Natural Disasters

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits central Japan; no tsunami warning

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TOKYO - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, temporarily trapping 21 people when their homes collapsed and leaving 13 people injured, police and public broadcaster NHK said.

Indonesia quake sparks tsunami warning, no major damage

JAKARTA - A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off the Moluccas in Indonesia on Saturday, the national disaster mitigation agency said, causing residents near the quake to flee their homes after a tsunami warning was issued.

Top News, World 15 Nov 2014

Lava flow from volcano incinerates home on Hawaii's Big Island

KAILUA-KONA Hawaii - A slow-moving lava flow from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island incinerated a house on Monday, marking the first home devoured by a stream of molten rock that has crept toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, civil defense officials said.

11 Nov 2014

Lava flow from volcano incinerates home on Hawaii's Big Island

KAILUA-KONA Hawaii - A slow-moving lava flow from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island incinerated a house on Monday, marking the first home devoured by a stream of molten rock that has crept toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, civil defense officials said.

11 Nov 2014

Weather forecasters predict better services for women

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Meteorologists from around the world are meeting with women's rights activists and aid workers in Geneva to develop climate and weather services geared specifically to women.

Top News, World 05 Nov 2014

Flooding could worsen Pakistan's water shortage, experts warn

ISLAMABAD Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In an ironic twist to Pakistan's struggles with extreme weather, experts warn that the increasingly frequent and intense flooding in the country could lead to catastrophic water shortages.

South Asia, Top News 03 Nov 2014

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

PAHOA Hawaii - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town.

30 Oct 2014

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

KONA Hawaii - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept across a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island early on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes and businesses at the edge of a seaside town.

30 Oct 2014

Hawaii lava flow hits property, threatens dozens more

PAHOA Hawaii - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano flowed through a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island, threatening dozens more homes and businesses, authorities said.

29 Oct 2014

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano just 70 yards from nearest residence

KAILUA-KONA Hawaii - Lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that has been creeping toward inhabited areas of Hawaii's Big Island for months is now just 70 yards (meters) from the nearest residential property, authorities said on Monday.

28 Oct 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.