Earthquake-hit farmers in Italy rest hopes on fields of lentils

By Matteo Berlenga CASTELLUCCIO, Italy, Apr 13 : Over seven months after a devastating earthquake hit the central parts of Italy, farmers from the Umbria region are hoping that their fields of lentils can help revive local agriculture and tourism. Escorted by the military through unstable tunnels along the road, around 20 tractors reached the […]

New Zealand government orders building repairs due to quake risks

By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON, Jan 25 : The New Zealand government said today it will require building owners to urgently fix hundreds of hazardous buildings due to concerns over the heightened earthquake risk following a deadly tremor in November. The new rules affect about 300 buildings, mostly in the capital city of Wellington, and will […]

Powerful quake strikes off PNG, initial tsunami alert wound back

By Harry Pearl SYDNEY, Jan 22 : An 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea (PNG) today, triggering a tsunami alert for several Pacific islands though that was subsequently wound back to cover just PNG and the neighbouring Solomon Islands. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) downgraded the quake from an initial measurement of […]

More survivors in Italian avalanche hotel as death toll rises to five

By Antonio Denti PENNE, Italy, Jan 21 : A total of nine people have been pulled alive from the rubble of a hotel demolished on Wednesday by an avalanche in central Italy, although officials said five have died and an estimated 23 more are still missing. Fireman dug the survivors, including four children, from beneath […]

Four children and woman rescued, two days after Italy avalanche

By Antonio Denti PENNE, Italy, Jan 20 : Four children and a woman were pulled clear today from the wreckage of a mountain hotel in central Italy flattened two days earlier by an avalanche, the national fire service said. A further five people had been located, trapped under tonnes of snow and debris, and rescuers […]

Spate of strong earthquakes hit snowbound central Italy, one dead

By Philip Pullella and Isla Binnie ROME, Jan 19 : One man died in a series of strong earthquakes which hit central Italy, a region devastated by deadly tremors last year, while heavy snow raised fears for the safety of others in the region. Yesterday four quakes of magnitude 5.2 and higher struck near the […]