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  • Strong earthquake hits off Indonesia's Sumatra

    A 6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of the Indonesian island, sending tremors as far as Singapore.

  • A map showing the location of an earthquake that shook the Mentawai islands, on March 02, 2016. A second 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra again on June 2, 2016.

    A 6.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra early Thursday sent tremors as far as the neighboring country of Singapore.

  • Almost 7M homes at risk this hurricane season

    CoreLogic's 2016 Storm Surge Report shows more than 6.8 million coastal homes are at risk of damage from hurricane storm surges.

  • OTTAWA, May 31- The Canadian government needs to do more to mitigate climate disasters such as floods and wildfires, a top green watchdog said on Tuesday as the Alberta town of Fort McMurray struggled to recover from a huge inferno. Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand said Ottawa should share more data with provincial policy-makers about long-term severe...

  • WASHINGTON, May 31- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal by State Farm contesting a jury finding that the insurance company defrauded the federal government when assessing damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 along the Gulf of Mexico coast. The court will consider a lawsuit brought by sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby, former claims...

  • TORONTO, May 29- Suncor Energy Inc's facilities north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, are expected to partially restart by the end of the week, the company said on Sunday, the latest sign Canadian oil sands producers are coming back online after a massive wildfire. The start-up of Suncor's base plant and MacKay River sites is under way, with "initial production" expected...

  • May 27- A tropical storm warning, the year's first for the United States, was issued on Friday by the National Weather Service for the coast of South Carolina, five days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The bulletin, posted by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, warned of tropical storm conditions reaching South Carolina's...

  • May 27- A tropical storm warning, the year's first for the United States, was issued on Friday by the National Weather Service for the coast of South Carolina, five days before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The bulletin, posted by the weather service's National Hurricane Center in Miami, warned of tropical storm conditions within 36 hours...

  • May 27- A tropical storm warning has been issued for the coast of South Carolina from the Savannah River to Little River Inlet, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday.

  • BUENOS AIRES, May 25- Flooding in Argentina has cut into the country's expected soybean output by 4 million to 8 million tonnes, even as higher-than-expected yields in dryer areas offset some of the losses, local farm analysts said on Wednesday. But analyst Pablo Adreani, of the Buenos Aires- based AgriPAC consultancy, said flood losses far outweigh gains...

  • TORONTO/ MONTREAL, May 25- The wildfire that has ravaged northern Alberta and cut Canadian crude output by 25 percent is set to crimp corporate earnings beyond the oil patch, especially hitting the rail and hospitality sectors. The fire, which has caused an estimated $50 million a day in lost production for oil sands companies near the evacuated city of Fort...

  • OKLAHOMA CITY, May 24- Oklahoma regulators grappling with a massive increase in small earthquakes in the state linked to growing oil and gas production said on Tuesday they were concerned with spiking rates for earthquake insurance coverage and diminishing competition among insurers. At a public hearing on the rate hikes, Oklahoma Insurance Commission...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 24- Some crude producers restarted operations on Tuesday in Canada's energy heartland as a mass evacuation of the Fort McMurray oil town entered its fourth week, though cool weather and light winds were helping firefighters dampen the blaze. No oil facilities or communities were in the fire's path as of Tuesday morning as its footprint...

  • CALGARY, May 24- A number of crude producers restarted operations on Tuesday in Canada's energy heartland as a mass evacuation of the Fort McMurray oil town entered its fourth week, though cool weather and light winds were expected to help firefighters tamp down the blaze. No oil facilities or communities were in the fire's path as of Tuesday morning, said...

  • *Sees 105 billion yen quake impact in cameras, sensors. TOKYO, May 24- Japan's Sony Corp on Tuesday forecast weaker-than-expected earnings this year after partially halting production of its cash-cow image sensors last month to assess earthquake damage to its factory. It estimated the quake's impact on overall business to be 115 billion yen, of which 105...

  • CALGARY/ TORONTO, May 23- Authorities in Canada lifted evacuation orders on Monday for all work camps and some additional oil facilities that had been shuttered when a massive wildfire threatened the nation's energy hub, a significant step for companies eager to restart production. Municipal authorities for the oil town said a "phased re-entry" was authorized...

  • CALGARY/ TORONTO, May 23- Authorities in Canada lifted evacuation orders on Monday for more work camps and oil facilities that had been shuttered when a massive wildfire threatened the nation's energy hub, bringing more good news for companies eager to restart production. Municipal authorities for the oil town said a "phased re-entry" was authorized for at...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 18- Evacuees who fled a wildfire in northern Alberta two weeks ago may be allowed to return home as soon as June 1, officials said on Wednesday, as the massive blaze continued to shutter oil production north of Fort McMurray. Poor air quality in the Alberta city still poses a serious threat, officials said, delaying the return of the more than...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 18- Evacuees who fled a wildfire in northern Alberta two weeks ago will learn on Wednesday when they may be allowed to return home, as the blaze continued to shutter oil production north of Fort McMurray. More than 90,000 evacuated from Fort McMurray and the surrounding area on May 3 and 4 as a huge wildfire hit the city in the heart of Canada's...

  • OTTAWA, May 18- Canada will have to set aside more money to deal with natural disasters like wildfires, storms and floods as climate change starts to bite, the head of the country's property insurance industry group said on Wednesday. A wildfire sweeping through the heavily forested oil sands region of Alberta near the town of Fort McMurray could eventually cost...