NSW Floods Force Evacuations

Twelve people have been evacuated from their homes at Eugowra in central western New South Wales due to major flooding as warnings are issued around the state. The State Emergency Service (SES) says 10 houses and businesses have been inundated

Christchurch Hit by Aftershocks

An emergency centre has been set up in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after a series of violent aftershocks rattled the city on Sunday, cutting electricity supplies, damaging buildings and forcing evacuations. The biggest aftershock was 4.9-magnitude and came

7.3 Quake Triggers Pacific Tsunami

Hawaii. A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the western Pacific nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, triggering a small tsunami exactly six years after giant waves killed 220,000 people around the Indian Ocean. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the

2010 Disasters Cost $220 Billion

Washington, Dec 23 (DPA) The global economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters equalled $222 billion in 2010, more than triple the $63 billion lost in 2009, according to reinsurance company Swiss Re.

5.6 Earthquake Hits Sumatra

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Indonesia’s Sumatra island Thursday, the US Geological Survey said. There was no tsunami warning.

45 Lynched in Haiti “Cholera Purge”

Angry Haitian mobs have lynched at least 45 people in recent weeks, accusing them of spreading a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 2,500 people across the country, officials said. The number included at least 14 suspected sorcerers previously

Second Big Quake Hits Japan

NEW YORK — A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattled Japan’s southern Bonin Islands on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, a day after a stronger quake jolted the region and sent residents scrambling to community centers. No tsunami alert was

2010: The Deadliest Year Yet

Video Report: Quakes, floods, blizzards, heat waves, and other natural disasters took more lives in 2010 than terrorist attacks in the last 40 years combined. Here’s a look at the events that took nearly 260,000 lives in one year.

Powerful Storms Pound California

Video Report: One powerful storm after another continues to pound California. By Wednesday night, an additional 6-12 inches of rain threaten Southern California with more flooding and mudslides.

100’s Killed In Colombia Floods

The unusually heavy rain that has pounded Colombia this year killed 284 people in related accidents, officials said, as navy sailors helped evacuate people from a flooded town. Colombia has suffered the heaviest rain in decades due to the La