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Gov't plans to reduce victims of possible Nankai Trough quake by 80%

The Japanese government has outlined a 10-year program aimed at reducing by 80 percent the number of victims from a possible major earthquake focusing on the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan, officials said Friday. In the worst case scenario, the government estimates the number of victims from such a quake and ensuing tsunami at more than 300,000. The Nankai Trough runs from Suruga Bay off Shizuoka Prefecture on the country's main island of Honshu to the Sea of Hyuga off Miyazaki Prefecture on the southernmost main island of Kyushu.

Gov't plans to reduce victims of possible Nankai Trough quake by 80%

The Japanese government has outlined a 10-year program aimed at reducing by 80 percent the number of victims from a possible major earthquake focusing on the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan, officials said Friday. In the worst case scenario, the government estimates the number of victims from such a quake and ensuing tsunami at more than 300,000. The Nankai Trough runs from Suruga Bay off Shizuoka Prefecture on the country's main island of Honshu to the Sea of Hyuga off Miyazaki Prefecture on the southernmost main island of Kyushu.

Gov't works out plan to reduce victims from Nankai Trough quake by 80%

The Japanese government has outlined a 10-year program aimed at reducing by 80 percent the number of victims from a possible major earthquake focusing on the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan, officials said Friday. In the program, the government designated 707 municipalities in 29 out of the country's 47 prefectures as areas where anti-disaster measures should be strengthened to halve the number of buildings which might collapse or burn down.

B.C.'s auditor general warns province isn't adequately prepared for major quake

VICTORIA - British Columbia's auditor general has for the second time in 17 years criticized the provincial government for not being prepared for a catastrophic earthquake that could claim lives and cost billions of dollars in damage. The majority of residents in Canada's Pacific province may reside in an earthquake hazard area, and the region may be home to or adjacent to thousands of smaller earthquakes annually, but auditor general Russ Jones said in a report released Tuesday that B.C. has not made it a priority to prepare for the Big One.

Strong quake strikes off Chile: US seismologists

A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile's northwestern coast on Sunday, but it did not trigger a tsunami, said seismologists based in the United States. The undersea quake had a depth of six kilometers (four miles) and its epicenter was about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Iquique, on Chile's Pacific coast, the US Geological Survey said. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami alert.

Strong quake strikes off Chile: US seismologists

A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile's coast on Sunday, but it did not trigger a tsunami, said seismologists based in the United States. The undersea quake had a depth of six kilometers (four miles) and its epicenter was about 100 kilometers from Iquique, on Chile's Pacific coast, the US Geological Survey said. bur-pst/adm

Thieves steal part of Pompeii fresco

Thieves have stolen part of an ancient fresco from Pompeii, breaking in to a closed area of the UNESCO World Heritage landmark and chipping off a portrait of a Greek deity. A custodian doing rounds last week discovered "the removal of a part of a fresco in the House of Neptune," where a depiction of the goddess Artemis had been "chiseled off with a metallic object," the Roman site's curator department said in a statement Tuesday.

Strong 6.2 magnitude aftershock hits off northern Chile

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuter) - A strong aftershock 6.2 in magnitude struck offshore northern Chile early on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, following a 6.7 magnitude earthquake nearby on Sunday that caused only minor damage but led to brief evacuations along the coast. The aftershock struck 47 miles west-northwest of Iquique at 2:11 a.m. local time (0511 GMT) at a relatively shallow depth of 6.6 miles, USGS said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocks Chile

A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake jolted Chile's northern coast Sunday, US geologists said, generating a small tsunami and prompting authorities to evacuate three cities. The quake struck at 6:16 pm (2116 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey, which had originally put the magnitude at 7.0. Located 60 kilometers (38 miles) west-northwest of the port city of Iquique, the quake was 20 kilometers deep, the USGS said in an update. It was followed by a series of aftershocks.

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocks Chile

A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolted Chile's northwestern coast Sunday, US geologists said, though there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The quake struck at 5:16 pm (2116 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey, which had originally said that two quakes rattled the area within a minute of each other. Located 61 kilometers (38 miles) northwest of the port city of Iquique, the temblor was 35 kilometers deep.
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