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An Afghan woman stands next to her house after a recent earthquake in Chahak village in the Enjil district of Herat province, Afghanistan. Three deadly quakes have plagued the region this month.


Hard Numbers: Quake hits Afghanistan again, Venezuela’s opposition field narrows, Oz rejects “The Voice,” antisemitic attacks on the rise

3: A third earthquake has struck western Afghanistan just a week after earlier quakes flattened villages in the region and killed thousands. The 6.3-magnitude tremor hit near the city of Herat on Sunday, killing at least one and injuring scores. The ruling Taliban government says survivors of this month’s deadly earthquakes are desperate for food, medicine, and shelter.
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An early warning system from the UN to avert global disasters
UN's 2027 Agenda: An early warning system to avert global disasters | Global Stage | GZERO Media

An early warning system from the UN to avert global disasters

Imagine a world in which all climate catastrophe's are preceded with an early warning system. That is exactly what the UN's "Early Warnings for All" initiative intends to provide for the world by 2027.

"If you have a 24-hour before-the-disaster warning, you can save up to 30% of economic loss, and more importantly, mortality is eight times less," says Mami Mizutori who works on the Disaster Risk Reduction team at the United Nations.

Mizutori highlights how 30 countries have already joined the initiative and there was wide support at the recent Climate Ambition Summit at UNGA78.

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The history of disasters
Ian Bremmer Explains: The History of Disasters | GZERO World

The history of disasters

It's easy to judge the Pompeiians for building a city on the foothills of a volcano, but are we really any smarter today? If you live along the San Andreas fault in San Francisco or Los Angeles, geologists are pretty confident you're going to experience a magnitude 8 (or larger) earthquake in the next 25 years—that's about the same size as the 1906 San Francisco quake that killed an estimated 3,000 people and destroyed nearly 30,000 buildings. Or if you're one of the 9.6 million residents of Jakarta, Indonesia, you might have noticed that parts of the ground are sinking by as much as ten inches a year, with about 40 percent of the city now below sea level.

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes near Mindanao, Philippines: USGS

September 07, 2020 12:01 AM

MANILA (REUTERS) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck 82km east-northeast of General Santos in Mindanao, the Philippines, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday (Sept 6).

'Overstated magnitude' caused quake alert that set Tokyo on edge

July 30, 2020 3:22 PM

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - Tokyo residents were rattled on Thursday (July 30) morning after an alert broadcast to smartphones across the capital warned of an impending magnitude 7.3 earthquake about to hit the capital - only for no quake to arrive.

Earthquake of 7.5 magnitude hits remote area of Indonesia, no tsunami warning

June 24, 2019 11:22 AM

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck in a remote area of Indonesia in the Banda Sea on Monday (June 24), the USGeological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no initial tsunami warnings.

Magnitude 5.5 quake hits eastern Japan, no immediate damage

June 24, 2019 8:33 AM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit eastern Japan on Monday morning (June 24), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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