Earthquakes News

Aon Securities Structures Largest-Ever Earthquake Catastrophe Bond for World Bank

Aon Securities, the investment banking division of reinsurance intermediary and capital adviser Aon Benfield, has assisted the World Bank in structuring the largest-ever catastrophe bond covering earthquake, which provides the organization with US$1.36 billion of capital markets’ protection. The bond …

Magnitude-6.0 Quake Hits Taiwan; at Least 6 People Killed, More Than 200 Injured

Hundreds of rescuers are searching for people still missing after a magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan late Tuesday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 200 others. The Central Emergency Operation Center said 76 people …

6.1 Magnitude Quake Hits Indonesia, Causing Damages, Injuries on Java Island

Office workers fled high-rise buildings in the Indonesian capital on Tuesday after a strong earthquake shook the city, causing some injuries and damage to at least 130 buildings elsewhere on the densely populated island of Java. The relatively shallow quake …

Vietnam Suffers Rare $1 Billion Natural Catastrophe Loss: Aon Benfield Report

Typhoon Damrey made landfall in Vietnam during November as a Category 2 strength storm, bringing estimated economic damages of VND22.1 trillion (US$1.0 billion) – a rare billion-dollar event for the country, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development …

Despite Earthquake Risk, UK Ready to Begin Fracking – Again

Six years after Britain’s first fracking operation was stymied by earth tremors, its shale gas industry is poised to try again with a technology that could transform the UK gas market and drastically reduce its reliance on imports. While environmental …

Loss Estimate for October 2016 Italian Quakes Rises to US$244.4M: PERILS

The property insurance market’s losses from the series of earthquakes to hit Central Italy between Oct. 26 and Oct. 30, 2016 has risen to €208 million (US$244.4 million), according to PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry wide catastrophe …

Study Links Colorado, New Mexico Quakes to Oil and Gas Fluid Injections

A rash of earthquakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico between 2008 and 2010 was likely due to fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal, according to a study from Colorado University Boulder. The study, which …

Prevalent, Discredited Building Technique Raised Mexico’s Quake Deaths: Engineers

Warm lighting would enhance the wood floors’ natural glow, the developer promised, so when all the custom lightbulbs burnt out, Anahi Abadia and her husband grudgingly drove to Home Depot to replenish supplies for their chic new flat in southern …

Economic Costs of Mexico’s Earthquake Could Surpass $2B

President Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday [Sept. 27] that preliminary accounting of the damage caused by the two big earthquakes that hit Mexico this month could cost upward of $2 billion (38.1 billion pesos). Pena Nieto stressed that damage assessments …

Mexico Calculates Economic Cost of Quake; Insurance Covers Small Part of Losses

Mexican government officials are still tallying up the economic losses of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused widespread damage in the capital, but for the manager of a downtown restaurant it is already all too clear. Sitting in the entrance …