Biblical Wormwood Arrives In India

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Tubewells in seven wards of Chittagong City Corporation are pumping water with arsenic contamination 10 times higher than the safe level. The wards’ low-income group people are especially exposed to arsenic related diseases as they drink and use water from

34 Meter Tsunami Could Hit Japan

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TOKYO (AP)—Much of Japan’s Pacific coast could be inundated by a tsunami more than 34 meters (112 feet) high if a powerful earthquake hits offshore, according to revised estimates by a government panel. The panel of experts says any tsunami

Flooded Fiji Like A War Zone

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People in flood-ravaged Fiji have begun returning home after spending several days in evacuation centres. The death toll from the floods has risen to five after some of the worst flooding the country has seen in decades.

6.3 Earthquake Hits Mexico City

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Mexico was shaken Monday afternoon by a strong apparent aftershock from a powerful earthquake late last month. Officials said there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries from the quake, which had an initial magnitude of 6.3.

At Least Six Dead In Fiji Floods

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A family of four has died under a landslide in Fiji, as forecasters predict lingering torrential rain in the flood-battered region. Police told FBC News a 35-year-old father, 30-year-old mother and their two daughters, aged three and one, were buried

Scientists Warn – Global Emergency

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Leading scientists on Thursday called on the upcoming Rio Summit to grapple with environmental ills that they said pointed to “a humanitarian emergency on a global scale.” In a “State of the Planet” declaration issued after a four-day conference, the

Climate Change To Drive Disasters

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Climate change is amplifying risks from drought, floods, storms and rising seas, threatening all countries but small island states, poor nations and arid regions in particular, UN experts warned on Tuesday. In its first-ever report on the question, the Nobel-winning

Lloyds Suffer Heavy Disaster Losses

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Lloyd’s of London insurance market on Wednesday posted its second-largest annual loss owing to record claims for catastrophes including Japan’s earthquake disaster and floods in Thailand. The company suffered a pre-tax loss of £516 million ($822 million, 615 million euros)

35 Caspian Sea Seals Found Dead

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The Kazakhstan government and environmentalists Tuesday sounded the alarm over the declining numbers of endangered Caspian seals after 35 animals were found dead over the weekend. “During the inspection on March 25… 35 dead seals were found on the sea

6.4 Quake Hits Japan No Tsunami

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An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck northeast Japan – the same region devastated by last year’s quake and tsunami. There have been no reports of any casualties or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

Gas Cloud Leak In North Sea

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An exclusion zone has been put in place around a North Sea oil and gas well, where a plume of gas was seen rising above the water after a “serious” leak. The potentially explosive natural gas is escaping from Total’s

Giant Rats Invade Florida Keys

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British tourists looking forward to taking in the spectacular tropical wildlife of the Florida Keys this summer may be in for a shock – three-foot-long rats are invading the holiday hotspot. A breed of giant Gambian rats have been rapidly