Tag Archives: natural disasters

Hundreds Dead In 6.1 Mag Afghanistan Earthquake

Reuters reports: An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 killed 920 people in Afghanistan early on Wednesday, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages. Photographs on Afghan media showed houses reduced to rubble, with bodies swathed in blankets lying on the ground. Helicopters were deployed in …

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Damage Reports Emerge From “Moonscape” Tonga

The BBC reports: A massive volcanic eruption in Tonga that triggered tsunami waves has smothered the Pacific islands in ash, cut power and severed communications. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the tsunami had wreaked “significant damage”, washing boats ashore and battering beachside shops. Locals say Tonga looks “like a moonscape” after being coated in a layer of volcanic …

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Reuters: No Contact With Tonga Since Tsunami [VIDEO]

Reuters reports: Tsunami-hit Tonga remained largely uncontactable on Sunday with telephone and internet links severed, leaving relatives in faraway New Zealand praying for their families on the Pacific islands as casualty reports had yet to come through. An underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering warnings of 1.2-metre tsunami waves and evacuation orders on the shores of Tonga as …

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Tsunami Strikes Tonga After Volcano Erupts [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Tsunami waves caused by a giant underwater volcanic eruption have hit the Pacific country of Tonga. Social media footage showed water washing through a church and several homes, and witnesses said ash was falling over the capital, Nuku’alofa. A tsunami warning sent residents scrambling to higher ground. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano was heard …

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Texas Adds Dozens To 2021 Winter Storm Death Toll

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas has added 36 more deaths to the official death toll from the February snow and ice storm, bringing the total to 246 in what was one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history. The Department of State Health Services disclosed the new total in a report on the storm that was released Friday …

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CO Blaze Destroyed 1000 Homes, Cause Investigated

The Associated Press reports: A Colorado official says nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed, hundreds more were damaged, and that three people are missing after a wildfire charred numerous neighborhoods in a suburban area at the base of the Rocky Mountains northwest of Denver. The cause of the blaze was under investigation. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said utility officials found …

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Customers Flee CO Stores Ahead Of Flames [VIDEO]

The Independent reports: Customers rushed to evacuate a Costco retail store and a Chuck E Cheese restaurant in Superior, Colorado, on Thursday after a wildfire started spreading rapidly across the area due to gusty winds. Thousands of people in Colorado have been evacuated as hundreds of homes were destroyed by wildfires that tore through parts of the state. A video …

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Colorado Wildfires Destroy Over 500 Homes [VIDEO]

The Denver Post reports: A wind-whipped grassfire roared east from Boulder Thursday afternoon, destroying at least 500 homes, closing major highways and causing the evacuation of more than 30,000 people in two towns, including hospital patients. The Marshall fire, which officials said likely was sparked by downed power lines in the winds that reached gusts of more than 100 mph, …

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Biden To Visit Kentucky To Survey Tornado Damage

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports: President Joe Biden is planning to come to the Bluegrass State in the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the commonwealth over the weekend. Biden is planning to travel to Fort Campbell on Wednesday for a storm briefing and will also visit Mayfield and Dawson Springs, two of the towns hit hardest by Friday’s …

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KY Gov: 64 Dead, 105 Unaccounted For In Tornadoes

Louisville’s CBS News affiliate reports: The tornadoes left massive devastation in at least eight Kentucky counties, and the death toll now stands at 64, but there are still 105 unaccounted for. The search and rescue process continues, but getting through what can best be described as a “mountain of debris” is no small feat. The governor believes the total death …

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CNN Roasts Rand Paul For Disaster Relief Hypocrisy

Mediaite reports: CNN’s John Avlon accused Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) of flip-flopping on federal relief now that his state has been devastated by natural disaster. Political observers have pointed out that Paul has a history of publicly opposing relief when other areas of the country were slammed by natural calamities in the past. Avlon made this the focus of a …

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KY Gov: Tornado Death Toll May Exceed 100 [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Rescuers in an increasingly bleak search picked through the tornado-splintered ruins of Kentucky homes and businesses Sunday, including a candle factory that was bustling with night-shift employees when it was flattened, as the governor warned that the state’s death toll from the outbreak could top 100. Workers sought refuge in what was supposed to be the …

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Hypocrite Rand Paul Seeks Disaster Relief For Kentucky

Raw Story reports: Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky dashed off a letter to President Joe Biden today pleading for expeditious federal relief aid to victims of a deadly 200-mile tornado that struck his state Friday. In 2017, Paul was one of just 17 senators to oppose an emergency $15.3 billion federal relief bill for victims of Hurricane Harvey. In 2013, …

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Tornado Wrecks TN Venue Of Anti-Vax Hate Pastor

First, a quote to remind you about him: When y’all going to get the memo that I didn’t get it wrong? Trump ain’t never went nowhere, he ain’t back, he’s always been around. He is the legitimate president of the United States of America. I don’t care if you stand up and clap or not. I’m telling you, Donald Trump …

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Tornadoes Kill Dozens In Kentucky And Arkansas

Louisville’s NBC News affiliate reports: Gov. Andy Beshear told WLKY during a live interview that at least 50 people were likely killed in western Kentucky after a long and significant tornado ripped through the area overnight. “This is going to be some of the worst tornado damage that we’ve seen in a long time,” Beshear said early Saturday. “This is …

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Canary Islands Volcano Emits “Tsunami Of Lava”

Euronews reports: Experts have described the latest volcanic activity on La Palma as a “tsunami of lava”. Huge rivers of molten rock have been spewing from the crater in recent days after a 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook the island on Thursday and intensified flows. The quake is the strongest recorded since the Cumbre Vieja volcano — on the island of La …

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Spain Calls Canary Islands Safe After Volcano Erupts

Reuters reports: The Canary Islands are safe to visit and a volcano eruption there is a “wonderful show”, Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday, just hours after 5,000 people, including hundreds of tourists, had to be evacuated. Maroto’s remarks drew immediate criticism from Teodoro Garcia Egea, secretary general of the opposition People’s Party, who posted an article on …

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At Least 22 Dead In Tennessee Flooding [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: At least 22 people were killed and rescue crews searched desperately Sunday amid shattered homes and tangled debris for dozens of people still missing after record-breaking rain sent floodwaters surging through Middle Tennessee. Saturday’s flooding in rural areas took out roads, cellphone towers and telephone lines, leaving families uncertain about whether their loved ones survived the …

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Haiti Struck By 7.2 Magnitude Quake, Major Damage

CNN reports: The US Geological Survey said it’s likely that casualties are “high” after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti Saturday morning. “High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” according to the USGS. Haiti’s Civil Protection told CNN there have been fatalities and damage. A tsunami threat that had been issued for the region has passed, according …

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Caribbean Volcano Erupts In New “Huge Explosion”

The Associated Press reports: La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate. Experts called it a “huge explosion” that generated …

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