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.

Body count rises after Indonesia volcano erupts

2014-02-01 17:56

Eleven people, including four schoolchildren, have been killed after they were engulfed by scorching ash clouds spat out by Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days.

30 000 displaced by floods in Indonesia

2014-01-19 21:07

More than 30 000 Indonesians have fled their homes in the capital due to flooding that has left five dead, officials say.

Fresh cyclone brews as Tonga struggles to recover

2014-01-16 14:07

A fresh cyclone is brewing in the Pacific near the Solomon Islands as humanitarian groups struggled to get relief supplies to outlying islands in Tonga devastated by Cyclone Ian.

6.6 magnitude Pacific quake, no tsunami threat

2014-01-01 22:08

A powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, but US geologists said it was too deep to cause a tsunami.

Strong cyclone hits western Australia

2013-12-31 09:46

A powerful cyclone has lashed Australia's resources-rich west coast, bringing torrential rains and destructive gales that ripped up trees and roofs and closed major global iron ore operations.

Powerful cyclone threatens Australia

2013-12-30 10:16

A powerful cyclone packing expected winds of more than 200km/h has threatened Australia's west coast, forcing towns into lockdown and shutting iron ore operations.

Disaster losses $130bn in 2013: Swiss Re

2013-12-19 14:30

A Swiss reinsurance company says disasters caused global economic losses of about $130bn this year, but there's little hope for Typhoon Haiyan victims.

Emotional trauma haunts Haiyan survivors

2013-11-25 13:58

Medical and trauma professionals have emphasised that there is a vital and desperate need for psychological intervention and trauma counselling for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan: Toll climbs above 5 000

2013-11-22 15:18

The death toll from typhoon Haiyan has risen above 5 000 and is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold, Philippine officials say.

Captain saves crew while battling Haiyan

2013-11-21 11:49

Adrift in a boat in one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded to hit the Philippines, captain Richard Rama made a snap decision that kept him and his terrified crew alive.

Analysts predict Haiyan's long term effects

2013-11-20 13:28

Typhoon Haiyan's assault on the Philippines exerted a catastrophic human cost, but analysts say its impact on one of Asia's fastest growing economies will be less traumatic.

Strong earthquake rocks eastern Indonesia

2013-11-19 17:57

A strong undersea earthquake has hit eastern Indonesia, but there are no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

SA rescue team assisting typhoon-hit town

2013-11-19 14:15

The Gift of the Givers volunteer team is the first foreign team to arrive in the Philippine town of Palompon to assist with relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan.

Aid arrives for Somalia's cyclone hit Puntland

2013-11-19 11:45

Food and medical supplies have begun to arrive in Somalia's northeastern Puntland region, badly hit by a ferocious storm and flooding, the United Nations has said.

8 dead as tornadoes sweep through US

2013-11-18 23:08

Dozens of tornadoes have swept across the US Midwest in a rare November blast of warm-weather storms, leaving at least eight people dead.

Aid flow into Philippines improves

2013-11-18 12:59

Aid workers, heavy equipment and relief supplies have begun flowing into regions devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

Deadly tornadoes ravage the US Midwest

2013-11-18 09:00

At least three people have been killed and dozens more injured as severe storms and violent tornadoes battered the US Midwest.

Storm puts 53 million at risk in US

2013-11-17 20:28

A fast-moving weather system has been threatening the US Midwest, with one tornado touchdown reported and the potential for dangerous winds and thunderstorms.

19 killed in Vietnam floods

2013-11-16 15:22

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in central Vietnam have killed 19 people, left eight missing and have forced about 80 000 from their homes.


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.

Hundreds evacuated, doctor dies in Italy flooding

2014-01-20 16:47

Flooding in Italy has claimed the life of a Syrian-born doctor out visiting a patient and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Death toll in Indonesia floods, landslides on the rise

2014-01-17 21:02

The death toll from rain-triggered landslides and flash floods on Indonesia's Sulawesi Island has climbed to 17.

Natural disasters cost $125 billion in 2013

2014-01-08 16:16

Natural disasters, led by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and flooding in Europe, cost an estimated total of $125 billion in 2013.

Indonesia volcano unleashes fresh burst VP

2013-12-31 14:11

A volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing lava and clouds of gas high into the sky let out a new, powerful burst, prompting warnings for airplanes and triggering panic among villagers.

Volcano ash spews out on parts of El Salvador

2013-12-31 07:45

Ash from El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano has fallen on several parts of the country, even reaching the capital San Salvador, according to officials.

Earthquake shakes coast of Turkey

2013-12-28 20:02

Turkey's seismology centre has said that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 has rattled the Mediterranean coastal province of Antalya.

Greece: Heavy flooding causes havoc

2013-12-02 15:57

A Greek woman has been found dead in a basement flat in the southern city of Argos, which was flooded after heavy rainfall. Authorities in Greece are also calling for a state of emergency after flooding in the country.

Indonesia raises volcano alert level to highest

2013-11-24 20:01

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert status for one of the country's most active volcanoes to the highest level following a series of eruptions.

Typhoon wind 'sounded like a ghost'

2013-11-20 14:53

A survivor of Typhoon Haiyan has told News24 that he hid in his house with his family as the typhoon hit his village, and that they'd never experienced such a strong storm.

Philippine villages desperate for aid

2013-11-20 11:13

Small fishing villages in the Philippines continue to struggle after being ravaged by typhoon Haiyan, with many desperate to begin their lives again.

Philippines to split up relief zones

2013-11-19 16:10

The Philippines will divide up the typhoon-ravaged central Visayas between countries to maximise relief efforts, a senior officer says.

Typhoon rebuilding may cost up to $5.8bn

2013-11-19 12:38

The cost of rebuilding houses, schools, roads and bridges in typhoon-devastated central Philippines could reach 250 billion Philippine pesos ($5.8bn), a senior official says.

Typhoon Haiyan: Bodies ripped from graves

2013-11-19 10:39

Survivors of typhoon Haiyan have told of how the storm ripped bodies out of their graves as it swept over a local cemetery.

Electric fault delays Philippines SA rescue mission

2013-11-18 14:28

A South African rescue mission in the Philippines has hit a snag after a flight to the stricken city of Ormoc was cancelled due to electricity problems in the region.

From the front lines: Getting ready

2013-11-18 09:56

News24's Lauren Hess, who is in the Philippines to cover the SA team's typhoon Haiyan rescue mission, gets ready for the devastation she'll witness there.

Airlift extends lifeline to typhoon survivors

2013-11-18 07:44

Helicopters have dropped emergency supplies to desperate villagers as part of a growing global relief effort following the Philippines typhoon.

Newborn babies fight for life in chapel-hospital

2013-11-16 22:44

Twenty-four new lives are struggling to survive in chapel-turned-hospital in aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Philippines starts burying the dead

2013-11-14 18:53

Hundreds of bodies have been buried in the typhoon-devastated eastern Philippines, as efforts to clear decaying bodies picked up and aid began to reach victims.

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