Earthquake related news 2011-08-4

Earthquake news related to recent events (in-depth articles) will be written as updates in these (recent) articles. These articles can be found in the top 10 excerpts on the homepage. Updates for earlier earthquakes can be found on these pages. This page will be regularly updated.
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New Zealand (Goldfish lucky escape)
Two goldfish, named Shaggy and Daphne after characters from the animated television show Scooby Doo, have become the smallest and hardiest survivors of the devastating February earthquake in Christchurch that killed 181 people. The fish spent four and a half months - 134 days - trapped in their tank in the city's off-limits downtown without anyone to feed them or even any electricity to power their tank filter before they were discovered this month and rescued. $$$

Pets and earthquakes
All too often when a disaster strikes pets are left to fend for themselves and end up lost, injured or killed. The best way to avoid this tragic scenario is to have a well thought out disaster plan that includes your pet, so that you know where to go and what to take, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). $$$

New Zealand (irresponsible press)
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has slammed a newspaper report which said a decision about orange zoned land in Kaiapoi would be due next week. Mr Brownlee says the "irresponsible" report in the Christchurch Press was "pure speculation" and insensitive to people living in the area. $$$

Japan (free afterlife names)
A growing number of Buddhist temples in areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake are waiving fees for giving "kaimyo," or afterlife names, to those who died in the disaster. However, some temples are complaining about the spread of the custom, fearing a decrease in their incomes. Kaimyo is given to a dead person as recognition that he or she has become a disciple of Buddha. $$$

Japan (light boxes and earthquake victims)
In the Taro district of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, one of the hardest-hit areas by a devastating tsunami following the Great East Japan Earthquake, residents are making traditional Japanese "andon" light boxes, hoping the lights will brighten the future of their ravaged hometown. On Aug. 11, the five-month anniversary of the March 11 quake, local residents will place 3,000 andon light boxes with candles lit inside on a massive 1-kilometer coastal levee--once the symbol of protection against disasters for the district's residents--as well as a road leading to a nearby temple. $$$

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