After more than 4,700 deaths, the Ebola outbreak has come to an end in Liberia. According to reports, there have been no cases of the virus that has ravaged West Africa since last year for 42 days, twice the incubation period for the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the last confirmed case in Liberia was buried on March 28. This means the outbreak is over in one of the nations hardest hit by it.
Less than one month after a massive earthquake killed more than 8.150 and flattened buildings in Nepal, the small South Asian nation has been struck again. Another earthquake, this time a magnitude 7.3 quake, hit north of the country’s capital of Kathmandu. Early reports put the death toll at 37 with at least 1,117 injured.
Emergency responders searched the wreckage of communities in northeast Texas and southwest Arkansas after a rash of tornadoes slammed the area, killing at least two people and leaving dozens injured. Utility companies are working to restore "vital infrastructures," and road and bridge crews are working to open streets and highways to allow for first responder access.
State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke's comments follow complaints from anti-online censorship group Greatfire.org that Chinese authorities carried out denial-of-service attacks in late March that intermittently shut down San Francisco-based Github, a U.S.-based computer-code sharing site that hosts some of Greatfire's data. Greatfire.org said it was a direct target of similar attacks earlier that month.
A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 37 people while triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.
The new CEO of Malaysia Airlines said its financial situation is more challenging than anticipated and it will shrink in size as it tries to overcome a tarnished image with the travel industry and the public. Malaysia Airlines was battered last year by double jet disasters. Its government owner has brought in a new CEO to oversee a 6 billion ringgit ($1.7 billion) turnaround.
A reactor at a New York nuclear power plant could be offline for weeks because of a transformer fire and oil leak. Several thousand gallons of oil spilled into the Hudson River after a weekend transformer fire on the non-nuclear side of the Indian Point plant.
A powerful typhoon that slammed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines left at least two people dead and prompted nearly 3,500 residents to flee to shelters following warnings to evacuate coastal and mountainous villages. Typhoon Noul has weakened since making landfall in Cagayan province's coastal town of Santa Ana.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for an attack in Garland, Texas in which two gunmen opened fire on an event where attendees were asked to draw the prophet Muhammad. Attacks like this should be a point of focus for business continuity professionals.
Joe Starzyk, Senior Business Development Executive for IBM Resiliency Services, discusses the importance of focusing on data backup, different ways organizations should back their data up and how it can and will lead to faster recovery times in the long run.
More than a thousand engineers were checking damaged houses in Nepal's capital Wednesday and advising people about whether they are safe. About 13,000 families have requested inspections of their homes since the massive magnitude-7.8 earthquake near Kathmandu on April 25, Nepal Engineers Association General Secretary Kishore Kumar Jha said. More than 7,600 people died in the quake.
Authorities are still puzzling over why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who had suffered from suicidal tendencies and depression in the past, sent the Barcelona-to-Duesseldorf flight straight into the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board.
California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation. Although the rules are called mandatory, it's still unclear what punishment the state water board and local agencies will impose for those that don't meet the targets.
An oil train derailed and caught fire in a rural area of central North Dakota, prompting the evacuation of a nearby town where about three dozen people live. Firefighters from four area communities responded to the fire, and regional hazardous materials teams from Grand Forks and Devils Lake were sent to the scene.
Jennie-O Turkey Store said it will lay off 233 employees at its processing plant in the southern Minnesota city of Faribault because of bird flu outbreaks that have cut its turkey supply. In a statement, the country's second-largest turkey processor said the Faribault plant will switch to a single shift for the foreseeable future.