Natural Disaster
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Nashville church worships without a building

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/09/20, 10:55 am

Congregants of Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church gathered to “worship in the rubble” on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. The church lost the roofs of two buildings during a spate of tornadoes that struck the state on Tuesday, killing 24 people and causing major damage.

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Puerto Rico government asks for help

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/10/20, 10:49 am

Powerful aftershocks complicated the recovery effort in Puerto Rico after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday killed one person, injured nine others, and severely damaged infrastructure on the southwestern coast. More than 40 earthquakes measuring 3.0 magnitude or higher have shaken the island since Tuesday. Following a request from Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vázquez, President Donald Trump declared an emergency in the U.S. territory, opening the door to Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to help with recovery.

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Twists of grace

Disasters | Six years after a tornado outbreak hit the Midwest, surviving families remember the devastation and the recovery
by Leah Hickman
Posted 11/07/19, 12:46 pm

Dan and Carol Learned were at church half an hour away when a tornado hit their Washington, Ill., neighborhood. As the congregation returned from the church basement, cell phones began to vibrate and buzz with updates from Washington. A neighborhood friend texted one of the Learned kids: “The whole street’s gone.”

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