Death toll rises to 367 from deadly China earthquake

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August 2014CHINA – At least 367 people have been killed and 1,881 others injured after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled southwest China’s Yunnan Province Sunday afternoon, rescuers said. In Zhaotong City, the quake has killed 296 people and injured 1,591 in Ludian County. It has also left 60 dead and 193 injured in Qiaojia County, and caused another death in the city’s Zhaoyang District. Meanwhile, in Huize County of Qujing City, it has killed 10 people and injured 97 others. The strong quake struck at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time) with a depth of 12 km. The epicenter is in Longtoushan Township, 23 km southwest of the county seat of Ludian, the China Earthquake Networks Center reported. Xi calls for saving people’s lives first after deadly quake
President Xi Jinping has called for saving people’s lives first after a strong earthquake rattled southwest China’s Yunnan Province Sunday and killed…

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U.S. reports its second case of deadly MERS virus

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May 2014FLORIDA – A growing global threat of the potentially deadly MERS virus has spread to Orlando with the case of a 44-year-old man visiting from Saudi Arabia, health officials reported Monday. He becomes the second U.S. patient with the respiratory illness, which has infected more than 500 people worldwide and killed 114. MERS — or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome — is considered serious because of its fatality rate of about 30 percent and because there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment. But health officials emphasize that it is spread only through close contact, including touching, coughing or contaminated fluids. About one-fifth of those infected are health-care workers, as is the Orlando patient. The man, who works in a Saudi Arabia hospital, arrived in Orlando on May 1 but did not seek treatment until May 8, when he went to the Dr. P. Phillips emergency room. A…

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Rare earthquake warning issue for state of Oklahoma

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May 2014OKLAHOMA– Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. This major increase in seismic shaking led to a rare earthquake warning today (May 5) from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey. In a joint statement, the agencies said the risk of a damaging earthquake — one larger than magnitude 5.0 — has significantly increased in central Oklahoma. Geologists don’t know when or where the state’s next big earthquake will strike, nor will they put a number on the increased risk. We haven’t seen this before in Oklahoma, so we had some concerns about putting a specific number on the chances of it,” Robert Williams, a research geophysicist with the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program in Golden, Colorado, told Live Science. “But we know from other cases around the world that if you have an increasing number of…

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Debt clock ticking, but default damage already unfolding

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October 15, 2013WASHINGTONThe warnings from Wall Street are dire: A stomach-turning dive in the stock market. World economies in peril. Another recession in the United States. A replay of the 2008 financial crisis — or worse. And the date investors are worried about is fast approaching. It’s Thursday, when the United States bumps up against the $16.7 trillion limit set by Congress for the amount of money the government can borrow. Why the alarm? If Congress can’t make a deal and raise the limit, the value of United States government debt — the paper considered the safest investment on earth, the grease for the machinery of the world financial system — will be called into question. As the clock clicks toward Thursday’s deadline, signs of damage are already emerging. The Chinese, who hold more U.S. debt than any other country, have wondered aloud whether it’s time…

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7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes along the coast of Peru

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September 25, 2013PERUThere is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake reported at 6:43 a.m. HST on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 off the coast of Central Peru, officials said. The magnitude of the quake was initially reported as a 6.8.  It was then downgraded shortly after to a 6.6, and finally upgraded to a 7.0 after further analysis, according to the USGS. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement saying there is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi based on all available data. Officials with the USGS say the quake occurred at at depth of 20.5 miles. The USGS reports that the quake was located 28 miles S of Acari, Peru; 56 miles SE of Minas de Marcona, Peru; 74 miles SSE of Nazca, Peru; 83 miles SSW of Puquio, Peru; and 308 miles SSE of Lima, Peru. This is the second 7.0+…

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