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How long can people survive in the rubble of an earthquake?

Feb. 08, 2023 15:40 PM EST

How long can trapped people survive in the rubble of an earthquake? Up to a week or more, experts say, but it depends on their injuries, how they are trapped and weather conditions. Search teams from around the world have joined local emergency personnel in Turkey and...

Earthquake stuns Syria's Aleppo even after war's horrors

Feb. 08, 2023 15:23 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — For years, the people of Aleppo bore the brunt of bombardment and fighting when their city, once Syria’s largest and most cosmopolitan, was among the civil war’s fiercest battle zones. Even that didn’t prepare them for the new devastation and terror wreaked by this week’s...

2 found dead after early morning Los Angeles house fire

Feb. 08, 2023 12:20 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man and woman were found dead Wednesday after an early morning fire in a Los Angeles home, authorities said. A cat also died. Firefighters were dispatched to the home in the Mar Vista area after a 2:22 a.m. 911 call that disconnected before the caller's need...

Global quake rescue effort hits ground in Turkey, Syria

Feb. 08, 2023 02:59 AM EST

Medical personnel, soldiers, and handlers with trained search dogs sent from around the world are arriving in Turkey and Syria to help rescue survivors of Monday’s earthquake. Here's a glance at the assistance being provided: — The European Union has mobilized search and rescue...

Engineers, search dogs sent to Turkey, Syria after quake

Feb. 07, 2023 23:10 PM EST

Structural engineers, soldiers, paramedics and handlers with trained search dogs are heading to Turkey and Syria to help locate and rescue survivors of Monday’s earthquake. Here's a glance at the assistance being provided: — The European Union has mobilized search and rescue...

Mudslides smash villages in Peru; at least 12 confirmed dead

Feb. 07, 2023 17:57 PM EST

SECOCHA, Peru (AP) — Residents of five small gold-mining villages in southern Peru’s Arequipa region struggled Tuesday to salvage belongings after landslides caused by strong rains killed at least 12 people and dragged mud, water and rocks that turned precarious homes and other buildings into...

Wreckage, rescue and hope in Turkey's earthquake epicenter

Feb. 07, 2023 16:33 PM EST

NURDAGI, Turkey (AP) — Zeliha Hisir tried to speak, but could barely move after her hourslong rescue Tuesday near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that has devastated parts of Turkey and Syria. The 58-year-old woman's eyes darted around in shock and relief as a rescue crew...

Study: 15 million people live under threat of glacial floods

Feb. 07, 2023 11:04 AM EST

As glaciers melt and pour massive amounts of water into nearby lakes, 15 million people across the globe live under the threat of a sudden and deadly outburst flood, a new study finds. More than half of those living in the shadow of the disaster called glacial lake outburst floods...

Greece: 3 dead after boat with migrants hits rocks

Feb. 07, 2023 06:53 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three migrants died and 16 others were rescued off the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday after a dinghy transporting them from the nearby coast of Turkey hit rocks in high winds, authorities said. The coast guard said the three bodies were recovered off the eastern coast of...

Aid, rescuers rushed to Turkey, Syria after deadly quake

Feb. 06, 2023 23:26 PM EST

Many governments and aid groups have rushed to dispatch personnel, funds and equipment to help the rescue efforts in quake-stricken areas of Turkey and Syria. Here's a glance at what's being provided so far: — The European Union has mobilized search and rescue teams to help Turkey,...