Natural Disasters

Strong quake hits Indonesia's Java, kills three


JAKARTA A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting three deaths and damage to hundreds of buildings.

Special Report: Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs

PATTON VILLAGE, Texas When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house.

World, Special Reports 12 Dec 2017

California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well.

World, Top News 10 Dec 2017

Ash billows from Bali volcano in fresh volley of activity

KARANGASEM, Indonesia A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali ejected greyish-white plumes of ash on Friday, a timelapse sequence of Reuters images showed, a reminder, if it were needed, that its weeks-long period of activity has not ended.

08 Dec 2017

Scientists watch and wait as Bali's menacing volcano rumbles

KARANGASEM, Indonesia The question Indonesian volcanologist Devy Kamil Syahbana gets most is the one he cannot answer - when, or if, rumbling Mount Agung on Bali island will blow up in a major eruption.

07 Dec 2017

Quake hits southeast Iran, destroys homes; no fatalities reported

ANKARA A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck southeastern Iran on Friday, injuring at least 42 people and destroying several homes in an area where most people live in villages of mud-walled homes. State media said no deaths had been reported.

01 Dec 2017

Tourists fly out of Bali at last as wind blows volcanic ash away

DENPASAR, Indonesia Airlines laid on extra flights to the Indonesian holiday island of Bali on Thursday to allow thousands of passengers stranded for days by an erupting volcano to fly home as a switch in wind direction blew the ash away.

Scientists look to Bali volcano for clues to curb climate change

OSLO Climate scientists are tracking an erupting volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for clues about a possible short-cut to curb global warming by injecting sun-dimming chemicals high above the Earth.

30 Nov 2017

Hurricane Harvey makes Houston reassess growth-friendly policies

HOUSTON Melinda and Joel Loshak raised two children in a stylish ranch house in Houston's upscale Meyerland neighborhood and planned to retire there. Now they are hoping the government will knock it down.

30 Nov 2017

Playing with fire: tens of thousands refuse to leave Bali volcano homes

KARANGASEM, Indonesia Tens of thousands of villagers on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are refusing to evacuate a 10-km (six-mile) danger zone around an erupting volcano, putting their fate in the hands of the gods or simply staying put to protect homes and livestock.

30 Nov 2017

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.