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Economic losses from global disasters hit low-income countries the hardest

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Deaths, economic losses and other negative impacts from disasters have caused losses equivalent to 42 million years annually since 1980, a measure that is comparable to the burden of tuberculosis worldwide, the United Nations said.

More than 90 percent of the total "years" lost in disasters between 1980 and 2012 were in low and middle-income countries, representing a serious setback to their development, the U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said.

"If these figures show that disaster loss is as much a critical global challenge to economic development and social progress as is disease, they also show that it is a challenge unequally shared," the UNISDR said in a report on Wednesday.

Comment: Low income nations are least likely to have the resources to build infrastructure to withstand the increasingly devastating affects of earth changes. While wealthier nations invest in developing countries, often the focus is on resource-grabbing rather than building to sustain a nation and its inhabitants. And in some cases, even so-called wealthy nations like the US are unrealistically ignoring a crumbling infrastructure in order to fund war and plunder in other nations. The way things are looking on the BBM, it will become increasingly obvious that such policies have been disastrous in themselves.

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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.4 - 50km NW of Sikabaluan, Indonesia

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Event Time
  1. 2015-03-03 10:37:31 (UTC)
  2. Times in other timezones
Nearby Cities
  1. 50km (31mi) NW of Sikabaluan, Indonesia
  2. 158km (98mi) W of Pariaman, Indonesia
  3. 184km (114mi) W of Padang, Indonesia
  4. 191km (119mi) WSW of Bukittinggi, Indonesia
  5. 544km (338mi) SW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 7.0 - 132km N of Nebe, Indonesia

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Event Time
  1. 2015-02-27 13:45:05 (UTC)
  2. Times in other timezones
Nearby Cities
  1. 132km (82mi) N of Nebe, Indonesia
  2. 152km (94mi) NNE of Maumere, Indonesia
  3. 198km (123mi) NNE of Ende, Indonesia
  4. 200km (124mi) S of Baubau, Indonesia
  5. 363km (226mi) WNW of Dili, East Timor
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Rare earthquake shakes Kalimantan, Indonesia

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Kalimantan is among the regions in the archipelago known to be free of earthquakes, but a recent series of light to strong quakes recorded in North Kalimantan have shaken that belief.

The latest quake was one recorded measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale that hit Tarakan on Tarakan Island in North Kalimantan at 9.31 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) Balikpapan station head Mudjianto said the earthquake's epicenter was located in the Sulu Sea, which was closer to cities in the Malaysian state of Sabah, such as Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu, Lahat Datu, Tawau and Beaufort.

Cities in Indonesia that were close to the quake's epicenter were Tarakan on Tarakan Island and Tideng Pale in the Tana Tidung regency, located 432 kilometers away, and Nunukan in the Nunukan regency, located at the border with Sabah and across from Tawau, located 416 km from the epicenter.

"We did not calculate the quake's duration given the distance," said Mudjianto. He added that the duration could only have been recorded had the tremor reached human settlements or human structures. The magnitude of this quake was recorded by sensors owned by BMKG and was not felt on the sea, or on land in Kalimantan, or on the surrounding islands.
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USGS: 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off southern Japan

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A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the southern coast of Japan, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake, with its epicenter around 290km (175 miles) southeast of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, struck at a depth of 65km (38 miles).


The event comes just hours after another 4.4 quake took place just off the Kuril Islands, disputed with Russia.

The tremors also come a day after another quake struck off the eastern coast, measuring 5.8, with the epicenter about 100km east of the city of Miyako.
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - 211km SW of Tomatlan, Mexico

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Event Time
  1. 2015-02-22 14:23:14 (UTC)
  2. Times in other timezones
Nearby Cities
  1. 211km (131mi) SW of Tomatlan, Mexico
  2. 242km (150mi) WSW of Cihuatlan, Mexico
  3. 264km (164mi) W of Manzanillo, Mexico
  4. 267km (166mi) SW of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  5. 811km (504mi) W of Mexico City, Mexico
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USGS: Earthquake magnitude 6.2 - 30km ESE of Taitung City, Taiwan

Taitung Quake_130215
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Event Time
  1. 2015-02-13 20:06:31 (UTC)
  2. Times in other timezones
Nearby Cities
  1. 30km (19mi) ESE of Taitung City, Taiwan
  2. 99km (62mi) NE of Hengchun, Taiwan
  3. 111km (69mi) ESE of Yujing, Taiwan
  4. 113km (70mi) E of Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  5. 747km (464mi) E of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 7.1 - Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Mid Atlantic Ridge Quake_130215
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Event Time
  1. 2015-02-13 18:59:11 (UTC)
  2. Times in other timezones
Nearby Cities
  1. 1172km (728mi) SE of Nanortalik, Greenland
  2. 1401km (871mi) SSW of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
  3. 1406km (874mi) SSW of Kopavogur, Iceland
  4. 1409km (876mi) SSW of Reykjavik, Iceland
  5. 1505km (935mi) W of Tralee, Ireland
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6.9 magnitude earthquake hits Chile-Argentina border

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck northeastern Chile on Wednesday, very close to the border with Argentina, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as a major 7.0, was fairly deep at 157 miles (252 km) below the earth, which should lessen its impact.

Its epicenter was located 111 miles (178 km) northwest of the Argentine town of Jujuy.
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USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - South of Panama

Panama Quake_050215
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Event Time
2015-02-05 04:40:54 (UTC)

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Nearby Cities
  1. 314km (195mi) S of Punta de Burica, Panama
  2. 341km (212mi) S of Puerto Armuelles, Panama
  3. 351km (218mi) S of Pedregal, Panama
  4. 358km (222mi) S of David, Panama
  5. 545km (339mi) SSE of San Jose, Costa Rica
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