1000’s Flee Indonesian Volcano

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of residents have fled villages near an Indonesian volcano that has been erupting this week and has a history of violent explosions. Mount Lokon spews volcanic smoke in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Tuesday. Disaster

Darwin Shaken By 6.0 Earthquake

RESIDENTS from Darwin to Katherine were shaken from their sleep just after 6.30am by an strong earthquake in the Banda Sea. The NT News reports the magnitude six earthquake was located 700km north of Darwin at the eastern end of

Rudd Pledges Aid For Africans

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced Australia will contribute more than $11 million to help African drought victims. The UN says 12 million people are being affected by the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in nearly 60

Top Brands Poison Chinese Rivers

.Environmental campaigners on Wednesday accused suppliers to major clothing brands including Adidas and Nike of poisoning China’s major rivers with hazardous chemicals linked to hormonal problems. Greenpeace said eight samples of wastewater discharge from two factories in the Yangtze and

Poland Says No To Nuclear

..Poland should turn to offshore wind farms for safer, cheaper energy and more jobs instead of pushing ahead with plans to build its first nuclear power facility by 2020, a study said on Wednesday. “Either we’ll choose the dangerous atom

Somalia Drought “Worst Disaster”

Doha, Qatar — The head of the United Nations refugee agency has described the situation in drought-hit Somalia as the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world, after meeting with those affected at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. The camp,

Heatwave Hits 24 US States

CHICAGO (Reuters) -Excessive heat was forecast to blanket half of the continental United States on Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued heat warnings or advisories for 24 states stretching from parts of Texas and Oklahoma to the plains, the Mississippi

At Least 29 Dead In Nigerian Floods

LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigerian emergency authorities say at least 29 people have died in weekend floods in two cities of Africa’s most populous nation. A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday that at least 20 people died

6.6 Quake Hits The Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) – Another strong earthquake recorded at magnitude 6.6 struck off the coast of the central Philippines on Tuesday, but officials said they expected no major damage from the tremor. No tsunami alert was issued.

Arsenic Poisons 4.5m S. Americans

Volcanic lakes that are a primary source of freshwater to at least 4.5 million Latin American citizens have been found teeming with arsenic. The poisonous element leached into the water from sediment around the lakes. Ohio University researcher Dina López

Chicago Storm Knocks Out Power

.CHICAGO (Reuters) – A powerful front of thunderstorms packing winds as strong as 75 miles per hour raked Chicago during the morning commute on Monday, knocking out power to a record number of more than 700,000 customers. “It’s one for

Warming Causes Weather Disasters

LONDON (AlertNet) – Scientists tackled the highly debated, and somewhat perplexing, relationship between climate change and weather disasters at the recent launch of a U.S. magazine series on the subject, concluding that an indisputable connection exists between the two. “The

Tsunami Hits Japan After 7.3 Quake

Small tsunami waves reached the Pacific coast of northern Japan Sunday after a major quake hit the region heavily damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The port towns of Soma and Ofunato saw 10-centimetre

Mount Etna Ash Closes Airports

Southern Italian airports were on Saturday closed due to ash from Mount Etna, forcing traffic to be diverted to Palermo, the ANSA news agency said. Catania airport on the east coast of the island of Sicily was not expected to

Japanese Beef Is Radioactive

MORE than six times the legal limit of radioactive caesium has been found in beef from Fukushima prefecture, site of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant. The meat was taken from one of 11 cows shipped to Tokyo from a farmer in

Russian Boat Sinks 102 Missing

MOSCOW (AP) — Emergency officials say that 102 people, including dozens of children, are missing and at least one is dead after a passenger boat with over 180 people onboard sank in the Volga River on Sunday. The double-decker vessel