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Floods and torrents of mud unleashed by heavy rains in Sri Lanka killed 91 people and left 110 others missing Friday. Authorities appealed for international help for rescue and relief operations.
An early warning system for earthquakes has been expanded to Oregon and Washington, joining California in testing a prototype that could give people seconds or up to a minute of warning before strong shaking begins.
Jose Albeiro Vargas last saw his grandson the night a fierce rain came and unleashed havoc on this small city surrounded by rivers and mountains in southern Colombia.
An avalanche of water from three overflowing rivers swept through a small city in Colombia while people slept, destroying homes and killing at least 112 unsuspecting residents in their sleep, authorities said Saturday.
At least 40,000 homes were damaged and 10 people killed in the historic Louisiana floods, the governor said Tuesday, giving a stark assessment of the widespread disaster.
A powerful magnitude 6.7 aftershock early Wednesday rattled Ecuador near the Pacific coast area where a devastating earthquake hit a month ago, knocking out power and scaring still-traumatized residents as they slept, but only limited damage was reported.
A month after a devastating earthquake flattened the Ecuadorian beach town of Pedernales, people are still living in tarp shelters and schools remain closed. Just a third of the rubble has been swept from the streets.
NASSAU, Bahamas — Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas early this morning after leaving 29 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm to hit the U.S. East Coast with a super-storm next week.
Fishermen joined Philippine navy sailors, police and firefighters in an ever wider search for bodies from one of the country’s worst flash floods that swept away entire villages.
Critics challenging the safety of Washington state’s only commercial nuclear power plant say it should not get its license renewed until all questions about the integrity of its spent fuel storage systems are answered in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan. In the most serious nuclear catastrophe since the 1986 Chernobyl explosion, a fuel storage pond at the Dai-ichi nuclear complex’s No. 4 reactor in Fukushima, Japan, may have caught fire after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami when the rods lost their protective water covering, resulting in a hydrogen explosion.
In the wake of the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti last week, there has been quite a bit of chatter about to the causes of such devastating natural disasters. Though some natural forces, such as hurricanes, can be forecasted and preparations can be made, earthquakes do not allow for any preparation and strike without warning. One of the many terms flying around in all this chatter is environmental degradation.
St. Peter's Catholic Church in St. Peter, Minn., suffers severe tornado damage. Photo by Associated Press
A vulture patiently watches a row of dying sea lions. Photo by Associated Press
Nearly 100 young students had just finished their lunch at a school in eastern India when the tornado struck. "Suddenly very strong winds hit the school from nowhere. Then the walls collapsed," 12-year-old Ranjan Ray recalled Wednesday.
A farm gate is wrapped around a tree at Gainesville, Ga., after a tornado. Photo by Associated Press
Frank Premont gets a kiss from his dog, Max, as he safely rests inside his coat on Saturday after Premont found the puppy in the rubble left by a tornado that hit Stoneville, N.C., on Friday. Photo by Associated Press
A powerful earthquake shattered walls and roofs in a desert town in southeastern Iran Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring 15, authorities said. The magnitude 6.4-quake was centered near Golbaf, a carpet-weaving center 65 miles south of the city of Kerman, the Natural Disaster Headquarters told the official Islamic Republic News Agency. A Red Crescent worker in Golbaf said he had counted five bodies and that many walls and roofs had collapsed. The worker spoke via radio to the Red Crescent office in Kerman because the quake had severed telephones lines. The Red Crescent was rushing ambulances, medicines, food and tents to Golbaf, its Kerman office told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. The first report of the quake came from the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va. Spokeswoman Kathleen Gohn said the quake struck at 11:11 p.m. Iranian time and had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9.
Surveys released Wednesday at a forestry conference indicate at least 38,000 square miles of woodland were damaged during January's catastrophic ice storm in eastern Canada and northern New England. Barbara Burns of Vermont's forest department and Bruce Pendrel of the Canadian Forest Service said the damage is variable and spotty but the hardest hit areas are in Quebec, Ontario and Maine. Burns said the most severe losses are in hardwood stands, notably birch, poplar and maple.
Los Angeles County inmates on a work detail spread plastic sheeting over the front of the home of Virginia Reeves to turn rainwater away from already soggy ground on Wednesday in Malibu, Calif. There is concern that her home and the road running in front of it could be further undermined in future storms. Photo by Associated Press
Sometime after midnight, a baby asleep on Donald Duck sheets was swept out of her house, out of her crib and into the night. That she was found at all is a miracle. That she was alive is whatever is better than that. Nine-month-old Tiffany Sarabia had ridden the wave of a mudslide that had killed two men early Tuesday, demolished three homes and a hillside that had stood for centuries in Laguna Beach, Calif. She landed against a shelter for cats, was seen by a man who had lost his glasses, handed to a stranger who handed her to a paramedic - who made sure she was breathing - then handed her to a woman who held her close.