Catastrophe News

Port of Tianjin Blast Highlights Growth of Accumulation Risks: IUMI

The explosions that recently devastated the Port of Tianjin highlight the danger of accumulation risks – when a single event causes an exceptionally large group of related losses, said the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI). IUMI President Dieter Berg …

UPDATE: Tianjin Blast Claims Could Top Estimates, Strain Chinese Insurers

Insurance claims from the devastating explosions at the Chinese port of Tianjin last week could exceed initial estimates and strain the finances of regional insurers, credit ratings agency Fitch said on Tuesday. Credit Suisse analysts estimated that total insurance losses …

A.M. Best: Sanctions Removal to Attract Re/Insurers to Iranian Market

The lifting of trade restrictions placed on Iran may present significant opportunities for the Middle East and North African (MENA) re/insurance market, with European participants also expected to re-engage and seek a foothold in the country, according to research published …

San Andreas Movie: Facts Within Fiction

Released in late spring 2015, the movie San Andreas tells the story of massive earthquakes devastating California as a helicopter pilot and his (formerly estranged) wife try to find and rescue their daughter. Having defeated the likes of genetically engineered …

U.S. Power Grid Attack Could Cause $70 Billion in Insurance Losses: Lloyd’s Report

A cyber attack on the U.S. power grid in the Northeast would have far-reaching implications including the loss of lives, economic losses of as much as a trillion dollars, the disruption of water supplies and transportation, and potentially more than …

Amtrak Concedes to Liability in Philadelphia Train Derailment Cases

Amtrak said it will concede that it’s liable for most damages caused by the May 12 train derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers and injured dozens. The railroad acknowledged Friday in responses to two lawsuits that it won’t contest …

Willis Re Launches $400M Reinsurance Facility to Cover Catastrophic Liabilities

Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Group Holdings plc, has established a syndicated reinsurance facility providing the broadest protection available for insurers against catastrophic and systemic loss accumulations arising from liability portfolios. Named PRIMO, the facility responds to increasing …

Earthquake in Nepal Kills at Least 41, Injures Many, on Heels of April Temblor

An earthquake in Nepal on Tuesday killed at least 41 people and injured more than 1,000, a little over two weeks after thousands died in an even more powerful temblor. The 7.3 magnitude quake at 12:35 p.m. Indian time was …

A.M. Best: Australia’s Nat Cat Losses Will Challenge Underwriting Profits

A string of recent major natural catastrophe events in Australia is expected to materially affect non-life insurers’ upcoming earnings for the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2015, according to an A.M. Bestbriefing. However, the Best’s Briefing, titled, “Recent Natural …

Guy Carpenter Launches G-CAT® Canada Flood Model

Guy Carpenter launched its G-CAT® Canada Flood Model, which it describes as the first ever probabilistic flood model for Canada that enables insurers to assess their exposure to flood, Canada’s most frequently occurring natural hazard. Large areas of Canada experience …