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Summary: New Zealand - Earthquake
Story No: G05537
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 02/24/2011 12:00 AM



New Zealand - People rescued from top of destroyed building after quake


Christchurch - 22 Feb 2011

1. Zoom in from wide of collapsed Pyne Gould Guinness Building to woman being rescued by emergency services

2. Zoom in to destroyed Pyne Gould Guinness Building


New Zealand - AP aerials of earthquake damage to Christchurch


Christchurch, 22 Feb 2011

3. Various aerials of rubble and damaged buildings

4. Aerial of destroyed house on hill side

5. Aerial of damaged roads


New Zealand - Efforts to rescue Japanese students trapped in quake damaged school


Christchurch, 22 Feb 2011


6. Wide of rescuers amidst rubble of school

7. Bulldozer digging, zoom in to rubble

8. Smoke rising from burning building


New Zealand - AP pix, Collapsed CTV building, vigil; rescue teams working


Christchurch - 23 Feb 2011

9. Tilt down from Hotel Grand Chancellor to damaged street

10. St Luke's Anglican Church with roof left intact, rubble around

11. Damaged window of church

12. Sign on side of building, reading (English) "I give up, Gone Fishing"


New Zealand - missing students, latest from scene, rescuers


Christchurch - 24 Feb 2011

13. Wide of rescue workers moving lights into place ahead of night search

14. Mid of rescue workers sweeping dust from road with rubble in background

15. Wide of crushed car being moved


On February 22nd 2011 a powerful earthquake struck New Zealand's city of Christchurch, causing buildings to collapse, burying vehicles under debris and sending rescuers scrambling to help trapped people amid reports of many deaths.

The 6.3-magnitude quake struck the country's second largest city on a busy weekday afternoon, in contrast to a major quake that damaged Christchurch in September 2010 but caused no deaths when it struck before dawn at a weekend.

The multi-storey Pyne Gould Guinness Building, housing more than 200 workers, collapsed and an unknown number of people are trapped inside.

Television pictures showed rescuers, many of them office workers, dragging severely injured people from the rubble.

Many had blood streaming down their faces. Screams could be heard from those still trapped.

One man who managed to escape from the building told his story.

"The floor just went from underneath you, and then the ceiling just came to meet it and we were in a spot about three feet and that was it. And, but luckily we were sort of not at the edge of the building. I think if we were at the edge of the building rather than about two metres in, we would've been squashed," said Jeff McClay.

The quake also badly damaged the iconic stone Christchurch Cathedral, sending its spire toppling down into a central city square, and police said there was a report of two buses crushed under falling buildings.

Pavements and roads were cracked and split, and thousands of dazed, screaming and crying residents wandered through the streets as sirens blared.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker declared a state of emergency and ordered people to evacuate the city centre.

The airport was closed and Christchurch Hospital was evacuated. Power and telephone lines were knocked out, and pipes burst, flooding the streets with water.

New Zealand's TV3 said 24 people were trapped on the 17th floor of the 19-story Forsyth Barr office building, near the cathedral.

The building was intact but a stairwell had collapsed, it said.

The US Geological Survey said the temblor was centred 3 miles (5 kilometres) from the city at a depth of 2.5 miles (4 kilometres).

A 5.6-magnitude aftershock hit shortly after 7 miles (11 kilometres) east of the city at a depth of 3.7 miles (6 kilometres).

Christchurch has been hit by hundreds of aftershocks since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on 4 September last year, causing extensive damage and a handful of injuries, but no deaths.

The city is home to about 350-thousand people and is considered a tourist centre and gateway to the South Island.

New Zealand sits on the Pacific "ring of fire" - an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from Chile in South America through Alaska and down through the South Pacific.

It records more than 14-thousand earthquakes a year - but only about 150 are felt by residents, and fewer than 10 a year do any damage.

The September quake wrecked hundreds of buildings in the city, and caused an estimated 4 (b) billion New Zealand dollars (3 (b) billion US dollars) in damage.

A strong aftershock in December caused further damage to buildings.

The city was still rebuilding from those quakes when this latest temblor hit.

It is thought that final death toll from this latest earthquake will be between 170 and 180.

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Subjects: Property damage, Disaster planning and response, Building collapses, Earthquakes, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Search and rescue efforts, General news, Structural failures, Accidents
Locations: New Zealand, Oceania
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Haiti Boy Rescue
Summary: Boy being rescued from rubble over a week after earthquake
Story No: 634155
Source: BEN BARKAY (Lib.Ag)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/21/2010 01:46 PM




1. Rescuers from the New York Police Department and Fire Service clearing away the rubble with sledge hammers

2. Rescuers removing rubble in buckets as they get closer to finding the young boy and another girl who is believed to be his sister

3. After already rescuing the girl named Sabrina (white top) rescuers pull the seven-year-old boy Kiki from the rubble and he raises his arms to the applause of the rescue workers and the girl, believed to be his sister, walks into frame

4. Close of rescue workers

5. Various of rescue workers administering medical care to Kiki


The dramatic rescue of a young boy named Kiki and a young girl on Wednesday night in Port-au-Prince symbolised that there was still hope for finding more survivors eight days after a magnitude-7.0 quake devastated the Caribbean nation.

Rescue workers from the New York Police Department and Fire Service pulled Kiki and a girl believed to be his sister from the rubble of a home that had collapsed around them like some many other houses and buildings in the Haitian capital.

Within seconds of the dramatic rescue the young boy''s arms shot into the arm and a wide smile appeared on his face, an expression that has been rare since the devastating earthquake on the 12th of January.

The amazing moment was applauded by the rescuers before Kiki, who is believed to be seven years old, and the young girl, Sabrina, believed to be 12 years old were reunited.

After the rescue, Australian media reported the children were treated at an Israeli field hospital before being reunited with their father.

While the rescue was a moment to be cherished, the reality sunk back in on Thursday when workers carved out mass graves on a hillside north of Haiti''s capital.

Workers used earth-movers to bury 10-thousand earthquake victims in a single day while relief workers warn the death toll could increase.

The death toll is estimated at 200-thousand according to Haitian government figures relayed by the European Commission, with 80-thousand buried in mass graves.

The commission now estimates two (m) million homeless, up from 1.5 (m) million, and says 250-thousand are in need of urgent aid.

Keyword Haiti earthquake

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Subjects: Search and rescue efforts, Occupational accidents, Earthquakes, Disaster planning and response, Accidents and disasters, Natural disasters, Natural hazards, General news, Workplace safety, Personnel, Corporate news, Business, Environment and nature
Locations: Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Caribbean, Latin America and Caribbean
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Italy Villages
Summary: Village devastated by the earthquake
Story No: 601850
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/06/2009 06:27 PM

A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing at least 91 people in the country's deadliest quake in nearly three decades.

Tens of thousands were homeless and 1,500 were injured.

The small town of Onno, population about 250, was almost levelled.

Rescue workers there said the town was virtually deserted as survivors sought shelter elsewhere.

One survivor described the quake: "Everything was shaking, everything was falling down."

Sant'elia, another small town on the outskirts of L'Aquila, was also hard hit.

Ambulances screamed through the medieval city of L'Aquila as firefighters with dogs and a crane worked feverishly to reach people trapped in fallen buildings, including a university dormitory where half a dozen students were believed still inside.

Some 10-thousand to 15-thousand buildings were either damaged or destroyed, officials said.

L'Aquila Mayor Massimo Cialente said about 100-thousand people were homeless.

It was not clear if the mayor's estimate included surrounding towns.

The quake has also taken a severe toll on the city's prized architectural heritage.

L'Aquila was built as a mountain stronghold during the Middle Ages and has many prized Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

L'Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region, was near the epicentre about 70 miles (110 kilometres) northeast of Rome. It is a quake-prone region that has had at least nine smaller jolts since the beginning of April.

The US Geological Survey said the big quake was magnitude 6.3, but Italy's National Institute of Geophysics put it at 5.8 and more than a dozen aftershocks followed.

This was Italy's deadliest quake since November 23, 1980, when one measuring 6.9-magnitude hit southern regions, levelling villages and causing some 3,000 deaths.

Many modern structures in Italy over recent decades have failed to hold up to the rigors of quakes along Italy's mountainous spine, or in coastal cities like Naples.

Despite warnings by geologists and architects, some of these buildings have not been retrofitted in terms of seismic safety.


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1. Wide of town with mountains in background

2. Town sign

3. Wide of destroyed building with digger in front

4. Various of survivors gathered, hugging

5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, No Name Given, Earthquake survivor:

"It was terrible, it was terrible. Everything was shaking, everything was falling down. Everything was falling down."

6. Various of destruction

7. Various of survivors

8. Helicopter flying over mountains


9. Wide of destroyed church

10. Various interiors of destroyed church

11. Survivors walking in street

12. Various of damaged buildings, rubble


13. Various of rescuers walking amongst trees, collapsed residential building in background

14. Various of rescuers pulling body from wreckage

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Subjects: Natural disasters, General news, Environment, Environment and nature, Local governments, Government and politics, Earthquakes, Accidents and disasters, Municipal governments, Natural hazards, Earthquakes
Locations: European Union, Europe, Western Europe, Italy, Italy
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China Quake Wrap 15
Summary: WRAP Injured, damage at school, rescue, landslide ADDS Wen, damage
Story No: 564630
Source: CCTV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 05/13/2008 11:52 PM
People: Wen Jiabao


Wolong, Sichuan province

1. Various of damaged road from earthquake

Exact locations unknown

2. Various of soldiers and firemen being deployed to affected areas

3. Wide of boxes of aid being loaded into container

Wang Jia Zui village, Shanxi province

4. Wide of valley wall

5. Wide of valley, dust rising from landslide

6. People clearing road of dirt

Chong Qing, municipal city in Sichuan province

7. Wide of engineers on side of road

8. Various of engineers repairing electricity cables

Beichuan, Sichuan province

9. Wide of collapsed Beichuan Middle School building

10. Injured on stretcher being carried away

11. Two girls crying

12. Close up of person alive under rubble

13. Rubble being lifted by crane

14. Rescuers at work around two trapped girls

15. Girl being rescued

Deyang city, Sichuan province

16. Zoom out from rubble of collapsed Yinghua Middle School where 12 children were pulled out alive

17. Wide of rescue team at work

18. Close of crane lifting concrete block, zoom out to wide

19. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Zhao Xiuling, Deputy chief of third contingent regiment of armed police rescue force:

"When the children were running to hedge the quake, they came down to the ground floor. They are safe at the moment because the upper part of the building is still standing. We can hear the kids are still shouting on the ground floor; our people are endeavouring to move the upper part of the building so we can save the kids."

20. Close of trapped school girl under rubble

21. Wide of rescuers

22. Mid of rescuers shifting concrete block

23. Girl being rescued

24. Close of trapped schoolboy, zoom out to wide

25. Rescuers cutting through concrete to try and free boy

26. Wide of boy being freed from underneath rubble

Shandong province, exact locations unknown

27. Various of rescue teams being deployed from Shandong to Sichuan province

Dujiangyan, Sichuan province

29. Wide of police rescue team, crane lifting rubble in order to free trapped girl

30. Rescuers lifting girl out, putting her in blanket

Mianyang, Sichuan province

31. Wide of victims inside Jiuzhou Gymnasium

32. Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao speaking to victims

33. Wen speaking to distressed woman

34. Wen leaning down to crying girl UPSOUND: (Mandarin) Wen Jiabao, Chinese Prime Minister: "Don't cry. Be assured, the government will take good care of you and the government will take care of your living and your education."


35. Wide of Ministry of Civil Affairs news conference

36. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Luo Pingfei, Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs

"The central government has earmarked RMB 860 million (123 (m) million US dollars) for relocation, for affected population, and for rescue work. The Ministry of Civil Affairs has despatched 60,600 tents and 50,000 quilts to the quake-ridden area."

37. Reporters seated

Dujiangyan, Sichuan province

38. Various scene of collapsed Juyuan Middle School

39. Concrete block being lifted by crane

40. Various of bodies of students on stretchers being rushed out

41. Alive student being rescued from rubble

42. Schoolboy on stretcher

43. Pan of people at the scene

44. Various more of school


Soldiers hiking over landslide-blocked roads reached the epicentre of China's devastating earthquake on Tuesday, pulling bodies and a few survivors from collapsed buildings.

The death toll of more than 12-thousand is certain to rise as the buried are found.

Rescuers worked through a steady rain as they searched wrecked towns across hilly stretches of Sichuan province that were stricken by Monday's magnitude-7.9 quake, China's deadliest in three decades.

CCTV footage showed deep cracks on the main road connecting Wolong with Wenchuan, saying it was expected to be reopened within two days.

It also said that 50-thousand military personnel had been despatched to the worst affected areas to help in the search and rescue effort for thousands of victims.

CCTV showed electricity repairs underway in Chongqing.

1,000 students and teachers were killed or missing at a collapsed high school in Beichuan county - a more than six-story building reduced to a pile of rubble about two yards (metres) high, according to Xinhua.

Tens of thousands of homeless spent a second night outdoors, some sleeping under plastic sheeting, others bussed to a stadium in the city of Mianyang, on the edge of the disaster area.

The industrial city of 700,000 people - home to the headquarters of China's nuclear weapons design industry - was turned into a thronging refugee

camp, with residents sleeping outdoors.

More than 10-thousand people from there and surrounding areas packed Mianyang's Jiuzhou Gymnasium, with empty water bottles, boxes of instant noodles and cigarette cartons littering the ground.

State television showed Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao consoling a young girl who survived the earthquake.

"Don't cry. Be assured, the government will take good care of you and the government will take care of your living and your education," Wen told her.

In Deyang city, Xinhua reported students were also buried under five other toppled schools.

At Yinghua Middle School, 12 children were pulled out alive.

The deputy chief of third contingent regiment of armed police rescue force told China Central Television (CCTV) that at the time of the quake, children on the top floor of the school began running downstairs to the ground floor to get out.

"They are safe at the moment because the upper part of the building is still standing. We can hear the kids are still shouting on the ground floor; our people are endeavouring to move the upper part of the building so we can save the kids," Zhao Xiuling said.

As night fell, a first wave of 200 troops entered the town of Wenchuan, near the epicentre, trudging across ruptured roads and mudslides, state

television said.

Initial reports from soldiers said one nearby town could account for only 2,300 survivors out of 9,000 people, CCTV said.

At least 12,012 deaths occurred in Sichuan alone while another 323 died in five other provinces and the metropolis of Chongqing, state media reported.

That toll seemed likely to jump sharply as rescue teams reached hard-hit towns.

The government's high-gear response aimed to reassure Chinese while showing the world it was capable of handling the disaster and was ready for

the August 8-24 Olympics in Beijing.

Although the government said it welcomed outside aid, officials said that the assistance would be confined to money and supplies, not to foreign personnel.

As Wen crisscrossed the disaster area to oversee relief efforts, the official Xinhua news agency cited the Defence Ministry as saying that some 20-thousand soldiers and police arrived in the disaster area, with 30-thousand more on the way by plane, train, truck and on foot.

The Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs told reporters that 123 (m) million US dollars had been allocated in quake aid.

"For relocation, for affected population, and for rescue work. The Ministry of Civil Affairs has despatched 60,600 tents and 50,000 quilts to the quake-ridden area," said Luo Pingfei.

Meanwhile, weeping parents held a vigil outside a collapsed school in the town of Juyuan, where more than 900 high school students were initially trapped.

Only one survivor has been found: a girl pulled free by rescue team.

Though Wen and others called for air drops of emergency supplies to hard-to-reach areas, rain impeded efforts for a second day, and Xinhua said a group of paratroopers called off a rescue mission.

Strong aftershocks - one of magnitude-6, according to Chinese seismologists - hit Chengdu, the region's usually busy commercial centre.

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Subjects: Search and rescue efforts, Property damage, Landslides and mudslides, Disaster planning and response, Earthquakes, Emergency management, Accidents and disasters, Building collapses, Government and politics, Nuclear weapons manufacturing, General news, Natural disasters, Structural failures, Accidents, Weapons manufacturing, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business
People: Wen Jiabao
Organisations: China government
Locations: China, Chengdu, Chongqing, Beijing, Greater China, East Asia, Asia
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Chile Earthquake 2
Summary: AP PIX of aftermath of 7.8 magnitude earthquake; at least two dead
Story No: 543767
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/15/2007 07:41 AM
People: Ricardo Lagos



1. Pull out of dog in front of destroyed in earthquake

2. Destroyed house

3. Family looking at destroyed house

4. Wide exterior of supermarket, only place in Maria Elena with electricity


5. Various of people cleaning up damage inside supermarket


6. Wide of people sleeping in tents outside their houses

7. Various of earthquakes survivors

8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Rosemarie Segovia, Resident:

"I fell, my house completely collapsed, even my grandmother's hostel collapsed."


9. Close of candle - crack in the wall in background

10. Various of woman in kitchen preparing food by candlelight

11. Girl watching woman in kitchen


12. Zoom out of man holding torch outside house


Chile's government was airlifting in hundreds of portable houses on Thursday for people left homeless by a powerful earthquake that hammered the country's north.

Authorities reported at least two deaths and more than 150 injuries.

Medicine and food were also being sent, the government said, and a state of disaster was to be declared in several cities to allow allocation of emergency funds for help and reconstruction.

In Maria Elena, 1,200 homes were damaged - 70 percent of the city's total, officials said.

"My house completely collapsed," Rosemarie Segovia, a Maria Elena resident told AP Television.

Residents were still without running water, electricity and telephone service late on Wednesday.

The earthquake, measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale damaged buildings and toppled power lines in northern Chile hundreds of kilometres (miles) from the epicentre, as terrified residents fled into the streets.

It was followed by several aftershocks, including three larger than magnitude 5.

The University of Chile's Seismological Institute put the epicentre near Quillagua, a tiny desert village in the foothills of the Andes mountains.

The quake, which struck at 12:40 local time (1540 GMT), was felt strongly in the Chilean capital, 1,260 kilometres (780 miles) to the south, as well as in neighbouring Peru and Bolivia.

Authorities in Tocopilla, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the epicentre said two women had been killed in the town when their houses collapsed.

Also in the town, 100 houses were destroyed and another 2,500, or 40 percent of the city's total, were damaged, said presidential spokesman Ricardo Lagos Weber.

Two sections of Tocopilla had been evacuated and two schools were being used as shelters for those left homeless by the quake.

Chile's government said it was flying 500 emergency housing units to Tocopilla and they should be installed by Thursday morning.

Chile's Housing Minister, Patricia Poblete, said many of the damaged houses cannot be recovered and would have to be demolished.

Lagos Weber said about 170 people were taken to hospitals across the region, but that many of the injuries were not serious.

The quake occurred in one of the most seismically active regions in the world, where the Nazca tectonic plate is shoving itself beneath the South American plate.

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Subjects: Property damage, Earthquakes, Building collapses, Accidents and disasters, Natural disasters, Municipal governments, General news, Structural failures, Accidents, Local governments, Government and politics
People: Ricardo Lagos
Organisations: Chile government
Locations: Oficina María Elena, Antofagasta, Chile
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Peru Quake 2
Summary: Night shots of destruction, bodies found, people walking streets, day shots of damage
Story No: 533285
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/17/2007 05:29 PM


++Day Shots++

1. Various of people walking through rubble

2. Mid of destroyed house

3. Various of workers removing rubble

4. Various of crushed car

5. Wide of people sleeping in makeshift shelter

6. Close of people sleeping in makeshift shelter

++Night Shots ++

7. Various of soup being handed out

8. people drinking soup

9. Low shot of fire

++Day Shots++

10. Woman in wheelchair being wheeled away

11. Various of army camp

12. Damaged doorway

13. Man crying

14. Remains of building amongst rubble

15. Various of workers clearing rubble

16. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Voxpop: Volunteer:

"Today we brought our brother people of Pisco, we brought them pre-built houses, a total of 10 houses. We also brought and water for our brothers - to give our our brothers who are in such conditions. We are coming here with this support and help."

17. Various of body bags


Rescue teams in Peru continued to search for survivors from the magnitude-8.0 quake that devastated the southern coast, but hope was running out that anybody would be found alive.

The country's fire department said the number of dead had risen to 510.

In the port city of Pisco, searchers at San Clemente church pulled bodies out all day and lined them up on the plaza - at least 60 by late afternoon on Thursday.

Doctors struggled to help more than 1,500 injured, including hundreds who waited out in the open air, fearing more aftershocks would send buildings crashing down.

Destruction from Wednesday's quake was centered in Peru's southern desert, the oasis city of Ica and nearby Pisco, about 125 miles (200 kilometres) southeast of the capital of Lima.

People began sleeping outside in fear of another temblor or aftershock, and volunteers passed out soup.

One man from a neighbouring area said pre-built houses had been donated to the people of Pisco.

"We also brought food and water for our brothers - to give to our our brothers who are in such conditions," he said.

The quake knocked out telephone and mobile phone service between the capital and the disaster zone. Electricity also was cut, with power lines hanging dangerously down onto the streets.

Meanwhile, the international response to Wednesday's earthquake in Peru has been widespread.

The help included cash from the United States, United Nations, Red Cross and European Union as well as tents, water, medicine and other supplies.

Mexico and Brazil have offered medicine, food and tents while Spain, Chile and many other nations and organisations said they were ready to help and were assessing needs.

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Subjects: Search and rescue efforts, Earthquakes, Accidents and disasters, Natural disasters, General news
Locations: Pisco, Ica, Peru
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DV UK Earthquake
Summary: There are reports of structural damage but no injuries in a fairly strong earthquake this morning in southeastern England.
Story No: 758959
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 05/02/2007 06:36 PM

Program version at 11:25:08

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HEADLINE: Rare earthquake strikes Britain

CAPTION: A moderate earthquake rattles part of southern England, damaging structures but causing no injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.7-magnitude quake hit about 60 miles southeast of London. (April 28)


[Notes:SOT UP eyewitness to quake]

Sot: "everything shook. She was screaming hysterical."


[Notes:SOT emergency worker]

Sot: "we have some slight structural damage to an number of properties."

[Notes:VO aerials of housing damage]



[Notes:VO MS chimney, roof damage]


[Notes:VO aerial of people milling around street]

Sot: "I just ran from my bedroom up to the stairs to the girls just to try and see what was going on and then out on to the street, then everybody was out on the street."


[Notes:VO TS seismograph measurement]

Sot: "in world terms, this is probably a moderate earthquake. In UK terms, it's certainly significant."


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SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: APTN script material; Britain-Earthquake


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Subjects: Earthquakes, Natural hazards, Earthquakes, Environment and nature, Natural disasters, Environment, Accidents and Disasters, General News
Locations: United Kingdom
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Mexico Earthquake 3
Summary: WRAP Quake rocks Mexico City, tourists in Acapulco
Story No: 519167
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/13/2007 02:50 PM
People: Maria Rodriguez


Acapulco, Mexico - !3 April 2007


1. Guests outside hotel

2. Distressed woman sitting on the stairs at hotel entrance

3. SOUNDBITE: (English), Philip Diot, French Tourist:

"It is a first time for us to hear such a noise. And we are not afraid of this noise but we are afraid of the noise that could come after. And we ask if we could sleep here tonight or we have to find another hotel. We are very afraid of it."

4. Guests talking to hotel officials

5. Guests walking

6. SOUNDBITE: (English), Philip Diot, French Tourist:

"I felt the floor moving 3 or 4 centimetres you know. And some of my friends that were on the tenth stage(floor) felt the floor moving."

Acapulco, Mexico- 13 April 2007


7. Wide shot Ambulance in front of hotel

8. Various of Red Cross workers attending woman

9. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Edgar Renteria, tourist:

" (We are here) because we fear what might happen."

10. SOUNDBITE:(Spanish), Maria Rodriguez, tourist:

" It's just a matter of precaution, something else can happen."

(Q: Such as?)

"Like a building collapse. The earthquake was really strong."

11. SOUNDBITE:(Spanish), Edgar Renteria, tourist:

" Yes, the shock was very strong, very, very strong. So it's mainly for our own protection."

12. Girl putting bags in the truck of a car

Mexico City, Mexico, 13 April 2007


13. Tilt down from hotel exterior to people outside

14. People dressed in their pyjamas outside hotel

15. Various of men talking outside hotel

16. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Carlos Perez, Voxpop:

"I was on the 22nd floor, inside my room, and I felt it strongly. Immediately I went out and down stairs, it was very strong."

16. People outside hotel

17. Close-up of people listening to the radio UPSOUND: (in Spanish) "The earthquake was 6.3 north of Acapulco"

18. Various of people entering hospital

19. Wide of police car and people on street

20. Pan left of police and people on street

21. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) No name given, Voxpop:

"It was so strong, (the radio) said it was 6.1 degrees in the coast of Guerrero. "

22. People on street

23. Ambulance on street

24. Various of people outside buildings


A strong earthquake hit Mexico early on Friday, knocking out power in parts of Mexico City and sending frightened residents into the streets of Acapulco.

Civil defence officials in Mexico and the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, where the quake was centered, said there were no reports of any deaths, serious injuries or major damage.

Tourists in the Pacific Coast resort city of Acapulco rushed out of their hotels and huddled together, fearing aftershocks.

"I felt the floor moving 3 or 4 centimetres you know. And some of my friends that were on the tenth stage(floor) felt the floor moving," said a French tourist who worried about where he would spend the rest of the night.

Most of them had decided to remain in the street outside the buildings.

" It's just a matter of precaution, something else can happen," said another tourist Maria Rodriguez.

" Yes, the shock was very strong, very, very strong. So it's mainly for our own protection," said another tourist.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6 and was centred 40 miles (64 kilometres) northwest of Acapulco, the US Geological Survey said.

It hit at 12:42 am (05:42 GMT) local time, setting off alarms and sending people out into the streets in their pyjamas.

Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake was too small and too far inland to produce a tsunami.

Mexico City Civil Defence Secretary Miguel Moreno Brizuela said the quake knocked out power to about 20 percent of the homes in the city's downtown district.

"I was on the 22nd floor, inside my room, and I felt it strongly. Immediately I went out and down stairs, it was very strong," one visitor said.

The quake lasted less than a minute but was strongly felt by residents in Mexico City, witnesses said.

People waited outside their homes for fear of aftershocks, as police patrolled streets for damage.


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Subjects: Earthquakes, Travel, Accidents and disasters, Hotels and resorts, Natural hazards, Hotel operators, Natural disasters, General news, Earthquakes, Environment, Environment and nature, Lifestyle, Accommodations, Hospitality and leisure industry, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries, Business
People: Maria Rodriguez
Locations: Mexico City, Mexico, Central America, Latin America and Caribbean, Mexico, North America
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Russia Earthquake
Summary: Residents evacuated as quakes persist in remote region
Story No: 481598
Source: RTR
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 04/23/2006 01:35 PM


Telichiki village, Koryak region

1. Aerial shot of the earthquake area

2. Wide shot of damaged house

3. Close up of window of the house

4. Wide shot of abandoned school classroom

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka region

5. Wide shot of evacuated people getting out of the rescue plane

6. Wide shot people heading to buses

7. Interior of Russian Emergency Ministry plane, soldiers passing boxes with emergency supplies

8. Mid shot of same

9. Close up of soldiers, boxes with emergency supplies

10. Various of Emergency Ministry plane leaving


Russian authorities on Saturday evacuated dozens of children, elderly and sick people from a remote region hit by a powerful earthquake a day earlier, while further quakes or aftershocks continued to shake the ground.

One official said emergency workers had not been in contact with at least one village that the Interfax news agency reported was badly damaged in the quake that hit the Koryak region, a hard-to-reach area on the Bering Sea.

In Telichiki village in the Koryak region houses were badly damaged.

Some of the buildings, including the only school, two kindergartens and a tuberculosis (TB) dispensary are beyond restoration.

As of mid-afternoon on Saturday, 101 children, 48 elderly people and eight who are ill had been evacuated from the region, said a spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry in Moscow.

Some of them were airlifted to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky where emergency supplies, including tents, blankets, warm clothing, diesel generators and medicine were being airlifted out.

Supplies were also being flown in from other cities on Russia''s eastern coast.

Interfax reported that three villages with a total of about 1,500 residents were almost completely destroyed, citing residents who spoke by cell phone but reported no casualties.


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Subjects: Evacuations, Accidents and disasters, Natural disasters, Earthquakes, General news
Locations: Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe
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Iran Villages
Summary: WRAP AP footage of devastation in quake hit areas, hospital
Story No: 479487
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 03/31/2006 07:46 PM


Khalid Ali, near Boroujerd

1. Wide of women mourning in Khalid Ali village, earthquake epicentre where about 35 people were killed

2. Close up of hands

3. Women mourning

4. Wide of people in a collapsed house in the village

5. Soldiers searching for dead people

6. Wide of collapsed village

7. Soldiers searching for dead bodies

8. Wide of collapsed houses in the village

9. Women mourning

10. Wide of collapsed houses

Boroujerd, Lorestan province

11. Wide exterior of Chamran hospital with people gathered outside

12. Wide of man injured in earthquake in hospital bed

13. Close up of injured hand

14. Various of earthquake victims in hospital beds

15. SOUNDBITE: (Farsi) Ali Hasanvand, Earthquake victim:

"When the earthquake struck, I was inside my house with my family. I have lost all of them: my mother, my brothers and my children. They were twelve (people)."

16. Hasanvand in bed

17. Wide of street lined with tents

18. Mid shot of family eating meal by roadside

19. Wide of family and tent by roadside


Villagers in western Iran mourned their dead on Friday after three strong earthquakes killed at least 66 people and injured about 1,200 others, state media reported.

The village of Khalid Ali, at the epicentre of one of the quakes, was a scene of devastation on Friday and many homes appeared to have completely collapsed.

Rescue workers began clearing away the rubble while traumatised survivors wept at the loss of their loved ones.

In the town of Boroujerd, medical workers could be seen tending to some of the injured at Chamran hospital.

One injured man said he had lost twelve members of his family in the quake.

Other victims were being treated in Doroud, provincial officials said.

They said 200 villages had been damaged by the quake, some of them totally flattened.

In Borojerd, tents lined some of the streets, with some families opting to spend the night in open spaces for fear of more aftershocks.

State-run television said a total of 66 bodies had been recovered from houses destroyed in Silakhor, a region north of Doroud.

Most of the 1,200 people injured had been in bed when the quake struck, the television said.

The initial quake of magnitude 4.7 struck a mountainous region in western Iran late on Thursday.

It was followed by a 5.1 magnitude quake that struck Boroujerd and Doroud, two industrial cities in western Iran, on Thursday evening, state television reported.

A third quake of magnitude 6.0 hit Doroud and surrounding villages in the early hours of Friday morning, the television report said.

The epicentre was in the mountainous villages south of Boroujerd and north of Doroud in western Iran.

The earthquakes were classified as moderate, but such quakes have killed thousands of people in the past in the Iranian countryside where houses are often built of bricks.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. On average, it experiences at least one slight earthquake everyday.

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Subjects: Earthquakes, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Building collapses, Search and rescue efforts, General news, Structural failures, Accidents
Locations: Iran, Middle East
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