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One year after quake, Nepal recovery slow to get off ground

PASLANG, Nepal — Within days of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that nearly wiped this hilltop hamlet off the map, Raj Kumar Sahi began building a shed to shelter his family, salvaging twisted metal sheets and splintered strips of wood from the rubble of their four-room home.

Date: 04/25/2016 | Nation & World

Ecuador quake death toll rises; country faces rebuilding

QUITO, Ecuador — The death count from Ecuador’s worst earthquake in a decade rose to at least 577 on Thursday even as the country was facing another grim toll: a long and costly reconstruction effort likely to cost billions of dollars.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

Sharp shock hits Ecuador, biggest post-quake jolt

MONTECRISTI, Ecuador — A fresh tremor rattled Ecuador before dawn Wednesday, a magnitude-6.1 magnitude jolt that set babies crying and adults pouring into the streets, fearful of yet more damage following a monster earthquake over the weekend.

Date: 04/20/2016 | Nation & World

U.S. sends earthquake aid to Ecuador, 433 deaths reported

MANTA, Ecuador —The U.S. is deploying disaster experts to Ecuador and sending $100,000 in supplies as the country grapples with tens of thousands of people displaced by Saturday’s earthquake.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World

Death toll from massive Ecuador earthquake tops 350

MANTA, Ecuador — Rescuers in Ecuador pulled three people out alive after being trapped for more than 32 hours in the rubble of a shopping center that was flattened by this weekend’s powerful earthquake.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Nation & World

Rescuers dig out survivors after quake kills 262 in Ecuador

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador — It was supposed to be a family reunion to celebrate a young relative’s start of college. But the gathering ended in tragedy when a collapsing building crushed 17-year-old Sayira Quinde, her mother, father and toddler brother in their rusting Chevy...

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

Calls for more aid for Japan quake zone; 42 dead, 10 missing

MINAMIASO, Japan — The U.S. military prepared to join relief efforts Monday in disaster-stricken areas of southern Japan as authorities struggled to feed and care for tens of thousands of people who sought shelter after two powerful earthquakes that killed at least 42 people.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

Japanese flee homes after 2 quakes kill 41

OZU, Japan — The wooden home barely withstood the first earthquake. An even stronger one the next night dealt what might have been the final blow — if not to the house, then to the Tanaka family's peace of mind.

Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World

Second big quake rocks Japan; 41 are dead

OZU, Japan — The wooden home barely withstood the first earthquake. An even stronger one the next night dealt what might have been the final blow — if not to the house, then to the Tanaka family's peace of mind.

Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World

Twin quakes kills at least 16 in Japan; many trapped

MASHIKI, Japan — Two powerful earthquakes a day apart shook southwestern Japan, killing at least 16 people, trapping many others beneath flattened homes and sending thousands of residents to seek refuge in gymnasiums and hotel lobbies.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Nation & World

Strong quake kills 9, injures more than 800 in Japan

MASHIKI, Japan — Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake that killed nine people and injured about 800.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World

Small earthquake hits northwest Washington west of Whidbey

SEATTLE — A minor earthquake hit northwest Washington state on Tuesday morning.

Date: 04/05/2016 | Northwest

Lynnwood taking steps to prepare for a disaster

LYNNWOOD — The city of Lynnwood has launched a year-long campaign to become more prepared for disasters.About 300 people attended a March 15 public meeting focused on earthquakes and other disasters and south Snohomish County. The meeting was held at Edmonds Community...

Date: 03/23/2016 | Local News

Earthquakes rock south-central Alaska, western Aleutians

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rocked south-central Alaska on Saturday and was felt in the state’s largest city, Anchorage.

Date: 03/12/2016 | Northwest

Magnitude 4.7 earthquake recorded off Vancouver Island

SEATTLE — A magnitude 4.7 earthquake was recorded Saturday morning off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Authorities have heard no reports of injuries or damage.

Date: 03/05/2016 | Northwest

State officials prepare for massive earthquake drill

SEATTLE — Though it’s still months away, officials in Washington are preparing for a massive, four-day earthquake and tsunami drill in June.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Northwest

3.4-magnitude earthquake strikes 8 miles west of Bremerton

BREMERTON — The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a minor earthquake rattled parts of the Kitsap Peninsula.The 3.4-magnitude tremor struck about eight miles west of Bremerton at 9:30 Saturday morning.

Date: 02/20/2016 | Northwest

Oklahoma agency calls for wastewater cuts to stem quakes

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma oil-and-gas regulators on Tuesday issued their most far-reaching directive yet in response to a surge in earthquakes by asking the operators of nearly 250 injection wells to reduce the amount of wastewater they inject underground by 40 percent.

Date: 02/16/2016 | Business

Getting ready for the big one

By now our concerns about earthquakes, specifically "The Really Big One" discussed in the New Yorker article of the same name from July — the one that quoted a FEMA official as saying...

Date: 02/11/2016 | Editorials

Survivor pulled out from building 2 days after Taiwan quake

 TAINAN, Taiwan — A survivor found shielded under the body of her husband was pulled out alive from a toppled high-rise apartment building Monday, Taiwanese media reported, two days after a powerful quake that killed at least 36.

Date: 02/07/2016 | Nation & World

White House rallies public, private efforts to prepare for devastating earthquakes

WASHINGTON — Spurred by renewed fears of the fabled “Big One” shattering the West Coast, the Obama administration Tuesday promoted stronger earthquake-preparedness efforts as part of a first-of-its-kind White House summit.

Date: 02/02/2016 | Northwest

Magnitude-7.1 quake jolts Alaska; 4 homes lost

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A magnitude-7.1 quake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday morning, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region. There were no reports of injuries, but four homes were lost to explosions or fire following the quake.

Date: 01/24/2016 | Northwest

Emergency planners prepare for massive earthquake — the ‘Big One’

PORTLAND, Ore. — As military helicopters ferry search and rescue teams over the Pacific Northwest, below them are scenes of devastation from a giant earthquake that could strike the region at any time.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest

Big fracking-linked earthquakes hit Oklahoma

FAIRVIEW, Okla. — Four earthquakes capable of causing moderate damage rocked northwestern Oklahoma, but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries.The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.7 quake hit just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday about...

Date: 01/07/2016 | Nation & World

Small earthquake reported west of Yakima overnight

PACKWOOD — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is reporting a small earthquake near Packwood, Washington.The shallow quake measured a magnitude 3.1 around 8:50 p.m. Friday. It wasn’t enough to cause damage or injuries, but it did shake up the community near Mount Rainier.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Northwest

Dems urge Obama to fund earthquake-warning system

WASHINGTON — Thirty-six members of Congress from Western states asked President Barack Obama on Wednesday for $16.1 million to complete an earthquake early-warning system being developed by scientists in Southern California and along the West Coast.Reps. Adam Schiff,...

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

Afghan earthquake rocks Asia, hundreds dead

KABUL, Afghanistan — A massive earthquake struck remote and impoverished regions of northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday, killing at least 263 people as it shook buildings across South Asia and knocked out power and communications to already-isolated areas.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Nation & World

Series of small earthquakes recorded in northern Oklahoma

CUSHING, Okla. — A series of small earthquakes have been recorded across northern Oklahoma following two moderate earthquakes in the area on Saturday.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Northwest earthquake risk, election dissected at New Yorker festival

NEW YORK — One New Yorker writer summed it up best: The New Yorker festival, said Kathryn Schulz, is the “nerd holiday of New York City.”

Date: 10/05/2015 | Northwest

8.3 magnitude quake rocks Chile; aftershocks are strong

SANTIAGO, Chile — A powerful magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off Chile's northern coast Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and bringing flooding from small tsunami waves in some shore towns.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World

Small earthquake hits Seattle area; no reports of damage

SEATTLE — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 4.0-magnitude earthquake hit the eastern part of the Seattle area Saturday afternoon. But there are no reports of damage.The agency says the earthquake struck at 3:22 p.m. and was centered in the Seattle suburb of Snoqualmie

Date: 09/13/2015 | Northwest

With time ticking, quake warning system begins to take shape

PORTLAND, Ore. — University of Washington researchers are testing an earthquake alert system as the Pacific Northwest prepares for the day when a 600-mile-long fault line looming off the coast unleashes a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

Japan lifts evacuation order for town near Fukushima

NARAHA, Japan — Japan’s government Saturday lifted a 4?˝-year-old evacuation order for the northeastern town of Naraha that had sent all of the town’s 7,400 residents away following the disaster at the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Nation & World

4.3 earthquake recorded north of Coulee Dam

COULEE DAM — A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has been recorded north of the town of Coulee Dam.The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was recorded at 9:42 a.m. on Tuesday.It was recorded about 22 miles north of Coulee Dam, at a depth of nine kilometers.

Date: 09/01/2015 | Northwest

USGS awards $4M in Northwest, California for earthquake early warning systems

SEATTLE — The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $4 million to four universities in the Pacific Northwest and California to boost the development of earthquake early warning systems.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Northwest

The big one: Don’t fret; plan

Most of us in the Northwest know we live with the threat of earthquakes, but many of us limit our preparations for disaster by reminding ourselves to buy a case of water the next time we're at Costco.For those who happened upon a New Yorker article that went viral on...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Editorials

What’s ahead for Fukushima nuclear plant?

TOKYO — Four years after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, the road ahead remains riddled with unknowns.The government approved a revised 30-to-40-year roadmap Friday that delays by three years the start of a key initial step...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Business Wire

Death toll rises to 16 from earthquake on Malaysia mountain

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The death toll from an earthquake that trapped scores of climbers on Malaysia’s highest peak rose to 16 Monday as rescuers searched for two Singaporean climbers still missing.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World

Series of quakes strikes off Oregon coast; no tsunamis

SALEM, Ore. — Five earthquakes ranging in magnitude up to 5.9 have struck off the coast of Oregon, but they weren’t strong enough to generate tsunamis, scientists said.The earthquakes were shallow, at 6 miles deep, often a signal of a dangerous quake.

Date: 06/01/2015 | Northwest

Series of earthquakes strike off Oregon coast

SALEM, Ore. — A series of earthquakes have struck off the Oregon coast but scientists say they weren’t strong enough to trigger tsunamis.

Date: 06/01/2015 | Northwest

Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes remote area off Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A strong earthquake struck in a remote region off the Alaska coast, but there was no threat of tsunami or immediate reports of damage, officials said.The magnitude-6.7 quake struck at 11 p.m. Thursday and was centered in the ocean about 35 miles...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Nation & World

Adventure turns into relief effort

Marysville grad was on Nepal trek when earthquake happened

Date: 05/22/2015 | Local News

Hawaii volcano earthquakes could signal new eruption

HONOLULU — A series of earthquakes and shifting ground on the slopes of Kilauea have scientists wondering what will happen next at one of the world’s most active volcanos.

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World

Light quakes felt in Oregon, Washington on Friday

THE DALLES, Ore. — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says two small earthquakes have been recorded in the Northwest, one in northern Oregon and the other in north-central Washington. No damage was reported from either.

Date: 05/16/2015 | Northwest

Seattle friends of 2 missing in Nepal accept the worst

SEATTLE — The yellow ribbons still circle trees and light posts along Madison Street, but the hope they symbolize is gone. The families of two 19-year-olds missing in Nepal say they now believe the longtime friends died in the devastating April 25 earthquake.

Date: 05/16/2015 | Northwest

No survivors in Marine chopper crash in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepalese rescuers on Friday found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared this week during a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World

NRC: Earthquake risk at nuke plants needs research

LOS ANGELES — Federal regulators Wednesday directed nuclear power plants in California and Washington to conduct in-depth research into earthquake risks by June 2017, part of a broad review of seismic threats following Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster.

Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest

Another major earthquake shakes Nepal, killing dozens

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 37 people while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World

New 7.3 magnitude quake hits Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A major earthquake hit Nepal in a remote region near the Chinese border on Tuesday, killing at least four people less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by another deadly quake.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World

Families cling to hope for two Seattle teens missing after Nepal earthquake

SEATTLE — First came an urgent message on the neighborhood social networking site, five days after a devastating earthquake shook Nepal, killing thousands:“Tie a yellow ribbon for Sydney. Tomorrow at 1 p.m ...Community effort, all welcome!”

Date: 05/10/2015 | Northwest

Families of Seattle teens missing in Nepal hold vigil

SEATTLE — The families of two Seattle teens missing since the Nepal earthquake planned to hold a candlelight vigil on Friday.Bailey Meola and Sydney Schumacher, both 19, were trekking in the Lahbtang Valley in Nepal when the deadly earthquake struck on April 25.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Northwest

Small earthquake rattles Bryant area

BRYANT — A relatively small magnitude 3.7 earthquake shook the ground north of Seattle early Thursday.The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake at 1:42 a.m. was about 8 miles northeast of Bryant.

Date: 05/07/2015 | Local News

Gold Bar man recalls the day the earth shook

In 1949, Don Bearwood was 21 and already a Navy veteran. He worked as a draftsman at Seattle Lighting in the city’s Pioneer Square area. One spring day, the place started shaking.

Date: 05/03/2015 | Local News

Nearly a week after quake, Nepal still needs tents, food; death toll at more than 6,600

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s government renewed its appeal to international donors to send tents, tarpaulins and basic food supplies in the wake of last weekend’s devastating earthquake, saying some of the items being sent are of little use.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Nation & World

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