Deadly week: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Iraq

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The week is turning out to be a deadly one around the world with group deaths high in several countries, from violence and natural disasters. Early reports from Afghanistan‘s Nangarhar area near the border with Pakistan say 13 people have died and 60 were injured in a 5.5 earthquake Wednesday 24 April. […]

Chinese donors turn to private foundations for quake aid

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Red Cross Society of China is among the official and state-owned charities that are being ignored by donors in the street, who are instead giving money to private foundations for the latest earthquake in Sichuan, reports Xinhua news agency. The organization, a member of the Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross […]

World weather: no March lambs in line


Ukraine gets massive snowfall, Taiwan has earthquake, Europe chills out GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The world’s weather is doing everything but letting March go out like a lamb. Taiwan media are reporting 20 people injured (AP reports one death) after a 6.1 earthquake shook buildings in Taipei when it hit the centre of the island early […]

Earthquake hits Guatamala; 29 reported dead

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Early reports are that 29 people have lost their lives and 100 are missing, with scores trapped by rubble after an earthquake hit Guatamala Wednesday 7 November. The 7.4-magnitude quake was centred about 24 km west of Champerico and was felt throughout large parts of Latin America, including Mexico City. Some 125,000 […]

Italian meteorologists sentenced to 6 years in prison over earthquake miss


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Six Italian seismologists and a civilian protection manager were sentenced to six years in prison late Monday  22 October for manslaughter, leaving the international scientific community in shock. The guilty verdict stems from charges that they falsely reassured the population of L’Aquila in northern Italy that an earthquake was not likely to […]

Strong quake hits Costa Rica, limited damage

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  A 7.6 magnitude earthquake shook Costa Rica’s western Nicoya peninsula Wednesday 5 September, but left the country relatively unscathed, with no reported deaths. The quake, the strongest to have hit the Central American country in 20 years, was centered in the Guanacaste province along the Pacific coast, some 150 kilometers from the […]

Switzerland sends half million francs in aid to Iran earthquake victims

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland has sent two logistics experts with 40 tons of emergency supplies to northwestern Iran, scene of a series of earthquakes earlier in August. A four-person Rapid Response Team has been on the site since 16 August. The new supplies sent to Tabriz include 200 tents, 200 tent insulation accessories, 200 heaters […]

Italy trembles as the land shakes again

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Northeastern Italy’s Emilia Romagna region had its third significant earthquake in 15 days Sunday night 3 June, which registered 5.1 on the Richter scale. There were no injuries, but panic in the streets as already damaged buildings were shaken further. RTS reports that the clock tower of the village of Novi di […]

Italy earthquake update

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Italian authorities say late Tuesday that at least 16 people have died and another 350 were injured by the earthquake that struck the Modena area at 09:00 this morning. Three other tremors with magnitude 5 or higher were recorded during the day. The earthquake came just 9 days after another deadly one […]

N Italy: second big earthquake kills at least six Tuesday morning

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The area around Modena in northern Italy had a second earthquake Tuesday morning 29 May, 5.8, just nine  days after a magnitude 6 earthquake hit the area. At least six people are known to have died, Italian media are reporting, with many more under rubble. The earlier earthquake, also near Modena, killed […]