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Natural Disasters

Japanese earthquake and tsunami films

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.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 2:47pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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