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Documents Show US Nuclear Agency Struggles During Japanese Nuclear Crisis

Posted February 22nd, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Documents released by U.S. nuclear regulators shows officials were operating in a “very hectic” environment in the first days of last year’s Japanese nuclear crisis. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency released more than 3,000 pages of transcripts Tuesday showing the agency’s response to the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in March 2011. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko […]

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India’s Capital Conducts First Ever Disaster Drill

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in India’s congested and earthquake-prone capital New Delhi conducted the city’s first-ever mock disaster drill Wednesday in an effort to make its 16.5 million people better prepared. Authorities said the two-hour drill had been a success and promised a more detailed analysis later. They also said they hoped residents had learned from the exercise. […]

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4 Bodies Found in Papua New Guinea Ferry Disaster

Posted February 4th, 2012 at 12:25 am (UTC-5)
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Rescuers in Papua New Guinea have retrieved four bodies from the ferry that sank two days ago off the east Asian nation’s coast. Authorities said Saturday about 100 people are still missing. Planes, ships and helicopters have been mobilized to search for survivors from the Rabaul Queen, which sank in rough weather Thursday with an […]

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Rescuers Search for 100 Missing After Papua New Guinea Ferry Disaster

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials believe more than 100 people still missing after Thursday’s ferry disaster off the coast of Papua New Guinea may be trapped inside the sunken vessel. A spokesman for the Pacific nation’s maritime safety agency says the Rabaul Queen quickly sank after it was hit by three strong waves while traveling between the island of […]

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Rescuers Search for 100 Missing After Papua New Guinea Ferry Disaster

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Rescuers in Papua New Guinea are searching for more than 100 people still missing after a ferry sank off the coast of Papua New Guinea Thursday morning. Officials say 238 survivors have been saved so far in a joint Australian-Papua rescue operation after the ferry Rabaul Queen sank. News reports from the region say about […]

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Hundreds Rescued from Papua New Guinea Ferry Disaster

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Scores of passengers are still missing after a ferry sank early Thursday off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. Nerae Marimahu, a spokeswoman with the Pacific nation’s National Maritime Safety Authority in Port Moresby, told VOA the MV Rabaul Queen sank about 16 kilometers off Cape Fortification. She said it was not immediately clear […]

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Hundreds Rescued from Papua New Guinea Ferry Disaster

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 4:05 am (UTC-5)
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More than 200 passengers have been rescued from a ferry that sank early Thursday off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. Nerae Marimahu, a spokeswoman with the Pacific nation’s National Maritime Safety Authority in Port Moresby, told VOA the MV Rabaul Queen sank about 16 kilometers off Cape Fortification. She said it was not […]

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Ferry Carrying Over 300 People Sinks Off Papua New Guinea

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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Search and rescue crews have been deployed off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea, where a ferry carrying around 350 people sank early Thursday morning. Officials with the Pacific nation’s maritime safety agency say 28 people have been rescued from the site of the disaster. The ferry’s operator says it lost contact with the […]

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President Obama Requests $5.1 Billion More for Disaster Relief

Posted September 9th, 2011 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve $5.1 billion in additional disaster relief after Hurricane Irene and other extreme weather have battered wide regions of the United States. In a letter Friday to the top-ranking congressman, House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama said the additional funding was to be used through the end […]

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Russian Boat Sinking Death Toll Rises to 120

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Russian officials say divers have recovered six more bodies from the wreckage of a tourist boat that sank earlier this month in the Volga River, raising the death toll to at least 120. Officials said Sunday two people also remained missing and were presumed dead in Russia’s worst river disaster in decades. The tourist boat […]

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