Natural Disasters

Piha flood victims still waiting for decision on water-damaged homes

Some residents are frustrated by what they see as a lack of consultation by Auckland Council, and deadlines not being met.

A group from Canterbury University are turning volcanic rock back into liquid form via a bronze furnace.

Canterbury University scientists create lava after melting volcanic rock

The lava is helping predict what might happen in an eruption.

Engineers warned council over design of Wellington building damaged in Kaikōura quake

Since the 7.8-magnitude quake two years ago, investigations on the waterfront have centred on how the now-demolished Statistics House failed.

Large 6.6 magnitude aftershock strikes off New Caledonia following earlier earthquake

The first quake struck southeast of the Loyalty Islands at 5.18pm.

This aerial photo shows damage on Vine Road, south of Wasilla, Alaska, after earthquakes Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.

Alaska quake damage could have been much worse, experts say

Updated building codes after a devastating 9.2 quake in 1964 are credited for the lack of widespread catastrophic damage.

The region is still in recovery mode from storms, and at a public meeting, residents expressed concerns it could happen again.

Owners of East Coast forests charged over debris damage

The cost of the damage is in the millions of dollars. Three of the forests being prosecuted are in Tolaga Bay which suffered most of the damage.

Thousands without power after major 7.0 Alaska quake

Power outages will be quicker to fix than the shattered roads says Alaska's Governor.

Raw: Social media videos show how back-to-back 7.0 and 5.8 magnitude quakes rocked Alaska

Videos capture the frightening moment quakes shattered roads and buildings in Anchorage, sending people running into the streets.

More than 130 fires are still burning across the state, with three of major concern.

No end in sight to Queensland bushfire crisis as severe heatwave forecast to spread across state

Firefighters battled up to 140 wildfires during the six-day unprecedented emergency.

It’s the biggest rain downpour Sydney’s seen in more than three decades.

Clean up continues after wild storm lashes Sydney

Isolated shower activity is expected to continue but with no danger of localised or flash flooding.

Watch: Baby gender-reveal goes pear shaped as blue powder explosion sparks 18,000ha blaze

"Start packing up!" a voice yelled as the celebratory moment in Arizona quickly turned to panic.

Massive storm causes havoc as Sydney receives a month's worth of rain in just two hours

One person is dead, two police officers have been injured and almost 130 flights cancelled.

Western Iran rocked by 6.3 earthquake near border with Iraq

Quake struck in same area where over 600 people were killed by another temblor last year.

Volunteer rescue workers search for human remains in the rubble of homes burned in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Northern California officials have struggled to get a handle on the number of missing from the deadliest wildfire in at least a century in the United States. Authorities continue to log hundreds of reports by people who couldn't reach loved ones in the aftermath of the Camp Fire in Butte County. (AP Photo/Terry Chea, File)

Rain helps douse California fire but hinders search for those missing

The nation's deadliest wildfire in the past century has killed at least 84 people, and more than 560 are still unaccounted for.

Watch: Wild South Australian storm rips roof off house

Surinder Kumar and his pregnant wife were watching TV last night when the ceiling above their heads took off in the winds.

About 4,000 residents fled the area already devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year.

Thousands flee as red-hot rock and ash spews into sky above Guatemala volcano

About 4,000 residents fled the area already devastated by a deadly eruption earlier this year.

California fires

Number of people missing in California's deadliest wildfire reaches nearly 1300

The death toll is now 76, but it's feared that number will grown.

Electrocution, flooding and house collapses cause of 33 deaths in Indian cyclone

The cyclone uprooted 30,000 electricity poles and more than 100,000 trees.

Drone footage shows helicopters dousing cars with water as they escape inferno on Californian highway

The video shows cars and trucks driving on the wrong side of the road, hugging the median to avoid the fire.

Dame Silvia Cartwright to lead first public inquiry into EQC

The inquiry will look to learn from the experience of the Canterbury earthquakes.

Donald Trump blames 'gross mismanagement' for Californian fires in tweet, receives backlash

Firefighters’ associations, politicians and celebrities hit back.

Westland Mayor Bruce Smith posted footage of flood waters cascading on to the road.

Raw video: Torrent of water rushes down West Coast road as heavy rain causes slips

Hokitika school closes with SH6 closure extended from near Hokitika to south of Fox Glacier.

The project was recognised in London for the way it’s transformed people’s lives, by reconnecting people and allowing businesses to welcome back tourism.

Kaikōura's earthquake recovery wins prestigious engineering award

The project was recognised in London for the way it's transformed people's lives.

Brendan Crowell from the University of Washington says there's quite a few tsunami risks in NZ.

NZ is at risk of a Japan-style tsunami travelling several kilometres inland, US scientist warns

Brendan Crowell from the University of Washington says there's quite a few tsunami risks in NZ.

Visitors and locals say the quake was one of the strongest they've felt and made them very nervous.

'Scary' - People duck under desks, dart outside, as 6.2 earthquake jolts Napier

More than 15,000 people across the country have reported feeling the quake.

'We're interrupting your speech' - Anne Tolley suspends Parliament as 'substantial earthquake' rattles MPs

National's Alfred Ngaro was powering on with a speech about letting fees when the 6.2 quake struck.

Watch: The moment Parliament is evacuated after 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Wellington

Cameras captured the dramatic moment Parliament was struck by the quake.

The Government agency claims only half of New Zealand adults are prepared should a quake hit.

Civil Defence ramping up earthquake preparedness drills with Shakedown now an annual event

Officials hope children will take the message home to their parents.

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