Mourners mark two years since deadly Mount Ontake eruption

Sep 27, 2016

Mourners mark two years since deadly Mount Ontake eruption

Victims’ relatives and local officials gathered Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the eruption of Mount Ontake, which claimed 58 lives and left five people unaccounted in the nation’s deadliest postwar volcanic disaster. A moment of silence was observed during a ceremony in ...

Thais search for missing as 18 die in pilgrim boat accident

Sep 19, 2016

Thais search for missing as 18 die in pilgrim boat accident

Divers pulled at least two bodies from the bowels of a submerged riverboat Monday after the overcrowded vessel carrying Muslim pilgrims sank in Thailand’s Chao Phraya River, leaving 18 people dead. The accident happened Sunday afternoon near the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a popular ...

Four August typhoons will be designated as severe disasters

Sep 11, 2016

Four August typhoons will be designated as severe disasters

The government will designate four typhoons that hit Japan in August as extremely severe disasters so the affected municipalities will receive increased assistance, disaster management minister Jun Matsumoto said. The four typhoons are Chanthu, Mindulle, Lionrock and Kompasu. They were this year’s seventh, ninth, ...

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Aug 28, 2016

Shoddy home renovations may have contributed to Italy quake toll

Shoddy, price-cutting renovations, in breach of local building regulations, could be partly to blame for he high death toll from Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in central Italy, according to a prosecutor investigating the disaster. As questions mount over the deaths of nearly 300 people, prosecutor ...

Questions mount after Italy quake

Aug 26, 2016

Questions mount after Italy quake

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 250 on Thursday as rescuers continued a grim search for corpses and powerful aftershocks rocked the devastated area. The bulk of the confirmed deaths were in the small town of Amatrice, where ...