Posts Tagged ‘Japan’



September 9th, 2018

Mw 6.6 Earthquake – Iburi, Hokkaido

Posted at 8:48 PM ET

hokaido-earthquake-smallA magnitude (Mw) 6.6 earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan at 18:07 UTC on  September 5 (03.07 JST on September 6), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter was located at a depth of 33.4 km in the Iburi Subprefecture, about 20 km east of the coastal city of Tomakomai and 62 km southeast of Sapporo. No tsunami warning was issued. The event triggered significant landsliding causing damage to buildings and vehicles, as well as widespread power outages. Reports indicate nearly three million households without power, affecting about half of the 5.3 million residents of the Island. Media reports indicate at least sixteen fatalities and over 150 injured, with 26 others still missing. It will take time to fully assess the scope and severity of this event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those affected.

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September 6th, 2018

Super Typhoon Jebi

Posted at 7:22 PM ET

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In the West Pacific Basin, Typhoon Jebi made first landfall on Shikoku (Tokushima Prefecture) at around 03 UTC on 4 September, and then second landfall near Kobe (Hyōgo Prefecture) at around 05 UTC on the same day. The storm brought reports of damaging wind gusts in excess of 160 km/hr (100 mph), flooding due to storm surge and heavy rainfall and mudslides. Widespread damage and power outages have been reported by media across southern Japan. Flood impacts have been especially severe in the Osaka Prefecture, where the Kansai International Airport was affected by storm surge, with disruption also to transportation links. Media reports indicate at least eleven fatalities and 400 injured. It will take time to fully assess the full scope and severity of this ongoing event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected.

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July 18th, 2018

Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions In 2017

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2017.

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July 5th, 2018

Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions In 2017

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2017.

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June 25th, 2018

Volcanic Eruptions: A Complex and Largely Overlooked Risk

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Delioma Oramas-Dorta, Catastrophe Risk Analyst

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Volcanic eruptions are complex phenomena that may affect populations and economies in ways we may not be familiar with. Large volcanic eruptions can spew ash spreading hundreds or even thousands of kilometers; and deposited ash may damage buildings at different levels, from catastrophic structural damage in extreme cases of significant ash fall accumulation, to abrasion or corrosion of nonstructural elements such as roofs, gutters and cladding.

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November 2nd, 2017

Asia Pacific Catastrophe Report 2017: Executive Summary: Protection Gap and Convergence Capital

Posted at 4:00 AM ET

cover-thumb1The proportion of losses uninsured in the Asia Pacific region remains high. For example, examination of this year’s major landfalling typhoons in China shows a wide discrepancy between economic and insured losses.

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February 22nd, 2017

Solvency II Equivalence In The International (Re)insurance Landscape: Part IV: Asia Pacific Solvency II Equivalence

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

andrew-cox-953graham-jones-102x1173lobel_myra-sm-1174eddy-vanbeneden-sm-1175sumner-sm-1173Andrew Cox, Managing Director; Graham Jones, Senior Vice President; Myra E. Lobel, Managing Director; Eddy Vanbeneden, Managing Director and Steven Sumner, Oliver Wyman, Actuarial Consulting

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Solvency II’s reach and influence extends to Asia Pacific, as Japan and Australia attained provisional third country equivalence status for Group Solvency (Article 227). This status is valid for ten years and reduces the administrative burden for the Solvency II calculation of subsidiaries in the European Economic Area (EEA).

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November 9th, 2016

Asia Pacific Catastrophe Report 2016: Executive Summary: Post-El Niño: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

bromo-volcano-east-java-indonesia-smThe U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center predicts there is 55 percent to 60 percent chance that strong El Niño conditions will transition to La Niña conditions in the fall and winter of 2016-2017.(1) This kind of transition year has been observed four times since 1950 (1966, 1973, 1983 and 1998).

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November 3rd, 2016

Asia Pacific Catastrophe Report 2016: Executive Summary: Losses

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

bromo-volcano-east-java-indonesia-smEarthquakes in Taiwan and the Kumamoto prefecture of Japan and floods in southern China were the largest events. The reinsurance share of these losses appears modest. Barring a major catastrophe before the end of the year, catastrophe reinsurers are expected to return a healthy profit in Asia Pacific for the fourth year in a row.

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