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Earthquake Hits Ecuador, Kills More Than 272

Earthquake Hits Ecuador, Kills More Than 272

  QUITO, Ecuador, April 17, 2016 (ENS) – The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Saturday night off the west coast of northern Ecuador has killed at least 272 people, a death toll that will “certainly rise,” according...

 

Judge Approves Multi-Billion BP Oil Spill Settlement

Judge Approves Multi-Billion BP Oil Spill Settlement

  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, April 4, 2016 (ENS) – A federal judge in New Orleans today set his stamp of approval on an $18.7 billion civil settlement in the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Fire boat...

 

Fukushima Ecosystem Still Poisoned Five Years Later

Fukushima Ecosystem Still Poisoned Five Years Later

  TOKYO, Japan, March 11, 2016 (ENS) – “The environmental impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster will last decades to centuries, due to man-made, long-lived radioactive elements are absorbed into the living tissues...

 

Anti-dam Activists Call for Justice in Cáceres Killing

Anti-dam Activists Call for Justice in Cáceres Killing

  MIRI, Sarawak, Malaysia, March 8, 2016 (ENS) – Indigenous leaders fighting against dams worldwide have issued a joint call for a prompt, thorough and independent investigation into the death of indigenous leader Berta Cáceres of...

 

Goldman Prize Winner Murdered in Honduras

Goldman Prize Winner Murdered in Honduras

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 3, 2016 (ENS) – A indigenous Lenca woman who was honored with a 2015 Goldman Prize last year for her fight against a destructive dam, was killed by gunmen last night in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Berta...

 

Hottest Year Linked to ‘Devastating’ Human Disaster Toll

Hottest Year Linked to ‘Devastating’ Human Disaster Toll

  NEW YORK, New York, February 11, 2016 (ENS) – At least 98.6 million people were harmed by natural disasters in 2015, the hottest year on record; and climate, intensified by a strong El Niño pattern, was the driver in 92 percent...

 

Taiwan Quake Leaves 67 Dead, 57 Still Missing

Taiwan Quake Leaves 67 Dead, 57 Still Missing

  TAIPEI, Taiwan, February 11, 2016 (ENS) – The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Taiwan stands at 67 people, with 57 others still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble of a collapsed residential building, Taiwan’s...

 

Zika Virus Declared a Global Health Emergency

Zika Virus Declared a Global Health Emergency

  GENEVA, Switzerland, February 3, 2016 (ENS) – The Zika virus has spread to 24 countries in the Americas, creating “a public health emergency of international concern,” the head of the World Health Organization declared...

 

North Pole Melting, Storms Ravage United States

North Pole Melting, Storms Ravage United States

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 30, 2015 (ENS) – The same storm system responsible for the extreme weather that claimed 43 lives in seven states over the past week has caused temperatures to rise about 50 degrees Fahrenheit above normal...

 

Russian Tanker Spills Oil Near Sakhalin Island

Russian Tanker Spills Oil Near Sakhalin Island

  MOSCOW, Russia, December 1, 2015 (ENS) – A Russian-flagged oil tanker has run aground off Nevelsk on the southwest coast of Sakhalin Island, spilling oil into the sea, Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations reports. The...

 

Two Dead in Brazilian Iron Mine Tailings Dam Collapse

Two Dead in Brazilian Iron Mine Tailings Dam Collapse

  MARIANA, Minas Gerais, Brazil, November 6, 2015 (ENS) – Two people are dead and at least 13 others are missing after two tailings dams collapsed Thursday at an iron mine near the rural village of Bento Rodrigues in the state of...

 

Raging Amazon Forest Fire Menaces Uncontacted Tribe

Raging Amazon Forest Fire Menaces Uncontacted Tribe

  SAO LUIS, Maranhao, Brazil, November 1, 2015 (ENS) – A stubborn forest fire in the Brazilian Amazon is threatening to consume the forest home of one of the last remaining uncontacted tribes on Earth – the awá-Awá. Despite...

 

Afghan and Pakistani Quake Survivors Appeal for Help

Afghan and Pakistani Quake Survivors Appeal for Help

  KABUL, Afghanistan, October 28, 2015 (ENS) – Frantic and freezing, survivors are begging for food and blankets Tuesday after a severe earthquake struck Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing more than 360 people in the two neighboring...

 

Smoke From Indonesia’s Illegal Fires Chokes SE Asia

Smoke From Indonesia’s Illegal Fires Chokes SE Asia

  JAKARTA, Indonesia, October 19, 2015 (ENS) – Fires started illegally to clear land for oil palm and acacia pulp plantations in Indonesia are sending thick smoke over the Southeast Asian region, making breathing painful, closing...

 

Flooding Rains Claim 10 Lives on U.S. East Coast

Flooding Rains Claim 10 Lives on U.S. East Coast

  CHARLESTON, South Carolina, October 5, 2015 (ENS) – Record rainfall resulting from Hurricane Joaquin could taper off across much of the Carolinas late Monday, but not before leaving at least 10 people dead and about 40,000 others...

 

Chilean Quake Claims 13 Lives, One Million Evacuated

Chilean Quake Claims 13 Lives, One Million Evacuated

  SANTIAGO, Chile, September 18, 2015 (ENS) – Thirteen people died and about one million others were forced to flee their homes after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck off Chile’s central coast Wednesday night. But wise investments...

 

Fierce Wildfires Force Thousands of Californians to Flee

Fierce Wildfires Force Thousands of Californians to Flee

  SACRAMENTO, California, September 14, 2015 (ENS) – One person is dead and up to 1,000 homes and buildings have burned down in a fast-moving northern California wildfire that exploded through dry brush and trees, fire officials said. Started...

 

Evacuation Order Lifted on First Town Near Fukushima

Evacuation Order Lifted on First Town Near Fukushima

  TOKYO, Japan, September 5, 2015 (ENS) – On Saturday, Naraha became the first town to allow evacuated residents to return after an earthquake and tsunami damaged the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant more than four years...

 

Three Firefighters Die as Wildfires Scorch the West

Three Firefighters Die as Wildfires Scorch the West

  OLYMPIA, Washington, August 20, 2015 (ENS) – Three U.S. Forest Service firefighters died Wednesday night when a wildfire near the small town of Twisp in southeastern Washington overtook their vehicle after it crashed. Four other...

 

Active Volcano Near Japan’s Only Working Nuclear Plant

Active Volcano Near Japan’s Only Working Nuclear Plant

  TOKYO, Japan, August 19, 2015 (ENS) – Mount Sakurajima is about to erupt again, the Japan Meteorological Agency warns. The volcano is located 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the newly restarted Sendai Nuclear Power Plant. Residents...

 
 
 
 

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