Hurricane Sandy deals Haiti worst blow to recovery since earthquake

Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of Haiti's agriculture. Photo: NYT

A woman who lost everything now gives her children coffee for meals because it quiets their stomachs a bit. Another despondent mother relives the awful moment when her 18-month-old baby was swept from her arms by a flash food.

Monday, 19 November, 2012, 3:39am

Briefs, November 14, 2012

Police detain 48 in raid on Islamic school

14 Nov 2012 - 3:19am

12 feared dead in magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Myanmar

The collapsed bridge over the Irrawaddy River, still under construction, after the earthquake. Photo: Xinhua

A strong earthquake struck northern Myanmar yesterday, collapsing a bridge and a gold mine, damaging several old Buddhist pagodas and killing as many as 12 people.

12 Nov 2012 - 3:38am

Tsunami alert for Hawaii after quake off western Canada

The Earthquake struck near the Queen Charlotte islands.

A magnitude-7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada, with residents in parts of British Columbia evacuated, but the province appeared to escape the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 largely unscathed, with no reports of major damage.

A tsunami alert triggered by the quake set off alarms in Hawaii, with authorities forcing a state-wide evacuation.

29 Oct 2012 - 4:56pm

Hong Kong considers making buildings quake-resistant

Hong Kong considers making buildings quake-resistant

Shanghai has them. So does New York. And so, too, do France, Germany, Australia and South Korea. Hong Kong, where the risk of earthquakes is similar to all these places, doesn't.

But last week the government took the first step towards bringing in laws requiring new buildings to be built to withstand quakes.

21 Oct 2012 - 3:45am

Huge Indian Ocean quakes in April triggered massive aftershocks

Huge Indian Ocean quakes in April triggered massive aftershocks

Planet earth may be 4.5 billion years old, but that does not mean she cannot serve up a shattering surprise now and again.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:52am

Flooding and landslides in quake-hit county of Yunnan in mainland China

Floodwaters swept through this temporary site for quake victims in Yiliang county. Photo: Xinhua

Heavy rain hammered a quake-stricken area of Yunnan province early yesterday morning, triggering flooding and landslides just days after two earthquakes killed dozens of residents and destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes.

12 Sep 2012 - 10:00am

Asia news in brief - September 2, 2012

Japanese out in force for disaster prevention

2 Sep 2012 - 4:41am

Earthquake off Philippines spurs small tsunami, one dead

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of the Philippines late Friday, killing at least one person in a house collapse, knocking out power in several towns and generating negligible tsunami surges.

1 Sep 2012 - 12:35am

Asia news in brief, September 1, 2012

A Thai officer tries to inspect a suspected bomb. Photo: Reuters

Earthquake sparks false tsunami scare

1 Sep 2012 - 3:55am

Frog invasion spawns fears of earthquake

Tens of thousands of frogs have appeared on suburban roads in Wuhan and Nanjing, prompting fears among residents that they could be signalling an imminent earthquake.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

Could it happen here?

At a recent luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Central, business executives, lawyers and journalists mingled while feasting on sole fillet and beef goulash. It was the sort of event at which people do not take themselves - or anything - too seriously.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Geologist is crying wolf on earthquake threat facing HK

Next time you go the beach, try a small experiment. Choose a flattish patch of damp sand below the high-tide mark but above the level of the sea. Then tap gently on the surface of the sand with the sole of your foot.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Poor need greater financial protection from disasters

It seems the number of natural disasters is rising. Names like Katrina and Nargis, events like the Asian tsunami of 2004, the fires and flooding in Queensland and the earthquakes in Kashmir and Sichuan are still fresh in our minds. Right now, thousands of people in Thailand are clearing mud from their flooded homes, with many grieving for those who died.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

A dying art that could reduce tragedy

Huang Xiangning is among a small legion of diehard mainland seismologists who favour the study of earthquake forecasting, a field he says could die out in 10 years. The 74-year-old retired academic recounts his work in a career spanning more than 40 years and how he was marginalised for his beliefs.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am