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Natural Disasters

Home sweet home: islanders stay put even when the sea invades

OSLO Islanders in the Philippines have stayed in their homes even after an earthquake caused subsidence and floods, according to a study on Monday that questions how far global warming will trigger mass migration as sea levels rise.

Myanmar floods kill two, displace tens of thousands

YANGON Flooding across large parts of Myanmar has displaced more than 100,000 people, causing two deaths, while dramatic riverbank erosion has washed away a Buddhist pagoda, officials, residents and state media said on Monday.

24 Jul 2017

New Zealand braces for more rain after severe storms lash south island

Residents in the two largest cities on New Zealand's south island began returning to their homes on Sunday, despite state of emergencies still in place, after a severe storm caused flooding and forced hundreds of homes to be evacuated.

23 Jul 2017

'Let's get the hell out of here': quake off Greece and Turkey kills two

KOS, Greece/ANKARA A powerful earthquake killed two people on the Greek holiday island of Kos in the early hours of Friday, sending tourists fleeing into the streets, and causing disruption in the nearby Turkish tourist hub of Bodrum. | Video

World, Top News 21 Jul 2017

Strong earthquake strikes off Peru, no damage seen

LIMA An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, though Peru’s civil defense institute Indeci said there was no risk of a tsunami and no immediate damage.

18 Jul 2017

Magnitude 7.8 quake hits off Russia's Kamchatka - USGS

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.8 off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula triggered a tsunami warning but the threat has now passed, the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Pacific Tsunami Center said.

18 Jul 2017

Search for Arizona man after flash flood kills nine of his family

PHOENIX Authorities searched on Monday for a missing man after a flash flood crashed down an Arizona canyon, law enforcement officials said, reportedly killing his wife and eight other family members at a popular swimming spot north of Phoenix.

18 Jul 2017

Thousands of Illinois homes swamped by flood waters as rivers keep rising

Flooding north of Chicago could worsen on Saturday as rivers keep rising after a deluge earlier this week that damaged thousands of homes and sent water cascading into streets and basements, officials said.

16 Jul 2017

Japanese PM Abe promises to help victims of floods; death toll up to 25

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday visited a region devastated by flooding over recent days and promised that the government would do everything possible to help rebuild.

World, Japan 12 Jul 2017

Too much rain: China's floods roil hydropower, corn supplies

BEIJING Severe flooding across southern China has forced the world's largest power plant to slash capacity on Tuesday, delayed grain on barges and damaged farms along the Yangtze River, as the death toll rose to 56 and economic costs hit almost $4 billion. | Video

Top News, World 05 Jul 2017

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.