• March 9, 2012    

    On Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels requested federal aid for six southern Indiana counties hard hit by last week’s tornadoes. Thirteen people died and hundreds of homes and businesses were severely damaged or destroyed in the area’s worst tornado outbreak … Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012  

    Sunday marks a year since a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, causing a partial meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukushima plants. In the first report in a series on Japan’s recovery, Miles O’Brien documents the country’s cleanup attempts as scientists decide whether residual radiation could be potentially harmful. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012  

    Carl Pillitteri was one of 38 Americans at the Fukushima plant when the earthquake hit. Describing the “demonic” sounds he heard and the pit of fear he felt inside the turbine building that day, Pillteri recently spoke with Alex Chadwick, the host of the new American Public Media series “BURN: An Energy Journal.” Continue reading

  • March 5, 2012  

    The National Weather Service confirmed 51 tornadoes across 11 states from Friday into early Saturday, from the Great Lakes spreading south of the Gulf Coast and as far east as Georgia and the Carolinas. Hari Sreenivasan reports on cleanup efforts in Indiana that have been slowed by Monday’s snow and low temperatures. Continue reading

  • March 2, 2012  

    Two Indiana towns were heavily damaged Friday as another round of deadly tornadoes raked the Midwest. Jeffrey Brown discusses the violent weather with Maj. Chuck Adams of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department in Southern Indiana and meteorologist Greg Carbin of the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center. Continue reading

  • February 29, 2012  

    In other news Wednesday, at least nine people were killed in the Midwest as an outbreak of tornadoes ripped across the region. More than 30 others were hurt, and a series of small towns suffered heavy damage. In Syria, government troops and tanks pushed into a rebel-held area in the battered city of Homs. Continue reading

  • February 13, 2012    

    Updated: Feb. 14| We recently stumbled on this animated map that plots 2011’s biggest earthquakes.* Each circle represents an earthquake — the bigger the circle, the greater the magnitude. The line across the circle indicates the quake’s depth. Most notable … Continue reading

  • January 31, 2012  

    In other news Tuesday, the death toll neared 60 in a sub-zero cold wave across Central and Eastern Europe as temperatures dropped to -17 degrees Fahrenheit in some places. Also, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug called Kalydeco for use by 1,200 patients with a rare form of cystic fibrosis. Continue reading

  • January 23, 2012  

    In other news Monday, at least two people were killed and 100 hurt when possible tornadoes struck Alabama. The huge system stretched from the Great Lakes to the Deep South, where the heaviest storms were hitting. Also, a U.S. Marine pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty in the killing of two dozen Iraqis in 2005. Continue reading

  • January 16, 2012  

    Two years after a magnitude-7 earthquake shattered Port-au-Prince, 500,000 Haitians are still living in what were supposed to be temporary settlement camps. That’s despite ambitious plans for millions of dollars in homes, schools and public works projects. Ray Suarez looks at the ongoing recovery efforts. Continue reading