Natural Disasters

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

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PAHOA Hawaii - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town. | Video

One year after devastating super typhoon, Philippines approves rebuilding plan

MANILA - Almost a year after a super typhoon devastated wide areas of the central Philippines killing thousands, President Benigno Aquino only this week approved a $3.74 billion master plan to rebuild housing, social services and public infrastructure.

World, 6:24am EDT

Gas wastewater likely triggered 2011 quake in Colorado: USGS

- Underground disposal of wastewater from gas production likely triggered a moderate earthquake in Colorado in 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in a study that may fuel debate over the impact of the U.S. energy boom.

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

KONA Hawaii - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept across a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island early on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes and businesses at the edge of a seaside town. | Video

U.S., Environment, 29 Oct 2014

British jets intercept Latvian plane over southern England

LONDON - Two British Royal Air Force Typhoon jets were scrambled on Wednesday to intercept a Latvian cargo aircraft over southern England and escort it in to land at Stansted airport, but no security threat was found, officials said.

World, 29 Oct 2014

A year on, typhoon-devastated Philippine city fails to rebuild homes

MANILA - The mayor of the central Philippine city worst hit by a super typhoon a year ago said on Tuesday fewer than 100 of 14,500 promised permanent homes had been built and that thousands were still living in danger zones.

Environment, 28 Oct 2014

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano just 70 yards from nearest residence

KAILUA-KONA Hawaii - Lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that has been creeping toward inhabited areas of Hawaii's Big Island for months is now just 70 yards (meters) from the nearest residential property, authorities said on Monday. | Video

U.S., Environment 28 Oct 2014

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano just 100 yards from nearest residence

HONOLULU - Lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that has been creeping toward inhabited areas of Hawaii's Big Island for months is now just 100 yards (meters) from the nearest residential property, authorities said on Monday. | Video

U.S., Environment, 27 Oct 2014

Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

TOKYO - Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.

Hurricane Gonzalo's damages in Bermuda estimated at least $200 mln

- Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling company.

Environment, 23 Oct 2014

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.