Oct 2, 2015

Indonesia forest fires could become worst on record: NASA

Forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, scientists warn, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb the crisis. Malaysia, Singapore and large expanses of Indonesia have suffered for weeks from acrid ...

Blaze breaks out at giant London mosque

Sep 27, 2015

Blaze breaks out at giant London mosque

A blaze broke out Saturday at a London mosque that claims to be the largest in western Europe. Ten fire trucks were sent to fight the blaze at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, southwest London. The smoke could be seen across the city. ...

Cost of fighting U.S. wildfires could set a record

Sep 5, 2015

Cost of fighting U.S. wildfires could set a record

The battle against wildfires sweeping across the drought-stricken western United States, mobilizing 30,000 firefighters, could be the costliest on record with over $1.2 billion spent so far, officials say. Last week alone, a record $243 million was spent fighting more than 40 massive wildfires, ...

Lake Baikal area under threat from wildfires

Sep 4, 2015

Lake Baikal area under threat from wildfires

Raging wildfires have turned the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake in Siberia into an inferno, threatening the health and livelihood of locals and raising questions about Russia’s ability to protect its natural heritage. Critics have blamed authorities’ slow response for allowing the ...

Sep 2, 2015

JR East to install more security cameras after suspicious fires

East Japan Railway Co. President Tetsuro Tomita said Wednesday that the company plans to increase the number of security cameras at its key facilities, following a series of suspicious trackside fires and at a substation. Speaking at a news conference, Tomita apologized for the ...

Sep 1, 2015

Explosions rock factory in Kitakyushu

Several explosions and a fire hit an aluminium plating factory in Kitakyushu early Tuesday, a fire department spokesman said. Multiple explosions were heard at the plant operated by Shinkou Alumer Inc., according to the spokesman. “Our initial investigation indicates the possibility that water somehow ...

Aug 30, 2015

Frequent JR cable fires raise suspicions of serial arson

A recent series of cable fires at Japan Railway facilities in Tokyo has aroused a suspicion of serial arson, due to the abnormally high frequency of such incidents. In only about 10 days through last Thursday, there were four trackside cable fire incidents. In ...