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  • OKLAHOMA CITY, May 24- Oklahoma regulators grappling with a massive increase in small earthquakes in the state linked to growing oil and gas production said on Tuesday they were concerned with spiking rates for earthquake insurance coverage and diminishing competition among insurers. At a public hearing on the rate hikes, Oklahoma Insurance Commission...

  • *Sees 105 billion yen quake impact in cameras, sensors. TOKYO, May 24- Japan's Sony Corp on Tuesday forecast weaker-than-expected earnings this year after partially halting production of its cash-cow image sensors last month to assess earthquake damage to its factory. It estimated the quake's impact on overall business to be 115 billion yen, of which 105...

  • Experts say San Andreas fault is due for a destructive earthquake

    A leading expert says a section of the San Andreas fault in California has potential for a big quake.

  • An opening in the earth is seen in the San Andreas Rift Zone, the system of depressions in the ground between the parallel faults of the San Andreas earthquake fault near San Bernardino, California.

    A magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas fault could cause $200 billion in damage, the Los Angeles Times reported.

  • TOKYO, April 28- The Bank of Japan held off from expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday, defying market expectations for action even as soft global demand, an unwelcome yen rise and weak consumption threatened to derail a fragile economic recovery. I thought the BOJ would ease further today to accelerate the yen trend which had been weakening on expectations...

  • TOKYO, April 28- The Bank of Japan held off on expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday, even as global headwinds, a strong yen and soft consumption threatened to derail a fragile economic recovery. The BOJ decided to adopt a 300 billion yen loan-supplying programme aimed at assisting banks operating in areas hit by this month's earthquake in southern Japan.

  • QUITO, April 23- The death toll from Ecuador's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 654 people, the country's emergency management authority said on Saturday. Last Saturday's quake, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured around 16,600 people and left 58 missing along the country's ravaged Pacific coast. "These have been sad days for...

  • QUITO, April 23- The death toll from Ecuador's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 646 people, President Rafael Correa said during a TV broadcast on Saturday. Last Saturday's quake, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured around 12,500 people and left 130 missing along the country's ravaged Pacific coast. Correa's leftist government,...

  • Ecuador shaken by another earthquake

    The country struck with its second earthquake since Saturday.

  • Damage is seen on the road between Pedernales and Jama after Ecuador's earthquake.

    Despite decades of research, the science of predicting earthquakes remains elusive.

  • TOKYO, April 21- Japan's government kept its assessment of the economy unchanged this month but said it was still analyzing the impact of earthquakes over the weekend that damaged homes and halted production in the southern manufacturing hub of Kumamoto. Japanese automotive chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp said it will resume partial production at its...

  • *Ecuador president says int'l bond issue eyed. PEDERNALES/ QUITO, Ecuador, April 20- Ecuador will temporarily increase some taxes, sell assets, and may issue new bonds on the international market to fund a multi-billion dollar reconstruction after a devastating 7.8 magnitude quake, a somber President Rafael Correa said on Wednesday. The leftist leader...

  • *Ecuador president says int'l bond issue eyed. PEDERNALES, Ecuador, April 20- The death toll from Ecuador's weekend earthquake surpassed 500 and rescue efforts ebbed on Wednesday as the traumatized Andean nation braced itself for long and costly rebuilding. To help fund the multibillion-dollar reconstruction of homes, roads and buildings in the devastated...

  • *March imports -14.9 pct yr/yr; trade balance 755 bln yen. TOKYO, April 20- Japan's exports fell for a sixth straight month in March as slowing growth in China, soft demand for electronic components for products such as the iPhone and a strengthening yen threatened to hold back the country's economic recovery. "A delayed recovery in the U.S. economy, slowdown in China,...

  • PEDERNALES/CANOA, Ecuador, April 19- Rescuers in Ecuador were losing hope of finding more survivors on Tuesday from an earthquake which killed more than 400 people and dealt a shattering blow to the South American OPEC nation's already fragile economy. Supervising rescue work in the disaster zone, Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa said the quake...

  • PORTOVIEJO/PEDERNALES, Ecuador, April 18- Touring a city ravaged by the earthquake that killed at least 413 people, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Monday said rebuilding would cost billions of dollars and may inflict a "huge" toll on the fragile OPEC nation's economy. Seeing the devastation first hand, a visibly moved and grim-faced Correa warned that...

  • PORTOVIEJO/PEDERNALES, Ecuador, April 18- Touring a city ravaged by the earthquake that killed at least 413 people, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Monday contemplated a rebuilding costing billions of dollars and a potentially "huge" impact on the fragile OPEC economy. Michael Henderson, at risk consultancy Maplecroft, said Ecuador was less well...

  • PORTOVIEJO/PEDERNALES, Ecuador, April 18- Touring a city ravaged by the earthquake that killed 366 people, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Monday contemplated a rebuilding costing billions of dollars and a potentially "huge" impact on the fragile OPEC economy. Michael Henderson, at risk consultancy Maplecroft, said Ecuador was less well equipped to...

  • PORTOVIEJO/PEDERNALES, Ecuador, April 18- E cuador's earthquake death toll rose to 350 on Monday as rescuers hunted for survivors, victims clamored for aid and looting broke out in the Andean nation's shattered coastal region. It has been decades since such a strong quake struck Ecuador. In 1979, at least 600 people died and 20,000 were injured in a magnitude 7.7...

  • Patients and relatives wait outside the Colombia Clinic in Cali, Colombia, on April 16, 2016 after being evacuated following a powerful earthquake in Ecuador.

    Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades, a 7.8 magnitude tremor, struck off the Pacific coast, killing at least 350 people.