Big Quake Hits Bali No Tsunami

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia’s resort island of Bali was struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Thursday, injuring dozens and sending tourists running out of hotels. The Red Cross said 44 people in the south of the island suffered

Tokyo Is Radiation Hotspot

A radiation hotspot has been detected in Tokyo, reports said Thursday as researchers carry out stringent tests to map how far contamination has spread from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Japanese media said researchers found radiation levels of 3.35 microsieverts

Maldives Say “Talks Are Stupid”


The UN’s talks on climate change are daft and crippled by finger-pointing and the need for consensus, the president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, was quoted on Thursday by Le Monde as saying. Nasheed also said emerging economies were as

Strontium-90 250Km From Fukushima

Elevated levels of radioactive strontium, which can cause cancer, have been found 250 kilometres from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. The find in the city of Yokohama has heightened fears that radiation has spread further than the Japanese government has

Thai Floods Affect Food Prices


SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Floods have inundated farms and some rice mills in central parts of Thailand, threatening to delay at least 300,000 tonnes of exports due for shipment mainly to Indonesia and Africa this month. Swollen rivers were hampering the

4.1 Earthquake Hits Black Sea Coast

An earthquake measuring a 4.1 magnitude on the Richter scale was registered the northern Bulgarian Black Sea town of Shabla late last night. The quake was felt strongly in Shabla and lightly in municipalities of the Dobrich region and several

Thai Floods Stall Hard Drives

Severe floods have halted production at the Thai factory which is one of the world’s largest makers of hard drives for personal computers. Western Digital said production in Thailand, where it makes about 60% of its hard drives, would be

100 Million Chinese Farmer’s Exodus


BEIJING — More than 100 million Chinese farmers will move to cities by 2020, posing huge challenges for urban planners and already stretched social welfare systems, according to a new official forecast. China has seen an unprecedented wave of urbanisation

Philippine Bananas Under Threat


MANILA — A disease that has ravaged banana plantations across Southeast Asia could wipe out the Philippine industry in three years unless the government finds a cure, a growers’ group warned Monday. The disease, called Fusarium wilt, is caused by

Ocean Reveals World’s Biggest Virus


A virus found in the sea off the coast of Chile is the biggest in the world, harbouring more than 1,000 genes, surprised scientists say. The genome of Megavirus chilensis contains almost 1.26 million base pairs, making it the most