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Weather Natural Disasters

  • Avalanche hits Italian hotel, leaving 30 feared dead

    An avalanche buried a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes shook the area.

  • *Aiming to sell about 100 billion yen of bonds in offering. TOKYO, Jan 18- Tokyo Electric Power Co plans to complete a sale of bonds by the end of March in its first debt offering since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, three sources close to the matter told Reuters and DealWatch on Wednesday. Tepco is aiming to sell about 100 billion yen of bonds in the offering, two...

  • Sinkhole swallows truck

    A huge sinkhole in Hall County, Georgia swallows a semi-truck.

  • Jan 13- North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, who took office last month in the height of tensions surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, said he believed the line would eventually be built and asked opponents to clean their protest camp before spring floodwaters create a potential ecological disaster. Burgum told Reuters that approval of the pipeline...

  • California floods force residents to evacuate

    A relentless storm drenches parts of northern California, forcing thousands of people to flee.

  • A truck drives on a flooded street on January 10, 2017 in Guerneville, California.

    Authorities urged thousands of people in Northern California to evacuate homes as rivers swollen by four days of heavy rain threatened to crest above flood level.

  • Snowplows clear Highway 88 in Woodford, California. (File photo).

    Winter storm warnings were in effect across much of the western third of the country early Thursday, NBC News reports.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 4- Insurers paid out around $50 billion for natural disaster claims last year, almost double 2015' s payout of $27 billion, reinsurer Munich Re said in its annual natural catastrophe review on Wednesday. Earthquakes in Japan and devastating floods in China- only 2 percent of whose losses were insured- were the most expensive natural catastrophes of...

  • Supervolcano rumbling under major Italian city

    Scientists say the Campi Flegrei volcano in the south of Italy could be coming closer to erupting.

  • *Soybean edged higher on concerns over Argentina drought. The Chicago Board of Trade most-active soybean contract rose 0.1 percent to $9.90 a bushel by 0240 GMT and wheat added 1 percent to $3.97-1/ 4 a bushel and corn gained 0.8 percent to $3.48-1/ 2 a bushel. Heavy rains that pelted parts of Argentina over the weekend did not reach the southeastern part of the...

  • SANTIAGO, Dec 25- A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake jolted southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported in the tourism and salmon farming region. "It was the biggest scare of our lives," said Denisse Alvarado, a resident of the southern Chile fishing town of Quellon, located on Chiloe Island, a...

  • SANTIAGO, Dec 25- A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake jolted southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported in the tourism and salmon farming region. "It was the biggest scare of our lives," said Denisse Alvarado, a resident of the southern Chile fishing town of Quellon, located on Chiloe Island, a...

  • SANTIAGO, Dec 25- A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake jolted southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported in the tourism and salmon farming region. Chile's National Emergency Office lifted both the evacuation order and a tsunami watch three hours after the Christmas Day quake struck,...

  • SANTIAGO, Dec 25- A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake jolted southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas, but no fatalities or major damage were reported in the tourism and salmon farming region. Eight mostly small ports in the area were closed, Chile's Navy said. "There was a lot, a lot of movement here, but besides that nothing of note, there...

  • SANTIAGO, Dec 25- A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck southern Chile on Sunday, prompting thousands to evacuate coastal areas in a region known for tourism and salmon farming. Eight mostly small ports in the area were closed, Chile's Navy said. "There was a lot, a lot of movement here, but besides that nothing of note, there weren't houses falling," said Alamiro Vera,...

  • Stranded passengers from Tabaco port are evacuated by the local government in Tabaco City, Albay province on December 24, 2016 after their seafaring vessels were prohibited from sailing ahead of typhoon Nock-Ten's expected arrival.

    A typhoon weakened as it cut across the Philippines on Monday with strong wind felling trees and power lines, and authorities warned of flash floods and mudslides but there were no official reports of casualties.

  • The moves by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's Oil and Gas Conservation Division and the Oklahoma Geological Survey came as earthquakes in the state have risen sharply since the shale boom and the use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. While the guidelines are technically voluntary, the Oklahoma legislature this year gave the Oklahoma Corporation...

  • HOUSTON, Dec 20- Oklahoma is imposing guidelines to reduce the risk of earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing in its oil-rich shale formations, the first rules in the state to target the controversial production technique. The guidelines are aimed at the South Central Oklahoma Oil Province and Sooner Trend Anadarko Basin Canadian and Kingfisher...

  • TOKYO, Dec 20- Japan's government on Tuesday urged Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power to integrate its transmission and nuclear operations with peers to cut costs and generate higher income to pay the costs from the 2011 nuclear disaster. A government panel that has held intensive meetings since October said the next six months will be "make or break" for...

  • A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 struck Papua New Guinea, prompting a tsunami warning across parts of the archipelago.