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Series of October earthquakes in Italy spur 125 million euro loss estimate: PERILS

January 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The series of earthquakes that hit central Italy in late October last year has prompted a property insurance market loss estimate of 125 million euros, PERILS AG reports. The quakes had on impact on the regions of Lazio, Marche and

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Joy erupts as Italian rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

January 20, 2017 Paolo Santalucia and Gregorio Borgia - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FARINDOLA, Italy – With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people

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Research on earthquakes, tsunamis and climate change to benefit from federal investment of $46.6 million to Ocean Networks Canada

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government has provided a five-year $46.6 million investment to the University of Victoria’s (UVic) Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) to support its continued research and development. ONC pioneers ocean observatories that stream live data 24/7 to researchers across Canada

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2016 costliest 12 months for natural catastrophes in the last four years: Munich Re

January 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The US$175 billion in natural catastrophes losses in 2016 – the lion’s share of which were uninsured – dwarfed those in the previous year and were just shy of 2012’s US$180 billion total, Munich Re reports. The research released Wednesday

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Oklahoma warns of more quakes from energy drilling

December 21, 2016 Tim Talley - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma regulators said Tuesday that the number of induced earthquakes could increase as oil and gas production expands in a broad area of the state, and they’re telling energy companies that they need to be ready to

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Total economic losses from nat, man-made disasters in 2016 at least US$158 billion: Swiss Re sigma estimate

December 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Total economic losses from natural and man-made disasters in 2016 were at least US$158 billion, 68% higher than the US$94 billion losses in 2015, according to preliminary Swiss Re sigma estimates released on Thursday. The US$158 billion estimate in total

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After new energy regulations, Oklahoma’s earthquake rate drops

November 30, 2016 Seth Borenstein - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON – The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has dropped dramatically since late May, when the state limited wastewater injections into energy wells, an Associated Press statistical analysis shows. And a new scientific study says the state is on its

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Powerful aftershocks, some as high as magnitude-6.5, strike New Zealand after original M7.8 earthquake: AIR

November 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Powerful aftershocks have shaken New Zealand since a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck South Island near Hanmer Springs at 12:02 a.m. local time on Nov. 14, some as strong as magnitude-6.5, AIR Worldwide said on Monday. Although damage has been relatively light,

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Officials in quake ridden central Italy assess damage

October 28, 2016 Alessandra Tarantino and Colleen Barry - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

VISSO, Italy – Officials in central Italy began early Thursday to assess the damage caused by a pair of strong earthquakes in the same region of central Italy hit by a deadly quake in August, as an appeal went out

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Nat-cats contribute to decrease in net income at SCOR for first three quarters of 2016 compared to prior-year period

October 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Group net income for SCOR for the first nine months of 2016 took a hit, partly as a result of the impact of natural catastrophes, falling 11.0% to 438 million euros compared to 492 million euros for the first

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Large earthquakes more likely during periods of high tidal stress, study finds

September 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Large earthquakes are more probable during periods of high tidal stress, according to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience earlier this week. The study Earthquake potential revealed by tidal influence on earthquake size-frequency statistics from researchers at the

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Drillers, regulators can lessen earthquakes likely caused by wastewater injection, new research reveals

August 29, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Actions taken by drillers and regulators can lessen risk in the case of earthquakes likely caused by the injection of industrial wastewater deep underground, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Colorado. While