117 Small Eruptions at Krakatau

Jakarta. The Anak Krakatau volcano located along the Sunda Strait produced 117 small eruptions on Thursday. The sound of the eruptions was audible to the Serang district in Banten, which is 40 kilometers away. “Anak Krakatau’s activities has been escalating

Anti-Nuclear Activists go on Trial

Fifty-eight environmental activists, many of them Greenpeace members, went on trial Thursday for demonstrating in July against Turkey’s plans to build a nuclear power plant. The prosecution seeks jail terms of between six months and three years for the defendants

Mount Merapi Erupts Yet Again

Yogyakarta. Mount Merapi erupted yet again at about 8 a.m. local time on Friday. There were no reports of injuries. Indonesia’s most active volcano was spewing clouds of ash and lava on Friday after a series of eruptions this week

Tropical Storm Heads for Bermuda

MIAMI – A tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda as Tropical Storm Shary approaches in the Atlantic. Shary’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 40 mph (65 kph). Some strengthening is expected later in the day but

Two Volcanoes Erupt in Russia

TWO volcanoes have erupted on Russia’s far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, tossing massive ash clouds kilometres into the air, forcing flights to divert and blanketing one town with thick, heavy ash. The Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Eurasia’s highest active volcano, exploded today along with

Indonesia: Aid Begins to Arrive

Jakarta. Tsunami survivors in Indonesia’s remote west received tents and other supplies today, and aid workers fed and provided necessities to evacuees from a volcanic eruption as the number of dead from the two disasters rose. The death toll as

1000’s See Gatekeeper Laid to Rest

Sleman, Yogyakarta. Dignitaries and common folk alike paid their last respects on Thursday to Mbah Maridjan, the revered spiritual gatekeeper of Mount Merapi, as he and 31 other people killed when the volcano began erupting on Tuesday were buried. Maridjan,

Tsunami Baby Found Alive in Trees

MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia – An official says an 18-month-old baby has been found alive in a clump of trees days after the devastating tsunami that killed at least 343 people. Relief coordinator Hermansyah says the little boy is recovering in

Massive Storm Hits The Dakotas

VALE, N.C. – People from the Dakotas to North Carolina were dealing with the aftermath of a massive storm that roared across the country, unleashing dozens of tornadoes, rain, flooding and eventually snow to some places, leaving behind plenty of

Tsunami Deaths Could Exceed 500

Padang, West Sumatra. The death toll from a tsunami that pummeled the remote Mentawai Islands was expected to pass 500, an official said Thursday, as hopes faded for hundreds of people still missing after a huge wave triggered by a

Haiti Cholera Toll Creeps Past 300

The death toll in Haiti’s cholera epidemic has risen to 303, the World Health Organisation has said as the number of cases creeps towards the 5000 mark. “As of 27 October, the Ministry of Health in Haiti reported 4722 cholera

Megi Destroys 500,000 Tonnes of Rice

MANILA – THIS month’s Typhoon Megi destroyed nearly half a million tonnes of rice in the Philippines, the world’s largest importer of the grain said on Thursday. The data is equivalent to 2.69 per cent of the country’s 2010 output

Mount Merapi Erupts Again

SLEMAN (Indonesia) – INDONESIA’S Mount Merapi volcano erupted again on Thursday, blasting vast ash clouds into the sky and unleashing jets of searing gas, two days after an initial eruption killed at least 34 people. There were no immediate reports

Merapi Buries Indonesia in Ash

Video Report: Raw footage of the aftermath of the Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia. (No comentary).

Tsunami Aid Response of Concern

The death toll from the Indonesian tsunami that hit the islands off the coast of Sumatra has risen to 343 and aid is only just beginning to trickle in. Another 338 people remain missing after the wave that was generated

Companies Keep Climate Data Secret

WASHINGTON – Some of the country’s largest emitters of heat-trapping gases, including businesses that publicly support efforts to curb global warming, don’t want the public knowing exactly how much they pollute. Oil producers and refiners, along with manufacturers of steel,