Stories tagged: disaster
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017, 5:09 P.M.
U.S. had near record heat, costly weather disasters in 2016
With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States.
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016, 6:08 P.M.
Frantic rescue after earthquake kills 54 in Indonesia’s Aceh province
A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse.
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 7:02 P.M.
New Zealand begins rescue of tourists stranded by earthquake
New Zealand on Tuesday began a rescue operation involving hundreds of tourists and residents who remain stranded in the coastal town of Kaikoura after a powerful earthquake cut off train …
SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2016, 5:14 P.M.
South Carolina town’s future uncertain after Hurricane Matthew
Nearly a month since floodwaters consumed this Mayberry-like hamlet in rural South Carolina, few have returned. The fear is that many never will.
TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2016, 6:29 P.M.
Flooding from hurricane hits lower-income North Carolina residents hard
Hurricane Matthew is leaving a particularly deep scar across a part of inland North Carolina that was already the most economically vulnerable part of the state.
TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2016, 6:18 P.M.
Flooded North Carolina farms are likely littered with drowned livestock
At least tens of thousands of chickens, hogs and other livestock are feared dead in floodwaters that washed over factory farms and towns in eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew.
UPDATED: MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016, 3:58 P.M.
Floodwater rises in N.C., threatening thousands who live downstream
Rivers are rising to record crests in North Carolina after more than 17 inches of rain fell during Hurricane Matthew. Water rose over a levee on the Lumber River in …
SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016, 9:28 P.M.
Proposed settlement reached in Oso landslide lawsuit
SEATTLE – The attorneys representing the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state of Washington over a deadly 2014 landslide have announced a proposed $50 million settlement on the eve …
MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2016, 9:41 A.M.
Iceland’s Met Office: 2 earthquakes rock large volcano
Iceland’s Meteorological Office says two earthquakes early Monday rocked the caldera of Katla, one of the country’s largest volcanos.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2016, 2:02 P.M.
State police: No serious injuries after Indiana tornadoes
At least two tornadoes struck central Indiana on Wednesday, downing trees and destroying a Starbucks.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016, 10 P.M.
In flood-stricken Louisiana, housing crisis looms
With an estimated 40,000 homes damaged by deadly flooding, Louisiana could be looking at its biggest housing crunch since the miserable, bumbling aftermath of Hurricane Katrina a decade ago.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016, 2:52 P.M.
California wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews
A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2016, 10:48 A.M.
Oil removed from train that derailed in Columbia River town, Oregon official says
Crews have removed the last of the crude oil from a train that derailed Friday in the tiny Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier.
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016
Teton Dam collapse 40 years ago was worst man-made disaster in Idaho history
Forty years ago today, the Teton Dam in Idaho collapsed, triggering a disaster the likes of which eastern Idaho had never seen before. Those who lived through it recall the …
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016, 6:45 P.M.
Tornadoes hit Plains, killing two in Oklahoma
Tornadoes swept across portions of the Plains on Monday, killing two people in Oklahoma including an elderly man who was inside a home that was torn apart by one of …
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016, 11:55 A.M.
6-month-old rescued from collapsed building in Kenya
A nearly 6-month-old girl was rescued Tuesday from the rubble of a building that collapsed last week, raising hopes for more survivors in the disaster that has left 23 people …
THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016, 4:07 P.M.
Gov. Otter declares disaster following landslide
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday issued a disaster declaration for Idaho County following a landslide.
THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014
Spokane hosts Homeland Response Force disaster training
A plane has just crashed in Spokane, and more than 500 military emergency responders are ready to help. Around 9:30 a.m., they arrive on scene in buses and trucks. They …
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013
Radio operators sharpen skills for the day
It’s easy to imagine the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day isn’t just practice. The small group fiddling with radios in Valleyford Park could be responding to a natural disaster …
THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012, 9:50 A.M.
Idaho declares statewide fire disaster, mobilizes Guard
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued a statewide disaster declaration due to wildfires, allowing Idaho National Guard troops to be mobilized to help fight fires burning across the state.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012
April showers disguised as dusting of snow
As snow covered mainly grassy surfaces around Spokane and Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday, emergency managers in North Idaho were trying to figure out how to repair a series of road …
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012
Tips for preparing emergency supply kit
The Spokane Regional Health District encourages residents to put together an emergency supply kit and have a family emergency plan in case of fire, flooding, severe storms or other emergencies. …
THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010, 10 A.M.
May 12: Leaving Spokane, Beginning a Journey
Marc’s on the road as of Wednesday, May 12, 2010, heading for his first camp site outside of Billings, Mont. He hopes to tent up by 10 p.m. Then, onward, …
SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010
What if disaster struck?
Two weeks ago, Hawaii came to a standstill when oceanographers warned that the Chilean earthquake could culminate in a killer tsunami. Residents and tourists cleared the beaches. Sirens blew. Families …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2007
Disaster communication rated
The Inland Northwest officials charged with communicating crucial news during a disaster earned good marks from a media expert who advises the nation’s largest cities. But the crew made the …
SUNDAY, FEB. 2, 1997
Oil Spill Creating Toxic Mess Fish, Birds Poisoned; 4 Cleanup Volunteers Die
Even atop the black, craggy cliffs that loom 250 feet above the thrashing Japan Sea, through heavy wind and lashing snow, the stench of oil here is piercing. “I can …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 10, 1995
Caribbean Island Barbuda Ripped Apart By Hurricane Most Buildings Destroyed And Tourist Industry Battered
Rubble fills the streets of St. John’s, the Antigua capital. Photo by Associated Press
SUNDAY, AUG. 20, 1995
156 Moroccans Die In Flash Flooding
Flash floods that turned rivers near Marrakesh into raging torrents have killed at least 156 people in the region’s worst catastrophe in 50 years, the Interior Ministry said. Dozens of …
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1995
Quake-Damaged Pipeline Oozing Oil Into Island’s Fishing Grounds Ecologist Worried About Pressure To Reopen Line
Serafima Varlamova stared at the empty bulldozer parked on the side of the sandy road cutting through the birch and pine forest of northern Sakhalin Island and cursed the missing …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 1995
Rescuers Slowly Unbury Victims Of Russia Quake
Smoke rises from the rubble after 17 apartment buildings collapsed. Photo by Associated Press