Weather & Natural Disasters Earthquakes

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov 30- A powerful earthquake jolted southern Alaska on Friday morning, buckling roads, disrupting rush-hour traffic and jamming telephone service in and around Anchorage, the state's largest city, but there were no reports of serious injuries. The 7.0 magnitude quake struck about 8 miles north of Anchorage, a city of 300,000 residents...

  • A vehicle lies stranded on a collapsed roadway near the airport after an earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S. November 30, 2018. 

    A large earthquake has rocked buildings in Anchorage, prompting people to run out of offices and seek shelter under office desks.

  • A stormy ocean off of Greenland.

    A powerful quake of magnitude 6.8 struck off the eastern coast of Greenland on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

  • TOKYO, Nov 7- Japan's nuclear regulator has approved an operations extension for a 40- year-old reactor near Tokyo that was damaged in the same earthquake and tsunami that sparked the Fukushima disaster nearly eight years ago, a move likely to be controversial. Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority gave the green light to the extension on Wednesday, the...

  • Vancouver skyline with Burrard bridge during sunset

      There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake.

  • TOKYO, Oct 11- The owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami more than seven years ago, said water treated at the site still contains radioactive materials that for years it has insisted had been removed. Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics more than five years ago, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declaring that...

  • TOKYO, Oct 11- The owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami more than seven years ago, said water treated at the site still contains radioactive materials that for years it has insisted had been removed. Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics more than five years ago, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declaring that...

  • People look for usable clothing among rubble in the Petobo neighborhood which was hit by an earthquake and liquefaction in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 8, 2018. 

    Many in the devastated village of Petobo, had no idea they were in an area already identified by the government as a high-risk zone for the devastating geological phenomenon that causes soft ground to liquefy during earthquakes.

  • PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- Electricity was restored and some shops reopened in Indonesia's quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu on Thursday, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts was unknown nearly a week after the disaster struck. "There are so many challenges with this disaster, it's never been so bad," said Frida Sinta, an aid volunteer...

  • PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- Electricity was restored and some shops reopened in Indonesia's quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu on Thursday, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts was unknown nearly a week after the disaster struck. "There are so many challenges with this disaster, it's never been so bad," said Frida Sinta, an aid volunteer...

  • PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- Some services began returning to normal in Indonesia's quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu on Thursday, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts remained unknown nearly a week after the disaster struck. "There are so many challenges with this disaster, it's never been so bad," said Frida Sinta, an aid volunteer trying...

  • *Official death toll stands at 1,407, mostly around Palu. PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- International efforts to help survivors of Indonesia's devastating earthquake and tsunami gathered pace on Thursday as concern grew for hundreds of thousands with little food and water, six days after disaster struck. Chaos has loomed at times with angry people in the region's...

  • PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- International efforts to help survivors of Indonesia's devastating earthquake and tsunami gathered pace on Thursday as concern grew for hundreds of thousands with little food and water, six days after disaster struck. Chaos has loomed at times with angry people in the region's main city of Palu, 1,500 km northeast of Jakarta, looting...

  • TOKYO, Sept 11- The biggest coal power station on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, hit by a devastating earthquake last week, will take weeks longer than thought to restart, a government minister said on Tuesday. Clean-up operations continued after the magnitude 6.7 quake on Thursday, which left 44 people dead, knocked out power and damaged the only oil...

  • *Govt asks for 20 percent energy saving in Hokkaido. *Toyota working to resume Hokkaido parts plant during night shift. The pre-dawn, 6.7- magnitude quake on Thursday temporarily paralysed the island of Hokkaido, cutting off access by air and train and knocking out power to an island the size of Austria.

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Toyota Motor Corp said it would resume operations at all domestic assembly plants by Thursday as a transmission plant in Hokkaido was poised to restart production following last week's earthquake. The automaker suspended production on Monday at 16 of its 18 domestic plants that manufacture the brand's vehicles as it assessed the supply chain...

  • TOKYO, Sept 10- Toyota Motor Corp said it would resume operations at its domestic assembly plants by Thursday as a transmission plant in Hokkaido was poised to restart production following last week's earthquake. A Toyota spokeswoman said partial production would resume on Tuesday at some plants including those near the company's headquarters in Aichi...

  • TOKYO, Sept 8- Power had been restored to almost all customers in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido by early Saturday, two days after an earthquake caused an island-wide blackout and killed at least 21 people. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the confirmed death toll was 21, with six people in cardiopulmonary arrest- a term used in Japan to...

  • *Japan quake shows grid vulnerability to natural events. LONDON, Sept 7- Asian spot liquefied natural gas prices edged higher this week as Asian demand ahead of the winter persisted and the region's vulnerability to unpredictable natural events was underscored by the worst power outages in years in Japan due to an earthquake. Spot prices for October delivery...

  • A Halliburton oil well fielder works on a well head at a fracking rig site January 27, 2016 near Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    Earthquakes have increased dramatically in the last decade as a result of human activities and a professor of earth and planetary sciences argues in The Conversation that the timing of these earthquakes are clearly linked to fracking.