Natural Disasters

Former Japan nuclear regulator lashes out over earthquake standards

TOKYO A former senior official of Japan's atomic watchdog has lashed out publicly at the agency's response to his concerns over the assessment of earthquake risks to nuclear plants, adding to a controversy over safety five years after the Fukushima disaster.

China sets aside $30 million for weather modification programme

SHANGHAI China has allocated 199 million yuan ($29.76 million) to spend on its weather modification programme as part of efforts to combat drought and reduce the impact of natural disasters, the finance ministry said on Thursday, as state media reported flooding this year caused at least 237 deaths.

14 Jul 2016

Potential earthquake in Bangladesh could jeopardize millions, research says

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A potentially giant earthquake may be building up beneath Bangladesh and eastern India and could endanger as many as 140 million people, a study said on Monday.

South Asia, Top News, World 12 Jul 2016

Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes Ecuador's northwest coast, no deaths reported

QUITO A shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck Ecuador's northwest coast on Sunday, in the region of April's deadly quake, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. | Video

11 Jul 2016

Taiwan, China batten down hatches as super typhoon approaches

TAIPEI/BEIJING Taiwan and China began battening down the hatches on Thursday ahead of the arrival of super Typhoon Nepartak, the first of the year, with fears in China that storm could worsen already severe flooding in the east of the country.

08 Jul 2016

Floods in China kill almost 130, wipe out crops

SHANGHAI Severe flooding across central and southern China over the past week has killed almost 130 people, damaged more than 1.9 million hectares of crops and led to direct economic losses of more than 38 billion yuan ($5.70 billion), state media said on Tuesday. | Video

05 Jul 2016

Magnitude 5.7 quake shakes southern Mexico, no damage reported

MEXICO CITY A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, shaking buildings as far away as Mexico City, but officials reported there were no immediate damages.

28 Jun 2016

West Virginia's worst flooding in a century kills 24

West Virginia's three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state's worst flooding in more than a century killed at least 24 people, officials said on Saturday.

26 Jun 2016

Tornado, hail storms kill at least 78 people in eastern China

BEIJING A tornado, hail storms and driving rain killed at least 78 people and injured some 500 in eastern China on Thursday, flattening power lines, overturning cars and ripping roofs off houses in Jiangsu province.

23 Jun 2016

"I should have died too" - Nepal's quake widows struggle to survive

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rani Maya Shrestha was working on a neighbour's potato farm when the first of Nepal's two massive earthquakes struck last year. She rushed home to find her husband buried in the ruins of their house northeast of the capital Kathmandu. 

World, South Asia 22 Jun 2016

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.