Map of Major Natural Disasters 2017
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Avalanche in Japan kills 8, injures 40 others


March 28, 2017: An avalanche in ski slopes in Japan has claimed lives of at least seven high school students and a teacher.

The avalanche occurred early on Monday near Nasu in Tochigi prefecture, 120km (75 miles) north of Tokyo.

Last Updated: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cyclone Debbie prompts 100 school closures in Australia


March 26, 2017: The Department of Education has shut at least 139 schools and early childhood education and care service in preparation for Cyclone Debbie.

Around 74 public schools have been closed in preparation for Cyclone Debbie. Also, 26 catholic and independent school have been shut down. Apart from that, 39 early childhood education and care service have been also closed.

Last Updated: Saturday, March 25, 2017

3.8 magnitude earthquake recorded in Bajhang, Nepal


March 25, 2017: An earthquake of magnitude 3.8 occurred in Bajhang district of Nepal at 7:27 pm Saturday night.

According to the Nepal Seismological center, it was an aftershock of 2015 Gorkha earthquake.

Angola floods kill 11, leave thousands homeless


March 24, 2017: Deadly floods triggered after heavy rainfall in Angola have claimed lives of at least 11 people and left thousands homeless.

Heavy rainfall hit northern parts of Angola between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday destroying about 700 houses.

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tourists panic as earthquake of 5.5 magnitude rocks Bali, Indonesia


March 22, 2016: Magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck about 10 kilometers northeast of Denpasar, the capital city of the Indonesian province of Bali today.

The earthquake occurred 7:00 am at a depth of 118 kilometers. Tourists fled in panic from holiday resorts in the south of the island.

Last Updated: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Disastrous floods in Peru kill 72


March 18, 2017: At least 72 people have died and 263 others have been injured in disastrous floods in Peru.

Heavy rainfall burst river banks, created mudslides, collapsed bridges and roads. The flooding has also destroyed 12,000 homes, 25 schools and eight hospitals or clinics.

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FEMA urges Louisianans to buy flood insurance


"As the spring rainy season approaches, Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners are urged to purchase a policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)," Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mentioned in its news release issued on March 7, 2017.

NFIP provides affordable flood insurance to homeowners, condo owners, business owners and renters.