Weather Natural Disasters


  • Magnitude 4.4 earthquake hits near Devore, Calif Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015 | 1:21 AM ET
    Signs warn of mud slides in Devore, when the area was hit by floods in 2006.

    A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck near Devore, in San Bernardino Country, California, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

  • Deadly storm marches East; dangerous conditions Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 | 6:28 AM ET
    Storm clouds midwest weather

    The deadly winter storm system which tore through the central U.S. was barreling east on Tuesday, promising a dangerous mix of snow, sleet and floods.

  • Homes destroyed in Texas tornado Monday, 28 Dec 2015 | 2:30 PM ET
    Homes destroyed in Texas tornado

    NBC's Charles Hadlock reports on the devastation in Texas following a deadly tornado.

  • Midwest storms bring twisters, and it's not over yet Monday, 28 Dec 2015 | 11:12 AM ET
    @LukeMarkey tweeted 'This tornado was just east of us ... #Lucky' during the storms that hit Dallas.

    As residents surveyed the destruction from deadly weekend tornadoes, the storm that spawned the twisters was bringing woes to the Midwest.

  • Calif. highway 101 reopened after wildfire contained Sunday, 27 Dec 2015 | 3:33 AM ET
    A Ventura County Fire Department engine holds its positions as fire overruns state Highway 101 near Ventura, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

    A stretch of scenic coastal highway in Southern California reopened after firefighters contained a 1,200-acre fire, USAToday reports.

  • More than 100 homes burned in a leading Australia tourist area as bushfires remained out of control, with officials predicting more blazes to come.

  • YANGON, Dec 26- Dozens of people were feared dead in Myanmar after a landslide hit a jade mining region, workers at a local mining firm said, the second such incident in just over a month. The landslide took place on Friday in Hpakant in the country's northern Kachin State, a rugged region sandwiched between China and India and the heart of Myanmar's multi-billion...

  • INSIGHT-"Das Auto" no more: VW plans image offensive Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 | 5:45 AM ET

    *VW to ditch "pretentious" Winterkorn-era slogan. BERLIN, Dec 22- Scarred by a public relations thrashing over its "Dieselgate" scandal, Volkswagen is planning an image offensive, and its "Das Auto" global advertising slogan is an early casualty. Launched in 2007 under ousted boss Martin Winterkorn, the slogan has had the advantage of simplicity, merely meaning "The...

  • Rescuers pull first body from rubble of China landslide Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 | 12:34 AM ET
    Emergency services search rubble for survivors after a landslide buried 22 buildings on December 20, 2015 in Shenzhen, China. Reports say at least 27 people are missing and 7 people have been rescued so far after a landslide hit China's southern province on Sunday.

    Rescuers pulled one body on Tuesday after working in search of more than 80 people missing since a massive landslide in Shenzhen, China.

  • How ice cream, chocolate just might save the planet Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 12:20 PM ET
    Ben & Jerry’s is calling on world leaders and the U.N. to reduce fossil fuel emissions.

    From Ben & Jerry's to Mars, U.S. food companies are in Paris for the U.N. climate talks as they push for a plan to slow global warming.

  • Devastating floods cause $750M damage across UK Tuesday, 8 Dec 2015 | 7:30 AM ET
    A Carlisle resident wades through flood water

    Record-breaking rainfall caused by a winter storm named Storm Desmond has devastated towns and cities across the north of England.

  • CHENNAI, India, Dec 5- India deployed hundreds of extra soldiers and relief workers to the flooded city of Chennai on Saturday, as residents said the government has been too slow to respond to the havoc wrought by the heaviest rains in a century. About 280 people have died across Tamil Nadu state since it was hit by torrential rains on Dec. 1 that left large sections of...

  • CHENNAI, India, Dec 5- India deployed hundreds of extra soldiers and relief workers to the flooded city of Chennai on Saturday, as criticism mounted that the government has been slow to respond to the heaviest rains in a century. Chennai has boomed as a centre for vehicle factories and IT outsourcing, but trash-filled drains and building on lake beds in the rush to...

  • Indian residents sit on wooden pallets in floodwaters in Chennai on December 3, 2015. Thousands of rescuers raced to evacuate residents from deadly flooding, as India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to the southern state of Tamil Nadu to survey the devastation.

    Many residents have spent days stranded on rooftops since more than 345 mm (14 inches) of rain fell over 24 hours on Dec. 1.

  • CHENNAI, India, Dec 4- Rains eased in the flood-hit city of Chennai in southern India on Friday, raising hopes that rescue efforts could pick up, after the death of 18 patients at a private hospital added to the official toll of 280 confirmed killed in the disaster. The commercial airport of Chennai will also be partly opened on Saturday after being shut for the past...

  • CHENNAI, India, Dec 4- Rescue helicopters were grounded on Friday by renewed rains that spread fear in the flood-struck Indian city of Chennai, while the death of 14 patients at a private hospital added to the official toll of 280 confirmed killed in the disaster. Many residents have spent days stranded on rooftops since more than 345 mm of rain fell over 24 hours on...

  • *Chaotic urban growth a factor behind Chennai flooding. NEW DELHI/ BENGALURU, India, Dec 4- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grand designs to build 100 futuristic' smart' cities in India, but as this week's devastating flooding in Chennai shows, fixing today's accident-prone metropolises appears to be the more pressing task. Similar floods struck Mumbai in 2005...

  • This El Nino is strongest ever, says key metric Thursday, 3 Dec 2015 | 10:18 AM ET
    A woman sits on a sand berm created by city workers to protect houses from El Nino storms and high tides at Playa Del Rey beach in Los Angeles, on November 30, 2015.

    Not long after the UN announced this year's El Nino could become the "worst ever," one key metric shows just that.

  • CHENNAI, India, Dec 3- The Indian military struggled to evacuate thousands of residents stranded in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday as the death toll from flooding rose to 269 after the heaviest cloudburst in over a century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has blamed climate change for the deluge, travelled to Chennai to get a first-hand view of a...

  • Indian army battles deadly flooding to rescue survivors Thursday, 3 Dec 2015 | 12:29 AM ET

    CHENNAI, India, Dec 3- Floods that have killed 210 people in southern India began to recede on Thursday, giving rescue teams a chance to evacuate thousands of residents stranded by the heaviest cloudburst in the city of Chennai in over a century. Train services and flights to Chennai, capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, remain cancelled and the navy has...