Earthquakes News

Oklahoma Creates Fracking Guidelines with Goal of Reducing Quake Risk

Oklahoma is imposing guidelines to reduce the risk of earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing in its oil-rich shale formations, the first rules in the state to target the controversial production technique. The guidelines are aimed at the South Central Oklahoma …

Insured Cat Losses in 2016 Totaled $49B, with $158B of Economic Costs: Swiss Re

More than 10,000 people died as a result of natural and man-made disasters during 2016, with financial losses totaling at least $158 billion, Swiss Re said on Thursday. At an estimated $49 billion, insured losses rose by nearly a third …

Caribbean Cat Facility, CCRIF, Pays Nicaragua $1.1M for Hurricane Otto

CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) made a payout of US$1.1 million to the government of Nicaragua as a result of damages from Hurricane Otto. Damages triggered a CCRIF payment on the country’s tropical cyclone policy, which …

New Zealand Quake’s Insured Losses Estimated at $705M-$3.5B: Aon Cat Report

Insurance losses from last month’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake in New Zealand are likely to range between NZ$1.0 to 5.0 billion (US$705 million and US$3.5 billion), according to a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. At …

Indonesia’s M6.5 Quake Kills Nearly 100 with Low Insurance Losses Expected: AIR

An M6.5 earthquake jolted the northernmost area of Sumatra, Indonesia, on Dec. 7 at 5:03 a.m. local time, with nearly 100 fatalities and more than 600 injuries reported. The epicenter was 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) southeast of Sigli and 92.3 …

Insured Losses from Italy’s October Earthquakes Estimated at $33.3M: PERILS

The initial estimate of the property insurance market loss from the series of earthquakes that hit central Italy in October is €31 million ($33.3 million), according to PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry catastrophe insurance data. Three major …

RMS Peru Earthquake Model and Actuaries Climate Index Are Launched

RMS and a group of actuarial societies each rolled out new products designed to respectively help measure risks related to earthquake and weather events. In RMS’ case, the catastrophe modeling firm gained regulatory approval in Peru to start marketing its …

Oklahoma Earthquakes: The Emerging Risk from Induced Seismicity

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. California is typically the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of earthquake activity in the U.S. In recent years, however, the central U.S. – especially Oklahoma, northern …

Major Canada Earthquake Could Lead to Widespread Insurer Insolvencies: Report

A massive earthquake off the coast of British Columbia has the potential to cause widespread failure among insurance companies and trigger a domino effect across the financial sector, according to a Conference Board of Canada report. “As the earthquake in New Zealand earlier this month reminds …

7.4 Earthquake off Coast of Fukushima Jolts Japan; Tsunami Alert Lifted

A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima region devastated by a 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The magnitude 7.4 …