Business at Pryor's Oklahoma City office has been brisk following a pair of temblors that struck recently near the city of Edmond, a bedroom community where residents are more accustomed to watching the sky for tornadoes than bracing for the earth to move. And a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey suggests they are here to stay.» Read More
CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 23- The massive floods that devastated swaths of southern Alberta in June are estimated to be the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, with the Insurance Bureau of Canada pegging the property damage at C $1.7 billion.
Sept 20- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Fukushima Prefecture in Japan early Friday morning, Kyodo reported, quoting the Japan Meteorological Agency. The focus of the quake was around 20 km underground in the prefecture, which hosts Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Kyodo said.
LONDON, Sept 18- Two years after catastrophe at Japan's Fukushima plant, sellers of atomic reactors woo potential buyers with the promise that lessons learned from one of the world's worst nuclear disasters make the technology safer than ever.
ZURICH, Sept 18- Japan's Tokyo- Yokohama region is the riskiest place in the world to do business, in terms of the potential human and economic costs of a possible natural catastrophe, a study found on Wednesday.
*Australia sugar production forecast drops by around 6.5 pct. SYDNEY, Sept 17- Australia has lowered its forecast sugar output in the 2013/ 14 marketing season by around 6.5 percent due to flood damage and crop disease, the world's third largest raw sugar exporter said.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 15- Brazil will probably scale down its plans for new nuclear plants due to safety concerns following the 2011 radiation leak in Japan and pick up some of the slack with a "revolution" in wind power, the head of the government's energy planning agency said.
Sept 11- Tropical Storm Humberto became the first hurricane of 2013 over the eastern Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin on Wednesday.
VIENNA, Sept 10- The United Nations' atomic agency has cut its long-term outlook for nuclear energy growth for a third year in a row, in part because of hesitancy following Japan's Fukushima disaster. The industry could, however, still nearly double its capacity by 2030 due to expansion in Asia.
MIAMI, Sept 9- Tropical Storm Humberto strengthened as it swept past the Cape Verde islands on Monday and was expected to grow into the first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
MIAMI, Sept 9- Tropical Storm Humberto formed near the Cape Verde Islands on Monday and was expected to strengthen into the first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
ZURICH, Sept 9- Swiss Re expects natural catastrophe pricing rates to stabilise in 2014 after a decline this year, with demand for the cover doubling by 2020 in high-growth markets. "We take the inflow of alternative capital seriously, but we are not alarmed by it," said Swiss Re's chief underwriting officer Matthias Weber. "
TOKYO, Sept 4- Japan is in touch with experts in the United States and elsewhere on ways to control the spread of irradiated water at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, trade and economics minister Toshimitsu Motegi told Reuters.
*Japan to spend nearly 50 bln yen at Fukushima plant. TOKYO, Sept 3- Japan pledged nearly $500 million to contain leaks and decontaminate radioactive water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, stepping up government efforts to cope with the legacy of the worst atomic disaster in a quarter of a century.
*Japan to spend nearly 50 bln yen at Fukushima plant. TOKYO, Sept 3- Japan pledged nearly $500 million to contain leaks and decontaminate radioactive water from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, as the government stepped up its intervention in the worst atomic disaster in a quarter century.
TOKYO, Sept 3- The Japanese government plans to spend 47 billion yen to deal with mounting amounts of radioactive water at Tokyo Electric Power Co's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, the country's industry minister said on Tuesday.
CNBC's Scott Cohn reports wildfires are moving closer to San Francisco's water and power supplies.
CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on wildfires spreading in the western part of the nation and is threatening San Francisco utilities.
LONDON, Aug 23- The April 2014 deadline for compensation claims against BP over its U.S. oil spill is almost certain to be extended, say both side of the legal settlement that governs payouts, possibly into 2015..
HIRONO, Japan, Aug 23- The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant was careless in monitoring tanks storing dangerously radioactive water, the nuclear regulator said on Friday, the latest development in a crisis no one seems to know how to contain.
ZURICH, Aug 21- Damage costs from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters fell 16 percent in the first half of 2013 to $56 billion, preliminary data from Swiss Re showed on Wednesday, despite June's heavy flooding in Europe. Claims related to the 2011 Thai floods were $16 billion, Swiss Re said.