Natural Disasters

Four dead in Chile floods, military rescues stranded residents

SANTIAGO - The death toll in Chile rose to four after rains battered the north and caused flooding, the government said on Thursday, while 22 others were unaccounted for as the military rescued stranded villagers.

Want an affordable earthquake warning system? Use animals, scientists say

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wild animals can predict earthquakes several weeks before they strike, and motion-activated cameras that track their movements could be adopted in quake-prone countries as an affordable early warning system, scientists said on Tuesday.

24 Mar 2015

Japanese tsunami debris still washing on U.S. shore

SEATTLE - Debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and sports balls still floating offshore in the Pacific, an expert said on Tuesday.

World, Japan 18 Mar 2015

Aftershocks still rattle east Japan four years after megaquake

TOKYO - Four years after a magnitude 9 earthquake shook northern and eastern Japan, the region is rocked by tremors at more than double the average rate of the decade before the disaster, a report this week from the Japan Meteorological Agency shows. | Video

World, Japan 11 Mar 2015

Chance of major earthquake in California higher than thought - scientists

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California has a 7 percent chance of experiencing an earthquake of magnitude 8 or larger over the next three decades, U.S. government scientists said on Tuesday, higher than thought before.

11 Mar 2015

Japan PM vows new five-year plan to rebuild from 2011 disaster

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday vowed to draw up a new-five year plan to speed rebuilding from a massive 2011 tsunami and the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl that have left thousands still homeless.

World, Japan, Nuclear Power 10 Mar 2015

Fukushima residents torn over nuclear waste storage plan

OKUMA, Japan - Norio Kimura lost his wife, father and 7-year-old daughter Yuna in the March 2011 tsunami.

09 Mar 2015

Feature: From parks to jobs, disaster prevention gets a makeover

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tucked away beneath courts for playing the bowling game p├ętanque, its entrance part-concealed by hanging plants, lies a cavernous concrete tank for collecting floodwater.

04 Mar 2015

Thousands evacuated after volcano erupts in southern Chile

SANTIAGO - Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, sending a plume of ash and lava high into the sky, and forcing the evacuation of nearby communities.

03 Mar 2015

Fukushima operator finds new source of radiation leak into sea

TOKYO - The operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found a pool of highly contaminated water on the roof of a plant building and that it had probably leaked into the sea through a gutter when it rained.

World, Nuclear Power 24 Feb 2015

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.