Natural Disasters

Tropical storms bear down on Mexico from both coasts

- Two separate tropical storms closed in on Mexico from both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on Tuesday, risking a double hit on the country a year after a pair of storms converged to cause major flooding that killed over 100 people.

Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange, no ash from new eruption

REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM - Iceland cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red on Sunday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash. | Video

Environment, 31 Aug 2014

Iceland says eruption over, lifts all airspace restrictions

REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM - Iceland said a small volcanic eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that started in the early hours of Friday had stopped and it had lifted all airspace restrictions.

Environment, 29 Aug 2014

Iceland lowers volcano alert, says small eruption no threat to aviation

REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM - Iceland reduced its aviation warning level to orange on Friday after concluding that a small eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that triggered a hours-long red alert actually posed no threat to aircraft.

Environment, 29 Aug 2014

For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks

NAPA Calif - During Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani's liquor store in Napa, California. He estimates about half his inventory was damaged, winding up in three-foot piles in the aisles.

U.S., Environment, 28 Aug 2014

'Cauldrons' in Iceland glacier could point to volcano eruption: Met Office

REYKJAVIK - Ice over Iceland's rumbling Bardarbunga volcano has melted to reveal a row of 1-km wide "cauldrons", possibly due to a sub-glacial eruption, the country's meteorological office said late on Wednesday.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report

- A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

Hurricane Cristobal seen passing west of rain-lashed Bermuda

MIAMI - Hurricane Cristobal is expected to pass well west of Bermuda on Wednesday, where a tropical storm watch is in effect and heavy rain is likely, the National Hurricane Center said.

U.S., Environment, 27 Aug 2014

Hurricane Cristobal seen passing west of rain-lashed Bermuda

MIAMI - Hurricane Cristobal is expected to pass well west of Bermuda on Wednesday, where a tropical storm watch is in effect and heavy rain is likely, the National Hurricane Center said.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

More quakes jolt Iceland overnight, spread to second volcano

STOCKHOLM - Two earthquakes measuring more than magnitude 5 hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano overnight and another quake shook a nearby volcano, with overall seismic activity staying high, the country's Meteorological Office said on Wednesday.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014