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Hurricane Maria stripped Puerto Rico’s forests bare, work begins to replenish them

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 10:17am MDT

When Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico last September, the physical destruction was not limited to houses, buildings, the electricity grid and other infrastructure. The storm also toppled or stripped bare an estimated 480 million trees, or a third of all the forests.

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Indonesia’s Mt. Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

Monday, February 19th, 2018 9:20am MDT

An Indonesian volcano erupted Monday, sending a massive column of ash and smoke some 5,000 metres (16,400 feet)into the air, leaving local villages coated in debris and officials scrambling to hand out face masks to residents.

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90,000 flee Philippine volcano stretching relief camps

Monday, January 29th, 2018 2:00am MDT

The number of Filipinos fleeing from the erupting Mayon volcano to safe zones has swelled to nearly 90,000, officials said Monday, worsening a sanitation crisis in the already stretched relief camps. President Rodrigo Duterte flew to the central city of Legazpi on Monday to assess the disaster zone, some two weeks after the country’s most […]

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Volcanos, earthquakes: Is the ‘Ring of Fire’ alight?

Friday, January 26th, 2018 3:31am MDT

A volcanic eruption in the Philippines forces mass evacuations, while another in Japan kills one person. Across the Pacific, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hits off Alaska. So what’s the link? The spate of activity around the so-called Ring of Fire has raised concerns that a major and potentially deadly volcanic eruption or earthquake could be […]

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Thousands more flee erupting Philippine volcano

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 4:57am MDT

Tens of thousands more people have fled an erupting volcano in the Philippines, relief workers said Wednesday, as foreign tourists arrived to watch the flaming lava and giant clouds spurting from its crater.

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Watch Beautiful Snow Tornado Blow Through a Picturesque Austrian Village

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 6:59am MDT

This video of a snow tornado – also known as a “gustnado” – blowing through an Austrian village is going viral after it was published on Tuesday. Adventurer Peter Maier was driving past the small town of Stall when he saw the winter wind whip up the beautiful cyclone.

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Philippine volcano ‘fireworks’ draw tourists as residents flee

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 7:14am MDT

Spectacular lava “fireworks” shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines’ most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days.

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California Wildfire One Of The Worst in State’s History

Monday, December 11th, 2017 3:29am MDT

Fire officials in the western U.S. state of California are focusing efforts on battling a wildfire northwest of Los Angeles that is already one of the largest and most destructive in the state’s history.

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Ventura County wildfire destroys more homes, reaches Pacific Ocean

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 10:09am MDT

VENTURA, Calif. — The fire that has ravaged Ventura County continued to burn out of control Wednesday, reaching the Pacific Ocean unchecked as officials warned many more homes have been lost. The fast-moving, wind-driven wildfire continued to rage through the city of Ventura on Tuesday evening, jumping Highway 33 and burning through oil fields before […]

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Fast-moving wildfire closes 405 Freeway, triggers evacuations in Bel-Air

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 10:01am MDT

LOS ANGELES — Firefighters early Wednesday were battling a 50-acre wildfire near the 405 Freeway in Bel-Air, prompting freeway closures and mandatory evacuations, authorities said. The Los Angeles Police Department has ordered the evacuation of homes along Casiano Road, Moraga Drive and Linda Flora Drive.

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