taiwan apartment complex that collapsed during a quake was taken in for questioning on Tuesday as rescuers deployed heavy machinery to find 100 people still feared trapped in the rubble.

Taiwan quake survivor tells of moment she lost husband, baby

Tainan - Nurse Liu Yi-chen was breast-feeding her 10-day old baby when her family's home in Taiwan was turned upside-down by a devastating earthquake that robbed her of her infant and husband.

Eight-year-old girl pulled alive from Taiwan quake rubble

Tainan - An eight-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment complex in Taiwan Monday, more than 60 hours after it was felled by a powerful earthquake.

Survivors pulled alive from Taiwan quake rubble

Tainan - A girl aged eight and three others were rescued Monday from the rubble of a Taiwan apartment tower complex, more than two days after it was felled by an earthquake, but over 100 others remain trapped in the ruins.

Rescuers race to save buried Taiwan quake victims

Tainan - Rescuers raced Sunday to free around 120 people buried under the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 34 confirmed dead, as an investigation began into the collapse.

Fourteen dead, 150 missing after Taiwan quake fells buildings

Tainan - Relatives of residents trapped in a 16-storey apartment complex felled by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan that killed 14 people were praying for miracles Saturday as rescuers sought survivors, with more than 150 missing in the quake zone.

Strong 6.1 quake hits Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain

Rabat - A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck early Monday in the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain, the US Geological Survey said.

Six years on, quake-devastated Haiti mourns its dead

Port-au-prince - Haitians paused Tuesday to mourn the 200,000 people killed six years ago in a devastating earthquake that left the country with wounds that have yet to heal.

Six years after devastating Haiti quake, risks still high

Port-au-prince - Six years after Haiti was devastated by a magnitude-seven earthquake, the government seismologist who predicted it warns little has been done to protect people in the likely event of a repeat disaster.

Apparent North Korea nuclear blast as quake rocks test site

Seoul - North Korea appeared to have carried out a nuclear test Wednesday -- its fourth -- with seismologists detecting a 5.1 magnitude tremor next to its main atomic test site in the northeast of the country.

Strong quake kills five in northeast India

Guwahati - At least five people were killed in northeast India when a 6.7-magnitude quake struck early on Monday, the government said."Five people are confirmed dead and 33 have been injured," Anurag Gupta of the National Disaster Management Authority told AFP.

Strong 6.7 quake hits near India-Myanmar border: USGS

Guwahati - A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck northeast India near the country's borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh early Monday, sending people fleeing into the streets with dozens injured in the panic.

Strong 6.6-magnitude quake strikes southern Mexico

Gutierrez - A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake rattled southern Mexico on Thursday, prompting people to evacuate buildings and schools, while the quake was also felt in neighboring Guatemala.

Nepal quake victims face deadly winter as parties bicker

Gorkha - Thousands of Nepalis still living in tents months after a massive earthquake are facing a desperate winter, because of a fuel crisis and bickering politicians' failure to spend a $4.1 billion reconstruction fund.Eight months after a 7.

Tajikistan hit with 7.2-magnitude quake, at least one dead

Dushanbe - A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Tajikistan on Monday, US experts said, and state television said one person was killed ten were injured.

Nepal quake tough test for 'world's most dangerous airport'

Charikot - Flying into Nepal's Lukla airport -- the gateway to Mount Everest -- demands courage and precision, thanks to its tiny, treacherous runway perched on a steep cliff.

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes Peru: USGS

- A large magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck eastern Peru, though there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the very deep temblor, the US Geological Survey reported Tuesday.

5.9-magnitude quake hits northern Afghanistan: USGS

Kabul - A 5.9-magnitude quake struck northern Afghanistan late Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, jolting the Indian capital and parts of Pakistan according to local reports.

Strong 7.0-magnitude quake hits off Japan coast: USGS

Toukyo - A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwestern coast of Japan early Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, with Japanese authorities reporting several small tsunamis on at least two islands.

Strong 6.8-magnitude quake rocks Chile

Santiago - A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early on Saturday but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries, seismologists said.

'How would your kids survive?' Fears for Chitral's quake victims

Utmanzai - In the village of Charun Ovir in Pakistan's Chitral district, one of the worst hit by a powerful earthquake this week, children are sleeping on the frosty mountainside, surrounded by the rubble of their flattened homes.

Swarm of minor quakes continues in eastern S.F. Bay Area

San Ramon - A swarm of small earthquakes continued to roll through the eastern San Francisco Bay Area this week as residents felt at least 10 quakes by 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

'Are we not Pakistanis?' Quake survivors appeal for aid

- Desperate survivors bracing for a fourth freezing night in the rubble of their earthquake-flattened homes appealed for aid Thursday as the Pakistan government said thousands more houses had been damaged than previously thought.

Pakistan quake survivors help themselves in race against winter

Chitral - Digging through the rubble of an earthquake less than three months after being devastated by floods, residents of the northwestern Pakistan district of Chitral cannot afford to wait for government help.
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SHAKEUP: The home housing the offices of Wine Spectator magazine on First Street in Napa was heavily...
SHAKEUP: The home housing the offices of Wine Spectator magazine on First Street in Napa was heavily damaged in the Oct. 24 South Napa earthquake.
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A cracked street in Yokohama, due to the quake in Japan
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Last month's South Napa earthquake damaged downtown's 1910 Alexandria Square building at Second and Brown streets.
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The epicentre of the earthquake affecting Central Canada on Wednesday June 23
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SHAKER: USGS map of San Francisco Bay Area showing major earthquake faults. Tuesday's 4.0 event was on the Hayward Fault.
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