Natural disasters

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, smoke rises from the Arkema Inc. owned chemical plant in Crosby, near Houston, Texas. An internal EPA watchdog is reviewing whether federal and state officials kept the public appropriately informed last year about potential air quality threats after Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas. The office of EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins issued notice Thursday of the audit, which will scrutinize the agency’s response following several high-profile accidents and spills following the historic storm, including the explosions and fire at the an Arkema Inc. chemical plant outside Houston. (KTRK via AP, File)
August 02, 2018 - 4:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal watchdog at the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it will review whether federal and state officials kept the public appropriately informed last year about potential air quality threats after Hurricane Harvey ravaged southeastern Texas. The office of...
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A firefighter runs while trying to save a home as a wildfire tears through Lakeport, Calif., Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 02, 2018 - 10:33 am
UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Just a month into the budget year, California has already spent more than one-quarter of its annual fire budget, at least $125 million, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Mohler said Wednesday. Following years of drought and a summer of record-...
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People sunbathe on a beach in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Much of Spain is on alert as the country's weather agency warns that temperatures could surpass 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) due to a hot air mass moving northward from the African continent. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
August 02, 2018 - 7:23 am
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the heatwave in Europe (all times local): 2:20 p.m. The European Union is offering to speed up funds for farmers to help them cope with the effects of drought across the continent. The EU's executive Commission said Thursday that farmers could obtain at least 70 percent...
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Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears though Lakeport, Calif., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
August 01, 2018 - 10:03 pm
UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A massive wildfire in Northern California has torched more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday as some evacuees were allowed to return home and new blazes exploded in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden State...
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In this Monday, July 30, 2018, photo provided by Redding Reptiles, reptile manager and co-owner Ryan Allinger moves Eres, a 14-foot female python, from her temporary transport tub into her accustomed enclosure at the reptile store in Redding, Calif. Sandra Dodge-Streich, owner of Redding Reptiles, says the snake was placed in a plastic bin and brought to a home after flames from the Carr Fire moved closer last week. She says the lavender albino reticulated python slithered out of the bin sometime Saturday. It was found Monday coiled up in a milk crate. (Sandra Dodge-Streich/Redding Reptiles via AP)
August 01, 2018 - 1:10 am
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Residents of a Northern California neighborhood can breathe a sigh of relief now that a 14-foot python that went missing after a pet store was evacuated during a wildfire has been found safe. Sandra Dodge-Streich, owner of Redding Reptiles, says the snake was placed in a...
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Flames consume a home as the River Fire tears though Lakeport, Calif., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
August 01, 2018 - 12:08 am
UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters struggling to contain destructive Northern California wildfires found themselves facing a new blaze that erupted Tuesday and drove through a rural area near a national forest. About 60 homes in an old ranching and farming area near Covelo, which is about 180...
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A dog jumps into the water of the river Rhine in Biebesheim, Germany, on a warm Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
July 31, 2018 - 2:21 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The heatwave gripping large stretches of Europe has already been blamed for deadly forest fires and crop failures. Now freshwater fish could be its next victims. Some regions in Germany sweltered as the mercury hit 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) and the German Meteorological...
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People gather with candles outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Monday, July 30, 2018 in memory of victims of a deadly wildfire a week ago. More than 90 people died in the fire that gutted resorts east of Athens, the deadliest Greek fire in recent history. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 31, 2018 - 7:33 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The bodies of 70 people killed by Greece's deadliest wildfire in decades have been identified, authorities said Tuesday, as forensic experts continue work to identify more remains recovered from the area. Separately, the coast guard said Tuesday it had recovered the body of a...
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FILE - This July 9, 2018, file photo, shows an submerged housing area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan Monday, July 9, 2018. More than 300 people died in July from weather-related disasters in one of Japan’s deadliest months in recent years. The record heat reignited a simmering debate about how athletes and spectators will fare at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
July 30, 2018 - 11:42 pm
TOKYO (AP) — More than 300 people died in July from weather-related disasters in one of Japan's deadliest months in recent years. First came record rainfall. Disaster authorities say at least 220 people were killed early in the month by severe flooding and landslides in western Japan, with nine...
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The El Dorado Hotshots battle wildfire near Buckhorn Summit on Highway 299 in Trinity County, Calif., Monday, July 30, 2018. A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP)
July 30, 2018 - 11:14 pm
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — A pair of wildfires that prompted evacuation orders for nearly 20,000 people barreled Monday toward small lake towns in Northern California, and authorities faced questions about how quickly they warned residents about the largest and deadliest blaze burning in the state. Ed...
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