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Natural Disasters

12 feared dead in magnitude 6.8 earthquake in Myanmar

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.

Monday, 12 November, 2012, 3:38am

Violent Guatemala earthquake kills 48

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

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

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

Late typhoon season to set record

August 9 was previous mark for a first hit, but unofficial weather observers say a Signal No1 should have been hoisted in July

If nothing dramatic happens over the South China Sea today, Hong Kong will set a new weather record - the latest start to the typhoon season since detailed typhoon records began to be kept in 1946.

9 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

HK Observatory records earthquake off Indonesian coast

Updated at 12.09pm: A new earthquake was reported off the coast of Indonesia measuring about 6.2 on the Richter Scale by the Hong Kong Observatory on Thursday morning.

The most recent tremor, classified as an ?Intense Earthquake?, was recorded at 9.02am, a spokesman for the observatory said.

6 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Small band of emergency staff get city moving again

Preparing buses, trains and ferries for post-typhoon rush was an all-night job

While most of Hong Kong slept through the worst of Typhoon Imbudo, 15 staff at the government's Emergency Transport Co-ordination Centre worked through the night to ensure public transport services would resume smoothly yesterday morning.

25 Jul 2003 - 12:00am