Between fires, twisters, hurricanes, droughts and floods, 2011 has been Mother Nature’s most continuously whopping year for the United States. Data released by NOAA now counts a record of 12 disasters passing the $1 billion mark in 2011 — smashing the previous record of nine such calamities in 2008. Continue reading
Kosho Sudo, a Buddhist sculpture master craftsman from Kyoto, Japan, and students carve a statue of Buddha earlier this week. The Buddha is made of pine from Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, which was hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. About 5,000 people have contributed to the carving of the nearly nine-foot-tall, six-foot-deep statue.
The March earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan killed 2,000 people in the town of Minamisanriku, leaving it flattened and abandoned. Independent Television News’ Alex Thomson reported from there soon after the disaster and returned last month. Continue reading
Independent Television News’ Alex Thomson reports from Kesennuma, Japan, on one fishing port’s struggle to come back after the March earthquake and tsunami devastated the town and its fleet. Continue reading
In other news Monday, a powerful and rare early snowstorm is now blamed for at least 12 deaths in the Northeastern United States. Some 2 million homes and businesses were still in the dark two days after the storm blew through. Also, police made a number of arrests at several Occupy Wall Street encampments around the country. Continue reading
In other news Friday, soldiers, Buddhist monks and others people in flood-ravaged Bangkok, Thailand, piled sandbags ahead of high tides, which are expected to peak on Saturday. Also, another young survivor was found alive in eastern Turkey, five days after a devastating earthquake. Continue reading
The heart of Bangkok, Thailand, braced Thursday for the arrival of floodwaters, as the nation’s prime minister acknowledged that dikes around the city might not hold. John Spars of Independent Television News reports from Bangkok. Continue reading