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 16, 2015

With 2.75 meters of snow on city during past winter, Boston sets record

After hosting parades through snowy streets and weathering storms that snarled traffic and commerce over the last few months, Boston residents have seen the snowiest winter in the city’s recorded history, the National Weather Service said. Boston got 108.6 inches (275.8 cm) of snow ...

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 ...

Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

Mar 15, 2015

Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

Officials struggled on Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying ...

Mar 14, 2015

About 50 dead as Myanmar ferry sinks in bad weather

About 50 people were believed to have drowned off Myanmar when a ferry sank in bad weather, government officials said Saturday, though residents said they believed more people on the overcrowded vessel had died. The boat had 209 people on board when it ran ...

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 ...

Brazil, world's shower champ, grapples with drought

Mar 13, 2015

Brazil, world's shower champ, grapples with drought

During Rio de Janeiro’s long summers of sticky subtropical heat, Viviane Vargas says she needs not one, not two, but three showers a day to feel clean. The saleswoman is not alone: Surveys say Brazilians are the world’s most frequent bathers, taking on average ...

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people

Feb 26, 2015

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people

Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath. The avalanches buried homes across four northeast provinces, killing those beneath, ...

Feb 24, 2015

U.S. home sales plunged 4.9% in January

U.S. home sales hit a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That ...

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 ...