Natural Disasters

Nepalese dig with bare hands for quake survivors as toll exceeds 1,900


KATHMANDU - Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,900, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.

Seventeen bodies found at Everest base camp, injured rescued by helicopter

KATHMANDU - Seventeen bodies have been recovered at the base camp on Mount Everest where hundreds of climbers are stranded after an earthquake in Nepal on Saturday triggered an avalanche on the world's highest peak, a mountaineering official said.

World, 3:47am EDT

Bad weather hampers search for avalanche survivors on Everest

KATHMANDU - Bad weather frustrated efforts to rescue hundreds of climbers stranded on Mount Everest on Sunday, a day after an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche in possibly the single deadliest incident on the world's highest peak.

World, 25 Apr 2015

Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake

KATHMANDU - Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people, a toll predicted to rise as rescuers used their hands to dig for survivors among the rubble on Sunday. | Video

World, 25 Apr 2015

U.S. mountaineering companies scramble to keep in touch with Everest climbers

NEW YORK - U.S. companies and travel groups frantically tried to keep in touch with climbers stuck on Mount Everest on Saturday after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal and killed nearly 1,400 people.

World, 25 Apr 2015

Google executive killed in Mount Everest avalanche after quake

- Dan Fredinburg, a Google Inc executive based in California, was among those killed on Saturday in an avalanche on Mount Everest caused by a devastating earthquake in Nepal, the company said.

World, 25 Apr 2015

Quake triggers Everest avalanche, reports say 18 killed

KATHMANDU - An Indian army mountaineering team found 18 bodies on Mount Everest on Saturday, an army spokesman said, after a massive earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the world's tallest mountain at the start of the main climbing season.

World, 25 Apr 2015

Chile volcano ash cloud reaches Brazil; some flights canceled

SANTIAGO - Ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

U.S. sending disaster team, initial $1 million to Nepal: Kerry

WASHINGTON - The United States will send disaster response and rescue teams to Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million in aid after a major earthquake killed hundreds in the mountainous Asian nation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday.

World, 25 Apr 2015

Chile volcano prompts new evacuations, flights to Argentina canceled

SANTIAGO - Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning on Wednesday, is still puffing out ash and smoke on Friday, prompting new evacuations and leading airlines to cancel flights to Argentine capital Buenos Aires, some 1,400 kilometers east. | Video

Environment, World 24 Apr 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.