Natural Disasters

Taiwan city looks at developer's other buildings after quake collapse


TAINAN, Taiwan When an earthquake struck the Taiwanese city of Tainan in the early hours of Saturday morning, Wu Hsiu-chi's unit in the seven-storey Wei-guan Dragon Door World Family Building shook hard, but survived with little damage.

Taiwan developer in custody after deadly quake fells building

TAINAN, Taiwan A local court in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan ruled on Tuesday to take into custody the developer of a building which collapsed during an earthquake at the weekend that killed at least 39 people.

Top News, World 09 Feb 2016

Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

BOSTON A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas.

09 Feb 2016

Mother, sons freed from debris, dark and confusion in quake-toppled Taiwan home

TAINAN, Taiwan When an earthquake struck southern Taiwan in the early hours of Saturday, Chang Chun-jung thought it was all over. | Video

World, Top News 09 Feb 2016

Loan rejection may have been early warning of Taiwan building collapse

TAINAN, Taiwan Before their apartment tower collapsed in a Taiwan earthquake at the weekend, a young couple living on the 14th floor had already been given a clue that the building was unsafe.

07 Feb 2016

Japanese volcano erupts, nearby nuclear plant unaffected

TOKYO A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, shooting ash nearly 2 km into the night sky along with fountains of lava, but there were no immediate report of damage and operations at the power station were not affected.

Cyclone passes over Australia's northwest as wild weather hits nation

PERTH A tropical cyclone that crossed Australia's northwest coast early on Sunday weakened, although several small inland communities were on red alert and the risk of heavy swells, flooding and storm surges remained.

31 Jan 2016

Tremors in U.S. Northeast caused by sonic boom, not quake - agency

NEW YORK Two fighter jets from a U.S. Navy base in Maryland may have caused a series of sonic booms on Thursday near the New Jersey coast that prompted hundreds of residents to report earthquake-like tremors.

29 Jan 2016

Tremors in U.S. Northeast caused by sonic boom, not quake - agency

NEW YORK Residents from New Jersey to Connecticut reported feeling earthquake-like shaking on Thursday afternoon, but U.S. seismologists said the vibrations were likely the result of a series of sonic booms.

29 Jan 2016

CORRECTED : Major earthquake in southern Alaska felt for hundreds of miles

(In Jan 24 item, corrects paragraph 6 to say Whitehorse is 600 miles east of Anchorage, not west)

25 Jan 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.