Natural disasters

5.1 quake hits California, 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles

5.1 quake hits California, 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles

A 5.1-magnitude quake struck near the city of La Habra, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The tremor was felt across California on Friday, along with at least 100 aftershocks. The earthquake took place at 9:09 PM (04:09 GMT am on Saturday) nearly 1,6 km of the city of La Habra, […]

Death, hunger, looting: Typhoon-ravaged Philippines’ state of national calamity

Death, hunger, looting: Typhoon-ravaged Philippines’ state of national calamity

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which left thousands dead and many more displaced and survivors battling for survival amid devastation and chaos, the Philippines has declared a state of national calamity to help restore order to the reeling nation. In a primetime television speech delivered Monday, President Benigno Aquino said: “We declare a state […]

‘Red alert’: Monster cyclone hits Indian coast, sends 440,000 fleeing

‘Red alert’: Monster cyclone hits Indian coast, sends 440,000 fleeing

As one of the largest cyclones in India’s history has reached its eastern coast, prompting a national red alert and sending some 440,000 people scurrying for shelter, the first deaths have been reported. Five people were killed in Odisha when trees uprooted by wind gusts fell on them, local media cited police officials as saying. […]

Four confirmed dead, hundreds unaccounted for in Colorado floods

Four confirmed dead, hundreds unaccounted for in Colorado floods

Four people have been confirmed dead and over 500 reported missing following devastating floods in Colorado. Authorities fear the death toll will rise as thousands are rescued from the flood zone. Since the region’s worst flooding in decades began Wednesday four people have already been confirmed dead and police expects to find more bodies as […]

Thousands flee into streets after 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico

Thousands flee into streets after 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico

Thousands have fled into the streets of Mexico City after a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck the area. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered six miles west of Pinotepa Nacional on the Pacific Coast, and 227 miles south-southeast of Mexico City. The earthquake struck at 7:04am local time (1:04pm GMT) and was 20.5 […]

Scientists predict thousands will die from earthquake expected anytime on US West Coast

Scientists predict thousands will die from earthquake expected anytime on US West Coast

Researchers say a massive earthquake and tsunami could soon strike the Northwest US coast, killing more than 10,000 people, flooding entire towns, and causing economic damages totaling $32 billion. An alarming report published by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission warns about the dire effects of the quake and claims that it is imminent […]

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

High cost of cheap energy: Fukushima tragedy 2 years on

Two years after the Fukushima disaster, much of the clean-up effort is still ‘theoretical’, survivors go to court for compensation and thousands march against nuclear power, while the government gives up on the phase-out promise. Experts estimate closing the damaged Fukushima reactors down will cost around US$15 billion and will take about 30 to 40 […]

Russian meteorite crash: Updates Videos

Russian meteorite crash: Updates Videos

An aerial meteorite explosion has wreaked havoc in Russia’s Urals. The blast caused widespread panic, damaged buildings, blew out thousands of windows and lead hundreds to seek medical attention for minor injuries. The incident was caused by a bolide, scientists said. Multiple dashboard videos appeared online, showing huge fireballs flying over buildings and exploding with […]

After killing two in US South deadly storms move to the Northeast

After killing two in US South deadly storms move to the Northeast

Storms and tornadoes ravaged the Southeast US on Wednesday, killing two and leaving behind them a trail of demolition before heading towards the Northeast, where hundreds of thousands were left without power. The massive storm system generated tornadoes in the Southeast and high winds in the North, flipping cars, demolishing homes and businesses, and causing […]

Crumbling levees threaten US with new Katrina

Crumbling levees threaten US with new Katrina

Across the US, hundreds of federal flood control systems are at risk of failing, endangering millions of people and property across 37 states. When Hurricane Katrina passed over New Orleans in 2005, more than 50 deficient levees were breaches, killing 1,464 people who were in close proximity to the flood control systems. Another natural disaster […]