Natural disasters

Spanish firefighters try to extinguish a wildfire in Pinet village, near Valencia Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Spanish firefighters are still working to bring under control a forest blaze near Valencia. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
August 10, 2018 - 4:26 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in Portugal say they have brought under control a major wildfire in the south of the country after a weeklong effort. The Civil Protection Agency said Friday that almost 1,400 firefighters and nearly 450 vehicles are still at the scene to prevent flare-ups. The...
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A dull haze fills the air around the San Francisco Bay Bridge and Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Blazes in Northern California and near Yosemite National Park have caused air quality to worsen in cities miles away. (AP Photo/Lorin Eleni Gill)
August 09, 2018 - 8:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes have blanketed many California cities for two weeks, forcing summer campers to stay inside, obscuring normally bright skylines and leaving cars covered with ash. Smoky air from blowing winds is nothing new in...
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An Indonesian girl who was injured in Sunday's earthquake reacts as she is being examined by a paramedic at a makeshift hospital in Kayangan, North Lombok, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Four days after the quake killed a large number of people of people and displaced hundreds of thousands more, injured survivors cut off by landslides, broken bridges and vast distances are still emerging from the countryside, struggling to reach the help they desperately need. (AP Photo/Fauzy Chaniago)
August 09, 2018 - 7:44 pm
KAYANGAN, Indonesia (AP) — Falling rubble instantly paralyzed Mary Andoni from the waist down when Indonesia was shaken by one of its deadliest earthquakes in years. But there was nobody in her destroyed village to get her the help she needed. There were too many other injured and dead. "It was...
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A man inspects the ruin of his house destroyed by an earthquake in North Lombok, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The north of Lombok was devastated by the powerful quake that struck Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
August 09, 2018 - 10:04 am
BANGSAL, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the Indonesian earthquake (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Indonesia's top security minister, Wiranto, says the death toll from last Sunday's earthquake on the island of Lombok has climbed to 319. The announcement comes after an inter-agency meeting that was...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2018 file photo, a child shines a light on hundreds of shoes at a memorial for those killed by Hurricane Maria, in front of the Puerto Rico Capitol in San Juan. Puerto Rico has conceded that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people on the island last year and not just the 64 in the official death toll. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
August 09, 2018 - 9:21 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico is now estimating that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64, in a report to Congress seeking billions to help the island recover from the devastating storm. The government, relying on updated statistics...
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A girl injured in an earthquake is treated in Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
August 09, 2018 - 6:09 am
TANJUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300. The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the U.S. Geological Survey, caused panic...
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People observe as fire gets closer to the village of Monchique, in southern Portugal's Algarve region, Sunday, Aug. 5 2018. Over 700 firefighters were still battling a forest fire near the Portuguese town of Monchique in the southern Algarve region, a popular tourist destination. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
August 08, 2018 - 2:15 pm
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A major wildfire blackening hills in Portugal's southern Algarve region likely will take several more days to bring under control, the country's prime minister said Wednesday. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that efforts to control the fire that broke out Friday...
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People cool off in the fountains of the Trocadero gardens Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 in Paris. The hottest weather was expected Tuesday in the center and northeast of France, with temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) according to national weather agency Meteo France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
August 08, 2018 - 7:05 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on hot weather and wildfires in Europe (all times local): 1 p.m. An insect expert in Finland says the exceptionally hot summer has taken its toll on Nordic country's mosquito population and they have all but vanished from some areas, particularly so in the Lapland...
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Emergency workers recover a body from the Jamiul Jamaah Mosque after it collapsed during an earthquake in Bangsal, North Lombok, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. The north of Lombok was devastated by the powerful quake that struck Sunday night, damaging thousands of buildings and killing a large number of people. Rescuers were still struggling to reach all of the affected areas and authorities expect the death toll to rise. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
August 08, 2018 - 6:13 am
BANGSAL, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the recent earthquake in Indonesia (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Indonesia's disaster agency says the death toll from the earthquake that shook Lombok island Sunday evening has risen to 131. Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there are reports of other deaths...
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Evacuees from Lucerne, from left, Ken Bennett with Ember Reynolds, 8, and Lisa Reynolds watch the sunset as smoke from the Ranch Fire rises into the sky at Austin Park Beach in California's Clearlake with Mount Konocti in the background. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
August 08, 2018 - 5:23 am
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it's only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. Some 14,000 firefighters from as far away as...
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