Earthquake hits eastern Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania — Officials say a moderate 4.6 magnitude earthquake has rattled eastern Romania. The Romanian Institute for Earth Physics says the quake struck Thursday morning in the Vrancea region some 120 kilometres (75 miles ) northeast of Bucharest. The

5 Dead as storm hits New England

RALEIGH, N.C. – Torrential downpours from a faded tropical storm marched into the Northeast on Friday, a day after claiming five lives, washing out roads, knocking out power and dousing some East Coast cities with more rain in hours than

Quake rocks Samoa on tsunami anniversary

APIA, Samoa (AFP) – Samoa on Wednesday marked the first anniversary of a tsunami that killed 143 people, as a fresh earthquake heightened painful memories of the Pacific nation’s worst natural disaster. Dawn vigils were held across the country for

Fresh Mexico mudslide kills 12

A hill collapsed in torrential rain in southern Mexico on Wednesday and killed 12 people in the latest deadly mudslide linked to tropical storms, President Felipe Calderon said. In a message posted to his Twitter account, Mr Calderon said the

Earthquake hits north of Tokyo

TOKYO: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s main island of Honshu about 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of Tokyo Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of injuries. No tsunami warning was issued. The quake hit at a depth of 10

Storm Nicole kills 8 in Jamaica

MIAMI (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Nicole triggered flash flooding that killed eight people in Jamaica and dumped heavy rain on Florida, Cuba, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas on Wednesday. The broad, ragged cyclone teetered on the edge of tropical

Two Quakes hit eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Two powerful earthquakes hit waters off eastern Indonesia in rapid succession Thursday, prompting officials to briefly trigger a tsunami warning. The U.S. Geological Survey said a 7.2 magnitude quake off Papua province, centered just 7 miles (12

World’s rivers in crisis, study says

The world’s rivers are in crisis including in North America and Europe where governments have invested trillions of dollars to clean up freshwater supplies, a study showed Wednesday. “Threats to human water security and biological diversity are pandemic,” Charles Vorosmarty

Tropical Storm Nicole heads north

MIAMI (AFP) – Tropical Storm Nicole formed Wednesday over Cuba and was churning northward, dumping heavy rains on the US state of Florida and moving toward the Bahamas, the US National Hurricane Center said. Forecasters had warned that the storm

Six Quakes hit Taiwan overnight

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) Six earthquakes, including a magnitude 5.1 temblor, have shaken eastern Taiwan’s Hualien County over the past 12 hours, but no casualty has been reported, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Wednesday. “Following a magnitude-4.3 earthquake that