Aftershocks from Sichuan earthquake pose threat of secondary disasters

Rescuers try to pass through a road blocked due to the landslide in the quake-hit Baosheng Township, Lushan County. Photo: Xinhua

Secondary disasters such as mudslides and dam-related crises may occur in the days or even months after Saturday's earthquake, threatening the safety of residents and rescuers, geologists warn.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 11:13am

Dig for bodies of 83 dead in Tibetan mine landslide

Rescuers at the scene of the deadly landslide in the mountains of Maizhokunggar county, which state media says is at an altitude of more than 4,600 metres. Photo: Reuters

Only two bodies have been found so far at a Tibetan mine where a massive landslide wiped out a camp of 83 mine workers on Friday, state media reported. There were no survivors.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:56am

Volcano-induced die-off paved way for dinosaurs, study suggests

A massive volcanic event that tore apart a mega-continent more than 200 million years ago set the stage for dinosaurs to take over.

More than 200 million years ago, toothy crocodile-like creatures stalked a hot, dry mega-continent while squid-like mollusks with spiral shells drifted in the surrounding ocean. Then, in what passes for an instant in geologic time, they vanished - making way for the age of the dinosaurs.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:43am

Sinkholes: an act of geology, not God

A giant sinkhole that swallowed several homes in Guatemala City in 2007. Around 10 per cent of the world's surface is made up of karst topographies in which sinkholes form across an area. Photo: Reuters

Last month, in a quiet residential suburb east of Tampa, Florida, the earth opened up and swallowed a man. Jeff Bush, 37, was tucked up in bed late on a Thursday evening when his entire bedroom floor simply gave way with a deafening crash that his brother, in the room next door, later described as "like a truck hitting the house".

10 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

China Digest, November 22, 2012

A man from Gansu province, studying at the Beijing Institute of Technology, complained to authorities in the capital on Tuesday after his 54-year-old mother was taken away by officers at the Beijing Railway Station while trying to return home on November 12.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Rockfall in AD563 sent 13-metre tsunami across Lake Geneva

Rockfall in AD563 sent 13-metre tsunami across Lake Geneva

Nearly 1,500 years ago a tsunami triggered by a rockfall swept Lake Geneva, engulfing its shores with a wall of water up to 13 metres high, Swiss scientists reported.

The incident suggests Geneva and Lausanne remain vulnerable today, as do other cities on the edge of mountain lakes and high-sided fjords, they said on Sunday.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Hot Spots: Solio Lodge in Laikipia, Kenya

Solio Lodge in Laikipia, Kenya

What is it? Situated more or less in the centre of Kenya, Solio Lodge may just have the largest hotel grounds in the world. It is set in a ranch that stretches over 45,000 acres, of which 17,000 are given over to a game conservancy and Africa's most successful rhino-breeding reserve.

20 Oct 2012 - 11:34pm

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

Hong Kong formed by rare supervolcano eruption

Evidence of an ancient supervolcano in Leung Shuen Wan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The haphazard history that gave Hong Kong some of the most valuable real estate in the world has just got more random. Geologists announced yesterday that we are only here thanks to an extraordinary volcanic eruption.

31 Aug 2012 - 5:59pm

Geotech engineer realised it all pointed to a supervolcano

Geotech engineer realised it all pointed to a supervolcano

The man behind the discovery of Hong Kong's supervolcano remembers the moment he realised he was on to something big - the explanation for the city's unique landscape.

31 Aug 2012 - 5:52pm

Heady days over for iron ore demand

Car sales have cooled on the mainland, potential homebuyers have been delaying purchases and there's less track being laid for high-speed rail lines these days.

Manufacturing data point to a weak outlook, and construction of affordable housing is running behind schedule.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Living on the edge

The whole morning is like a lesson in natural selection. First, there is a sly competition to see who can get in the queue for the boats out to Urbina Bay on Isabela island.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Losses mount for Mongolia Energy

Mongolia Energy, the controversial coal miner controlled by tycoons Cheng Yu-tung and Simon Lo Lin-shing, saw its share price plunge 12.2 per cent yesterday after posting a HK$4.83 billion net loss for the year.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Local talent adds shine to London showcase

Some of Asia's most creative jewellery designers will be at Brilliant, a diamond exhibition taking place at Masterpiece London this weekend.

Michelle Ong of Carnet and Wendy Yue - both from Hong Kong - as well as Taiwan-born, New York-based Anna Hu and Cindy Chao are showing the best of their work.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Geopark twins with Fermanagh counterpart

Surprising as it may be, 'Asia's World City' Hong Kong is not twinned with any other major city in the world. However, this has not stopped it from partnering with a small Northern Irish county called Fermanagh.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am