Natural disasters

The Mississippi River approaches a levee at left in New Orleans, La., Thursday, July 11, 2019, ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. Never in the modern history of New Orleans has water from the Mississippi River overtopped the city’s levees. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
July 12, 2019 - 6:11 am
Even as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Mississippi River's levees held up when those in other parts of the city did not. But as Tropical Storm Barry threatened New Orleans with torrential rains that will test the city's flood defenses this weekend, the height of the city's river...
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St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office inmate workers move free sandbags for residents in Chalmette, La., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is telling people in the southern part of the state to be prepared for heavy rain from Tropical Storm Barry as it pushes northward through the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
July 11, 2019 - 9:59 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of Louisianans broke out sandbags or fled to higher ground Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry threatened to turn into the first hurricane of the season and blow ashore with torrential rains that could pose a severe test of New Orleans' improved post-Katrina flood defenses...
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Tallulah Campbell, 8, clears out driftwood and other debris in preparation of Tropical Storm Barry near New Orleans, La., Thursday, July 11, 2019. The area is normally a driveway at her family's home that is one of the few on land called batture on the outside of the Mississippi River levee at the border of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
July 11, 2019 - 9:48 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 10:45 p.m. President Donald Trump has declared a federal declaration of emergency for Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday along the state's coast...
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National Guard members distribute free ice to residents in Trona, Calif., on Tuesday July 9, 2019. Charities and governmental agencies ramped up recovery efforts in the small town ravaged by earthquakes and aftershocks. It could be several more days before water service is restored to the tiny town of Trona, where officials trucked in portable toilets and showers. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
July 10, 2019 - 4:53 pm
TRONA, Calif. (AP) — Aftershocks of last week's big earthquakes are still rumbling beneath the California desert, but seismologists say the probability of large quakes continues to decline. The U.S. Geological Survey says the chance of a quake larger than Friday's 7.1 temblor is less than 1% and...
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Terrian Jones reacts as she feels something moving in the water at her feet as she carries Drew and Chance Furlough to their mother on Belfast Street in New Orleans during flooding from a storm in the Gulf Mexico that dumped lots of rain Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
July 10, 2019 - 2:58 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A storm swamped New Orleans streets and paralyzed traffic Wednesday as concerns grew that even worse weather was on the way: a possible hurricane that could strike the Gulf Coast and raise the Mississippi River to the brim of the city's protective levees. The storm was associated...
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A visitor takes a photo of a crack on the ground following recent earthquakes Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 09, 2019 - 8:18 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sprawling Navy base in the Southern California desert is still closed to nonessential personnel Tuesday as the military works to determine the damage from two powerful earthquakes last week. Teams have so far surveyed just 10% of the 1,200 facilities at Naval Air Weapons...
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People walk past a dormitory at the University of Nevada, Reno, as work crews with a crane examine damage from a July 5 explosion, in Reno, Nev., Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Nevada's state fire marshal says a small explosion in a basement boiler at the university dormitory caused a natural gas leak that triggered a much larger blast last week, severely damaging two dorms and injuring eight people. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
July 09, 2019 - 7:03 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A small explosion in a basement boiler at a University of Nevada, Reno dormitory triggered a much larger natural gas blast last week that left part of the building looking like an earthquake had struck but caused only minor injuries to eight people, officials said Tuesday. The...
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A visitor takes a photo of a crack on the ground following recent earthquakes Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside of Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 08, 2019 - 10:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful Mojave Desert earthquakes that rocked California ended a years-long lull in major seismic activity and raised new interest in an early warning system being developed for the West Coast. The ShakeAlert system is substantially built in California and overall is about...
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July 07, 2019 - 9:31 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong subsea earthquake late Sunday night caused panic in parts of eastern Indonesia and triggered a tsunami warning that was later lifted. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.9 quake was...
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Members of the National Guard load water onto an SUV in the aftermath of an earthquake Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside Trona High School in Trona, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 07, 2019 - 8:52 pm
RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — Shaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded "Big One" strikes. California is spending more than $16 million to...
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