Disasters
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California’s Redding fire now sixth largest in state history

by Les Sillars
Posted 8/01/18, 02:42 pm

A massive wildfire continues to rampage through Northern California, torching more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding, authorities said Wednesday. What is now the sixth most destructive fire in state history also destroyed another 440 buildings, mostly barns and warehouses. The huge blaze, which started July 23, has forced 38,000 people from their homes and killed six while scorching 180 square miles. It is 35 percent contained. “Whatever resources are needed, we’re putting them there,” promised Gov. Jerry Brown at a news conference.

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Deadly earthquake hits Indonesian island

by Kent Covington
Posted 7/30/18, 10:18 am

A powerful earthquake Sunday in Indonesia has killed at least 14 people, injured more than 160 others, and damaged more than 1,000 homes. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck Lombok island, a popular tourist destination east of Bali, but its shallow depth, only 4.4 miles, created a greater danger because shallow earthquakes tend to do more damage than deeper ones. The quake caused widespread blackouts and triggered a large landslide from Mount Rinjani, an active volcano.

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Hundreds trapped by deadly fires in Greece

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/24/18, 12:40 pm

At least 74 people have died in wildfires that raged through seaside resorts near Athens, Greece. The blazes that broke out Monday were the deadliest in decades to hit the country, which endures fires every year. This round trapped thousands of people on beaches, roads, and in homes. Coast guard boats patrolled the shores near areas hit by fires Tuesday after more than 700 people trapped by quick-moving blazes needed rescuing from beaches or the sea. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declared three days of national mourning for those killed.

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