More than 300,000 could be affected if Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano blows

Aug 18, 2015

More than 300,000 could be affected if Ecuador's Cotopaxi volcano blows

Nearly 325,000 people could be affected by an eruption of Cotopaxi, the volcano looming beyond the Ecuadoran capital of Quito, officials said Monday. The biggest risk is from an eruption melting the 5,900-meter (19,000-foot) mountain’s snowcap and triggering massive melt-water floods and lahar mudflows ...

Jun 12, 2015

Teen held over bomb threat at Okayama high school

A 15-year-old male was arrested Thursday for an alleged bomb threat targeting a high school in Bizen, Okayama Prefecture, that was evacuated earlier this week, police said. The teen is suspected of leaving a handwritten note that said: “A bomb has been planted at ...

'Tsunami stairs' popping up in coastal districts

May 8, 2015

'Tsunami stairs' popping up in coastal districts

Low-lying coastal districts are increasingly resorting to a new, cheap but effective means for surviving tsunami: stairs. Highway embankments turned out to be effective evacuation sites for many caught up by the tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Now ...

Apr 13, 2015

Bomb scare prompts Germanwings jetliner evacuation

A Germanwings flight bound for Italy from Germany was evacuated late on Sunday due to a bomb threat, the airline said. Germanwings, a budget unit of German airline Lufthansa, has been in the spotlight since one of its planes crashed into a mountain in ...