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California launches earthquake early warning system it calls best in world

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LOS ANGELES California rolled out the nation's first statewide earthquake warning system on Thursday, designed to detect seismic waves and alert residents through a mobile phone app even before the ground starts shaking.

Death toll rises to three from Philippines earthquake

MANILA At least three people were killed and dozens injured when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the southern Philippines late on Wednesday, authorities said on Thursday.

Environment, World, 7:51am EDT

Japan's PM visits disaster zone; government to postpone emperor's parade

TOKYO Japan's prime minister visited communities on Thursday that were hit by a powerful typhoon, while the government said it was postponing a parade for Emperor Naruhito's formal enthronement next week because of the disaster.

Environment, Japan, World 3:51am EDT

Japanese flood disaster frays resilience of elderly victims

DATE, Japan When a river in Japan's Fukushima prefecture overflowed on Sunday at the height of Typhoon Hagibis, 700 homes were flooded, many belonging to elderly residents too frail to clean up and repair their water-logged houses.

Japanese flood disaster frays resilience of elderly victims

DATE, Japan When a river in Japan's Fukushima prefecture overflowed on Sunday at the height of Typhoon Hagibis, 700 homes were flooded, many belonging to elderly residents too frail to clean up and repair their water-logged houses.

Environment, Japan, Oct 16 2019

Rescuers slog through mud as Japan typhoon death toll rises to 66

KORIYAMA, Japan The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 66 on Tuesday as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing, and as thousands of homes remained without power or water. | Video

Environment, World, Japan, Oct 15 2019

Operations at two California refineries hit by earthquake

A small earthquake on Monday night hit operations at two oil refineries in Martinez, California, the companies said on Tuesday.

Environment, Oct 15 2019

Lebanon deploys water cannon, helicopters to fight wildfires across country

BEIRUT Wildfires that have swept across Lebanon since Monday have burned swathes of the country's forest and killed at least one person, prompting Beirut to deploy water cannon and call on its neighbors for help.

Environment, Oct 15 2019

Japanese storm shelter faces outrage after turning away two homeless

TOKYO A Japanese evacuation centre turned away two homeless people as a deadly typhoon approached on the weekend, prompting widespread criticism and a promise from the prime minister on Tuesday that it would not happen again.

Environment, Japan, World, Oct 15 2019

Rescuers search waist-high muddy waters for missing people in typhoon-hit Japan

NAGANO, Japan Rescue workers waded through muddy, waist-high waters on Monday searching for missing people after one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent history, while rain fell again in some affected areas, stoking fears of further flooding.

Environment, World, Japan, Oct 14 2019

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.