April 14: Phil Sayer, the man behind the voice-over in the London tube—“Please mind the gap”—and former BBC journalist passes away due to cancer.
April 14: The southern island of Japan, Kyushu, is struck by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killing at least nine people and leaving over 800 injured. More than 100 aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 5.7 to 5.8 hit the southern region following the quake.
April 16: Less than two days after the first quake in Japan, a second, called a foreshock, hits at magnitude 7.0 killing at least 32 people, raising the death toll of the two earthquakes to 41 with nearly 1,000 injured. With harsh weather afoot, the search for survivors has taken a toll; time is of the essence.
April 16: An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit Ecuador leaving over 350 dead and over 2,000 injured. This is the strongest quake to hit Ecuador in decades. Many citizens have been left homeless due to the devastation the quake left in its place.
April 16: As a gesture of goodwill following his trip to the island of Lesbos in Greece, the Pope has returned to the Vatican with 12 Muslims.
April 17: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was charged with tampering with the state budget and is now facing possible impeachment. A vote by Brazil’s lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, supported impeaching Rousseff with 367 for and 137 opposed on Sunday evening.