Natural disasters

Musher Michael Ruopp is pulled by his huskies as he rides on a field near Lichtenstein, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Thomas Warnack/dpa via AP)
January 06, 2019 - 10:08 am
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities warned Sunday of a high risk of avalanches on the northern side of the Alps, after heavy snowfall in recent days created dangerous conditions across parts of southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A 20-year-old skier died in an avalanche Saturday on Mount Teisen, near...
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January 05, 2019 - 2:10 pm
ADAK, Alaska (AP) — Officials say a large earthquake has struck in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, but a tsunami is not expected. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System says the 6.0-magnitude quake struck just before 10 a.m. Saturday about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of the town...
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January 05, 2019 - 1:42 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black people to move out of neighborhoods, the NAACP of Portland, Oregon, says. The group on Thursday decried...
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January 04, 2019 - 6:53 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The parent company of California's largest utility said Friday it is assessing its finances and structure in its effort to confront a growing liability threat from wildfires blamed on the company. Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. could face billions of dollars in potential...
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Locals clear out supplies from the coastline in preparation for the approaching Tropical Storm Pabuk, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Pak Phanang, in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern Thailand. Rain, winds and surging seawater are striking southern Thailand as a strengthening tropical storm nears coastal villages and popular tourist resorts. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)
January 04, 2019 - 9:14 am
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand (AP) — Rain, wind and surging seawater from a tropical storm buffeted coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts on southern Thailand's east coast on Friday, knocking down trees and utility poles and flooding roads. One person was reported dead and another...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, file photo, responders congregate near where two people drowned the evening before when they were trapped in a Horry County Sheriff's transport van while crossing an overtopped bridge over the Little Pee Dee River on Highway 76, during rising floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Marion County, S.C. Charges are expected to be filed Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, against two South Carolina law enforcement officers who were transporting two mental patients who drowned while locked in the back of a van during the hurricane. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
January 03, 2019 - 9:09 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Charges are expected Friday against two South Carolina law enforcement officers who were transporting two mental patients who drowned while locked in the back of a van during Hurricane Florence, according to a prosecutor's statements to several media outlets. Stephen Flood...
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Thai men push a fishing boat off the ocean to a safer location in Songkhla, Thailand in preparation for storm weather conditions on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Thai weather authorities are warning that a tropical storm will bring heavy rains and high seas to southern Thailand and its famed beach resorts. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)
January 03, 2019 - 8:18 pm
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities suspended ferry services and evacuated locals and tourists ahead of a tropical storm expected to pound the Southeast Asian nation's famed southern beach resorts during a peak tourism season. Rain was already falling around the Gulf of Thailand...
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January 03, 2019 - 5:03 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials say four people from Sweden and Finland are missing after an avalanche in northern Norway but strong winds, heavy snowfall and poor visibility are hampering rescue efforts. A woman from Sweden and three men from Finland were last heard from on...
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FILE In this Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 file photo people swim at a beach in Rafina, east of Athens, ten days after the Greece's deadliest wildfire in decades that killed 100 people. Three migrant fishermen have been awarded Greek citizenship after rescuing scores of people forced into the sea by a major wildfire outside Athens that left 100 people dead last summer. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos hosted the ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 for Gani Xheka from Albania and Egyptians Emad El Khaimi and Mahmoud Ibrahim Musa. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)
January 02, 2019 - 1:47 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three migrant fishermen received Greek citizenship Wednesday for helping to rescue scores of people who were forced into the sea by flames from a summer wildfire that would leave 100 people dead. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos hosted a ceremony for Gani Xheka, 35, from...
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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina drinks water during an interaction with journalists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Bangladesh's ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the country's general election, according to official results released Monday, giving Hasina a third straight term despite allegations of intimidation and the opposition disputing the outcome. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
January 02, 2019 - 8:29 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — While Sheikh Hasina is set to begin her third consecutive term as Bangladesh's prime minister following a landslide election victory, critics say having such an overwhelming majority in Parliament could create space for her to become even more authoritarian. The Hasina-led...
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