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15 years after Columbia space shuttle disaster, remembering Spokane’s own Michael Phillip Anderson

Today marks 15 years since the destruction of the Columbia shuttle and the loss of Spokane’s own astronaut, Michael Phillip Anderson. The Spokesman-Review sat down with his mother, Barbara, to …

China, U.S. disaster drills show a shared goal: saving lives

On a pine-studded base along the Oregon coast, military units from two seemingly unlikely partners were carrying out a joint response to a natural disaster.

Trump declares disaster in Idaho due to flooding

President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in Idaho due to flooding from March 29 to June 15.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

Puerto Ricans say U.S. relief efforts failing them

The Trump administration declared Thursday that its relief efforts in Puerto Rico are succeeding, but people on the island said help was scarce and disorganized while food supplies dwindled in …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Disaster aid lags in hurricane-torn Puerto Rico

Relatives helped Maribel Valentin Espino find shelter when Hurricane Maria roared through her community in northern Puerto Rico. Neighbors formed volunteer brigades to cut fallen trees and clear twisty mountain …

Mexico quake death toll now 337, including 198 in capital

Mexico authorities say the death toll from last week’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake has risen by four to 337.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 3:55 p.m.

U.S. beachgoers flee Maria as millions suffer in Puerto Rico

Thousands of visitors abandoned their beach vacations as high surf from a weakening Tropical Storm Maria pushed through dunes and under homes Tuesday in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 2:54 p.m.

Mexico tallying the economic cost of big earthquake

Mexican officials are tallying up the economic losses of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that caused widespread damage in the capital, as the number of buildings that may need to be …

Trump says he’ll visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday to survey hurricane damage

President Donald Trump will visit hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico next week to survey damage, he told reporters Tuesday morning.

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Puerto Rico is in the dark in wake of Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – It’s already been five days with no lights or air conditioning, and Puerto Rico is looking at many, many more. The power is still out …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 9:22 p.m.

More buildings, perhaps lives at risk following Mexico quake

As many as 360 buildings and homes are in danger of collapse or with major damage in Mexico City nearly a week after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake completely collapsed 38 …

House speaker promises aid for Puerto Rico hurricane victims

House Speaker Paul Ryan promised Monday that Washington will make sure that the people of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico will “have what they need.”

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 7:50 a.m.

Hurricane Irma damage could be as high as $65 billion

Hurricane Irma’s monstrous 185 mph winds seemed to be the biggest menace as the storm inexorably made its way toward Florida earlier this month.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 2:31 p.m.

Death toll rises to 60 in powerful Mexico earthquake

One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, government offices and businesses while sending …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 12:04 p.m.

Threat of more disaster looms in Sierra Leone amid burials

Sierra Leone’s government has hired 600 grave diggers for the burials of hundreds of mudslide victims, officials said Thursday, as some residents were told to evacuate one mountainside amid fears …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 1:23 p.m.

Big Easy on edge as city scrambles to fix pumping system

With debris from last weekend’s flash flood still piled up on sidewalks and their city under a state of emergency, New Orleans residents looked ahead warily on Friday to the …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 1:11 p.m.

Trump signs disaster declaration for Oregon winter storms

President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration for damage done by January storms, making federal assistance available in four Oregon counties.

Then and Now: While Spokane burned, the city’s water superintendent was in Coeur d’Alene doing boat repairs

Spokane’s water superintendent, Rolla A. Jones, was in Coeur d’Alene doing repairs on a steamboat he owned when Spokane’s great fire of 1889 broke out.

From destruction to cholera, Yemen war brings disasters

More than two years of civil war have led to continually compounding disasters in Yemen. Fighting rages on in a deadly stalemate. The economy has been bombed into ruins. Hunger …

N. Idaho counties get federal disaster declaration for flood damage

Eight northern and north-central Idaho counties have been approved for federal disaster declarations, allowing federal funds to help with flood recovery efforts.

Flooding continues to overwhelm central Idaho neighborhoods

City officials in central Idaho are warning residents to prepare for more flooding as muddy water continues to overwhelm neighborhoods in Ketchum and Bellevue.

Low interest loans available to area producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced Tuesday that physical loss loans are available in numerous counties throughout the Northwest, including Latah and Whitman counties.

South Korean ferry that sank three years ago lifted from sea

A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry emerged from the water on Thursday, nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country’s southwestern coast, an emotional moment …

UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 2:48 p.m.

Flood-damaged homes and businesses in Spokane County could qualify for emergency funding

Spokane County officials are asking businesses, renters and homeowners to report any property damage caused by late-winter flooding. They’re trying to determine whether the county meets cost thresholds to apply …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

LA-area mountain ice disaster leaves one dead, four injured

Authorities say one person is dead and four people have been injured after falling down an ice chute in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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.