Natural Disasters

Devastating Nepal quake kills over 1,300, some in Everest avalanche

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KATHMANDU - A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing more than 1,300 people, touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest and toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu. | Video

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.

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 huge earthquake in Nepal unleashed an avalanche on the mountain at the start of the main climbing season.

World, 11:37am EDT

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

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

Oklahoma deemed earthquake country as manmade tremors increase

LOS ANGELES - U.S. government geologists now recognize much of Oklahoma as earthquake country, accounting for the bulk of 17 regions newly designated for seismic hazards attributed to underground disposal of wastewater from fossil fuel production.

Environment, 23 Apr 2015

Flights canceled as ash cloud pours from Chile volcano

SANTIAGO - An ash cloud from the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday was blowing into Chile and Argentina on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby cities in both countries and blanketing residents in ash. | Video

World, Environment, Argentina 23 Apr 2015

Volcano erupts in southern Chile, belching ash, smoke into sky

SANTIAGO - Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky.

Environment, World, 22 Apr 2015

U.S. earthquakes pose risk to record 140 million Americans: research

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 143 million people in 48 neighboring states across the United States are at risk from earthquakes, experts said on Wednesday.

Environment, 22 Apr 2015

Small north Texas quakes likely linked to oil, gas operations - study

DALLAS - A series of earthquakes that rattled a small community northwest of Fort Worth, Texas, more than a year ago were linked to oil and gas operations, according to a scientific study released Tuesday.

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.