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8-Month-Old Saved From Under Japan Quake Debris

She was reunited with her parents after 6 hours in a protected cavity

(Newser) - As rescuers scramble to find survivors in the debris after Thursday's 6.5-magnitude earthquake in southern Japan, a bit of encouraging news at the site of a collapsed home, per CBS News : An unharmed 8-month-old baby was yanked from the rubble and given back to her parents after a... More »

Japan's Big Roadblock: 25M Tons of Debris

Before the nation can fully rebuild, it has years of cleanup ahead

(Newser) - A giant kiln at a cement factory in Japan finally returned to action today and incinerated 10 tons of debris from the March earthquake. Which sounds like a handsome total until you consider that an estimated 25 million tons remain, reports the Wall Street Journal . The nation is now grappling... More »

Clearing Haiti Rubble to Take 1K Trucks 1K Days

Impending rains make debris an urgent problem

(Newser) - Six weeks after an earthquake reduced Port-au-Prince to rubble, Haitians face a monumental task: They don't just have to build a new city, they have to get rid of the old one. The collapsed stores, houses, and apartment buildings of the Haitian capital add up to 25 times the debris... More »

Girl, 17, Pulled From Rubble

Darlene Etienne trapped in pocket in concrete of school

(Newser) - A 17-year-old Haitian girl was pulled from the rubble of her Port-au-Prince school today, 15 days after the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation. “She just said ‘thank you,’ she’s very weak,” the search team commander tells AFP of Darlene Etienne, who appeared to suffering... More »

US Troops Pull Man, Buried 2 Weeks, From Rubble

35-year-old appears to have no serious injuries

(Newser) - US troops pulled a 35-year-old Haitian man alive from the rubble of a building in downtown Port-au-Prince today. Ricot Duprevil, who was dressed only in underpants, appeared to have no serious injuries despite being buried for the two weeks since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation, Reuters reports.... More »

More Quakes Slam Indonesia, Still Counting Its Dead

Witness describes crumbled, burning wreckage in Padang

(Newser) - Indonesia, still counting the dead and searching for the missing from yesterday’s 7.6 earthquake, was rattled by two more earthquakes this morning local time. The US Geological Survey recorded a 6.8 quake 140 miles from Padang, the western Sumatran city nearest yesterday’s epicenter; just 20 minutes... More »

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