Natural disasters

A Taiwanese woman makes her way against powerful gusts of wind generated by typhoon Lekima in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
August 09, 2019 - 1:17 am
BEIJING (AP) — China issued its top warning for coastal areas of Zhejiang province Friday ahead of a strong typhoon carrying heavy rain and winds and expected to send an intense storm surge up the mighty Yangzte River. Heavy rain was expected in Zhejiang, Shanghai and nearby provinces on Friday...
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August 08, 2019 - 7:28 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.0 hit western Turkey on Thursday, damaging homes and causing some injuries. The quake was centered on the town of Bozkurt, in Denizli province, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said. The agency said the quake...
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In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, retired nurse Tim Thomas, who assisted in a surgery in the parking lot of Watsonville Community Hospital after the facility lost power following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, poses during his visit to Lodi, Calif. California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Talk of scaling back the standards upsets Thomas, who was thrown to the floor during the earthquake. "To not make provisions to have the hospitals keep pace with the rest of the infrastructure doesn't make any sense to me" says Thomas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 04, 2019 - 10:43 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California hospital spent $72 million on a building designed to do two things after an earthquake: stay standing and stay open. But when a pair of strong earthquakes struck the region last month, the hospital couldn't use it. Structurally, the building was OK...
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In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, retired nurse Tim Thomas, who assisted in a surgery in the parking lot of Watsonville Community Hospital after the facility lost power following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, poses during his visit to Lodi, Calif. California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Talk of scaling back the standards upsets Thomas, who was thrown to the floor during the earthquake. "To not make provisions to have the hospitals keep pace with the rest of the infrastructure doesn't make any sense to me" says Thomas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 04, 2019 - 10:41 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back some earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Most hospitals in the earthquake prone state have met a 2020 deadline for standards designed to keep hospital buildings from collapsing in...
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August 04, 2019 - 4:50 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese authorities say around 500 firefighters are combating a wildfire that started in a central area some 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Lisbon, the capital. Portugal's civil protection agency said Sunday the firefighters were supported by over 100 firefighting...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2018 file photo, lava from an open fissure on Kilauea volcano shoots high above a tree in Pahoa, Hawaii. A small pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano for the first time in recorded history, possibly signaling a shift to a more explosive phase of future eruptions. The United States Geological Survey says that after a week of questions about a green patch inside Kilauea's Halemaumau crater, researchers were able to confirm the presence of water on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
August 03, 2019 - 12:54 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time in recorded history, a pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, a development that could signal a shift to a more explosive phase of future eruptions. After a week of questions about a mysterious green patch at the...
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This satellite image provided by Roscosmos Space Agency, taken on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, shows forest fires in Sakha Republic region, Eastern Russia. Russian officials say forest fires are spreading in remote areas of Siberia and the Far East that firefighters cannot reach. (Roscosmos Space Agency via AP)
August 02, 2019 - 7:32 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's meteorological service says he sees global climate change as a factor behind the wildfires blazing throughout Siberia and the country's Far East. The total area of the blazes increased on Friday to about 31,000 square kilometers (12,000 square miles), according to...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2019 file photo Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Senators from California and Montana said Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise last year. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)
August 01, 2019 - 11:20 am
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise last year. Democrat Dianne...
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Heavy smoke covers the center of the eastern Siberian city of Chita, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visits the region. Russian authorities have declared a state of emergency in five areas, including all of the Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk regions, which lie north of Mongolia. (AP Photo)
August 01, 2019 - 8:17 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of Russian towns and cities are shrouded in heavy smoke from wildfires in Siberia and the Far East Thursday, and the blazes appear to be spreading in remote terrain. Avialesookhrana, Russia's aerial forest protection service, said more than 30,000 square kilometers (11,850...
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This image made from video provided by RU-RTR Russian television channel shows a view of a forest fire in the Boguchansky district of the Krasnoyarsk region, Russia Far East, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's military to join efforts to fight forest fires that have engulfed nearly 30,000 square kilometers (11,580 sq. miles) of territory in Siberia and the Russian Far East. (RU-RTR Russian Television via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 10:08 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Wednesday joined efforts to fight forest fires that have engulfed nearly 30,000 square kilometers (11,580 sq. miles) of territory in Siberia and the Russian Far East — an area the size of Belgium. The move, which includes sending military transport planes and...
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