Natural disasters

Employees of the Sheraton Waikiki fill sandbags along the beach in preparation for Hurricane Lane, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Honolulu. Hurricane Lane continues to move northwest and tropical storm conditions were expected to reach the Big Island later Thursday morning with hurricane conditions by nightfall. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 23, 2018 - 9:53 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides that blocked roads on Hawaii's mostly rural Big Island on Thursday as residents and tourists in the state's biggest city braced for the dangerous storm to come their way. Employees of the Sheraton Waikiki resort on the famed...
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FILE - In this July 25, 2018 file photo, Hannah Whyatt poses for a friend's photo as smoke from the Ferguson fire fills Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Alarmed by as much as $20 million in lost tourism revenue in July due to visitors' fear of wildfires, California tourism officials are teaming up with Oregon and Washington to reassure tourists they're safe to visit after deadly wildfires that have burned homes and clogged the air. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 23, 2018 - 5:29 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alarmed by as much as $20 million in lost tourism revenue in July due to visitors' fear of wildfires, California's state tourism agency said Thursday it is teaming up with Oregon and Washington state to reassure tourists it's safe to visit. The states formed the West Coast...
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This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Lane near Hawaii on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Hurricane Lane soaked Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, and the The National Weather Service warned that some areas could see up to 30 inches before the system passes. (NOAA via AP)
August 23, 2018 - 2:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hurricanes seldom get close to Hawaii and it's even rarer for one of the islands to take a direct hit. Hurricane Lane is already drenching and pummeling the island chain, even without reaching land. The last time a major hurricane hit Hawaii was in 1992 when Category 4 Iniki...
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On of the so called "hunger stones" exposed by the low level of water in the Elbe river is seen in Decin, Czech Republic, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. The low level of water caused by the recent drought has exposed some stones at the river bed whose appearances in history meant for people to get ready for troubles. They are known as the "hunger stones" and they were chosen in the past to record low water levels. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
August 23, 2018 - 8:56 am
DECIN, Czech Republic (AP) — Due to this summer's drought in Central Europe, boulders known as "hunger stones" are reappearing in the Elbe River. The low water levels in the river that begins in the Czech Republic then crosses Germany into the North Sea has exposed stones on the river bed whose...
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Loren, right, and Ruby Aquino, of Honolulu, load water into their car ahead of Hurricane Lane, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 in Honolulu. Hurricane Lane has weakened as it approaches Hawaii but was still expected to pack a wallop, forecasters said Wednesday. The National Weather Service said tropical-storm-force winds could begin as early as Wednesday afternoon on the Big Island. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
August 22, 2018 - 9:48 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii residents emptied store shelves Wednesday, claimed the last sheets of plywood to board up windows and drained gas pumps as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state. The category 4 storm could slam into the islands Thursday with winds exceeding 100 mph (161 kph), making it the...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, Jodi Nishida and Sam Delovio push along plyboard they purchased at a City Mill store before the arrival of a hurricane in Honolulu. Hurricane Lane has weakened as it approaches Hawaii but was still expected to pack a wallop, forecasters said Wednesday, as people hurried to buy water and other supplies and the Navy moved its ships to safety. (Craig T. Kojima/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
August 22, 2018 - 9:13 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Lane. (all times local): 4 p.m. Hawaii's Big Island is seeing the first effects of approaching Hurricane Lane's outer rain bands. Gov. David Ige noted at a news conference Wednesday that the island is starting to see the effects of the powerful Category 4...
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August 22, 2018 - 7:16 am
An earthquake and aftershock have been reported off the coast of south-central Oregon. The United States Geological Survey says an initial quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck just after 1:30 a.m., more than 170 miles (264 kilometers) west of Coos Bay, about 220 miles southwest of...
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An abandoned, unfinished skyscraper known as "The Tower of David" shows an inclination on the top floors where the columns are exposed, top center, after a powerful earthquake shook eastern Venezuela, causing buildings to be evacuated in the capital of Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The quake was felt as far away as Colombia's capital and in the Venezuelan capital office workers evacuated buildings and people fled homes. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 22, 2018 - 7:00 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela's northeastern coast and parts of the Caribbean, knocking out power, breaking windows and toppling store shelves, but it apparently caused little major damage due to its depth. No deaths were reported. The magnitude 7.3 quake Tuesday...
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This NASA satellite imagery shows Hurricane Lane in the Central Pacific Ocean southeast of the Hawaiian Islands Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii is outlined at top left. Hawaii residents rushed to grocery stores Tuesday to stock up on bottled water, ramen and toilet paper as they faced the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf from the powerful and erratic hurricane expected to churn close to the islands or directly over them. The National Weather Service issued a hurricane watch for Hawaii, Maui and other smaller islands, meaning tropical storm-force winds, excessive rain and large swells could arrive starting Wednesday. (NASA via AP)
August 22, 2018 - 12:58 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii residents rushed to grocery stores Tuesday to stock up on bottled water, ramen and toilet paper as they faced the threat of heavy rain, flash flooding and high surf from a powerful and erratic hurricane expected to churn close to the islands or directly over them. On Tuesday...
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Maryeli Verde holds her niece Yalin, who clutches her cat Will, as Yalin's grandfather Tonisio, who is sick, lies behind them after they evacuated their apartment on the ninth floor after a powerful earthquake shook eastern Venezuela, causing buildings to be evacuated in the capital of Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The quake was felt as far away as Colombia's capital and in the Venezuelan capital office workers evacuated buildings and people fled homes. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 21, 2018 - 7:10 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela's northeastern coast on Tuesday, forcing residents in the capital to evacuate buildings and interrupting a pro-government rally in support of a controversial economic reforms. The 7.3 quake was the largest to strike Venezuela since...
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