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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan launches satellite to monitor damage from natural disasters

    Posted May 25th 2014, 05:25am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Satellite to monitor disaster damage Japan successfully launched a new mapping satellite yesterday that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rainforests. The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) will be able to see scars left by catastrophes such as Japan's 2011 tsunami as well as monitor progress made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1519330/japan-launches-satellite-monitor-damage-natural-disasters
  2. News - World - TURKEY

    Turkish premier says mine disaster ‘part of the nature of business’

    Posted May 15th 2014, 09:29pm by BLOOM

    ... Agencies in Istanbul Turkey's trade unions went on strike yesterday after at least 282 people died in the nation's worst mine accident, which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said was "part of the nature of the business". Rescue workers, battling flames and methane gas, recovered eight more bodies from the mine in the western town of Soma. More than 70 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1512897/turkish-premier-says-mine-disaster-part-nature-business
  3. News - China

    Cost of natural disasters in China surges to 421b yuan

    Posted Feb 24th 2014, 06:28pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan in 2013, nearly double the total for 2012 Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan (HK$532 billion) last year, official data showed on Monday, nearly double the total in the previous year. China has always been prone to natural ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1434198/cost-natural-disasters-china-surges-421b-yuan
  4. News - Hong Kong - EMERGENCY SERVICES

    Medical academy to offer training in disaster response

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 04:14am by Emily Tsang

    ... the city for a natural or man-made disaster. Li said the city had experience in handling some crises, such as the ferry sinking off Lamma Island and the Sars outbreak. But it should be prepared ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Officials to be taught how to deal with bomb attack on marathon or nuclear reactor meltdown Medical academy to offer training in disaster response The Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577154/medical-academy-offer-training-disaster-response
  5. News - China Insider - JACKIE CHAN

    Jackie Chan hits back at 'sensationalist' media reports on his natural disasters comments

    Posted Oct 24th 2013, 12:35pm by Olivia Rosenman

    ... reporting” over his recent comments that he wished countries should experience natural disasters more often, while social media reacted with great disdain but little surprise over his gaffe. “How could anyone like to see natural disasters?” Chan told Tencent Entertainment over the phone. “What I meant was I want everyone to rally together, to protect and defend each other. “I don’t know ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1338697/jackie-chan-hits-back-sensationalist-media-reports-his-natural
  6. News - Hong Kong

    Pearl Delta at high risk in event of natural disaster, says insurer

    Posted Sep 19th 2013, 06:18pm by Audrey Yoo

    ... of world's most vulnerable areas' The Pearl River Delta is one of world's most vulnerable urban areas because of the large number of people who could be affected by natural disasters ... be affected by natural catastrophes, noted the Mind the Risk  report, which was Swiss Re’s first ranking of cities under threat from disasters. In the case of the Pearl River Delta, earthquakes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1313113/pearl-delta-high-risk-event-natural-disaster-says-insurer
  7. News - China - NATURAL DISASTERS

    China's Red Cross blasted after sending quilts to sweltering typhoon disaster zone

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:19pm by Alice Yan

    ... hits back at quilt criticism Sending quilts to people affected by natural disasters is a routine practice even in summer, the scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China said yesterday ... centres. "In fact, it's a tradition in our country to provide quilts to people affected by disasters," Yang told The News. "It looks odd to send quilts to people in summer, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1556971/red-cross-drawing-criticism-over-its-typhoon-relief-efforts
  8. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    President Xi Jinping warns of disaster if Sino-US relations sour

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 11:01am by Teddy Ng, Kwong Man-ki

    ... Teddy Ng and Kwong Man-ki in Beijing President calls for new thinking as China and US begin two-day talks on issues of mutual concern Xi warns of disaster if relations sour President Xi ... was unprecedented, and some setbacks may occur. If we are in confrontation, it would surely spell disaster for both countries PRESIDENT XI JINPING Xi called on both sides to correctly judge the strategic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1550184/confrontation-us-would-be-disaster-says-president-xi-jinping
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese lawmakers push for Russia-Japan natural gas pipeline

    Posted May 28th 2014, 11:25pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Lawmakers push for Russia-Japan gas pipeline Japanese lawmakers are renewing the push for a 600 billion yen (HK$45 billion) natural gas pipeline from Russia, which last week signed a supply deal with China, in a bid to cut energy costs after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. A group of 33 lawmakers is backing the 1,350km pipeline between Russia's Sakhalin ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1520692/japanese-lawmakers-push-russia-japan-natural-gas-pipeline
  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Is Philippines heading for a natural disaster? Super typhoon a warning of worse to come

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 12:00am by The Guardian

    ... earthquakes and tremors and occasional volcanic eruptions, making it one of the world's countries most prone to natural disasters. But more disturbing than Bopha's size was the fact ... population (the Philippines has about 95 million people and a median age of 23). "All together this could eventually lead to disaster," Sering said. Bopha presented an enormous test ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1153286/philippines-heading-natural-disaster-super-typhoon-warning-worse-come

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