Natural Disasters

'Isang' maintains strength, to enhance monsoon over Luzon, Visayas

MANILA - Tropical storm "Isang" (international name: Hato) maintained its strength, on course to graze the country's northern tip, and enhancing …


The Overlooked Heroes Who Lead Climbers Up Everest

More than 600 people climb Mount Everest every year, and not one of them could do it without an army of Sherpas, porters, and others guiding them …


New £23,000 crossing in Bury St Edmunds gives motorists the hump

A council has been forced to apologise after a new speed hump in Bury St Edmunds damaged motorists’ cars.


If an earthquake shakes Perth emergency services are ready to respond

Urban search and rescue teams have combed for survivors through rubble in a Perth suburb, attended a service station explosion and fire crews have …

Earthquakes | Two Bangladeshis die taking flood selfies as crisis worsens

Two Bangladeshi teenagers have died taking selfies in raging floodwaters, officials said Thursday, as the death toll from fresh monsoon downpours …

News (South Africa)

Why Did It Do That? 5 Natural Disasters That Challenged Our Kinship With The Powerful And Mysterious Sky

Since the dawn of creation, the large and mighty sky has faithfully hovered over mankind, offering us light, water, delicious birds, and other daily …


Elephants help rescue tourists stranded by Nepal floods

In Nepal elephants were sent by local hotels to rescue stranded tourists in the Chitwan district after a nearby river burst its banks. Landslides and floods are common in the monsoon season.


Lessons from the storm: Effects of extreme weather linger more among children and older adults |

Ruth Bennett woke up at 1 a.m. and looked through the doorway of her independent living apartment in Walker, about 20 miles west of Baton Rouge. It …


NASA's GPM found Gert strengthening into a hurricane

NASA looked at the rainfall rates within Tropical Storm Gert as it continued to strengthen and found the most intense rainfall on the tropical …


Strong earthquake rattles Indonesia's Sumatra

Tremors felt as far away as Singapore, but no reports of Tsunami<p>A strong earthquake struck Sunday (13 August) morning off the coast of southern …


Gert strengthens to hurricane force, second of 2017 Atlantic season: NHC

(Reuters) - Storm Gert has strengthened into the second hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.<p>The hurricane, now located about 445 miles (720 km) west of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km/h), is moving toward the …


Elephants help rescue hundreds from flooded Nepali safari park

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Elephants helped rescue hundreds of tourists from a flooded jungle safari park in Nepal, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rain rose to 70.<p>The Rapti River overflowed its banks in Sauraha, 80 km (50 miles) …


Nepal Floods, Landslides Claim 49 Lives

<b>Kathmandu:</b> Torrential rain battered Nepal on Sunday, causing widespread flooding and landslides and raising the death toll from three days of severe …


At least 47 dead in Nepal after heavy rain triggers floods and landslides

Landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 47 people in southern Nepal and left thousands homeless, police said Sunday.<p>The death toll was expected to go up, with about two dozen other people missing and feared dead after three days of heavy downpours in at least nine …


Tropical Storm Gert forms in the Atlantic; no threat to Florida

Tropical Depression Eight was upgraded to Tropical Storm Gert on Sunday, becoming the seventh named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane</b> …


Boardmasters surf festival – in pictures

The Boardmasters surfing competition held in Newquay, Cornwall, is now part of a larger five-day surf, skate and music festival


6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Luzon

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Batangas Friday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.The post …


Guam on high alert after North Korea threat

The US territory of Guam is on high alert after North Korea threatened to target the Pacific island.<p>The US territory of Guam is on high alert after North Korea threatened to target the Pacific island.<p>The area is home to an American military base.<p>Al Jazeera's Craig Leeson reports from Guam.

International Relations

Remnants of Hurricane Franklin dump rain in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Franklin soaked central Mexico Thursday, threatening mudslides and flash floods after the storm hit the country's Gulf coast overnight.<p>The U.S. National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm to a tropical depression as it broke up over the mountains of …


Strong, but deep, earthquake shakes northern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong but deep earthquake struck the northern Philippines early Friday afternoon but caused no apparent damage.<p>Office workers and students in the capital, Manila, briefly evacuated their buildings after feeling the moderately strong swaying and shaking.<p>The Philippine …


U.S. Biomedical Research Facilities Still Unprepared for Natural Disasters and Attacks

Science panel says institutions need to do more to prevent and mitigate damage to research equipment and animals

Chemical Engineering

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake strikes near Brookings, Oregon

The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck near Brookings, Oregon on Thursday.<p>The quake hit at 10:59 AM local time at a depth of 10 kilometers.<p>There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. More information on this earthquake …


Tropical Storm Franklin Heads for Mexico

Tropical storm Franklin strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday and is expected to reach hurricane strength as it heads toward Veracruz state, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.<p>Around 11 a.m. ET, Franklin was located about 165 miles from Veracruz, and is expected to reach land late …

Gulf of Mexico

Magnitude 4.9 quake hits Tokyo area, no tsunami warning

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 hit the Tokyo area on Thursday but no tsunami warning was issued, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.<p>The quake was centered in northwestern Chiba prefecture, east to Tokyo, according to the agency.<p>Japan is one of the world's most …


Five tourists killed by earthquake in south-western China

The magnitude 6.5 quake struck a mountainous region bordered by the provinces of Sichuan and Gansu at a depth of 5.5 miles, according to the US …

News (Ireland)

At Least 5 Dead, More Than 100 Trapped After Powerful Quake Hits China

Created with Sketch.<p>At a Glance<p>At least five people have been killed and over 100 have been trapped after an earthquake hits China.<br>• The quake had a …


China earthquake: Seven dead, but at least 100 may have died

In 2008, an earthquake of 8 magnitude had hit the same region, in which 87,00 people had died or gone missing.<p>Nineteen people were confirmed dead in …


Franklin now a hurricane, nearing Mexico oil state: U.S. NHC

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Franklin, upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm, is expected to hit eastern Mexico's key oil-producing Gulf state of Veracruz on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.<p>Franklin, the first hurricane …


Earthquakes, meet North Korean nukes: California's growing portfolio of disaster preparedness

It’s been 30-some years since those aging air raid sirens whined their last-Friday-of-the-month test decibels across Los Angeles. The duck-and-cover kids who drilled to civil defense alarms and alerts now have grandchildren. The nuclear catastrophe that Cold War Americans prepped for and dreaded …

North Korea

Life in the shadow of Indonesia's active Mt Sinabung volcano

<b>Mount Sinabung</b>: For 38 years Asni Boru Karo had no idea she was living in the shadow of a slumbering giant. Asni was a coffee bean and chilli farmer. …