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Fresh tremor rocks Indonesia's Lombok

MATARAM, Indonesia A fresh tremor of 6.3 magnitude struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Sunday, after an earthquake killed more than 430 people there earlier this month.

Magnitude 8.2 quake strikes in the Pacific, no damage reported on Fiji

A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it did not cause any damage, authorities in Fiji said.

World, Environment, 12:46am EDT

Storm Bebinca weakens as it makes landfall in northern Vietnam

HANOI Tropical storm Bebinca weakened as it made landfall in northern Vietnam on Friday, flooding some villages in one province but there were no reports of major damage.

Environment, Aug 17 2018

Texas, refineries urged to plan storm shutdowns to cut pollution

WASHINGTON Texas environment regulators should coordinate shutdowns of oil refineries and other petrochemical plants during major storms to avoid big releases of air pollution like during last year's Hurricane Harvey, a report said on Thursday.

Lightning storms mass over California, Oregon as wildfires blaze

LOS ANGELES Storm clouds gathered over southern Oregon and northern California early on Wednesday, threatening to spark more wildfires with lightning strikes as emergency crews battled several deadly blazes, forecasters said.

Environment, U.S. Aug 15 2018

Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks

LOS ANGELES A break in the brutal heat wave that has baked California for much of the summer gave firefighters a chance to attack a string of major wildfires across the state that have killed eight people and destroyed thousands of homes.

U.S., Environment, Aug 13 2018

Quake damage to Indonesia's Lombok exceeds $342 million as deaths top 400

JAKARTA Indonesia's holiday island of Lombok suffered damage running into more than 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million) from last week's huge earthquake, authorities said on Monday, as the death toll climbed to more than 430.

World, Environment, Indonesia, Aug 13 2018

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Alaska's oil-producing North Slope

ANCHORAGE, Alaska A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on Sunday near the native Alaskan village of Kaktovik and part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge where the Trump administration plans to allow oil drilling, but no injuries or damage were reported.

U.S., Environment, Aug 12 2018

More than 100 large wildfires in U.S. as new blazes erupt

Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday.

U.S., Environment, Aug 11 2018

Colombia to ask U.N. for special envoy to manage Venezuelan migrant crisis

BOGOTA Colombia will ask the United Nations to designate a special envoy to coordinate humanitarian aid for the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants flooding into countries around the region, the foreign minister said on Friday.

World, United Nations, Aug 10 2018

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.