Tsunami hits Fukushima after strong quake strikes Japan

Tsunami hits Fukushima after strong quake strikes Japan

A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan on Tuesday triggering a one-metre (3.3-foot) tsunami wave that crashed into the coast at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. Public broadcaster NHK urged residents in the region to “flee immediately” to high ground, reminding listeners to heed the lessons of the “Great East Japan Earthquake”. A massive […]

New Zealand begins evacuation of quake-hit town

New Zealand begins evacuation of quake-hit town

New Zealand on Tuesday began a rescue operation involving hundreds of tourists and residents who remain stranded in the coastal town of Kaikoura after a powerful earthquake cut off train and vehicle access. The defense force said it had started ferrying people out by military helicopter and that a navy ship from Auckland was due […]

Italian fury over irreverent Charlie Hebdo quake cartoon

Italian fury over irreverent Charlie Hebdo quake cartoon

A cartoon published in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo seemingly making light of the suffering of the victims of Italy’s recent earthquake has created a furore in Italy and beyond. The cartoons, entitled “Earthquake Italian-style”, show a balding man covered in blood with the caption “Penne in tomato sauce” and a woman with burns standing […]

Rescue workers race to find Italy quake survivors

Rescue workers race to find Italy quake survivors

  Rescuers worked into the early hours of Thursday in a desperate search for survivors after a powerful earthquake shook central Italy, leaving at least 159 people dead and devastating several mountain villages. With 368 people injured, some critically, and an unknown number trapped under rubble, the death toll from Wednesday’s pre-dawn quake was expected […]