Doyle Rice USA TODAY Published 6:12 AM EST Jan 8, 2019 The USA led the world in catastrophes last year. Racking up an overall damage cost of $16.5 billion, the devastating and deadly Camp Fire that ravaged California in November was the world's costliest natural disaster in 2018. The data come from a report issued Tuesday by Munich Re, a reinsurance firm. In second and third place last year were Hurricanes Michael ($16 billion) and Florence ($14 billion). Florence dumped heavy rain across the Carolinas in September, and Michael tore into the Florida Panhandle in October. Michael, which had a wind speed of 155 mph at landfall, was the fourth-strongest hurricane on record to hit the USA. It reduced the small town of Mexico Beach, Florida, to rubble. The disastrous Camp Fire, California's deadliest on record with 86 fatalities, stood out for its ferocity: "Such massive wildfires appear to be occurring more frequently as a result of … [Read more...] about Natural disasters: California Camp Fire was world’s costliest in 2018
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Travelling can be a dangerous activity, but more often than not the weather can make things worse. Storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, and blistering heat can ruin a holiday, or even endanger your life. The extreme weather can cause problems all over the world, and some of the most dangerous destinations might take you by surprise. Here's some of the worst places hit by natural disasters in recent years. California California has seen its fair shares of disasters in recent years. Not only is it at risk from tsunamis and earthquakes, but in recent years the state has experienced some horrific wildfires, this year 98 civilians and 6 firefighters died from the raging fires. 2018 saw the worst fire season on record however, with 8,527 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres. The fires raged in popular destinations like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Fransisco. If you want to travel to California, stay away from fire season in mid July to August. Not only have these deadly fires hit, but … [Read more...] about The most dangerous popular holiday destinations for natural disasters
News / Business by Press Association 30/07/2018, 10:52 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Insurance firm Hiscox has unveiled a jump in profits after it navigated eye-watering costs stemming from multiple natural disasters in 2017. For the six months ended June 30, Hiscox’s profit before tax was 163.6 million US dollars (£124.8 million), up 27% year on year from 129.1 million US dollars (£98.5 million). Gross written premiums rose to 2.2 billion US dollars (£1.7 billion) from 1.8 billion US dollars (£1.4 billion) during the same period last year, an increase of 21%. Hiscox’s shares responded positively to the news, rising 8%, or 119p, to 1,592p. Hiscox chief executive Bronek Masojada said: “It has been a good start to the year. “Our investment across the business is driving strong profitable growth in all segments. We are on track to exceed one million retail customers … [Read more...] about Hiscox delivers jump in profits after navigating series of disasters in 2017
Martin Rogers USA TODAY Published 12:43 p.m. UTC Jun 24, 2018 MOSCOW — Based of its performances and results so far, there is no question that Mexico deserves to reach the round of 16 at the World Cup. It has won both of its first two games, playing determined, enterprising and entertaining soccer. Its displays have been good enough that many — this publication included — believes it is a genuine threat to win the World Cup, surprising as that may have sounded before the tournament. Hirving Lozano is becoming an international star, Javier Hernandez is reproducing his finest World Cup form and Guillermo Ochoa is remembering how to be a world class goalkeeper. What could go wrong? However, thanks to a quirk in the results and standings of Group F, Mexico, for all its fine efforts so far, sits one bad game away from disaster. Ninety minutes from all the fine work so far being rendered obsolete. A defeat to Sweden in the Siberian city of Ekaterinburg on Wednesday, … [Read more...] about Mexico could still face disaster in World Cup despite two wins
Brought to you by Worldwide, natural disasters are occurring more regularly and with greater ferocity. This new documentary explains the risks and offers tips on protecting your home The exciting documentary Built to Last? begins broadcasting this summer on channels in the UK and across the world. Filmed in the UK, Philippines and the US by independent British documentary producer Rockhopper Media, it examines the many hazards homeowners around the world face and powerfully makes the point that, though ways exist to make buildings far more resilient, most homeowners are never offered the options by the property industry or government. The film is inspired by the book Resilience – The Ultimate Sustainability, written by retired building industry expert Aris Papadopoulos, whose non-profit Resilience Action Fund funded its production. The World Bank considered it important enough to co-fund. A World Trade Centre 9/11 survivor, Papadopoulos draws on his industry-insider … [Read more...] about How can our homes and communities better withstand natural disasters?