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2008-05-29 14:23:01

After the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve received a damaging blow from the recent deadly earthquake in China, officials are now seeking a new home for the bears. "It's better to move, I think," said Zhang Hemin, the chief of the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve. The Wolong reserve is just 20 miles from the epicenter of the May 12 quake, which has killed more than 68,000 people, including five reserve staff members. Most of the reserve staff members were not on-site during the 7.9-magnitude quake. "What...

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2008-05-22 16:20:00

Officials in China have sent emergency rations of bamboo-shoots to a reserve housing pandas in the earthquake zone in Sichuan province, China's state media reported Thursday. The move was made because no one was collecting food for the bears in the aftermath of China's most devastating earthquake in decades.According to a government Web site, 47 people were killed near the Wolong Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, the nation's largest panda breeding center. Thirty-five...

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2008-05-19 13:55:00

China stood still Monday, mourning for tens of thousands of earthquake victims, until a government forecast of a possible strong aftershock sent jittery people in the disaster area rushing into the streets. Construction workers, shopkeepers and bureaucrats across the bustling nation of 1.3 billion people paused for three minutes of tribute at 2:28 p.m. - exactly one week after the magnitude 7.9 quake hit central China. Air-raid sirens and the horns of cars and buses sounded in memory of the...

2006-08-31 20:50:27

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan held a huge earthquake disaster drill in Tokyo on Friday with a U.S. navy ship transporting evacuees and helicopters carrying relief supplies. The exercises, held every year on the anniversary of the Great Kanto earthquake which killed more than 140,000 people on September 1, 1923, are a reminder that the island nation, where earthquakes occur frequently, must be vigilant. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck southern Japan shortly before...

2006-07-22 18:35:57

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake in China's southwestern Yunnan province on Saturday toppled hundreds of houses and killed at least 18 people, official Chinese media reported. The 5.1 magnitude earthquake, which struck a mountainous area close to the border with Sichuan province, injured over 100 people, state television said, with national radio reporting 51 people as seriously injured. At least 630 houses had been destroyed and some 500 houses risked collapsing, with...

2006-07-04 05:51:40

BEIJING (Reuters) - A minor earthquake shook the Chinese capital on Tuesday but there were no reports of damage or casualties and the state news agency urged residents to ignore rumors of further tremors hitting the city. China's seismological bureau said the epicenter of the quake, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, was in Wenan county, Hebei province, 120 km (72 miles) south of Beijing. Office workers and commuters on Beijing's elevated expressways felt shaking but traffic...

2006-02-28 03:53:24

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit southeast Iran on Tuesday, Tehran's geophysics center was quoted as saying by the ISNA students news agency. There was no immediate report of casualties or damage in the quake which struck the borders of Kerman and Hormuzgan provinces.

2005-12-14 02:29:22

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Residents in the Indian capital felt a mild earthquake on Wednesday, a day after New Delhi was shaken by a 6.7 magnitude quake centered in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. The Meteorological Department confirmed a quake in northern India, but did not have details such as the magnitude immediately available. There were no initial signs of damage or injuries. Scores of houses were damaged in Afghanistan by Tuesday's early morning earthquake, the biggest...

2005-11-26 04:51:16

BEIJING (Reuters) - An earthquake killed 14 people, injured nearly 400 and destroyed 8,500 homes in Jiangxi province in eastern China on Saturday morning, the official Xinhua agency reported. Some 130,000 homes were damaged in the worst-hit Jiujiang and Ruicheng counties, while 420,000 people moved to safer areas. Emergency officials rushed tents to the zone to shelter the homeless and earthquake specialists flew down from Beijing. The quake, which measured 5.7 on the Richter scale,...

2005-11-26 01:25:52

BEIJING (Reuters) - An earthquake killed 12 people, injured nearly 400 and destroyed 8,500 homes in Jiangxi province in eastern China on Saturday morning, the official Xinhua agency reported. Some 130,000 homes were damaged in the worst-hit Jiujiang and Ruicheng counties, while 420,000 people were evacuated to safer areas as emergency officials rushed tents to the zone to shelter the homeless. The quake, which measured 5.7 on the Richter scale, hit at 8.49 am local time. It was...


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