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More than 5,000 homes evacuated as Orange County fire grows to 6,000 acres

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 3:03am MST

LOS ANGELES — A wind-fed wildfire surged over the Anaheim Hills on Monday, burning several homes and forcing thousands to evacuate as fire crews struggled to battle the rapidly growing blaze. The fire broke out around 9:20 a.m. near the 91 Freeway and Gypsum Canyon Road, and quickly leaped the California 241 toll road. It […]

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Engineers: Lives Lost in Mexico Quake Could Have Been Saved

Monday, October 9th, 2017 6:03pm MST

Nearly two-thirds of the buildings that collapsed in Mexico City’s monstrous earthquake last month were built using a construction method that is now forbidden in seismic hotspots in the United States, Chile and New Zealand, according to new data compiled by a team of structural engineers at Stanford University. The suspect building technique called flat […]

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More than 120,000 flee rumbling Bali volcano

Thursday, September 28th, 2017 5:43pm MST

More than 122,000 people have fled their homes on the resort island of Bali, fearful that a rumbling volcano could erupt at any time, disaster officials said. Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 — […]

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Trump to visit Puerto Rico amid criticism of storm response

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 4:14am MST

US President Donald Trump, under fire for his response to the storms that ravaged Puerto Rico, announced Tuesday that he will visit the hurricane-battered island next week. “I’m going to Puerto Rico on Tuesday,” Trump told reporters at the White House, signalling that October 3 was the first date he could go without interfering with […]

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Indonesia ready to divert tourists as Bali volcano rumbles

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 5:08pm MST

Indonesian authorities are on standby to divert flights destined for the holiday island of Bali as increasingly frequent tremors from a rumbling volcano stoke fears an eruption could be imminent. Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, threatening to erupt for the first time […]

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Hurricane Maria unleashes fury on Puerto Rico: ‘The winds are like out of a horror movie’

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 11:19am MST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A ferocious Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico just before dawn Wednesday as some 3.5 million people girded for a day of vicious winds and drenching rain expected to devastate the American territory. The eye of the storm made official landfall at 6:15 a.m. near Yabucoa, about 45 miles southeast of […]

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Huge Earthquake Rocks Mexico City

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 4:27am MST

The death toll continues to rise following a massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico City Tuesday afternoon, collapsing buildings, killing at least 248 people and trapping an unknown number of others in the wreckage. The head of Mexico’s civil defense agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said on Twitter 117 deaths were reported in Mexico City, […]

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Puerto Rico Braces for Impact of Hurricane Maria

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 3:32pm MST

Puerto Rico was spared the worst of Hurricane Irma, which grazed the island and caused huge power blackouts but did not ravage the U.S. territory in the same way it did other islands. That will not be the case with Hurricane Maria, according to forecasters. The category 5 storm is barrelling towards Puerto Rico with […]

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Mourners sob, sift wreckage of huge Mexico quake

Monday, September 11th, 2017 10:03am MST

Sobbing Mexican families followed coffins through the streets and picked nervously at the ruins of their homes Sunday as help trickled in after a huge earthquake killed 90 people. “I don’t know if I am crying from sadness, from shock, or from fear of what might happen next, and how we will live,” said Refugio […]

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Irma weakens but 6.2 million without power in Florida

Monday, September 11th, 2017 9:59am MST

Monster storm Irma, which ripped a deadly path through the Caribbean, started to weaken Monday though it was still whipping parts of Florida with fearsome winds and rain, leaving 6.2 million people without power. The death toll jumped to at least 40 as Cuba said 10 people had been killed there over the weekend as […]

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