Natural Disasters

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits central Japan; no tsunami warning

TOKYO - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.8 jolted central Japan on Saturday evening, temporarily trapping 21 people when their homes collapsed and leaving 13 people injured, police and public broadcaster NHK said.

Mudslide strikes home in California area that saw wildfire this year

LOS ANGELES - A mudslide slammed into a house in a Southern California suburb on Friday where wildfires had left hilly terrain barren of trees and brush, prompting authorities to warn residents that more such landslides were likely in the near future.

Environment, U.S. 21 Nov 2014

Widespread flooding ahead for snowy western New York: officials

EVANS N.Y. - Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow. | Video

U.S., Environment, 21 Nov 2014

Indonesia quake sparks tsunami warning, no major damage

JAKARTA - A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off the Moluccas in Indonesia on Saturday, the national disaster mitigation agency said, causing residents near the quake to flee their homes after a tsunami warning was issued.

Environment, 14 Nov 2014

Pope to visit typhoon-devastated area during Philippines trip

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis will visit the Philippines region devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last year, with four million people still homeless, when he makes his second trip to Asia in January, the Vatican said on Friday.

Earthquake swarm in remote Nevada region intensifies

- An earthquake swarm that started rocking a secluded region in northwest Nevada this summer intensified over the past week, geology officials said on Wednesday.

Environment, 13 Nov 2014

Elderly couple buried under mud and debris as northern Italy floods

ROME - An elderly couple was believed to be buried under a mudslide which crushed their house in northern Italy and a woman, trapped in her Tuscany home by heavy flooding, died of a heart attack on Tuesday.

Environment, Italy, 11 Nov 2014

Lava flow from volcano incinerates home on Hawaii's Big Island

KAILUA-KONA Hawaii - A slow-moving lava flow from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island incinerated a house on Monday, marking the first home devoured by a stream of molten rock that has crept toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, civil defense officials said. | Video

Environment, U.S. 11 Nov 2014

Lava flow from volcano incinerates home on Hawaii's Big Island

KAILUA-KONA Hawaii - A slow-moving lava flow from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island incinerated a house on Monday, marking the first home devoured by a stream of molten rock that has crept toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, civil defense officials said.

Environment, 10 Nov 2014

Italy court overturns conviction of scientists over quake warning

ROME - An Italian appeals court on Monday overturned a 2012 manslaughter conviction against six scientists and a government official for failing to give adequate warning of an earthquake in L'Aquila five years ago that killed more than 300 people.

World, Italy 10 Nov 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.