May 3, 2015

Minor tsunami hit Izu after magnitude-5.9 quake

Tsunami of up to 50 cm hit the Izu island chain early Sunday after a magnitude-5.9 earthquake, and one isle was hit even before warning could be sent. There have been no reports of damage or injuries from the waves, according to police and ...

Undersea volcano erupts off Oregon

May 3, 2015

Undersea volcano erupts off Oregon

An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon’s coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday. Researchers know of ...

Nepal quake could have been much worse: Here's why

May 2, 2015

Nepal quake could have been much worse: Here's why

by Foster Klug

The structural engineer strides through Kathmandu’s old city, past buildings reduced to rubble, buildings whose facades are cracked in dozens of places, like the fractured shell of a hardboiled egg. But it’s the many buildings that made it unscathed through the earthquake that amaze ...

Thousands still missing after deadly Nepal quake

May 2, 2015

Thousands still missing after deadly Nepal quake

Thousands of people were still missing in Nepal on Friday as food and help began to trickle through to those stranded in remote areas after last week’s earthquake, which killed at least 6,250. The death toll could rise further. Bodies are still being pulled ...

Japan relief team arrives in Nepal as disease fears grow

Apr 30, 2015

Japan relief team arrives in Nepal as disease fears grow

An advance team from Japan’s Self-Defense Forces arrived Wednesday morning in Kathmandu to provide medical relief in Nepal, and deteriorating hygiene heightened disease risks after Saturday’s massive earthquake. Col. Hirohide Nakagawa, who leads the SDF medical relief team, said, “We hope to do a ...

Apr 30, 2015

Nepal family loses 18 in house collapse

Flanked by funeral pyres flickering in the darkness, Shankar Pradhan stood barefoot on the edge of Kathmandu’s sacred Bagmati River, where the dead pulled daily from the city’s ruins have been brought nonstop since a massive earthquake shook this impoverished mountain nation. He doused ...

Nepal gets first supplies of aid

Apr 30, 2015

Nepal gets first supplies of aid

The first supplies of food aid began reaching remote, earthquake-shattered mountain villages in Nepal, while thousands clamored to board buses out of Kathmandu, either to check on rural relatives or for fear of spending yet another night in the damaged capital. Frustration over the ...