Refugee death truck packed five per square meter

Aug 31, 2015

Refugee death truck packed five per square meter

The 71 people found dead in an abandoned refrigeration truck in Austria had been crammed in, five to a square meter (10 sq ft), police said on Sunday, as initial forensic tests indicated they had suffocated. A baby girl and three other children were ...

Aug 24, 2015

Government wants condo resident groups to play anti-disaster role

The government has asked municipalities across the country to involve associations of condominium residents in local disaster-prevention activities. The request by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry reflects weakening relations within communities, especially in cities, as neighborhood associations do not connect local people as ...

Winds fanning raging, deadly Pacific Northwest forest conflagrations

Aug 21, 2015

Winds fanning raging, deadly Pacific Northwest forest conflagrations

Crews battling a flurry of wildfires raging unchecked in the Pacific Northwest braced on Thursday for high winds forecast in the region a day after three firefighters were killed and four others were injured in Washington state. Authorities late on Wednesday ordered the evacuation ...

Raging Washington state mountain blaze claims three firefighters

Aug 20, 2015

Raging Washington state mountain blaze claims three firefighters

Three firefighters in Washington state were killed and four injured while battling a wildfire threatening the north-central town of Twisp, Gov. Jay Inslee said on Wednesday. The deaths came as a fast-moving wildfire forced authorities late on Wednesday to order the evacuations of Twisp ...

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 ...

Aug 3, 2015

Floods, slides tied to monsoon rains kill more than 100 in India

Heavy monsoon rains have killed more than 100 people in India in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in state-run relief camps, India’s Home Ministry said Sunday. A cyclone struck the worst-hit state of West Bengal, where ...

New debris found on island in hunt for MH370 answers

Aug 2, 2015

New debris found on island in hunt for MH370 answers

Investigators probing missing flight MH370 collected more metallic debris on an Indian Ocean island Sunday as Malaysia urged authorities in the region to be on alert for wreckage washing up on their shores. Locals on La Reunion island have been combing the shores since ...

Fukushima in the frame for robot, drone testing center

Jul 8, 2015

Fukushima in the frame for robot, drone testing center

A center dedicated to testing next-generation robots is set to be built in Fukushima Prefecture under plans being developed by the Japanese government. Government officials said it was planned to put the center into use around 2017 as a core part of its strategy ...