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  • Natural disaster losses declined in 2014 Wednesday, 7 Jan 2015 | 12:06 PM ET
    Cyclone Hudhud hit India's east coast, killing at least six people and leaving behind a trail of destruction in Andhra Pradesh and neighboring Odisha, on October 12, 2014 in Visakhapatnam.

    Natural disasters took many fewer lives and inflicted less costly damage in 2014 than in an average year, according to insurer Munich Re.

  • Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with prayers Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 6:50 PM ET
    Buddhist worshipers pray for victims to commemorate the ten anniversary of tsunami at mass grave on December 25, 2014 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

    Survivors and relatives of victims gather on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of Asia's 2004 tsunami that still leaves a mark in Asia.

  • *10 years on from Boxing Day tsunami, weaknesses remain. BANGKOK, Dec 21- In April 2012, Indonesia's Banda Aceh, the city worst hit by the tsunami that killed at least 226,000 people on Boxing Day ten years ago, received a terrifying reminder of how unprepared it was for the next disaster. But if it had, the damage would have been "worse than 2004, if it was the same...

  • Japan bears bet on Abe victory, yen disaster Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:45 PM ET

    An election sweep for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this weekend looks like a safe bet, but some are betting that the consequences for Japan could be calamitous.

  • Nor'easter bringing 2 days of heavy winds, rain Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:38 PM ET
    File photo of a Nor'easter that hit Union Square in New York.

    A nor'easter is expected to hit the I-95 corridor with a multiday event that will bring heavy rain and powerful gusts.

  • Drought-stricken Calif braces for rain, mudslides Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 3:59 PM ET
    Richard Pope places sand bags along his driveway to protect his home from an expected storm in Glendora, Calif. on Monday, Dec.1, 2014.

    The parched state of California is suddenly getting drenched, NBC News reports.

  • Natural gas futures swung wildly before closing lower for the first time in 10 sessions, signalling a volatile winter ahead for the commodity.

  • Stay or go? Lava flow frays nerves in Hawaii Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 7:41 AM ET
    A Hawaii Volcano Observatory geologist maps the margin of the lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano October 26, 2014.

    The waiting is the hardest part as lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano creeps slowly through the community of Pahoa.

  • How 25% of global GDP could be washed away Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    Think it's just tiny island nations that climate change will wash away? A UN report indicates a quarter of global GDP is at risk.

  • Burning questions on Hawaii's lava menace Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 10:10 AM ET
    A Hawaii Volcano Observatory geologist maps the margin of the lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano October 26, 2014.

    Hawaii's slow moving lava could cut off supplies and power to residents who have no choice but to leave homes, reports NBC News.

  • Gonzalo wallops Bermuda, knocks out power Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:23 PM ET

    Hurricane Gonzalo struck Bermuda, knocking out most electricity as it lashed the tiny island chain with sustained winds topping 100 miles per hour.

  • Super Typhoon takes aim at US Pacific bases Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 5:23 AM ET
    Passers-by with umbrellas struggle against strong winds and heavy rain caused by Typhoon Phanfone, in Tokyo October 6, 2014.

    Super Typhoon Vongfong was moving toward one of the U.S. military's largest concentrations of manpower and firepower on Kadena and Okinawa islands.

  • Disasters could cost world $421B by 2030: Report Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 AM ET

    The increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events could cost the world $421 billion yearly by 2030, the Red Cross warned.

  • Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes  Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    Firefighters in California continue to battle a blaze that has destroyed or damaged homes, businesses and two churches.

  • Expect the unexpected: More 9.0 megaquakes coming Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:15 PM ET
    A catamaran sightseeing boat, sits atop a two-story Japanese inn on April 3, 2011 in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

    Researchers say that most of the Pacific's earthquake zones are capable of generating shocks at least as strong as magnitude 9, NBC News reports.

  • Wildfires in Northern California burn 100 homes  Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    A wildfire threatening an entire town in Northern California is just one of a dozen major blazes burning across the state. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports from Weed, Calif.

  • These states are at the biggest risk of disaster Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes—depending on where you live in the U.S., natural disasters can be a way of life.

  • Denied! FEMA says no to Hawaii's disaster request Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:31 AM ET
    Winds from Tropical Storm Iselle blow palm trees near a sign warning of the closure of Kualoa Regional Park in Honolulu on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. All of the public parks on Oahu were closed.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle.

  • Napa earthquake impact on wine  Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    Jessica Altieri, Wine Channel, discusses the impact Napa, California's earthquake will have on both consumers and winemakers.

  • Cleaning up after Napa quake  Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    The impact of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake on Napa, California's small businesses, with CNBC's Josh Lipton.