Disaster

Hundreds Dead In Powerful 6.8 Morocco Earthquake

The Associated Press reports: A rare, powerful earthquake struck Morocco late Friday night, killing more than 800 people and damaging buildings from villages in the Atlas Mountains to the historic city of Marrakech. But the full toll was not known as rescuers struggled to get through boulder-strewn roads to the remote mountain villages hit hardest. People woken by the quake …

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Rick Scott Hails Biden For “Quick” Idalia Response

The Daily Beast reports: Even though Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is no fan of President Joe Biden, and vice-versa, the right-wing lawmaker had nothing but praise for the commander-in-chief over the federal government’s response to Hurricane Idalia. With Florida Gov. (and GOP presidential hopeful) Ron DeSantis apparently looking to avoid a Chris Christie-Barack Obama photo-op on Saturday, Scott—a former governor …

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Maui County Officials Sue Electric Utility Over Wildfires

The New York Times reports: For the first time, Maui County officials publicly blamed Hawaii’s largest electric utility for the wildfires that killed at least 115 people this month, claiming in a lawsuit filed that “intentional and malicious” mismanagement of power lines had allowed flames to spark. The lawsuit accused the utility, Hawaiian Electric, of failing to respond to ominous …

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California Sees Flooding And Mudslides Due To Hilary

The Weather Channel reports: Millions of people braced for more flooding Monday as tropical storm H​ilary continues to bring rain to parts of Southern California. On Sunday, the tropical storm left roads underwater and cars stranded, triggered a rock slide that closed a portion of interstate and prompted a state of emergency for much of the region. H​ilary was the …

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TODAY: President Biden To Tour Site Of Maui Wildfires

Hawaii News Now reports: President Biden and the first lady will travel to fire-ravaged areas of Maui on Monday to meet with wildfire victims, first responders and government officials. Maui is preparing for the presidential visit as the grim and difficult work of searching for remains in historic Lahaina continues. Teams armed with cadaver dogs have searched about 78% of …

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Maui Death Toll Rises To 111, Around 1000 Still Missing

Hawaii News Now reports: The Lahaina wildfire death toll increased by five on Wednesday — to 111 — more than a week after flames ripped through the historic town. Meanwhile, Maui continued to slowly release the names of those who have perished. Three more victims, all elderly, were identified on Wednesday and authorities said positive IDs were made on others. …

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Multiple Outlets Debunk The Maui Wildfire “Truthers”

The Associated Press reports: CLAIM: Two images of beams of light reaching up the sky prove recent wildfires on Maui were started by an “energy weapon.” AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Both images are unrelated to the fires on Maui. One photo shows the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from a California military base in May 2018. The other shows …

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Hawaii Governor: Maui Was Hit By “Fire Hurricane”

The Independent reports: Hawaii Governor Josh Green gave a stark warning to the world in the aftermath of the “fire hurricane” that destroyed the historic town of Lahaina on the island of Maui. The state’s drought conditions from climate change and difficulties with water management had combined with 60mph winds from Hurricane Dora which had just passed the island, Mr …

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Bezos And Fiancee Pledge $100 Million To Maui Relief

Hawaii News Now reports: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his fiancee Lauren Sanchez announced they’ll donate $100 million to Maui wildfire relief efforts. “Jeff and I are heartbroken by what’s happening in Maui. We are thinking of the families that have lost so much and a community that has been left devastated,” Sanchez wrote. The couple says the money will …

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Maui Fire Now Deadliest US Wildfire In Over A Century

The Associated Press reports: As the death toll from a wildfire that razed a historic Maui town reached 93, authorities warned Saturday that the effort to find and identify the dead was still in its early stages. It’s already the deadliest U.S. wildfire for over a century. Crews with cadaver dogs have covered just 3% of the search area, Maui …

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Maui Death Toll Rises To 55, Thousands Homeless

Reuters reports: Maui’s wildfires have killed at least 55 people, a toll expected to rise, and unleashed destruction on the resort town of Lahaina that will take many years and billions of dollars to rebuild, Hawaiian officials said on Thursday. Governor Josh Green said the inferno that reduced much of Lahaina to smoldering ruins was the worst natural disaster in …

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Biden Declares Major Disaster In Maui Wildfires

Via press release from the White House: Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Hawaii and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires beginning on August 8, 2023, and continuing. The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals in Maui …

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At Least 36 Dead In Maui Wildfires, Dozens Injured

Hawaii News Now reports: Maui County says 36 people are now confirmed dead in the devastating wildfires that have decimated entire towns, including historic Lahaina. The heartbreaking news, which some feared could rise even higher, makes the wildfires among the deadliest disasters in Hawaii history. Meanwhile, at least three large fires on Maui — including the blaze in Lahaina — …

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Evacuations As Wildfire Tears Through Maui [VIDEO]

Hawaii News Now reports: Eyewitnesses described an apocalyptic scene Tuesday in Lahaina town, where residents were forced to jump into the harbor waters to avoid fast-moving flames from a massive brush fire that’s destroyed much of the historic area — and continues to burn. Residents say an overwhelmed fire force — fighting flames all day amid powerful winds — could …

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Burning Cargo Ship Is Carrying 500 Electric Vehicles

Bloomberg News reports: The car carrier on fire near the Netherlands coast has almost 500 electric cars on board, according to its operator, more than was previously reported. The cause of the blaze on the Fremantle Highway is still unknown, according to the Dutch coast guard, which previously said the initial cargo list they received suggested just 25 EVs were …

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Biden Declares Emergency Over Vermont Flash Floods

ABC News reports: U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in Vermont, where torrential rainfall has triggered life-threatening flash floods. The president’s action frees up federal resources to supplement the state and local response efforts as well as authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts across Vermont. Many rivers in the …

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Flash Floods Tear Through New York’s Hudson Valley

New York City’s ABC affiliate reports: Rain continues to batter an already severely damaged Hudson Valley on Monday morning. Hours of heavy rain produced life-threatening flash flooding across the region on Sunday sparking flash flood warnings and a rare flood emergency. A woman in her 30’s was killed in rushing floodwaters in Orange County. She was trying to escape her …

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“Human Remains” Recovered From Titan Sub Wreckage

The Guardian reports: Presumed human remains have been recovered from within the wreckage of the Titan, the submersible that imploded on a voyage to the Titanic earlier this month, killing all five aboard, the US coast guard reported on Wednesday. US medical professionals will conduct a formal analysis of the remains, the Coast Guard said. “The evidence will provide investigators …

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AP: Who Foots The Bill To Rescue Wealthy Adventurers?

The Associated Press reports: When millionaire Steve Fossett’s plane went missing over the Nevada range in 2007, the swashbuckling adventurer had already been the subject of two prior emergency rescue operations thousands of miles apart. And that prompted a prickly question: After a sweeping search for the wealthy risktaker ended, who should foot the bill? In recent days, the massive …

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WSJ: Navy Detected Submarine’s Implosion Days Ago

The Wall Street Journal reports: A top secret U.S. Navy acoustic detection system designed to spot enemy submarines first heard the Titan sub implosion hours after the submersible began its mission, officials involved in the search said. The Navy began listening for the Titan almost as soon as the sub lost communications, according to a U.S. defense official. Shortly after …

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