News Hot springs in Yellowstone National Park, which is centered over the supervolcano

Scientists have analysed the molten rock within the dormant supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park and found that eruption is possible without any external trigger

Sony Ericsson records €50m loss

The mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson has posted a quarterly loss following disruption to its supply chain caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Earthquake in English Channel

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 struck in the middle of the English Channel yesterday, the British Geological Survey said.

Cash offer to leave Christchurch's earthquake homes

Homeowners in Christchurch will be offered money by the government to leave the areas of the city that were worst hit by the recent earthquakes.

Video: Aftermath of NZ quakes

Residents in New Zealand have been coming to terms with the aftermath of the latest earthquakes which killed one person.

MPs call for inquiry into shale gas drilling after earthquakes

Ministers were facing growing pressure last night to investigate the safety and environmental impacts of drilling for shale gas after fears that it could have triggered two small earthquakes in Lancashire.

Ash 'supremo' is appointed

A volcanic ash "supremo" was appointed yesterday.

Desire Petroleum back on the trail of Falklands oil

Desire Petroleum attempted to offer a ray hope to investors yesterday, saying that new data on its acreage off the coast of the Falkland Islands pointed to new leads for potential oil finds.

Small earthquake in Blackpool, major shock for UK's energy policy

Controversial shale gas drilling halted pending investigation into possible connection with tremors

Search continues for 232 still missing in tornado's aftermath

Four days after America's deadliest tornado for six decades tore through this town, levelling buildings, tossing cars and peeling bark from every tree in its path, 232 people were still missing, officials said yesterday. The official death toll stood at 125.

Flights back on schedule after eruption dies down

Airline passengers breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday as a gap in the ash cloud from Iceland's latest volcanic eruption allowed almost disruption-free travel.

Steve Connor: Larger ash particles will mean less chaos

Although it is the biggest volcanic eruption in Iceland for 50 years – bigger than the one that caused air travel chaos this time last year – experts believe the Grímsvötn disturbance is unlikely to cause the widespread closure of airports.

Quake town unlucky says seismologist

A town in southern Spain was "unlucky" to have been hit by an earthquake which killed eight people and caused extensive damage, according to a seismologist.

'World's most dangerous' nuclear power plant is closed down

Prime Minister Naoto Kan has stunned Japan's power industry by asking for the closure of the country's most controversial atomic plant, eight weeks after a huge earthquake and tsunami triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

Japan's tsunami victims mostly pensioners

Two-thirds of the victims identified in last month's tsunami in Japan were elderly and most of them drowned, police said.

Fukushima evacuees not allowed home

Japan's government is preparing to declare the 20km (12-mile) irradiated zone around the Fukushima power plant off-limits, effectively banning evacuees from returning home. The move would give the police power to force anyone in the zone to leave and punish violators.

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