Disasters
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Trump claims Democrats inflated Maria death count in Puerto Rico

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/13/18, 01:22 pm

Amid growing concerns about Hurricane Florence lingering off the Atlantic coast, President Donald Trump Thursday morning rejected the official death count resulting from the devastating hurricane that struck Puerto Rico last year. The president said that the reported number of people who died in the U.S. territory due to Hurricane Maria was inflated by Democrats, who he claimed included unrelated deaths.

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Earthquake hits Japan same week as typhoon

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/06/18, 11:46 am

Nine people died and at least 30 others remained missing after a powerful earthquake hit northern Japan early Thursday morning. The 6.7 magnitude quake struck Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido, at 3:08 a.m. local time, triggering dozens of landslides and widespread disruption of infrastructure. Officials said more than 350 people were injured.

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Additional quakes rock Indonesia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/20/18, 11:57 am

Multiple earthquakes on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa killed at least 13 people over the weekend as the region continued to recover from quakes earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. At about 10 p.m. on Sunday, a shallow 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Lombok, followed by strong aftershocks. The shaking triggered landslides and sent people running for shelter. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho on Monday said at least 11 people died in Lombok and Sumbawa. Two other people died earlier Sunday from another 6.3 magnitude quake.

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