Rescuers Hope as Drilling Begins

More than 48 hours after the methane explosion ripped through the Pike River coal mine, officials still don’t know if the tunnel is safe. Gas levels in the Pike Coal mine where 29 miners are trapped are “coming down”, but

Flood Traps 28 in China Mine

A flood in a coal mine in south-west China has trapped 28 people, state media reported. The accident occurred at 11:00am (local time) near the city of Neijiang in Sichuan province, Xinhua reported, citing local authorities.

Mount Merapi Deaths Rise to 304

MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (AP) – The number of deaths caused by recent eruptions at Indonesia’s most volatile volcano has risen to 304. Slamet Sugiono from the National Disaster Management Agency said Sunday the toll climbed after some victims succumbed to

Villagers Flee Philippine Volcano

Scores of people were forced to flee their homes after a restive Philippine volcano shot a column of ash into the air on Sunday, showering surrounding villages, authorities said. Residents of two villages near the 1565-metre Mount Bulusan volcano evacuated

Anak Krakatau Eruptions Continue

SERANG: Mount Anak Krakatau saw 72 eruptions on Thursday, one eruption more compared to the previous day which saw 71, the monitoring post reported Friday. “The status is still at level II or caution status,” the post was quoted by

NZ Mine Rescue Enters Third Day

There has been no reprieve for the anxious relatives of 29 men trapped in a New Zealand mine, with authorities announcing gas levels remain too dangerous for a rescue attempt to be made. There has been no word from the

Flights Resumed as Volcano Slows

Indonesia’s Yogyakarta airport, which had been closed for about two weeks by the eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano, has reopened for operations, officials said. Merapi, which means “Mountain of Fire”, has killed 283 people since it began erupting last

China Softens Stance Before Cancun

China appeared Friday to soften its stance on a sticking point in UN climate change negotiations, the issue of verifying developing countries’ emissions reductions. Beijing does not “believe that increasing transparency will be a problem,” at global talks opening later

Mine Rescue Waits For Clearance

Rescuers in New Zealand are still waiting for the all-clear to enter a mine where an explosion has trapped 29 workers underground. At least two Australians are among the group trapped by a reported methane gas explosion in the mine

2 Bird Flu Deaths in Jakarta

Jakarta. Indonesian health authorities confirmed two people died of bird flu in August and September, bringing the death toll from the disease to seven so far this year. Tjandra Yoga Aditama, the Health Ministry’s director general for disease control and