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  • Tornado temporarily disrupts Keystone oil flow Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 12:16 PM ET
    A woman walks down Black Hills Trail road in Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. At least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska on Monday.

    Tornadoes in Nebraska caused a power disruption that will temporarily reduce oil flow through the Keystone system, TransCanada said.

  • Super model Petra's Happy Hearts Fund     Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 7:55 AM ET
    Petra Nemcova

    "Happy Hearts Fund" is a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding schools and restoring opportunities to children after experiencing natural disasters. The fund's founder and chair Petra Nemcova, provides insight to its mission.

  • Practical reasons to plan for a zombie apocalypse Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    Even if a zombie apocalypse doesn't top your list of worries, it's a smart idea to prepare for one.

  • Extreme weather may put US disaster prep to the test Saturday, 24 May 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    With hurricane season just around the corner, extreme weather outbreaks may put disaster preparedness and recovery plans to the test.

  • Dramatic video shows roaring wildfire near road Friday, 16 May 2014 | 3:51 PM ET

    Dramatic video shot from a car shows roaring flames near a road in San Marcos, Calif.

  • Burning billions: Why wildfires are more expensive Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 11:48 AM ET
    Flames near a house in Carlsbad, Calif., May 14, 2014.

    The wildfires raging across California are the latest example of a grim reality: Wildfires are getting more dangerous, and costly.

  • Climate change to hit country credit ratings: S&P Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 11:34 AM ET

    Climate change and global warning will have a significant factor on sovereign credit ratings, S&P warned on Thursday.

  • Why Buffett is steering clear of catastrophe bonds Friday, 9 May 2014 | 2:32 AM ET
    Warren Buffett.

    Mr Buffett is more reluctant to insure people against natural disasters – because it no longer pays, the Financial Times reports.

  • Lloyd’s warns on climate change impact Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 2:51 AM ET
    Three vehicles crashed into a creek close after the road washed out from beneath them in Broomfield Colorado, September 12, 2013.

    Lloyd’s of London called on the insurance industry to factor climate change into risk models on Thursday.

  • Deadly tornado outbreak     Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    NBC's Jay Gray reports the latest developments on devastating tornadoes striking the Midwest.

  • Regulator: Fracking causes earthquakes Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 12:45 PM ET
    A high pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, Calif.

    State regulators have linked earthquake activity in Ohio to fracking, confirming the suspicions of activists pushing for a ban.

  • Disaster investors upped bets in Q1 Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    Investors pumped $1.2 billion into catastrophe bonds in the first quarter, betting on a mild hurricane season this summer.

  • UPDATE 6-New earthquake in Chile prompts tsunami alerts Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 12:26 AM ET

    SANTIAGO, April 2- A powerful 7.6- magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late on Wednesday, prompting tsunami alerts and evacuations along the coast and in neighboring Peru.

  • 5.8 earthquake rattles Panama     Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    Following an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in Northern Chile, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck the western coast of Panama. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports.

  • SANTIAGO, April 2- Chilean authorities on Wednesday were assessing the damage from a massive earthquake that struck off the northern coast, causing a small tsunami, but the impact was mostly limited, according to early indications.

  • *Epicenter of quake off Chile's northwest coast. SANTIAGO, April 1- A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, causing five deaths and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 2- meter-tall waves.

  • *Epicenter of quake off Chile's northwest coast. SANTIAGO, April 1- A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, causing five deaths and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 2- meter-tall waves.

  • SANTIAGO, April 1- Chile's Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said a tsunami alert for the country's coastline will remain in place for at least another six hours following a major earthquake.

  • SANTIAGO, April 1- A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of Chile on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country, but the government said there was no serious damage and no reports of deaths. Chile is the world's No. 1 copper producer but key mining firms said there was no serious damage to their operations.

  • April 1- A tsunami warning could be issued for Hawaii due to a magnitude 8.0 earthquake that struck on Tuesday off the coast of Chile, U.S. officials said. If tsunami waves reach Hawaii they would strike at 3:24 a.m. local time on Wednesday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement.