Seth Johnson

Seth is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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Beirut explosion leaves thousands homeless

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/05/20, 06:11 pm

Israel displayed the Lebanese flag in lights on Tel Aviv’s city hall on Wednesday in a gesture of solidarity with one of its enemies. The European Union said it was activating its civil protection system to send firefighters and rescue equipment to Beirut. A massive explosion there on Tuesday killed at least 135 people and injured more than 5,000. Shockwaves ripped miles inland with the effect of a 3.3 magnitude earthquake. Lebanon’s health minister said the blast rendered the homes of up to a quarter of a million people unfit to live in.

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Lebanon blast injures thousands

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/04/20, 10:54 pm

A massive explosion at Beirut’s port sent a mushroom cloud billowing over the city on Tuesday. The blast was so forceful that some residents thought it was an earthquake. It flattened much of the port, damaged nearby buildings, and collapsed balconies miles away. At least 100 people died, and more than 4,000 were injured, according to a Lebanese Red Cross official who said those numbers likely will rise. People more than 100 miles across the Mediterranean Sea in Cyprus heard and felt the explosion. Smoke continued to rise from the port on Wednesday morning.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ringo H.W. Chiu

California fires rage on

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/03/20, 05:32 pm

Fire officials blame a malfunctioning diesel vehicle for starting a wildfire east of Los Angeles that has consumed more than 42 square miles of brush and timber since Friday evening. As of Monday night, the Apple Fire was only 7 percent contained. Officials issued evacuation orders and advisories for about 2,500 homes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In Northern California, a wildfire that started on Sunday spread quickly, burning several homes in Colusa County.

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