Natural disasters

Amanda Hamner looks out at flood waters from the Russian River surrounding her home in Forestville, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The still rising Russian River was engorged by days of rain from western U.S. storms. (AP Photo/Michael Short)
February 28, 2019 - 4:54 am
GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on winter storms slamming western U.S. states (all times local): 9:30 p.m. A Northern California river that surged over its banks after days of rain has flooded some 2,000 homes, businesses and other buildings. Sonoma County spokeswoman Briana Khan says the...
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In this undated photo released by Indonesian Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) rescuers evacuate a survivor from a collapsed gold mine in Bolaang Mongondow, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The collapse of an unlicensed gold mine in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province has buried dozens of people, a disaster official said Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, as emergency personnel used their bare hands and farm tools in a desperate attempt to reach victims calling for help from beneath the rubble. (BASARNAS via AP)
February 27, 2019 - 3:10 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The collapse of an unlicensed gold mine in Indonesia buried dozens of people, and rescuers dug desperately with their bare hands and farm tools on Wednesday to unearth victims calling for help from beneath the rubble. National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho...
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February 25, 2019 - 10:54 pm
BEIJING (AP) — A county in western China has suspended drilling for shale gas after a protest by residents who suspected fracking work was the cause of a series of earthquakes that led to two deaths. The first quake hit Sichuan province's Rongxian county on Sunday morning, followed by two more,...
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February 25, 2019 - 4:11 am
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Weekend storms raked parts of the Southeast, leaving deaths and injuries in their wake as a tornado smashed into a commercial district in a small Mississippi city and drenching rains fed a rising flood threat. A woman was killed when a tornado hit Columbus, Mississippi, and a...
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February 24, 2019 - 10:54 am
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Scientists measuring the thickness of Kilauea volcano's newest lava flows have said molten rock added as much as 180 feet (55 meters) of lava to parts of the Big Island last year. New land created in the ocean reaches as high as 919 feet (280 meters.) The U.S. Geological Survey...
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February 24, 2019 - 10:52 am
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities say a German man is still missing after an avalanche in Austria buried a group of backcountry skiers, killing one and injuring a second. Three other skiers were rescued unharmed. The Austrian news agency APA reported Sunday that Austrian and German rescue teams...
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February 24, 2019 - 5:43 am
BASTIA, Corsica (AP) — French authorities say firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that spread overnight near a small village on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. Authorities in Haute-Corse, the prefecture covering the northern part of the island, said strong winds fed 20 wildfires that...
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February 23, 2019 - 10:21 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A tornado smashed into a commercial district in the small Mississippi city of Columbus on Saturday afternoon, shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South amid days of drenching rains and a rising flood threat. The tornado struck about 5 p.m. in the east Mississippi...
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February 23, 2019 - 4:43 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California utility Pacific Gas & Electric said it won't award $130 million in employee bonuses because of its recent bankruptcy filing, a newspaper reported Saturday. Interim chief executive John Simon cited California's deadly wildfires and the company's...
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February 23, 2019 - 10:44 am
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian police say an avalanche has buried several people in Austria near the German border on Saturday afternoon and a rescue mission is underway. The avalanche hit a forest region off-slope in Reutte near the German border and buried the people, but it wasn't clear how many, said...
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