Natural Disasters

Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after storm

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MARSHFIELD, Mass. - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. | Video

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast

LOS ANGELES - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just offshore of northern California on Wednesday, rattling a wide coastal area below the Oregon border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but local officials said no major damage or injuries were reported.

U.S., 28 Jan 2015

Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after storm

MARSHFIELD, Mass. - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. | Video

U.S., Environment 28 Jan 2015

Madagascar seeks international aid after tropical storm kills 68

NAIROBI - Madagascar's government appealed for international aid on Wednesday after a tropical storm earlier this month devastated large swathes of the Indian Ocean island, causing damage worth around $40 million.

Environment, 28 Jan 2015

Blizzard pounds U.S. northeast, New York spared its brunt

BOSTON/NEW YORK - A U.S. blizzard swept past New York City and struck hardest at some 4.5 million people around Boston, dropping nearly three feet of snow in areas and triggering high tides that breached a seawall and forced residents to flee their coastal homes. | Video

U.S., Environment, 27 Jan 2015

Businesses plan to reopen as Hawaii lava flow stalls

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII - The leading edge of a lava flow from a volcano that threatened a commercial center on Hawaii's Big Island appeared on Friday to have stalled again, prompting several businesses to make plans to reopen their doors.

Environment, World, 24 Jan 2015

Rain-soaked pope braves storm to comfort typhoon victims

TACLOBAN, Philippines - Pope Francis, wearing a plastic poncho against gusting winds and driving rain, kept a promise on Saturday to comfort survivors of a devastating 2013 typhoon but a new storm forced him to leave early. | Video

Pope heads south to comfort Typhoon Haiyan survivors

MANILA - Pope Francis travels to the central Philippines city of Tacloban on Saturday to pray for the dead and comfort the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, the country's worst natural disaster, which killed 6,300 people a little over a year ago. | Video

Malawi flooding death toll nears 200, more missing

LILONGWE - The death toll from flooding in Malawi has risen to 176 and others are still missing, Vice President Saulos Chilima said on Friday after touring the worst-hit parts of the southern African country, one of the world's poorest states.

Environment, 16 Jan 2015

States, donors must do more to tackle rising disaster risk: U.N.

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As economic losses from disasters rise around the world, more effort is needed to reduce the risks from extreme weather and earthquakes in every area, from infrastructure to health, the United Nations disaster prevention chief said.

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.