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Major Earthquake Rocks Southeast Asia

Monday, October 26th, 2015 7:35am MDT

A massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan Monday, with its effects felt in parts of Pakistan and India, as well. The earthquake’s epicenter hit Jarm, Afghanistan, a city about 150 miles from Kabul. More than 52 people were killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to local news outlet Dawn, with Al Jazeera reporting casualty tolls […]

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Philippines braces for Typhoon Koppu

Friday, October 16th, 2015 3:00am MDT

Manila (dpa) – Philippine authorities on Friday prepared evacuation plans and deployed emergency teams and relief supplies as Typhoon Koppu barrelled towards the country’s north-eastern coast. Koppu was packing maximum winds of 130 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 160 kph as it moved west at a speed of 15 kph, the […]

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Guatemala Mudslide Death Toll May Soar

Sunday, October 4th, 2015 3:50am MDT

The death toll in the massive mudslide in Guatemala is likely to climb from dozens to hundreds as hopes for finding survivors faded two days after the disaster struck. At least 85 people have been confirmed dead so far in the mudslide which struck the town of El Cambray near capital, Guatemala City. “The figure […]

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

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

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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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