Natural Disaster
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Large earthquake strikes Southern California

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/05/19, 11:44 am

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake centered in the Mojave Desert hit Southern California and parts of Nevada Thursday morning. No deaths were reported, but Kern County Fire Chief David Witt said the town of Ridgecrest, Calif., reported some structural damage and multiple injuries. He added that authorities evacuated 15 hospital patients from a regional facility as a precaution and emergency crews battled two house fires and responded to small vegetation fires, gas leaks, and cracked roads.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News

Storms batter southern Plains

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/20/19, 10:22 am

A spate of tornadoes hit the southern Plains over the weekend, with more severe weather possible in the coming days. An EF2 tornado destroyed two homes and injured one person in Geronimo, Okla., on Saturday morning, the National Weather Service confirmed, with another suspected tornado damaging numerous homes in northwestern Arkansas. Kansas and Nebraska also saw several twisters on Friday.

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Waiting (and waiting) to rebuild

Disaster relief | Eight months after Hurricane Florence hit, recovery efforts have stalled for thousands in North Carolina
by Harvest Prude
Posted 5/16/19, 10:10 am

Felton and Geraldine Eubanks did not have flood insurance. Their home of 53 years in rural Trenton, N.C., is in a low-risk area for flooding, according to state records. Prior to Hurricane Florence, they hadn’t needed flood insurance. 

“We had never been flooded. Never,” Geraldine said. When the last two big hurricanes hit the state (Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Matthew in 2016), nearby neighbors and family members whose homes weren’t as elevated found refuge in the Eubankses’ home.

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