Tearful memorials held for tsunami-hit nations

2014-12-26 13:27

Tearful memorials have been held across tsunami-hit nations for the 220 000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago.

Indonesia tsunami family find son

2014-08-19 22:54

An Indonesian couple reunited with their daughter 10 years after a tsunami snatched her from their arms have claimed to have found their son.

US sailors suing Japanese company over radiation

2014-04-09 13:42

American sailors who were 'blanketed' with radiation when they were carrying out a humanitarian mission at Fukushima in 2011 are suing a Japanese company for $1 billion.

Japan predict July start for some reactors

2013-08-06 14:06

Japan may restart some nuclear reactors in July following safety checks under rules put in place since the Fukushima disaster two years ago, a government-affiliated institute says.


On the second anniversary of the tsunami that claimed nearly 19 000 lives in Japan, people visited the sites of the tragedies. See the pictures.

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Solomon Islands tsunami toll rises

2013-02-07 12:00

Aid workers have been struggling to reach remote, tsunami-ravaged villages in the Solomon Islands with more bodies found in wrecked homes and debris in the South Pacific island chain.

Japan lifts tsunami warning

2012-12-07 16:29

The Japan Meteorological Agency has lifted a tsunami warning issued for northeastern Japan after a strong earthquake centred off the coast shook buildings as far away as Tokyo.

Small tsunami hits Hawaii

2012-10-28 11:29

Hawaii has been hit by a tsunami prompting the authorities to order at least 100 000 people on the island state to move to higher ground.

GPS could help faster tsunami warning

2012-04-25 21:49

Global positioning systems could provide faster tsunami alerts than current warning set-ups, German researchers say, citing data collected in last year's deadly Japan earthquake.

Sri Lanka, India, Thais lift tsunami alert

2012-04-11 15:56

Sri Lanka and India have lifted a tsunami alert issued after an 8.6 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia sparked fears of giant waves hitting coasts across the Indian Ocean.

Losses from disasters hit record in 2011

2011-12-15 12:03

Natural disasters will cost the global economy a record $350bn this year with insurance industry losses second only to Hurricane Katrina damage, says Swiss Re.

Japan passes $49bn reconstruction budget

2011-05-02 10:00

Japan's parliament has passed an emergency $49bn budget to help fund reconstruction after the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern regions.

Nuclear plant boss hospitalised

2011-03-30 08:20

The president of Tokyo Electric Power, which operates Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, has been admitted to hospital.

Japan grapples with nuclear crisis

2011-03-14 17:03

Japan scrambled to avert a meltdown at a stricken nuclear plant after a hydrogen explosion at one reactor and exposure of fuel rods at another.

Japan counts cost of super quake

2011-03-11 18:12

As Japan assessed the devastation and hundreds of deaths caused by a massive earthquake, tsunami warnings swept across the Pacific.

Wary Chileans sleep outside

2010-02-28 08:40

Chileans fearful of aftershocks are camping outside in towns shattered by a massive earthquake as officials struggle to grasp the scale of the damage.

Chile earthquake toll at 147

2010-02-27 23:34

One of the most powerful earthquakes in decades has battered Chile, killing at least 147 people, knocking down buildings and triggering a tsunami that rolled menacingly across the Pacific.

Major quake hits Haiti

2010-01-13 01:58

The largest earthquake recorded in the area to date has hit Haiti and scientists say they expect "substantial casualties".

Tsunami wave was 14m high

2009-12-04 09:50

The tsunami that killed more than 180 people in the Samoan islands and Tonga earlier this year towered up to 14m high, scientists say.

Search on for tsunami dead

2009-10-06 08:40

Search teams have combed the jumble of smashed houses and ripped foliage in their search for human remains after a tsunami devastated Samoan islands.

Animal experts head to Samoa

2009-10-02 11:31

A disaster response team specialising in the welfare of animals is heading to Samoa in the wake of the devastating tsunami.

Disaster-hit Asia counts the dead

2009-10-01 14:09

Dazed Asian countries are reeling from the full force of nature's fury with thousands feared dead in a rapid-fire onslaught of earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons.


Man locates father's body a decade after Thailand tsunami

2014-11-28 17:30

A Nepalese man has identified his father's remains in Thailand 10 years after he died during the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Magnitude 6.0 quake strikes Japan

2014-08-03 07:09

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan's Okinawa island, says the Pacific tsunami warning centre.

Japan to up measures amid Fukushima leaks

2013-08-07 08:03

Japan will accelerate efforts to prevent more radioactive groundwater from seeping into the ocean at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, government officials say amid criticism.

Fukushima contaminates sea water

2013-07-22 20:09

The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant says contaminated ground water has possibly been flowing into the sea.

Gold gifts mystify tsunami-wracked city

2013-02-22 14:00

A Japanese city devastated by the 2011 tsunami disaster has remained mystified more than two weeks after receiving anonymous gifts of gold bars worth over $300 000.

Fish radiation levels top the charts

2013-01-18 22:37

A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2 500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

US city building tsunami resistant port

2012-11-22 21:15

After 2011 devastation a California port is building a "tsunami-resistant" harbour.

Philippines quake; tsunami warning lifted

2012-09-01 07:49

Tens of thousands of people on a central Philippine island are returning home after a tsunami alert was lifted following a 7.6 magnitude undersea quake.

Kenya cancels tsunami alert

2012-04-11 20:24

Kenya has cancelled the tsunami alert after dangerous waves from a powerful earthquake and aftershock off the coast of Sumatra were deemed to have eased.

Tsunami: South Africans evacuated in Thailand

2012-04-11 15:45

Twenty-seven South Africans have been evacuated to higher ground in the Thai resort town of Patong following a massive earthquake that resulted in a tsunami warning.

African air passenger demand drops: IATA

2011-05-03 17:57

African carriers have seen passenger demand fall 7.0% year on year in March, compared with the same period in 2010, says the International Air Transport Association.

RBMA moves after Japan earthquake

2011-04-13 12:42

The Red Bull Music Academy 2011 has been relocated to Madrid, after the recent earthquakes in Japan.

Japan quake may cost up to $309bn

2011-03-23 08:39

Japan has estimated the economic cost of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami to be up to $309bn, more than double the cost of the 1995 Kobe earthquake.

Tokyo stocks hammered

2011-03-14 06:59

Japan stocks tumbled on Monday and the central bank poured a record amount of cash in a bid to soothe money markets shaken by Japan's biggest ever earthquake.

Tsunami death toll hits 449

2010-10-31 08:50

Indonesia has ramped up efforts to help those on remote islands hit by a devastating tsunami as an official put the latest death toll at 449, with 96 missing and feared dead.

Japan, Russia on alert

2010-02-28 07:19

Japan and Russia have gone on alert, clearing tens of thousands of people out of vulnerable coastal areas as a tsunami triggered by Chile's massive killer quake powered across the Pacific.

Chile quake wave racing at jet speed

2010-02-27 20:54

A tsunami triggered by the powerful quake that rocked Chile is racing across the Pacific Ocean towards Hawaii and Asia at around 730km/h, a quake expert says.

Another deadly tsunami feared

2009-12-21 14:21

A massive undersea earthquake is long overdue beneath the Mentawai islands in Indonesia and could trigger another deadly tsunami, scientists say.

Tsunami drill in Indian Ocean

2009-10-14 16:15

An international tsunami drill has tested the warning systems and overall preparedness of Indian Ocean nations for a disaster such as the 9.2-magnitude quake and tsunami in 2004 that killed 220 000 people.

Samoans mourn tsunami victims

2009-10-05 10:23

Hundreds of tsunami survivors have gathered at a church to mourn lost relatives, while pledging to rebuild their obliterated communites.

Samoan baby named Tsunami

2009-10-02 09:33

A two-day-old baby boy who survived the giant waves which smashed into Samoa following a massive earthquake has been named Tsunami.

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