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M6.0 Earthquake is California Bay Area’s Strongest Since Loma Prieta

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Napa, Calif. early Sunday morning is the strongest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay area since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, which registered a magnitude 6.9, according to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide. …

Typhoon Halong Nears Japan; Saturday Landfall Expected: AIR Analysis

According the catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, strong winds and heavy rainfall from Typhoon Halong have already arrived on Japan’s Daito Islands (about 320 km [200 miles] east of Okinawa), with reports of maximum sustained surface winds of approximately 139 …

Hurricane Iselle Makes Beeline for Hawaii

Hurricane Iselle, which has been tracking toward Hawaii since last week, is projected to make landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii Thursday night local time, according the catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide. Iselle has weakened to a Category 1 …

Shallow M6.1 Earthquake Causes Severe Damage in China: AIR Analysis

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide the Mw6.1 earthquake that struck south-central China’s Yunnan Province “was the strongest to strike the area in 14 years. The epicenter was near the township of Longtoushan in Ludian County, just 11 km …

Hurricane Bertha to Pass by East Coast But Not Make Landfall: AIR

Bertha, which became the second hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season today, made its way through the Caribbean as a weak and disorganized tropical storm this past weekend. Bertha is heading north and is expected to pass along the U.S. …

Cat Modeler’s Sharknado Model Follows Campy SyFy Sequel

Editor’s note: Wednesday night’s premier of “Sharknado 2: The Second One” on the SyFy Channel followed last year’s corny flick, which lit up Twitter with praise and insults for its camp and B-grade acting. The product placement-laden, cameo-heavy sequel pitted …

Typhoon Matmo Spares Taiwan from Major Damage; Moves to China: AIR Analysis

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Typhoon Matmo, the third typhoon in the western Pacific Basin in less than three weeks, “made landfall in Taiwan around midnight, local time, Tuesday night with winds over 160 km/h [100 mph] and …

Typhoon Matmo Targets Taiwan, Southeastern China: AIR Analysis

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Typhoon Matmo (called Henry in the Philippines) formed in the Philippines Sea and became a tropical storm on July 17. It is the third typhoon to form in the northwest Pacific basin in …

Typhoon Rammasun Poised to Strike Hainan Province in China: AIR

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, after striking the Philippines with high winds and floods, “a strengthening Typhoon Rammasun is set to make landfall in China between 6 and 12 UTC on July 18, 2014, as a strong tropical …

Typhoon Rammasun Passes South of Manila, Strengthening Expected: AIR

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Typhoon Rammasun weakened as it crossed the Philippine island of Luzon and passed to the south of Manila, where wind speeds of 60-140 km/hr (37-87 mph) were observed, along with heavy rainfall. Rammasun …