More than 3200 people have died after a powerful earthquake shook Nepal Saturday. The 7.8 temblor hit Kathmandu mid-day on Saturday, and was followed by multiple aftershocks that triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest that buried mountain climbers in their base camps. Many houses, buildings and temples in the capital were destroyed, leaving thousands dead or trapped under the debris as emergency rescue workers attempt to find survivors.
It is hard to imagine that one decade ago I had been dispatched to the Indonesia to cover Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services’ efforts after the December 26 tsunami that would eventually kill more than 200,000 people. The devastation remains unconscionable today, after being dropped into Aceh province to cover the victims and survivors. Only one word could truly describe my reaction to seeing the damage from the event: “Helpless.”
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency after an early morning, 6.0 earthquake shook much of the Bay Area Sunday.
The day in photos around the world.
Thousands of people who evacuated Chile’s low-lying coastal areas returned home on Wednesday morning after authorities called off a tsunami alarm as damage from a massive overnight earthquake seemed mostly limited.
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the city recommended shortly after the disaster that children up to two years old not spend more than 15 minutes outside each day. Those aged 3 to 5 should limit their outdoor time to 30 minutes or less. The limits were lifted last year, but many kindergartens and nursery schools continue to obey them even now in line with the wishes of worried parents. An annual survey by the Fukushima prefecture Board of Education found that children in Fukushima weighed more than the national average in virtually every age group. The cause seems to be a lack of exercise and outdoor activity. Ahead of the third anniversary, Reuters photographer Toru Hanai checked in on the town.
A powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists in the Philippines on Tuesday, killing at least 74 people and causing widespread damage to infrastructure, officials said. WARNING: Some graphic images are included in this gallery.
Deceased garment workers’ family members and friends observe the three-month anniversary of the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh and people grieve after an earthquake in China kills at least 94, in today’s daily brief.
April 25 Photo Brief: Gwyneth Paltrow-People magazine’s most beautiful woman, radical knitting protesters and the search for bodies continue in Bangladesh
Gwyneth Paltrow, recently named the most beautiful women in the world by People magazine makes a red carpet appearance on Iron Man 3, ‘yarnbombers’ make plans to disrupt the G-8 summit in Ireland this June, rescue workers continue to shift through the rubble of the collapse 8 story building in Bangladesh and more in today’s daily brief.
The world celebrates Earth Day, rampant pollution takes the spotlight in places like India and Afghanistan, the Sichuan province in China struggles to recover from Saturday’s earthquake and more in today’s daily brief.