Earthquakes News

Lloyd’s Insurer Chaucer Expects Underwriting Loss During Q2 2016

The impact of catastrophes, large loss activity and foreign exchange movements are expected to bring an underwriting loss for Chaucer in the second quarter, when it will report a combined ratio in the range of 103 to 105 percent, according …

XL Estimates Q2 Cats to Cost $240M, Led by Alberta Wildfires

XL Group Plc, the insurer that expanded last year with the purchase of Catlin Group Ltd., said second-quarter catastrophe costs were probably about $240 million pretax, with wildfires in Alberta, Canada, responsible for about half the total. Flooding in Europe …

Storms & Earthquakes Drive Up Insured Losses in 1H 2016: Munich Re

Economic losses caused by natural catastrophes in the first half of 2016 totaled US$70 billion, a significant increase from the $59 billion reported for the first half of last year, according to a loss review issued by Munich Re. While …

5 Principles for Navigating Complex Property/Casualty Claims

Property/casualty losses arising from construction defects, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, fires, industrial accidents, tornadoes or any number of other perils can strike at almost any time. When they do, the impacts to a business can be crippling, and managing the operational, …

UT Study Links Recent Texas Quakes to Oil Activity

A new study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin concludes that human activity has been a factor in earthquakes throughout the state for nearly 100 years. The study conclusions are in a paper to be published in …

Natural Disaster Losses Hit Five-Year High in April: Aon Catastrophe Report

The global economy suffered the worst April natural disaster losses for five years, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. Earthquakes, convective storms and flooding contributed to the worldwide devastation, said Impact Forecasting, noting that a significant proportion of …

Ecuador to Raise Taxes, Sell Assets to Fund Multi-Billion Dollar Quake Rebuilding

Ecuador will temporarily increase some taxes, sell assets, and may issue new bonds on the international market to fund a multi-billion dollar reconstruction after a devastating 7.8 magnitude quake, a somber President Rafael Correa said on Wednesday [April 20]. The …

Japanese Earthquakes Could Cost Insurers $2.9 Billion: AIR Worldwide

An earthquake that struck southern Japan on April 16 will probably cost insurers as much as 320 billion yen ($2.9 billion), according to catastrophe modeler AIR Worldwide. The cost might be as low as 180 billion yen, the company said …

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 …

Death Toll Rises from Japanese Earthquakes; Supply Chain Disruptions Examined

The death toll from earthquakes that struck southern Japan rose to 42 and the economic impact began to reverberate Monday as companies surveyed damage and the potential effects on production from supply-chain disruptions. The quakes that struck the island of …