AIR Worldwide News

AIR Worldwide Introduces Earthquake Model for India

Catastrophe risk modeler AIR Worldwide, a Verisk Analytics business, has released a new earthquake model for India that estimates losses to residential, commercial and small industrial buildings as well as automobiles. The model’s seismicity analysis covers areas with seismic activity …

Pandemics and Climate Change Present Opportunity for Insurers

The shoe may eventually be placed on the other foot for the U.S. This nation has a long-standing tradition of innovating products and ideas – particularly insurance products – and then exporting them to other countries. Now the U.S. may …

AIR Worldwide: Storms in Texas Brought Up to 600% of Long-Term Average Rain Amounts

Catastrophe modeling firm, AIR Worldwide, reports that over the last several weeks, much of Texas has experienced 400 percent to 600 percent of long-term average rainfall amounts. The storms have subsided for now, but during the recent storm period many …

Insured Losses from French Floods May Total $682M: Industry Association AFA

Insurance executives meet with government officials in Paris Monday to assess the cost of flooding in the Centre and Ile-de-France regions as the Seine river recedes from its highest levels in more than three decades. The river flowing through the …

Update: Flash Floods Hit SE Germany, Killing at Least 8; AIR Worldwide Comments

Torrential rain, thunderstorms and flash floods that have inundated towns in southeastern Germany in recent days took the death toll to at least eight as forecasters warned of continuing severe weather spreading northward and westward into France. Five people drowned …

Alberta Wildfires Could Cost $7B with Minimal Insurer Credit Hit: Ratings Agencies

The Fort McMurray wildfires, which have been raging through northern Alberta, Canada since May 1, are likely to be the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history, according to recent reports issued by catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, rating company DBRS …

Ecuador Earthquake’s Death Toll Rises; AIR Worldwide Comments

World leaders from the Vatican to Washington offered support to Ecuador as casualties mounted following one of the strongest earthquakes to strike the South American country in decades. The number of dead has climbed to at least 350 from 272 …

Sony’s Camera Chip Factory Halts Production After Japan Temblor; AIR Comments

The earthquake in southern Japan that killed nine people, damaged buildings and derailed a bullet train also halted production at a Sony Corp. camera-chip factory, a key part of the global smartphone supply chain. The plant in Kumamoto on the …

RIMS 2016: What’s the Biggest Risk for Cyber Insurers?

Nobody really knows what the biggest cyber risk is. But Scott Stransky, senior scientist at risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide, has thought a lot about a cloud breach and the business interruption ramifications. Listen as he describes the “Hurricane Andrew” …

AIR Says Brussels Attacks Have Limited Insurer Impact; FERMA Issues Comment

The deadly coordinated attacks in Brussels on March 22, which killed 33 people and wounded 260. are expected to have limited impact on the insurance industry, according to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide. Loss of life and injuries to individuals …