Children among many feared dead in Italy avalanche

Jan 19, 2017

Children among many feared dead in Italy avalanche

Several children were among more than 25 people unaccounted for, feared dead, Thursday after an avalanche engulfed a mountain hotel in earthquake-ravaged central Italy. The national civil protection agency said the Hotel Rigopiano had suffered a direct hit by a 2-meter high wall of ...

Jan 19, 2017

Hyogo universities aim to develop disaster experts with new programs

Universities in Hyogo Prefecture, which was hit by a devastating earthquake 22 years ago, are launching new programs to develop experts capable of leading efforts to respond to natural disasters. Drawing on experiences from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, the universities are aiming to ...

Three large earthquakes rock central Italy within one hour

Jan 18, 2017

Three large earthquakes rock central Italy within one hour

A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a meter (three feet) of snow in recent ...

Insurer: 2016 saw highest natural disaster losses in four years

Jan 5, 2017

Insurer: 2016 saw highest natural disaster losses in four years

Last year saw the highest costs from natural disasters since 2012, with a pair of earthquakes in Japan in April accounting for the heaviest losses, a leading insurer said Wednesday. Losses from natural disasters worldwide totaled $175 billion last year, some $50 billion of ...

Jan 5, 2017

Pair of strong late-night quakes jolt Fukushima, Ibaraki

A magnitude-5.3 earthquake and another of magnitude-5.8 struck Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures early Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. The earthquakes occurred at 12:44 a.m. and 2:53 a.m., originating at depths of about 60 km and 30 km off the ...

Dec 31, 2016

Magnitude-5.6 quake strikes off Fukushima

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture early Saturday, the Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. The 5:08 a.m. temblor, which originated at a depth of about 20 km, registered 4 on the Japanese ...

Two injured by magnitude-6.3 earthquake in Ibaraki

Dec 29, 2016

Two injured by magnitude-6.3 earthquake in Ibaraki

Authorities in Ibaraki Prefecture on Thursday continued to assess the damage from a strong earthquake overnight that injured two people, disrupted public transportation and caused buildings to sway in Tokyo. Ibaraki Prefecture is home to two nuclear power plants. No immediate problems were reported ...

Authorities appeal for aid as death toll tops 100 in Indonesia quake

Dec 8, 2016

Authorities appeal for aid as death toll tops 100 in Indonesia quake

Aftershocks rattled the survivors of a devastating Indonesian earthquake that killed more than 100 people, and officials urgently appealed Thursday for medicine and doctors to treat the hundreds injured. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake leveled hundreds of homes, mosques and businesses across Aceh province, one ...