Category Archive: Signs in Natural Disasters

Sea-floor spreading rates: Are we seeing signs the process is becoming more active?

September 25, 2011 – CHILE – To the casual observer, they’re just more remote earthquakes in the middle of the ocean, however, on closer examination; four moderate earthquakes have erupted on tectonic plate boundaries where the sea-floor… Continue reading

Death-toll from 6.9 earthquake in Sikkim surpasses 100

The death toll from the weekend earthquake in the Himalayas crossed 100 Wednesday as rescue workers struggled to reach remote villages and helicopters airlifted the injured and stranded. Sunday’s 6.9-magnitude quake struck the border… Continue reading

Insurance market Lloyd’s dives into red on catastrophes

The Lloyd’s of London insurance market said Wednesday that it dived into first-half losses due to an unprecedented number of major natural catastrophes including the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The company made a… Continue reading

Deadly mudslides hit Guatemala day after quake

Mudslides in Guatemala killed one person and left 12 missing on Tuesday, a day after a series of earthquakes hit another region in the impoverished Central American nation, officials said. The mudslides occurred… Continue reading

Polio strain spreads to China from Pakistan

Polio has been found in China for the first time since 1999 after spreading from Pakistan, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. It said a strain of polio (WPV1) found in China… Continue reading

Volcano on Alaska’s remote Aleutians oozes lava

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A volcano in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands is sending out lava. The Alaska Volcano ( VOLC – news – people ) observatory reports Tuesday that Cleveland Volcano is erupting with the effusion of lava within the summit… Continue reading

Dangerous Typhoon Roke rapidly strengthens, to rake Japan

Since Monday, Typhoon Roke has undergone rapid intensification and presents a clear danger to large parts of Japan. Maximum sustained winds have increased from 80 to 130 miles per hour in just the last… Continue reading

Epic rainfall slams Asia: 5 million affected by floods Pakistan, China

Heavy rains and floods across China have left 57 people dead with dozens of others missing and hundreds injured, while more than a million residents were evacuated from their homes. Unprecedented rains over the past… Continue reading

At Least One Dead After Four Earthquakes Hit Guatemala

Four earthquakes struck the southeastern part of Guatemala in less than two hours Monday afternoon, causing at least one death, authorities said. At least three people were reported missing. President Alvaro Colom urged… Continue reading

History’s deadliest volcano comes back to life in Indonesia, sparking panic among villagers

MOUNT TAMBORA, Indonesia — Bold farmers in Indonesia routinely ignore orders to evacuate the slopes of live volcanoes, but those living on Tambora took no chances when history’s deadliest mountain rumbled ominously this… Continue reading

Doomsday Coming for Catastrophic Risk Insurers?

Kenneth A. Froot spends more time thinking about natural disasters than the average business school professor. In addition to the rise and fall of the Dow and the long-term implications of the financial… Continue reading

Strange Emissions by Sun are Suddenly Mutating Matter

The angry sun For months mounting fear has driven researchers to wring their hands over the approaching solar storms. Some have predicted devastating solar tsunamis that could wipe away our advanced technology, others… Continue reading

26 die in Indian floods, 200,000 evacuated

BHUBANESWAR, India — At least 26 people have died and nearly 200,000 have been evacuated as a result of massive flooding in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, a minister said on Thursday.… Continue reading

Killer Bees Worst in 10 Years

Are the killer bees meaner than ever in 2011? The Killer Bee Guy thinks so. They’re much more ornery this year, according to Reed Booth, also known as The Killer Bee Guy. “This… Continue reading

Mystery of Hurricane Irene’s Gross Gray Blobs Solved

When Hurricane Irene barreled up the U.S. Eastern coastline, the storm left behind a path of widespread damage — and a generous helping of mysterious, squishy gray blobs in shallow waters and beaches… Continue reading

Bacteria Spreading In Warming Oceans, Scientists Find In New Report

BRUSSELS — Warning: The warming of the world’s oceans can cause serious illness and may cost millions of euros (dollars) in health care. That is the alarm sounded in a paper released online… Continue reading

Flood and dam watches continue

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Utility crews concentrated on outlying areas of Saratoga and surrounding counties early Monday, seeking to restore power to approximately 22,600 customers. At 8 a.m., National Grid was reporting about 15,380… Continue reading

4.4 magnitude earthquake rattles West Texas

A 4.4 M earthquake Sunday morning shook the ground across Scurry County and parts of West Texas. The USGS reports the quake was centered 11 miles northeast of Snyder and had a depth of 6.4… Continue reading

Health fears over toxic floodwaters as death toll rises to five and 130,000 people are forced to evacuate across three states

Floodwaters from the remnants of Lee and Irene have become tainted with sewage and other toxins and are threatening public health in parts of the north east. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett warned of… Continue reading

Indonesia inching closer to volcanic day of reckoning as volcanic unrest spreads

Since its status was raised to alert level III of the alert level II, the activity of Mount Papandayan has never decreased- in fact; volcanic activity in the District Cisurupan, Kab. Garut has… Continue reading

Pakistan flooding disaster reaches epic proportions- 2 million homeless

Arguably the biggest global story that is getting the least attention here in the west are the monsoon induced floods in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Pakistan is by far the hardest hit. Some… Continue reading

Parts of U.S. experienced hottest summer in 75 years

The average U.S. temperature during the summer of 2011 was 74.5 degrees, which was 2.4 degrees above the long-term (1901-2000) average. Only the Dust Bowl year of 1936, at 74.6 degrees, was warmer.… Continue reading

Global warming brings crab threat to Antarctica

The sea floor around the West Antarctica peninsula could become invaded by a voracious king crab, which is on the march thanks to global warming, biologists reported on Wednesday. The worrisome intruder is… Continue reading

Power out for millions in Calif., Ariz., Mexico

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 2 million people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border were left without power Thursday after a major outage that extended from Arizona to southern California, including… Continue reading

Maria and Nate Could Reach US

Tropical storms Maria and Nate have joined Hurricane Katia in the Atlantic Basin. Maria is located over the central Atlantic Ocean, while Nate is positioned over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Current indications are… Continue reading