Natural Disaster
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Puerto Rico without power

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 4/18/18, 12:48 pm

Puerto Rico is without power after an islandwide blackout on Wednesday morning. The U.S. territory, home to approximately 3 million people, has struggled with an increasingly unstable power grid in the seven months since Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm, hit the island. Last week, 870,000 customers lost electricity in a widespread 24-hour outage. More than 40,000 power customers have not had electricity service since the Sept. 20 storm. Electric Power Authority spokeswoman Yohari Molina on Wednesday said crews are investigating the cause.

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Smelling for smoke

Essay | Facing a familiar forecast on the one-year anniversary of a wildfire that destroyed all
by John R. Erickson
Posted 3/17/18, 01:34 pm

March 6, 2017, had an ominous feel about it. The day was unusually warm for March and by 11 o’clock, the wind was howling out of the southwest, gusting to 50 mph. Everyone living on a ranch in the Texas Panhandle was aware that, for three days, the National Weather Service had issued red flag warnings for this day: extreme danger of wildfires.

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Earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/31/18, 09:27 am

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least one child and injuring at least 15 others. The United States Geological Survey recorded the quake’s center in northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Television footage showed people in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, fleeing from schools and offices in panic. Izat Nazir Baluch, a local government official, said at least one girl died and eight others sustained injuries when roofs collapsed on mud-brick homes in the village of Lasbela in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

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