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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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Washington Fire Now Is the Largest in State’s History

Monday, August 24th, 2015 4:32pm MST

The fierce group of fires burning in north-central Washington since Thursday morning has grown to be the largest blaze in the state’s history, a fire spokesman told the Associated Press. The Okanogan Complex consists of five wildfires that are burning within Washington’s largest county. Authorities believe the out-of-control fire will continue to burn throughout the […]

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Wildfires Prompt Evacuation Alerts In Pacific Northwest

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 4:31am MST

A sprawling wildfire in southwestern Canada, just north of the border with Washington state, prompted evacuation alerts Saturday for 183 homes in the area. Canadian and U.S. firefighters have been battling a series of raging fires in the Pacific Northwest that has destroyed dozens of homes amid dry conditions and gusty winds. A fire near […]

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At Least 7 Perish As Typhoon Goni Slams Philippines

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 6:28pm MST

At least seven people were killed and two missing Saturday after typhoon Goni battered the northern Philippines with strong rain and winds that triggered landslides and flooding, authorities reportedly said. The typhoon, which has slightly weakened, is expected to move away from the country without making a landfall. Among the deceased were two brothers who […]

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Western wildfires: Growing flames charge across dry states

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 12:31pm MST

Wildfires picked up their destructive pace across the drought-choked West on Friday, leading residents to flee their homes and authorities to scramble for resources to beat back the flames. Blazes in Washington state that killed three firefighters and injured four others have exploded in size, while other fires charged toward populated areas in several states […]

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NASA Images of Hurricane Katrina and 2005 Storm Season Available

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 5:21am MST

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — To mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this month, NASA is making available to media a special collection of videos and still images associated with the devastating storm and the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. The main web link to use for all the best video and […]

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Hurricane season is predicted to remain below average

Friday, August 7th, 2015 4:54pm MST

MIAMI — As the of peak the hurricane season approaches, forecasters predicted with confidence on Thursday that storm activity would remain low this year. “We have an even higher confidence that this year’s hurricane season will be below normal,” said Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate […]

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