Tornadoes Smash New Zealand City

Two tornadoes have hit the city of New Plymouth on New Zealand’s North Island. The tornadoes ripped through the city in the middle of the night, tearing roofs off buildings, shattering windows and cutting power.

Food Prices Surge As China Floods

ZHUJI, China, Jun (Reuters) – Torrential rain across southern and eastern China which has killed more than 100 people and triggered the evacuation of half a million has left large areas of farmland devastated as food prices surge, state media

Workers To Enter Second Reactor

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will open a second reactor building at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant to send repair crews inside for the first time since it was crippled. Of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi

Japan Whales Are Radioactive

Japan says it has found traces of radioactive caesium in two whales harpooned off its northern shores. The two minke whales were recently harpooned off the island of Hokkaido.

NSW Towns Brace For Flood Peaks

Residents in several flood-hit New South Wales towns are anxiously watching swollen rivers expected to peak overnight. Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes and the State Emergency Service (SES) says at least 10,000 people are isolated by

Lead Poisoned Children Denied Care

..Chinese officials in provinces with heavy industrial pollution are restricting access to lead testing or even falsifying test results, and denying children treatment, a US rights group said on Wednesday. Human Rights Watch accused officials in four provinces — Henan,

Arsenic In Adelaide River Water

Video Report: Residents in the northern NT town of Adelaide River have been warned against drinking bore water after toxic levels of arsenic were detected.

30,000 Children Get Nuke Detectors

Officials in Japan says they will hand out radiation readers to more than 30,000 children in the wake of the meltdown in three of the six reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Responding to concerns from parents, Fukushima city

55,000 Evacuated In China Floods

BEIJING (AFP) – China was pounded by more summer rain forcing the evacuation of more than 55,000 people, state media said late Tuesday, warning of further downpours. Most the evacuations were in the city of Xianning in the central province

Shelter For Tornado Victims Closes

It has been more than three weeks since a deadly EF5 tornado destroyed a third of Joplin, Mo., and killed 153 people. Aid rushed into the city and people found immediate comfort from the outpouring of support from complete strangers

Missouri Levee Fails In Iowa

HAMBURG, Iowa (Reuters) – A levee on the flood-swollen Missouri River near Hamburg, Iowa failed on Monday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood watch for the town of 1,200. In addition to Hamburg, areas threatened with

Earless Rabbits Born By Nuke Plant

Earless rabbits has been discovered just outside the radiation zone of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. FRESH fears over a nuclear leak at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima plant have re-ignited after rabbits born close to the facility were found to

Strontium Found At Fukushima

Highly toxic radioactive strontium has been found in groundwater near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. It is the first time the substance has been detected in groundwater near the plant’s No. 1 and No. 2 reactors.

6.2 Quake Hits Indonesia No Tsunami

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A strong earthquake has shaken parts of Indonesia, but a tsunami was not expected and no damage was initially reported. Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the Monday night quake was centered about 110 miles (178 kilometers)

Romania Hit By Flash Floods

Video Report: Torrential rains and flooding damage houses and rip down power lines, forcing more than 250 people to evacuate in Sibiu County, Romania. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

170 Dead Or Missing In China Floods

BEIJING (AFP) – Flooding caused by torrential downpours in central and southern China has killed 94 people and left 78 others missing, the government said Sunday, warning of further heavy downpours ahead. Flooding on the southern reaches of the Yangtze