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

Video: Man alive after 5 days under rubble

A man has been pulled out of the rubble alive in Japan five days after the earthquake struck.

Insurance companies fear world's costliest ever disaster

Predictions that the Japanese earthquake could prove to be the most costly ever natural disaster hit insurers yesterday.

Survivors search desperately for signs of hope

It is still not possible to quantify the human costs of last Friday's earthquake and tsunami. Tens of thousands are still missing – in the case of the northern town of Minamisanriku, as many as 10,000 of the town's 17,000 residents are unaccounted for.

Trying to sleep through Japan’s earthquakes

People are incredibly calm, despite the ground constantly shaking.

Official toll is 1,000 – but true figure likely to be far higher

The estimated death toll from Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami leapt tenfold yesterday as the world's third-largest economy struggled to deal with the crippling aftermath of what Prime Minister Naoto Kan has described as the worst crisis to face his country since the Second World War.

Adrian Hamilton: Where modernity co-exists with an age-old menace

It is easy to confuse the orderliness and apparent calm of the Japanese with a spirit of obedience in the populace

Q&A: The day the Earth moved, and a nation's east coast shifted by 2.4 metres

It was the country's worst recorded earthquake, yet its impact has been less destructive than similar natural disasters in the Pacific Rim

Leading article: The only lesson we can draw from nature's destruction

Hokusai's masterpiece, The Great Wave of Kanagawa, is probably the most famous image that Japan has given to the world.

Earthquake in China leaves 25 dead

China's state media is reporting that a moderately strong earthquake in the southwest toppled more than 18,000 houses and apartment buildings.

Parts of Christchurch may be abandoned

About 10,000 houses in Christchurch may have to be demolished because of earthquake damage, while some parts of the city may have to be abandoned altogether, New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, said yesterday.

No hope for more Christchurch quake survivors

Rescuers officially gave up hope of finding more survivors of the Christchurch earthquake, saying yesterday that no one trapped in rubble when the disaster struck nine days earlier could still be alive.

Christchurch: Bodies 'may never be recovered'

New Zealand came to a standstill yesterday as people marked the moment a deadly earthquake shattered the country's second-biggest city, Christchurch, a week ago.

Video: New Zealand mourns quake victims

Christchurch came to a standstill earlier as people in the city marked the moment a deadly earthquake struck one week ago.

Nelsen heads to earthquake zone

Ryan Nelsen will be allowed to return home to Christchurch this week after his manager Steve Kean gave his blessing.

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