Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes Chile, kills two: USGS

LA SERENA, Chile (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit the coast of north-central Chile on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, with authorities reporting as many as 200,000 without power and two people dead of heart attacks. People outside their houses are seen along a street after an earthquake in Coquimbo, Chile January…

Earthquake of six magnitude strikes off Clipperton Island - USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck off Clipperton Island in the Pacific Ocean on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake struck 688 kilometers east southeast of the uninhabited island in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Central America. There was no tsunami threat reported. Writing by Louise Heavens;…

At least five people killed in Kashmir avalanche

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - At least five people were killed when an avalanche hit the truck they were traveling in Kashmir on Friday, and five more people were missing, officials said. After the avalanche in the Ladakh area of the heavily militarized Himalayan region, the army began search and rescue operations, said Rajesh Kalia, a…

Newborn lion cubs die in Gaza after winter storm

Bodies of four baby lion cubs that died in a zoo, are seen in the southern Gaza Strip, January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu MustafaGAZA CITY (Reuters) - Four baby lion cubs died from the cold in a Gaza zoo after wind ripped protective plastic sheeting from their cage during a winter storm, the zoo’s owner…

Drought, animal disease threaten South African farmers

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African grain and red meat farmers are bracing for hard times after dry weather conditions and an outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease suspended meat exports, officials said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Cattle graze on a barren and parched land at a field in Hoopstad, a maize-producing district…