Japan earthquake News

$1B Insurance Price Tag for U.S. Severe Weather in March (and Other Global Events): Aon

Multiple U.S. severe weather outbreaks, including tornadoes, hail, and flooding, resulted in losses of more than $1 billion for public and private insurers during March, with economic costs approaching $2 billion, according to Aon’s monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which …

A U.S. Storm that Will Break Insurance Records – and Other February Storms, Quakes

February saw a spate of winter storms in the United States, including the period from Feb. 12-20, which will become the U.S. insurance industry’s costliest winter weather peril on record, according to insurance broker Aon plc in its monthly Global …

Japan Quakes to Cost Insurance Industry $2B-$3B Annually: Karen Clark & Co.

For insurers and reinsurers, the 1995 Kobe earthquake produced $3 billion in insured property losses, but a repeat of a more devastating quake that happened 72 years earlier could bring $225 billion in industry losses. And a more typical level …

Tsunami-Wrecked Fukushima Nuclear Plant Begins Fuel Removal in Melted Reactor

The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday [April 15] from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in what will be a decades-long process to …

Insurance Covered $90B of Natural Disaster Losses in 2018, Leaving 60% Protection Gap

The economic costs of last year’s 394 natural catastrophe events came to US$225 billion with insurance covering US$90 billion of the overall total, creating the fourth costliest year on record of insured losses, according to an Aon report titled “Weather, …

California Wildfires, Hurricane Michael Top List of 2018’s Costliest Natural Disasters: Munich Re

The costliest natural catastrophes occurred in the United States in 2018 with one of California’s devastating wildfires and Hurricane Michael topping the list, according to Munich Re. A report from Munich Re on last year’s natural disasters pointed to “clear …

Natural Disasters in September Bring Costliest Damages to Date for 2018: Aon Report

Hurricane, flood, and earthquake damages made September the costliest month for natural catastrophes in 2018, according to a report from Aon’s Impact Forecasting team. September is typically the busiest month for tropical cyclone activity around the globe – and 2018 …

Rescues, Power Restoration Underway on Japan’s Northern Island Hit by Quake

Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido began to restore power after a strong earthquake overnight knocked out electricity throughout the entire prefecture of more than 5 million people. The magnitude 6.7 quake that hit on the western part of the island …

Earthquake Hits Japan’s Industrial Heartland, Causing 3 Deaths; Trains, Factories Halted

Three people were confirmed dead and almost 100 injured after a strong earthquake hit Osaka on Monday morning, rattling one of Japan’s industrial heartlands and halting trains and factories across the region. The earthquake struck at 7:58 a.m. local time, …

Nat Cats Cost Insurers $39.5B in 2016, Highest Level in 4 Years: Willis Re

Insured loss estimates from major natural catastrophes totaled US$39.5 billion during 2016, which is the highest level since 2012 when market losses totaled US$60 billion, according to a report published by Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson. …