Kyrgyzstan quake destroys hundreds of homes

More than 600 houses were damaged or destroyed in Kyrgyzstan by a powerful 8-magnitude earthquake that struck near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border on Wednesday, emergencies services said on Thursday.

// Jul. 21, 2011 - 15:56 GMT

Japan estimates damages from quake, tsunami at $210 bln

The Japanese government announced on Friday that a double natural disaster that hit Japan in March could cost the country up to 16.9 trillion yen (about $210 bln).

// Jun. 24, 2011 - 13:56 GMT

Dormant volcano erupts in Chile, thousands evecuated - media

A dormant volcano has erupted in southern Chile, forcing authorities to order evacuation of thousands of local residents, the BBC reported on Sunday.

// Jun. 05, 2011 - 13:59 GMT

Rescuers put out 20 wildfires in Russia's Far East

Rescuers have extinguished 20 wildfires on an area of 800 hectares in the Russian Far East, a local Emergencies Ministry spokesman has said.

// Apr. 30, 2011 - 13:45 GMT

Japan may review CO2 cut targets

Japan may review its greenhouse gas emission reduction target in the wake of a nuclear crisis set off by last month's massive earthquake and tsunami, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano was quoted by Japanese media as saying.

// Apr. 04, 2011 - 18:08 GMT

Death toll in Japan quake, tsunami tops 12,000

The death toll from the recent 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami in has surpassed 12,000, while nearly 15,500 remain unaccounted for, the Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.

// Apr. 03, 2011 - 13:44 GMT

Workers evacuated as Fukushima reactor emits gray smoke

Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant were evacuated on Monday after reactor No. 3 emitted a cloud of gray smoke, Kyodo reported, citing plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.

// Mar. 21, 2011 - 17:59 GMT

Japan: time to flee, but where to go?

It was 11 am in Tokyo when Prime Minister Naoto Kan finally admitted that damage to a nuclear reactor in Fukushima may represent a serious threat to human life. Nationwide panic spread.

// Mar. 16, 2011 - 15:31 GMT

More earthquakes predicted in Japan

More earthquakes measuring over 7.0 on the Richter scale could occur in and around Japan within a month, the country's National Meteorological Administration was quoted by Kyodo news as saying on Friday.

// Mar. 11, 2011 - 19:44 GMT

Death toll from Brazilian mudslide hits 767

The death toll from the severe storms and mudslides in the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro has reached 767, local authorities said.

// Jan. 22, 2011 - 16:10 GMT