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Ecuador earthquake: Death toll jumps to 272; more than 2,500 injured

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rescue crews searched desperately through rubble for survivors of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck coastal Ecuador.<p>The death toll has soared to 272, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said Sunday evening. That number is expected to rise as rescue teams dig through the rubble, he …

The moment a 7.8 magnitude quake struck Ecuador

A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake has killed more than 200 people in Ecuador.<p>A state of emergency has been declared in six provinces and the National Guard has been mobilised.<p>This is the moment the earthquake struck.

Ecuador earthquake: 'We felt it for several minutes'

The huge earthquake that hit Ecuador on Saturday evening lasted for 40 seconds and was felt for minutes afterwards, according to one man in Quito.<p>Stephan Kuffner was on the eighth floor of a building in the capital city when the 7.8-magnitude quake struck.

Ecuador earthquake: Deaths rise to 272

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1238000/1238345_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524641821_07527c0db5d562c4ea6b2264c8c05ad1<p><b>At least 272 people have been confirmed dead and more than 1,500 people injured after Ecuador was hit by its most powerful earthquake in decades.</b><p>Some …

Ecuador earthquake: At least 413 people confirmed dead

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1238000/1238573_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524670086_e1785bd9e6777efed9fd9a18e812d50a<p><b>At least 413 people are now known to have died in the earthquake that struck Ecuador, the country's government says.</b><p>The 7.8-magnitude quake struck …

Japan sees 3 major Earthquakes in only 24 hours

After 6.2 and 6.0 earthquakes hit Japan on Thursday night, an even stronger quake hit the next night. CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller gives the time line.

Natural Disasters

Japan earthquake: thousands flee amid concerns over volcanoes and aftershocks

At least 44,000 people evacuated following 6.4-magnitude quake that killed at least nine<p>Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from earthquake-hit southern Japan as dozens of aftershocks struck and officials monitored nearby volcanoes for signs of activity.<p>Related: Japan earthquake: at …

Natural Disasters

Second deadly quake hits Japan, 'race against time' to find survivors | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese rescuers were digging through the rubble of buildings and mud on Saturday to reach dozens believed trapped after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck a southern island, killing at least 32 people and injuring about a thousand.<p>The shallow earthquake hit in the early …

Japan Searches For Survivors Trapped By Powerful Earthquake

"It's a race against time."<p>By Minami Funakoshi and Kiyoshi Takenaka<p>TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese authorities have ordered nearly a quarter of a million people from their homes after a deadly earthquake struck a southern island and the search for survivors went on into the early hours of Sunday amid …

Japan earthquake: Thousands remain without vital services

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1238000/1238276_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524662419_0ccff030fce45c7a730fc66e35439657<p><b>Japan is struggling to restore services in the south-western island of Kyushu after it was hit by two powerful earthquakes.</b><p>Some 180,000 people are set …

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 …

Stunning images of deforestation (and other consequences of globalization) via Google Earth

Visuals are hard to shake. That’s why, on Nov. 20, the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC) will be addressing the issues of deforestation and other earthly destruction in an exhibition called Mind the Earth in Copenhagen, using images shot by none other than Google Earth.<p>The exhibition first started …

Google Earth

This cry for help on a Primark label can't be ignored

It seems so unlikely as to be incredible: a cry for help sewn into a Primark dress. First one, now two Swansea shoppers have come forward and told the South Wales Evening Post that they found extra labels sewn into items bought last year. "Forced to work exhausting hours" read the first; "Degrading …

Why do volcanoes erupt?

Volcanoes are channels that transfer molten rock from Earth’s crust to the surface. Here’s why eruptions happen.<p>Some people believe volcanic …

New Imagery Reveals That Mount St. Helens Is Sitting Atop a Small Sea of Magma

Evidence for a Pacific-Northwest supervolcano?<p>My home is in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state, roughly equidistant from three of the Northwest's largest active and potentially active volcanoes: Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and the ever-rumbling Mt. St. Helens. Mt. Rainier isn't much further, and …

Are Volcanoes Erupting More Frequently?

Science<p>Are Volcanoes Erupting More Frequently?<p>By Sean Breslin<p>August 18 2015 12:00 AM EDT<p>weather.com<p>It seems like there have been a lot of volcanic …

Geology

What's Up With the Quakes Before a Volcano Erupts?

Earthquakes and volcanoes are intimately linked. They are both products of the plate tectonic process that is constantly reshaping the surface of the …

All Fracked Up

Fracking: it’s complicated, and it’s controversial. It’s an environmental disaster, or an environmental savior. It creates jobs and wealth…and …

Fracking-induced quakes in B.C. are among largest on record

At least two earthquakes in British Columbia over the past year – including one last week – are among the largest ever caused by natural gas fracking in North America and were both strong enough to force temporary shutdowns of operations.<p>But while the province's oil and natural gas ministry as well …

Has globalisation increased the risk of food price shocks?

The chances of shock food price rises in import-dependent states are rising as the world’s population grows and nations become more reliant on global …

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 …

Global warming increases 'food shocks' threat

<b>Climate change is increasing the risk of severe 'food shocks' where crops fail and prices of staples rise rapidly around the world.</b><p>Researchers say extreme weather events that impact food production could be happening in seven years out of ten by the end of this century.<p>The authors argue that an …

‘We’ve just used our entire supply of resources for 2015’ – scientists

The day humans “overshot” the limit of Earth’s resources for 2015 comes six days earlier than previous year. Earth Overshoot Day is a day calculated …

Amazon is killing off its free P2P money-transfer service WebPay on October 13, 2014

Amazon WebPay, a free online money-transfer service, is shutting down on October 13, 2014. This means you’ll no longer be able to send, receive, or request money using just your email address and the Amazon Payments webpage.<p>There were hints back in June that the service would be going away soon. …