Natural Disasters

One person killed, several injured as tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas

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OKLAHOMA CITY - At least three tornadoes struck Arkansas and Oklahoma on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring several others, officials said. | Video

Seven die in Chile floods, military rescues stranded residents

SANTIAGO - The death toll in Chile rose to seven after rains battered the north and caused flooding, the government said on Thursday, while 19 others were unaccounted for as the military rushed to rescue stranded villagers.

World, Environment, 26 Mar 2015

More than 15,000 buildings without power after Oklahoma tornadoes

OKLAHOMA CITY - About 15,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma and Arkansas were without power on Thursday after tornadoes touched down in the states a day earlier, leaving at least one person dead and scores of structures damaged. | Video

U.S., Environment, 26 Mar 2015

Innovation helps Japan's tsunami-hit farmers bounce back

SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Even before a tsunami swamped fields east of the Japanese city of Sendai in March 2011, Chikako Sasaki and her husband, a rice farmer, had dreamed of starting a business selling food made from their own produce.

Environment, Japan, 25 Mar 2015

Florida Senate passes bill to let gun owners carry weapons in emergency evacuations

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons when they evacuate during hurricanes or other emergencies.

U.S., 24 Mar 2015

Bark beetles not adding to U.S. West's wildfire woes: study

DENVER - Forests in Western U.S. states that have been ravaged by mountain pine beetles are no more likely to be consumed by wildfires than forests unaffected by the insects, a new study by scientists in Colorado has found.

U.S., Environment, 24 Mar 2015

Want an affordable earthquake warning system? Use animals, scientists say

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wild animals can predict earthquakes several weeks before they strike, and motion-activated cameras that track their movements could be adopted in quake-prone countries as an affordable early warning system, scientists said on Tuesday.

Science, Environment, 24 Mar 2015

Retrofitting L.A.’s water system for earthquakes could cost billions, utility says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Retrofitting Los Angeles' water infrastructure to better withstand a major earthquake could cost up to $15 billion over the next 20 years, the city's water engineers said in a report released on Monday.

U.S., 23 Mar 2015

Japanese tsunami debris still washing on U.S. shore

SEATTLE - Debris from Japan's 2011 tsunami will continue to litter the North American coastline over the next three years, with everything from refrigerators to lumber and sports balls still floating offshore in the Pacific, an expert said on Tuesday.

U.S., Environment, Japan, 17 Mar 2015

Start managing disaster threat or risk development gains: experts

SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Typhoon Haiyan sent storm surges and high winds across the islands of the central Philippines in November 2013, it wrecked homes, schools, hospitals and roads, as well as killing more than 6,000 people.

Environment, 16 Mar 2015

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.