OCHA releases Flash Update on Philippines earthquake – over 100 people confirmed dead.

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines island of Bohol early Tuesday morning, a little after 8am local time. The effects of the quake was felt in Cebu city which is about 37 miles (60 kilometers) north of the epicenter. The Philippines Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) have confirmed four people killed in Bohol […]

CMAT is monitoring after 7.2 Earthquake hits Bohol, Philippines.

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck the central Philippines on Tuesday, leaving at least 99 people dead and 276 more injured, and rattling many who were celebrating a religious holiday. The quake, which struck early in the morning, crumbled a number of buildings and sent panicked people streaming into the streets, witnesses said. The bulk of the casualties — […]

CMAT monitoring progress of Cyclone Phallin, off the coast of India.

  A fierce cyclone tore into India’s east coast on Saturday night, killing at least five people and forcing about half a million into overcrowded shelters as the storm threatened to cut a swathe of devastation through farmland and fishing hamlets. Cyclone Phailin, which made landfall early Saturday night near the town of Golpalpur in […]

Iran: Twin earthquakes strike northwestern Iran.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 – At 16:53 local time on Saturday 11 August 2012, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale and at a depth of 9.9 km hit the Eastern Azerbaijan province of Iran. A second earthquake measuring 6.3 struck 11 minutes later at a similar depth north-east of the city of […]

Turkey: CMAT stands down deployment after Turkish PM announces no need for international assistance.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – In the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s earthquake, the Turkish government and local NGOs swiftly took action, and dispatched aid material and domestic personnel to the affected region. The country has substantial experience of delivering relief after quakes and has declined international aid. Officials now say they are in urgent need of […]

Turkey: Eastern city of Van hit by 7.2 magnitude quake

Courtesy BBC News. Sunday, October 23, 2011 – A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has hit eastern Turkey, causing deaths and injuries as buildings collapsed. The quake hit just north-east of the city of Van, where Anatolia news agency said at least 50 people were injured. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said there had been damage and deaths in Van […]

Canada – Magnitude-6.7 quake recorded off Vancouver Island

Friday, September 9, 2011 – VICTORIA — A magnitude-6.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of Vancouver Island. The United States Geological Survey recorded the quake at 12:41 p.m. local time. A map on the geological survey’s website puts the epicentre just off the west coast of Vancouver Island, south of Port Hardy. The quake was recorded at a […]

Italy: Worst quake in 30 years strikes the city of L’Aquila.

Monday, April 6, 2009 – Toronto: CMAT continues to monitor the progress of Italian search and rescue teams after an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 and depth 10km struck the highly populated area in the Abruzzi Province of Central Italy. (Population: 1.2 million). The earthquake, centred 7km from the city of L’Aquila, approximately 120 km northeast of […]

Myanmar: CMAT welcomes news of Myanmar Government cooperation for aid.

May 23, 2008 – TORONTO/ VANCOUVER: Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) learned this morning of Myanmar’s acceptance of foreign aid workers into the country. The Military Junta government had been refusing these workers for nearly three weeks, since Cyclone Nargis hit the nation on May 2, 2008 killing nearly 80,000 people. “We are relieved that the […]

Myanmar: CMAT Assessment Team standing by to respond to Cyclone disaster

Friday, May 9, 2008 – MYANMAR: Canadian Medical Assistance Teams is coordinating an emergency response to help the tens of thousands of people affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. A CMAT team made up of two paramedics, Bill Coltart and Chris Kaley, and Sandra Hodge, a nurse practitioner, will be departing from Vancouver shortly. Their first […]