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UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

91 killed, 110 missing in Sri Lankan floods, mudslides

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 …

UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017

Early quake warning system expands to Oregon, Washington

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 …

UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017

Families in flood-hit Colombian city search for children

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.

UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017

Colombia: 154 dead after rivers overflow, toppling homes

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, …

In flooded Louisiana, a cleanup and a search for bodies

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.

Ecuador sees two big earthquakes in one day

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 …

Month after Ecuador earthquake, thousands still homeless

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 …

Sandy pounds Bahamas after killing 29 in Caribbean

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 …

More bodies found far away from Philippine floods

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.

Lasting home elusive for used Hanford fuel

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 …

Twisters Hit Minnesota Hundreds Of Houses Destroyed; 6-Year-Old Killed, Dozens Hurt

St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Peter, Minn., suffers severe tornado damage. Photo by Associated Press

El Nino Starves Sea Lions Of The 180,000 Off Peru’s Coast Last Year, Only 30,000 Remain

A vulture patiently watches a row of dying sea lions. Photo by Associated Press

Riding The Winds Of Apocalypse El Nino-Spawned Deluge Of Biblical Proportions Afflicts Peru’s Lifeline

Stranded truckers toss rotting tomatoes to the side of the Pan American Highway in Peru. Photo by Associated Press

Tornado Crushes School, 40 Children Feared Dead

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 …

Towns Facing ‘Painful Reality’ In The Aftermath Of Tornadoes, Congregations Vow To Rebuild

A farm gate is wrapped around a tree at Gainesville, Ga., after a tornado. Photo by Associated Press

Tornado’s Havoc Leaves ‘Humbling’ Aftermath

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 …

Iran Earthquake Kills 5, Injures 15

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 …

Northeast Ice Storm Ravaged 38,000 Square Miles Of Woodland

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 …

El Nino Taking Big Bite Out Of California Fierce Weather Pattern Washes Away Up To A Foot A Year Of Coast

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 …

Clinton: Help To Rebuild ‘Brick By Brick’ Visits Stricken Florida Rv Park; Wonders About Using Satellites To Provide Tornado Warning

President Clinton steps through debris and survey the damage by a tornado at the Ponderosa RV Park in Kissimmee, Fla., on Wednesday. Photo by Associated Press

California Mudslide Carries Infant Girl To Loving Arms Nine-Month-Old Passed On, Rescued By Chain Of Samaritans

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 …

Storm Kills Two Highway Patrol Officers At Least 5 Others Die As Mudslides, Tornadoes, Snow And Rain Continue To Rack California

1. Road workers assess damage to state Highway 166 near the Cuyama River, 20 miles east of Santa Maria, Calif., on Tuesday after the road gave way in heavy rain, …

Californians Seek Fema Help

Thousands of Californians are seeking federal assistance to recover from flooding and other damage spawned by a series of destructive storms blamed on El Nino. Nearly 9,000 people have sought …

Tornado Cradles Toddler In Oak Tree Eighteen-Month-Old Boy Found With Few Cuts After Twister Razes Home

Eighteen-month-old Jonathan Waldick plays Tuesday in front of the tree where he was discovered wrapped in his mattress after a tornado demolished his great-grandmother’s nearby home, where he lives. Photo …

Another Storm Flays California Homes Threatened With Mudslides, While Streets, Railroad Tracks Flooded

Two locals wade through flooded streets of Lakeport, Calif. Photo by Associated Press

Florida Tornadoes Kill 38, Injure Hundreds Homes Destroyed, People Missing

Exhausted rescue workers take a breather Monday after struggling through the night in hard-hit Kissimmee, Fla. Photo by Associated Press

Bad Weather Blocks Relief Flights After Afghan Quake 30,000 Cold, Hungry Homeless In Northeast Afghanistan

Bad weather blocked relief flights to quake-stricken northeastern Afghanistan again Monday, frustrating aid workers who have managed to get only one flight through in four days. An estimated 30,000 people …

More Rain Brings Threat Of Landslides Flood Center Expects 2 Months Of Sodden Weather Conditions

Los Angeles County building safety inspectors Gary Solem, left, and David Hsu discuss damage to a house’s foundation caused by a mudslide in the Canogo Park community of Los Angeles …

Afghans Tormented By Weather Aid For Earthquake Victims Delayed By Snow, Fog, Winds

Afghan men carry a woman wounded in the quake nine days ago to a clinic in Rustaq, Afghanistan Thursday. Photo by Associated Press

Floridians Eligible For Disaster Aid

President Clinton designated a three-county disaster area in Florida on Thursday, making residents eligible for federal help cleaning up after last week’s El Nino-related storms and flooding. “The damage and …