Disasters
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Nearly 200 people missing after Indonesian ferry sinks

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/20/18, 10:52 am

Indonesian search crews on Wednesday continued to search for 192 people missing for two days after an overcrowded wooden ferry sank in Lake Toba. The ferry began taking on water Monday evening near the island of Sumatra as it battled rough weather. Responders found only 18 survivors, and many of the victims are likely trapped in the sunken ferry, said North Sumatra province police Chief Paulus Waterpau.

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6.1 magnitude quake strikes western Japan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/18/18, 11:29 am

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck western Japan on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 200 others. The earthquake collapsed walls, cracked pipes. and triggered fires across the port city of Osaka and its surrounding areas. The casualties include a 9-year-old girl on her way to school and two men in their 80s, national broadcaster NHK reported. Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 214 people received treatment in five jurisdictions.

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Death toll rises in smoldering Guatemala

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/04/18, 05:14 pm

UPDATE: Rescuers have recovered 62 bodies from the ash-covered countryside in Guatemala, where a violent volcano eruption Sunday caught many people off guard. “It is very difficult for us to identify them because some of the dead lost their features or their fingerprints” from the heat, said Fanuel Garcia, director of the National Institute of Forensic Sciences.

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