ARTICLES RELATING TO NATURAL DISASTERS

US scientists to map Mount St Helens volcano

2014-07-25 05:00

A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists are expected to rattle Mount St Helens as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was the deadliest in US history.

Typhoon Matmo batters Taiwan

2014-07-23 07:55

Typhoon Matmo has pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and downpours, leaving five people injured, shuttering financial markets, and interrupting rail and air transportation.

Typhoon kills 11 in Vietnam, China deaths up to 26

2014-07-21 13:41

A typhoon that barrelled into northern Vietnam has killed at least 11 people and left several missing, state media says, while in China the death toll rose to 26.

Philippines typhoon kills 38

2014-07-17 10:39

A typhoon has left at least 38 people dead in the Philippines, knocking out power in entire provinces and forcing more than half a million people to flee.

4.6 quake hits Japan

2014-07-16 13:01

A moderate 4.6 magnitude earthquake has hit the region that hosts Japan’s crippling Fukushima nuclear plant, but there have been reports of damage.

Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall in Japan

2014-07-10 14:43

Typhoon Neoguri HAS slammed into Japan's southern main island after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country.

Imagine getting a flood warning 11 months in advance

2014-07-07 08:41

Satellite monitoring of tiny changes in the gravitational field of river basins may give up to 11 months' warning of disastrous floods, a study says.

Brazil flood evacuees increase tenfold to 50 000

2014-06-30 05:47

Severe flooding caused by a week of torrential rain in southern Brazil has forced more than 50 000 people from their homes, officials say.

Would you use a blanket if a tornado came?

2014-06-09 12:57

A US company has created a protective blanket that developers say could give children a better chance of surviving debris from a tornado, or bullets from a 9mm handgun.

Tropical storm Boris to slam Mexico, Guatemala

2014-06-04 11:00

Tropical storm Boris has hit Mexico and Guatemala, bringing drenching rains to a region stricken just days earlier by deadly flooding and mudslides.

Tehran warns of new sandstorm, death toll hits 5

2014-06-03 14:00

Iranian authorities have warned that a second sandstorm could hit Tehran, a day after freak weather killed five people in the capital.

Study: People fear male-named hurricanes more

2014-06-02 23:21

People are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one, a new study has found.

Forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

2014-05-23 18:06

A slower than usual Atlantic hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, US federal forecasters say.

Toll mounts as thousands in Serbia, Bosnia flee historic floods

2014-05-18 22:08

Thousands have crammed into boats and army trucks as they fled their homes in Serbia and Bosnia after record rainfall caused the worst floods in more than a century.

Wildfires engulf homes as California roasts

2014-05-15 11:45

Thousands of people have fled raging wildfires in southern California as flames destroyed homes and triggered evacuations at a nuclear power plant, a military base and an amusement park.

One dead, 23 injured in Thai quake

2014-05-06 07:47

An elderly woman has died and 23 other people have been injured after a strong earthquake shook northern Thailand, as aftershocks continued to rattle the mountainous region.

Aid groups rush to landslide-hit Afghan area

2014-05-04 14:46

Aid groups have rushed to help survivors of a landslide in northern Afghanistan that entombed a village, killing hundreds of people and leaving 700 families homeless in the mountains.

Violent weather in US kills at least 29

2014-04-29 15:37

Americans in the southern and eastern US are bracing for more violent weather after a string of tornadoes and other storms killed at least 29 people.

Powerful storms, tornadoes kill 16 in US

2014-04-28 21:00

Arkansas governor's aide Matt DeCample says the state death toll from tornadoes that swept through the Little Rock area has been revised downward to 14 from 16.

7.5 quake strikes off Solomon Islands

2014-04-13 20:34

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 has struck off the Solomon Islands, hours after a 7.6 tremor, the US Geological Survey says.

Cyclone Ita may hit northern Aus

2014-04-08 13:13

A tropical cyclone currently intensifying in the Coral Sea may threaten coastal communities in northern Australia, the Australian bureau of meteorology says.

Earthquake, tsunami hits Chile 5 dead

2014-04-02 08:18

A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 has struck off the coast of Chile, triggering a tsunami, causing landslides that blocked highways and so far has lead to five deaths.

US mudslide fatalities to go up substantially

2014-03-28 05:45

Washington state authorities have said that the number of mudslide fatalities will go up substantially in the next two days.

UN says atomic plants never '100%' safe

2014-03-17 12:50

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog says his agency would keep working to improve safety after the Fukushima crisis, but no atomic plant could be "100%" safe from natural disasters.

Deadly mudslide buries Bolivian town

2014-02-10 10:04

Heavy rains have caused a mudslide that buried much of a small mountainside settlement in central Bolivia, killing at least four people and leaving nine others missing.

 

China braces for 2nd typhoon, Taiwan drenched

2014-07-23 11:46

China is bracing for the arrival of a second typhoon as communities along the country's southern coast cleared away debris in the wake of the earlier storm that killed 46 people.

Extreme weather in Vietnam kills 27

2014-07-22 13:17

Extreme weather caused by Typhoon Rammasun has killed 27 people in Vietnam, with the storm unleashing flash floods, landslides and lightning strikes.

China lightning, floods, landslides kill dozens

2014-07-17 21:38

Dozens of people have died as torrential rain batters swathes of China, with at least six killed by lightning, thousands of homes destroyed and more than 300 000 evacuated.

Philippines typhoon death toll reaches 27

2014-07-17 07:05

The death toll from the first typhoon of the Philippines' rainy season has climbed to at least 27, authorities say, as millions in the capital and elsewhere endured a second day without power.

370 000 evacuated as typhoon hits Philippines

2014-07-16 07:25

A typhoon has killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and hit the capital, prompting the evacuation of almost more than 370 000 people, rescue officials say.

Rain batters Japan as storm hits, 3 dead

2014-07-10 10:22

Heavy rain has battered a wide swathe of Japan, sending rivers over their banks and setting off a landslide as a weakened but still dangerous storm made landfall and headed east, leaving three people dead.

Strong typhoon threatens north Philippines, Japan

2014-07-06 16:58

A strong typhoon was blowing over the Pacific Ocean in the northeastern Philippines and may induce heavy rains, but is too far off to hit land, officials have said.

1 dead and 19 injured by Nebraska tornadoes

2014-06-17 10:50

A powerful storm has ripped through north east Nebraska, destroying more than half of the tiny town of Pilger, killing a 5-year-old child and injuring at least 19 people.

Japan pledges another $15bn for Fukushima

2014-06-04 13:45

In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan's utilities have pledged $15bn to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.

Tehran fears new sandstorm

2014-06-04 08:33

Iranian authorities have warned of harsh weather conditions across the country, a day after a freak sandstorm with record winds killed five people in Tehran.

Heavy rains kill 5 in Guatemala landslide

2014-06-03 09:36

Guatemalan authorities say heavy rains have killed at least five people and are urging residents to take precautions because showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue.

Hard-hit Haiti threatened by mosquito virus

2014-05-29 08:26

Hard-hit by a cholera epidemic that started in 2010, Haiti now faces a new threat in the expanding chikungunya virus, authorities say.

Waters recede in Serbia to reveal a ghost town

2014-05-20 18:20

The roar of an armoured vehicle ploughing through muddy water was the only sound on the deserted streets a Serbian town hit by some of the worst flooding of the past week.

South California wildfires force 125 000 to flee

2014-05-16 10:43

California fire-fighters have battled a series of wildfires that have forced 125 000 people to flee their homes in the San Diego area and may have killed at least one person.

1 dead, 30 injured in southern Pakistan quakes

2014-05-09 11:28

At least one person has been killed and 30 others injured after a series of quakes hit southern Pakistan, officials say.

Focus now on Afghan families displaced by slide

2014-05-04 22:51

As Afghans observed a day of mourning for the hundreds of people killed in a horrific landslide, authorities tried to help the 700 families displaced by the torrent of mud.

Aftermath of deadly tornadoes leaves 35 dead

2014-04-30 10:29

A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, killing at least 35 and forcing frightened residents to take cover.

Tornadoes kill at least 17 in US

2014-04-29 09:08

A tornado has killed at least 17 in central and southern US as violent weather returns to the country.

SA team waiting for final decision on Everest

2014-04-23 17:01

Several Everest climbing expeditions have been called off, but SA climbers Saray Khumalo and Sibusiso Vilane are yet to hear if they are leaving.

Forecaster: Chances of El Nino increased

2014-04-10 21:12

The chances have increased over the past month that the much-feared El Nino phenomenon would strike by summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the federal US weather forecaster says.

6 dead, 10 500 homeless in Solomon floods

2014-04-04 08:53

Flash flooding has killed at least six people and left 10 500 homeless in the Solomon Islands' capital Honiara, with another 30 missing and the death toll set to rise, officials say.

People flee as Peru volcano rumbles to life

2014-04-02 07:31

A volcano in Peru that has not blown its top in four decades has spewed more ash skyward, after authorities evacuated villagers to avoid Ubinas's wrath.

Kids miss school after north Chile quake

2014-03-18 18:21

Many children have stayed away from school in Chile’s northern coastal region, as aftershocks continued to rattle the area a day after a magnitude-6.7 quake.

200 000 flee as Indonesian volcano erupts

2014-02-14 07:36

Hundreds of thousands of Indonesians have been ordered to evacuate and three international airports have been closed after a volcano on the main island of Java erupted.

Fears death toll could rise after volcano eruption

2014-02-02 14:55

Indonesian officials have called off a search for bodies after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted, killing at least 15 people.

 
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