Disasters
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At least 37 dead in fire at South Korean hospital

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/26/18, 10:54 am

A Friday morning fire at a hospital in South Korea killed at least 37 people and injured nearly 130 others. Choi Man-woo, chief of the Miryang fire department, said the blaze at Sejong Hospital started at the rear of the emergency room on the first floor. Fire officials put out the fire nearly three hours later before it reached the third floor. Authorities said 125 people sustained injuries, including 14 people still in serious condition.

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Deadly volcanic eruption rocks Japanese ski resort

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/23/18, 10:48 am

A sudden volcanic eruption in central Japan on Tuesday killed at least one soldier and injured 11 other people as they skied on the mountain’s slopes. Mount Kusatsu-Shirane’s eruption spewed volcanic rocks and black ash across the ski slope, sending people fleeing for shelter. Defense officials said eight injured soldiers belonged to a group of 30 undergoing ski training when the volcano erupted. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera identified the dead soldier as Wataru Tatsukawa and said five other soldiers sustained serious injuries.

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Mount Mayon eruption sends residents back to shelters

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/22/18, 11:36 am

Thousands of villagers in the central Philippines returned to emergency shelters Monday as the country’s most active volcano spewed heated lava fragments, ash, and smoke following a loud explosion. Mount Mayon’s eruption shot 2 to 3 miles into the sky, darkening nearby villages. Deadly debris from the crater billowed nearly 2 miles down the southern plank of Mayon toward a no-entry zone. Volcanic ash fell in about a dozen towns in Albay province and in nearby Camarines Sur province.

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