Strong earthquake makes Indonesia, triggering brief tsunami warning

Authorities caution considerable damage to poorly constructed structures possible in Sulawesi from 6.8 -magnitude quake A strong 6.8 -magnitude earthquake has rocked eastern Indonesia, reportedly killing one person and triggering a brief tsunami warning that sent panicked residents fleeing to higher ground. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres off the […]

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‘We wanted a new vibe’: the Japanese town that proscribed sprawl

Onagawa was already in decline when it was obliterated in 2011 by the Tohoku tsunami. Can it both rebuild and rejuvenate itself? On the coast of eastern Japan a wrecked police station lies on its side, ripped from the ground by the tsunami that devastated the country in 2011. ” We are going to keep […]

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Hurricane Michael: rubble of obliterated Mexico Beach yields new victim

Searchers raise official death toll from category four blizzard as officials say 285 people may have defied evacuation order Rescuers intensified their efforts on Saturday in the attempt to find survivors amid the wreckings of a small Florida Panhandle community that was nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael. One body had already been recovered. Crews with […]

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Huge, fast-moving wildfire forces California evacuations

The blaze, which started Saturday near San Francisco, has exploded in size as dry weather sweeps western states A vast wildfire in rural northern California has exploded in sizing and forced evacuations in hot, dry climate that is sweeping through several western states where blazes are threatening thousands of homes. The fast-moving fire that started […]

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Paris remains on high alert as Seine continues to rise

The river is now more than four metres above its normal height, causing problems for residents Paris Paris remains on high alert as Seine continues to rise The river is now more than four metres above its normal height, causing problems for residents Agence France-Presse in Paris Sun 28 Jan 2018 06. 43 EST Last […]

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Typhoon Mangkhut: Philippines braces for one of the strongest in its history

Five million could be hit by super storm as gusts of up to 255 km/ h are expected The Philippines is braced for one of the strongest cyclones in its history, as authorities evacuate families in their thousands, close schools and put rescuers and troops on full alert in the country’s north. Five million people […]

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Colombia: tens of thousands ordered to evacuate after deluges at dam

600 people already left homeless after heavy inundates at hydroelectric dam project, with another wave of flooding feared Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in western Colombia after heavy inundations at Colombia’s largest hydroelectric dam project, which had already displaced hundreds over the weekend. map The Hidroituango dam on […]

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Satellite Eye on Earth: November and December 2017 – in paintings

Winter solstice, night lights and interesting islands are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month Dust blowing out of the Copper River valley on Alaska’s south coast. The dust plume was likely comprised of fine-grained loess, which was formed as glacial ice moved over the area and ground the underlying rock […]

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Typhoon Mangkhut: millions braced in Philippines for giant blizzard

Evacuations begin in northern provinces before the years most powerful system threatens harvest amid ongoing rice shortages The Philippines is bracing for Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm this year, with millions living in its path and fears its rains could combine with monsoonal storms that could spark landslides and flash flooding. Philippines officials have […]

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‘It feels like Dominica is finished’: life amid the ruins left by Hurricane Maria | Janise Elie

With almost every building injury or reduced to rubble , no power and little water, survivors of Septembers cyclones are relying on shelters and a percolate of aid When it rains or the wind blows in the tiny angling village of Scotts Head, the youngest residents run for encompas. With Dominica’s once-lush landscape deeply scarred […]

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