Natural Disasters

Japanese volcano erupts, nearby nuclear plant unaffected

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TOKYO A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, shooting ash nearly 2 km into the night sky along with fountains of lava, but there were no immediate report of damage and operations at the power station were not affected.

Severe weather threatens tornadoes, floods along U.S. Atlantic Coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. A handful of tornadoes were spotted in the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday as a storm system brought high winds, rain and threats of flooding to the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.

Environment, 03 Feb 2016

Lebanon needs $12 billion to cope with refugee 'earthquake'

LONDON Lebanon will ask international donors at a summit on Thursday for $12 billion over the next five years to cope with what one minister called the "ongoing earthquake" of the Syrian refugee crisis.

U.S. northern Midwest sees blizzards, tornadoes hit South

A major storm system brought a mix of bad weather on Tuesday to much of the central United States, with a band of tornadoes downing trees in Alabama and Mississippi and heavy snow blanketing the northern Midwest. | Video

U.S., Environment 03 Feb 2016

Cyclone passes over Australia's northwest as wild weather hits nation

PERTH A tropical cyclone that crossed Australia's northwest coast early on Sunday weakened, although several small inland communities were on red alert and the risk of heavy swells, flooding and storm surges remained.

Environment, 30 Jan 2016

Tremors in U.S. Northeast caused by sonic boom, not quake: agency

NEW YORK Two fighter jets from a U.S. Navy base in Maryland may have caused a series of sonic booms on Thursday near the New Jersey coast that prompted hundreds of residents to report earthquake-like tremors.

U.S., Environment, 28 Jan 2016

Major earthquake in southern Alaska felt for hundreds of miles

(This January 24 story has been corrected in paragraph 6 to say Whitehorse is 600 miles east of Anchorage)

U.S., Environment, 25 Jan 2016

Atlantic, Caribbean storms more destructive as temperatures rise: study

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans will grow more than twice as powerful and damaging as ocean temperatures rise from global warming, a new study says.

Environment, 20 Jan 2016

Two grandparents die, four children injured in Florida storms

TAMPA, Fla. Two grandparents were killed and four children injured in Florida early on Sunday when severe storms gusted in from the Gulf of Mexico, spinning off at least two tornadoes, local officials and the National Weather Service said. | Video

U.S., 17 Jan 2016

Economic 'tsunami' undermines war against Islamic State in Iraq - Kurdish deputy PM

ERBIL, Iraq Iraq's Kurdistan region is in danger of being drowned by an economic "tsunami" as global oil prices plunge, its deputy prime minister said, warning it could undermine the war effort against Islamic State.

World, Iraq 16 Jan 2016

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.