Japan Holds Disaster Drill

TOKYO (Reuters) – Over half a million people across Japan took part in annual drills on Thursday to prepare for natural disasters, but this year’s exercises held a more immediate sense of urgency following the earthquake and tsunami that devastated

Hurricane Irene Clean Up Begins

WALLINGTON, N.J. – As the flood waters receded, weary residents across the Northeast began pulling soggy furniture and ruined possessions onto their front lawns as they surveyed the damage wrought by Hurricane Irene. The mess of destroyed furniture on Paul

Daryl Hannah Arrested In Protest


Actress Daryl Hannah has been arrested outside the White House along with other environmental protesters who are opposing a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the US Gulf Coast. The sit-in involved dozens demonstrating against the Keystone XL pipeline. If

Wildfires Scorch Montana & Idaho


HELENA, Mont. (AP) — More than 42,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the Northern Rockies in a 36-hour period, sparking new wildfires in Montana and Idaho in addition to the dozens already burning across the region, fire officials said Tuesday.

Tokyo Could Face Quake Disaster


Scientists at the Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute said there was evidence that pressures on the tectonic plates that meet below the city have changed, raising the possibility of two or more focal points on the plate boundaries shifting simultaneously. That

Food Airlifted To Irene Victims


US National Guard helicopters began taking food and water today to towns cut off by flooding after the rainy remnants of Hurricane Irene took inland areas of New England and upstate New York by surprise. Emergency Management spokesman Mark Bosma

Record Floods Swamp New Jersey

PATERSON, New Jersey (Reuters) – Swollen rivers submerged stretches of northern New Jersey on Tuesday in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, damaging homes, flooding roads and stranding residents, hundreds of thousands of whom had no power. With at least nine

UN Warns Of Mutant Bird Flu


The United Nations has warned of a possible major resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus and the spread of a mutant strain in Asia and elsewhere. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says authorities need to undertake increased

Irene Floods Vermont & New Jersey

FAIRFIELD, N.J./BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (Reuters) – New Jersey and Vermont struggled with their worst flooding in decades on Monday, a day after Hurricane Irene slammed an already soaked region with torrential rain, dragging away homes and submerging neighborhoods underwater. Spared from

26 US Dead After Irene Hit

Video Report: Hurricane Irene has led to the deaths of at least 31 people in 10 states

Landslides Kill 15 In Uganda


Landslides triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 23 people in eastern Uganda, as mud engulfed homes and buried entire families. Local residents and Red Cross workers pulled 15 bodies from the rubble of Mabono village in Bulambuli district,

Typhoon Nanmadol Heads For China

TAIPEI, Taiwan – A typhoon that flooded homes, roads and farmland in Taiwan with more than 20 inches (half a meter) of rain left the island Monday and headed to southeastern China. Typhoon Nanmadol stayed over Taiwan for only a