Aug 27, 2015

System eyed to direct planes for landing after major earthquakes

A transport ministry panel decided Wednesday to develop a system to automatically select airports where planes in flight will be allowed to make emergency landings if their original destinations inaccessible due to an earthquake. The system will go into operation in April 2016, according ...

Aug 27, 2015

Fracking caused Canadian quake: media report

Fracking by a Canadian subsidiary of Malaysian oil and gas giant Petronas triggered one of the world’s largest earthquakes linked to the controversial practice, according to a report Wednesday by Canada’s public broadcaster. The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission said it has linked ...

Aug 9, 2015

Nervous Burundians fear recent quake portends another war

Already rattled by a political crisis that has claimed some 100 lives, many Burundians fear that Friday’s earthquake portends the return of the brutal civil war that rent the Central African nation. The 5.6 scale temblor that struck the region was felt in Rwanda, ...

Jul 30, 2015

Philippine capital holds drill to prepare for killer quake

Officials in the Philippines, which has been hit by several natural disasters in recent years, said they expect a large number of people to participate in a drill Thursday to prepare metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces for a feared magnitude-7.2 earthquake from an active ...

Jul 29, 2015

Oklahoma quakes lead to shutdown of two injection wells

Oil and gas operators shut down two wastewater injection wells in northern Oklahoma on Tuesday and reduced operations at a third after several earthquakes centered in the town of Crescent rattled the state Stephens Production and Devon Energy each voluntarily closed one well, and ...

Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

Jul 15, 2015

Calls for disaster planning rethink amid fears of Big One

As a nation that has suffered two large-scale natural catastrophes in the past two decades — in 1995 and 2011 — Japan has become known for its disaster prevention and risk reduction measures. In the wake of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, Japan began ...

Jul 6, 2015

China using animals to predict earthquakes: report

Chinese government researchers are using chickens, fish and toads to try to predict earthquakes, media reported. The seismological bureau in the eastern city of Nanjing has transformed seven animal farms into seismic stations, the China Daily newspaper reported last week. Breeders on the farms ...

Jun 25, 2015

Quake insurance premiums to rise an average of 19%

A Japanese government advisory panel approved a proposal on Wednesday to raise earthquake insurance premiums by an average of 19 percent in stages, starting in January 2017. It will be the first hike since July 2014 for premiums on earthquake insurance policies jointly offered ...