Natural Disasters

Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

TOKYO - Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.

Japan's volcanoes made more jittery by 2011 quake, expert says

TOKYO - Japan's massive 2011 earthquake may trigger more, and larger, volcanic eruptions over the next few decades, perhaps even that of Mount Fuji - but predicting them remains close to impossible, a volcano expert said on Friday.

World, Japan 17 Oct 2014

Severe weather alert: U.S. study finds tornadoes coming in swarms

WASHINGTON - Tornadoes in the United States are increasingly coming in swarms rather than as isolated twisters, according to a study by U.S. government meteorologists published on Thursday that illustrates another trend toward extreme weather emerging in recent years.

17 Oct 2014

Outrage in Italy over "shame" of Genoa flood chaos

ROME - Italy reacted with shock and outrage at the chronic bureaucratic and planning failures laid bare after severe flooding hit the northwestern city of Genoa, killing one man and leaving the streets of the medieval port city buried in mud and debris.

11 Oct 2014

Indonesia to build $263 million sea wall to protect capital

JAKARTA - Indonesia on Thursday officially launched a $263 million project to build a giant sea wall along the coast of its capital, Jakarta, in an attempt to protect businesses and homes from flooding.

09 Oct 2014

Rising seas seen causing routine floods in U.S. cities: study

REUTERS - As sea levels rise, tidal flooding along the U.S. coast is likely to become so common that parts of many communities, including the nation’s capital, could become unusable within three decades, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

08 Oct 2014

One killed in strong quake in China's remote southwest

BEIJING - One person was killed and 324 were injured when an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck in China's southwestern province of Yunnan on Tuesday.

08 Oct 2014

Strong quake strikes in China's Yunnan, few casualties so far

BEIJING - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck in China's southwestern province of Yunnan on Tuesday, though initial reports from state media said there were only limited casualties in the sparsely populated, mountainous region. The United States Geological Survey said the quake's epicentre was 163 km (100 miles) north-northwest of Yunjinghong and 10 km deep.

Top News, World 07 Oct 2014

At least 36 feared dead on Japanese volcano, search called off

TOKYO - At least 36 people are feared to have died after a Japanese volcano erupted without warning at the weekend, raining ash and stones on hikers, but the search for victims was abandoned on Monday because of fears of toxic gases.

Top News, World, Japan 29 Sep 2014

Japan's Suga says volcanic eruption has no impact on nuclear restart

TOKYO - The deadly eruption of a volcano in Japan over the weekend will not affect the restart of the Sendai nuclear reactor, which is in a separate volcanically active area, the country's top government spokesman said on Monday.

World, Japan 29 Sep 2014

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.