NATURAL DISASTERS

  • Earthquake: Death toll in Bihar rises to 25, 133 injured 1 hour 2 minutes ago

    Patna: At least 25 people were killed and 133 injured in roof and wall collapse in Bihar after a high intensity earthquake rocked several parts of the country and Nepal on Saturday. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters that seven persons died in East Champaran district, while six others lost their...
  • 180 bodies retrieved from debris of Nepal's historic Dharhara tower 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: Nepal's 19th-century nine-storey Dharhara tower in the heart of the capital on Saturday became a burial ground for hundreds of visitors who had come to see the panoramic views of the Kathmandu valley from the top of the minaret. 50.5-metre-high historic tower was reduced to just its base after a...
  • Watch: CCTV camera catches the intensity of Nepal earthquake 2 hours 9 minutes ago

    A massive earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck 80 km (50 miles) east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday, causing some buildings in the capital Kathmandu to collapse, witnesses said. According to a home ministry official the death toll has reached 876 in Nepal. ...
  • Over 150 killed in magnitude-7.9 earthquake in Nepal 5 hours 34 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: Over 150 people were killed after a powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on Richter scale struck Nepal on Saturday destroying several buildings including a UNESCO World Heritage site and the centuries-old Dharhara tower in the heart of the capital trapping scores of people. The earthquake with epicentre at Lamjung, around 80...
  • Never felt an earthquake like this, a survivor tells about Nepal tremblor 6 hours 30 minutes ago

    Ramkot: I had just stepped out of my house. It was a very pleasant morning. I was planning to go to Kathmandu to buy clothes for my siblings. I was walking towards the bus station. Somebody shouted 'earthquake, earthquake'. I looked back. I saw people rushing out of their homes...
  • Delhi Metro halted due to earthquake, passengers say safety more important 6 hours 47 minutes ago

    A strong earthquake has been felt in several areas of North and North east India. The magnitude of the earthquake was 7.9. Tremors were felt in various parts of India, including NCR, MP, Odisha, Assam, West Bengal, Jaipur, Ranchi, UP. Metro services were also halted in Delhi due to the...
  • Historic Dharara Tower collapses in Kathmandu after quake 6 hours 53 minutes ago

    Kathmandu: A historic tower built in the 19th century collapsed in the Nepali capital Kathmandu following a severe earthquake on Saturday and at least one body was removed as police cordoned off the area, a witness said. The Dharara Tower, built in 1832, was a historic landmark that had been open...
  • 7.9 magnitude earthquake hits Kathmandu, historic Dharahara tower collapses 7 hours 18 minutes ago

    An earthquake of magnitude 7.9 in Kathmandu caused a lot of destruction and damage. Historic Dharahara tower also collapsed and around 50-60 people are trapped under the debris. ...
  • Facebook's new 'Safety Check' tool lets you notify friends, family that you are safe during natural disasters October 16, 2014

    New York: Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called "Safety Check," will be available worldwide to the social network's 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic "feature" phones...
  • #YESIamThechange: Saving Leh August 18, 2014

    This story focuses on the environmental degradation that led to the flash floods in Leh. ...
  • 6.7 magnitude earthquake strikes off Nicobar Islands March 21, 2014

    A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Nicobar Islands on Friday, the US Geological Service reported. The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) about 68 miles (110 km) southeast of Mishap, Nicobar Islands, in the Indian Ocean, the agency said. An official at the provincial disaster management control...
  • Earthquake kills over 40, damages houses in southwest Pakistan September 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Tremors were felt in parts of northern India this evening after an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale rocked Pakistan's Balochistan area. The tremors were felt around 5 PM in the national capital, border areas in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer and Barmer, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. There were no immediate...
  • Reddy asks scientists to find reasons for Uttarakhand floods August 6, 2013

    The natural disaster which had struck Uttarakhand recently could repeat itself in whole of Himalayan range and it is imperative that scientists find out what really triggered the massive floods and landslides, Science and Technology Minister Jaipal Reddy said on Monday. "We have a silly habit of politicising issues. What...
  • India's floodprone areas to be mapped but only by 2022: Official June 24, 2013

    New Delhi: India will soon begin inundation mapping of its floodprone areas the existence of such a protocol could have mitigated the extent of the Uttarakhand disaster but the exercise will be complete only by 2022, a senior official has said. Secretary (Water Resources) SK Sarkar said the...
  • Centre yet to appoint NDRF chief while Uttarakhand reels under floods June 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Even as nature's fury is causing multitude of disasters in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, the Centre is yet to appoint head of the specialised 10,000personnel strong NDRF, the mainstay for disaster mitigation and rescue operations in the country. The post of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General...
  • Cyclonic storm Mahasen kills 14 in Bangladesh May 16, 2013

    Dhaka: At least 14 people were killed today as cyclonic storm Mahasen battered Bangladesh's southwestern coastlines, damaging thousands of thatched houses and forcing evacuation of over one million people from lowlying areas. "All the deaths were reported from the southwestern coastlines where the cyclone hit with its maximum strength before...
  • Tripura to witness heavy rains due to Cyclone Mahasen May 16, 2013

    Agartala: With cyclone Mahasen likely to hit Tripura on Thursday, the state may witness heavy rains and a gale of 5060 Kmph, the met office said. "There is likely to be heavy rain in the state in the next two days with wind blowing in 50 to 60 Km speed...
  • Aizawl landslide toll mounts to 17, probe announced May 14, 2013

    Aizawl: The death toll in Saturday's landslide in Mizoram's capital Aizawl rose to 17 on Monday, as Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla announced setting up of an inquiry commission to probe the circumstances leading to the disaster. Aizawl SP (Traffic) Lallianmawia said four bodies were recovered since Sunday night, while...
  • Can quakes actually calm the Earth? April 21, 2013

    New York: The magnitude8.6 earthquake that struck the Indian Ocean in 2012 may have had a calming effect on the other quakes in the world, a new study has claimed. The powerful quake near Sumatra, Indonesia, seemed to have actually quietened the global earthquakes, according to two reports presented at...
  • Infrastructure for earthquake response is scanty: Maj Gen Raj Kaushal April 17, 2013

    The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was set up with the express mandate to chalk out a response strategy to largescale natural or manmade disasters. But with the abnormal growth of the cities, with rampant unplanned construction, are India's metro cities sitting ducks in case a large earthquake struck one...
  • Tibet: 83 mining workers buried in landslide March 30, 2013

    Lhasa: As many as 83 workers were buried alive Friday when a major landslide hit a mining area in China's Tibet region, authorities said. The accident occurred at about 6 am in the capital Lhasa's Maizhokunggar county, Xinhua reported. The affected area of the landslide, caused by natural disasters, is spread...
  • Bangladesh: Tornado kills 20 people in Dhaka March 23, 2013

    Dhaka: A tornado swept through nearly two dozen villages southeast of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, killing at least 20 people, tearing roofs off houses and uprooting trees and power pylons, officials said. The death toll could rise sharply as more than 300 people were injured when the twister struck Brahmanbaria...
  • US: 5 reasons why Sandy is expected to be a superstorm October 28, 2012

    1. A Northbound Hurricane Hurricane Sandy is moving slowly toward the northnortheast but is expected to turn to the north and west later Sunday and Monday, forecasters say. At some point, it's expected to become what's known as an extratropical storm. Unlike a tropical system like a hurricane, which gets its...
  • US: Hurricane Sandy downgraded to tropical storm October 27, 2012

    Bloomsburg: The National Weather Service has downgraded Sandy from a hurricane to a tropical storm but warns that "widespread impacts" are still expected into next week for the US East Coast. The storm was expected to increase in speed and move away from the Bahamas and parallel to the southeast...
  • Mumbai may sink again June 29, 2012

    Mumbai: It's been seven years since more than 400 people were killed in Mumbai's worstever natural disaster. Reeling from the massive scale of destruction wreaked by the unprecedented deluge, authorities were quick to draw up ambitious and expensive plans for what they vowed would be a complete overhauling of the...
  • Naval exercise unaffected by tsunami threat April 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Notwithstanding fears of a tsunami following a powerful earthquake off Indonesia on Wednesday, the navies of India and the US carried out their joint exercises off the coast of Chennai. The 10day long annual exercise codenamed 'Malabar', in the Bay of Bengal which started on April 7, will continue...
  • Army Chief Gen VK Singh meets Nepal President April 5, 2012

    Kathmandu: Army Chief Gen VK Singh on Thursday met Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav and wished peace and prosperity for his country. Singh, who is in Nepal to attend the threeday Regional Seminar on Natural Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, called on President Yadav at the Rastrapati Bhawan in the...
  • Supermoon effect on Japan March 19, 2011

    Over the next few weeks, with full moon, it looks we are going to see higher tides. ...
  • Are Super Moon and super tragedies connected? March 18, 2011

    The world is coming to an end. Or maybe not. An American astrologer says the moon will trigger natural disasters on Saturday night. ...