Natural Disasters

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

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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.

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

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano just 100 yards from nearest residence

HONOLULU - Lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that has been creeping toward inhabited areas of Hawaii's Big Island for months is now just 100 yards (metres) from the nearest residential property, authorities said on Monday.

28 Oct 2014

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.

World, Japan, Nuclear Power 24 Oct 2014

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

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.