Natural Disasters

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Hurricane Maria unleashes devastation in Puerto Rico; 3.4 million without power

The Category 4 hurricane with sustained wind speed of 250 km/h snapped power lines, uprooted trees and brought 50 cm of rainfall


After 7.9 shock

The earthquake that shook Nepal and northern India underscores the urgency to understand the seismicity of the Himalayas and to improve the design of buildings in the region

Raining troubles

Little-understood western disturbances have been blamed for most of the freak weather events in India in the past decade. With 50 per cent of its foodgrain production at risk, can India afford to ignore the phenomenon?


'Himalayan region will have earthquakes greater than magnitude 8 in the future'

Rebecca Bendick,Geologist and professor, department of geosciences, University of Montana