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Helicopter crashes near earthquake epicentre

Helicopter crashes near earthquake epicentre

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Two people have been killed after a helicopter crashed while surveying the damage from a powerful earthquake in Mexico.The helicopter was carrying the Mexican interior minister Alfonso Navarrete and governor of the state of Oaxaca Alejandro Murat when it crashed on Friday night local time.They had been in a group of officials surveying damage from the earthquake, which hit the rural state and Mexico City on Friday evening.Mr Navarrete told the Televisa network: "I understand that there are people who have lost their lives."He said the helicopter pilot had lost control of the aircraft some 22 miles southwest of the quake's epicentre.The helicopter had been at a height of about 40m (130ft), he added.According to a Televisa reporter who had been on board, the helicopter had dropped after gene...
Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

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Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help.More than 430 people were killed and about 7,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday.The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province, where hundreds of homes were destroyed.President Hassan Rouhani, visiting the region, said state-built houses suffered more damage, and those responsible would be held accountable.Temperatures in Kermanshah province fell close to freezing for the second night in succession.Ali Gulani, 42, lives in the province's badly-hit town of Qasr-e-Shirin, and told BBC Persian people were burning crates to try to stay warm."We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water," he said. "You can ...
Iran-Iraq border earthquake is deadliest of 2017

Iran-Iraq border earthquake is deadliest of 2017

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A huge rescue effort is under way after a powerful earthquake struck Iran's mountainous border with Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000.Teams are looking for survivors trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.The quake is the deadliest in the world this year.Most people who died were in western Iran in Sarpol-e-Zahab, a town 15km (10 miles) from the border, and other parts of Kermanshah province.The town's main hospital was severely damaged, leaving it struggling to treat hundreds of wounded people, state TV reported.A woman and her baby were pulled alive from rubble in the town, Iranian media said.Many buildings in the town appear to have collapsed, amateur video posted to Twitter by a radio station showed.Running water and electricity cut out in some citie...
Mexico earthquake: Children killed at collapsed primary school

Mexico earthquake: Children killed at collapsed primary school

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAt least 21 children and five adults died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during Tuesday's quake, the government says.The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 225 people in total and caused major damage across states in the centre of the country.Desperate searches for survivors under the rubble are continuing.Hopes rose at the school when a girl was located alive and a delicate operation to rescue her is under way. Dozens of buildings collapsed across the country, including several churches where worshippers were killed.Families with young children could be seen sleeping outside their homes in the street in the capital overnight. The tremor struck shortly after many people had taken part in an earthquake drill, exactly...
Mexico earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes off Pacific coast

Mexico earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes off Pacific coast

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAn earthquake described by Mexico's president as the country's strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least six people.One person also died in neighbouring Guatemala, its president has said. The quake, which Mexico's leader Enrique Peña Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan.A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, with three-metre-high waves possible, and other nearby countries.The quake, which struck at 23:50 local time on Thursday (04:50 GMT Friday), was felt in Mexico City, with buildings swaying and people running into the street. The tremors there, about 1,000km from the epicentre, were reported to have lasted up to a minute.President Peña Nieto said some