Natural Disasters

Japanese earthquake and tsunami films

Survivors walk amid the real devastation caused by the Tohoku disaster in Natori, Miagi Prefecture, just a few days after the earthquake and tsunami. Photo: AFP

Japanese filmmakers reacted quickly to the disaster - but their angle of approach often differed from that of the local mass media, which tended to follow the government line, while taking care never to show the bodies of victims.

Thursday, 11 June, 2015, 3:58pm

Death toll from killer Sichuan quake rises to 180, 11,200 injured

A rescuer carries a child after she was pulled out from under the rubble of her home. The quake that struck yesterday has left at least 150 dead and 6,000 injured. Photo: AFP

At least 180 people have been killed and about 11,200 injured after a strong earthquake hit the city of Yaan in Sichuan province yesterday, just three weeks short of the fifth anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake that claimed more than 88,000 lives in May, 2008.

21 Apr 2013 - 12:55pm 1 comment

4.8-magnitude earthquake hits Guangdong, felt in Hong Kong

A 4.8-magnitude quake hit northeastern Guangdong province at 11:34am on Friday, according to China's Earthquake Networks Centre. 

22 Feb 2013 - 2:56pm

46 dead as landslide hits village in Zhenxiong county, Yunnan

The body of a landslide victim is stretchered away by rescuers in Zhenxiong county. Photo: Reuters

46 people died when a landslide hit a mountainous region in Yunnan province yesterday, local authorities and mainland media said.

Fourteen homes were buried in the landslide that struck Zhaojiagou village, in Zhenxiong county, at 8.18 am.

The county government's official website said that hours after the disaster struck, several people were still missing.

12 Jan 2013 - 12:34pm

Yunnan landslide death toll rises to 42

Rescuers remove another body an area covered with debris from collapsed houses. Photo: Xinhua

A landslide killed at least 42 people including seven from a single family when it smashed into a remote village in southwestern China on Friday, state media said.

11 Jan 2013 - 11:28pm

Asia-Pacific can't ignore rising threat from climate change

Three fourths of the Liberty Island in New York was underwater after Hurricane Sandy. Photo: NYT

The jury may still be out on the link between climate change and natural disasters. But one thing is clear: weather-related disasters are increasing in both frequency and intensity.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am

Ensure people get timely information during disasters

Climate Change Conference, in Doha, Qatar. Photo: AP

The impact of natural disasters, caused by multiple geophysical hazards, is greater in Asia than on any other continent. This is true both in mega cities and rural areas - particularly near coasts, unstable mountain slopes and volcanoes, and deserts.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

'Lord of the Rings' volcano in New Zealand erupts for the 2nd time

Dark ash billows from the volcano yesterday. Photo: AFP

A New Zealand volcano in a national park used as a backdrop for The Lord of the Rings films erupted with a brief blast of dark ash yesterday, cancelling flights, but causing no significant damage.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

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. The bodies of a family of five killed in a mudslide still sit in a morgue unclaimed.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Asia’s mega-cities more vulnerable to disasters

Residents commute along a flooded stretch of road in Calumpit town, north of Manila on August 11. Photo: AFP

Asia’s cities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters as they struggle with poor planning, population explosions and climate change, the Asian Development Bank warned on Tuesday.

13 Nov 2012 - 9:51pm

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

Violent Guatemala earthquake kills 48

Guatemalans stand among the destruction of the quake. Photo: AP

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake has rocked southwestern Guatemala, killing 48 people and injuring another 150, with more suspected victims missing in the wreckage.

9 Nov 2012 - 11:07am

Wen Jiabao's visit to scene of Yunnan school tragedy puzzles observers

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pays a floral tribute to the 19 who died in the landslide. Photo: Xinhua

Over his 10 years as premier, Wen Jiabao has often been Beijing's first face on the scene when disaster strikes in some remote corner of the country. Many have appreciated his knack for turning a poetic phrase and showing compassion for victims.

7 Oct 2012 - 11:39am 3 comments

Health and economic fallout from climate change is already here, study says

A Sichuan man digs for lotus roots in a dried-up pond. Photo: Reuters

Climate change is already contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year and costing the world more than US$1.2 trillion (HK$9.3 trillion), wiping 1.6 per cent annually from global GDP, according to a new study.

30 Sep 2012 - 1:43am

We will require global help, says disaster chief

77 million people, 17 provinces hit

The snowstorms that have wreaked havoc across central and southern areas are the worst natural disaster since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949, according to the mainland's top disaster relief official.

31 Jan 2008 - 12:00am