from Oddly Enough Blog:

It’s just like in the disaster movies!

September 6, 2011

Boss, can you hear me? It's me, Johnson! Oh, it's still night-time in LA? Sorry to wake you up, but I've got great news!

from Reuters Money:

Scam artists abound after Irene: How to keep your money dry

August 30, 2011

There is something about disasters that brings out the best in people — and the worst. Along with the Red Cross and National Guard, scam artists mobilize, too. They see opportunity in people's misfortune.

from Reuters Money:

Hurricane investing: You don’t need a weathervane …

August 26, 2011

Maybe you've already got your lawn furniture stashed in the garage, your water jugs filled and your important papers protected. But have you gotten your investment portfolio ready for Hurricane Irene, currently threatening all the East Coast hot spots?

from Reuters Money:

Earthquakes, hurricanes and smart insurance moves

August 26, 2011

What a week: An earthquake gave the East Coast a jolt and now a hurricane is bearing down.

from Photographers' Blog:

Scars and stories on Joplin’s landscape

August 24, 2011

By Eric Thayer

More than three months ago, a massive tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, killing almost 160 people and destroying nearly 8,000 homes and businesses. For a week the story garnered national and international attention. A community of 50,000 people was thrust into the spotlight.

from Photographers' Blog:

Flashback to Baidoa, Somalia: 1992

August 19, 2011

By Yannis Behrakis

It was the beginning of December 1992 and the winter had settled into Athens - the big story was the civil war and the famine in Somalia.

from Photographers' Blog:

Clearing the rubble but not the sorrow

August 18, 2011

By Kim Kyung-hoon

In 2004 I was in Indonesia’s Banda Aceh covering the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster which killed over 230,000 people in several south Asian countries. I met a tired-looking man tackling huge piles of rubble created by the tsunami in a brave effort to clean it up. He had only a shovel to use on the debris stretching on all sides as far as the eye could see. He stopped a moment and bemoaned to me that it would take more than several years to clear the rubble in his country. He also added that a rich country like Japan could clear it quickly with giant heavy construction equipment if a similar disaster happened in Japan. When I left Banda Aceh after my one-month stay there, the scenery going from the Reuters temporary base to the airport was almost the same as what I had seen on my first day there, and dead bodies still lay on the streets.

from Photographers' Blog:

Retracing my steps in Pakistan

August 2, 2011

On August 7, 2010, with a camera in hand, I dropped into a flooded village on an army helicopter that was delivering food aid to marooned villagers. As a crewman slid the door open to find solid ground, I leaped out, took some photographs, and managed to get back on before the chopper departed.

from Full Focus:

Pakistan revisited

August 2, 2011

Last year's floods in Pakistan killed 2,000, left 11 million homeless and affected the lives of another 7 million. The country is still struggling to recover from $10 billion in damage to infrastructure, irrigation systems, bridges, houses and roads. Reuters award-winning photographer Adrees Latif traveled back to the affected region to document the changes over the year in this dramatic series of combination images. Read about how Adrees took these images here.

from Photographers' Blog:

Me and the man with the iPad

July 29, 2011

By Barry Malone

I never know how to behave when I go to write about hungry people.

I usually bring just a notebook and a pen because it seems somehow more subtle than a recorder. I drain bottled water or hide it before I get out of the car or the plane. In Ethiopia a few years ago I was telling a funny story to some other journalists as our car pulled up near a church where we had been told people were arriving looking for food.