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  • Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the robot, nicknamed "the Little Sunfish," successfully completed the day's work inside the primary containment vessel of the Unit 3 reactor at Fukushima, which was destroyed by a massive March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. TEPCO spokesman Takahiro Kimoto praised the work, saying the robot captured views of the...

  • Germany's Munich Re, which issues a regular overview of global natural disaster costs, said Tuesday that insured losses totaled $19.5 billion between January and June. Overall losses, included those that weren't insured, totaled $41 billion— compared with last year's $111 billion and an average $102 billion. Munich Re says thunderstorms in the U.S. accounted...

  • *Flooding in Peru caused $3.1 bln in economic losses. FRANKFURT, July 18- Insurers paid out around $19.5 billion for natural disaster claims in the first half of 2017, almost 40 percent less than the year-earlier payout of $32 billion, reinsurer Munich Re said on Tuesday. The single costliest catastrophe was flooding in Peru in February and March, which caused...

  • LIMA, July 18- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, though Perus civil defense institute Indeci said there was no risk of a tsunami and no immediate damage. The quake, which was initially measured by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at 6.3, was 44 km deep and centred 194 km southwest of Puquio,...

  • LIMA, July 18- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, though Perus Civil defense institute Indeci said there was no risk of a tsunami. The quake, which was initially measured by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center at 6.3, was 44 km deep and centred 194 km southeast of Puquio, Peru, the USGS said.

  • July 18- An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

  • EARTHQUAKE MAGNITUDE 6.3 STRIKES PERU- PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER.

  • Drought in southern Europe threatens to reduce cereal production in Italy and parts of Spain to its lowest level in at least 20 years, and hit other regional crops including olives and almonds. Castile and Leon, the largest cereal growing region in Spain, has been particularly badly affected, with crop losses estimated at around 60 to 70 percent.

  • BEULAH, N.D.— Drought in North Dakota is laying waste to fields of normally bountiful food and hay crops and searing pastures that typically would be home to multitudes of grazing cattle. "We've never been in this sort of boat, honestly," said Dawn Martin, who raises beef cattle with her parents and husband in the southwestern part of the state, an area the U.S.

  • HOUSTON, July 14- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 on Friday struck Stroud, Oklahoma, about 20 miles from the key oil storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Geological Survey said. Oil companies operating the tanks and pipelines around the Cushing hub have reported no damage to their facilities. The Cushing storage hub is the delivery hub...

  • Drought in southern Europe threatens to reduce cereal production in Italy and parts of Spain to its lowest level in at least 20 years, and hit other regional crops including olives and almonds. Castile and Leon, the largest cereal growing region in Spain, has been particularly badly affected, with crop losses estimated at around 60 to 70 percent.

  • HOUSTON, July 14- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2 on Friday struck Stroud, Oklahoma, about 20 miles from the key oil storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Geological Survey said. There have been no initial reports of damage from the quake, Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said by phone, cautioning that it was still...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, July 12- Major pipeline companies in western Canada created fire breaks, installed sprinklers and took other measures to protect operations as raging wildfires spread to more than 38,000 hectares in British Columbia. On Friday, British Columbia declared its first state of emergency since 2003.. Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd, a unit of Kinder...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, July 12- Major pipeline companies in western Canada have created fire breaks, installed sprinklers and taken other measures to protect operations as raging wildfires spread to more than 38,000 hectares in British Columbia. On Friday, British Columbia declared its first state of emergency since 2003.. Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's Trans...

  • LONDON, July 12- New types of insurance could cut the costs of natural disasters for poorer countries and reduce the amount of humanitarian aid needed, according to a report commissioned by Britain's international development ministry. While aid has covered 8 percent of this, insurance has only paid for 3 percent of the average costs of earthquakes, drought or...

  • *Kiwi dollar drops after earthquake off South Island. The New Zealand dollar fell to its lowest since June 23 after a report of a large earthquake hitting off its South Island, although there were no immediate reports of damage. "The real story at the moment is the rise in U.S. real yields," said Richard Benson, co-head of portfolio investment with currency fund...

  • A firefighter carries a hose as a house burns in Oroville, California on July 8, 2017.

    More than 6,000 firefighters are battling wildfires in California, including one blaze which damaged vineyards near Santa Barbara.

  • PREPPING FOR A HEAVY HURRICANE SEASON. Forecasters at Colorado State University have warned that the current Atlantic hurricane season could be even more active than predicted earlier, with a projection now of 15 storms strong enough to be given names. Owners can get some help from online resources, including the Small Business Administration, which...

  • A massive fire is consuming a construction site in Oakland: Reports

    A four-alarm fire began Friday morning at a construction site in Oakland and firefighters fear the crane at the site may soon collapse.

  • View of Bearhat Mountain above Hidden Lake at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana.

    A magnitude-5.8 earthquake hit western Montana early on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, and people felt the tremor hundreds of miles away.