Chinese rescuers are racing against the clock to find survivors from a capsized cruise ship, which sank in a storm on the Yangtze river Monday night. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports.» Read More
Residents need to be prepared for the strongest waves four to five hours after the first one hits, but there will be no "wave of water", one expert told CNBC.
Carnival's first-quarter earnings will fall short of Wall Street expectations and the cruise operator is cutting its full-year earnings outlook. The Miami company blamed rising fuel prices and some itinerary changes in the Middle East and North Africa for the reduction to its 2011 guidance.
The yen plummeted and then rocketed higher after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan early this morning, and traders expect plenty of choppiness as the day unfolds.
The biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan in 140 years sent stock markets across the globe sharply lower, while the yen and oil prices also fell.
Friday's massive earthquake is yet another challenge to Japan's recovery but it may provide a jolt to the economy over the short term, Lawrence Summers, president emeritus of Harvard University and former director of the White House National Economic Council, told CNBC.
The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan Friday will likely dent investor confidence in the short term, but is unlikely to derail the global economic recovery, analysts told CNBC.
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The 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand's second largest city last week killed at least 148 people and forced hundreds to evacuate for fear of further aftershocks.
Thousands have fled their homes and engineers have warned even "cyclone proof"homes could be shattered by the powerful winds. Here are some images.
Amid the volatility in the markets, wealthy individuals and big institutions are flocking to hedge funds that buy so-called catastrophe bonds and other investments tied to the probability of Gulf Coast hurricanes, Japanese earthquakes, large snowfalls in Canada and other natural disasters. The New York Times reports.
The National Flood Insurance Program is one big hurricane away from costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. Experts say unless Congress makes some much needed changes to the program, taxpayers will find themselves footing the bill for another major disaster.
If you've made some gains in the stock markets this year and are thinking about putting that money to good use, find out what the top charitable causes in Asia are this year.
Fresh volcanic eruptions raised fear of more damage as bad weather and rough terrain left thousands of tsunami victims stranded, the New York Times reports.
After Hurricane Katrina, as the city lost billions of dollars in tourism business, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau embarked on a mission to overcome unprecedented brand impairment. Today, the tourism industry stands taller, stronger than before.
Michael Brown, the former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the initial poster child for all that went wrong in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is visiting New Orleans for the fifth anniversary of the event that made him said poster child.
To really know if we have succeeded, to really know if we have created a New Orleans region better than before, we have to go out ten years. Here we will find the “new normal” that will come to pass after the Katrina money has run dry, and the economy is left to stand on its own.
It's a tall order to transform New Orleans by 2030, but that's the aim of the city's new master plan—five years after Hurricane Katrina hobbled this historic place and the surrounding Gulf coast region.
Nearly five years after Katrina and the devastating failures of the levee system, New Orleans is well on its way to getting the protection system Congress ordered: a ring of 350 miles of linked levees, flood walls, gates and pumps that surrounds the city and should defend it against the kind of flooding that in any given year has a 1 percent chance of occurring.
Russia's reputation as a dangerous country for investors actually gives foreigners brave enough to invest there an advantage, Jochen Wermuth, CIO of Wermuth Asset Management, told CNBC Wednesday.
Media coverage of the Gulf oil spill’s effect on the gulf has focused on tourist income lost by the waterfront towns with footage of empty beaches, restaurants and T-shirt shops dominates the news. Interviews with devastated business owners are heart-rending. But they always end with references to somehow hanging on until “things get back to normal.”