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Lady Gaga accused of fraud in Japan relief efforts

LOS ANGELES: American pop star Lady Gaga is accused of misrepresenting charitable donations from wristbands sold to benefit tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan earlier this year. The complaint, filed in a Michigan court on Friday by 1800lawfirm, says the star as well as her record label, Universal Music Group,…

Flooding kills 23 in earthquake-ravaged Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Torrential rains lashed Haiti on Tuesday, flooding shanty towns, swamping the squalid camps erected after a 2010 earthquake and killing at least 23 people, officials said. The worst rains to hit the impoverished country this year — at the start of the hurricane season — paralyzed the capital,…

Japan widens evacuations outside plant zone

TOKYO — Japan on Sunday started the first evacuations of homes outside a government exclusion zone after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled one of the country’s nuclear power plants. Some 4,000 residents of Iidate-mura village as well as 1,100 people in Kawamata-cho town, in the quake-hit northeast, began…

Japan to raise nuclear severity level to maximum

TOKYO — Japan is to raise its assessment of the severity of its nuclear emergency to the maximum seven on an international scale, putting it on a par with Chernobyl, reports said Tuesday. The government currently rates the incident at five, but will boost that to seven, Kyodo and NHK…

Another quake hits Japan, which preps for another tsunami

TOKYO (Reuters) – A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.4 shook northeast and eastern Japan late on Thursday, and a tsunami warning was issued for the northeastern coast of Japan, an area badly hit by the March 11 earthquake. Japan’s NHK public television repeatedly said those in areas where the tsunami…

Indonesia lifts tsunami warning

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s earthquake agency lifted a tsunami warning after a quake struck early on Monday at about 300 kilometers (186 miles) off Cilacap in southern Java. (Reporting by Telly Nathalia; Editing by Neil Chatterjee) Source: Reuters US Online Report World News Powered by Mochila…

Over 25 killed in Myanmar quake: officials

YANGON – At least 25 people were killed and dozens of buildings destroyed when a strong earthquake struck Myanmar near the Thai border, officials from both countries said Friday. Tremors were felt as far away as Bangkok, almost 800 kilometres (500 miles) from the epicentre, Hanoi and parts of China…

US lawmakers urge go slow on nuclear energy

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan at reactors damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami has led some lawmakers to call for putting the “brakes” on US nuclear development. “I’ve been a big supporter of nuclear power because it’s domestic — it’s ours and it’s clean,” Senator…

Quake moved Japan by 8 feet: USGS

WASHINGTON — Japan’s recent massive earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, appears to have moved the island by about eight feet (2.4 meters), the US Geological Survey said. “That’s a reasonable number,” USGS seismologist Paul Earle told AFP. “Eight feet, that’s certainly going to be in the ballpark.” Friday’s…

Tsunami evacuations ‘very possible’ in California

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – The tsunami generated by a massive earthquake in Japan could reach 6 feet when it hits parts of the northern California coast and force some evacuations, a state emergency agency spokesman said. “It is very possible there may be some evacuations here,” California Emergency Management Agency…

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