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Tropical Storm Joaquin, Upgraded to Hurricane, May Head to East Coast

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 10:23am MST

Tropical storm Joaquin, which some meteorologists expect could be headed toward the East Coast of the United States over the weekend, was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday morning by the National Weather Service. Joaquin formed late Monday over the Atlantic Ocean and strengthened east of the Bahamas on Tuesday afternoon, with wind […]

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Taiwan evacuates thousands as ‘super typhoon’ nears

Monday, September 28th, 2015 4:26am MST

Taiwan has evacuated thousands of residents and tourists as “super typhoon” Dujuan headed towards the island, gathering strength on its approach to the east coast. Torrential rains and high winds are forecast across Taiwan from Monday afternoon, with landfall predicted around 15:00 GMT. Almost 3,000 people, most of them tourists, were evacuated on Sunday from […]

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Chile declares state of emergency after quake

Friday, September 18th, 2015 4:13am MST

Santiago (dpa) – The Chilean government declared a state of emergency in a central region Thursday after a magnitude-8.3 earthquake killed 11 people and caused widespread disruption. President Michelle Bachelet declared the state of emergency for the region around the port city of Coquimbo, near the epicentre of the quake which struck late Wednesday, daily […]

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Five dead and hundreds homeless in California wildfires

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 9:17am MST

Los Angeles (dpa) – California authorities recovered the bodies of four more people killed in wildfires raging in the central part of the state, bringing the death toll to five, officials said Thursday. The remains of four men who died separately in the Valley fire, north of San Francisco, and the Butte fire, south-east of […]

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State of emergency declared: 23,000 displaced in California wildfires

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 7:55am MST

Around 23,000 people have been displaced and a state of emergency declared in California as wildfires rage in the north of the US state. An elderly, disabled woman is known to have died as flames consumed her building when the fires erupted on Saturday (September 12). Others, such David Clark, managed to flee. He spoke […]

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At Least 6 Dead In Southern Utah Flash Flood

Monday, September 14th, 2015 7:52pm MST

At least six people were dead and several others were missing after heavy rains in southern Utah triggered flash flooding, authorities said Monday night. Those missing are reportedly from Colorado City and Hildale area, near the Utah-Arizona border. Hildale officials reportedly said that a flash flood washed two vehicles off the road at Canyon Street […]

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Terrifying videos capture man’s escape from California wildfire

Monday, September 14th, 2015 10:55am MST

Colorado has been extremely fortunate this summer with no truly notable wildfires.  Other locations across the western U.S. have not been near as lucky.  Highlighting this are videos taken by a northern California man as he fled the fast moving Valley Fire. The Valley Fire broke out Saturday afternoon and quickly exploded forcing thousands to […]

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Japan’s Mount Aso Erupts, Tourists Evacuated

Monday, September 14th, 2015 3:52am MST

Japan’s largest active volcano, Mount Aso, erupted Monday, prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to raise its five-scale volcanic alert level to three from two, warning people not to approach the area. The eruption shot plumes of smoke 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air. Mount Aso, located on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, […]

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California wildfire spreads; governor declares emergency

Sunday, September 13th, 2015 6:53pm MST

A fast-moving wildfire left a path of devastation northwest of Sacramento, Calif., destroying homes and forcing and forcing residents to run for their lives. On Sunday morning, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Lake and Napa counties, noting that he fire forced large evacuations and damage to state infrastructure. The order mobilizes […]

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Typhoon Goni Makes Landfall In Japan, Injures At Least 26

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 5:41am MST

Typhoon Goni made landfall in the southwestern Kumamoto prefecture on the Japanese island of Kyushu Tuesday. The typhoon damaged buildings and cars, and flooded streets before barreling toward the Sea of Japan. While no deaths were recorded, at least 26 people were injured, Japan’s fire and disaster management agency said, according to the Associated Press […]

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