Eruptions, quakes, cyclones: Vanuatu man survives them all

Mar 23, 2015

Eruptions, quakes, cyclones: Vanuatu man survives them all

Volcanic eruptions, landslides, earthquakes and cyclones: 76-year-old Lik Simelum from Vanuatu has survived them all. He lives in a country that’s ranked by the United Nations University as the world’s most at-risk for natural disasters. But his story is remarkable even in an archipelago ...

Mar 20, 2015

In Vanuatu, survivors await help as death toll inches up

Thousands of people left homeless by a fierce cyclone remained stuck in shelters across Vanuatu on Friday, waiting for relief and longing for a return to normalcy as the death toll from the disaster rose by two to 13. Australian and French troops arrived ...

Vanuatu suffers major damage from cyclone

Mar 16, 2015

Vanuatu suffers major damage from cyclone

The first reports from the outer islands of Vanuatu on Monday painted a picture of utter destruction after a monster cyclone tore through the Pacific island nation. Authorities in the South Pacific nation were struggling to establish contact with the islands that bore the ...

Cyclone Pam leaves trail of destruction in Pacific's Vanuatu

Mar 14, 2015

Cyclone Pam leaves trail of destruction in Pacific's Vanuatu

Winds from an extremely powerful cyclone that blew through the Pacific’s Vanuatu archipelago were beginning to subside Saturday, revealing widespread destruction and unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths. Communication systems in many of the hard-hit outer islands remained down, meaning it could take some ...

Mar 6, 2015

Skiers in cable car drama as storms wreak havoc in Italy

Around 200 holiday skiers in the Italian Dolomites were winched to safety on Thursday after getting stranded in cable car cabins buffeted by 70 mph (130 kph) winds. The Ciampinoi cable car in the popular Val Gardena resort ground to a halt after a ...

19 manatees freed from a storm drain in Florida

Feb 25, 2015

19 manatees freed from a storm drain in Florida

Rescuers working late into the night freed 19 manatees that were stuck in a storm drain in Florida. Capt. Jay Dragon of the Satellite Beach Fire Department said early Tuesday that the 19 manatees were all alive and were returned to the Indian River ...

Cyclone Marcia rips through northern Australia

Feb 22, 2015

Cyclone Marcia rips through northern Australia

Australian officials Sunday said all efforts were being made to help those affected by tropical Cyclone Marcia, which smashed through Queensland state leaving 1,500 homes damaged and thousands without electricity. Marcia was one of two fierce cyclones that hit northern Australia within hours of ...

January was second-warmest on record globally

Feb 20, 2015

January was second-warmest on record globally

Last month was the second-warmest January on record globally, behind only January 2007, with temperatures 0.77 degree Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above the average for the 20th century, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Meteorologists calculated that the United States in ...

'River of rain' begins falling on drought-stricken California

Feb 7, 2015

'River of rain' begins falling on drought-stricken California

A so-called “atmospheric river of rain” began falling on Northern California on Friday, bringing worries about flash floods, high winds and mudslides but offering little relief to a state that has been left parched by several years of drought. The storm, also known as ...

Jan 28, 2015

Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York

A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving 4.5 million people grappling with as much as 3 feet (1 meter) of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents, who had braced for a significant blast. Snow was ...