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Ecuador and Japan earthquakes: Are they related?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Several million earthquakes occur annually, but most are unnoticed because they're so small, the U.S. Geologic Survey says.<p>But three recent earthquakes -- on Thursday and Saturday morning in Japan and Saturday night in Ecuador -- have gotten lots of attention because of the great …

'This city will never be what it was': Ecuadorians count cost after earthquake

In Portoviejo on the Pacific coast, one of the communities hit by Saturday’s quake, the dead are still being recovered and for survivors aid is slow in coming<p>María Victoria Chávez’s life came crashing down on her at 6:58 on Saturday evening.

6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of Tonga

The quake hit 277 kms (172.12 miles) south-southeast of the capital Nuku'alofa at a depth of 66 kms, the USGS said.<p>The USGS initially tweeted that the earthquake was magnitude 5.8, later upgrading the number.<p>A powerful earthquakes hit Ecuador on Saturday, killing more than 70 people, and two …

Have you been affected by the earthquakes in Japan?

Relief efforts are stepping up in Japan after huge earthquakes struck on Thursday and Friday, forcing more than 150,000 people into evacuation shelters, cutting off power and water to tens of thousands of homes and sparking landslides.

Aftershocks bring misery for Japan quake survivors as toll reaches 48

TOKYO (Reuters) - Aftershocks rattled survivors of deadly Japanese earthquakes on Wednesday, nearly a week after the first one struck, as the area braced for heavy rain and the possibility of more landslides.<p>Rescuers using backhoes and shovels to dig through crumpled houses swept away in a …

Ecuador earthquake: 'It's going to take us years to recover'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The powerful earthquake that killed more than 480 people in Ecuador is the worst disaster the country has faced in decades, a top official said Tuesday.<p>"It's the worst tragedy in 60 years," Defense Minister Ricardo Patiño said. "We're facing the most difficult phase right now, which is …

Ecuador earthquake: How life near epicentre changed in under a minute

<b>Driving into Pedernales is like entering a warzone. But this shocking devastation was wrought by nature. This quake lasted less than a minute - and hardly any house is intact.</b><p>Once-private spaces are open for everyone to see. Shower rooms with no walls. An empty pink high chair teetering on the edge …

McDonald's gives Vietnam a taste of Big Mac

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/995000/995498_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534590701_90f794c5fd25bde995d48626b8a3de9f<p><b>Vietnam is to get a taste of McDonald's after the US burger giant said it would open its first outlet there next year.</b><p>The chain's franchise has been …

Why Apple Is Spending $1.9 Billion To Open Data Centers In Denmark And Ireland

Apple follows Microsoft and Google by opening data centers in Europe. Whether that’s NSA-motivated is unclear.<p>Apple said Monday that it is investing $1.9 billion to open data centers in Denmark and Ireland, according to the AFP. It is a move likely to comfort European politicians and security …

Brics nations to create $100bn development bank

<b>The leaders of the five Brics countries have signed a deal to create a new $100bn (£58.3bn) development bank and emergency reserve fund.</b><p>The Brics group is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.<p>The capital for the bank will be split equally among the five participating …

Tesco says almost 30,000 tonnes of food 'wasted'

<b>Supermarket giant Tesco has revealed it generated almost 30,000 tonnes of food waste in the first six months of 2013.</b><p>Of that total, 21% was made up of fruit and vegetables and 41% of bakery items.<p>Using its own data and industry-wide figures, it also estimated that across the UK food industry as a …

Why global water shortages pose threat of terror and war

On 17 January, scientists downloaded fresh data from a pair of Nasa satellites and distributed the findings among the small group of researchers who track the world's water reserves. At the University of California, Irvine, hydrologist James Famiglietti looked over the data from the gravity-sensing …

Shattering the World Record for Fracking Earthquakes is a Disconcerting Honor

Canada set a new world record for the largest earthquake ever triggered by fracking. Fantastic.<p>Progress Energy put a hold on their hydraulic …

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The changing face of outsourcing

<b>Mr Qin, manager of the HuaXia baseball cap factory, is a proud man.</b><p>His factory, located in the booming Yangtze river delta region of China, has expanded dramatically in the last few years.<p>It is now producing 30 million baseball caps each year, supplying retailers across the US and Europe at an …

Stocks Extend Declines in Final Hour of Trading

Many investors look to spate of earnings later this week for keys to sentiment<p>U.S. stocks fell anew Monday, halting a rally that lifted major indexes to their first week of gains this year.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 208.29 points, or 1.3%, to 15885.22, with losses deepening in the …

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McDonald's opens first branch in Vietnam

Vietnam will soon be serving up cheeseburgers and fries alongside its traditional pho noodle soup after McDonald's announced it would open its first restaurant in the country early next year.<p>The move follows a series of fast-food chains that have recently set up shop in communist Vietnam, from KFC …

An Underwater Volcano Just Created A New Island

Easy come, easy go<p>There’s a new island in the Pacific Ocean, thanks to an underwater volcano eruption that’s been going on for the past month.<p>The new island is in the Tonga archipelago--a group of islands southeast of Fiji. Scientists discovered it on January 16, about a month into the volcano’s …

Volcano Erupts in Chile: Pictures

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Further flooding worsens troubles for Cumbrian towns hit by Storm Desmond

Environment Agency issues dozens of flood warnings across country and warns of continued rain for region where thousands have already been made homeless<p>Householders and businesses in Cumbria have once again been hit by flooding, just days after having finished cleaning up after Storm …

UK flooding: How a Yorkshire town worked with nature to stay dry

While the sodden, submerged North of Britain was, literally, wringing out the old year last week, one notorious Yorkshire flood blackspot was …