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Japan, Taiwain, Hong Kong In Path Of Monster Tropical Cyclone

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 12:15pm MST

Taiwan and mainland China were in the path of a monster tropical cyclone Tuesday night that was expected to bring heavy rains and gusts of up to 225 mph. The massive Super Typhoon Meranti grew from a Category 1 equivalent storm to a top-scale Category 5 seemingly overnight, bringing winds of 185 mph barreling toward […]

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Iceland’s Largest Volcano Rocked By Earthquakes

Monday, August 29th, 2016 12:54pm MST

< Iceland’s largest volcano was recovering Monday after being rocked by a series of early morning earthquakes. The North Atlantic Island’s Met Office reported that two earthquakes with magnitudes of 4.6 and 4.5 hit the Katla volcano, some of the biggest seismic activity to hit the crater since 1997. According to Bloomberg, the two large […]

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Typhoon Lionrock Predicted To Hit Japan

Monday, August 29th, 2016 12:53pm MST

Typhoon Lionrock is expected to make landfall in Japan early in the week, according to reports. AccuWeather reported the storm will hit the coast of Japan as early as Monday night or Tuesday morning local time, and the heavy rainfall and intense winds could bring about three to six feet of storm surge. Lionrock’s interaction […]

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Aftershocks shake central Italy after earthquake that killed 241

Thursday, August 25th, 2016 9:22am MST

PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy — Strong aftershocks shook earthquake-ravaged villages in the mountains of central Italy on Thursday, with rescue teams dodging falling debris and bleary-eyed survivors still holding out hope that loved ones might be found beneath the rubble. The provisional death toll seesawed overnight, first reported to be nearing 250, then revised downward […]

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At least 37 dead after devastating quake hits central Italy

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 10:33am MST

AMATRICE, Italy — A devastating earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 37 people were killed in hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig survivors out of the rubble, but the toll was likely to rise as crews reached homes in more remote hamlets. […]

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NASA satellite imagery shows California’s monstrous Blue Cut Fire

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 9:31am MST

From NASA: The Blue Cut Fire, just outside of Los Angeles, is a quickly growing fire that is currently an imminent threat to public safety, rail traffic and structures in the Cajon Pass, Lytle Creek, Wrightwood, Oak Hills, and surrounding areas. An estimated 34,500 homes and 82,640 people are being affected by the evacuation warnings […]

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Adoring press detail Obama’s golf, vacation while Louisiana is underwater

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 9:22am MST

Three days of heavy downpours have brought historic flooding to Louisiana, where 30 parishes have declared to be a disaster, and the death toll has climbed to 13. The U.S. Coast Guard and other first responders rescued more than 20,000 people over the weekend, as the massive flooding inundated areas in and around Baton Rouge. […]

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Homes burn, thousands flee as fire chars 30,000 acres in Southern California’s Cajon Pass

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 6:25pm MST

LYTLE CREEK, Calif. — An explosive brush fire that has ripped through more than 30,000 acres of hills, canyons and flatlands in Southern California’s Cajon Pass has bewildered veteran firefighters who fear the flames will only worsen. “It hit hard, it hit fast — it hit with an intensity that we haven’t seen before,” San […]

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Firenado captured on video at Beaver Creek Fire

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 3:57pm MST

Thus far, Colorado has been fortunate with relatively few large wildfires. The one notable exception is the Beaver Creek Fire where a firefighter recently captured video of a ‘firenado.’ Also called a fire whirl, a firenado occurs when the rising heat from the blaze meets whirling winds.  The effect and appearance is much like a […]

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Satellite imagery shows devastating Canadian wildfire

Friday, May 6th, 2016 5:37am MST

A fast-moving wildfire burning near Fort McMurray, Alberta has prompted the evacuation of all 88,000 residents of the city.  Since the fire started Sunday, at least 1,600 structures have been destroyed. NASA’s Earth Observatory trained one of its satellites on the area – see below.  Read more about the blaze here. Wildfire Spreads in Fort McMurray […]

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